In the cinematic world, everything is more dramatic when it happens in the rain. Fighting, whether fist to fist or thousands of swords upon thousands of swords, takes on a whole new life of its own in the rain. Everything becomes more urgent, more uncertain, more suspenseful. Some of the most iconic on-screen show downs have happened in the rain, from television’s Lost to the unforgettable Matrix Revolutions and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
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Though Robert Pattinson has made his share of independent movies in his career, this week’s Cosmopolis is widely thought of has his big move to make a post-Twilight career for himself. And he certainly wouldn’t be the first hot young actor to make a case for himself as a serious actor by taking a giant step into the world of dark and twisty films. Many a heartthrob has gone from the pages of Tiger Beat to the local arthouse theater quite soon after they made it big, from Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix’s turns as gay hustlers in My Own Private Idaho to Daniel Radcliffe’s recent venture into spooky suspense with The Woman in Black. Sometimes it’s because they really love the art of filmmaking, like Rob seems to, and other times, it seems like a calculated move to make themselves Oscar contenders instead of Teen Choice surfboard winners.
Sometimes, they find their comfort zone in dark and twisty, sometimes, like in the case of Marlon Wayans, who surprised critics with his performance in Requiem for a Dream, it turns out to be a one-time-only deal. Still, we love them all for trying! Here are our 10 favorite arty and deep roles taken on by mainstream hotties:
In case you didn’t realize, VH1 Classic has declared today, 11/11/11, National Metal Day. We’re sure we’re not the only ones to blast Mastodon in our headphones while everyone assumes we’re typing away to the sweet sounds of Britney Spears. Not every metalhead wears leather pants, T-shirts and a scowl, right? Over the years, several surprising celebs have come out of the closet as fans of the hard stuff — and not just when those Iron Maiden shirts were really popular at Hot Topic.
Years ago, MTV discovered that Demi Lovato was a serious fan of black metallers Dimmu Borgir among other groups we’re sure never appeared on Radio Disney. Kat Dennings likes to tweet about knitting while listening to metal. This 10-minute video of a tipsy Kelly Clarkson rocking out onstage at a Metal Skool show in 2006 is truly endearing. And only one celeb has actually toured with Ozzfest — Ms. Jada Pinkett Smith. Check out the other headbanging A-listers in the gallery!
That’s Chloe Moretz and Keanu Reeves re-creating Taxi Driver for the November issue of Harpers Bazaar, by the way. The magazine pays homage to Martin Scorsese with a photo spread re-enacting some of his most memorable movie scenes. It’s a pretty fantastic idea with stars like Kate Bosworth doing The Age of Innocence and our favorite: Christina Hendricks posing for Gangs of New York.
The shoot accompanies an article with celebrities talking about their Marty moments — collaborations, anecdotes, stories from the set and such! Jodie Foster reminisces about Taxi Driver, saying, “When we were shooting Taxi Driver, I think Marty was really uncomfortable with the fact that I was so young. The memory I have is of him and Robert De Niro trying to tell me how to unzip [De Niro’s] pants. And Marty keeps bursting out laughing. He can’t get a word out, and he tries to act serious, you know? He keeps smoothing down his face on both sides, but he just keeps laughing…” This one’s a classic, folks. Especially if you’re a movie buff. Scorcese’s first-ever 3-D family flick, Hugo, is in theaters on November 23.
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All together now: I know haiku. Keanu Reeves kicked off a new career as an author earlier this year with Ode To Happiness, a “grown-up picture book” revolving around tongue-in-cheek poem about his depression. And he’s already got an idea for book number two. “I’m considering another idea I call Haikus of Hope. Basically like, ‘I want to kill myself’ and go from there. Going into such a dark place that you can somehow surprisingly find the light at the end of the tunnel—but a nice end of the tunnel. Not the end of the tunnel… ‘I hang from a cherry tree… I hang.'” That’s just great, Keanu…that’s great.
Apparently the book won’t just be for people who want Keanu to guide them through the happy end of the sad tunnel. “I’m gonna get deep into haiku, because often times people construe that in English it’s five-seven-five syllables, but that doesn’t have to hold true, so I want to play with the traditional Basho form. I like that: Haikus of Hope.” Whatever keeps you awake between takes, dude.
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Turn that frown upside down, Sad Keanu! 2011 is looking like your year. So soon after announcing Bill And Ted 3 might actually happen, New York Mag is reporting that Keanu Reeves is in talks for Akira lead Kaneda after Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling allegedly passed on the film. Seeing as how Akira‘s whitewashing seemed eminent back in March, it’s reassuring to see an actor with at least some Asian ancestry potentially being cast. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the graphic novel can probably point out the other problem with the rumored casting choices: the Akira leads are supposed to be in high school, not old enough to pick up their teenage kids from high school in their Ford Windstars.
But don’t you lose that grin just yet, Reeves! Apparently Warner Bros. plans on dropping $230 million on the project, which would likely make it one of the top ten most expensive films ever made, so they will almost certainly cast someone with Keanu’s international appeal. A huge sci-fi adventure flick staring Keanu Reeves makes us feel like it’s 1999 again. Just makes you want to say: whoa.
There might be no other film from our youth that has had such an impact on our lives, our knowledge of history, or our use of slang than Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure. We still can’t eat a big bowl of ice cream without chanting “Zig-gy Pig-gy!” and we often find ourselves referring to Sigmund Freud as The Frood Dude. Last year, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter both teased us with the idea that there could be a third Bill and Ted film in the works, and this week, Keanu goes even further, confirming that the script is almost finished.
The the interview above, Reeves discusses the next Bill and Ted movie, saying “I believe the writers are six weeks away from a draft. … When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn’t happened, so they’ve now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there’s an element of time and they have to go back.” We’d be interested to see these guys revive their old characters, but it just won’t be the same without Rufus, played by George Carlin. Hopefully they don’t revive him with CGI holograms or something, that would not be so excellent.
A Rumor We Love about Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves kissing is turning out to have some merit, at least according to the National Enquirer. Three weeks ago, TMZ reported that the pair were seen smooching after an intimate dinner together, and this week, the Enquirer is confirming that the pair are definitely doin’ it. (Bumping Sweet Novembers? Advocating each other’s Devils? Whatever.)
They’ve been chummy ever since they first acted together in 1997, but after years of dating other people and enduring heartbreak, it seems like a romance has blossomed. A source said that Keanu went through a rough patch, dealing with his girlfriend Jennifer Syme‘s untimely death in 2001, but that “Charlize really helped him get through it.” Then when Charlize broke up with Stuart Townsend this year “Keanu stepped in. Now Charlize and Keanu couldn’t be happier.” We had no idea that Keanu had been through something so tragic, but we’re happy they’ve finally managed to make it happen after all these years.
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Woo, woo, woo! TMZ has footage of Charlize Theron making out with Keanu Reeves on the street after a delicious dinner together! Is it possible that the former co-stars of 1997’s Devil’s Advocate and 2001’s Sweet November are enjoying a belated romance? Has he been politely waiting for relationships with Stephan Jenkins and Stuart Townsend to end so he could swoop down and declare his eternal devotion? Was his shirt off when he did it? “More evidence—when they hugged each other goodbye, Charlize’s hands are clearly UNDER KEANU’S JACKET!” OMG! That’s totally the universal sign of a sexual relationship! What an update!
Granted, these two have acted intimately for years at social events and they clearly were aware of the cameras during their clinch. If they were secretly banging, they probably wouldn’t be hugging at all. But if Charlize and Keanu want to come forward with some grand Hepburn and Tracy story involving years of simmering chemistry, far be it from us to advise them otherwise. See photos of Charli-anu in the gallery below.
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