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Exclusive: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new La-based production outfit.
Producer Vincent Sieber (The Hive), former Archery Pictures development executive Kitty Kaletsky and editor John-Michael Powell (Obselidia) have launched La-based production outfit Midnight Road Entertainment.
First up for the joint-partners is The Killing Kind, an original drama written and to be directed by Powell, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana this summer.
Set in a sleepy southern town, casting is underway on the dark drama that follows a man trying to avoid a life of crime but whose morals are put to the test when a member of a rival family guns down his fiancée.
Kaletsky, a development »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Mad Max: Fury Road thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office.
It is also the biggest opening ever for director George Miller and is already the highest grossing of all the “Mad Max” films. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
George Miller’s return to the world of “Mad Max” was a major draw overseas, where it earned an aggregate estimated $65 million in 68 territories on 16,900 screens. It was #1 at the box office in almost 40 territories, including Australia, the birthplace of the post-apocalyptic anti-hero, as well as such key markets as France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Korea, all of Scandinavia, »
- Michelle McCue
The first of writer/director Tommy DeNucci's ('Army of the Damned', 'Self Storage') new 5 picture deal is set to arrive on VOD later this month. 'Almost Mercy' is the tale of Jackson and Emily who aren't like the other kids. They are two burgeoning sociopaths on the brink of total meltdown, ticking time bombs seeking revenge. But just who will unravel first? 'Almost Mercy' is the first of DeNucci's projects with Verdi and Woodhaven Productions and stars horror legends Bill Moseley ('The Devil's Rejects', 'Halloween') and Kane Hodder ('Seven', 'Monster'), Allie Marshall, Nick Principe, David Gere, Tommy Dreamer and newcomer Danielle Guldin. The movie lands on VOD on 26 May and will drop on to Netflix in July. Head below to check out the poster, stills and the trailer »
The summer is here, and with the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World right around the corner, the heat is really kicking up. Still, no movie has had me as excited as Mad Max: Fury Road.
The trailers have been insane, and no movie in years has sold me so quickly with the theory of wild, adrenaline-rush like this one.
You’ve seen plenty in the trailers to get your mind racing, but the new set of images really give you a lot of information (I think) about how cool this really might be.
Just take a look at this one –
courtesy Warner Bros.
Sure, you’ve seen the idea in the trailer, but just the sheer insanity of everything in this image. If this movie doesn’t turn out to be the most fun of the year, that in itself will be a feat.
Plus, this »
- Marc Eastman
I think that I can speak for the other writers on Dtb but Mad Max: Fury Road is probably one of the most anticipated films on our 2015 checklist. I grew up watching The Road Warrior (aka. Mad Max 2) and it one of the first films where I could feel the intensity. Lucky for you, dear reader, we got some passes to give out to check out the film a few days prior to its release. Excited? Good. We want you to have a lovely day! Read below to see how you can score a pass.
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept »
- Andy Triefenbach
"You're not really in a movie, you're in George's head." In a new featurette from Warner Bros., Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and other members of the cast and crew of Mad Max: Fury Road reflect on what it was like to be a part of the latest grand vision from filmmaker George Miller.
"From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his »
- Derek Anderson
The final trailer, ahead of its mid-March release, has arrived for Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller's latest post-apocalyptic sequel 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. Miller and the new cast including new leading man Tom Hardy ('Inception') filling the title role head out in to the desert to bring us more adrenaline fuelled action from down under. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' stars T Charlize Theron ('Monster'), Nicholas Hoult ('Warm Bodies'), Riley Keough ('Jack and Diane'), Zoe Kravitz, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ('Transformers: Dark of the Moon') and Abbey Lee Kershaw. Check out the new trailer below. »
"My world is reduced to a single instinct: survive." With Warner Bros. set to unleash Mad Max: Fury Road in a little over two weeks, a new trailer for the film, appropriately titled "Retaliate", has been released.
Press Release -- "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
- Derek Anderson
The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star is taking on the title role in the new Mad Max: Fury Road movie but admitted that the original Max Rockatansky was less than impressed when they crossed paths.
Speaking to Details magazine, Hardy said: "I met Mel. I needed to meet Mel purely from a young man's perspective.
"I want to touch base with the previous Max and just say hello. And is it okay? Because I'm taking on Max, I have to meet Max."
On how the meeting went, he confessed: "He was bored with me. He said, 'All right, buddy, good luck with that'. Bless him. I made him a bracelet. And then we talked for a couple of hours about all kinds of stuff.
"I left, and that was that. »
When Michelle MacLaren left the Wonder Woman director's chair last week, the only explanation for her surprise exit was "creative differences." Now we know exactly what those differences were: According to Variety, the director wanted to make a Braveheart-style epic, while Warner Brothers wanted a quieter, character-based film. Though MacLaren's work on Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones earned her a reputation as an action expert, the studio was reportedly worried that she wasn't up to the rigors of handling a film as big as the one she envisioned. She has since been replaced by Monster director Patty Jenkins, who can hopefully bring the intimate, small-scale drama a character like Wonder Woman calls for. »
- Nate Jones
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow, The Incredible Hulk, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, The Incredibles 2, Heroes Reborn and more…
So, with Avengers: Age of Ultron less than a week away from release, Warner Bros. has decided to pull the trigger on our first look at its huge DC offering Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, announcing earlier in the week that the first trailer is to be screened in select North American IMAX cinemas this Monday. To whet our appetites, director Zack Snyder took to Twitter with a 20 second tease, and then… just »
- Gary Collinson
Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren backed away from the highly-anticipated project, citing creative differences with Warner Bros. Just a few days later, Patty Jenkins came on board to replace her. Today we have new details from Variety about what those creative differences may have been. Multiple sources claim that the director's vision was "vastly different" from the studio's, since she wanted an "epic origin tale" in the same vein as Braveheart, while Warner Bros. wanted a more character-driven story with far less action.
The site's sources claim that that Warner Bros. executives became increasingly worried about her ability to deliver a "large-scale, action-packed production," since she has never directed a feature film before, although she has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. With Patty Jenkins now on board, the studio is expected to stick with a more character-based story. Patty Jenkins made her feature »
A few weeks back Latino-Review reported that Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) would be playing Wonder Woman love-interest Steve Trevor in next year’s DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad, only for Variety to debunk the story earlier this week when it reported that four actors are set to test for the role in the Amazon Princess’ 2017 solo movie.
Well, if The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider is to be believed, we may know two of the candidates for the part, with Sneider claiming on Meet the Movie Press (via Cbm) that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) are wanted for the role alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Sneider went on to state that Eastwood actually passed on the role of Steve Trevor, instead opting to appear in his as-yet-unrevealed role in Suicide Squad.
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. is probably glad this week is coming to an end. Their "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" tease and setup for Monday's IMAX event was ruined by the leak of the entire trailer. Then there's "Wonder Woman," which lost director Michelle MacLaren, and while she was quickly replaced by "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, everyone is wondering what happened. It was suggested that MacLaren's idea to give Wonder Woman a talking tiger sidekick might've been part of the "creative differences" that split the studio and filmmaker, but Variety has a bit more intel. According to their sources, MacLaren wanted to make a "Braveheart"-esque action picture, while the studio wanted something more character-driven. Perhaps more crucially, the studio was concerned about MacLaren's experience handling a big action movie, even though she has fare like "Game Of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" on her resume. Read »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Warner Bros. hired TV veteran Michelle MacLaren—who’s helmed some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones over the past few years—to direct Wonder Woman, most were enthused by the prospect of MacLaren finally getting a chance to shine on the big screen. Consequently, there was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment this week when Warner Bros. announced that MacLaren was now leaving the project due to creative differences over the vision for the DC Comics adaptation. WB didn’t waste any time finding a new director, hiring Monster helmer and one-time Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins to step in, and she’s a promising prospect for the first big screen iteration of the iconic Wonder Woman character. But still, many wondered why MacLaren didn’t work out on the project, seeing as how when she initially signed on, the wording of the press release »
- Adam Chitwood
While Warner Bros. made a swift decision this week to hire Patty Jenkins as its new “Wonder Woman” director, industry insiders are still chattering about why original helmer Michelle MacLaren suddenly vanished from the project.
The studio is declining to elaborate on the cliched “creative differences” joint statement that was issued when the two parted ways. But, according to multiple sources close to the project, the director’s vision for the movie was vastly different from the studio’s view. MacLaren envisioned the DC Comics-based “Wonder Woman” movie as an epic origin tale in the vein of “Braveheart,” whereas Warner wanted a more character-driven story that was less heavy on action.
Warner executives, these insiders said, became increasingly concerned about MacLaren directing a large-scale, action-packed production when her experience was limited to the small screen, where she made her name directing episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead. »
- Justin Kroll
"I remember a time of chaos... but most of all, I remember the Road Warrior. The man we called 'Max.'" In anticipation of the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere, the 35+ year history of George Miller's dystopian franchise is celebrated in a new featurette. Also included in our latest round-up is a newly announced Blu-ray from Scream Factory that should please Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross fans, as well as the special features and cover art for Warner Bros.' Innerspace high-definition home media release.
Mad Max: Fury Road: Press Release -- "From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with »
- Derek Anderson
Wonder Woman: Following the unfortunate depature of Michelle MacLaren as director of Wonder Woman due to creative differences, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment made a remarkably quick substitution by hiring Patty Jenkins for the gig. Jenkins was once attached to direct Thor: The Dark World but left due to creative differences. Her last and only feature is 2003's Monster. [THR] Captain Marvel: Many fans of the McU are now hoping that MacLaren fully defects to the enemy and takes on Captain Marvel, but there's also been rumor going around for a while that Marvel Studios is eyeing Angelina Jolie for the job. Now there's confirmation that she is in serious consideration for the female superhero movie. She was also said to be up for Wonder Woman, but that idea...
- Christopher Campbell
Patty Jenkins ("Monster") will direct the "Wonder Woman" solo feature from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs ("Pan") with director Zack Snyder introducing Gal Gadot as 'Wonder Woman' in "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", then producing Jenkins spin-off feature with Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder.
The original 'Wonder Woman' was created by William Moulton Marston, (aka 'Charles Moulton') who saw the educational potential of comic books and in 1941 was hired as a consultant for "National Periodicals/All-Winner Comics" (DC Comics).
He created his female superhero, in a field dominated by male characters, inspired by his mistress Olive Byrne, who lived with him and his wife in a 'polygamous, »
- Michael Stevens
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins just closed a deal with Warner Bros. to take over the project from Michelle MacLaren, who departed the flick just days ago amid creative differences with the studio. Warner Bros. was reportedly eager to have a woman helm the film, and looked specifically for female directors for the project.
Jenkins, who directed "Monster" (which netted Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar) and the pilot of AMC series "The Killing," had previously been attached to "Thor" sequel "The Dark World," but in a similar situation to MacLaren, left the project over creative differences with Marvel Studios. (Ironically, replacement director Alan Taylor also had some well-documented creative issues with that film.) She would have been the first female to direct a tentpole superhero flick, »
- Katie Roberts
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