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Bits and snippets off the web
LucaM
2011-02-15 18:13


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Matrix reference, my dear Master ;)
the pod.



inkhuldra
2011-02-15 19:18


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Seer quoth:


could someone kindly refresh me on which egg that was that Keanu hatched from?

I'm suddenly picturing Keanu hatching from an egg, Easter chicken style, complete with bits of egg shell in his hair. OMG! LOL! Someone get the bird seeds! 8-D

LucaM
2011-02-15 19:23


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ink - PLEASE. I'm at work and have to hide my grin...
( not to mention that the Easter egg image did cross my mind as I was typing the previous message... :D)

and don't anyone go mention the Easter bunny , or else !!! :D

TheTangerine
2011-02-16 11:39


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When I do my church community service this Easter, I'll be stuffing the eggs with keanus. :D
Anakin McFly
2011-02-16 11:53

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:D
post pictures. :|
seer
2011-02-17 21:56


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Oh now there we go - should someone with the photo shop touch not miss an opportunity? A tray full of deviled Keanu eggs for the meme :D.

{{ouch.. a Keanu deviled in the manner of egg yolks would be pretty messy.. sorry to have been the possible source of any unpleasant visuals }}

Ok, no I'm not :D.

LucaM
2011-02-18 00:57


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*facepalm*
... that's one of my favorite dishes.
damn.

and of course you're not :D

LucaM
2011-02-23 04:28


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http://itsnotaboutthemoney.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/meryl-streep-robert-de-niro-susan-sarandon-keanu-reeves-bill-nighy-on-rejection-and-not-giving-up/

I watched a group of American actors talk last night about auditions. It was a real eye opener. They had all achieved great success, and they all said auditions were a nightmare, and that for every role they did get they had often had anything from 30-50 rejections. Year after year after year. Hard to imagine now, isn’t it? Imagine not recognizing the talent of any of these great actors.

Susan Sarandon said you’re acting with somebody who’s just reading a part and can’t act, into a vacuum, and nobody gives you any feedback, it’s hideous. And all the rejections were very hard to take. For Bill Nighy, they were torturous and traumatic. He said he was very pleased to be older now and to be able to pick his roles, not to have to do auditions any more.

I loved Meryl Streep’s response – that you can’t make people love you. All you can do is do your best. And if don’t get the part you know that they’ve lost out on your great interpretation of the role. But you can’t take it – any of it – personally.

Robert de Niro said just be yourself. Don’t try to impress anybody, because you’ll either get the role or you won’t, and there’s nothing you can do to change that. If you’re just yourself you have the best chance, because nothing is getting in the way of what you can really do. I liked that. No pretense.

Keanu Reeves – looking quite delicious I have to say – said it’s daunting and demoralizing. You go to an audition prepared, vulnerable, full of hope. You often get nothing back in return, and it’s terribly painful. But, he said, it’s also an opportunity. He didn’t elaborate, but somebody else had said you come away from these painful experiences and you’re really forced to decide how passionate you are about acting, whether you’re willing to go through the pain. I imagined that’s what Keanu Reeves had in mind. The painful experience helps you make your choice.

All of these unpretentious people have done great things, played amazing roles, directed wonderful films. I don’t get to see them just being real too often, I suppose because interviewers usually ask such dumb questions. There’s so much media crap about celebrities, most of it utterly untrue. The reality of their lives, what they have to go through to achieve, how long it’s taken them, passes us by.

In the mass portrayal of a wildly over-permissive world of seductive glitz and glamor, it’s easy to forget that that world is actually inhabited by ordinary, real people, some of them with huge courage who have been through hell to get to where they are. One thing the actors and actresses I saw last night all had in common. They didn’t want to do anything else. Well, two things. They didn’t give up, in the face of tons and tons and tons of rejection.

Anakin McFly
2011-02-23 04:32

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I like how they call him a great actor. :)
inkhuldra
2011-02-23 04:47


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Nice article. I wonder when and where this took place, and in what context. Didn't say on the blog.
LucaM
2011-02-23 05:30


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http://torontosavvy.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/theatre-passe-muraille-and-keanu-reeves/

from twitter.

nafsunaek
2011-02-23 06:37


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All of these unpretentious people have done great things, played amazing roles...

Yes, good article!! :)
LucaM
2011-02-25 02:11


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a reminder of WHY WINM came to exist :
http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/02/23/keanu_reeves_named_the_worst_actor_in_

and some of the reactions
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2011/02/are_these_really_the_worst_act.html

... some things never change :(
oh well.

Anakin McFly
2011-02-25 02:14

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yeeeah. Although it's not Starpulse who posted it, but Complex.com. wtf is everyone bashing Starpulse and letting Complex get off relatively scott free? Don't shoot the messenger, guys. Even if the messenger is a fish.

...not to mention that I have a soft spot for Starpulse ever since this:
http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2008/12/16/the_best_and_worst_of_keanu_reeves

LucaM
2011-03-04 05:17


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from the chapter 'trying to understand how the moviemaking business work- and failing at it' :

http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201102/the-day-the-movies-died-mark-harris?printable=true¤tPage=1

an interesting article that explains a few things.


a few excerpts:
With that in mind, let's look ahead to what's on the menu for this year: four adaptations of comic books. One prequel to an adaptation of a comic book. One sequel to a sequel to a movie based on a toy. One sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a movie based on an amusement-park ride. One prequel to a remake. Two sequels to cartoons. One sequel to a comedy. An adaptation of a children's book. An adaptation of a Saturday-morning cartoon. One sequel with a 4 in the title. Two sequels with a 5 in the title. One sequel that, if it were inclined to use numbers, would have to have a 7 1/2 in the title.1

And no Inception. Now, to be fair, in modern Hollywood, it usually takes two years, not one, for an idea to make its way through the alimentary canal of the system and onto multiplex screens, so we should really be looking at summer 2012 to see the fruit of Nolan's success. So here's what's on tap two summers from now: an adaptation of a comic book. A reboot of an adaptation of a comic book. A sequel to a sequel to an adaptation of a comic book. A sequel to a reboot of an adaptation of a TV show. A sequel to a sequel to a reboot of an adaptation of a comic book. A sequel to a cartoon. A sequel to a sequel to a cartoon. A sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a cartoon. A sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a movie based on a young-adult novel.2 And soon after: Stretch Armstrong. You remember Stretch Armstrong, right? That rubberized doll you could stretch and then stretch again, at least until the sludge inside the doll would dry up and he would become Osteoporosis Armstrong? A toy that offered less narrative interest than bingo?

DAMMIT, I WANTS CONSTANTINE 2. LIKE, NAO.

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In Hollywood, though, not all quadrants are created equal. If you, for instance, have a vagina, you're pretty much out of luck, because women, in studio thinking, are considered a niche audience that, except when Sandra Bullock reads a script or Nicholas Sparks writes a novel, generally isn't worth taking the time to figure out. And if you were born before 1985... well, it is my sad duty to inform you that in the eyes of Hollywood, you are one of what the kids on the Internet call "the olds." I know—you thought you were one of the kids on the Internet. Not to the studios, which have realized that the closer you get to (or the farther you get from) your thirtieth birthday, the more likely you are to develop things like taste and discernment, which render you such an exhausting proposition in terms of selling a movie that, well, you might as well have a vagina.

36 years old, taste, discernment, movie buff , vagina.
drat. :|

inkhuldra
2011-03-04 05:30


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We have vaginas and we want Constantine 2. Let's just face it: we're f***ed. *sadface*
AdriannaM.
2011-03-04 06:39


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Wait, is there definitely no Constantine 2, or is it still in the air?
LucaM
2011-03-04 06:46


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as far as I know, it's dead.
BUT there are money and resources to bring Jonah Hex ( or whatever it's called) and Green Hornet and Green Lantern ( sorry, Ryan, I like you, but not that much) to the big screen. oh, and to consider Johnny Depp as Tonto. THAT Tonto. But no-one seems to be able to put together a decent script for Constantine 2. Way to go, Hwood. :(
inkhuldra
2011-03-04 14:47


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No wonder Keanu's in so many indies lately.

I'm going to watch Constantine again, for the umpteenth time, as a silent protest against the Marvels (cough!) of Hollywood.

seer
2011-03-04 20:44


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Imagine, indie production on the upsweep, getting attention - and bucks - from 'names', and more names choosing to forgo a 'reboot' big studio vehicle in favor of something smaller but innovative? In a perfect world the opening film slates would be comprised of two big studio retreads per year and two indie productions per month. That way the movie going public - who are going to go to theaters anyway for a variety of reasons - couldn't help but support the indie industry :).

Apprentice, have had a thought and I suspect you might have an idea - how many folk affiliated with indie productions with some success end up seduced by the 'big studio' model? Ie, they leave indie country and move into Hollywierd, shanghaied by the prospect of big name and fame?

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