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You can probably name a bunch of great sequels off the top of your head right now – but how many of those are threequels? By that point in a franchise, the concept can become stale and the characters tired. We all know that there are countless examples of bad threequels capping trilogies that were up to that point highly-regarded: The Godfather Part III, Terminator: Rise of the Machines, Spider-Man 3, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, X-Men: The Last Stand, the list goes on and on.
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Not all movie threequels are so disappointing, however. Occasionally, a movie series’ third outing makes a great film in its own right. Star Trek Beyond – if we’re to think of 2009’s Star Trek as the beginning of a new series – is one such improbably solid second sequel to prove the curse of the threequel doesn’t extend to all franchises. »
- Brogan Morris
I still haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence, and there’s a good chance I won’t. When 20th Century Fox made the decision not to screen the film for Us press in advance of the film’s opening, they sent a very clear message to anyone paying attention, and it’s a message that I believe more and more studios would love to send to critics, especially on their giant event films: not only do we not need you, but we don’t want you. At all. And it’s true. Studios don’t really need to screen movies for critics. It’s a professional agreement that we all participate in, but more and more often, studios screen later and almost begrudgingly. I am amazed how many times this year alone I’ve had to basically beg to even find out when or if a screening is happening. The »
- Drew McWeeny
(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris Marshall.in A Few Less Men.
A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.
"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".
"It's not high-brow wit. »
- Harry Windsor
By now, most of us know the story of Mad Max director George Miller and his never-realized Justice League project. But did you know there was another famous film he almost went on to direct for Warner Bros.? Some of us may never get over what Justice League: Mortal could have been. Perhaps the pain will be less acute over this new information, considering the final product was a relatively well-received movie. Miller (along with Roland Joffé) were at one point set to direct Contact. Ultimately directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), 1997's Contact starred Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Arroway, a Seti scientist whose long search for alien life leads to actual discovery and more doubt than she's every experienced in life. It also starred Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, James Woods, John Hurt, and Angela Bassett. The film changed a bit from Carl Sagan »
- Jill Pantozzi
His second novel, A Lovers' Guide to Rome, has just been published by Allen and Unwin. As if that wasn't enough, his next film, A Few Less Men, will be released later in the year..
"I was at Kennedy Miller for years", Lamprell said..
"I did a documentary series called Sports Crazy, a ten hour series, in 1987. Before that, every time they did a miniseries, I did a 'making of' one-hour special."
That led to Lamprell being enlisted by Miller as a writer on various projects, including one very large science-fiction adaptation.
"I'd gotten to be a funny little fixture there at Kennedy Miller, and »
- Harry Windsor
“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!”
Mad Max Fury Road, the best movie of the 21st century so far, screens midnights this weekend (April 22nd and 23rd) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
Thirty years after writer/director George Miller led us all to believe his Mad Max franchise had run out of gas with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, he resurrected the Road Warrior with a larger budget, a bigger crew, and more vehicles to destroy. Well worth the wait, Mad Max Fury Road, released last May, was pure dynamite, with enough wit and ingenuity to put all recent action films to shame. It richly deserved the six Oscars that it won and should have won the other four it was nominated for (especially Best Picture – Spotlight?!?!?!…..puh…leeeez!)
Not a sequel nor prequel nor reboot, »
- Tom Stockman
Fox deserved considerable credit for invigorating the live-musical form that NBC has championed with its production of “Grease Live,” but the network hit the skids with “The Passion,” a project that seemed to pander on multiple levels. Beyond catering to Christians who often lament a lack of fare aimed at them on mainstream TV – albeit in the most Sunday-school-lite of ways – the rock songs and contemporary setting sought to package scripture for the “American Idol” crowd. Throw in the procession involving an illuminated 20-foot cross, and cursing the darkness felt preferable to watching for a full two hours.
For starters, “The Passion” was only partly live, with portions of the narrative involving Jesus (Jencarlos Canela) and his disciples taped in advance. What remained thus played more like a live concert – and incidentally, an ode to the resilience of New Orleans – than a coherent telling of Jesus’ story.
The producers sought to address those shortcomings – indeed, »
- Brian Lowry
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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, »
- Patrick Shanley
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. »
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