A Hollywood veteran is joining the cast of a new movie being shot right here in Buffalo.

James Caan has been set to costar with Keanu Reeves in "Henry's Crime," a romantic comedy about a man who's falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo.

Local production is set to begin next March.



Paul Sutton (Reeves) returns home from World War II to a wife he barely knows and that doesn't seem all that exhilarated to see him. And unknown to Paul, she is cheating on him.They got married too soon and before he went to war so…Well, Paul is back and he needs to make a living, by selling chocolates- not something he is all that excited about.

On the way, he meets Victoria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) , a beautiful Mexican young woman who is back from college, and she is very upset. After all she is single and pregnant, with the baby of her professor- who is not interested at all being with her. She is very scared of what her extremely traditional father (Giancarlo Giannini) might do. So Paul offers to help. He suggests that he pretends to be her husband, meet her family and leave the next day. At least when the baby news is heard, it won't be illegitimate. Victoria is touched by his offer and together they go to meet her family. However her father is not thrilled buy the fact that her daughter has run off and gotten married on her own, to a man the family doesn't know and to top it all, a man who sells chocolate for a living. But the loving mother, grandmother and the grandfather (Anthony Quinn) are all happy for Victoria and welcome Paul into the family. Coincidence, accidents and the grandfather's acts seem to get his way and Paul has to stay for more than a week, which gives Paul and Victoria more time together and well…fall in love. Of course there are huge problems. Like Paul is already married and has to leave eventually and there's going to be one hell of a problem if/when her father finds out.

The family has a tremendous grape field and they make quite a nice and rich living out of them. The beauty of the field and the traditions that come with their crops, make wonderful cinematography and just adds to the magic of the story.

The atmosphere, the scenery and the traditions make the movie a lovely watch. The father's extreme reactions and his quest to get rid of Paul make enough funny scenes. Overall, it is a beautiful film.

Oh yes, it is a girlie movie. It is a chick flick. Bring the labels on. Because it really is a romantic movie. It depicts a love story that is genuine that lacks any type of game-playing and manipulation. Two nice people with two very different backgrounds find each other and fall in love. Although I think this movie is sincere and can be enjoyed by either gender, I can imagine what some boys are going to say about it. Or people will find a way to bash Keanu's acting, some seem to regard it as a hobby. In fact just the other day a friend actually said "Who the hell ever takes Keanu Reeves seriously?". Well, to his dismay, I raised my hand - half-joking, and half- making a point. The way I see it, he is awfully underrated. He brings out whatever his role requires him to. And this movie you will see him portraying a sweet,vulnerable and romantic character in the way that it is supposed to be portrayed. So when you leave the Keanu Reeves haters and the people allergic to most/all romantic-movies, you will see that this movie is enjoyable once you leave all the cynicism behind.

End note:

Director: Alfonso Arau, the director of Like Water Like Chocolate

Writers: Robert Mark Kamen, Mark Miller and Harvey Wietzman (thanks to for writing credits)


I'm merely pointing out that writers and the director all men. I'm just saying…

Keanu Reeves was in the news recently for apparently fathering several kids and not taking responsibility. An Ontario lady claimed they had slept together and she felt he was the father, but didn't have the funds to get a paternity test. She was calling for a DNA test, as well as money, from the 45-year old Reeves.

Reeves was cleared eventually, as Reeves claimed to not even know who the lady was. He wasn't available for comment. We did, however, manage to catch this photo of him coming out of his cave:

keanu reeves

Okay, so he didn't come out of a cave. But dear God, man, shave or something. You're fucking 45.

Keanu Reeves was out for a joy ride on Mulholland Dr. with his new bike made by West Coast

Keanu Reeves leaving BOA Steakhouse Oct 6th, 2009.

We haven't heard anything from the live-action "Cowboy Bebop" movie front in a while, so when MTV News had the chance to chat up Keanu Reeves, the actor bringing main character Spike Spiegel to the screen, we made sure to check in on the adaptation of the beloved anime series.

"There's a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars," Reeves told MTV News during a press event for "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," his recent film with Robin Wright Penn.

The writer in question is likely Peter Craig, who previously spoke out about how "extremely faithful" his screenplay was to the original anime series. Craig reportedly met with the anime's producers back in December and went home with a detailed letter regarding the adaptation.

However, Reeves indicated that the writer's adherence to the galaxy-spanning adventure of the full entire series might prove a little daunting for production.

"So the studio went, 'This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars," laughed Reeves, "so he's doing a rewrite."

As far as who'll be appearing in the film, Reeves hinted that everyone from Spike to Ein could factor into the movie's storyline.

"Everyone is in there," said Reeves.

"The only challenge was to make a satisfying western narrative out of the kind of storytelling that happens," he added. "There's a great draft, so we're just trying to pull it back a little bit now."

EXCLUSIVE: Keanu Reeves Says 'Cowboy Bebop' Movie Getting A Rewrite

Keanu Reeves in a good mood on his motorcycle in Los Angeles. September 26, 2009. exclusive

Keanu Reeves on his motorcycle in Hollywood September 23, 2009. exclusive

Illeana Douglas and Keanu Reeves arrive at the world premiere of 'Easy To Assemble: 'Co-Worker Of The Year'' at the Egyptian Theatre on October 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

Keanu Reeves was spotted giving a friendly kiss goodbye to a friend at Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood, California on October 1, 2009.

Spärhusen Extended Trailer

My Damn Channel launches its "new fall season" on October 8, 2009 with the exclusive premiere of Spärhusen, a musical series about "the almost great band of Sweden" from writer-producer-star Illeana Douglas; co-created and co-starring Rob Mailhouse and Todd Spahr; and also co-starring Wallace Langham and Keanu Reeves, making his web series debut.


A few months ago we posted some info on the upcoming (like 2011 upcoming) Keanu Reeves Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde project and told of our forecasted excitement for this project. While I know Keanu is not the greatest actor in the world, he does give consistent mid-level performances and is kind of a fan favorite in Hollywood. Keanu brings a different approach to films therefore getting a different outcome, and it's based on that reasoning thatdirector Nicholas Winding Refn is confident he is the right fit for the role.

From Cinematical, we get some input and opinions from Refn:

Unlike the bloggers who reacted with skepticism to the idea of Keanu Reeves playing Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego Mr. Hyde, Refn thinks that Reeves could be an extraordinarily effective casting decision precisely because of that audience cynicism. "I think Keanu is a very interesting personality." Refn offered. "I do think that there's a great movie within him. I think his visual look is very interesting. So I think that what makes it exciting is that he's a non-obvious choice, but he actually adds a great sense of curiosity to the film."

"It's almost like they don't expect that, and that's what's good," he added. "Sometimes the unexpected has greater strength because it's more of a surprise, and I do think that doing it would bring great satisfaction to him, to really pull it off. It's probably the most difficult role any man could play. "

It good to hear that someone (beyond myself) thinks and believes that Reeves has more up his acting sleeve than the "Woah" and "Excellent" lines he is criticized for. I for one always enjoy his performances and think he can handle something a little more out of his comfort zone. The Matrix was not going to win him any awards, but it worked and worked well. So, looking back, could anyone else have played the role of The One?? That said, we're still looking forward to this film and it's development…even though it's still a ways out.

What say all of you? Think Keanu has hidden range in store for a film like this or do you think being Ted "Theodore" Logan was the extent of his abilities?

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