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Keanu Reeves, Baby Daddy?
Date: 2009-May-30
From: CeleBuzz
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Keanu Reeves, Baby Daddy?

by Celebuzz on May. 29, 2009 01:30 PM / 5 Comments

The Toronto Star reports that Matrix star Keanu Reeves is being sued by a Barrie, Ontario, woman who's seeking child support for her four kids.

Karen Sala, 46, filed a request in an Ontario court on Monday to force Reeves to provide a DNA sample in an effort to establish paternity. The first court date for the case is set for July 6.

Sala claims that she has known Reeves, 44, since he was seven and she was nine, and that she briefly lived with the Reeves family after running away from home. With her children now aged from 20 to 25, Sala says they want to know the truth about who their real father is, and she needs money to fund their secondary education.

Also, apparently, she's just plain angry with Reeves over his alleged shirking of his supposed responsibility.

"I'm pissed. I just want him to stand up and be a man," Sala declared in an interview this week.

Sala, who is acting as her own attorney, is seeking child support of $150,000 per month, retroactive to June 1988, as well as $3 million per month in spousal support retroactive to November 2006.

Cheryl Maisel, a spokesperson for Reeves, has issued a statement denying the allegations that reads, "Karen Sala's allegations are completely false and absurd. Mr. Reeves has no knowledge of who she is."

Adds Paul Knell, Reeves' Los Angeles business manager, "Before you disparage my client and lend validity to this, there's clearly something wrong with someone who claims child support after all the kids have grown. I'm just pointing that out."

However, Salas' childhood friend, Connie Harten, backs up her assertion that she and Reeves had a relationship.

"She used to come up and visit me, and she brought him with her a couple of times," Harten claims. "They were very close. I got the impression something was going on. I didn't ask questions."

Salas, who claims to have carried on an affair with Reeves both before and during her marriage, admits that she doesn't know exactly how many of her children allegedly belong to Reeves. She does, however, note that at least one of them bears a resemblance to the actor.

Though born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reeves lived in Toronto with his mother before moving to Hollywood in the late '80s.

Keanu a daddy?
Date: 2009-May-30
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Keanu a daddy?

Here's an interesting one for you Keanu fans out there: The Toronto Star is reporting that Barrie, Ontario resident Karen Sala, 46, has filed a request in court to compel Keanu Reeves to submit DNA for testing. Sala says that will prove Reeves is the father of some, but not necessarily all, of her four children. She's seeking child support

Sala claims she and the, um, "actor" have had an on-again-off-again sexual relationship for years, and she just wants him "to stand up and be a man."

An interesting detail, pointed out by Reeves' business manager Paul Knell: Sala's children are all age 20-25, an age range usually outside the normal parameters for child support. Reeves, incidentally, is 44.

Barrie woman seeks child support from Keanu Reeves
Date: 2009-May-30
From: The Star
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Barrie woman seeks child support from Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves doesn't even know her, his spokeswoman says

May 29, 2009 04:30 AM Comments on this story (21) Bruce DeMara Entertainment Reporter

A Barrie woman has filed a request to an Ontario court to compel actor Keanu Reeves to provide a DNA sample as part of a bid to get support for herself and her four children.

Karen Sala, 46, who is acting as her own lawyer, filed notice on Monday in the Superior Court of Justice family branch. Legal papers were served on Reeves' business manager in Los Angeles two days ago. The first court date for the case is July 6 in Barrie.

"I'm pissed. I just want him to stand up and be a man," Sala said in an interview yesterday.

A spokesperson for the actor said Reeves denies even knowing Sala and strongly rejects her claims. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Sala said she has tried "privately" over the years to persuade Reeves to provide support.

She said she has known him since she was 9 years old and he was 7, and briefly lived with his family as a teenager after running away from home. She added that her brother once dated Reeves' sister.

With her children, aged 20 to 25, in post-secondary schools, Sala said she could use financial support to help them complete their education.

Sala said her children would like to know the truth about who their father is and she is launching the suit to seek "closure."

"They grew up with the ex's family always saying they weren't his, so they had to contend with that," she said.

In addition to the DNA test, Sala is seeking child support of $150,000 per month, retroactive to June 1988, as well as $3 million per month in spousal support retroactive to November 2006.

A Los Angeles spokesperson for Reeves issued a statement last night denying her allegations.

"Karen Sala's allegations are completely false and absurd. Mr. Reeves has no knowledge of who she is," Cheryl Maisel said in a statement.

Paul Knell, Reeves' Los Angeles business manager, questioned Sala's motives, noting that all four children are now adults.

"Before you disparage my client and lend validity to this, there's clearly something wrong with someone who claims child support after all the kids have grown. I'm just pointing that out," Knell said.

Knell said his client will undoubtedly become a target of tabloid speculation as a result of Sala's suit.

"He (Reeves) is a high-profile person in Hollywood so people come out of the woodwork. I'll leave it at that," Knell said.

Reeves, 44, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but lived in Toronto with his mother until he moved to Hollywood in the late '80s. His current address in the court documents is in West Hollywood.

Sala is the first to admit that she's no angel, claiming that she and Reeves had a sexual relationship before and during her stormy marriage. She also acknowledged she is not sure which, if any, of her children he has sired.

But Sala insisted that Reeves was aware that he might be the father of some or all of her children, noting that at least one of them bears a resemblance to him.

Sala said her relationship continued with Reeves throughout her teens and early 20s, saying Reeves has stayed in touch over the years and played a minor role in her children's upbringing. She contended that Reeves came to the hospital for the birth of her youngest son, who is now 20.

"He (Reeves) knows what the kids are doing. He used to buy them Christmas gifts when they were little. His mother bought Easter gifts and stuff like that. He did contribute back in the day when they were younger," Sala said.

Childhood friend Connie Harten, 49, said Reeves and Sala were close friends as teenagers and had visited her home together.

"She (Sala) used to come up and visit me, and she brought him (Reeves) with her a couple of times. They were very close. I got the impression something was going on. I didn't ask questions," Harten said.

Harten said she only realized who Reeves was years later after seeing him onscreen.

Sala said she met Hollywood celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Cameron Diaz while with Reeves.

"There's a lot of witnesses to the relationship."

Sala said she has a picture of Reeves when he was a teenager  though she was unable to produce it yesterday  and that she is hoping to get a photo from a friend of the two of them together more than 20 years ago.

Sala has what she describes as a sample of his handwriting, and said she has Reeves' phone number and current address in Los Angeles.

Does this house make you feel sad? Buy it!
Date: 2009-May-28
From: EW
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Does this house make you feel sad? Buy it!

Categories: Film, The Bad Man Scares Me!, Who Else Remembers This?

Hot listing! Cameron's house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off can be yours for just $2.3 million. Acute anxiety, alienation, depression, insecurity, and the lack of a will to live are probably sold separately, but I love how the realtor's listing includes this still from the movie, as if Mr. Frye's forbidden red Ferrari comes with the place.

Oddly enough, The Onion's Radio News Network provided a recent update on the FBDO clan: Grown-Up Ferris Bueller Charms His Way Out Of Paying Child Support. According to this absolutely accurate report, Bueller's "late friend Cameron was murdered by his father in 1986." So the house is a crime scene, too! Make that down payment today.

Having grown up in the Chicago 'burbs, I always wanted to live at the Fryes' house, partly because I could ride bikes to see my friends if I lived there, but mostly because they had a pool. It might even be in my top 3, along with Phyllis Neffler's mansion in Troop Beverly Hills (huge pool + balance beam upstairs + Craig T. Nelson to open pickle jars) and, obviously, Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Don't click here if you don't want to cry. Which film or TV dwelling did you always want to call home?

Scribe Chris Morgan talks Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin'
Date: 2009-May-12
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Scribe Chris Morgan talks Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin'

MTV recently caught up with FAST AND FURIOUS screenwriter Chris Morgan to discuss his latest project, a stylized adaptation of Japan's famous 18th-century account of the "47 Ronin." Morgan suggests the film will be a big action movie like 300 or GLADIATOR with samurai and ninja.It was originally announced in December of last year that Morgan had penned a script to 47 RONIN for Universal Pictures with a story tailored to attached star Keanu Reeves and his half-Asian heritage.The more recent article states there has been some criticism of Morgan's ability to handle the very well-known material and that the screenwriter has responded by pointing out his long history as a "huge fan of samurai culture," backed up by "extensive" knowledge of the story.The story of the "47 Ronin" is one of the most beloved tales in Japanese history and has been adapted to film in Japan no less than eight different times going back at least as far as 1913 when Shozo Makino's THE ROYAL FORTY-SEVEN RONIN was released.The story is based on an incident where a group of samurai were left masterless when their lord was ordered to commit ritual suicide for assaulting a court official. For a year, the former samurai, now ronin, plotted to take revenge by killing the official responsible out of loyalty to and respect for their dead lord. They succeeded and in the process fulfilled their duty as followers of the bushido code but because they had attacked a government official the Shogun had to punish them so they were ordered to commit seppuku and thus ended their lives as their lord had.Morgan's knowledge of this incident may not matter if the producers intend to shoot a 300-style version of the "47 Ronin." I have personally seen two different films about this story, Kon Ichikawa's 47 RONIN (1994) and Hiroshi Inagaki's CHUSHINGURA (1962). Both versions treated the subject with stately reverence. Ichikawa's 1994 film, along with other more recent versions tend to dig deeper into the minds of the players involved, instead of focusing on action, of which there is little in the original story.

The main action involves the actual attack on the official by the 47 ronin but I doubt Universal intends to fill an entire movie with it. Then again, if they were to do something along the lines of BLACKHAWK DOWN where most of the narrative zooms in on a near real-time account of the attack I could see how the story could turn into an action film without straying too far from facts.

Aw, but who am I kidding? This story has been adapted for Hollywood by the writer of CELLULAR and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT as an intentionally over-the-top period actioner with Keanu "I know kung fu" Reeves starring as a feudal-era Eurasian ronin. Bring on the ninjas, limb-cleaving samurai action and macho heroics. Look out world. Hollywood is going to show us how America does chambara.

Tagged 47 Ronin, 47 Ronin (2010), chambara, Keanu Reeves, ronin, upcoming

Published/updated on May 12, 2009

Pushing hot buttons the Jay Mohr way
Date: 2009-May-21
From: The Providence
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Pushing hot buttons the Jay Mohr way

Pushing hot buttons the Jay Mohr way

Comedian's no redneck but he won't apologize for his humour

By Glen Schaefer, The ProvinceMay 21, 2009Comments (5)

Comedian Jay Mohr has been known to segue into celebrity impersonations during his act  his surreal recounting of an on-set conversation about dogs with Christopher Walken is a past highlight  but he's quick to point out that he's not just "doing" the celebs he talks about.

Mohr last year made a movie with Keanu Reeves, so that episode has made its way into his act  and it doesn't matter to Mohr that Reeves' spacey cadences have been done so often by others.

"I don't feel that there's a territory that I can't go into as far as impressions go, because the impressions that I do of people are conversations that I've actually had with them," Mohr says over the phone from a tour stop in San Jose. "So it's not like saying, 'What if Keanu Reeves and Richard Nixon worked at McDonald's?' This is a conversation I actually had with this person, that lets me give you an insight into the type of bizarre that they are."

Mohr co-starred in last year's cop thriller Street Kings with Reeves and Forest Whitaker, so conversations with both actors have become part of Mohr's live act.

"Keanu is this beautiful man. He's so handsome it's a little alarming; you actually find yourself between takes staring at his face. They say 'action' and you go wha ... what? I don't know my line, I was staring at Keanu's supple lips.

"Forest is very intense  a nice guy but when the camera's rolling you forget you're in a scene with him and you think he might kill you."

Mohr, whose sitcom Gary Unmarried was renewed by CBS for a second season, has been mining his film and TV experience for his stand-up act since he played a cutthroat sports agent opposite Tom Cruise in 1996's Jerry Maguire.

When he's not dishing on his celebrity co-workers, Mohr uses his stand-up to push hot-button issues, as when he referred to Vancouver as "Hongcouver" in a 2007 bit about our substantial Asian population. Mohr says it's all about context.

"I'll push certainly, but I'll stand by what I say and I'll explain why I'm saying it," he says. "A lot of people will hear what they want to hear, so I'll do a whole thing about Asians being our best citizens, and then after the show there are people saying, 'I can't believe you made fun of Asians.'"

Told that Hongcouver was a term coined by those who objected to the city's growing Asian population, Mohr says he's not among them. "I didn't realize that rednecks said that. I didn't know that people were saying it with anger. I've always loved Vancouver and have never said anything other than how much I wish I owned a home there, so obviously it doesn't bother me."

On another Vancouver fixture, Mohr is unapologetic. Mohr took singer Sarah McLachlan to task on his blog for her activism on behalf of homeless animals and was surprised at the backlash.

"I've caught more flak for what I've said about animal charities than for anything I've said about people. I had this entire rant against Sarah McLachlan and her commercial for feeding animals and giving them homes after Hurricane Katrina. There's people hurt by Katrina and this lady wants to help a cat that's behind a wall."

So he's not expecting singer McLachlan at his Vancouver show?

"I would love to ask her why you're so hell-bent on saving animals when you stepped over homeless people to get into the theatre. I find that atrocious behaviour as a society," he says. "You watch  me telling you this will get more play than anything else. It's astounding."

Over to you, animal lovers. (Mohr's latest pet is a teacup Yorkie named Mabel, by the way.)

Keanu Reeves tapped for 'Jekyll' film
Date: 2009-May-10
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Keanu Reeves tapped for 'Jekyll' film

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Keanu Reeves has been pegged to star in a planned new film version of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," the Hollywood Reporter says.

The publication, without naming sources, said Reeves is to star in Universal's new take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novella, which is reportedly being adapted by screenwriter Justin Haythe, who last year penned the screen adaptation of the Richard Yates novel "Revolutionary Road."

The Hollywood Reporter said Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is negotiating to direct the project, which is tentatively titled "Jekyll," and is being produced by Erwin Stoff and Red Wagon Entertainment's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher.

Refn gained recognition with the small-scale, gritty thrillers known as the "Pusher" series, also co-writing and directing the independent crime film "Bronson," which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the publication said.

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