One way for Hollywood to beat the recession blues is with a dose of big-budget popcorn action and a “whoa”-worthy turn by Keanu Reeves.
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” took Manhattan with that ambition Tuesday, sprawling across an Imax screen and an overflow theater at Lincoln Square. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen my head that big, double chin and all,” joked co-star Kathy Bates.
At a posh after-fete at Compass, Fox co-topper Tom Rothman exchanged alien invasion theories with Reeves, co-stars Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm and director Scott Derrickson.
“There are a lot of dramas out there,” Rothman said. “But if you get a movie people like in a good play period, which December has become, good things can happen.” Hamm cradled a cocktail but otherwise had shed any trace of his “Mad Men” character. He said time-traveling from the early 1960s into a sci-fi movie was initially disorienting. “For one thing, this movie involved a lot more tanks,” he said.