River Phoenix

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Phoenix met actor Keanu Reeves while Reeves was filming Parenthood with Phoenix's brother, Joaquin; however, Phoenix had reportedly auditioned for Bill in Reeves' then-current film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure before the role was taken by Alex Winter. The two starred together for the first time (along with Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman and Joan Plowright) in 1990's I Love You to Death and again in Gus Van Sant's avant-garde film My Own Private Idaho. In his review for Newsweek, David Ansen praised Phoenix's performance: "The campfire scene in which Mike awkwardly declares his unrequited love for Scott is a marvel of delicacy.

John Wick (film)

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John Wick (retroactively known as John Wick: Chapter 1) is a 2014 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, in his directorial debut, and written by Derek Kolstad. It stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. It is the first installment in the John Wick film series. The story focuses on John Wick (Reeves), searching for the men who broke into his home, stole his vintage car and killed his puppy, which were a last gift to him from his recently deceased wife (Moynahan). Stahelski and David Leitch directed the film together, though only Stahelski was credited.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a 2019 American neo-noir action thriller film starring Keanu Reeves as the eponymous character. It is the third installment in the John Wick film series, following John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, and Marc Abrams, based on a story by Kolstad. It also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane.

John Wick: Chapter 2

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (also known as simply John Wick 2) is a 2017 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. It is the second installment in the John Wick film series, and the sequel to the 2014 film John Wick. It stars Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane. The plot follows hitman John Wick (Reeves), who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on him. Principal photography began on October 26, 2015, in New York City. The film premiered in Los Angeles on January 30, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 10, 2017.

The Matrix

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Chad Stahelski, who had been a stunt double on The Matrix prior to directing Reeves in the John Wick series, acknowledged the film's strong influence on the Wick films, and commented, "The Matrix literally changed the industry. The influx of martial-arts choreographers and fight coordinators now make more, and are more prevalent and powerful in the industry, than stunt coordinators. The Matrix revolutionized that. Today, action movies want their big sequences designed around the fights." The Matrix received Academy Awards for film editing, sound effects editing, visual effects, and sound.

Parenthood (film)

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Keanu Reeves as Tod Higgins. Harley Kozak as Susan Buckman-Huffner. Eileen Ryan as Marilyn Buckman. Joaquin Phoenix (as Leaf Phoenix) as Garry Buckman-Lampkin. Helen Shaw as Grandma. Jasen Fisher as Kevin Buckman. Paul Linke as George Bowman. Alisan Porter as Taylor Buckman. Zachary La Voy as Justin Buckman. Alex Burrall as Cool Buckman. Charmin Lee as Nurse at Hospital.

John Wick (character)

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Jonathan "John" Wick is the title character and main protagonist of the John Wick film series. He is portrayed by Keanu Reeves. The character of John Wick is an assassin who has long retired, until a gang invades his house, steals his car and kills his dog. This sets him on a near unstoppable path of revenge. John Wick's history is mostly unknown but he was an orphan and originally named Jardani Jovonovich before later taking the name John Wick. He was taken in by the Ruska Roma organisation from Belarus and raised by their leader the Director, and brought up in their New York headquarters.

Gus Van Sant

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Drugstore Cowboy's exploration of the lives of those living on society's outer fringes, as well as its Portland setting, were mirrored in Van Sant's next effort, the similarly acclaimed My Own Private Idaho (1991). Only with the success of Cowboy was Van Sant now given license to make Idaho (a film he had originally pitched but was knocked back several times as the script was deemed 'too risky' by studios). Now New Line Cinema had given Van Sant the green light, he was on a mission to get the Idaho script to his first choices for his two young leads.

Derek Kolstad

By the end of 2012, Kolstad sold his other script, titled Scorn, to Thunder Road Pictures, and in April 2013, Keanu Reeves agreed to star in the film. It was Reeves who suggested the name of the film be changed to John Wick after the title character, who was named after Kolstad's maternal grandfather. The film went on to become a major box office and critical success. It has been followed by two sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2 in 2017 and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in 2019. In addition to the films, Kolstad also wrote the video game John Wick: Chronicles and is involved with the creation of the John Wick comic book series.

Dogstar (band)

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The band found moderate success but garnered significant media attention due the band's bass guitarist being leading Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves. The genesis of Dogstar was a chance encounter between Robert Mailhouse and Keanu Reeves in a supermarket in 1991. Mailhouse was wearing a Detroit Red Wings hockey sweater, and Reeves (an avid hockey fan and a keen player of the sport) asked if Mailhouse needed a goalie. As the two men formed a friendship, they began jamming together, and were joined by Gregg Miller as the original lead guitarist and singer in 1992.

Mikey Waters

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Michael Waters is a fictional character in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, portrayed by River Phoenix. He is a sensitive, homeless hustler who suffers from narcolepsy, directly foiling his best friend, Scott Favor (Keanu Reeves), who is a type-A personality hustler from a rich, influential family. Mike, a vagabond searching for his mother, proclaims himself as a "connoisseur of roads" because he has been "tasting roads all [his] life." Mikey remains one of the defining characters of New Queer Cinema and, due to the impressive critical reception, is a crucial role in River Phoenix's success and influence as an actor.

Chiara Caselli

Caselli has appeared in American films including My Own Private Idaho opposite River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. In 2002 she also appeared opposite John Malkovich in Ripley's Game. * Traces of an Amorous Life (1990). The Secret (1990). My Own Private Idaho (1991). Especially on Sunday (1991). Nero (1992). Sabato italiano (1992). The Little Apocalypse (1993). Fiorile (1993). Where Are You? I'm Here (1993). Beyond the Clouds (1995). Love Story with Cramps (1995). Oui (1996). The Return of El Coyote (1998). The Vivero Letter (1999). Olympic Garage (1999). Waiting for the Messiah (2000). Sleepless (2001). Ripley's Game (2002). The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII (2003).

Laurence Fishburne

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Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason "Furious" Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood, Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now, and most recently "The Bowery King" in the John Wick film series. For his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It, Fishburne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Chad Stahelski

He worked as a stunt double for his future John Wick star Keanu Reeves in The Matrix franchise, and later served as a stunt co-ordinator for the films. In 2009, Stahelski was second-unit director and stunt co-ordinator on Ninja Assassin along with David Leitch. In 2014, Stahelski co-directed the action thriller film John Wick along with Leitch, based on the screenplay by Derek Kolstad. The film starred Keanu Reeves and Michael Nyqvist, and was released on October 24, 2014 by Summit Entertainment, grossing over $88 million. Stahelski acted as sole director for the film's 2017 sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2, and again for the third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019).

Action film

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While Keanu Reeves and Harrison Ford both had major roles in action science fiction films (The Matrix and Blade Runner, respectively), they later branched out into a number of other action genres, such as action-adventure films. American actor Matt Damon, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his sensitive portrayal of a math genius working as a janitor in Good Will Hunting, later morphed into an action hero with the car-chase-and-gunfire-filled Jason Bourne franchise. Same thing happened to star Tom Cruise, who turned into a mature action star with the Mission: Impossible series, Jack Reacher, and other films.

Baba Yaga

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The character John Wick (Keanu Reeves), a highly effective hitman, is referred to by his rivals as Baba Yaga. She is in 1999 film Bartok the Magnificent, she is seen as a scapegoat or framed for kidnapping Prince Ivan. She is confronted by Bartok, only to be giving him tasks, such as Pilof the mythical worm, Oble a fire giant, whom Bartok had to steal the crown from and a Roc "Magic" Feather for the third ingredient to her potion. Despite her nature of being antagonistic and demanding, Bartok realizes that she had never kidnapped the prince and is actually a magical hermit making the cannibalistic nature into just a rumor than a fact.

Keanu Reeves filmography

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In the same year, he appeared in the science fiction comedy sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and independent drama My Own Private Idaho with River Phoenix. For the latter, Reeves received critical acclaim. He starred as a police officer in the action thriller Speed (1994) with Sandra Bullock. The film was a commercial success, and garnered critical acclaim. However he followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office including Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and Chain Reaction (1996). His career experienced a turnaround when he played computer hacker Neo in The Wachowskis' science fiction film The Matrix (1999).

My Own Private River

About the unseen footage, Franco stated, “I edited the film as I imagined Gus might have if he made My Own Private Idaho today,” In an interview in February, 2012, Franco said he was not sure about releasing the film on DVD, yet sought approval by New Line Cinema who was against the idea, Franco stated that they didn’t want us to compete with the final film. Songs that play during the film include: River Phoenix as Mikey Waters. Keanu Reeves as Scott Favor. James Russo as Richard Waters. Vana O'Brien as Sharon Waters. Rodney Harvey as Gary. William Richert as Bob Pigeon. Grace Zabriskie as Alena. Chiara Caselli as Carmela. Flea as Budd.

The New York Times

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Foreign Policy, by political science professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, alleges that The New York Times sometimes criticizes Israeli policies but is not even-handed and is generally pro-Israel. On the other hand, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has criticized The New York Times for printing cartoons regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that were claimed to be anti-Semitic. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a proposal to write an article for the paper on grounds of lack of objectivity.

Independent film

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The 1990s saw the rise and success of independent films not only through the film festival circuit but at the box office as well while established actors, such as Bruce Willis, John Travolta, and Tim Robbins, found success themselves both in independent films and Hollywood studio films. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1990 from New Line Cinema grossed over $100 million in the United States making it the most successful indie film in box-office history to that point.

Hollywood

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Schools in Hollywood include: The Will and Ariel Durant Branch, John C. Fremont Branch, and the Frances Howard Goldwyn – Hollywood Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library are in Hollywood. * Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School, private, 7300 Hollywood Boulevard. Gardner Street Elementary School, LAUSD, 7450 Hawthorne Avenue. Selma Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 6611 Selma Avenue. Grant Elementary School, 1530 North Wilton Place. Young Hollywood, private elementary, 1547 North McCadden Place. Hollywood High School, LAUSD, 1521 North Highland Avenue. Hollywood Community Adult School, LAUSD, 1521 North Highland Avenue.

Rome

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Rome is also the location of two American Universities; The American University of Rome and John Cabot University as well as St. John's University branch campus, John Felice Rome Center, a campus of Loyola University Chicago and Temple University Rome, a campus of Temple University. The Roman Colleges are several seminaries for students from foreign countries studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical Universities. Examples include the Venerable English College, the Pontifical North American College, the Scots College, and the Pontifical Croatian College of St. Jerome.

Contract killing

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Italian-American crime boss John Gotti hired hitmen to murder Paul Castellano outside of Sparks Steak House; the murder was carried out in December 1985. Wanda Holloway: The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom is based on Holloway's hiring a hitman to kill the mother of a girl competing with her daughter at cheerleading. Lawrence Horn, record producer whose hiring of a hitman led to the case Rice v. Paladin Press. Silas Jayne, Chicago-area stable owner, was convicted in 1973 of hiring hitmen to murder his half-brother George.

New York City

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Bush and John Kerry. The city has a strong imbalance of payments with the national and state governments. It receives 83 cents in services for every $1 it sends to the federal government in taxes (or annually sends $11.4 billion more than it receives back). City residents and businesses also sent an additional $4.1 billion in the 2009–2010 fiscal year to the state of New York than the city received in return. In 2006, the Sister City Program of the City of New York, Inc. was restructured and renamed New York City Global Partners.

20th Century Fox

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Fox VFX Lab is visual effects company division of 20th Century Fox under president John Kilkenny that was acquired in 2017 known as Technoprops.