The first Matrix sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, premieres in the U.S., followed six months later by the The Matrix Revolutions on Nov. 5. Reeves spends 11 months in Australia filming the movies back-to-back and says finishing "was like stepping on the shore after crossing an ocean." In a deal that pays him $15 million per film, plus 15 percent of both films' profits, he earns more than $150 million for the project.
Constantine hits theaters. Based on the comic book Hellblazer, Reeves plays Det. John Constantine, a terminally ill private eye with supernatural powers. He tangled with similar hell-on-earth themes in 1997's The Devil's Advocate, where he played a lawyer hired by big-firm hotshot Al Pacino, who also happens to be Satan.
Reeves teams up with Speed costar Bullock for a second time in The Lake House, a romance with a time-travel twist. "He's the same cool cat that I knew then," she tells PEOPLE. "I just know him more deeply now."
Reeves, 43, makes a splash in Cannes with 34-year-old actress China Chow, the daughter of Mr. Chow restaurateur Michael Chow. The Internet buzzes when photos of Chow swimming topless in France with Reeves surfaces. It was only in 2006 that Reeves revealed to Parade that he wanted to "get married" and "have kids." But soon after Reeves reportedly moves on with comedic actress Parker Posey.
The Day the Earth Stood Still, costarring Jennifer Connelly and Jaden Smith (left), opens at No. 1, banking $30.5 million. In the remake of the 1951 classic, Reeves plays Klaatu, an alien representative sent to Earth to take back the planet. "It's more about man against nature," says Reeves. "My Klaatu says that if the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives. I’m a friend to the earth."
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