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When you have been around for over twenty years in the television world, as The Simpsons has, it’s safe to say that you’ve done a lot – so much so that competing shows have a hard time coming up with original ideas that you haven’t already covered.
“The Simpsons Did It” has been a nitpick used against similar (and not-so-similar) shows for years, to the point that South Park did an entire episode dedicated to it. Sometimes, it’s a legit criticism, sometimes not. Take, for example, Mel Gibson. The Simpsons had an episode featuring Mad Max himself, “Beyond Blunderdome,” back in 1999. Gibson guest starred, so was clearly in on the jokes in advance.
Just a few years later, in 2002, Family Guy was returning from the dead – or at least cancellation. Their first show back after strong DVD sales saved the franchise? North by North Quahog, which featured, »
- Jay Anderson
Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
For someone with his immense range and talent, Tom Hardy has been a “one to watch” far too long. Years before he went toe-to-toe with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises, he made his debut in HBO’s Band of Brothers in 2001, quickly graduated to Star Trek villain in 2002, and won the BAFTA Rising Star Award for Inception in 2011. Earlier this year, he carried an entire film, Locke, in which he just drove a car and talked on the phone.
Next year, all of that oozing charisma and alluring sense of danger that practically vibrates through his characters will »
- Jeff Labrecque
There’s a museum deep in the Australian outback that most people will never visit, unless they have a penchant for killer cars and marauding bands of bikers. We’re talking about the Max Max 2 Museum, run by Adrian Bennett. He purchased a piece of land in the outback, created a shrine to the 1981 George Miller postapocalyptic action flick, and spoke to website Vice about it recently. Yes, a man built a museum to honor a movie sequel. But it’s not just any sequel. Robert Ebert called it “one of the most relentlessly aggressive movies ever made.” And with a fourth film in the Mad Max series, Mad Max: Fury Road, due out May 2015, the allure of a wandering man battling human scum across a dusty wasteland is higher than ever. “The idea for the museum...
- Alison Nastasi
We are taking a couple episodes off as Brad will be heading to the Toronto Film Festival for a week so we hope we've done well, though Brad will try to deliver a couple of Toronto reports while he's gone. That said, today we answer your questions, have a couple stories from our weekend to share, plenty of games to be played and more. We discuss violence against women in video games, the race issue in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
The Rover opens in UK cinemas this week, bringing a welcome note of despair and post-meltdown male posturing to our baking hot summer. Featuring a memorable lead performance from Guy Pearce and strong support from Robert Pattinson the film follows in a long tradition of Antipodean sagas involving social decay and dog-eat-dog. To celebrate the latest evolution of this warped branch of their industry, let’s take a petrol-fuelled, sweat-drenched look at some intense offerings from Australia and New Zealand. If you associate these lands with Home And Away and Lord Of The Rings (or maybe even Flight Of The Conchords) prepare yourself for a shock…
Mad Max (1979)
Though the makers distance themselves from him, The Rover bears the hallmarks of tortured avenger Max Rockatansky. Dusty tracks, speeding cars, a broken soul and a total lack of decency – David Michôd’s movie realizes these qualities admirably, but director George Miller »
- Steve Palace
After what seems like an eternity in development, we’re now less than a year away from the arrival of the fourth instalment in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action series Mad Max, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking over from Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Considering Gibson’s troubles over the past few years, it comes as little surprise that the series has found itself with a new leading man, however according to Miller – who directed Mel in the first three movies – the decision to bring in another actor was purely down to Gibson’s age.
“I have a great affection for Mel. I was really heartbroken to see him go into [the scandals],” said Miller, who initially planned to stick with Gibson when he started devoping Fury Road over a decade ago. “But it’s a new time. I hope Mel gets to act »
- Gary Collinson
In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would be far wiser to »
- Justin Chang
After another longer-than-expected absence, I’m back, dear readers, and I’m hoping to get this column back on something approaching a regular schedule. More importantly, this week finally sees the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which I hope to be watching by the time you’re reading these words. But it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s coming out next year, and this Trailer Trashin’ column examines our first look at a film that’s definitely on my radar for next year: Mad Max: Fury Road.
Premise: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed and fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world are two rebels on the run, who just might be able to restore order. One is “Mad” Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a »
- Timothy Monforton
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road tells the story of a man haunted by his turbulent past, who believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. When Road Warrior Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the elite Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), they are pursued in a high-octane Road War. For more on the film, watch the trailer. While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, filmmaker George Miller spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about what makes this version of the Mad Max character different, coming back to this world after so many years, how his view of a post-apocalyptic world has changed, what made him decide to take such a visual approach and do thousands of storyboards, »
- Christina Radish
I may have been one of the few people to feel underwhelmed by the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer to come from Warner Brothers in the past week. But I am still willing to give the reboot (or is it a sequel?) a fighting chance, especially with Tom Hardy in the lead role and original franchise director George Miller firmly at the helm. The latest images from Mad Max: Fury Road to hit the Internet give me a bit more hope than the trailer did – and at the moment I will take anything I can get.
Mad Max: Fury Road has Tom Hardy in the role of Mad Max himself, a “man of action and a man of few words,” faced with personal tragedy, an apocalyptic wasteland, and the bad people who inhabit it. He finds an ally (we think) in Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman attempting to make it back to her homeland. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After making a big splash at Comic-Con, delivering new posters (clickHere and a new a new trailer (clickHere) which set fandom on fire, Warner Bros. has released three more new photos from Mad Max: Fury Road. The first finds Mad Max (Tom Hardy) in slightly better days, when he could wander the apocalyptic landscape with his gun in hand. The second photo gives us a look at the muzzled Max as he breaks free from Nux's (Nicholas Hoult) chains, taking the mutant hostage. And then we get a new behind-the-scenes look at director George Miller as he works alongside Tom Hardy to bring this two hour chase to life. Check them out.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind »
I was quite bummed I never made it into Hall H for one of the big winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road, but luckily, ever since Sdcc, Warner Bros. has been making more and more material public. We’ve got a full recap of the Mad Max Comic-Con panel right here, but if you’d like to check out bits of the film for yourself, not only do we have those character posters and the new trailer, but now we’ve got a few new photos as well. Hit the jump to catch those Mad Max: Fury Road images, which include a behind-the-scenes shot of Tom Hardy with director George Miller as well as two stills from the film featuring Hardy and Nicholas Hoult. Mad Max: Fury Road is due in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nathan Jones. »
- Perri Nemiroff
I've been piecing together a synopsis for Mad Max: Fury Road for awhile now, but have finally updated the site with the official synopsis for the film along with three new pictures (via JoBlo) from the movie. First... From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. Pictures has released three new photos from "Mad Max: Fury Road."
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role in “Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa.
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Courtney Eaton, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, iOTA, John Howard, Richard Carter, Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the »
- Kellvin Chavez
Over the weekend, the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road made its way online via the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], and now we have three new images from the film featuring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky alongside Mad Max trilogy director George Miller…
Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by Tom Hardy from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of »
- Gary Collinson
After what feels like a zillion years in pre-production (somewhere around 2009 or 2011, depending on how you look at it), “Mad Max: Fury Road” is beginning to take shape. The redo/reboot/reimagining by director George Miller took over 120 days to shoot spread over two years. Not due til spring 2015, it’s post-production will have been almost two years as well. It’s made Warner Bros. a little nervous, but the recently released Comic-Con trailer—intense, savagely visceral and explosive— suggests it’ll be worth the wait. The movie is starting to coalesce too. Miller has already said it’s closer to “Mad Max: The Road Warrior” in tone then any other film and he’s not kidding. In fact, based on what the director said at Comic-Con and what we’ve seen, ‘Fury Road’ appears to be part of the ‘Road Warrior’ continuity— to an extent. It appears as »
- Edward Davis
"The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet...
"...in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
"Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order…
"There’s 'Max' (Tom Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words...
"...who seeks peace of mind...
"... following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.
"And 'Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a »
- Michael Stevens
“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by Tom Hardy from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And… Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. »
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