FIRST IMAGE FROM MAD MAX: SCHOOL RUN HIT THE NET

HOLLYWOOD – The first image from Mad Max: School Run, the sequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, has hit the internet and caused intense excitement.

George Miller today released the first image taken from Mad Max sequel, Mad Max: School Run. He told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

We’re all made up over here mate. After we had such a big success with Fury Road, the question was always, how am I gonna top that? But we got our heads together and we really had a good old think. Then we realized: Let’s get rid of all the usual shit, the post-apocalypse, the punk, the wasteland and let’s see how these same characters would fare in an ordinary suburban American situation.

Can you tell us anything about the story?

Furiosa and Max have had some kids and they’ve settled down. Plus the apocalypse has been solved. Everyone has just got together adn agreed to be nice again. So we’re ten years on from the original film, society is back to normal and the couple have a bevvy of little sprogs. But getting them to school on time and then Max has to go to his job at the DMC and Furiosa needs to be at the Pentagon and so it works out very complicated. It doesn’t help that Immortan Josephine is the school monitor and wants to catch them speeding or in some other school yard violation as revenge for their killing of her brother Immortan Joe.

Sounds great!

It’s gonna be a flipping classic mate. Just you wait and see.

What’s next?

I want to go back to the Babe universe and close the trilogy.

Is this the infamous Babe in Space?

Damn right. We had to wait for a porn film of the same name to settle for the copyright, but it’s gonna be fantastic.

Mad Max: School Run will open in 2018.

Image courtesy of the amazing @ThePixelFactor.

CHARLIZE THERON FIRST IMAGE FROM FAST AND FURIOSA

HOLLYWOOD – Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron has begun filming on a series mash up of Mad Max and Fast 8, provisionally entitled Fast and Furiosa.

Charlize Theron hit a new action cinema vein with her superb performance in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Now she is to star Fast 8 which promises to be a mash up of the two franchises. The first image hit the web this morning of Universal’s new picture. Although details are vague, we do know that Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez will return in their roles, and F. Gary Gray will direct.

Charlize Theron drove into the Studio Exec driveway to talk EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

This is going to be a great film. I love acting like I’m driving. It is one of the best jobs an actor can do. You just have to sit there and turn the wheel. I’m using a shift gear, which is a bit of a trick, but other than that, it’s really easy.

Fast and Furiosa will be released in 2018.

CANNES REVIEW: MAD MAX FURY ROAD

CANNES – MAD MAX FURY ROAD – is a rollicking rock and roll road movie, a two hour chase which never lets up, and yet for all the thrills and spills, George Miller has made a sharply clever film as well.

So the plot is this: there has been some kind of nuclear skirmish and everywhere looks like a rock video from the late eighties. Tom Hardy plays Max, an ex-cop turned road warrior turned appropriately nutty alliterative man. He’s taken prisoner by a the war boys and Immorten Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne, the original Mad Max’s Toecutter), who use him as a blood bag to revive the radiation sick lads, but when war chief Imperator Furiosa (a stunning Charlize Theron) decides to hijack her own convoy and steal away with Joe’s prize possessions – his women, who look like they’ve just stepped off a Benetton billboard – Max finds himself dragged along the chase, not as a driver or a killer, but as blood refill.

What happens for the next two hours is just gobsmackingly fun! Miller is so knowingly confident of his own high-ridiculousness that he even has the convoy include a rock orchestra to play the soundtrack on screen. The action is stunning, the use of real stunts making all the difference. The building of tension and the inventiveness of the sequences bespeak sharp minds at work and the ludicrousness of it all is part of the exhilarating fun. The feminist turn the story takes is one of the many pleasing surprises as the damsels in distress shuck of their victimhood and kick ass.

Hardy’s great, Theron’s better, but when it comes down to it this is a film from the GENIUS George Miller. There’s no arguing with that.

CANNES DIARY: TOM HARDY WILL NOT RETURN TO NOVEL WRITING

HOLLYWOOD – Victorian novelist, poet and Mad Max Fury Road actor, Tom Hardy today told the press at Cannes that he would not be writing anymore novels.

Tom Hardy was promoting his new film Mad Max Fury Road which is playing out of competition at Cannes:

I enjoyed writing novels. It was very rewarding. Especially Jude the Obscure which I wrote while roaring with laughter all the way through. But the comes a time in a man’s life when he has to understand what he wants to do. I simply don’t have time to be a fantastic actor in big movie franchises and write depressing novels set in Wessex. One of them will have to go. And I’m afraid it’ll be the novels.

The news was greeted with dismay by fans of Thomas Hardy, one of whom – Hardy scholar Ralph Pite said simply: ‘Thomas Hardy is dead’.

In other Cannes news:

Raoul was found dead on the beach this morning.

Charlize Theron has sparkly eyes.

Japanese film An was the most movie film about red bean sauce I’ve ever seen.

Our Cannes coverage can be found everywhere.

MERYL STREEP TO GET OSCAR CATEGORY TO HERSELF

HOLLYWOOD – 19 times Oscar nominated (now for Into the Woods) and 3 times previous winner, actress Meryl Streep will no longer be eligible for nomination in the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress categories, it was revealed today.

Instead, the Academy of Motion Pictures has announced a separate award dedicated simply to her – the Best Meryl Streep Performance of the Year Award – which will Oscar, organizers hope, free up the other categories for Emma Thompson.

Ms. Streep is understood to be relaxed about the news  and she took a minute out of her shoe buying (she is currently preparing for her role in Luc Besson’s forthcoming Imelda Marcos bio-pic More Shoes) to speak with the Studio Exec:

I know why they’re doing it and I applaud them, although the easiest solution would simply have to been: stop nominating me altogether. Of course, like any artiste, I crave the approval of my peers and simply because I have achieved a modicum of success doesn’t lessen that craving. As Cameron Diaz says in The Counselor three times ‘I’m famished’. 

How do you feel essentially competing against yourself?

But is that what’ll happen. I’m not so sure. A Meryl Streep performance isn’t something only Meryl Streep can do you know. Look at Nicole Kidman in The Hours, or Charlize Theron in Monster. I’m sure I won’t be the only nominee, so I’ll have to practice my secretly disappointed but filled with admiration for the just victor face.  

 The Oscars will happen in February but in secret.

NEW CHARLIZE THERON FRAGRANCE PULLED

PARIS – Charlize Theron’s publicity campaign for her latest line in fragrance – Je Suis Charlize – has been pulled due to issues of taste.

A spokesperson for the actress said:

This campaign has been planned for months and it was only when we actually had the launch party and everyone looked at the adverts and the poster that we thought ‘oh wait!’ Lenny Kravitz was actually the first person to notice, because he reads newspapers and stuff. We didn’t want to cause any offence, though we did think about continuing with the adverts anyway. I mean, we’re also sure that Charlie Hebdo, being a satirical magazine, will fully understand our mistake and forgive us.

This is not the first time the actress has accidentally courted controversy. In 2001 her German football kit fashion top Nein 11 was misinterpreted as a reference to Obama Bin Laden’s attack on the Twin Towers. And more recently her Hurricane Katrina swimwear collection was pulled due to perceived insensitivity. However, Charlize Theron has always been dismissive of criticism. ‘I was in Prometheus,’ she told the Studio Exec.

And I consider that the way an action hero in the 80s would think of Vietnam. It hardened me. Turned me into a weird kind of killing machine. I consider good taste to just be Brian Dennehy in  a sheriff’s uniform telling me to move on. I mean, you’ve seen Prometheus, right?

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POMPEII RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF OSCAR NOMINATIONS

HOLLYWOOD – As predicted Paul Thomas Anderson’s gladiator/disaster movie, Pompeii, is dominating the Oscars nominations with over thirty nods.

Read the Oscar nominations in full below.

Best picture

Pompeii

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Pompeii

Dumb and Dumber To

Pompeii

Left Behind

Pompeii

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Pompeii

Best director

 Paul Thomas Anderson – Pompeii

Seth MacFarlane – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Paul Thomas Anderson – Pompeii

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Vic Armstrong – Left Behind

Best actor

Kit Harrington – Pompeii

Matthew McConaughey – That advert with Scarlett Johansson

Nicolas Cage – Anything he was in this year

Bradley Cooper – American Hangover Part Four

Kit Harrington – Pompeii

Best actress

Emily Browning – Pompeii

Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Emily Blunt  – Edge of Tomorrow

Scarlett Johansson – That advert with Matthew McConaughey

Best supporting actor

Kiefer Sutherland – Pompeii

Jared Harris – Pompeii

Liam Neeson – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Pompeii

Best supporting actress

Carrie-Anne Moss  – Pompeii

Jessica Lucas – Pompeii

Keira Knightley – Pompeii

Rebacca Eady – Pompeii

Meryl Streep – Pompeii

Best original screenplay

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo – Pompeii

Richard Linklater – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Max Frye and Dan Futterman –Dumb and Dumber To

Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best adapted screenplay

Jason Hall – Pompeii

Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice

Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Best foreign film

Pompeii (Italian Version)

Pompeii (German Version)

Pompeii (Canadian Version)

Pompeii (Japanese Version)

Pompeii (UK Version)

Best documentary

The Making of Pompeii

Pompeii: The Science Behind the Film

Pompeii: an Intimate Look

Where’s Pompeii?

I’m in Pompeii! Get me Out of Here!

Best animation

Pompeii: the Ainmated Movie

Pompeii: the Cartoon

Pompeii 2: Simba’s Pride

Anything else EXCEPT the Lego Movie

Best original song

Everything is NOT F*CKING Awesome – The Lego Movie

Disco Inferno – Pompeii

Burn Hollywod Burn – Pompeii

Thunderball – Pompeii

Light My Fire – Pompeii

SEAN PENN: ‘I MAY NEVER ACT AGAIN’

HOLLYWOOD – Sean Penn shocked reporters today when he admitted that he might never act again after what he called ‘a career best performance’ in 2013’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

‘I’ve worked with some of the best in the industry,’ Penn said.

Clint Eastwood, Terrence Malick, hell I was even married to Madonna for a time back there. But even so there comes a time when one thinks, now I’ve reached my zenith. I can’t go any farther and as an actor, for me, that happened under the tutelage of Mr. Ben Stiller. I mean, he made Tim Robbins look like Gus Van Sant.

What does that mean?

I don’t know.

And yet the film was not a particularly big critical hit.

No. The critics were a bit mixed, but that happens with the greatest work. All you need to do is look back and read some of the criticism Shanghai Surprise got. And now that film is number 6 in the AFI’s top 100 list.

Is it?

No. But still… It’s in there somewhere. Don’t worry. I’m still going to direct. I just don’t think I’ll ever come close to touching that kind of human truth again.

Mr. Penn is currently prepping his next directorial effort The Last Space which will star Charlize Theron and Adèle Exarchopoulos, last seen in Blue is the Warmest Color.