Writer/Director George Miller Talks MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Returning to the Post-Apocalyptic World, Thousands of Storyboards, and More at Comic-Con

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From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road tells the story of a man haunted by his turbulent past, who believes the best way to survive is to wander alone.  When Road Warrior Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the elite Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), they are pursued in a high-octane Road War.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, filmmaker George Miller spoke to press at a conference, in which he talked about what makes this version of the Mad Max character different, coming back to this world after so many years, how his view of a post-apocalyptic world has changed, what made him decide to take such a visual approach and do thousands of storyboards, why he brought back an actor from the first film (even though he’s not playing the same character), that this story came to him over 12 years ago, how he’s fully developed two other stories in the time since, whether he considered having Mel Gibson return in the role, and what he could do with the cameras now, that he couldn’t do when he made the previous films.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Show Tom Hardy Giving Nicholas Hoult a Boost

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I was quite bummed I never made it into Hall H for one of the big winners of San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road, but luckily, ever since SDCC, Warner Bros. has been making more and more material public.  We’ve got a full recap of the Mad Max Comic-Con panel right here, but if you’d like to check out bits of the film for yourself, not only do we have those character posters and the new trailer, but now we’ve got a few new photos as well.

Hit the jump to catch those Mad Max: Fury Road images, which include a behind-the-scenes shot of Tom Hardy with director George Miller as well as two stills from the film featuring Hardy and Nicholas HoultMad Max: Fury Road is due in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nathan Jones.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Trailer – Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Bring the Madness, Plus a More Detailed Plot Synopsis and Character Description

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Warner Bros. has released the first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer for director George Miller’s highly anticipated fourth installment in the Mad Max franchise.  The post-apocalyptic actioner sees Tom Hardy filling the role of Max, a man seeking peace following the loss of his wife and child, while Charlize Theron plays Furiosa, a woman who aims to survive by trekking across the desert back to her homeland.  You’ll have to watch this trailer a few times, not to glean any plot details but just to catch bits and pieces of the insanity on display.  It’s certainly in line with the madness of the previous films, though it remains to be seen whether or not Hardy can fill Mel Gibson’s spiked boots because he’s incapacitated for the most part of this first look.  Still, there’s lots to be excited for – car crashes, insane leather fetishes, slavers, open-desert high-speed chases, two-headed geckos, etc – especially after such a long delay.

Hit the jump to watch the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, and click here to read our full recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel.  The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Riley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosie Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.  Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

New MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Posters Featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne

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After today’s Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. released four new Mad Max: Fury Road posters featuring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne.  The post-apocalyptic sequel directed by George Miller is “set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.”

Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones also starMad Max: Fury Road opens May 15, 2015.  Check out the character posters after the jump.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Panel Recap: “Comic-Con Belongs to the Mad”; First Footage Unveiled

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The Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel was one of the biggest question marks of Comic-Con 2014.  It’s been decades since the last installment.  It took years for the reboot/sequel to get made.  It was a new Mad Max, but the return of the series’ director, George Miller.  And how do you bring one of the most memorable visions of the post-apocalypse into the 21st century?  These questions made me eager to get a first glimpse at the madness.  But the fourth Mad Max doesn’t look mad.  It looks fucking insane in all the best ways.

Hit the jump for the Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con panel recap.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Poster Finds Delight in a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

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Warner Bros. unveiled the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster earlier today in anticipation of the film’s upcoming Comic-Con panel, and now the studio has done the same for director George Miller’s highly anticipated Mad Max sequel/reboot.  The first Mad Max: Fury Road poster shows Tom Hardy’s titular character watching an impending onslaught of presumably brutal wastelanders, complete with the delightfully ironic tagline “What a Lovely Day”.  The images we’ve seen thus far from the pic have been wonderfully strange, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the first footage at the film’s Comic-Con panel this coming Saturday.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Mad Max: Fury Road poster.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Riley KeoughZoe Kravitz, Courtney EatonRosei Huntington-WhiteleyHugh Keays-ByrneNathan Jones, and Abbey Lee Kershaw.  Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

New GOOSEBUMPS, JUPITER ASCENDING, and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Released Ahead of Comic-Con

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Comic-Con officially begins tomorrow night, but the festivities have been well underway since last week with studios releasing sneak peeks of the movies they’ll have on tap for the annual convention.  Earlier today we got a look the first poster for Goosebumps, and now three new images have been released (click here for the images that were released last week).  Warner Bros. has also released images for a couple of the movies they’ll have for Comic-Con: Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.  We’ll be in Hall H on Saturday covering these two panels, but in the meantime enjoy pale Channing Tatum and buzz-cut Charlize Theron.

Hit the jump to check out the Goosebumps images along with ones from Jupiter Ascending and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th Includes MAD MAX, THE HOBBIT and Marvel Studios Presentations

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The Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  Warner Bros. is bringing an eclectic presentation with appearances made by the recently pushed Jupiter Ascending, the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road and Peter Jackson’s (likely) last foray into Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Legendary Pictures also has a presentation scheduled, but have declined to disclose which projects they’ll be presenting.  LAIKA Animation’s The Boxtrolls will also be making an appearance in the big hall followed by Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.   That’s all capped off by Marvel’s presentation later in the day followed by the big Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Television panel which will feature a look at Constantine and the world premiere of Gotham among other shows.

Outside of Hall H there’s cool TV stuff like The Blacklist and what’s probably the final True Blood Panel.  Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Saturday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday or Friday schedules. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

Comic-Con 2014: Warner Bros. Bringing THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and JUPITER ASCENDING to Hall H

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We should be getting the schedule for Comic-Con 2014 later this week, but studios are already jumping out ahead with what they’re planning to bring to the biggest geek convention of the year.  Warner Bros. has announced that on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00am, they’ll have presentations for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Jupiter Ascending.  Of these three, I’m incredibly excited to get a look at Mad Max since it looks kind of insane.  Warner Bros.’ panels have been huge in the past, and the smaller lineup is presumably due to the studio’s recent breakup with Legendary Pictures, which has now teamed-up with Universal.

Also, the press release makes no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while I don’t expect a full presentation, I wouldn’t be surprised by a powerhouse closer like having the full cast assemble on stage and/or showing a very brief teaser.  Hit the jump for more on the loads of stuff WB is bringing to this year’s con including their TV and video game presentations.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd – 27th.

New MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Images Reveal Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and a Very White Nicholas Hoult

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Earlier today, we got our first official look at director George Miller’s long-awaited follow-up Mad Max: Fury Road.  It was a tame EW cover featuring the film’s leads, Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, but now a batch of new images has surfaced, and they confirm that this movie is going to be absolutely nuts.  Nicholas Hoult is nearly unrecognizable as the bald and makeup-clad Nux, while the dystopian landscape is filled out with plenty of dangerous vehicles and sketchy characters.  Miller describes the film as one long chase sequence that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes, and based on these first-look images, the ride is going to be anything but dull.

Hit the jump to check out the Mad Max: Fury Road images.  The film also stars Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Rosei Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, and Abbey Lee KershawMad Max: Fury Road opens on May 15, 2015.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Cover the Latest Issue of EW; Film Follows a Single Chase for 110 Minutes

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For a film as massive as Mad Max: Fury Road, we sure know very, very little about it.  Director George Miller returned to his post-apocalyptic film series with this new entry that shot for seven months in Nambia following a number of delays due to weather issues (it was originally supposed to start production in November 2011).  After the film finally got in the can, a far-off release date of May 15, 2015 was set.  While that’s still quite a ways away, our first official look at the film has finally arrived by way of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover.  The Mad Max: Fury Road image features stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron as Max Rockantasky and Imperator Furiosa, respectively; our protagonist and antagonist of the film.

In the context of the magazine issue, Miller also spoke a bit about the nature of the film, teasing it as one long chase sequence.  Hit the jump for more, and click here to check out the first collection of newly released images.

New Synopsis for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; Mixed Reactions to Early Test Screening

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The reboot for the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, has been in development for a long time.  Part of that was out of the production’s control.  Filming was set to begin in November 2011, but the location had to be changed after heavy rains changed the landscape of Broken Hill.  The production then moved to Namibia, but the delays caused recasting and rearranging the actors’ schedules.  Then in November 2013, the movie required heavy reshoots.  The studio finally set down May 2015 for the release date, and yesterday was the first test screening.

Hit the jump to read the new synopsis along with the mixed reactions to the screening.  The film stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan JonesMad Max: Fury Road opens May 15, 2015.

Composer Junkie XL Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DIVERGENT, Possibly Collaborating with Hans Zimmer on INTERSTELLAR, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and More

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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 Junkie XL interview after the jump.

Nicholas Hoult Talks Beast’s New Makeup, His Relationship with Mystique, the Giant Cast, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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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.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD to Open May 15, 2015

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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.

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