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Keanu on Fame

Keanu Reeves has lived in the spot light for quit some time and it’s impressive that, for the most part he’s lived a private, normal-ish life.

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Recently, the current boy band members of the insanity tween driven popularity, One Direction member Zayn Malik decided to hang up his hat (or a metaphor the relates to the boy band that I don’t know) to live a semi normal life.  Though, from the sound of it I don’t think Keanu knows who this popstar is, he still offers some sage advice and wishes him luck in the hectic world that is fame.

In the light of the insanity that is fame and “the price” that comes with it, there’s always the question of how can people handle it. It’s no wonder that celebrities try to hold on to their normalcy in any way they can, like Keanu still taking the subway (and also being a gentleman by letting this woman take a seat).

I also have to applaud the few that do want to protect their private life and don’t feel like they have to share everything. So, really kudos to you Keanu and school the young-ins to understand the chaos that is fame but also how you can live a normal, peaceful life.

There’s a reason he’s The One….am I right?

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Keanu Movie Club- Parenthood (1989)

Keanu is an actor with many roles under his belt ranging from “The One” to an Orthodontist who’s obsessed with wolves. But there’s one role that he’s played, maybe, too well: the angst ridden teen. Nothing compares to his sweet, naive, absent minded, “stoner” character Tod Higgins from the Ron Howard’s 1989 film Parenthood.

Tod Higgins is a good guy who just loves his girlfriend (Martha Plimpton) and not as dumb as everyone assumes. This character is a gem in Keanu’s crown of misunderstood teen angst during the late 80s and early 90s. No one did it better. There was a beauty and ease in his acting for these roles and if you never thought Keanu could act, think again and watch this:

There’s some truth and pain in that monologue, probably stemming from his real life experience with his own father not being around. Keanu has more depth then people think. Sometimes you just have to look a little deeper and beyond the “vacant stare” because you might see a beauty and innocence you’ve never noticed.

Other suggested watches:
My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Rivers Edge (1989)

Happy Birthday Keanu!

Today is a magical day. It is the day that Mr. Reeves graced the world with his presence. The day that has lead to many great ones that, we as viewers, where able to experience. We laughed, we cried, we felt the Sadness Keanu experienced that day on the bench. Where would we be with out you?

I know a lot of people out there don’t feel the same way about Keanu and I’ve known the feeling but it’s just like in The Matrix, you either take red pill and see the truth about him being a great actor/person or you stay in a fantasy world with the blue. It’s your choice but I’m just trying to open your eyes to his greatness.

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I’m not the only one who feels this way and today on his 50th Birthday they’ve broken down his diverse acting roles and everything he’s done and where’s he’s been from the good to, well, not so good.

On Keanu Reeves’ 50th birthday, we show that he does in fact have more than one face

And also check out:

The 25 BEST Keanu Roles

Keanu, Thank you for everything you’ve done and….

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Knock, Knock…Who’s There?

The new Eli Roth movie starring Keanu Reeves called, what else, Knock, Knock.

The film is about “A pair of femme fatales wreaking havoc on the life of a happily married man (Reeves).”

I’m thrilled to see what Eli Roth and Reeves will create working together and just excited to see him in a horror/thriller role.

Check out his interview here:

 

Keanu Movie Club: Youngblood (1986)

Yes, Youngblood. Have you heard of it? No? Well, be prepared to have your mind blown.

Get your panties ready because this movie not only stars a young sexy Rob Lowe but also a delightfully dapper Patrick Swayze both playing minor league hockey players that are guaranteed to make you sweat.

 The movie is about a skilled young hockey prospect (Rob Lowe) hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach’s daughter. (IMDb)

But wait. Who’s that at the table with them. Oh, it’s little Keanu, giving great little one liners and comic relief through out the whole movie. Since he actually played hockey when he was younger he was able to provide pointers and tips to his cast mates giving the movie the feel that they actually were playing halfway decent at hockey.

 

Even though he wasn’t the main character and didn’t have too much screen time I still think it’s worth a Keanu Movie Club must watch!

And I bet you thought Keanu and Swayze only made one movie together….you’re welcome for this new found knowledge! 

 

Is TV Ready for Keanu Reeves?

TV Programs (yes, programs because I’m an old lady) have as of the past years been on the up and up with successes from series like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad allowing us as viewers to really connect with these characters. Unlike movies we see these characters develop and grow in different ways, good and bad, and see them as more complex beings over a period of time rather than a matter of hours.

This mini-series Keanu is starring in and executive producing is called RAIN and is set to air in 2016.

The character of John Rain is based on writer Barry Eisler’s series of novels, which see the half-Japanese, half-American assassin traveling the world and finding his marks – but never finding human connection. His whole schtick is making his target’s deaths look like natural causes, which should add an interesting puzzle element to the series if the “hits” are where the series’ focus lies.

I’m thrilled to see how Keanu will fair at this new adventure into to television and feel like he’ll really show us what he’s got, really being able to see him open up into something more then just an action hero, “whoa!” guy.

I think the question isn’t if Keanu is ready for TV but are we ready for Keanu on TV? Well, are you?

I know I am.

Get to Know: Andrew Rahman

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Meet Andrew Rahman:

Andrew is a good friend of mine that I’ve known for several years that I’m so lucky I get to work with on the music for Keanu! The Musical.

I meet Andrew in Columbus, Ohio through mutually talented friends and knew that one day I wanted to work with him. It just seemed to make sense when he moved to Oakland, CA that we needed to collaborate, finally, and I’m sure glad we combined our forces because I’ve been super excited about the music we’ve made, thus far.

Andrew is multi-talented, always working on projects, either his own or collaborating with others. I’m always excited to hear what he’s been working on with other people and excited that he’s able to keep his creativity juices flowing. And when you think that’s all he can do, he also teaches! Oh, and also knows how to juggle, though that’s a maybe but I’m just assuming if he doesn’t know he could figure out in an hour.

Just check out his sound cloud at all the different types of music he’s been making! It’s amazing and inspiring!

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He’s been a major role in Keanu! The Musical by helping me really shape and form what the sound and feel of the musical was going to be. He’s helped me create  hilarious song (ie “Bill and Ted” song, which I’ll share with you soon) while helping me build and develop sound designs for the actual stage production. At the last table reading we were able to bring some life into my words with the sounds we chose and made people laugh. It makes me excited just to think about it and how far I’ve come since collaborating with him and I can’t wait to create more sweet, sweet music!

Stay tuned for more Keanu! The Musical songs to come and also if you have any more questions about Andrew let me know and I can direct you in his path OR check out his website linked with his name and EMAIL HIM!

Keanu Will Save You

Mr. Reeves is one of those actors who’ve been in a slew of different movies but there is one genre that has really stood out in his career.

Action movies!
We all know the movie.  The one that broke him free from his stoner persona. The one that made every woman want to be held hostage on a bus just so they could nuzzle into his strong-ish chest. The one that made us want more kick ass Keanu in a cop uniform.

SPEED!

Sure, there are a handful of other action movies that you may think was his better “action” role and I would have to agree that his character Johnny Utah from Point Break comes in close second but there’s something about Speed that really gets my motor running. He’s just so confident and emotionless, unless he’s with Detective Harry Temple (Jeff Daniel’s character) who was his TRUE love.

But Speed stood out above the rest because, while all his peers were busy dispatching their bad guys with a knowingly raised eyebrow, Reeves played his hero as straight as a bullet. As someone who has always been averse to any trend that relies on a dosage of smug irony, it was his persona, rather than those of Cage or Travolta, that resonated most. While Bruce Willis flaunted the gift of the gab, Reeves showed little interest in chitchat and was all the better for it. Traven’s capacity to get his job done with a minimum of unfunny asides and forced repartees is something that appeals to anyone who covets the misanthrope’s life but comes up short in his particular brand of workplace self-assurance.

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See! I’m not the only one.

But what do you think? Who’s your favorite Keanu Action hero?

Also, I’ve noticed he’s played a lot of characters named John….

Get to Know: Ryan Eilbeck

I would like to introduce some of my amazingly talented friends who’ve been helping me on the journey to bringing Keanu! The Musical to life.

Meet Ryan Eilbeck:

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I’ve known Mr. Eilbeck for several years, meeting through a mutual friend when I lived in Columbus, Ohio. When I was on the search for a musician to help me put my crazy lyrics and thoughts into a song my friend Jimi Payne suggested Ryan. And it was a perfect fit.

The first two songs he’s pumped out for me, “50 MPH Love Song” and “My Own Private River” was exactly what I was looking for in a song; super catchy and AMAZING!

Also he’s in a little band called Delay  who was just featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. No big deal or anything! Here’s what they had to say:

Later on the show we welcome NPR Music’s Daoud Tyler–Ameen and Jacob Ganz to the studio to play some of their favorite new tunes. Daoud opts for “Explanation,” a punchy rock number from Ohio trio Delay, while Jacob plays Perfume Genius‘ surging new track “Queen.”

Here’s the song “Explanation”:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/07/22/332328612/new-mix-the-rentals-perfume-genius-the-bots-zammuto

Also Delay is on tour and you should check out if they are coming to a town near you because it’ll be worth it. Promise!

I can’t wait to hear what other musical magic Ryan has in store and I feel so lucky to have him along for the ride!

So, what are you waiting for? Check out his music!

And also have a good weekend!!!!!

Keanu Movie Club: Hard ball (2001)

It’s Monday and we are all sleepy so why not treat yourself to a classic film, Hard ball.

Wait. You haven’t seen it you say? Well, you’re in for a treat.

Sure it may look like a bust but trust me it’ll be worth your time.

Also, here’s a test:

Guess the singer at the end of the film.