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Why Keanu Reeves’ John Wick Almost Didn’t Happen

Director Chad Stahelski explains why Keanu Reeves’ John Wick almost didn’t happen. Reeves has always been a household name but his resurgence in recent years thanks to the John Wick franchise has turned him into one of the most beloved stars of all time. In addition to returning to some of his most iconic roles, including Ted Logan in Bill & Ted Face the Music and Neo in The Matrix: Resurrections, Reeves helped to kickstart a revival of action films in the vein of the R-rated John Wick.

For the minority of those who have not seen the first John Wick, the film follows Reeves’ character after men break into his home, steal his vintage car, and kill his dog, the last gift given to him by his late wife. It’s revealed that Wick is a famed assassin, who was compared to the mythical Russian boogeyman called “Baba Yaga,” formerly in the employment of Viggo Tarasov, the head of the Russian crime syndicate. Ironically, Viggo’s son is one of the men who broke into Wick’s home. Subsequent films have explored the underground world of assassins, with the now-iconic franchise grossing upwards of $587 million worldwide so far. That said, 2014’s influential film John Wick almost didn’t get made.

Related: John Wick: What Baba Yaga Really Means

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, stuntman turned director Stahelski took part in Collider’s Directors on Directing panel in Hall H. During the event, Stahelski recalled the pitch for the action flick—which originally followed a 75-year-old man before Reeves signed on—that would become his directorial debut. The studio initially rejected Stahelski’s idea for Jon Wick because it wasn’t a “date movie.”

John Wick and his dog in John Wick

While any film featuring the death of man’s best friend isn’t necessarily a “date movie,” the John Wick franchise has created its own genre of over-the-top action flicks. In addition to John Wick’s (unaccredited) co-director and fellow stuntman David Leitch going on to helm Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and the upcoming Bullet Train, films like 2021’s Nobody replicate the formula of John Wick—which is progressively becoming a universe. Not only is a prequel series, The Continental, in the works, but Len Wiseman is directing a female-centric spinoff, Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas.

Where the first John Wick film was made on a budget of under $30 million, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was awarded a &75 million budget. The studio is now very much behind Stahelski, with John Wick: Chapter 4’s trailer seeing Reeves go to war with the High Table on March 23, 2023. At the end of Chapter 3, Wick suffered multiple injuries after being betrayed by Ian McShane’s Winston. Picking up where its predecessor left off, John Wick: Chapter 4 is co-written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch (American Assassin), who are taking over from franchise creator Derek Kolstad. Lionsgate has already confirmed a fifth John Wick film—which plenty of couples are sure to watch on a Friday night.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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