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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Mad Max'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2012 10:59 AM
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Any day now, director George Miller will finally get rolling in Namibia on "Fury Road," the long-awaited continuation of the "Mad Max" series. Starring Tom Hardy in the role that launched Mel Gibson's career, with a cast that also includes Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, the film's been in the works for years, but to be getting underway in the next month or two.

Watch: Roman Coppola-Directed Farmers Insurance Tie-In Ad For 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 10:25 AM
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While the decade-long drought between feature films will soon end as Roman Coppola continues his work in post on "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charlie Swan III" -- his sophomore effort following 2001's "CQ" -- he certainly hasn't been lacking in things to do. He's been writing, producing and helming second unit on films for Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola, and as part of The Directors Bureau has been making music videos and commercials. But this is easily the oddest entry of the bunch.

The Essentials: The Films Of John Milius

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 12, 2012 10:04 AM
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All those who complain about the liberal domination of Hollywood have never come across John Milius. A film school pal of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Milius had tried to join the Marine Corp, but was turned away due to his asthma. Instead, he channeled his frustrations into both a life-long obsession with firearms (he was paid for "Jeremiah Johnson" in antique weaponry, and has served on the NRA Board of Directors,) and making some of the most masculine, testosterone-filled movies of all time, both as an acclaimed writer and as a director. The basis for both Paul Le Mat's character in "American Graffiti" and Walter in "The Big Lebowski" -- the Coens are friends of Milius, and offered him the part of Jack Lipnick in "Barton Fink" -- he's one of film history's most singular, colorful characters.

'The Skin I Live In' Star Elena Anaya To Star Opposite Oscar Isaac In Jaume Collet-Serra Produced Thriller 'Inertia'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 12, 2012 9:39 AM
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Even without his longtime muse Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar didn't miss a beat with actress Elena Anaya as his female lead in the Frankenstein-style tale "The Skin I Live In." The actress shined opposite a revived Antonio Banderas in an excellent role that should give her career a nice boost.

Bane Goes Banking In New Images From 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 9:19 AM
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Yesterday, we got an eyefull with the "sensual" promo art highlighting Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, but today brings us some brand new looks at the actual movie, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (scanned by Batman News), in what is likely the kick off to the last leg of the marketing campaign for "The Dark Knight Rises."

New Poster & Images From Sarah Polley's Romantic Drama 'Take This Waltz' Starring Michelle Williams & Seth Rogen

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 12, 2012 9:19 AM
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It's been a long time coming, but this summer finally sees the theatrical release of Canadian actress-writer-director Sarah Polley's sophomore effort behind the camera, with the romantic drama "Take This Waltz." There's no lack of star power featured in Polley's film, with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen leading the cast. Now a new poster and a couple of new images have been unveiled to help the film find an audience.

Whose Crazy Has The Most Truth? Joe Eszterhas & Mel Gibson Battle Spills Online With Anti-Semitic Slurs Leading The Charge

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 9:04 AM
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Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that Mel Gibson's Jewish epic about Maccabee, the man who led a Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that conquered Judea in the second century B.C., was put on hold at Warner Bros. because the script by Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Jade") wasn't working. And then things got ugly. The Wrap posted a scathing nine-page letter the screenwriter had privately sent Gibson, and it's an eye-melting read, giving a first-hand account of the actor/director's rage and, more troublingly, his apparent unwavering anti-Semitism. Deadline got in the game with a statement from Gibson that calmly denied the charges. So it's Eszterhas vs. Gibson, and both stories are wildly different, and we'd reckon as these things usually go, the truth stands somewhere in the middle. So let's break it down...

Spanish & English Posters For 'Django Unchained' Arrive; Walton Goggins Joins Cast, Says Movie Is "Radical"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 7:22 PM
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We have to admit, we toyed around with alternate headlines, and nearly went with: "Poster For 'Django' Is 'Unchained'!" But at any rate, here we are, and let the drooling begin as the Spanish poster for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" has been unveiled with a pretty big and not too surprising nod to the classic western one sheets of yore, all with a little contemporary minimalist modern design sauce thrown in the mix.

Ciarán Hinds, Julia Stiles & Riz Ahmed Join Untitled Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall-Led Suspense Thriller

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2012 7:00 PM
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Production begins next week in the U.K. on Focus Features and Working Title's latest collaboration: an untitled suspense thriller that stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall and Jim Broadbent. And there's plenty of reason to pay attention, apart from the boutique studios with discerning film taste and these three stars.

Alden Ehrenreich Takes Over Lead Role In 'Beautiful Creatures'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 5:53 PM
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Alden Ehrenreich...franchise star? That looks like it could be the case. The indie darling and Coppola fave (appearing in Sofia's "Somewhere" and Francis' "Tetro" and "Twixt") isn't a stranger to franchise movies, having tested last fall for Warner Bros' stuck-in-development-hell "Akira," but now he's making a move that will put him in front of his biggest audience yet.

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