7 items from 2015
“Zombie Prom,” written by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe, originated in the early 1990s as a musical-comedy homage to the musicals and films of the 1950s, telling the story of a forbidden romance between the rebellious bad boy Jonny and the good girl Toffee. After falling into a nuclear reactor, Jonny returns to his love as a zombie.
Marcello and Landry teamed with Robert Horn to write Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie,” and Marcello recently produced and directed an installment of the “American Girl” series “Grace Stirs Up Success” for Universal. »
- Dave McNary
While George Miller has written and directed a number of films over his career, including The Witches of Eastwick and both films in the Happy Feet series, the filmmaker is most associated by many for his work in the Mad Max films, with numerous film fans praising the merits of the Mel Gibson-led 80s trilogy. The release of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which sees Tom Hardy step into Gibson’s shoes as the titular character, saw Miller return to the action genre once again, bringing the franchise back to the spotlight in the process.
Now, Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has put together a montage of the Point Of View shots present in the first three films from the series, highlighting Miller’s unique style in the process. Kaneria’s blurb accompany the video was as follows.
One of the reasons George Miller’s action scenes work so well »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of those sequels many were hoping would become a reality, yet few actually believed would see the light of day. The continuation of what is undoubtedly Australia's most popular film franchise at last comes to the big screen in a dark yet sprawling apocalyptic action piece just ripe for summertime audiences.
Without question the biggest plus in Mad Max: Fury Road was in bringing back the series' original director, George Miller. The director made his name helming the previous movies in the franchise before creating one of the most unpredictable filmographies in Hollywood, with features ranging from Lorenzo's Oil (1992) to Happy Feet (2006). However, no choice Miller made in his post-Mad Max days remained as standout as his first Hollywood outing, The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
- Frank Calvillo
Thom Yorke, what the hell are you doing there? You don't belong there. A headshot of the Radiohead frontman graces the cover of a self-help book that deals with marital and sexual problems, which was translated from English to Persian and is being sold in Iran. The photo surfaced online this week and has gone viral. Also featured on the cover: Late U.S. author John Updike, writer of the writer of the Rabbit series and The Witches of Eastwick novel, and an unidentified man. The cover stars have not commented. Iranian user @Nix_Nikooo tweeted a pic of the cover earlier this month. Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand also shared the photo saying, "A pic of @radiohead's »
The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 Mph. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've had to fight my own natural inclination to speed up as I have been assaulted by the intense cacophony that is Junkie Xl's "Mad Max: Fury Road" score. I had about five days to live with the score before my phone rang one morning last week, and I jumped right into what turned out to be a great conversation with Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer who is building a »
- Drew McWeeny
Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.
Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer, »
- Gary Susman
Ja from Mnpp here taking a look at some very exciting breaking news for those of us who've worn out our copies of Beginners -- director Mike Mills has finally announced his next project! I guess he couldn't let his wife Miranda July hog all the press this week (her book The First Bad Man just came out on Tuesday). Mills' new movie will be called 20th Century Women and he says...
"The film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene where I really learned about the world."
It's set in Santa Barbara in the year 1979, and it sounds like there are leading(ish) roles for three actresses; the three women who form the young boy at the film's center - well who doesn't love a good actress triptych? »
7 items from 2015
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