For those of you who have been waiting for news regarding a new Mad Max movie, today is your lucky day. The Herald Sun is reporting that director George Miller is currently in development on a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road. The news comes from a "highly placed onset source" who says the film is called Mad Max: Wasteland, which is a title that has been previously mentioned as being a working title, and it's currently in pre-production.
According to the report, the story will focus on Furiosa's backstory, which is something I think a lot of fans speculated could happen. They go on to say that Miller is "gearing up" for the project, which "could start as soon as later this year" at Broken Hill Film Studio in Austrailia.
Miller has previously said that he plans to make at least two more Mad Max films and that he would love to tell the story of Furiosa because she is such a compelling character. Tom Hardy is signed on to do two more films, but I'm not sure how Max would fit into a prequel story that focuses on Furiosa, unless there is a separate parallel story that deals with Max in the same time period.
Furiosa is such an awesome and badass character, and it will be great to see Charlize Theron come back to reprise her role. Until we have confirmation from the studio, treat this news as a rumor, but it's a rumor I really hope is true!
Miller did say he was looking to do a smaller film project as his next endeavor, but maybe he decided to ditch that idea and just jump back into the world of Mad Max, which I don't think fans will have a problem with.
Well, Hot Toys has another 1/6th scale collectible action figure that I have to own! This one is of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and as you’ll see in the photos, it’s certainly a badass figure. As always, the care and detail in bringing this character to action figure form is incredible! Doctor Strange is one of my favorite characters, and I have to own one of these, so I’ll be turning in my big jars of change for hard cash to get one. I can’t wait to see this movie! Here’s the description that came along with the photos.
This fall, embark on a mind-blowing adventure across dimensions with Doctor Strange! The Marvel Comics superhero makes his highly anticipated big-screen debut in the upcoming movie of the same title, which is set to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe in unprecedented ways with the introduction of the Mystic Arts. Acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon whose career is destroyed in a near-fatal car crash, but finds a new perspective on life when he meets the Ancient One and discovers the hidden world of magical powers.
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Bryan Cranston recently confirmed that Mr. Sinister will be in director James Mangold’s Wolverine 3. This is a villain that Bryan Cranston said he would want to play. The actor previously explained:
"You know what I'd like to do? I'd like to do some big superhero villain in some Marvel classic. Create one from scratch… I don’t know what I would do but it would be nasty."
He later clarified saying that that big superhero villain he wants to play is Mr. Sinister. In a recent interview with Geeking Out the actor talked about why he wants to play the character:
“Mr. Sinister has always been someone. It would be very cool. I’m interested in creating a role. I’d love to do something that hasn’t been done before. Lex Luthor, there’s been a lot of that. I’ve been asked to take a look at Commissioner Gordon, and it’s like I would be one in several. I would kind of like to carve out a new identity.”
He could totally do that with Mr. Sinister since he’s never been adapted for the big screen before. Cranston would be freakin’ awesome, and I’d love to see what his vision of the character would be. It’s probably too late for him, though, as there’s a big chance that Richard E. Grant is playing the role in Wolverine 3. If Mangold hasn't cast an actor in the role of Mr. Sinister yet, they better reach out to Cranston!
If they don’t, I’m sure Marvel Studios will go after him for a role in one of their upcoming superhero films. They’d be stupid not to!
Cosplayer Dynamite Webber has created a truly badass Nightwing costume based on the New 52 version of the character. He believes that his armor design inspired Batman's new tactical armor that Batman wears in the upcoming Justice League film, which you can see here. Webber posted the comparison image below and the following note:
"Good to know someone is paying attention. ;) Batflecks new tactical armor next to my new 52 nightwing armor I made a while ago ...."
There are definitely some similarities, but do you think the Justice League movie concept artists and costume designers saw this Nightwing cosplay and said, "That's the new Batman tactical armor!"? I'd say it's highly unlikely, but what do you think?
Green Day was one of the bands that helped get me through my high school years. I'm a big fan of the band, and its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong stars in an upcoming film called Ordinary World. I had no idea this movie was a thing until I came across this trailer and it actually looks pretty good.
The film is a comedy, the story of which follows a character named Perry (Armstrong), who is a former punk rocker that is ten years into his band's "indefinite hiatus." He's "struggling with his adjustment to the real world, which includes working in his family's hardware store. When Perry's hotshot attorney wife (Selma Blair) and precocious young daughter forget his 40th birthday, his brother (Chris Messina) takes pity and gives him the money to throw a huge rockstar blowout in a fancy New York hotel. At the party, Perry's punk past clashes hilariously with his grown-up reality as he encounters crazy former bandmates, including best pal Gary (Fred Armisen) and an old-flame-turned-manager (Judy Greer), who offers him a chance to revive his stalled career, all in one outrageous day."
Ordinary World was written and directed by Lee Kirk (The Giant Mechanical Man). It will get a limited theatrical released and a VOD release on October 14th.
I'm a big fan of the film noir genre. I love the whole attitude and mood of those films. If you're a fan of the genre as well, I've got a great short film that you've got to watch today called The Naked City. It was written and directed by David Parkin and released back in 2007, but it was just recently brought to my attention. The movie was shot on actual film. The video below may not be the best digital film transfer, but it's a solid film worth checking out. Here's the synopsis:
An ex-Detective investigates an ‘artist’ who photographs the crude aftermath of violent crimes, and exploits them by exhibiting this collection at a high society art gallery. Archer is forced to enter the gaudy world he despises and in the process, comes face to face with the source of his aggression.
Before director Denis Villeneuve took on Ridley Scott's Blade Runner 2, he brought us films such as Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, the upcoming sci-fi thriller Arrival. The guy is an extremely talented filmmaker and he wants to use those talents to adapt Frank Herbert's classic story Dune for the big screen. During an interview with Variety, the director said:
"I’m always looking for sci-fi material, and it’s difficult to find original and strong material that’s not just about weaponry. A longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune, but it’s a long process to get the rights, and I don’t think I will succeed."
Just because he wants to direct it doesn't mean it's going to happen. However, I would love to see Villeneuve get to make a new film based on Dune. There have been attempts to bring Dune back to the big screen in the past, but so far they've been unsuccessful. Those attempts have come from directors such as Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), Pierre Morel (Taken), and Alejandro Jodorwsky, whose attempt there is the subject of a great documentary. Maybe Villeneuve is the filmmaker the project needs to push it through development and into production.
David Lynch made a film adaptation of Dune in 1984 and there was a SyFy channel mini-series as well. As much as I liked these, I've always felt that Dune could get an even better adaptation than what's been done before.
Who knows, maybe if Blade Runner 2 turns out to be a big hit with audiences, it will open the door for Villeneuve to make his Dune film.
Earlier this week, Conan showed off a hilarious parody ad for Apple's new AirPods. It's done in the style of the classic iPod commercials with the silhouettes of people dancing around, only in this one, the AirPods keep flying out of their ears and they keep losing them.
I think the AirPods are one of Apple's biggest brain farts, and I will never buy a pair. Enjoy the video!