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Read More: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the Best Action Movie of the Year In "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," Tina Turner played Aunty Entity, the ruthless mistress of Bartertown. She also performed the songs accompanying the opening and end credits, two synth-heavy guitar ballads that were emblematic of their decade. On the movie’s opening weekend, Ronald Reagan was president, Queen was raising money to fight famine at the Live Aid concert, and Coca Cola was trying to backpedal away from New Coke as fast as possible. In other words, "Beyond Thunderdome" was a creature of the eighties, which makes it all the more impressive that "Mad Max: Fury Road" managed to bring the franchise back to life this year without looking dated. Sublimating the "Mad Max" series for a modern audience was no easy feat. But Miller kept alive the freakish, carnivalesque qualities of the original while »
- Roy Graham
Fresh off Kingsman: The Secret Service, it seems Matthew Vaughn will be staying in the spy genre for a bit longer with his next film. No, not Kingsman: The Secret Service 2 (that’s still coming, don’t worry), but I Am Pilgrim, an adaption of the 2014 best selling debut novel from The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Dead Calm, and Payback screenwriter Terry Hayes (you can listen to our interview with Hayes about the book here). Following a veteran spy, codenamed Pilgrim, called out of retirement to tackle a cunning terrorist, production is slated to begin next year. I Am Pilgrim will see Hayes on screen writing duties, and with him currently working on a follow-up novel, we could see be seeing the beginnings of a new franchise. And there’s no better person than Vaughn to potentially kick it off. Of the five movies he has directed, three »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
MGM has brought on filmmaker Matthew Vaughn to direct their spy thriller I Am Pilgrim, based on the novel of the same name by screenwriter/author Terry Hayes. The book was published in May 2014, with MGM acquiring the rights just a few months later. Deadline reports that Matthew Vaughn will also produce and co-finance the adaptation through his Marv Films company.
The story centers on a former spy, the adopted son of a wealthy American family, who used to head up an elite espionage unit. Now retired and living in anonymity, he is lured back to assist with a bizarre investigation, a grisly murder in a New York hotel room, which quickly escalates to a matter of national security. The plot unfolds into a race against time to save America from complete annihilation. In the novel, "Pilgrim" is a code name for a person who doesn't officially exist.
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"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Tuesday, September 1 will be a lovely day -- oh, what a lovely day! -- 'cause that's when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases "Fury Road" on 2D Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD. Here are the special features on both Blu-ray editions: "Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road," "Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels," "The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa," "The Tools of the Wasteland," "The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome," "Fury Road: Crash & Smash," and deleted scenes. The "Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology" will also be on sale September 1, including "Mad Max," "The Road Warrior," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Blu-ray, plus the documentary "Madness of Max" on DVD, and "Mad Max Anthology" trading cards. »
- Gina Carbone
Warner Bros. has released a silly little video titled "Who Killed the Worldc" promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road on Sep 1 and it features words such as "Wordburgers" and is told from the perspective of the young "Warpups", of whom I remain convinced Scrooloose from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is one. amz asin="B00XQ13ZSO" size="small"The release date and features for the upcoming Blu-ray were announced last week, the notable omission being the much talked about black-and-white silent version writer/director George Miller seemed to like more than the final, theatrical released version. There were rumors it might make the Blu-ray release, but when it wasn't included among the features the dominating assumption now is WB will do the same thing they did with Gravity when they released a separate, "silent" version, removing composer Steven Price's score, and deliver a separate monochrome version down the line. »
- Brad Brevet
In the end, only the mad will survive when Mad Max: Fury Road arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller ("Happy Feet") and starring Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") in the title role and Oscar winner Charlize Theron ("Monster," "Prometheus") as Imperator Furiosa, Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film in the franchise's epic history. The film will available early on Digital HD starting on August 11.
Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' Mad Max: Fury Road also stars Nicholas Hoult ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne ("Mad Max," "Sleeping Beauty") as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones ("Conan the Barbarian") as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz ("Divergent") plays Toast; Riley Keough ("Magic Mike") is Capable; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ("Transformers: Dark of the Moon »
Warner Home Entertainment has officially announced a Sept. 1 DVD and Blu-ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road with an early Digital HD release set for Aug. 11. Those that were hoping the rumored black-and-white version of the film would make the Blu-ray release, however, will be disappointed it isn't among the listed features. Those would be: Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels The Road Warriors: Max and Furiosa The Tools of the Wasteland The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome Fury Road: Crash & Smash Deleted Scenes Outlets carrying the digital HD version on August 11 include Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. readmore postid="176520" Also going on sale on September 1 will be the "Mad Max 4-Film Blu-ray Anthology", which will include Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Mad Max: Fury Road on Blu-ray as well as the »
- Brad Brevet
Are you ready to die historic on the Fury Road? If you missed out on one of the films of the Summer, or simply can't wait to see it again, you're in luck. Today, Warner Bros. has revealed details on Mad Max: Fury Road's blu-ray that's coming out in September. Come inside to learn more!
I've not been so enamored with a film, like I have Mad Max: Fury Road, in a very long time. It's just an amazing piece of cinema, andgorgeously crafted. Since the credits rolled I've been dying to take it home on blu-ray. Now, I know exactly when I'll be able to do that. Warner Bros. announced that Fury Road will hit store shelves on September 1st, which just so happens to coincide with the release of the upcoming Mad Max video game...Interesting. It's gonna be one Hell of a lovely day.
In the end, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
If it’s Summertime at the cinema, then it’s sequel time once again! Hey, it was just a couple of days ago when that foul-mouthed toy returned in Ted 2. A few weeks ago another entry in the scare series arrived with Insidious 3. And this all really began on the first of May when those mighty Marvel movie heroes reunited to take down Ultron, while another team, the singin’ Bellas, headed back to the multiplex a couple of weeks later in Pitch Perfect 2. And now movie fans are treated to another epic return gathering of several big screen icons. But this titanic team appeals to a slightly more mature demographic, hence the truly earned “R” rating. Unlike Tony Stark’s crew, these bigger-than-life beef cakes aren’t using their talents against lethal robots. The power of pleasure provides the energy, and propels the plot, in Magic Mike Xxl. »
- Jim Batts
Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"Out of the ruins, out from the wreckage
Can't make the same mistakes this time.
We are the children, the last generation
We are the ones they left behind…"
From the moment you hear Tina Turner's powerful wailing over the opening credits, you know Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is going to be a very different proposition to its glorious predecessors. Could that offbeat, anarchic energy be successfully retained for a film clearly designed for mass market appeal? Not quite.
The plot is an uninvolving mishmash of ideas and characters that never feel fully formed or realised. Max is thrust into the dangerous realms of Bartertown, a skewed remnant of society that's superbly well designed. After agreeing a deal with Turner's crooked ruler Aunty Entity, he faces a fight to the death in a steel cage called the Thunderdome.
A similar narrative structure to franchise revival Fury Road then ensues, »
It was suggested to me by a number of people, and I read all across the internet, that I didn't need to see any of the first three Mad Max films before I saw Mad Max: Fury Road. So, considering I was just one week out from taking my fourth and final Cpa exam, I decided to test that hypothesis and went to see George Miller's latest Mad Max adventure without embarking upon his previous three. I intend to visit those films at some point here in the near future, as they have come highly recommended from movie fanatics, family friends, and most especially the Aussie guys on the same floor of my hostel here in Vancouver. They "friggin' love" all the Mad Max films, Fury Road included. "They're wicked nuts, mate!" they tell me. Noted, fellas. readmore postid="176520" Until then, however, the video below will have to suffice. »
- Jordan Benesh
Following a fifteen-year creative hiatus and another fifteen years stranded in development hell, director George Miller’s iconic outback creation, Max Rockatansky, returned to theatres this month to a rapturous reception. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “good things come to those who wait” aren’t reliable rules of thumb for filmmaking, let alone in a studio system, but Mad Max: Fury Road demonstrated the value of such back-to-basics thinking: focused storytelling, practical effects and a freedom from franchise baggage combined to make Fury Road the critical high-water mark for 2015 blockbusters. That it also performed well at the box office made Miller’s $150 million return to both the wasteland and action filmmaking a double-barreled coup d’état.
If anything, the extensive gap between Fury Road and 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Rockatansky’s last adventure, afforded Miller’s fourth go-round with the character a certain clemency from the “franchise »
- Sam Woolf
All great things come to an end. It’s the very last episode of Sordid Cinema, and what better way to go out than with the second part to our Mad Max extravaganza. This week we start by discussing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third in George Miller’s sci-fi series, and at roughly the 35 minute mark, we dive deep into the visceral feminist anthem known as, Mad Max Fury Road. Take a listen and you’ll be sure to learn 50 facts about what is arguably the best action movie in decades.
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If you've never seen George Miller's original Mad Max trilogy, now's your chance. We're giving away a Blu-ray containing Mad Max, The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome to one lucky CBMer. The first two films are considered all-time classics, while the third... isn't. But to be honest, it's actually pretty damn good too. You'll find details on how you can enter below, and best of luck. Two Ways To Win 1. Be a registered ComicBookMovie.com member. That is how we'll contact you, so make sure your info is accurate. If you've not yet registered, do so Here. Then, Click on the below "thumb's up" or "Like" button at the bottom of this contest page. 2. To double your chances of winning, Follow Me and then Retweet the Tweet below. Rt And Follow For Your Chance To Win A Copy Of The Original Mad Max Trilogy On Blu-ray Courtesy »
Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015.
Directed by George Miller.
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Nathan Jones, Megan Gale, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Josh Helman, Jennifer Hagan, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Courtney Easton.
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Truly original world building is hard. Sure, a film maker can take inspiration from an existing novel, comic book or TV; but dropping your audience into a world they’ve not seen before is never easy and must be increasingly difficult today when every other release looks the same bar the costume the characters are wearing. Re-enter George Miller and just watch how effortless it can seem when done well. »
- Gary Collinson
The Australian director made the pledge in his first Tweet, saying “Hello Twitter! Thanks for all the kind words written and said about the film. We had a lot of fun making it and there’s more Max to come.”
Hello Twitter! Thanks for all the kind words written and said about the film. We had a lot of fun making it..and there's more Max to come.
— George Miller (@GMillerMax) May 17, 2015
Miller also revealed in a recent podcast with Jeff Goldsmith that the fifth film in the franchise will be titled “Mad Max: The Wasteland.”
- Dave McNary
As of the writing of this post we're still waiting for final weekend numbers for Mad Max: Fury Road's opening weekend, but estimates peg it around $109.4 million worldwide, which isn't too bad for an R-rated film, though it still has some ways to go given its $150 million production budget before it covers all its costs. That, however, isn't stopping director George Miller from discussing the future of the franchise as he's already revealed there is "more Max to come" and has now told The Q&A Podcast with Jeff Goldsmith the title of the next entry will be Mad Max: The Wasteland. iOTA in Mad Max: Fury RoadPhoto: Warner Bros. "We've got one screenplay and a novella," Miller said. "It happened because with the delays on Fury Road, and writing all the backstories, they just expanded." Speaking of expanding storylines, Miller revealed the origins of the flame-throwing »
- Brad Brevet
Mad Max: Fury Road" title="Mad Max: Fury Road" style="float: right; margin: 5px;" height="317" width="214">The bar is set this week for top action flick of the summer, and Mad Max: Fury Road is the one to beat. It has been an improbable 30 years since the last entry in the Mad Max series, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, but director George Miller returns with a joyride so big, so incredibly over-the-top, it's got the potential to redefine what we expect in an action film.
Miller immerses us in the post-apocalyptic world he established through the previous films, which we can now see has never stopped devolving and increasing in madness, chaos and destruction as the last vestiges of life continue to die off. The title "Mad Max" in fact is something of a misnomer, as Max Rockatansky, now played by Tom Hardy, is clearly the most sane person left in »
- Mike Saulters
'Mad Max: Fury Road' poster with Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky 'Mad Max: Fury Road' review: 'A good movie on its own terms' Mad Max, the first feature film of director George Miller and the second for the then 23-year-old Mel Gibson, premiered in North America in Feb. 1980. I was 17 years old, crazy about cars and revenge movies, and generally ripe for the picking. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, followed in 1981, deepening devotees' affection for the character and his car. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), was the third film in the series and was equally anticipated, though it has worn over time. It co-starred the Silent Dancer herself, Tina Turner, and her current hit of the day, the name of which I cannot remember and don't want to look.* I saw each of them at the time of its respective North American release and relished in them all. Yet I »
- Tim Cogshell
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