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Ruh-roh! Men of the Internet are angry. And they have every right to be! After centuries—nay, eons of dominating every corner of existence, from sports to business to pop culture, those darn women are starting to creep in. The audacity of those ovary carriers! First the female-driven Mad Max: Fury Road taking over the box office and now women soccer stars in video games?! What's next…female CEOs?! (Pssst…we're assuming that the simple-minded dudes who are pissed off about FIFA 16 don't know about female CEOs so just play along). So EA Sports just announced that for the first time in the 22-year history of the game, Women's National teams will be featured in one of their »
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday May 20, 2015 – Tuesday May 26, 2015 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 – Inside Out 6,281 2 – Pixels 5,830 3 – Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials 5,064 4 – We Are Your Friends 4,993 5 1 Mad Max: Fury Road 4,199 –
Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank –
Trending Wednesday May 20, 2015 – Tuesday May 26, 2015 Film Rating(000) % Change The Gallows 963 +8,350% Black Mass 1,537 +5,461% Point Break 205 +4,580%
- Jason Klein
Critics are split on whether or not there is any fault to be found in “San Andreas,” the new earthquake disaster movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that opens Friday. The flick currently sits at 47 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with 49 reviews currently cataloged. Those who like it praise it for the scale of the action. Those who don’t rip it for shoddy acting and over-indulgent CGI. TheWrap’s Alsono Duralde encapsulated the divide perfectly when he wrote: See photos: Dwayne Johnson Rocks 'San Andreas' Premiere “There are big, loud entertainments like ‘Mad Max: Fury Road »
- Joe Otterson
Choose your words wisely! Earlier this month Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, George Miller, Doug Mitchell and Charlize Theron held a press conference to promote their movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, during the Cannes Festival. Ten minutes into the Q&A, a Toronto Star movie critic caught one of the panelists off-guard by asking a poorly worded question. "Tom, I'll preface my remarks by saying I have five sisters, a daughter, a wife and a mother, so I know what it's like to be outgunned by estrogen," Peter Howell said. "I just wanted to ask you, as you were reading the script, did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's »
Below you will find our favorite films of the Festival de Cannes, as well as an index of our coverage, with more entries, including interviews, to come. We also have an index of the festival's awards.Daniel Kasmantop Picksi. Cemetery of Splendour, The AssassinII. Visit or Memoirs and Confessions, In the Shadow of Women, The Exquisite Corpus, The Lobster, Mad Max: Fury Road, The TreasureIII. Arabian Nights, Journey to the Shore, Mountains May Depart***COVERAGEDay 1: Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone)Day 2: In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel), One Floor Below (Radu Muntean), Son of Saul (Lazlo Nemes)Day 3: The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos), My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin)Day 4: Arabian Nights Volume 1: The Restless One, Carol (Todd Haynes)Day 5: Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier)Day 6: Arabian Nights Volume Two: The Desolate One »
Tom Hardy doesn.t look like the kind of man who suffers fools. So, earlier this month, when he was asked during the press conference for Mad Max: Fury Road at the Cannes Film Festival whether he thought the gorgeously hectic blockbuster was a "man.s movie," Hardy gave a delightfully biting response. The unfortunate soul who was on the end of Tom Hardy.s brief but emphatic put-down was film critic Peter Howell, who scribes for the Toronto Star. According to The Mary Sue, Howell asked Hardy if he ever got the impression that George Miller's post-apocalyptic nightmare of a movie was off-kilter because it had several female characters propping up what Howell envisioned as "a man.s movie." Unfortunately for Howell, his poorly worded query was instantly met with a disdainful response from pretty much the entire Mad Max: Fury Road crew. Hardy, however, jumped on the »
Rosie-Huntington Whiteley isn't afraid to bare it all -- and we can see why! The stunning supermodel goes completely naked for the cover spread in the latest issue of Lui Magazine, showing some serious skin in the Nsfw pics. Sporting a see-through trench from Burberry, the 28-year-old preserves her modesty with her left hand in a shot from Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi. Slicked back hair, fierce eye makeup, a killer red lip and a cigarette hanging from the "Mad Max: Fury Road" star's mouth add even more edge to the super sexy photograph. The British beauty also bares all with just a gold snake accessory crawling across her body. Another snapshot shows the 28-year-old model in nothing but a pair of high-waisted bottoms, as she covers up her chest with her hands. Rosie posted a series of these steamy snap on Instagram, crediting "@luimagazine by @luigiandiango" for their work. »
- tooFab Staff
Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan may have won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival but it was Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster that sparked the most mentions on social media, according to analysis firm Way To Blue.
Way To Blue ranked films by calculating numbers for “overall buzz” and “intent-to-view,” as well as most buzzed about topics and stars from a sample size of 990,000 mentions from May 13-24.
However, that figure was down 29% compared to Cannes 2014, when stars such as Robert Pattinson – a big draw for fans on social media – attended the festival.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Because of its many strong female characters and the fact that Charlize Theron's Furiosa pretty much takes center stage from Tom Hardy's titular Road Warrior, George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is being hailed as a "feminist blockbuster". This hasn't gone down too well with MRAs (lol), and has led to quite a few idiotic questions during the movie's press circuit. One such question was aimed at Tom Hardy earlier this month at Cannes. Skip to the 9:45 mark to hear it, and Hardy's response. Peter Howell: I have a question for Tom Hardy. Tom, I’ll preface my remarks by saying that I have five sisters, a wife, a daughter, and a mother so I know what it’s like to be outgunned by estrogen. But I just wanted to ask you, as you were reading the script, did you ever think, “Why are all these women in here? »
There are films that we want to watch, and there are films that we need to watch. Goodness knows I am constantly overwhelmed by things I want to watch, especially during the summer months; I’m currently counting the minutes until I can see Mad Max: Fury Road and trying to plan a date to see Ex Machina before the over-the-top hype kills the buzz for me. Yet sometimes a film tells a story so important, you feel it is your duty to buy a ticket and hear what it has to say. It might not have the cinematic draw of a one-armed, bald badass played by Charlize Theron, or an unbelievably believable A.I., but it needs to be seen--and by as many people as possible--nonetheless. It is a very rare movie that achieves this quality of necessity, but Selma is most definitely one of them.
- Lee Jutton
Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the greatest action movies of all-time, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in only her second big screen appearance since Transformers: Dark of the Moon) definitely impressed. What's next for her? That remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if the model/actress ends up taking a crack at the comic book movie genre one of these days. Thanks to Movie Hotties, we have a smoking hot new photoshoot which reveals even more than all of those gratuitous ass shots in the third Transformers! It's definitely on the Nsfw side, and racier pictures can be found by clicking on the link below. Which Cbm role do you think she's right for? »
By now word of the amazing Mad Max: Fury Road has spread far and wide. Critics and audiences alike have been raving over the flick, using phrases like "breathtaking" and "worth the wait." Also grabbing attention is the flick's feminist tone. When you make a movie that takes place in a post-apocalyptic desert war zone, that is also basically a two-hour long chase scene in which bad guys are pursuing a group of women that are supposed to be forced to be their wives (one of whom is played by a supermodel), it's not hard to assume there will be some face-palm-inducing gender roles. But pretty much the opposite is true with Mad Max—strong female characters abound, and there's all »
Anghus Houvouras on our insatiable appetite for more…
Like any good column, I was hoping to create a discussion on the topic of our collective box office obsession. Something that has seeped into the groundwater of film fanaticism and poisoned the well. It’s not enough for our movies to be great anymore. They must also be seen as a financial success in order to justify their existence. It was said many different ways in many different forums, but the universal response to the question ‘Why does box office matter?‘ was met with this answer:
‘Because we want sequels.’
There it is. The plain, in-your-face answer that seems so obvious. Financial success means we’ll get more. It’s part of our wonderful world of entitlement. We can no longer be happy with the movie we just watched. Our appetites were just satisfied and already we’re demanding more.
Movies have become chinese food. »
- Anghus Houvouras
While the attention of most Cannes journalists was fixed on George Miller’s adrenaline-rush “Mad Max: Fury Road,” or trying to make sense of the fight sequences in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin” (where rivals dance around a bit, bow and then walk off into the woods), a select group of people were having their minds blown by “Kung Fury,” a 30-minute homage to all things ’80s — from Chuck Norris to Cannon films, “Street Fighter” graphics to its synthesizer pop score. After premiering last Friday in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the short hits YouTube this Thursday, and the world will never be the same. Here’s 10 reasons why:
1. It Takes a Foreigner to Truly Appreciate the Insanity of American ’80s Entertainment
Writer-director David Sandberg was born in Sweden. “My family didn’t have cable when I grew up, so I missed out on a lot on the great television shows from the ’80s, »
- Peter Debruge
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
The photo finish
Pitch Perfect 2 held on to the top spot over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beating Mad Max: Fury Road by a narrow margin (£2.67m against £2.64m). But take Bank Holiday Monday into consideration, and over the four days Fury Road pipped Pitch Perfect 2, with £3.49m against £3.48m. The cumulative totals put Pitch Perfect 2 modestly in front (£10.59m against £10.54m), though it’s worth noting that Fury Road was released one day earlier.
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- Charles Gant
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is tearing through theaters right now. If you haven't seen it, rectify that over the holiday weekend. It's a bold revisitation of an original vision (an original vision that itself already had plenty to offer in the way of a unique, seminal cinematic experience). So it got me thinking… This whole premise is more or less rhetorical. Let's start by noting as much. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a special case, not least of which because Miller himself — not some random studio hire — took the reins on dragging the material into the 21st Century. And not every stunning piece of world-building should get the same treatment. Sometimes it just doesn't work. We saw that already when Ridley Scott went back to his "Alien" roots with "Prometheus." But nevertheless, there are a number of other original visions from fascinating filmmakers that I wouldn't mind »
- Kristopher Tapley
In this week’s round-up of the global box office scene:
• Slow start for $180m fantasia casts doubt over George Clooney’s star leverage
• Aamir Khan’s Pk sets new Bollywood high in China
Still no serious competition for Marvel’s superhero partypack Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Tomorrowland flopping (see below) and Mad Max: Fury Road – perhaps because of its adult rating – not comporting itself exactly like a global blockbuster. Ultron hasn’t had the seismic Us box-office impact of the first film, but has been holding well for a CGI action spectacle nonetheless: it dropped a commendable 46.1% on this particular frame, benefiting from the Memorial Day crowd who weren’t fired up by Tomorrowland. A take of $1.27bn (£849m) sees it in sixth place on the all-time list, just below Frozen, and it’s not running on empty just yet: Japan, »
- Phil Hoad
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 22nd May to Sunday 24th May 2015…
Disney and director Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland scored a soft opening in the Us over Memorial Day Weekend with just $40.7 million, and it hasn’t fared too well on these shores either, with the sci-fi blockbuster opening in third place with £1,482,178.
Musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2 and action spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road held onto the top two spots for the second weekend with £2.67 million and £2.64 million respectively. Horror remake Poltergeist claimed fourth with an opening weekend of £1,463,014, while two other newcomers managed to sneak into the top ten: Tanu Weds Manu Returns with £174,938 in ninth, and Two By Two in tenth with £129,263.
Number one this time last year: X-Men: Days of Future Past
1. Pitch Perfect 2 – £2,665,428 weekend (2 weeks)
2. Mad Max: Fury Road – £2,639,888 weekend (2 weeks)
3. Tomorrowland – £1,482,178 weekend (New)
4. Poltergeist – £1,463,014 weekend (New)
- Gary Collinson
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: When you try to watch The Avengers on mute and read the characters' lips, you get Redneck Avengers: With a new disaster movie out this week, Honest Trailers destroys the heck out of Armageddon: We can't get enough of all the Mad Max: Fury Road fan art out there. Here's one of The Doof Warrior by Kareem Ahmed (via Geek Tyrant): Oh, and for you who specifically can't get enough of Doof, here's a new tour-style t-shirt (via Fashionably Geek): While we're still on the subject of Fury Road, here's a recut of the trailer to imagine it's a Mario Kart movie (via Geekologie): This recut trailer imagines The...
- Christopher Campbell
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