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Dateline November 16, 2002

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Actor DENZEL WASHINGTON will be honored at 17th American Cinematheque Awards gala on FRIDAY, DEC. 6th. Celebrity participants include TOM HANKS, HALLE BERRY, ANGELA BASSETT, KEANU REEVES and ROBERT DOWNEY JR. At Beverly Hilton Hotel, International Ballroom.

Dateline August 1, 2002

McFarlane Toys and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have joined forces to create action figures based on Warner Bros. Pictures' highly anticipated second and third installments of The Matrix trilogy, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, slated for release in 2003.

On May 15, 2003, Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment, will release The Matrix Reloaded, the second installment of the Academy Award-winning blockbuster The Matrix. The third chapter, The Matrix Revolutions, will be released later in 2003.

Action figures based on the The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions will debut in conjunction with each film's release. McFarlane Toys is working closely with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to determine which characters will become action figures.

The product line will be geared to the adult collectible market and initial plans call for development of dioramas depicting critical scenes from each of the three movies.

Dateline June 28, 2002

Dogstar News: due to filming on the Matrix sequels being extended, the Japanese dates are postponed, and the Asian tour is up in the air.

Dateline June 21, 2002

Keanu is on the cover of  Entertainment Weekly special double issue #660/661 (June 28/July 5, 2002).

Dateline June 19, 2002

Check out the latest Dogstar Newsletter.

Dateline June 11, 2002

Some new Dogstar dates! The dog boys will be performing in Osaka, Japan on August 12th and in Tokyo on August 13th. Details at Pollstar.

Dateline May 27, 2002

A new DVD edition of Speed will be released in the US on July 23rd (June 3rd in the UK). Two discs and lots of features:

• Commentary by Jan De Bont
• Commentary by Graham Yost and Mark Gordon
• Production notes
• 2 disc set
• Extended Scenes ("Jack Shoots Payne in the Neck," "Payne Lives/Cops' Party," "Annie's Job," "After Helen's Death," "Ray's Crime")
• Easter Eggs (DVD Credits, Airline Version of Bus Crash)
• Inside Speed Featurettes on the location, stunts and visual effects
• Poduction Design (60 stills)
• Original Screenplay (240 stills)
• Action Sequence Featurettes on the "Bus Jump" and "Metro Rail Crash"
• Multi-Angle Shots with Audio ("Bus Jump" - 9 angles, "Cargo Jet Explosion" - 9 angles, "Jack vs. Payne" - 4 angles, "Metro Rail Crash" - 9 angles)
• Multi-Stream Storyboards ("Bomb on the Bus," "Baker Sequence," "Bus Jump," "Metro Rail Fight & Crash")
• Interview Archive (with Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels, and Jan De Bont)
• HBO Special
• Trailer & 11 TV Spots
• Billy Idol Music Video
• Press Kit
• Production Notes (40 stills)
• Image Gallery (various stills)
• Widescreen anamorphic format

You may pre-order it at Amazon.

Dateline May 20, 2002

There's a teaser trailer for The Matrix Reloaded playing with the new Star Wars film.

See some new pix from The Matrix Reloaded at The Sun.

Dateline May 11, 2002

The two 'Matrix' sequels won't arrive until 2003, but don't fret: ET (that's Entertainment Tonight) has the exclusive world premiere of not only 'The Matrix Reloaded' teaser trailer, but 'The Matrix Revolutions' teaser, too -- all coming next Wednesday night (May 15th - check your local TV listings).

Dateline April 5, 2002

According to the Bangkok Post, Dogstar may play a concert in Thailand in August of 2002.

Dateline March 5, 2002

NEW YORK (Variety) - After he completes a pair of sequels to the futuristic hit "The Matrix," Keanu Reeves is looking to go retro, in the form of "Billy Jack."

Tom Laughlin, who wrote, directed and starred in the original 1971 counterculture hit, is in talks with Danny DeVito's Jersey Films and Reeves' management firm 3 Arts to mount a remake of the film.

A tough, spiritual Vietnam veteran who's half-Native American, Billy Jack challenged the establishment and championed a group of runaway teens as well as the environment in an Arizona town. A man of few words, he was quick with fists and feet.

The project is expected to be shopped to studios shortly, and Laughlin also will play a critical role in the production. The film rights are controlled by Laughlin, who over the years has received numerous remake overtures for a film whose cost-to-gross ratio made it wildly profitable.

It is the first project Reeves has targeted as a potential star vehicle since he immersed himself in the yearlong shoot of "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," the back-to-back sequels to the hit 1999 film.

Dateline February 5, 2002

ET's website has a Matrix Update.

Dateline January 8, 2002

We hear that Kate Beckinsale (Much Ado About Nothing) and Keanu Reeves are to star in the '30s movie Ray Of Sunshine. They will play lovers struggling to survive during the American Depression. Barry Sonnenfeld has been penciled in to direct the film.

The movie is loosely based on an Austrian film about a young couple's similar plight in pre-war Vienna. It will be set in San Francisco, and is being backed by Warner Brothers.

No word as to when this film may be filmed or released.

Dateline: January 6, 2002

Hardball is due to be released on video either February 12th or the 19th. It will be priced to own on DVD, but for rental on VHS.

Dateline: January 5, 2002

According to the Dogstaronline Newsletter, it isn't likely that Dogstar will be performing again before the summer of 2002. I would guess that there will be no performances in Australia in that case.

Dateline: November 9, 2001

There is a special charity auction going on now, featuring a plate signed by Keanu. The auction ends November 13th. Check out the details here.

Dateline: November 7, 2001

There is now some cool content on The Matrix Revisited on the official Matrix web site:

Dateline: November 4, 2001

In the grand tradition of Goldfinger, the Solid Gold dancers, and More ABBA Gold, on 11/27 Creative Design (on license from Warner) will release The Matrix Gold Collection. This set includes both The Matrix and The Matrix Revisited DVD releases, a 16-page commemorative booklet, limited edition senitype (film frame) and collectible packaging. Retail is $99.95, and note that the actual discs themselves do not differ from the standalone releases.

Dateline: October 25, 2001

Keanu is still filming The Matrix movies in Australia. The Matrix III has finally been given an official title. It is The Matrix Revolutions.

Dateline: October 13, 2001

Dogstar News:

* There is the possibility of a Dogstar show in Thailand in December. More information will be given as this develops.

* Dogstar has parted ways with Ultimatum Records, and are looking for a new contract.

* The band is trying to finish a 4 song demo CD, but there are no plans to release any material at this time.

Dateline: September 17, 2001

Hardball, a new baseball melodrama starring Keanu Reeves, led the North American box office at the weekend, when overall ticket sales were surprisingly strong, grossing an estimated $10.1 million in its first three days of release.

Dateline: September 16, 2001

DVD News! Both Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (long out of print) and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey will be released to DVD in the USA on December 4, 2001. They each will retail for $14.95.

Dateline: September 12, 2001

Keanu is currently in Australia for the next few months films The Matrix sequels.

Dateline: September 8, 2001

Update on Hardball Premiere (Monday, September 10th)

Dateline: September 8, 2001

Don't forget the Hardball sneak previews tonight! Check your local listings to see which theatres in your area are showing it!

Dateline: September 7, 2001

Keanu Reeves arrives on the red carpet for the premiere of the film "Training Day" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, Friday, Sept. 7, 2001. Denzel Washington stars in the film.

Dateline: September 7, 2001

Keanu Gives Up Matrix Money

It may come as no surprise that Keanu Reeves, who opts to intersperse mega-hits like Speed with quirkier art-house fare like Little Buddha, isn't exactly motivated by money. The actor has even signed away a sizeable back-end deal for two Matrix sequels, the Wall Street Journal reported today in a profile of Reeves' erratic Hollywood career.

According to the paper, Reeves handed over his valuable profit-sharing points to the franchise's special-effects and costume-design team. Whoa, dude!

"He felt that they were the ones who made the movie and that they should participate," an unnamed movie executive tells the Journal.

And it's not the first time that Reeves has shared his movie spoils. On The Devil's Advocate, Reeves shaved his salary by a few million dollars so that producers could afford Al Pacino, and he did the same thing on The Replacements to be able to work with Gene Hackman, according to the Journal.

But don't cry for Reeves' bank account: the actor was paid $10 million upfront for The Matrix and ended up earning $35 million from back-end deals when the film became a hit.

If it were up to studio execs - and doubtless, most moviegoers - Reeves would be cast only in profitable, surefire action movies like The Matrix and Speed. Instead, says the Journal, Warner Bros. compromises with the actor, greenlighting movies like Sweet November that no one particularly wants to see to secure Reeves' services for the big movies.

Still, the actor's quest for diverse roles paid off recently when he won unexpected praise for his turn as a redneck wife beater in the little-seen The Gift.

Dateline: September 7, 2001

Keanu Reeves will participate in a LIVE chat this Monday, September 10th at 5:00 pm ET, 2:00 pm PT on AOL! For the quickest way to get to the event, use AOL KEYWORD: AOL LIVE.

There is also a SNEAK PREVIEW of Keanu's new film, HARDBALL, this Saturday night in cities across North America. To find out the theatres and showtimes in your area, use this link.

Look for movie and interview clips on the official site next week! Check out for more!

Dateline: September 2, 2001

Happy Birthday to Keanu who is 37 today!

Dateline: August 28, 2001

Showtime is running a special called "The Making of Hardball" on 9/6

E! is also showing a similar segment on the following days:
9/14 @ 1:00 pm
9/15 @ 2:00 pm
9/16 @ 3:00 am
9/17 a 3:30 am

(Please check your local listings for times in your area!)

Dateline: August 26, 2001

We hear that Keanu is going to be on Leno on September 10th, promoting Hardball.

The Matrix Reloaded: It appears that shooting has gotten underway in Australia on 'Reloaded'. A large sequence apparently took place today in Sydney's famous Entertainment Centre performing venue. Specific details are unknown though it has been found out some large scale stunts were involved, whilst some of the extras were dressed up in gear described as 'part robot'.

Dateline: August 25, 2001

Cast for The Matrix Reloaded arrives Down Under.

Dateline: August 23, 2001

Hey! Just a reminder that Keanu turns 37 on September 2nd!

Dateline: August 23, 2001

There is now a trailer for The Matrix Revisited. CLICK HERE. (See note from yesterday, below, about this new DVD.)

Dateline: August 22, 2001

A new book, "Gay Fandom and Crossover Stardom: James Dean, Mel Gibson, and Keanu Reeves," published by Duke University Press, 2001. (pb., 285 p., index, bibliography) is just  $15.16 at Amazon.

Dateline: August 22, 2001

To help prime the pump for the (now delayed until 2003) release of the sequel, Warner will be releasing The Matrix Revisited on 11/20 on DVD. Not a reissue of the existing DVD, this new making-of explores the film and the ensuing phenomenon, and the film is not included on this release. (Sort of like a Matrix: Ultimate Edition spread over two separate releases?) The disc includes "What is to Come?" behind-the-scenes featurette on Matrix Reloaded (aka Matrix 2), the "What is Animatrix?" anime preview, "The True Followers" interviews with hardcore Matrix fans, "The Dance of the Master" fight choreography featurette with Wu Ping, two scene studies of "The Bathroom Fight:" and "Wet Wall," the "But Wait, There's More" music montage with never before seen footage and four "hidden" easter eggs "Chase in the Alley," "The Woman in Red," "Gun Training" and the audio only "Juke Box." For DVD-ROM enabled users, you'll also find "What is the" preview of new Matrix website. Retail for this puppy is $19.95.

Dateline: August 18, 2001

Hardball has been re-rated PG-13.

Dateline: August 15, 2001

The Hardball soundtrack, featuring the following tracks, will be released on September 11th:

Fundisha - "Intro (Live the Life)"
Lil' Bow Wow, Lil' Wayne, Lil' Zane and Sammie - "Hardball"
Big Tymers - "You Can't Break Me"
Jagged Edge - "Where the Party At (11-01-01 Remix)"
Fundisha - "Insomnia"
Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"
R.L. featuring Jermaine Dupri - "Ghetto"
R. Kelly - "The Storm Is Over Now"
Da Brat - "Ball Game"
Mobb Deep - "Play"
R.O.C. - "Who Ya Love"
Xscape - "Rest of My Life"

Dateline: August 10, 2001

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Warner Bros. will bow "Matrix Reloaded" in a simultaneous domestic and foreign wide release pegged for May 2003, sources said.

Industry observers had expected a fourth-quarter 2002 roll-out of the sequel to 1999's Keanu Reeves blockbuster "The Matrix.'" But Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman said, "We never have had it scheduled."

Warner Bros. won't officially confirm the tentative 2003 plans, with Fellman noting that shooting has yet to start although early effects work is going well. "We are right on schedule with the film," he said.

[Editor's Note: Fellman got it wrong; much shooting has already been completed on California locations. Australia and possibly Chicago location shoots are upcoming]

Dateline: August 7, 2001

Here's a nice picture of Keanu at last weekend's Dodger game.

Dateline: August 7, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, and Keanu Reeves give a whole new meaning to the phrase "star power" as they wield weapons from their box office hits in the Hollywood Wax Museum, starting today. The trio of action heroes will be showcased as intricately-crafted wax figures in detailed recreations of memorable scenes from "Tomb Raider," "Gladiator" and "The Matrix." The wax look-a-like of Reeves, as genius computer hacker Thomas Neo Anderson, is cloaked in his infamous full-length black jacket in a back alley of the future, brandishing his gun.

The Hollywood Wax Museum, located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard, is the world's only wax museum dedicated to showcasing Hollywood's greatest celebrities. Open 365 days a year, the most popular indoor attraction on Hollywood Boulevard has been rousing Tinseltown fans for over 35 years. Call (323) 462-5991 for more information.

Dateline: August 5, 2001

Well, the Dodger game yesterday came off, but the webcast was a hurky jerky affair (if you could get into it at all). But there is one picture of Dogstar on their website now. Click on the thumb below to go to the page.

Dateline: August 4, 2001

Dogstar will be playing (baseball!) in the annual celebrity all-star baseball game at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) today! The game starts at 11:30 PST but there may be earlier coverage.

The game will also be webcast.

Dateline: August 3, 2001

OK, This is really cool -- The House Of Blues is doing a webcast of the Dogstar concert at Summerfest (Milwaukee). The webcast will start on Thursday, August 9th @ 12pm PST (it will run through the end of August). Click the HOB logo below to take you there!

Dateline: July 14, 2001

Seems Keanu was in New York last week working on the decorating of his New York apartment. He had lunch at Da Silvano's with long-time friend Brenda.

We're starting to see some Hardball info. Trailers are finally available and the website should have something soon.

Dateline: July 7, 2001

The Watcher is due on VHS on August 28th for just $14.99 retail. (Follow this link and get it for just $12.99!)

Dateline: July 2, 2001

Dogstar has announced new dates!

July 14, 2001 - 8:30PM - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues Sunset Strip

July 27, 2001 - Las Vegas, NV - Sunset Station Casino 

Dateline: June 29, 2001

Keanu's new film, Hardball, is due to be released to theatres on September 14th.

Dateline: June 16, 2001

Dogstar has announced another new date!

July 28, 2001 - Laughlin, NV - Avi Casino - 8 pm

Checkout the Dogstar Tour Page for the latest dates.

Dateline: June 2, 2001

Dogstar has announced another new tour date.

July 6th - 8:30PM - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH

Dateline: May 16, 2001

Dogstar has announced some new tour dates.

July 4th 10PM - Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI
July 7th - 9:30PM - Cooper Stadium - Columbus, OH

...and don't forget the previously announced June 24th date at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA

Dateline: May 12, 2001

Sweet November is slated to be released to DVD on July 24, 2001 with the following "extras":

Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Sweet November: From the Heart.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio. 
16x9 Widescreen Format (Panavision 1.85:1). 
Original Theatrical Trailer.
Cast/Filmmaker Career Highlights.
Languages/Subtitles: English and French (Dubbed in Quebec).

You can pre-order it in the Shop.

There has been no announcement as yet for the VHS.

Dateline: May 10, 2001

We hear that the first Matrix sequel will be entitled The Matrix Reloaded. It's due for release sometime in 2002.

Dateline: April 30, 2001

The Gift is due to be released on DVD on July 17th. You can pre-order it in the Shop.

Dateline: April 20, 2001

Officials at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma (California) say that Dogstar will play there at 6 p.m. June 24. Admission is a Fair ticket; the performance is free.

Dateline: April 19, 2001

Premiere Magazine's 2001 Power List is out and Keanu has moved up to number 56 on the list!

Dateline: April 7, 2001

Recently, diners at the popular La Vecchia Cucina Restaurant in Santa Monica got an unexpected show when Keanu Reeves got up and started showing tae kwon do kicks to a delighted little girl about 7 or 8. He was dining with her and her beautiful blonde mother, identified as Amanda de Cadenet and her daughter, Atlanta.

Keanu, currently filming Matrix 2, got so caught up in demonstrating his fancy martial-arts moves that he forgot all about his food. He ended up asking for a doggie bag to go.

Dateline: April 6, 2001

In her lifetime, Jennifer Syme supported the Make A Wish Foundation (as does Keanu). Although no official statements have been made from the family concerning donations in her honor, I believe that a donation in her memory would be a nice gesture for those who wish to remember her.

Dateline: April 4, 2001

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Keanu's close friend Jennifer Syme.

Here are two stories about the auto accident that claimed her life on April 2nd: One or two.

Here is some background info on Jennifer and Keanu.

Dateline: March 30, 2001

Do you live in the San Francisco area? Do you want to be an extra in the new Matrix movies? Click Here for information!

The cast and crew of the Matrix sequel conducted a Buddhist ceremony in front of the California State Building in Oakland on their first day of filming Monday. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne were among those chanting prayers as they rolled and lit rice paper to throw into a pyre. They all put their hands on a large knife and plunged it through a barbecued pig. All of this was meant to bring them luck on the shoot, which continues in the East Bay for 12 weeks before relocating in Australia. With grosses of almost $400 million on the first Matrix, the ceremony may have been superfluous, but at least they got a hearty lunch out of it.

For continuing Matrix details, visit this site.

The Watcher is coming to Pay Per View on April 6th!

Dateline: March 24, 2001

Another Dogstar concert!

Sunday, April 15 10:00 PM (8:00 PM doors)
Dogstar plus Electromotive
at Backbeat
777 Lawrence Expressway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
phone 408.241.0177
21 & OVER
Buy Tickets at TicketWeb

Dateline: March 16, 2001

Youngblood will be released to DVD for the first time on April 10th. You may pre-order it in the Shop section.

Dateline: March 15, 2001

The Matrix has started production in California.

Dateline: February 18, 2001

Dogstar will be playing the House of Blues in Anaheim on Wed March 7th at 10:00 p.m and at the House of Blues in LA on March 11th at 8:30 p.m.

Dateline: February 18, 2001

Both Point Break and Chain Reaction are due to be released on DVD on May 22, 2001. You may pre-order them in the Shop section.

Dateline: February 16, 2001

Sweet November opened to tepid reviews today, but I would ignore the critics and see it anyway. And take a friend. You're sure to enjoy it.

Read the Transcript of the AOL Chat with Keanu from February 14th.

See how well you know Keanu at the You Don't Know Keanu quiz.

Keanu escorted his Mom to the Sweet November premiere. Click on the thumbnail below.

Dateline: February 14, 2001

Be sure to catch Keanu Reeves live on AOL Wednesday, February 14 at 9:30pm EST / 6:30pm PST and Charlize Theron Thursday, February 15 at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.

Dateline: February 2, 2001

Keanu didn't appear on the Today Show this morning, but we do have the following appearances scheduled:

Tonight: The Charlie Rose Show (PBS)
Thursday Feb 15: The Rosie O'Donnel Show 
Thursday Feb. 15: The Tonight Show 
Friday Feb. 16: The Today Show

Dateline: February 1, 2001

Don't forget to see Keanu on Letterman (The Late Show) tonight (CBS). Keanu and Charlize will be on the Today Show tomorrow (Friday) morning (CBS). Keanu is also due to show up on Leno (The Tonight Show) on February 15th.

Dateline: January 31, 2001

According to Variety, The Matrix 2 & 3 will begin shooting in Oakland, California, rather than Australia. They'll shoot for 12 weeks there, trying to get in under the (possible) actor's strike. If there is a strike, the special effects work can begin during the layoff. The production will move on to Australia later in the shooting schedule.

Dateline: January 26, 2001

We hear that Keanu is scheduled to be on the Late Show with David Letterman next Thursday night (February 1st). That's on CBS at 11:30pm (EST).

We also hear that he'll be on the Today show on February 2nd.

Dateline: January 22, 2001

Keanu looked great (of course!) last night at the Golden Globes. He was wearing a Tux by Dolce & Gabbana. I couldn't tell who his "date" was, but she was tall with dark hair and appeared (to me) to be his sister Karina.

Click on the thumbnail to see a small clip of Keanu at Eonline:

Here's a couple of pics with Charlize Theron:

Dateline: January 21, 2001

Keanu is scheduled to be a presenter on the Golden Globes tonight, NBC at 8:00 pm (EST).

Dateline: January 19, 2001

The Gift opens in more theatres across the country today!

Dateline: January 17, 2001

Dogstar Alert! Tomorrow night, January 18th, Dogstar is scheduled to do a benefit performance at Vynyl in Hollywood. Check out the details HERE.

Dateline: January 14, 2001

KeanuNet gets a facelift! Look around -- there are many updates as well.

Dateline: January 12, 2001

We hear that Keanu will be a presenter at the Golden Globes which will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 21, 2001, 8PM (EST). Check your local listings!

Dateline: January 10, 2001

Update on Keanu's foot: I'm told that Keanu sprained his foot while training for The Matrix sequels. His trainer took him to the hospital. The boot is now off.

Now, as to the rumors that Keanu was seen coming out of a liquor store drunk -- HOGWASH! 'Nuf said!

The February 2001 issue of Vanity Fair has started to appear on newsstands. Keanu is on the cover, there are more pictures inside (all by Mario Testino) and there is a very nice interview. Buy it!

Dateline: January 6, 2001

It seems that Keanu has hurt his foot, judging by these pix, which appear to be recent (which I'm not sure of at this point). Doesn't look to be broken though. I wonder if this occurred while training for The Matrix films?

Foot1   Foot2

Dateline: January 5, 2001

Rumors are once again flying around that Keanu is going to marry Amanda De Cadenet (former wife of Duran Duran’s John
Taylor, by whom she has a daughter Atlanta, seven). Although I do not know the truth of this matter, I would say it is highly unlikely. I do know that they have never been engaged, and I'm pretty sure they are nothing more than friends. It has long been suspected that Amanda herself is keeping this rumor alive (for years now!) for her own publicity. 

Presently, Keanu's representatives are denying that there are any marriage plans. I do think that if Keanu ever decides to marry, he will be proud of the fact and will officially announce it.

Dateline: January 1, 2001

We hear that Keanu is the cover story of the February 2001 issue of Vanity Fair. It hits newsstands about January 15th in the USA.

The Watcher is being released to DVD and VHS on 2/20/2001. The VHS will be at a "for rental only" price, unfortunately.

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