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Australian filmmaker will award the Palme d’or at the close of the Festival.
Mad Mad director George Miller is to preside over the jury of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22), capping a successful 12 months for the Australian filmmaker.
It was in Cannes last May that Mad Max: Fury Road received its world premiere. The action reboot, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, was shown Out of Competition to critical acclaim and has been picking up awards ever since. It is nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, and seven Baftas.
Miller said: “What an unmitigated delight. To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I’ll be there with bells on.”
As well as heading the jury, it will be down to the 70-year-old director to award »
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The man behind one of this summer’s biggest hits, and now a best picture nominee, Mad Max: Fury Road has been directing films for four decades but many fans would have a hard time picking him out of a lineup. George Miller, the 70-year-old visionary director behind all four films in the Mad Max franchise, earned the first best directing Oscar nomination of his career yesterday morning, though his history with the Academy goes all the way back to 1993.
To say Miller has an eclectic resume is an understatement, as his directing credits have bounced from post-apocalyptic action films to heavy family drama to family films. This year, his film is second in nominations to only The Revenant, from last year’s best director winner, Alejandro G. Inarritu.
Much of Miller’s anonymity springs from his ability to not be pegged down to one specific genre, »
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Yesterday, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller dropped a bombshell, revealing that he was "done" making more movies in the franchise, even after stating numerous times he had two planned sequels. The filmmaker had stated after the release of Mad Max: Fury Road that he wanted to make a smaller film first, before delving back into this apocalyptic wasteland, so many thought his most recent comments were quite surprising. As it turns out, the filmmaker's words were taken out of context, revealing to The Wrap that he does plan on returning to the franchise, at some point.
"That was a completely garbled interview. I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review. She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another Mad Max movie] will not be next, »
Given how long it took Mad Max: Fury Road to get to the big screen, it could almost be considered a miracle that it arrived at all, let alone became the best-reviewed movie of 2015. The post-apocalyptic adventure is riding a wave of Oscar buzz going into the nominations announced later this week, with many fans wondering when a follow-up might happen. Director George Miller has said numerous times that he wants to make a smaller film before revisiting this big-budget landscape, even hinting last week about making a Furiosa origin movie after this unspecified smaller film and Mad Max 5. Today, however, we have a new report from Page Six, where the director now says he's done with the entire franchise.
"I won't make more Mad Max movies. Fury Road was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it's considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again. »
4 items from 2016
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