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19 items from 2017


Looking Back: Alex's Top 10 Favorite Films of 2016 - In 'La La' Love

4 hours ago | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Without love, what reason is there for anything?" What a year. Admittedly, it's always a challenge for me to put together a Top 10 list, just because there's never enough time to watch (and rewatch) everything. That said, I fell head-over-heels in love with a number of movies in 2016 and it was easy to put them on this list. I learned so much from my Favorite Films of 2016. Paterson taught me to love poetry (and write some of my own). La La Land reminded me that dancing is the key to life, and jazz is awesome. Captain Fantastic taught me to always seek the truth. Pete's Dragon reminded me that sometimes we must believe in magic. I'm invigorated by how much movies often affect me, and the more emotional I get, the more I love them. For my Top 12 of 2015 list, topped by George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road and »

- Alex Billington

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David Stratton on his "very personal" 'Stories of Australian Cinema'

17 January 2017 4:00 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema is set to premiere on the ABC this year over three episodes. Before that broadcast (the date of which is still under wraps) a theatrical cut will be distributed by Transmission.

Produced for the ABC by Stranger than Fiction's Jo-Anne McGowan (Art+Soul) with support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Adelaide Film Festival and Transmission, Stratton describes the project as "very personal".

"It.s not a history of Australian film at all. It.s called David Stratton.s Stories of Australian Cinema, and it's really just that. Without wanting to sound too pretentious about it, it.s sort of my journey coming to Australia from England, running the Sydney Film Festival for eighteen years, fighting censorship, [and] being at the Sydney Film Festival just as the Australian New Wave was happening with the Peter Weirs and the Gillian Armstrongs and the Fred Schepisis. »

- Harry Windsor

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Tom Hardy Says A Follow-Up To Mad Max: Fury Road Is Definitely In The Cards; Comments On James Bond Rumors

16 January 2017 6:15 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most universally acclaimed movies we've covered here on Cbm, though it was only a moderate success at the box office. Perhaps this is the reason Warner Bros. has yet to officially announced a sequel - though various parties involved with the film have suggested there is something in the works. Now, Tom Hardy himself insists that it is going to happen at some point, stating that he loved making Fury Road and is "hungry" to re-inhabit the role of the monosyllabic madman: George Miller is a genius! The wheels were rolling from the beginning of Fury Road for three films, so I would assume it’s just crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. There are other Mad Max vehicles and Furiosa vehicles that are out there—as far as the characters’ mythologies and stories—so it’s a little bit… »

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Mad Max 5 still on the way, Tom Hardy involved

15 January 2017 10:22 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 16, 2017

Tom Hardy confirms he's waiting for the call on Mad Max: The Wasteland...

It took a long time to get 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road to the big screen, the movie that set aside three months after production simply so they could watch the material they’d shot. It was worth it, though: George Miller’s film is arguably the best blockbuster of the past two to three years. But those plans for a fifth movie (and possibly a sixth), Mad Max: The Wasteland, haven’t really advanced. It was to be a prequel to the Mad Max story thus far, and Tom Hardy was linked with reprising his Fury Road role.

Panic not though, assured Hardy. This isn’t a case of missing presumed dead. Chatting to Collider, he said “I’m anxiously waiting to find out”, when quizzed about more Mad Max.

“As far as »

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Tom Hardy Confirms Mad Max Followup To Fury Road

14 January 2017 7:55 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Most of us were thrilled in 2015 when Mad Max: Fury Road was released, giving us a further look into George Miller's post-apocalyptic world where Max Rockatansky, the protagonist played by Tom Hardy, is attempting to help Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron, free the harem of sex slaves from the villain Immortan Joe. The critics liked it as well, as the filmed garnered 6 Oscar wins and was nominated for 4 more, including Best Picture.

For awhile now we have wondered about the working title Mad Max: The Wasteland and the future of the franchise with Tom Hardy. Collider's Christina Radish was able to pick his brain as she sat down with Tom Hardy and was able to ask him some questions about his hopefully upcoming role. She starts with his excitement level about the next film of the series, and Hardy replies:

"I’m anxiously waiting to find out. There »

- Drew Carlton

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More Mad Max Sequels Are Coming, But No One Knows When

13 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters in May 2015, it was a rare summer movie that was not only a critical and commercial success, but sparked early awards season talk as well. While we do know a sequel is coming, tentatively entitled Mad Max: The Wasteland, it doesn't seem to be coming anytime soon, with director George Miller stating numerous times that he wants to make a smaller movie first, before diving back into the apocalyptic world of Mad Max. Today we have word from star Tom Hardy that the sequel is still pending, but even he doesn't know when it may happen.

Collider caught up with Tom Hardy at the TCA Winter Tour, where he was promoting his new FX TV series Taboo, which premiered earlier this week on the cable network. The actor confirmed that he has signed on for three Mad Max movies, although he isn't sure »

- MovieWeb

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Tom Hardy confirms that Mad Max sequels are indeed happening

13 January 2017 11:03 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

These days, I rarely make it to the theater to enjoy a film more than once. Not to sound like an ass, but I’m a very busy dude and my time spent at the theater is quite limited. However, one film that you can guarantee I saw more than once was George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, because holy shit, that movie is awesome! And, as much as I enjoyed the parched mumblings of Tom Hardy’s Max, it... Read More »

- Steve Seigh

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Here’s Why ‘The Jungle Book’ Deserves More Oscar Respect

13 January 2017 8:26 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Just as George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” James Cameron’s “Avatar,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” were cinematic groundbreakers for the ages, I believe Oscar voters should take Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” more seriously.

Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks took Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales of Mowgli and his brothers and, with help from James Cameron and Martin Scorsese’s go-to VFX master Rob Legato, created a seamlessly natural digital world with many vibrant animal characters — and one live boy (Neel Sethi).

Read More: Why Photographic Realism Makes Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ the VFX Oscar Favorite

Maybe Favreau makes it look too easy. This isn’t fantasy-world “Avatar.” This is digital India. He calls up fond memories of Disney’s 1967 animated musical, weaving in a couple of songs and creating a grand set piece led by Christopher Walken as a giant ancient orangutan (gigantopithecus, »

- Anne Thompson

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Green Lantern Corps Characters Confirmed, Gets Man of Steel Writer

12 January 2017 10:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has brought on screenwriters David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Justin Rhodes (Contract Killers) to pen the script for Green Lantern Corps. The studio is reportedly "moving aggressively" on this project, which, when the studio announced its Dceu lineup in 2014, was believed to hit in 2020. This report confirms a long-standing rumor that this superhero adventure will feature two iconic Green Lantern comic book characters, Hal Jordan and John Stewart.

Deadline reports that this project has been described as "Lethal Weapon in space," and will follow a comic book origin story. As of now, the studio hasn't cast any actors for the Hal Jordan and John Stewart roles, but Hal Jordan was most recently portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in Warner Bros.' 2011 Green Lantern movie, which was a critical and commercial failure. The actor even poked fun at the movie several times in his recent blockbuster Deadpool, so »

- MovieWeb

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DreamWorks Animation's New Hire Leaves Warner Bros. Looking for a Top Executive

11 January 2017 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The departure of Warner Bros. animation chief Chris deFaria for the top job at DreamWorks Animation is seen as a blow to Warners but sources say newly promoted WB film studio president and chief content officer Toby Emmerich will seize the chance to hire an outsider who will expand the studio’s animation slate.

DeFaria, whom associates describe as brilliant and very tough-minded on budgets, not only ran animation at Warners, but also had a key role overseeing visual effects across the board. He was credited as an executive producer on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and George Miller’s »

- Kim Masters ,Borys Kit

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Tom Hardy is waiting on the call for Mad Max: Fury Road sequels

10 January 2017 1:29 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Talk of a sequel to George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road has been rampant since the action adventure rocked cinemas back in 2015, with a rumour from September going so far as to claim that a prequel was gearing up to go into pre-production.

Now Tom Hardy, Mad Max himself, has spoken to the The Wrap about the sequels and believes things are still in the works but is unsure of a start date.

“I don’t know when that starts, but I believe that’s in the books. There’s a couple of those floating around. I’m waiting for the call to come.”

So we will have to wait a while longer it for any official confirmation to arrive. Fans had to wait 30 years for the latest sequel but if all goes according to plan Hardy at least seems up for the project.

As always, Flickering Myth will »

- Samuel Brace

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Tom Hardy Is Waiting on the Call for Mad Max 5

10 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It has been about a year and a half since Mad Max: Fury Road took the world by storm and the love for that movie is still very palatable. But as time continues to press on, fans of the rejuvenated franchise are getting more and more eager to see another installment of George Miller's post-apocalyptic franchise. Star Tom Hardy has offered an encouraging, if frustrating, update on the state of the Mad Max: Fury Road sequels, the first of which is supposed to be Mad Max: The Wasteland.

Tom Hardy recently spoke with The Wrap in anticipation of his new FX series Taboo. The subject of the highly-anticipated follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road came up and the actor offered an update, saying the movies appear to be on track, but he has no idea when they are going to start shooting. Here is what he had to say »

- MovieWeb

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Tom Hardy Confirms That He's Set For A Mad Max Sequel (Or Prequel?)

10 January 2017 7:01 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

When Mad Max: Fury Road came out, it reinvigorated a series that had gone dormant for nearly thirty years. Director George Miller successfully brought his Road Warrior back into the public's consciousness, and there's been a hunger for more post-apocalyptic thrills ever since. 

Yet the main thing we've heard since Mad Max: Fury Road came out was that the next film could actually be a prequel that doesn't focus on Max Rockatansky (the role made famous by Mel Gibson, which Tom Hardy inherited for the relaunch), but rather on Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa. If that were to pan out, where would that leave Hardy's Max? 

Apparently, whatever the follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road ends up being, Hardy is set to be in it.

Here's what the British actor told The Wrap about his involvement with the next Mad Max:

"I don’t know when that starts, but »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Tom Hardy Says There’s A Couple Of Mad Max Sequels Floating Around

9 January 2017 5:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road roared into theaters back in 2015, it took just about everyone by surprise. Presenting a batshit insane, over-the-top spectacle full of non-stop action, mind-blowing stunt work and excitement beyond measure, it was one hell of a film and had many critics calling it the year’s best. As such, it was no surprise when chatter of sequels and spinoffs began, but here we are, now in 2017 and still nothing concrete has materialized.

A Furiosa-centric prequel was heavily discussed at one point while the studio also promised us a proper sequel. Miller has assured us that everything is still on track, but without anything tangible to show just yet, it’s feeling like it may be a pretty long time before another movie actually comes to fruition. Thankfully, that hasn’t deterred the cast, as both leads (Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy) have their »

- Josh Wilding

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Tom Hardy on ‘Mad Max’ Sequels: ‘I’m Waiting for the Call to Come’

9 January 2017 1:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tom Hardy says those “Mad Max” sequels are still on. “Yeah I believe so!” the actor told TheWrap when asked about whether they would be happening. “I don’t know when that starts, but I believe that’s in the books. There’s a couple of those floating around. I’m waiting for the call to come.” “It was so good, man,” Hardy reminisced. See Video: Watch Tom Hardy Bare His Softie Side Reading a Bedtime Story In Jan. 2016, “Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller told TheWrap that contrary to recent reports, he is far from done with the franchise, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hell or High Water’ Could Find Oscar Success With Male Voters

4 January 2017 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to the Academy Awards, voters tend to think highbrow. They like to represent the best, most humane, classiest version of themselves.

But don’t forget the Steak Eaters.

The Academy is full of them. They’re red-blooded males (not just American) — often directors, writers, and craftspeople. They’re the guys who voted for Oscar-winners “Argo,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Braveheart,” “Gladiator,” “Avatar,” and yes, “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain.”

“They vote for big movies that make big money, good solid moviemaking with great actors and good storytelling,” one veteran Oscar campaigner told me. In recent years, this faction of the Academy voted for mainstream hits such as Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and A.G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant.”

This year, several movies could get a boost from the Steak Eater vote. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Aquaman’ Using the ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Team to Pull Off Stunts

3 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Great news for DC Comics fans: Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Aquaman” has recruited “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” award-winning stunt team.

The news was first reported by Australia’s 9 News, which features footage of stunt coordinator Keir Beck practicing some stunts with his team for “Aquaman,” set to be directed by “Furious 7” and “The Conjuring” helmer James Wan. Warner’s upcoming comic book film, which stars Jason Momoa as the title superhero, began production this past November in Queensland, Australia, and is set to begin filming sometime in 2017.

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Besides “general stunt skills and fighting,” the members of the stunt team will “obviously [need to be] capable and competent in water,” Beck told 9 News.

Beck is one of the best in his trade; last year, his team won a Screen Actors Guild Awards for their stunt work in “Fury Road,” which took home six »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Mad Max: Fury Road Stunt Team Will Provide Their Services For Aquaman

2 January 2017 11:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If there are better stunt professionals than the ones featured in Mad Max: Fury Road, we certainly haven’t seen them. Providing some of the most breathtaking real-life spectacles of that year, or any year, while getting little to no credit for their efforts, these unsung heroes deserve – at the very least — to stay fitfully employed. Thankfully, Warner Bros. feels the same, as the stunt team behind George Miller’s modern action extravaganza will now offer their services to James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman.

Australia’s 9 News (via /Film) recently did a profile on stunt coordinator Keir Beck and his team, where they announced their plans to work on the upcoming DC Comics adaptation:

[We’ll be doing] general stunt skills and fighting. If there’s water sequences obviously being capable and competent in water [is important].

While Beck wasn’t the only stunt coordinator credited on Mad Max: Fury Road, he still, nevertheless, helped make »

- Will Ashton

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