Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Keanu Reeves Ode To Happiness

"I thought it was fantastic," says Reeves. "Holding it I just had this moment of looking at it and going 'wow, if I'd like to have this, then other people would like to have this,' so we tried to make it a work as a book."
Reeves is keen to stress that the poem is not a true reflection of his personal life, nor was it designed to counteract his media-created lonely image.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Keanu Reeves | Keanu Reeves Plans Haiku Collection | Contactmusic

Keanu Reeves is planning to publish a collection of humorous haiku poems following the release of his debut comedy book, Ode To Happiness, earlier this year (11).

The Speed star teamed up with artist Alexandra Grant to create the "grown-up" picture book about self-pity, which features lines such as, "I draw a hot sorrow bath in my despair room" and "I wash my hair with regret shampoo after cleaning myself with pain soap".

Now the actor is eager to write a follow-up in the form of short Japanese haiku poems.

He explains, "I hope we get to do another book. 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.'

"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."

Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves Plans Haiku Collection Contactmusic

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Keanu Reeves The Poet

Someone once said it took six hours to write a poem," says Grant. "Five hours 55 minutes on the couch, and five minutes of writing. That's what this project felt like." She turned the words over in her head for a month before putting brush to paper. "I had to figure out how the images could match the text, both in their humour and their darkness."

The illustrations in Ode to Happiness dovetail nicely with Grant's other work: bright, busy, almost synaesthetic arrangements of words penned by collaborating writers, including the poet Michael Joyce. For Reeves, the book is more of a departure. To date, the actor has only strayed out of cinema to work on stage, and to play bass guitar in the bands Dogstar and Becky . "Unless you include being drunk and disorderly," he says. "That's a kind of performance art."


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Henry's Crime In Munich

BERLIN -- Spencer Susser's "Hesher," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keanu Reeves starrer "Henry's Crime" from helmer Malcolm Venville, and William Monahan's romantic thriller "London Boulevard," with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley are among this year's international titles unspooling at the Munich Film Festival. Germany's second biggest film fest, which runs June 24-July 2, presents 237 films from around the globe, most of them having their German premiere at the event.
Among the 16 pics unpooling in the American Independents sidebar are two films starring Michelle Williams, Kelly Reichardt's oater "Meek's Cutoff" and Derek Cianfrance's relationship drama "Blue Valentine."
Also playing is Liza Johnson's "Return," starring Michael Shannon ("Man of Steel"); Kelly Duane and Katie Galloway's documentary "Better This World," the story of two young political activists from Texas who were charged with domestic terrorism; and Aaron Katz's mystery thriller "Cold Weather."
"This is our best lineup in a long time," said festival director Andreas Stroehl, who is stepping down after an eight-year stint. "It brings together the highest artistic aspirations with rich cinematic enjoyment."
The International Program, the fest's biggest section showcasing more than 70 films, includes John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole," with Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart; George Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack," starring Kevin Spacey; and the Dardenne brothers' "Le Gamin au velo" (The Kid With a Bike), winner of this year's Cannes Grand Prix, which kicks off the eight-day fest.
The event also boasts sidebars such as New French Cinema, New German Cinema, Visiones Latinas, Focus Far East and the Kinderfilmfest.
Additional screeners include Pascal Arnold's French romantic thriller "American Translation"; Jan Zabeil German drama "The River Used to Be a Man," starring Alexander Fehling; and Julio Hernandez Cordon's Guatemalan title "Las marimbas del infierno."
The fest is feting actor John Malkovich and Georgian-born filmmaker Otar Iosseliani with its CineMerit Award as well as American helmer Tom DiCillo ("Delirious") and Sweden's Roy Andersson ("A Swedish Love Story") with retrospectives.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Keanu Reeves: A quiet confidence

Whether he’s on the big-screen or in public, Reeves always has a mysterious aura about him, which only compounds people’s curiosity. Nonetheless, the media seems to stay out of his way – which is odd, considering this is the age when people are obsessed with celebrities. Reeves, who now lives in Los Angeles, has said in interviews, that he leads a very boring private life, and doesn’t go out of the house much, which is apparently how he manages to keep such a low profile.