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Exclusive: George Miller Says New ‘Mad Max 4’ Movie Essentially Same Story As Aborted ‘Max’ Film In 2003; Talks Tom Hardy As Rebooted Mel Gibson Character

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 11, 2011 11:52 AM
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For the better part of the past two decades, George Miller has made films that veered sharply away from his earliest triumphs, opting for decidedly more family-friendly fare like “Babe: Pig in the City” and “Happy Feet” than the unforgiving adventures of the “Mad Max” series. But next year, Miller returns to that franchise with the tentatively titled “Fury Road,” and even though production was aborted back in 2003 and then pushed back several times since the project was first re-announced in 2009, Miller told The Playlist that their completion at Warner Brothers is as inevitable as their conception was in his head.

Jason Clarke Will Hunt Bin Laden For Kathryn Bigelow; Tom Hardy, Rooney Mara & More In The Mix For Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 10, 2011 4:27 PM
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George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' To Shoot Next March In Namibia

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 13, 2011 1:45 AM
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Finally, some positive movement on George Miller's massively delayed "Mad Max: Fury Road"?

Venice '11 Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is A Remarkable, Quietly Devastating Spy Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2011 12:33 PM
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The spy genre, is generally speaking, a euphemism for 'action movie' -- look at the explosions, fistfights and car chases of the Bond films, of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, of the 'Bourne' franchise, none of which have much in the way of actual tradecraft. The business of being a spy is hard, boring work, made up of listening and talking and without a lot of glamor. One of the men who best understands this is novelist John Le Carré, himself a former spy, who for close to half a century has been behind some of the most acclaimed literary examples of the genre. But aside from the much-loved "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold," and the more recent "The Constant Gardener" (the latter not strictly speaking an espionage picture), his works haven't had a huge amount of success on the big screen, lacking the speedboats and fireballs of Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum. One of the writer's best-known books is "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," the first of the 'Karla' trilogy, which focuses on George Smiley, a middle-aged veteran of 'The Circus' (Le Carré's term for the British intelligence services) and his rivalry with his Soviet counterpart Karla. Working Title Films has spent the last couple of years on a new cinematic take with Tomas Alfredson, director of the much-acclaimed "Let the Right One In," making his English-language debut at the helm. It's no small undertaking, considering that the novel was previously adapted as a much-loved, seven-part, 290-minute BBC miniseries, headed up by an indelible performance from the great Alec Guinness. Alfredson might have assembled an all-star cast of British talent to bring the book to life, but could the company, led by Gary Oldman taking up Smiley's thick glasses, hope to match their predecessors? And could the film manage to keep the plot coherent and thrilling at a running time less than half of what the TV take had to play with?

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: 'Warrior' Is Silly, Over-Familiar & Enormously Effective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2011 11:12 AM
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Considering that it's the fastest rising sport in the world and that it's inherently cinematic in a way that, say, baseball isn't, it's surprising that Hollywood hasn't made greater hay out of mixed martial arts (or MMA). For the newcomer, it's essentially a blend of boxing, wrestling and a good old bar fight, a mix you would have thought would have led to far more movie outings than David Mamet's "Redbelt" and next year's Kevin James (yes, Kevin James) vehicle "Here Comes the Boom." But a movie opening next month, Gavin O'Connor's "Warrior," which we caught today as the first surprise public screening at Empire Big Screen in London, is planting its feet firmly in the cage, and it's taking two of the fastest rising stars in town, "Inception" 's Tom Hardy and "Animal Kingdom" 's Joel Edgerton, in with it.

New Shooting Locations Being Eyed As Start Date For George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Looms

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 8, 2011 2:21 AM
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Months out from its already massively-delayed planned start date, George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" still faces the same issues that plagued the production last year with the planned shooting location of Broken Hill in Australia now set to be canned as the typically dry and barren town "remains too green for filming" Miller's post-apocalyptic world and is unlikely to be ready for pre-production in October.

New Photos Of Bane In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Reveal The (Sort Of) Return Of An Old Face

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 31, 2011 2:48 AM
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As Well As A Slightly Better Look At His GearPotential "The Dark Knight Rises" spoilers ahead. So move on if you don't want to know any more.

New Line Come To Their Senses & Drop Plans For 'Escape From New York' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 9:25 AM
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Tom Hardy Was Being Courted To Play Snake PlisskenA bullet has been dodged, at least for now. New Line has decided that maybe remaking John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" isn't such a good idea after all.

Tom Hardy May Play Al Capone In David Yates' 'Cicero' (That May Turn Into A Trilogy)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2011 3:25 AM
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Yates Also Considering Directing Stephen King's 'The Stand'Having spent the last four or five years deep in the world of "Harry Potter," making mad bank for Warner Bros. while delivering movies that have more than satisfied the legion of fans around the world, director David Yates and the studio are at an interesting crossroads. With lucrative franchise finished (for now), and with the Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy set to finish in 2012 with "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. is suddenly seeing two of their biggest moneymakers waving goodbye (though yes, they do have two "The Hobbit" films in their back pocket). Hoping that Yates can weave his magic on another property to get the money machine rolling, Yates is headed to Tinseltown this weekend to meet with honchos where he'll have his pick of the litter, and Vulture has the details on what he'll be considering.

Watch: Get All Kinds Of Goosebumps With Outstanding Teaser Trailer For 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 9:41 AM
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Wow. Maybe it's just the way our brains are wired, but we just saw more fireworks from 70-odd seconds of middle-aged British character actors than we got across two-and-a-half-hours of empty spectacle in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The Guardian just debuted the first international teaser trailer for one of our most anticipated films of the rest of the year, Working Title's adaptation of John Le Carre's spy classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and it's easily one of the best trailers we've seen in an age.

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