A handful of trailers and other filmic appetizers have come out for the holiday weekend, hoping to grab their share of movie-goers' attention some time between the third round of hotdogs and passing out on the sofa. You could hoist yourself up and head out to see a new release in the theater, during which you might see some of these new trailers, but sit back and relax. I've got them right here, within easy reach of your antacids and favorite pillow.
Keanu Reeves said a whole lot of nothing about the possibility of taking part in another Bill & Ted movie. Actually, scratch that--it was just a little bit of nothing.
The next and as-yet-untitled Bill & Ted project does not include Reeves or former co-star Alex Winter, so don't get your hopes up there. But in talking about the project, he said that several years ago, he Winter had discussed doing a sequel when they turned 40. With that birthday well behind them both, he's now joking (at least I think it's a joke) that they instead might wait till they hit the big 5-0.
Reeves in the past has either expressed an unwillingness to do a sequel, or been vague about the prospect of cramming himself into a time-travelling phonebooth for another trip through history, and that's pretty much what he's saying today. At least he's not dismissing the prospect outright by running from the room so fast he leaves a vaguely Ted-shaped hole in the wall. But is there any real chance of a middle-aged Bill & Ted movie featuring the original stars? Does anyone really want one?
Before answering, remember Hollywood's tendency to add precocious kiddies to sequels that take place long after the originals. Think of the little sword-wielding moppet in The Legend of Zorro or that kid I pretended didn't exist in Superman Returns. Bill and Ted did hook up with those maidens from the past in Bogus Journey, so they'd probably have teenaged sons stuffed into the phonebooth with them.
Maybe if they wait long enough, someone will invent a real time machine. Then they can travel back to, oh, say... 1995... and make the sequel then. Get rid of the anticipation, the years of noncommittal answers from Reeves, and the chances of Bill Jr. and Ted Jr. asking their dads if phones really used to be so big and clunky.
Apparently, Jim Carrey still has it, as his wacky comedy Liar, Liar-- uh, we mean Yes Man topped the box office this weekend, beating out Will "I am Box Office Legend" Smith's sad-looking Seven Pounds. But just barely -- Jimbo got $18.1 million, while Big Willy got an even $16 mill. Still, they were the standouts of the weekend, which remained mellow in the face of holiday shopping. (Expect the holiday weekend, with its six major releases, to turn everything on its ear.)
An alien version of Keanu Reeves (which is different from the normal version how, exactly?) overcame a world of bad reviews in The Day the Earth Stood Still, which rocketed to the top of the weekend box office with $31 million, knocking Four Christmases out of its two-week reign. Christmases managed to stay in second, though, taking in another $13.3 million.
Finally, another reason to go to Amsterdam! You know, besides the culture. Cinema Expo is happening this week in the Dutch city of sin, and the studios are unraveling their 2008-2009 slates for an international crowd. Here's what's been lighting up the message boards:
Never was there a Moviefile writer happier than I when she found out there was talk around town of Keanu Reeves starring in a movie titled Plastic Man. The jokes rolled out before me like the waves in Point Break. If ever there was a part Keanu Reeves was born to play, it would be... well, actually, it was the part of Theodore Logan from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, but a close second is a character named "Plastic Man." I was ready to hand the man a preemptive Oscar. And then, of course, I did a little research.
Four years ago, God (and Hollywood) saw fit to grace us with a sequel to Dirty Dancing. Two years ago, we got a straight-to-DVD sequel to Road House. Well, now the Patrick Swayze hat-trick (Pat-Trick?) is about to be complete, as more details come out regarding the planned Point Break sequel, Point Break Indo!
Keanu Reeves doesn't exactly have a spotless track record where period films are concerned. How does the joke go? His performance as Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula was so wooden you could have staked a vampire through the heart with it. Not that many of his performances in films with modern settings have gotten a better reception, but things do tend to stick out more in a period piece. It's like that one guy who shows up at your party not realizing it's a costume party and then stands around looking awkward for two hours. But give the guy credit for persevering: Variety reports that he's just signed on to star in 47 Ronin for Universal Pictures, where he'll play an 18th century samurai swordsman. Wait -- it gets better. Or worse, depending on your perspective.