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The much-hyped fourth film will screen in Official Selection Out of Competition on Thursday 14th May at the Grand Théâtre Lumière.
Though there is a new actor in the title role (Tom Hardy has replaced Mel Gibson), the essence remains the same: the world is post-apocalyptic, oil and water are scarce, and only the mad survive.
Academy Award winner Charlize Theron also stars as Empress Furiosa who comes across Max while fleeing a gang who are in hot pursuit..
Originally meant to be filmed in the Broken Hill region in Australia, the shoot had to be moved to Namibia after the barren Australian wasteland received a deluge of almost unheard of rain.
Writer/director George Miller will once again take the helm »
- Emily Blatchford
In an odd leap frog announcement, the Cannes Film Festival have announced an Out of Competition selection that is not the opening film for the 68th edition. George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road will receive it’s world premiere on day 2 of the fest at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. A cornerstone in dystopian action genre and Ozploitation, the cult franchise’s fourth film comes three decades after the third installment. Miller launched the series in 1979 (Mad Max) before filming Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
Mad Max: Fury Road transports us to a post-apocalyptic world in which gangs clash over scare petrol and water resources. Max Rockatansky, played by Tom Hardy, comes face to face with the Empress Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who is fleeing a gang in hot pursuit…
- Eric Lavallee
"In the not too distant future... there will be no civilization... there will be no heroes... there will only be madmen... and the main force patrol"... and the ultimate home media release of George Miller's classic dystopian action-thriller, Mad Max. Like Fifi, Scream Factory is looking to bring back our heroes with their Mad Max Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that hits shelves on May 5th (ten days before Mad Max: Fury Road roars into theaters). The final bonus features for the anticipated release have been revealed and they include a batch of new interviews, including one with Max himself, Mel Gibson.
From Scream Factory: "**Final List of Extras revealed for Mad Max (Collector’S Edition) Blu-ray release!**
- Derek Anderson
Fans of visionary director George Miller (The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road) and Oscar®-winning director/producer/actor Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Lethal Weapon) know well the dystopian action adventures of Max Rockatansky from the highly popular Mad Max movies. Relive the high-octane action, experience the visceral thrills, and see the beginning of this legendary road warrior before the brand new major motion picture hits theaters. On May 5, 2015, Scream Factory™ is proud to present Mad Max Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™, packed with insightful bonus content, including all-new interviews with Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, director of photography David Eggby, special audio commentary, retrospective featurettes and much more! This definitive collector’s »
- Pietro Filipponi
When last we saw Max Rockatansky, he had saved a plane full of children, played a smashing game of chicken with the fierce Ironbar Bassey, and was left wandering the desert for parts unknown. He also looked a lot like Mel Gibson. But a lot has changed in the 30 years (!!) since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome came out in 1985. Will audiences still care for this "raggedy man" hero with a taste for motor mayhem? We are about to find out, as Warner Bros. gets back into the Mad Max business this summer. Mad Max: Fury Road continues the story of Max Rockatansky with several new faces and one very important old one: George Miller, who directs the sequel to his hard-hitting trilogy of hits after decades of rocky pre-production. Whet your whistle for the upcoming Mad Max movie with this explosive trailer: And then sink your teeth into our comprehensive guide »
"Out here, everything hurts!" Is there a more unexpectedly anticipated action thriller this May than Mad Max: Fury Road? The previous trailer was absolutely insane! Now, a new Japanese trailer has arrived, and while it's a shorter, slicker 1 minute jolt of intense craziness, it does come packed with a few select, never-before seen moments that make it a worthwhile watch. While it's not much, the footage that we have seen, set to thunderous pounding music, will surely have you smiling all over again.
In Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller continues the saga he created in 1980 with Mad Max, then continued in 1982 with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, and 1985 with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world »
Super Bowl advertising is almost invariably overrated, which doesn’t spare us from the impulse — even the need — to rate it.
As usual, the hype surrounding the ads turned many into a super-bust, suggesting that the folks on Madison Avenue are either bereft of ideas or, in some instances, taking too much advantage of liberalized pot laws.
There was some excitement going into the game about an influx of relatively new advertisers, offering the promise of new blood. But just as a wave of newcomers in 2000 preceded the dot-com meltdown, this year’s crop of novice sponsors merely exposed a lot of not-ready-for-primetime players in the marketing world.
Of course, the criticism isn’t limited to the new guys. Car companies in general had a bad day. And Budweiser– which traditionally wields the biggest stick during the game – didn’t so much come up with new creative as recycle it, »
- Brian Lowry
The incoming CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation is keen to continue supporting a diverse range of projects across multiple platforms and to foster indigenous filmmaking in the State.
Currently director of production investment at ScreenWest, Annabelle Sheehan will take up the post in mid-February, succeeding Richard Harris.
.It.s important to have a diverse slate of content across film, TV drama, documentaries and online,. Sheehan tells If. .We also need to strike a balance between supporting emerging and established players and looking to see where the new talent is coming from.
.I am looking forward to understanding South Australian stories and how we can activate those stories further and expand them. I also want to connect with the indigenous community and help them look for filmmaking opportunities..
Sheehan has known Harris, who is returning to Sydney as head of Screen Australia.s business and audience department, »
- Don Groves
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