VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I met a man who told he trademarked the term "couch potato" more than two decades ago. He said that in the early years, he made decent money from people who compensated him for the right to use his intellectual property. Eventually, though, he had to hire lawyers to take legal action against those who wanted to avoid payment. In time, his attorney fees outstripped the amount he was able to collect from violators of his trademark, and he gave up the effort. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you Virgos are facing or will soon face a comparable situation: A certain advantage you've had may no longer be an advantage; an asset or strength could begin to require so much upkeep that it may no longer be an asset or strength.
The rest of Jena's Ridgefest pics are now up, check them out.
Thanks to Jena for letting keanuvision host her pics from Ridgefest. She has so many photos to share that I'm going to do two album pages. You can see the first one, including some very special ones of her and Keanu (eeeee!) HERE.
Thanks to KeanuA-Z for this great interview with Keanu, Djimon Honsou and Constantine director, Francis Lawrence at Comic Con. Some of this has been quoted and covered in previous articles, but I think (hope) this is complete and covers the whole panel discussion from Friday.
On Friday morning, [MovieWeb.com's B. Alan Orange] got a chance to sit down with some of the crew members from this year's hotly anticipated Hellblazer adaptation. In attendance where Keanu Reeves, Djiimon Hounsou, and director Francis Lawrence...
How far along is the movie?
Francis Lawrence: We're still working on it in post. We're pretty far along. We've tested it a couple of times, and it's tested really well. We still have a lot of effects work to do. And we haven't hired a composer yet, we're still working on that. But, it's in really good shape.
How many effects shots are there?
Francis: I don't even know the final count right now. I think it's around 420 shots of CGI. It's coming together really well and it's getting a great response. Which is really exciting for me. It's a unique movie, and it's really different. And I think people are really responding to that. That's very exciting to see. That people are feeling it, and are with it. And that they get it. You try to do something different, and you always worry that people might not understand it. But I think they really do. And I think they really connect.
Keanu, have you seen it? And how do you feel about it?
Keanu: I've seen some shorts cut together before events like this. And it looks really beautiful. I think it was shot really beautifully. I think the crux is the camera angles. It gets you inside a scene, and lets you come out of a scene. It feels very fresh. And yet, we really connected to the storytelling on it. It's not just a bunch of quick cuts. There's something very fresh about it.
How does it compare to the comic?
Keanu: I'm probably not the best judge of that.
Francis: He hasn't seen that much of it.
What was your approach to the character? How did you make it different?
Keanu: Well, I ditched the accent. I can't really...I have to wait and see. I really loved the guy. I loved his anger. And I loved his rye sense of humor about the awfulness of the world. Having to deal with that day in and day out. I mean, Djimon is playing Midnight. We're kind of like warriors. And we're in this world of shit. And just trying to deal with it. Really, I liked him.
Francis: It wasn't pleasant being around Keanu when he was liking Constantine so much.
Did you stay in character?
Francis: Not that much, not that much...
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Do you have an idea about who you want to hire for the composer?
Francis: No, I don't have any idea yet.
What kinds of effects are you working on?
Francis: We have lots of different kinds. We have rig removals. And dot removals. And stuff like that. That's the simplest kinds of stuff. You know, all the way to complete environments that we've built, character animation, and things like that. There are some creatures that we built in CG. We've got that. There's a whole world that you'll see today (at the panel), that we created mostly digitally. And then there's a lot of stuff in-between that.
Is this the first time that you guys have been at Comic-Con?
Keanu: It's my second.
Djimon: It's my first.
What are you hoping to bring to it?
Djimon: I have to say, my connection to the story has more to do with how ironic it is to my culture, coming from Africa, and knowing a lot about religion and the occult. And our view of the occult, and how it is seen in the Western world. It's just amazing to see the connection, and how real it is to me, and how it is like some of the stories I've heard back home. It's intriguing.
What's it like being here?
Keanu: I think it's awesome. I mean, anything where there's great enthusiasm, and a place to come share what you think is cool. And you have this opportunity to come together and share whatever you're into. I mean, it's awesome.
Keanu, did you ever read comics as a kid?
Keanu: I read a couple, yeah...I followed...What did I like? When I read Frank Miller, I was like, "Oh, my god! What is this?" Then when I saw Dark Knight, that series? Then when I went back to X-Men, and Frank Miller's Wolverine series, that was just awesome stuff to me. I collected some New Mutants, which came off of the X-Men. When I was a kid, it was Spider-Man. There were a couple of things. The whole idea of a graphic novel when I was a kid was just...Awesome.
So, no Archie's...
Keanu: You know what? When you're in the bus, going to camp? Richie Rich...Remember Richie Rich, right?
Francis: I used to collect Richie Rich when I was a kid.
Keanu: Yeah, that's where I'd run into that.
Francis, which books are you into?
Francis: I really liked Sin City a lot.
Do you still read comics at all?
Francis: I do. Occasionally. I don't really collect. Nothing really comes to mind. I like Sin City a lot. Mostly for the art.
Which specific story is Constantine based on?
Francis: Off of this one? It's Dangerous Habits. There's little pieces from different things. I mean, there's pieces from Original Sin. But the big through-line for this movie is Dangerous Habits. There are some definite pieces from it.
Does this movie feel like a graphic novel?
Francis: No, my approach from the very beginning was to never shoot it like a comic book movie. I think that's been done before. I think it was done really well with Tim Burton's original Batman. From there, I don't think anybody has really topped that. Everyone has just built Gotham City again, whether or not it's called Gotham City or not. Everyone has done the dutched angles, and the bright colors, and made things super campy. What I wanted to do, and what I loved about the comics, is that it is rooted in reality, and rooted in real places. That's what I wanted to do. I wanted to make it feel real. And it seems to be working. That's what people seem to be responding to. It's not all hyper real. It's not super stylized. It's kind of rooted in a gritty reality.
Are there elements of horror?
Francis: There are plenty of elements of horror in this. There are plenty of scares. It's creepy throughout. One of the things I'm really proud of is that it's not genre specific. It's not a supernatural thriller. It's not just a horror film. It's not four kids in a van going off and getting chopping up by an ax murderer. It's not just fantasy. It's a weird blend of all these things, and I think it works.
Are you looking solely to please the fans of the comic?
[note: krix spews coffee at the screen at this point]
Francis: Yeah, I mean, I think there's a mix. One is; Hellblazer has a very small fan base. But it has a very hardcore fan base. So I think we have to build awareness amongst people who may not be aware of Hellblazer, or aware that Constantine has something to do with Hellblazer. And the other thing is; a lot of the Hellblazer fans are hard core. They've been tough on the movie, and they've been tough on certain things. We want to show them that we have not made Van Helsing. You know? It's not a straight-up Pop movie. I believe that the heart of the character is in this movie.
Keanu, why are you passionate about the character of Constantine?
Keanu: He is fighting for his life. When I was traveling here this morning, I asked, "So, when they ask us what this film is about..."
Francis: I told him not to say. That you guys have to see it. Honestly, if you look at Dangerous Habits, and you know it's based on that, it's sort of clear what the film is about.
Keanu: Constantine, you know...He committed suicide to get out of here. He can see things, and has knowledge about the way the world works that is distressing to him. And he's trying to figure a way out. And now he's committed suicide. And he's trying to find his way into Heaven, into the Lord's grace. He's trying to find his life. A better life. And he struggles with his own nature, because he's not the nicest guy all the time.
How do you walk the line between what the fans want, and your own vision of the project?
Francis: Number one, I don't think we'll make everyone happy. There's no way to do it. When I first came on this movie, it was an interesting script. And it's really different. It has an interesting tone, a different tone. And it goes to weird places. The story. And that was really interesting to me. And it's got all these great layers. Just because it's not in England, that he doesn't speak with an English Accent, that he's not blonde...That's going to piss some people off. And they will never get over that. But I think the heart of the character is there. And I want to make sure that gets conveyed.
To the actors; did you feel a certain pressure from the Internet Community?
Djimon: More or less. You just have to forget about that and worry about the story. And where you are at. And hope that it does some justice.
Can you tell us about your character for people who are not familiar with him?
Djimon: Midnight...I can tell you that he is very Rico Suave. He's a [witch] doctor. With his back story, I think he's gone through so much with Constantine, and death is such a presence.
Keanu: He's sort of a mid-way person, between Heaven and Hell. He deals in icons. And he's a bit of a thief.
Djimon: He's a businessman.
Francis: It's kind of nice, because there's a noir structure to the story. Midnight's introduced, and you know there's a history between the two. He's presented as somewhat scary. You don't know if these guys really trust each other, or if they really like each other.
Why the name change?
Francis: Honestly, it's because of the movie Hellraiser. And when you say Hellblazer, they say, "Hellraiser? The movie with Pinhead?" I think that was the biggest thing.
Do you think Hellblazer fans will be confused?
Francis: No. I think every single Hellblazer fan knows that this is a movie with John Constantine. I think they are all very aware.
What about educating non-comic fans?
Keanu: That's why there's so much security here today.
What is the soundtrack going to be like?
Francis: It's mostly score. There are going to be a few parts in the movie where there are some songs. There's two. They are in a nightclub. Someone turns on a stereo at some point. But the rest is score. It's dark. It's atmospheric.
So, Keanu, no plans for your band to appear on the soundtrack?
Are you aiming for a PG-13?
Francis: The studio would like it to be PG-13. I don't know where it's going to land. The movie's scary. I don't know where it's going to land just based on intensity.
What would your preference be?
Francis: That it is left in whatever form it is now. So that when the MPAA sees it, hopefully they won't make me cut it. It's defiantly not an NC-17 movie. There's no graphic sex, there's no graphic violence. It's about fantastic creatures, and those kinds of things. There's no blood spurting everywhere. It's not a splatter movie in any way.
How is the chemistry between you and Rachel Weisz?
Keanu: Lovely. Yeah, she's lovely. It was fun to work with her again, and see her again. We had a good time.
Do you reference any other movies in Constantine?
Francis: Honestly, the reference...I'll give you a strange reference, and I don't know if you'll be able to connect it. The gritty sort of realism I was talking about, a lot in the beginning of the process, I was referencing the movie Training Day. Because we were shooting in LA. And it's this different side of LA that you don't normally see. It's a little more ethnic. It's a little more of a realistic LA. It's not just the landmarks of LA. I sort of took the colors of Training Day. The texture and the feeling of that. I actually worked with the production designer of that film. If you want a reference, it comes form that. The noir comes from the tone. From the character, and how Constantine interacts with people and deals with the world around him.
Why did you choose to shoot in LA instead of England?
Francis: First of all, there are various pieces pulled from different Graphic Novels. Constantine, in my eyes, has always been universal. He's in London, he's in America, there are pieces that happen in Africa. It's not just a story that takes place in London. And LA is a classically noir city.
Keanu, can you talk about the physicality of this character? He's dying, he's sick...
Keanu: Oh, it was really fun to play. It was a breaking down. The character, throughout the film, gets broken down...
Francis: Throughout the film, you got skinnier, and skinnier, and skinnier...
Keanu: No I didn't.
Francis: Yeah, you did. You got skinnier.
Francis: And everyday, we tried really hard to shoot this in order. We literally met the Friday before we started shooting, and he gave us a lesson in lung cancer that you would not believe. About people drowning in their own blood. We had that.
Keanu: That was our Bon Voyage...
Are you ever going to quit smoking.
Keanu: Well, I'm turning forty, so maybe after that...
And with that, or short discussion on the future of the could-be-a-hit film Constantine came to a close. I went over to Keanu and asked him a question I personally want to know...
Keanu, do you think you're ever going to work with Alex Winter again?
Keanu: I hope so. Yeah.
Do you know on anything particular?
Keanu: Um, not right now. I just saw him the other day. And I know he has some projects going. But as far as what we'll be doing, there's nothing specific set...
Okay, great. Thanks.
Keanu: Sure. See you later.
I finally heard back from FreezeTheDisease.org.
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From SciFi Wire:
Constantine Is Gritty.
Francis Lawrence, who directed the upcoming supernatural film Constantine, told SCI FI Wire that he deliberately avoided shooting the movie in the style of a comic book, even though it's based on the Vertigo graphic novel Hellblazer. "My approach to this from the beginning was to never shoot it like a comic-book movie," Lawrence said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego over the weekend. "I think that's been done before."
Lawrence added, "It was done very, very well with Tim Burton's original Batman. From then [on], I don't think anybody's really topped that. Everybody's built Gotham City again, whether it's called Gotham City or not. Everybody's done the dutched angles and all the bright colors and made things super-campy. And what I wanted to do, and what I always loved about the comic, was it was rooted in a reality and in real places. What I really wanted to do was make it really feel real. And it seems to be working. It seems to be what people are responding to. It's not all hyper-real. It's not super-stylized. It's rooted in a gritty reality."
To play up Constantine's gritty look and feel, Lawrence transferred the action of the story from the comic's London to Los Angeles, scene of many films noir. "I was referencing the movie Training Day, because we were shooting in L.A., and it's sort of this different side of L.A. you don't see," Lawrence said. "It's a little more ethnic. It's a little more realistic L.A. It's not just sort of the landmarks of L.A. I like the colors of that. The feelings and the textures of that. And I actually worked with the production designer of that film on this as well. If you want a reference for [the film's] look, you can go with that. The 'noir' comes more in the tone of the character and the structure of the story and the way Constantine interacts and deals with people and the world around him."
Constantine stars Keanu Reeves as supernatural detective John Constantine, who is facing death by lung cancer and must find a way to stave off the demonic forces that want to drag him to hell. "There are plenty elements of horror in this," Lawrence said. "There are plenty of scares. It's creepy throughout. What's interesting about this movie, and what I'm really proud of, too, is that it's not really genre-specific. It's not a supernatural thriller. It's not a horror film. It's not four kids in a van going off and getting chopped up by an ax murderer. It's not just fantasy. It's this weird blend of all these things."
Thank you to Jena and Melissa for letting keanuvision host their pictures from Saturday night's becky show at Ridgefest.
Melissa's photos are here, and Jena's will be up later today (hopefully).
And Keanu, star of the new supernatural thriller "Constantine" commiserated with his co-star, Djimon Hounsou, about his next project -- birthday number 40. But don't feel too sorry for him. "I'm gonna do everything, I'm gonna get the car, the girl, the young girl," he revealed. "No, at least have a birthday cake."
Also, you can go read Keanu_Soul's report at her blog. Lots of memorable encounters!
Rogan rocks for Keanu-izing this Hellblazer cover....
~Hee! Rogan also did this as a special request. Sweet! Tim Bradstreet's going to kill us all!
Here's a couple articles from the weekend...
- "[DC/Vertigo's Karen] Berger had high praise for the Constantine movie, starring Keanu Reeves. She asserted, "it looks and feels like a Vertigo book. Yes, Keanu Reeves is not British, but he understands the character."
- "I really love the guy," Reeves enthuses. "I love his anger and I loved his wry sense of humor about the awfulness of the world and having to deal with day-in and day-out and what that's kind of turned him into. Djimon's playing Midnite and we're like warriors in this world of shit just trying to deal with it and I like that."
"It wasn't necessarily always pleasant to be around Keanu when he was 'liking' John Constantine," Lawrence playfully adds.
Also, there are some pictures from the Comic Con HERE - Thanks Keanuette
I talked to Jena a little while ago and I could hear becky sound-checking in the background. She said Keanu took time out a little while ago for pictures and autographs with some lucky fans. It sounds like everyone at the Ridgefest show is having a great time and it just keeps on getting better.
No word on the petting zoo, but I hope no one throws any goats there.
Don't expect Keanu Reeves to play another reluctant hero with special powers who's called on to save the world in his upcoming supernatural action flick Constantine.
Scratch that. That's exactly what to expect, but Reeves says he found the hard-boiled magician John Constantine an appealing character despite any resemblance to his role as the savior of the Matrix trilogy.
"The character itself is so beautiful," Reeves said Friday during a panel discussion of the Warner Bros. film at Comic-Con International. "It's a guy who's dealing with issues of Heaven and Hell and how the world works. He's not happy about how the world works -- and I can relate."
Also, Empire Online reports on yesterday's appearance:
"At the heart of it all, though, was Reeves, whose gritty, SFW turn as the nihilistic Constantine (rapidly encroaching lung cancer and all, a storyline taken from Garth Ennis run on Hellblazer) had the geeks eating out of the palm of his hand.
And, as if to reciprocate, the notoriously private and often prickly Reeves was personable and fun during the presentation (during which he was asked 90% of the questions), flashing a constantly bemused smile as his every word was greeted with shrieks and shouts.
At one point he even leapt down from the stage to receive a present from an endearingly eager fan, who declared that 'You are DA BOMB!' Luckily, it turned out to be an actual present and not a thinly veiled bomb threat.
Anything where there's a great enthusiasm and where there s a coming together to share what you think is cool, I think it s awesome, said Reeves of the Comic-Con experience, before expounding further on the appeal of Constantine.
I ditched the accent, he laughed. But I really loved the guy. I loved his anger. I loved his wry sense of humour about the awfulness of the world and what that's turned him into. He's like a warrior in this world of shit, and he's trying to deal with it. "
SuperHeroHype has a look at a really ugly poster.
Ooooh, one more (via keanuweb). Cinescape.com has a nice long SPOILERY rundown of the footage shown. I'm not going to read it, but if you want to, go HERE.
I just got off the phone with Wanda as well, and she said everything went really well, and that the 20 minute trailer was just amazing.
update: pics from wanda! yay!
A look at Internet discussion forums will reveal that comic fans are of a mixed opinion on the upcoming "Constantine" film coming February 11th, 2004 from Warner Bros.. The film, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, takes a few liberties with the character, yet most fans would say the first trailer looked promising. For "Constantine" completists, fans will want to pick up the official "Constantine" comics adaptation next year from DC/Vertigo by writer Steven T. Seagle, with art by comics veteran Ron Randall, as announced today during the Vertigo: Breaking Boundaries panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.. CBR News spoke with Seagle to learn more about the series.
The belief of most comic fans is that the "Constantine" film has very little to nothing in common with the character seen in the monthly comic, something Seagle say is not entirely true.
"The mythos surrounding the movie is very much what you know from the comics," Seagle told CBR News last Tuesday. "While it's true that John is no longer blonde or British, he's very much the same man underneath it all. And many of the best bits from the best comics stories are in the movie as well."
Bringing a close to two hour film to comics is no easy task and adherence to the shooting script is a must for any film adaptation.
"This is a strict adaptation. There's not room to expand - quite the opposite. A movie to comics adaptation is all about what isn't making it rather than what is. It's a giant cutting process - tell the story in half the length. That does make for some interesting and cool eidting - I play out two scenes simultaneously that are more time-bound in the film. That kind of stuff works best in comics. But by and large, the two mirror each other well."
Seagle says the biggest challenge faced when adapting a film script to the printed comic page would have to be that need for strict adherence to the plot.
"Hollywood builds in a lot of quick little visual beats that would take a page to fully develop in a comic," continued Seagel. "The dialogue, I play fast and loose with. Because what someone can say quickly in a film needs its own panel in a comic. And things always read different than they sound, so I go more for how it reads on the page - still conversational, but more to the point."
With rumors flying the way they do on the Internet these days, film companies are extremely protective of film plot and story points. Seagle remained mum about the plot for "Constantine" and he's perfectly happy not revealing too much about the movie.
"Every script I've ever been sent from a pre-production film for any kind of project has had a non-disclosure agreement with it, so that's not some shocking thing," said Seagle. "I hate the way trailers for movies give away everything these days, so while I was told to keep it to myself, I would have anyway! What's the point of making a movie (or a comic) if everyone knows every single thing about it in advance? When I was working on my graphic novel 'It's A Bird...' for Vertigo, a lot of incorrect descriptions of it surfaced, and I just let them go - it helped keep some mystery for the book so that when people read it they could still be surprised.
Seagle is joined on the book by veteran artist Ron Randall.
"I worked with Ron on 'The Crusades' for Vertigo, he inked Kelley Jones. But Ron is a great artist in his own right and an ace for likenesses which is key for a movie adaptation."
The writer has some advice for those who're concerned about how Warners is handling the star of the "Hellblazer" comic in "Constantine."
"Keep an open mind. I was pleasantly surprised. No, it's not exactly the same as the comic book, but we've already got the comic book. This is something different, and as that, it definitely stands on its own.
"If people have any more Q's they can find me at the Man Of Action booth #3555 at Comicon!"
Also of interest, a new Hellblazer Original Graphic Novel was announced at the Con - Read the article with author Mike Carey at CBR.
Keanu will be discussing Constantine at Comic Con 2004 in just a couple hours, hopeully there will be some news from both comic and Keanu fans sometime today.
For now, here's a new image and also a look at a sculptured figure (creeepy!) and a Holy Shotgun replica, both on display at the Con.
via straight to hell
*Thank you* to Audy for sending me these pictures from last night to share here at keanuvision. See more over at Club-Keanu.
Actually, "I was drunk" is a pretty good summary in itself and will also be my defense for any number of things that may or may not have happened. The day started out being stuck for over an hour just 60 miles out of Vegas on I-15 and by the time I was gypped out of the pad thai that I so wanted for dinner, I was fucking ready for that martini with Marcie and Alan before the show. I only had the one with them, but as soon as we got to 1650 (where I was flatteringly carded) I ordered another.
This made meeting new people and trying to remember names ever so challenging. It was great seeing some familiar faces from other shows and meeting some new faces to put with the names I knew from online. I also almost made a new friend of some strange guy who looks nothing like Roi, yet I mistoook for him anyway just because he was wearing black. So, forgive me. I'm not going to rattle off who I saw/met for fear of forgetting someone.
OK, fast forward. krix drinks, smokes and quite possibly embarasses herself but has a good time. Good bands play (check out thepaige.com) and the crowd fills the first few rows in front of the stage waiting for becky to come on.
Which they did, at a little after 10:30. I have no idea of the set list, but I know they played Disco, Shut It Off and One Thing. They didn't do Oblivious or Evangeline (which Roi really wanted to hear). Even though the set seemed to be short, everything sounded great. Keanu kicked ass, even Roi remarked at how good his playing was. I know there were several points when I was just awestruck.
I also know that I should have put my camera away after taking just a few shots and just enjoyed the show. I'm really annoyed at myself for doing this instead of just watching him play and won't even be bringing my camera next time.
Aside from that (which is all my own fault and yes, I'll still be uploading the pics I wasted my focus with later tonight), I have to say that it was worth the complete crap I feel like today.
Oh, what the hell. How bad can closing my office in the middle of the week be, really?
It's kind of last minute, but we're burning CDs and taking some stickers and calling it a business trip.
Hard to believe this guy's leaving his thirties behind in September, huh?
If you'd like, you can leave him a birthday wish on the virtual birthday card created by keanufan43.
Warm up the sake! I'll be meeting keanuvisionary LoveTheLefty tonight to have dinner The Little Buddha Cafe, no california roll is safe!
And speaking of which, KeanuA-Z.com has posted an article from 1994 that you might want to check out titled "The Buddha of California"(see how I did that?), it's worth it just for the great photographs by Michel Haddi.
Unless you've been trapped in limbo or living in an underground city near the core of the earth, I'm pretty sure you've heard that the marketing team over at WB is set to give us red pill addicts an overdose with a Matrix 10-disc DVD set just in time for Christmas....
In case you haven't, here's what the set (which should come with its own APU to carry it) shall include:
All-New transfer supervised by the Wachowskis and Director of Photography (DP), Bill Pope
Audio commentary by Keanu Reeves["Yay!"--krix], Carrie Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, DP Bill Pope And Other Cast And Crew
The Matrix Revisited (180 Minutes) - same special features as previous release
New cut incorporating 55 minutes of footage shot for the Enter The Matrix game.
Audio commentaries by Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Production Designer Owen Paterson, 2nd Unit Directors David Ellis And Kimble Rendall and other cast and crew.
Audio commentaries by Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Special Effects Supervisor, John Gaeta; editor, Zach Staenberg and other cast and crew.
The Matrix And The History Of The Action Genre - examines the many influences of action cinema that make up The Matrix
Brainiacs' Revenge - Scholars, philosophers, theorists, and charlatans deconstruct the intellectual underpinnings of the trilogy
The Science Behind The Fiction - Is the notion of a real matrix plausible? An investigation of the technologies that inspire the metaphor of The Matrix
The Burley Man Chronicles - The "human" story of the making of The Matrix, as well as the game Enter the Matrix
Rave Reel- A club-oriented montage of unused and newly edited footage from Reloaded.
Spoofs Of The Matrix -The "Best-Of" these various clips
The set will also contain a 20-page soft cover Matrix booklet.
Seems like pretty much everything a Matrix fan could want, right?
Well, except for that DVD standard- DIRECTORS' COMMENTARY.
That's right. The Brothers W. still "don't wanna talk about it". Instead, there will be commentary by Cornel West, who also appeared in the films as a member of Zion's council and by Ken Wilber who is apparently some fabulous philosopher and a good friend of Larry W.'s.
If you go to integralnaked.org's what's new section you'll see that there is audio of Ken Wilber in an an interview with Larry Wachowski about The Matrix. (Thanks to Petra)
"In the [...] dialogue, for the first time ever, we are lucky enough to hear Larry publicly comment on this situation. As he explains, the movies were in many ways designed not to give answers, but to introduce questions. What does it mean to be human? What is reality? Who is in control? Does God exist? and so on. If he was to explain what he thought the movies meant, he would be providing people with another concept of reality to either accept or reject—either way, the open space created by the question would vanish."
IntegralNaked.org is an interesting site that delivers "Behind the Scenes with the Most Provocative Thinkers in Today's World".
It's also subscription-based so be prepared to whip out your credit card to hear the interview. There is a first month free deal if you really want to check it out, frankly they lost me at "tres cool!" (plus, isn't there an old joke that says "I don't want to part of a club that has Billy Corgan as a member?" Maybe I'm paraphrasing...)
Anyway, yes, I'm sure I'll be drinking the WB kool-aid and getting this set when it comes out, because they've hooked me with the Keanu commentary and extra behind-the-scenes (I so love to watch him at work). I really wish that Larry and Andrew would have done some commentary, though. I loved hearing from them in Revisited.
Thanks to Chianti for posting this news at Club-Keanu:
I think I may have to dispatch my SLC field operative (cough*tess*cough) to represent.
That looks like confirmation to me, however there is an alternate listed so I wouldn't book a pricey flight.
But if you're in the area I really urge you to take the opportunity to see Keanu on the ice. Paulie's playing too, and maybe Michael Vartan will show up this time.
There's no ticket details on the site beyond that there are only 400 seats available and they are nearly sold out, but I've sent an email for info which I'll post when I get it.
If your plan for today is to lay around in your jammies with the remote in one hand and a mouse in the other (and if I had the day off, that'd pretty much be my plan) then you can catch some Keanu content on VH1's "I Love the 90's" show...
1pm-2pm VH1 "I Love The 90s" 1991 will have Point Break coverage
4pm-5pm VH1 "I Love The 90s" 1994 will have Speed coverage
9pm-10pm VH1 "I Love The 90s" 1999 will have The Matrix coverage.
(times above are Central Time - check your listings)
As of the night before last, my Keanu bass dreams outnumber my Keanu sex dreams.
I haven't decided if I like this or not, I seem to wake up just as exhausted.
Roi has flat-out refused to sing about being anyone's "concubine" so covering Higher Ground is right out. The good news is: The Vibemerchants will be covering becky's Oblivious at an upcoming gig.
I just need Dream!Keanu to give me a few pointers on that solo of his....
"...both 'Harley" and 'Davidson'"
And of course, thanks for the Vibemerchant shout-out!
I just just want to clarify that the poster using the login "keanuvision" over at the Reeves Drive Forums is not me. It doesn't seem like their intent was malicious or anything, but I'd hate for there to be any misunderstanding.
Thanks to the person that called my attention to it.
update: It was an honest mistake, she didn't know and offered to change it. All is well and thanks.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I think what you're about to experience is summed up well by the bumper sticker I saw today: *If a pig flies, don't criticize it for not staying up long.* In other words, Virgo, the most righteous response to the wonders you've been experiencing is delighted gratitude -- even if the wonders don't quite live up to their initial promise or your early expectations. Ironically, this approach is the only one that will make it possible for the pig to fly again in the future.
There's a bomb scare thing going down right now here in Vegas.
Part of the strip is closed and it's all over the teevee.
It was nothing.
I'm feeling relieved and gypped at the same time.
My japanese name is Kawazoe (riverside) Kumiko (eternal beautiful child).
Aww, that's pretty.
Keanu's japanese name is Saruwatari (monkey on a crossing bridge) Kenta (healthy and plump).
We'll meet at a concert. (check)
His first thought will be that he didn't notice me too much. (I knew I should have had him sign my boobs!)
Our first date will consist of me tackling him and dragging him into the bedroom. (Oh, come on. I'll totally buy him dinner first)
After he gets to know me he will think "there's the door" (What? I think 'plumpmonkey' is a great pet name! Quit throwing stuff!)
How it will all end up? We'll live happily ever after. (Natch)
You are an SEDF--Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an evil genius. You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.
Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your peers know you very well--even those you have known a long time--because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world. You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.
You are not to be messed with. You may explode.
I would never presume to take that test on Keanu's behalf, but I like to think he may be a fellow evil genius.
If not, I have a plan.......bwuhahahaha!
Wednesday, July 21st - becky Live at Club Sixteen-Fifty!
1650 Schrader Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028
Corner of Hollywood Blvd and Schrader Blvd.
Doors open at 6pm.
Tickets - $10 -
UPDATE: Here's the info from the Comic-Con site:
Friday July 23 - 12:30-2:00 Warner Bros.: Batman Begins and Constantine--;Warner Bros. presents looks at two of the most eagerly awaited comic adaptations of all time! First up: Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents'; murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high-tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Participating in the panel are actor Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane) and screenwriter David Goyer. They will also sign autographs in the DC Comics booth after the event. Second on today's WB bill is Constantine, based on the DC Comics/VERTIGO Hellblazer graphic novels and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello. The supernatural thriller tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has literally been to hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman [Angela] Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost. Appearing at this event are actors Keanu Reeves and Djimon Hounsou and director Francis Lawrence.
Also, Matrix fans will be interested in this (also on Friday the 23rd):
10:30-11:30 Burlyman Entertainment Speaks!--; Meet Steve Skroce, Geof Darrow, and Spencer Lamm. They will talk about joining forces with the Wachowski Brothers to bring you two new and original comic titles, Doc Frankenstein and Shaolin Cowboy. Steve Skroce, the key storyboard artist for The Matrix trilogy and the writer and artist on Wolverine: Blood Debt, now co-plots and illustrates Doc Frankenstein, with the Wachowski Brothers handling script. Geof Darrow, the conceptual designer for The Matrix trilogy and the artist of Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot now writes and illustrates the forthcoming title The Shaolin Cowboy, with Ass-ologue by the Wachowski Brothers. Spencer Lamm, a past editor at Marvel comics, and editor of the The Art of The Matrix, The Matrix Comics, and the forthcoming The Art of the Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, edits these two new Burlyman titles. Larry and Andy Wachowski have worked together for over 30 years. No announcements will be made on possible additional guests, BURLY or otherwise.
"I just hate seeing pictures of myself where I have this look in my eye where it's like 'Ooh, I'm so sensitive and deep,'" he says, offering advice on Sky Magazine's cover shot. "Do I have some fucking puppy dog look on my face? Oh no, man! I'd rather be cross-eyed and kind of making some stupid face rather than that sombre, actor look. I don't think I'm the most handsome guy in the world, but I know I'm not quite a dog."
While there are only 5 results on Google for "bad food at Denny's" there are NONE for "good food at Denny's", which is why I should always consult the internet before making important decisions like where to have pancakes at 1AM. I swear, I thought IHoP was open 24 hours.
Thanks to everyone for all your good vibes for last night's gig. The crowd was small but seemed to like it and we had a great time. Thanks again to Wanda for coming out even though she was sick. \m/
By the way, as we were loading up last night, Dave mentioned he heard the Howard Stern thing (mentioned on KeanuWeb and it sounds like it was a repeat of the show featuring Dogstar. I can't believe that we wouldn't have heard from Paulie if becky was doing Howard's show.
Oh, and I'd like a nap now.
I wonder if Keanu ever completely changes the way he plays a song the night before a gig?
I'll be trying to force my band to learn Higher Ground in your honor tonight!
The Vibemerchants got the gig confirmed for tomorrow night so we won't have to crack any skulls. We'll be playing with two other bands, Lazarus Rise (local) and The Symptoms (who also have a girl bassist). We're all much less nervous this time around so I'm looking forward to a fun night.
Also, I have about 25 Vibemerchants stickers to give away. They're pretty plain but if you want one send an email to email@example.com with your name and address and I'll pop one in an envelope for you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Thirty-three-year-old pop star Jennifer Lopez earned $29 million in 2003. Presumably she shares some of her wealth with her mom, Guadalupe. Cynical observers might therefore regard it as a sign of divine favoritism that Guadalupe recently won a jackpot of $2.4 million while playing a slot machine at an Atlantic City casino. I suspect you may be less hasty to jump to that conclusion, though, since many of you Virgos are currently being visited (or soon will be) with an equally ridiculous amount of good luck. Don't feel guilty about your blessings in the least, please, even if they seem way beyond your fair share. Lap them up.
Oh, fax me.
I'm paying for taking yesterday off.
After the promising test screening reports, I was really hoping that Constantine would be nice and dark and set itself apart from the rest of the comic-based fare, but it's getting harder and harder to be a cheerleader for the Constantinian cause.
The most disheartening thing is that this music may never be heard at all and it's supposed to be some of Lisa Gerrard's best and darkest work.
So, in my inbox today was THIS google news alert, which makes no freaking sense.
Of course, I can't believe that's a typo.
That's the subtle subterfuge of a Keanuist.
A couple of years ago, as I was setting up false accounts on some business software for training purposes, I used Keanu movie characters for the names. Of course, no one ever really saw them but me. Some Fight Club fan slipped this in when no one was looking, which is so awesome and appropriate I can hardly stand it.
Anyone else out there? Have you either accidentally or purposefully injected some Keanu content where none should be? Could you? Would you?
Between the fact that this song, from Sonic Youth's new CD-Sonic Nurse, was obviously inspired by William Gibson's most recent novel and the "you're the one" chorus, it just has to go into the Keanu-Mix.
Sonic Youth - Pattern Recognition (please right-click and save - do not stream)
I'm a cool hunter making you my way
Like a brand name you'll replay
I will know you
I won't show you, yeah yeah
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
Heat-seeking missile freak
Scared to speak
I will know you
I won't show you, yeah yeah
Will you buy me a shaky heart
Let's forget has torn me apart
I will know you
I won't show you, yeah yeah
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
Can you sell me
I feel more like her
Oh baby baby
Please don't go
Is kind of slow
Like a cool hunter watch the disarray
Keep your secret footage head away
I will know you
I won't show you, yeah yeah
Close your eyes and feel the fun
Pattern recognition's on the run
I will know you
I won't show you, yeah yeah yeah
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
You're the one
Just a few production details from Indie Wire:
SCANNING: Warner Independent Pictures has announced that production has wrapped on the much-buzzed-about Richard Linklater adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly." The film, starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, and Rory Cochrane, was being shot in Austin, Texas. It is about a suburban California cop (Reeves) in a drug-fueled future who has to spy on his friends. The film will use live action photography with rotoscoping animation to create its vision of the future. Warner Indie noted that the rotoscoping process, seen in Linklater's "Waking Life," "has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail." Since publication in 1977, Dick's classic has sold more than 20 million books worldwide. The Section Eight/Detour project is being produced by Anne Walker-McBay, Tommy Pallotta, Jonah Smith, Palmer West, and Erwin Stoff. Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, Jennifer Fox, Ben Cosgrove, and John Sloss are executive producing. Warner Indie, which is co-financing with Smith and West's Thousand Words, plans a fall 2005 release.