Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis, George Miller, Valeria Golino , Katayoon Shahabi - 69th Cannes Film Festival - Jury - Photocall at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Wednesday 11th May 2016
'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' features the film debut of Wonder Woman, but why has it taken so long for the heroine to make it on to the big screen?
Both Batman and Superman have seen various incarnations on the big screen, but in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice they will be joined by a superhero whose film debut is long overdue, Wonder Woman. The story of Wonder Woman’s journey to the big screen could be a movie in itself, as until now writers, directors and studios have tried and failed to make the heroine leap from comic books to film.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman’s live-action debut came in a 1974 TV movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, but she wasn’t quite as comic book fans had expected. This Wonder Woman was blonde and had a very questionable costume, which featured some blue leggings and a red coat with blue and white starred sleeves.
Rich Cline picks out his top films of 2015.
There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres...
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.
9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015
With the announcement of several critics groups awards this week, as well as the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations, the awards season is finally beginning to take shape, although the emerging frontrunner is a bit of a surprise.
There are prestige movies featuring strongly across the board, including Spotlight, Carol, The Big Short, The Revenant and Bridge of Spies. But the surprise leader of the pack is the summer action blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.
Tom Hardy plays Max Rockatansky
Coming into the season, George Miller's long-awaited reboot had already won two Australian Film Institute awards from 11 nominations. And this week it was also named Film of the Year by both the National Board of Review and Boston Online Film Critics. In the Golden Globes, it received top nominations for Best Director and Best Film - Drama.
Continue reading: Mad Max Is The Surprise Awards Front-Runner
Tom Hardy has proved his acting talent time and time again, but filming 'Mad Max: Fury Road' was a special challenge for him. Not just because of the desert, but because of the large shoes of Mel Gibson that he had to fill.
Tom Hardy has made a name for himself with films like 'Inception', 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Warrior' and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', but nothing quite prepared him for the full-on challenge of taking over as Mad Max.
Tom Hardy took over from Mel Gibson in the Mad Max role
"When I got over the initial jubilation and excitement of being offered the role, I suddenly realised that Mad Max is synonymous with Mel Gibson," Hardy says. "That was a little bit daunting, and possibly people were going to dislike the change. So I thought the right thing to do was go and meet Mel Gibson, because he's part of the Mad Max family. It's like I'm the new wife who has to go and meet the old wife."
Continue reading: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Was A Special Challenge For Tom Hardy
George Miller's 'Contact' - can you imagine it? Here's some help.
Mad Max director George Miller has spoken for the first time about the opportunity he had to adapt Carl Sagan's novel Contact in the mid 90's. Robert Zemeckis was the filmmaker eventually entrusted with the story of faith and conflict, though Miller had the first bite at the cherry.
Tom Hardy stars in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road
Miller worked on a screenplay with Sagan and Sagan's wife Ann Druyan before he parted ways with Warner Bros. Now, on the promotional trailer for the critically acclaimed Mad Max, the filmmaker admits he never saw Zemeckis's version though revealed he had a more challenging script than Warners was comfortable with.
Tom Hardy's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' clocks decent first-day numbers, but the 'Pitch Perfect' girls are the ones in front.
The latest Mad Max film may well be one of the best-reviewed action thrillers of all time, with a huge Metascore of 89 - well above the average for the genre - but it seems Max isn't quite tough enough to beat the Barden Bellas to the number-one spot.
Anna Kendrick could be topping the charts this weekend
According to Deadline, first-day ticket estimates at the US box office put Fury Road at number two with $16.8m, while Pitch Perfect 2 is well ahead with $27.8m for Friday - that's almost double what its predecessor made over the full three-day period during its first weekend of nationwide release back in 2012.
Continue reading: 'Pitch Perfect 2' Outruns 'Mad Max' At US Box Office
Looks like George Miller isn't done with Mad Max yet...
It's been 30 years since George Miller completed his trilogy of movies starring Mel Gibson: Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981) and Beyond Thunderdome (1985). In the intervening years he's kept busy with the Babe and Happy Feet franchises. But now he's back with Mad Max: Fury Road, which he refuses to call either a sequel or a reboot. He's just freshening the franchise, like the James Bond movies do every few years.
Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
And he said this week that he has "other stories and other scripts" ready to go if Fury Road is a box office success. "It really depends on whether everyone, particularly me, has an appetite to go back into the wasteland," he says of the post-apocalyptic desert setting. "It's like asking a woman who's just given birth, 'You wanna try it again?'"
Continue reading: Mad Max: Fury Road Returns George Miller To His Roots
Leave it to a veteran to show the young sparks how to do it: it's been 30 years since George Miller last visited his post-apocalyptic hero Max Rockatansky, and now he's back with the best-staged action thriller of the year, a blockbuster that dares to have meaningful themes and complex characters. He also recreates Mad Max as a kind of James Bond franchise with a story that sits alongside the earlier films, not before or after, and an actor who brings a new energy to the role.
In a desert wasteland where people trade water and oil to survive, Max (Tom Hardy) is a loner haunted by the death of his family. Then he's captured by a gang from the Citadel, a towering rock city run by the tyrant Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), who has positioned himself as a god who keeps his enslaved people on a short leash. On a mission to collect oil, Joe's top imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) veers her war-rig off into the desert. So Joe sends a gang after her. Leading the charge is the gung-ho Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who uses Max, strapped to his car like a grille ornament, as a blood-bag to supply energy. But after a series of clashes involving three other gangs of desert marauders, Max and Nux end up on board Furiosa's rig, in which she is hoping to smuggle Joe's five young wives to safety.
The plot itself is fairly blunt, which means that the film requires very little dialogue (Max doesn't speak at all for the first 45 minutes, mainly because his houth is actually bolted shut). Even so, Miller fills every shot with telling details that strengthen the characters and provide insight into what they are doing, building more intriguing relationships with suspicious glances than most filmmakers do with endless conversation.
Continue reading: Mad Max: Fury Road Review
'Mad Max: Fury Road' is out this week, and its star Theron used a promotional interview to praise the film for its unusual attitude towards its female characters.
Charlize Theron has spoken out about what she believes is the tendency of sci-fi movies to misrepresent female characters. She is currently one of the stars of Mad Max: Fury Road and claims that the film is an anomaly in that it does contain strong female lead characters.
The 39 year old actress, who portrays Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s re-boot of his own original imagining of a post-apocalypse Australia, was speaking on ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’ on Monday, and she vented her frustration at the typical depiction of women in science fiction films.
Charlize Theron spoke out about the depiction of women in sci-fi movies
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Claims Women Are Misrepresented In Sci Fi Movies
Original Mad Max star Mel Gibson made a surprise appearance at the premiere of Fury Road alongside Tom Hardy.
Film premieres are always exciting, star-studded events, but they don't usually feature a surprise appearance by one of the world's biggest movie icons. But last night (Thursday May 7), Mel Gibson decided to make an unannounced visit to the red-carpet premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road in Hollywood, Variety reports.
Gibson treated the Fury Road cast and crew to a surprise visit
The 59-year-old actor-director rose to fame as the original Max in the 1979 film and reprised his role in two sequels, in 1981 and 1985.
Continue reading: Mel Gibson Turns Up At Mad Max: Fury Road Premiere
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