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10 Mad Max: Fury Road Facts You Never Knew

10 Mad Max: Fury Road Facts You Never Knew
Born in 1977, Tom Hardy was just a wee lad when filming began on Mad Max, the post-apocalyptic classic that paved the way for Mad Max: Fury Road. With Charlize Theron in the lead alongside the largely silent title character, Fury Road won six Oscars and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture and Best Director. Here we take a look at 10 things you never knew about Mad Max: Fury Road.

Fury Road was many years in the making.

George Miller directed Mel Gibson in the star-making original and its sequel, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. He co-directed Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, which arrived in 1985. It would be 30 years before Fury Road was in theaters. There were a number of production delays and false starts along the way, going as far back as at least 1998. The 9/11 terror attacks postponed a once planned 2001 start date. There was a new script
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‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns

‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Director Jared Moshé Shares His Favorite Westerns
The Western is the quintessential American movie genre. Its iconography has been seared into our collective conscious: the solitary cowboy riding the endless frontier, towns struggling to survive in a lawless land, the quick-drawing gunfighter. Generations of filmmakers have engaged with those symbols, building an entire cinematic language on a genre that began with the simple premise of good “white hats” vs. bad “black hats.” In doing so, they have created mythologies, torn down legends and subverted what it means to be an American.

My exposure to the West began in the living room of my parents’ house. My father, a Sephardic Jew born and raised in Greece, shared with me the movies he loved as a child. Over the years my enthusiasm for the genre only grew as I became a history buff, a lover of myths, and eventually a filmmaker. In interviews, I’m often asked to name my favorite Western,
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92 Days til Oscar. Some Living Trivia For Ya!

Did you know the earliest Oscar year which boasts 20 acting nominees who are still with us is 1992? It's the 25th anniversary of that year and that's the furthest back in time you can go from which all the acting nominees are still walking this earth. With the very noticeable exception of long retired Gene Hackman (no one has been able to convince him to come back to the movies -- and directors have tried!) most of them are still working, too. The lesson is simple: cherish your favorite actors while they're with us because no one lasts forever... except through their art!

The nominees that year were:

Leading

Actress Leading

Actor Supporting

Actress Supporting

Actor Deneuve

Indochine Downey Jr

Chaplin Davis

Husbands & Wives Davidson

Crying Game McDonnell

Passion Fish Eastwood

Unforgiven Plowright

Enchanted April Hackman

Unforgiven ★ Pfeiffer

Love Field Rea

Crying Game Redgrave

Howards End Nicholson

A Few Good Men
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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team

‘Logan’ Director James Mangold Sings Praises of His Production Team
In Fox blockbuster “Logan,” the title character says, “I’m not whatever you think I am.” The same is true of the movie, an “X-Men” sequel that’s more classic Hollywood film noir/Western than superhero movie. Director and co-writer James Mangold talks about the contributions of his team of artisans in giving the film a different vibe from that of its predecessors.

Cinematographer John Mathieson

The idea was to produce a more natural film, on location, which avoided the fetishizing of superhero gear and vehicles that had become a trope of these movies. There’s a general look of what’s been successful in the last decade with superhero movies, and I definitely didn’t want that. I brought up Westerns like “Shane” and “Unforgiven,” but also “The Wrestler” or Clint Eastwood’s “The Gauntlet,” which felt very naturalistic, where lighting was natural or practical, not glammed up. The whole take of the script was that
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'Godless': TV Review

The Western has been a troubled genre ever since the best films did all they could with it — even, arguably, bringing it back from the dead with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven in 1992.

Results were mixed, at best, from then on — on both the big and small screen. But the genre got a real jolt with HBO's reimagination of Westworld. That series took the dusty Western, tilted it toward science fiction and, in doing so, made it gleamingly modern and fresh.

But there's still plenty of story left in the Western, as Netflix's limited series, Godless, proves. Created, written and directed...
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The Punisher Netflix Series: Does It Hit the Target? (Spoilers)

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The latest Marvel-based Netflix series came out this week, continuing the adventures of gun-toting vigilante Frank Castle, Aka the Punisher. The character was popular when he appeared in Daredevil. Does the Punisher fare as well in his own series? (Spoilers below.)

The Punisher is the sixth Marvel Netflix series (Following Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Defenders) and it’s probably the most controversial, since it deals not only with Ptsd and the treatment of war veterans, it also touches on the gun control debate. Beyond all that, this is an action shoot-em-up. It’s surprisingly dark and violent for a Marvel comics adaptation, but the Netflix shows are quite different from what you’ll see in Thor: Ragnarok.

The Punisher is once again seeking answers to day of the shooting that led to the death of his family. This was dealt with in Daredevil season 2, but it’s expanded upon here,
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Clint Eastwood's 15:17 to Paris gets early 2018 release

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Clint Eastwood is a regular at the Oscars, with movies like Mystic River and American Sniper snagging Best Picture nominations, with Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby going on to win (and him Best Director with them). This is why folks had hoped his new movie, 15:17 To Paris, would be a key player this year the race. However, the movie has officially been given a release date of February 9, 2018, putting it far... Read More...
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Camera Japan 2017 Review: Lee Sang-il's Rage Keeps You Guessing

A lot of films tend to look unpolished, and bland, handheld video is often accepted to be good enough it seems. Not so with the films of Lee Sang-il, which look as bright and shiny as if the visuals have been dipped in gloss. Take his remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, which looked absolutely drop-dead gorgeous throughout. The same can be said about his new thriller drama Rage, which premiered a year ago in Japan and is now traveling film festivals worldwide. Whether the camera visits a very bloody murder site, a sunny beach or the neon-lit gay nightclubs of Tokyo, Rage never fails to impress on a visual level. Rage starts with police investigating a double murder. Some guy entered a house, brutally slaughtered...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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High Plains Drifter: One of the Most Underrated Westerns Ever

This was the second time that Clint Eastwood sat in the director’s chair and the first ever Western he directed. For some reason a lot of people seem to overlook this film in favor of movies like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, For a Few Dollars More, and so on and so forth. Why is that? High Plains Drifter wasn’t the typical western in that it was more of a revenge story crossed with a ghost story. So what? It was still set in the wild west and catered to those that loved the genre. The ghost

High Plains Drifter: One of the Most Underrated Westerns Ever
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Details Revealed For The Purge: The Island, Which Will Tell The Story of the First Purge Night

There's a fourth Purge movie in the works called The Purge: The Island and during a recent interview with Vulture, writer and director James DeMonaco opened up about the direction he plans on taking the story.

This next movie will be a prequel and it will tell the story of the very first, experimental Purge night. DeMonaco says:

“I said it’s the first experimental Purge, which I don’t know if I was supposed to say, but now I’ve said it, so you have it. Next July 4, it’ll be coming.”

According to the report, the film will be set on Staten Island and will "demonstrate how the New Founding Fathers’s batshit crazy plan to rescue a dying economy turned into a national holiday in which all crime — including rape and murder — is legal for one whole night each year."

For the most part, I've enjoyed the
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Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award

Iconic actor Morgan Freeman is to receive the Life Achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild.

Freeman has starred in countless classics over the years, with memorable roles in everything from The Shawshank Redemption to Unforgiven and The Dark Knight.

The actor’s career has been a memorable one, and brought joy to movie fans all over the world. And it comes as no surprise to hear that Freeman will be receiving the Life Achievement award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 21st.

Freeman will be the 54th recipient of the accolade which is bestowed on those for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part.
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Morgan Freeman Will Be Awarded SAG’s Highest Honor

A voice that is recognized all over the world is now being recognized for a lifetime of achievement. Morgan Freeman has been awarded SAG-aftra’s highest distinction, the SAG Life Achievement Award. Freeman is not only being celebrated for his iconic style and proficiency as an actor, he is also being honored as an unrelenting humanitarian and changemaker in America. Read: ‘Fences,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Win at 2017 SAG Awards As a child, Freeman garnered attention for winning a statewide theater competition in Mississippi. The prolific actor, who has over 100 film credits to his name, is most known for his interpretation of characters in “Unforgiven,” which won four Oscars, and “The Shawshank Redemption,” for which Freeman received best actor nominations at the SAG Awards, Oscars, and Golden Globes. Both films are catalogued in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. He won an Oscar statue for “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman
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Star Wars: what could an Obi-Wan movie entail?

Rob Leane Aug 21, 2017

An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars Story’ is apparently in the works. What might that look like?

When Alec Guinness first portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the cinematic landscape was enjoying a more civilised age. A film was a film, and if it went well, you might make another one. But now, it’s all about plotting out sequels and spinoffs years ahead of the fact. And so, it’s come to light that Old Ben might be getting his own ‘Star Wars story’ within Lucasfilm’s sprawling cinematic universe.

Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is said to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan movie. And that’s literally all we know. It’s not clear yet if Ewan McGregor will reprise the role (he has to, right?), or when the movie will be released. Step forward, then, into our wretched hive of speculation and guesswork.
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The 25 Best Westerns Of All Time

It feels like we’ve been silhouetted in a doorway with our hand hovering over the low-slung six-shooter on our hip for an age now, waiting for the opportunity to run through our favorite films in one of our very favorite genres — the Western. And so, with the news that this week sees the 25th anniversary of Clint Eastwood‘s “Unforgiven,” the last “true” Western (as opposed to the Coens‘ neo-take “No Country For Old Men“) to win Best Picture and still the best film of Eastwood’s directorial career, we thought, shucks, let’s pull the trigger.

Continue reading The 25 Best Westerns Of All Time at The Playlist.
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‘Unforgiven’ Turns 25: 14 Reasons Why Clint Eastwood Film Is One of the Best Westerns (Photos)

‘Unforgiven’ Turns 25: 14 Reasons Why Clint Eastwood Film Is One of the Best Westerns (Photos)
The last 25 years have not been kind to the Western genre, but that’s in part because Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” shaped the genre for the next several decades. Like “The Wild Bunch” back in the ’60s, it removed the romanticism from the Old West but introduced the humanity that has led to revisionist takes like “True Grit,” “Dead Man” and “The Revenant.” Here are all the reasons “Unforgiven” remains the best Western of the last 25 years, and one of the best of all time. The film’s opening overture falls in line with the classical tradition, but Eastwood quickly subverts.
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'Unforgiven': THR's 1992 Review

On Aug. 3, 1992, Warner Bros. premiered Clint Eastwood's R-rated Western Unforgiven. The film went on to win four Oscars, including best picture and director honors, at the 65th Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

A pig farmer with two young mouths to feed and his swine dying of the fever has got to put some food back on the table. With his wife dead and the moral beacon she shown for him faded, he's easy pickings for going back to his old ways, in this hard case, to gun down a couple of woman-brutalizing cowboys and...
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A League of Their Own, Pt. 1: Cow Girls & Charm School

25th Anniversary Four-Part Mini Series Event

Welcome sports movie fans. Or, in a pinch, actressexuals who will watch largely female casts do practically anything.

Twenty-five years ago on July 1st, 1992, Penny Marshall's period comedy A League of Their Own (1992) opened in theaters. It wasn't quite an immediate blockbuster but word of mouth was spectacular -- in its second weekend it grossed practically as much as its first, which as you know is exceedingly rare. The female led comedy proved another home run for the director of Big, eventually grossing over $100 million domestically. It ended 1992 as that year's tenth biggest hit, just behind Basic Instinct and shutting Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven out of the moneyed top ten.

For the next few days we'll be revisiting this beloved classic tag-team style like we did with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), Thelma & Louise (1991), Rebecca (1940), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Please join
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Hollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in Canada

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Hollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in CanadaHollywood North: 12 major flicks filmed in CanadaDaniel Bettridge6/27/2017 3:00:00 Pm

Everyone knows that Hollywood is the centre of the movie universe. But did you know that the likes of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have made some pretty important contributions to the multiplex too? Because they have. In fact the great white north has played an important role in the film industry down the years.

So to help celebrate Canada 150, join us as we look back on 11 blockbusters that you didn’t know were made in our home and native land.

The Twilight Saga – British Columbia

Want to follow in the brooding footsteps of Edward, Bella and the rest of the Twilight crew? Then head on over to beautiful British Columbia where the majority of the blockbuster franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling teen novels were shot.

Pacific Rim - Toronto

Guillermo del Toro
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