In his Reddit AMA, Keanu Reeves was gracious, verbose, and formal. He discussed his new movies 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi, which is his directorial debut. He also listed some of his favorite things, which all seemed fitting for the famously morose actor. Read some of the best answers from the AMA here.
A little-known fun fact: "For a long time in Los Angeles when I first moved there, when I was 20 years old, it was such a new world and so I saw some guys at a gas station once who had hockey equipment in their car, and I asked them what they were doing, and they said they were playing street hockey, so I asked them if I could play. So I became involved in a street hockey game that took place every weekend for over 10 years, every weekend, red versus black. We would take holidays off and sometimes summers, but the game was going on for over 10 years. That was cool to be a part of. It was a cool thing to have happen. Made some friends."
On filming 47 Ronin: "You know, shooting 47 Ronin was a great experience. It's a story that is very special and close to the Japanese actors, and I could feel that and respected that during the course of the filmmaking. And it brought another element to the filming, it heightened it even more than it usually is. Which was great."
Props he's kept from his movies: "I think I have a coat from the first Matrix. I have the sword from Hamlet, I kept a lot of working scripts, I have the jersey from The Replacements, I've got Constantine's lighter and watch, I have Bill & Ted's shorts (Ted's shorts), I used to have the leather jacket from My Own Private Idaho but I gave that to a friend. And I think that's it."
His reaction to being asked about his favorite movies: "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Here's some: Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, A Clockwork Orange, Stroszek."
On the memes devoted to him:"My first experience with that was Sad Keanu, and I thought it was funny!"
On the Sad Keanu picture: "I think that a picture can tell a thousand words, and none of them can be right. Or true. I'm absolutely a very happy person."
His favorite books: "Where do I begin? Here are some. As a kid, we can start with the Count of Monte Christo. We could start with the Lord of the Rings. Then we could get into finding as a teenager getting into Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, Notes from Underground, The Brothers Karamazov, we could get into Jim Thompson, we could go into some William Gibson, then we could do In Search of Lost Time by Proust. And then just getting into the works of Philip K. Dick and recently I was reading Don Delillo, Cosmopolis, I like Updike's the Rabbit Series."
On stargazing: "I believe the other night we had an eclipse of the moon! Which was cool. In the cities, I wish you could see more of the stars, but I always love when I'm in places where you can see that blanket, that twirling, twinkling. That is one of my favorite things."
On his lifestyle: "You know, I've been very fortunate in my life. Which I am grateful for. And I guess it's just to my tastes to keep life as simple as I can."
On air guitar: "You know, I'm not an air guitar afficionado. But once in a while, the air guitar comes out. Especially when you first hear (especially for me) that chord or that moment in the song when the electric guitar cuts in, or blazes out, once in a while you just got to strum all those strings in the air."
His favorite form of martial arts: "You know, I love all martial arts. I don't practice any particular form or style, but yeah, I don't have a favorite...But it was great during the making of Man of Tai Chi, to spend time with the leading man Tiger, who has studied Tai Chi since he was a kid, and it was great to talk about how we could bring some of the ideas of Tai Chi into the story of Man of Tai Chi, and some of the philosophies."
What he's been listening to: "The music I'm listening to right now? Let's see, I just got the new Nine Inch Nails recording. I really like this other band Metz, just got their first album which was great. And I've been listening to a song that I really like from LCD Soundsystem, and the song is 'Someone Great.'"
On Bill and Ted: "Working on Bill & Ted was certainly an excellent adventure. I love those characters. I love the spirit of the film. I like the eternal goodness of these characters. I always thought of them as beautiful fools. They bring a wonder and naivete to the harsh realities of the world. I found them fun to play, and also working with Alex Winter was a great experience. We shared the same view of these characters and the film, and we had a lot of laughs making those movies. And Alex and I are friends."
Read the rest of Keanu's interview here.
In mainstream news: Sandra Bullock is still floating around in space, and movie-goers still seem into it. In less mainstream news: crazy antics from Madonna, M.I.A, and, oddly, AMC. Here's some news you might have missed this week.
M.I.A. is too cool for YOLO, writes song called "Y.A.L.A" (You Only Live Twice). Listen to the song's banging preview at Stereogum.
Neil deGrasse Tyson disses Gravity. Read a collection of his self-righteous tweets at Hollywood.com.
Bill Watterson, elusive comic writer and absent subject of the new Calvin and Hobbes documentary, permitted an interview.Mental Floss gets the great honor.
Indie Christian singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens writes a (probably) joking open letter to Miley Cyrus. Read the letter, which addresses the pressing issue of Miley's grammar, at Pitchfork.
There is an arm-wrestling show coming to AMC. It's called King of Arms, and you can find out more at Vulture.
And AMC jumps on the space bandwagon with The Astronaut Wives Club. The A.V. Club describes it as "Mad Men: In Space."
Madonna gets banned from a theater chain for texting. Find out the crazy details at Hollywood.com.
Do you sometimes look through your Netflix and think, how do they come up with this stuff? How could there possibly be enough movies to fill a category like "Dinosaur TV Documentaries" or "Witty Dysfunctional-Family TV Animated Comedies?" How can there be that many hyphens in one genre? Well, you're not alone. Here are some more of the weirdest genres people have discovered in their Netflix home pages.
Hidden Gem Fight-the-System MoviesFeaturing: Goon, Gasland
Classic Feel-good Opposites-Attract MoviesFeaturing: Never on Sunday, White Christmas
Understated Independent Dysfunctional-Family DramasFeaturing: What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Carried Away
Critically-acclaimed Emotional Father-Son DramasFeaturing: Life is Beautiful, Billy Elliot
Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces Featuring: The Pianist, Jarhead
Cynical Comedies Featuring a Strong Female LeadFeaturing: Serious Moonlight, Young Adult
Dark Independent Mother-Daughter DramasFeaturing: Helen, The Secret
Violent Nightmare-Vacation MoviesFeaturing: Cabin in the Woods, The Evil Dead
Cerebral Con-Game MoviesFeaturing: Following, Confidence Girl
Visually-Striking Witty ComediesFeaturing: Manhattan, Cat Run
Critically-acclaimed Violent Suspenseful MoviesFeaturing: Drive, Pulp Fiction
Biographical Tortured-Genius MoviesFeaturing: Quills, Heleno
Isn't it funny that these two sequels are coming out around the same time? Both Dumb and Dumber and Anchorman have now become thoroughly steeped in our culture, and sometimes it's hard to tell whether the quotes from these movies have always been quoted by high school students and their hip dads. In preparation for Dumb and Dumber To and Anchorman 2, take this quiz to refresh your knowledge of the most classic (and most idiotic) quotes from these movies.
1. "Hey, chicks love it. It's a shaggin' wagon."
2. "She'll invite us right in for tea and strumpets."
3. "Take me to pleasure town."
4. "We got no food, no jobs... our pets' heads are falling off!"
5. "Why don't you go back to your home on Whore Island?"
6. "We have a saying in my country - the coyote of the desert likes to eat the heart of the young and the blood drips down to his children for breakfast, lunch and dinner and only the ribs will be broken..."
7. "I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal."
8. "She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention."
9. "I'm in a glass case of emotion."
10. "I said, 'Do you love me?' and she said, 'No, but that's a really nice ski mask.'"
11. "I'm gonna punch you in the ovary, that's what I'm gonna do."
12. "Sucker of big, brown dirty eggs."
13. "Tell her I'm rich, and I'm good looking, and I have, uh, a rapist's wit."
14. "The only way to bag a classy lady is to give her two tickets to the gun show and see if she likes the goods."
15. "Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?"
(Answers after this trailer)
1. Dumb and Dumber 2. D&D 3. Anchorman 4. D&D 5. Anchorman 6. Anchorman 7. Anchorman 8. D&D 9. Anchorman 10. D&D 11. Anchorman 12. D&D 13. D&D 14. Anchorman 15. D&D
Is there anything better than the sweeping, dramatic, ridiculously long Game of Thrones theme song? The orchestral theme, with its stunning graphics, manages to perfectly convey the mystery, complexity, and beauty of the show. This is probably why so many musicians have covered it, using a variety of mediums, and to varying degrees of success. Here are some of the best covers out there.
This acoustic guitar cover manages to perfectly replicate the orchestral sound of the original.
Super hip electronic band CHVRCHES turn the theme into a banging, synth-y pop song.
This dramatic, multi-layered song and video uses only one violin and one guy's voice.
Cellos and drums work well with the song's darkness and drama in this cover.
Of course there's an 8-bit cover.
And of course there's a ridiculous dubstep version.
This is actually a mash-up of two awesome covers, and it fantastically blends rock with violin.
The accordion seems made for this song.
For the ultimate geekiness, listen to a version by eight floppy drives.
Our favorite: the Stark children sing it, and it's ridiculous and adorable.
"I've never met anyone who doesn't like Calvin and Hobbes." This statement from the new trailer for Dear Mr. Watterson rings true, and it shows why this affectionate documentary about the famous comic strip is bound to strike a chord in the hearts of many. The film is about the creation and legacy of the comic, and it features everyone from those who worked on the strip to its most ardent fans. However, though the title addresses the famously reclusive creator of Calvin and Hobbes, it won't feature Bill Watterson himself.
"Our choice not to pursue Watterson for an interview was the right fit for our film," director Joel Allen Schroeder said in an interview with Salon. But any attempt would have probably been in vain anyway – Watterson has seldom spoken about his fantastic creation.
The documentary began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2009, and has since gathered steam, now beginning to appear at independent film festivals. On November 15th, the film will be released to the public at select theaters and as a digital download. What should we do in preparation for the film? Pre-order the film here, download some footage and a song from the gorgeously cheerful soundtrack, watch the two trailers below, and if it snows, make some snowmen, Calvin-style .
Predictably, the government shutdown has had absolutely no effect on the crazy goings on in Hollywood. Check out some stories you might have missed.
There will now be a celebrity gymnastics show. It sounds dangerous, but Deadline has the story.
Real Housewife Melissa Gorga wrote a book and it's terrible and offensive. Prepare to be horrified by the excerpts you read on Hollywood.com.
Kit Harington, Kate Mara asked to test for the Fantastic Four remake.Find out what roles they're testing for at the A.V. Club.
Orange is the New Black cast reenact this scene from Scandal. Watch the actresses who play Taystee and Crazy Eyes get dramatic at Entertainment Weekly.
Exxon sues FXX for using the same letter of the alphabet they did.Read the ridiculous tale at Hollywood.com.
Britney Spears did not like the Breaking Bad finale, Bryan Cranston sort of consoles her. The cute (?) story is at MTV.
Ann will probably return to Parks and Rec for a few episodes after her departure. Read a lot of other unknown news about the show at Vulture.
Even though sitcom characters experience an improbable amount of unlikely embarrassments and conflicts, aren't you sometimes envious that, at the end of the day, all is forgiven and forgotten? Sitcom characters seem to lead rosy, happy lives that can be devoted to small, fleeting conflicts, rather than any long term career goals. They all have amazing jobs, which seem fun, mostly stress-free, and leave them with lots of free time. Here are some of the most enviable TV jobs that make us wish we could change our careers.
Scrubs makes you want to be a doctor. J.D.'s medical world is full of friendship and practical jokes.
Sex and the City makes you want to be a writer. How does Carrie's column, which entails going out to clubs at night and lounging around in lingerie on her laptop all day, count as a career? I don't know, but I want it.
Gilmore Girls makes you want to run an inn.Though Lorelei occasionally encounters difficulties, her job at the Dragonfly Inn seems to consist primarily of spewing clever one-liners and tasting Sookie's pastries.
Full House makes you want to be a talk-show host. Danny Tanner seems to have a lot of fun at his job, and he has tons of time to be an awesome dad.
Parks and Recreation makes you want to be a civil servant. Even though Leslie's is a hard-working, thankless job, it seems like everyone else has plenty of time to goof off.
Friends makes you want to be whatever they all are. Whatever they're doing (sometimes paleontology, sometimes cooking), it sure doesn't seem very taxing.
Spongebob makes you want to be a fast food worker. Spongebob's love of the Krabby Patty ensures that he has a lot of job satisfaction.
It's getting colder, and all we want to do is curl up with some hot cider and watch Netflix. Since it's October, why not watch something bone-chilling to prepare yourself for Halloween? Here are a few of the creepiest shows, both new and old, available for streaming on Netflix.
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsWho better to start your October off right than the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock?
Hemlock GroveThis recently released Netflix original didn't receive as much hype as other releases, perhaps because the murder story is a bit too chilling for most viewers.
Twin PeaksThe haunting, small-town-surrealism vibe of Twin Peaks is perfect for a stormy night.
The Walking DeadIf you haven't already watched it, what better time to discover what all the hype is about than the zombie-infested month of October?
Being HumanThis British supernatural drama is silly in the best way possible.
666 Park AvenueWhy aren't more people into this show? It's about Manhattanites making a deal with the devil.
SupernaturalThis slightly cheesy monster-hunting drama is an addicting, but not too spooky, Halloween watch.
American Horror StoryThis terrifying show is perhaps the scariest on this list, so gather your friends and prepare to be terrified.
The Twilight ZoneIf you're going for classic, there's no better bet than the haunting classiness that is The Twilight Zone.
The Secret CircleIt's like Pretty Little Liars, but with witches, so obviously it's addicting.
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It seems that every entertainment journalist had the same idea–ask real life astronauts what they thought about Gravity. From small-town heroes to space celebs, it seems that every astronaut who has so much as simulated space travel has seen the movie, and they're being vocal about their opinions. While most pointed out errors, the majority were able to suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride. The movie stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and it's received a lot of buzz for its stunning portrayal of space. For your convenience, here's a collection of the best quotes from astronauts.
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, did a review for The Hollywood Reporter. "I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity...We were probably not as lighthearted as Clooney and Sandra Bullock."
CNN interviewed astronaut Michael Massimino, who has been in space twice and was the inspiration for Clooney's character. "I was really excited when I saw the accuracy of my telescope, payload bay, and tools. I wasn't really looking at Sandra Bullock at all. Sorry. I recognized my wire cutter."
Six-time space-walker Leroy Chiao wrote a review for SPACE.com."Let me start by saying that "Gravity," as most of us in the business expected, is full of big inaccuracies, starting with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who are way too good-looking to be astronauts. I enjoyed the film, but if viewers will set aside, for 90 minutes, the big technical and operational inaccuracies (of which there are many), they will be entertained."
Vulture spoke to Scott Parazynski, an experienced astronaut with many space walks under his belt."I got a little homesick for being in space, actually!...It's the greatest job in the universe."
Astronaut Sherwan Spring was interviewed by U-T San Diego."You wouldn't want to show it to a physics class because of some of the inaccuracies. But I can see where the movie could become a cult classic."
Marsha Ivins, who has spent around 55 days in space, wrote a mostly negative review for TIME. "Watching Gravity, I found myself cycling between appreciation and cringing, almost in time with the action."Scientific American talked to the inspiration behind Bullock's character, astronaut Cady Coleman."I really felt that it brought people to space in both an emotional and a physical way."