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In the mid-Sixties, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson spent about a year with the world's most notorious biker gang to write the book Hell's Angels, which came out in 1967. He spoke with radio broadcaster Studs Terkel that year for an interview that PBS has now animated whimsically for its Blank on Blank series.
"The Angels claim that they don't look for trouble," Thompson said in the interview. "They just try to live peaceful lives and be left alone, but on the other hand they go out and put themselves into »
George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.
As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »
- Gary Susman
The anticipation for Mad Max: Fury Road keeps growing and growing, following the third trailer that debuted this week, making it easily one of this summer's most awaited movies. Warner Bros. has yet to announce plans for any sequels, but, during an interview with Esquire, star Tom Hardy, who steps into the iconic Max Rockatansky role originally played by Mel Gibson, revealed that he is actually locked in for three sequels. However, whether or not those move forward all depends on how Mad Max: Fury Road fares at the box office next month.
"I've never been more excited and out of my comfort zone. Everything's based on figures and how things are perceived. Inevitably it's a business."
The actor added that he has seen the final cut, calling it "f---ing unbelievable," while adding details about the bizarre production process.
"We were in the middle of nowhere, so far away from »
We've had some amazing trailers, including the recent and stunning full one, but the real promotional push for "Mad Max: Fury Road" is about to begin. UK copies of "Furious 7" will get a six minute clip in front of screenings, and now the first long lead interviews with the cast and crew are going online.
Today, Esquire has posted an interview with star Tom Hardy who confirms that his contract means he's signed up for three more "Mad Max" films on top of 'Fury Road' should it be a major success.
While Hardy has played key supporting roles in blockbusters, and leads in various arthouse and mid-budget dramas, this is technically the first studio action tentpole where he's the lead star. Hardy says he feels the weight of it, saying:
"I've never been more excited and out of my comfort zone... we were in the middle of nowhere, so »
- Garth Franklin
One of the titans of the documentary world has passed today. There are many filmmakers whose work can be said to have influenced other artists, and certainly one of the ways we weigh the worth of an artistic legacy is by the way it seeps into the larger culture. By that standard, Albert Maysles was enormously important, and the mark he leaves on the definition of a documentary is immeasurable. "Grey Gardens" is perhaps the most famous of his films, and one of the things I realized when I first saw it was that documentaries can be about anything. The point of the process is truth, and Maysles was ferociously dedicated to capturing moments of almost breathtaking truth. One of the first pieces of his work that I saw was "Gimme Shelter," the documentary about the 1969 Altamont concert where Hell's Angels stabbed a concertgoer to death, an event which was recorded on film. »
- Drew McWeeny
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
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