Grammy nominated, multi-platinum producer and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a skilled multi-instrumentalist whose versatility and mastery of studio technology put him on the cutting edge of contemporary music. His ability to combine electronic, pop, and classical influences has made him a highly sought after Hollywood composer. Most recently, he drew from his extensive knowledge of classical forms combined with his work in contemporary music to create the cool, exciting scores for the action thriller 300: Rise of an Empire and the futuristic action-adventure Divergent opening in theaters March 21st.
I recently landed an exclusive interview with Junkie XL who spoke about how he created a score for 300 that combined the film’s intense action and character themes with a thematic tone influenced by the sea, the challenge of capturing the world of Divergent from the first person perspective of its heroine, how he works with directors and draws on his eclectic background as an artist to craft the right sound, his Dutch roots and their influence on his music, his musical inspirations that include Pink Floyd and Nirvana, his collaborative relationship with Hans Zimmer and the possibility of working with him on Interstellar, and his upcoming projects: Mad Max: Fury Road and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Check out the interview after the jump.
Last year, when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was filming in Montreal, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. For those not familiar with the story, the movie finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails. Trust me, Days of Future Past is a very cool storyline, and a perfect way to have the old and new cast in one film.
During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Nicholas Hoult. As someone that loved his portrayal of Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class, it was great to be able to ask him a few questions about the sequel. During the interview he talked about Beast’s new makeup, his character’s relationship with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), the amazing cast, filming some of the action scenes (including taking a hit to the crotch from McAvoy), working with Bryan Singer, whether the script changed on set, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, is now officially set to open on May 15, 2015. That’s almost exactly 30 years since the last film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, graced the screens. (Feel old yet?) Franchise director George Miller returns for this iteration, which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky, along with Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough. No plot details are available at this time and there’s no official statement as to the release date push back just yet.
Summer 2015 is looking to be one of the biggest ever. This release date is otherwise unoccupied, but is just two week’s after Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a week before Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland and Paul Feig’s Susan Cooper.
Take note, filmmakers: if you don’t want paparazzi and amateur photogs snagging set photos, send them out yourselves. We’ve rounded up some new images from across the social media landscape to bring to you today in one place, incuding:
- Mad Max: Fury Road – A new, cleaned-up image of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough, George Miller’s newest Mad Max film opens in 2014.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past – A viral image from the film’s Twitter account featuring a brief shot of what we presume to be a Sentinel from Trask Industries. Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past, starring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.
- In the Heart of the Sea – Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel about the whaling ship, Essex, that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.
- Fury – David Ayer’s World War II thriller starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood and Michael Peña opens November 14, 2014.
Hit the jump to see the new images.
While there are plenty of exciting films opening over the next few months, one highly anticipated pic that’s already in the can is conspicuously absent. After years of starts and stops—including a massive yearlong postponement due to torrential rains in the planned filming location—director George Miller’s long-promised Mad Max: Fury Road finally underwent principal photography in the summer of 2012. However, in the ensuing time we have yet to see even an official image from the pic. While some were hopeful that Miller would complete Fury Road in time to make a surprise late 2013 release, it became clear that that would not be the case.
Now we may have a bit of a reason for the delay, as Miller is poised to go back and do three weeks of additional shooting on the pic with his main cast. Hit the jump for more.
Even today, it’s hard to overestimate the impact of the Mad Max trilogy. They made a star out of Mel Gibson, brought Australian filmmaking to the States and set a standard for vehicular mayhem that may never be matched. Even now, thirty years later – with all that road behind it and its star now in a state of permanent disgrace – their power remains intact. The new Blu-ray collection lets us see them with a newfound clarity… though it doesn’t provide much in the way of extra features. Hit the jump for my full review.
Ever since Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombies have become synonymous with lifeless, dead-eyed beings, a void – existential nothingness in its simplest form. Zombies, as characterized, exhibit no human emotion, feeling, remembrance – and it’s been that way through Dawn of the Dead (1978) to Dawn of the Dead (2004) to The Walking Dead (2013). This Friday’s release Warm Bodies attempts to redefine the zombie not as death incarnate but merely as a lost and lonely soul… Sure the zombies still want to eat human brains but it has less to do with hunger than a need to connect. It should come as no surprise that the cure for all that brain munching, lethargic walking and indecipherable growling – as posed in Warm Bodies – is quite simple: love.
Nick Hoult stars in the picture as R, a zombie who slowly comes back to life after he falls in love with the beautiful ex-girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) of the guy he’s just eaten. Complications obviously then ensue. In the following interview with Hoult, he discusses imbuing the living dead with personality, transitioning from being a child actor (he was the titular boy in About A Boy), and his bevy of future film projects (Jack The Giant Slayer, Mad Max: Fury Road and X Men: Days of Future Past). For the full interview, hit the jump.
We’ve got some media from two long-in-development pictures today, as follows:
- Riddick – The third film in the Riddick franchise starring Vin Diesel from writer/director David Twohy. This new image shows off the brooding anti-hero who someone left out in the rain. The long-awaited film, also starring Karl Urban (Dredd 3D) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), will finally land in theaters September 6th.
- Mad Max: Fury Road – The fourth film in writer/director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action franchise. The latest iteration features Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky along with Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class). New video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s crazy vehicles in action.
Hit the jump to check them out.
Nicholas Hoult, one of the most in-demand young actors of the moment (most recognizable as a young Beast/Hank McCoy in X:Men First Class), has a bevy of projects coming out. The former About A Boy child star spoke at the press junket for his most recent film Warm Bodies about a number of these upcoming films. On Jack The Giant Slayer, Hoult revealed his thoughts on the select clips he’s seen and talked of the pressures of being the lead in a big budget studio tent-pole picture. On the just-wrapped Mad Max: Fury Road, Hoult discussed working with the great George Miller and what character he plays in the the reboot/sequel. And finally Hoult spoke about what he’s heard about the X-Men sequel (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and how far along the sequel is to production. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Filming on the long-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road finally wrapped several weeks ago, and now we might have our first look at the eponymous road-warrior. In the new movie, Mad Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) gets caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Although George Miller, who directed the previous Mad Max movies, has returned for the fourth installment, we don’t know if the new film is a sequel or a reboot. The leather outfit may be considered a little outdated (although this set photo from Bleeding Cool showed Hardy rocking the leather pants), so perhaps this is Mad Max for the 21st century?
Hit the jump to check out the full image. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones. [Update: We've removed the unofficial image.]
A new overseer has been assigned to the Namibia-based filming location of director George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Concerns about the film falling behind schedule and beginning to go over budget (not to mention the cost of flying executives to and from Africa) have necessitated the placement of Warner Bros. producer, Denise Di Novi on location. While she won’t have producer credits on the film, Di Novi will be responsible for supervising the production as a “studio representative.” The film, which started shooting in July, is reportedly still expected to wrap by the end of November.
Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz, is due out next year. Hit the jump for more.
New set photos have leaked online from Mad Max: Fury Road. Filming on the upcoming reboot has been underway in Africa since July 9th, and see the eponymous road warrior (Tom Hardy) caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). The set photos show that the art department has had a field day drawing up new post-apocalyptic wasteland costumes and vehicles.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones.
Filming on the fourth Mad Max film, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been underway for a couple months now, but Kennedy Miller Mitchell Productions have now released an announcement that principal photography has begun. These production start announcements usually don’t mean much except they usually contain the first synopsis for the movie, and this press release is no different. We’ll also give the release a pass since Mad Max: Fury Road looked like it might never happen since it was constantly delayed, and the production hit a serious snag when their original location was hit with flooding and turned into an oasis, which doesn’t really lend itself to a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Shooting is now taking place in Africa.
Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the synopsis along with the names of all the major roles (and there are some great character names). Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy as the new Mad Max, and also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones.
Once cast as the Amazon warrior princess Wonder Woman in what was to be George Miller’s failed Justice League film, Megan Gale will finally get to team up with the director in Mad Max: Fury Road. Her role is unspecified at the moment, but we do have character names for a host of other roles, including that of Hugh Keays-Byrne, who was tapped to star as the Martian Manhunter alongside Gale. Mad Max: Fury Road features Tom Hardy in the title role along with Charlize Theron as Furiosa. Hit the jump for more casting info.
We’ve got some early set photos from George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road to share with you today. From on location in Africa, they feature model/star Abbey Lee Kershaw and some suped-up vehicles that continue the signature look of the Mad Max franchise. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 27 years since the last Mad Max movie came out, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome starring Mel Gibson. The fourth installment features new additions Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz. Hit the jump to check out the first set photos from Mad Max: Fury Road.
[Update: A few more set photos have surfaced, including one of Huntington-Whiteley, Kravtiz, and a few other cast members. They're included after the jump.]