Mad Max: Fury Road

May 15, 2015 | 5:40 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Add some ‘Mad Max’ flair to your workspace

A scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner Bros.)
For this week’s installment of Paycheck Friday, Hero Complex’s roundup of some of our favorite toys, books and other geek merchandise, we turn to the post-apocalyptic world depicted in “Mad Max.” Now in theaters, “Mad Max: Fury Road” follows Mad Max Rockatansky’s (Tom Hardy) quest for survival in a desert wasteland after civilization has collapsed. It is a world where, as director George Miller described to The Times in a previous interview, “all the bad things we see in the news come to pass: all the economic collapse, oil wars and water wars, even stuff we never see coming.” With that in mind, this week’s paycheck goes to re-creating a scaled-down version of this post-apocalyptic world to liven up your workspace. First, to set the appropriate mood, we recommend picking up the “Mad Max: Fury Road” soundtrack. While the standard […]
May 15, 2015 | 12:07 p.m.

‘Downer from Down Under’: Read the original ‘Mad Max’ review in L.A. Times

Mel Gibson in 1979's "Mad Max." (MGM)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is revving into theaters this weekend, accompanied by rave reviews and high box office predictions. But when the original “Mad Max” film arrived in the U.S. in 1980, film critic Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times called it “a textbook example of how not to make a film.” Champlin criticized nearly everything about the movie, including young lead Mel Gibson (“boyishly bland”), the villains (“indistinguishable vrooming beings”), the set, the supporting characters and the “inappropriate” soundtrack. “You are left with a lot of burnt rubber and bent metal and little evidence of creative imagination,” Champlin wrote. Champlin certainly wasn’t the only critic who wasn’t impressed by George Miller’s low-budget, post-apocalyptic action flick. The New York Times’ Tom Buckley criticized its “flimsy” plot and said the film was “ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at […]
May 14, 2015 | 1:33 p.m.

Throwback Thursday: Original ‘Mad Max’ kickstarted a cult classic franchise

Mel Gibson in 1979's "Mad Max." (MGM)
With “Mad Max: Fury Road” crashing into theaters Thursday evening, this week’s Throwback Thursday column recalls the first installment in the “Mad Max” series. Australian director George Miller’s dystopian tale starred Aussie actor Mel Gibson as protagonist Max Rockatansky, a widower on a quest for vengeance, and introduced the young actor to an international audience. “Mad Max” made its debut Down Under on April 12, 1979; American audiences had to wait until May 2, 1980. Though critics were split, public reception was positive and the film grossed nearly $100 million worldwide and earned a nomination for best original screenplay (by Miller and James McCausland) from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. The film was also nominated for best film and direction and won for editing, original music score and sound. Not everyone was impressed. Los Angeles Times movie […]
May 05, 2015 | 2:46 p.m.

Exclusive: Darick Robertson draws inspiration from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Darick Robertson's take on "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Vertigo Comics)
Fans who just can’t wait to take in all the post-apocalyptic mayhem, muscles and muscle cars of the long-awaited “Mad Max: Fury Road” can get an early fix in Vertigo’s new hardcover book, “Mad Max: Fury Road — Inspired Artists.” The book collects 65 noted comic book artists and presents their unique visions of the film — the first entry in the George Miller-directed franchise in 30 years. As you’d expect, the diverse array of artists — including Michael Allred, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Tara McPherson, Paul Pope, Eric Powell, Cliff Chiang, David Mack, Gilbert Hernandez and many more — offer a wide variety of styles, although the subject largely remains the same: Crash. Boom. Bang. Repeat. As a sneak peek at what readers can expect, the exclusive image at the top of this article is by Eisner nominee Darick Robertson, who co-created “Transmetropolitan” […]
April 24, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.

In ‘Fury Road,’ a new ‘Mad Max’ hurtles into familiar mythology

Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Jasin Boland / Warner Bros.)
AUSTIN, Texas — The three films in the “Mad Max” trilogy have always felt like primal epics, as if they were fables handed down for generations by word of mouth. Former police patrolman Max Rockatansky, who lost his family at the hands of a marauding motorcycle gang, drives the wasteland on the run from everyone, perhaps most of all himself. The first two films, “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior,” helped make an international superstar of Mel Gibson and announced Australian filmmaker George Miller, onetime emergency room doctor turned high-impact visionary, as a force to be reckoned with. Thirty years after the third film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Miller is unveiling a new Max and a world he describes as “uniquely familiar” with “Mad Max: Fury Road.” FULL COVERAGE: Summer Movie Sneaks Max is now played by Tom Hardy, best known […]
April 04, 2015 | 5:55 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: Warner Bros. shows off ‘San Andreas,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

From left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee as Dag (Smiley), in a scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Jason Boland / Warner Bros.)
The Rock was missing, but explosions were plentiful at Warner Bros. WonderCon presentation, which kicked off Saturday’s lineup in the Anaheim Convention Center’s 9,100-seat arena. The studio showed footage from the upcoming Dwayne Johnson disaster flick “San Andreas” as well as George Miller’s much anticipated “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”) was on hand to discuss the film, along with cast members Carla Gugino (“Watchmen,” “Sin City”) and Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians”). Absent was Johnson — a force of nature in his own right — who stars as a rescue helicopter pilot who sets out to save his ex-wife (Gugino) and daughter (Daddario) after a massive earthquake and resulting tidal wave leave the California coast decimated. It’s a big-budget action movie, but during the panel, Peyton emphasized the film’s […]
March 31, 2015 | 1:40 p.m.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer: Tom Hardy on the run

Tom Hardy in "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner Bros.)
The new trailer for George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” is out, and it finds Tom Hardy in a bind. “In this wasteland, I’m the one who runs from both the living and the dead” opens the voiceover as Hardy’s Mad Max Rockatansky is doing just that. “A man reduced to a single instinct: survive.” “Fury Road,” set for a May 15 release, marks the relaunch of the post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” franchise that kicked off with Mel Gibson as the titular hero in 1979. Unlike most recent reboots, “Fury Road” marks director Miller returning to the franchise for the fourth time to revisit the world he started over 35 years ago. The trailer, viewable above, reveals more of the post-apocalyptic desert wasteland the film is set in, as well as a better glimpse of Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villainous warlord […]
Jan. 15, 2015 | 12:35 p.m.

Tom Hardy no longer on David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ team

Tom Hardy is no longer a member of “Suicide Squad.” The actor has dropped out of Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of the DC Comics title about an all-star roster of villains who act as mercenaries. Hardy, who brought to the screen the Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” had been set to star as Rick Flagg, but scheduling commitments forced him to leave the film, which is set for release Aug. 5, 2016, sources said Thursday. The story was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. David Ayer, who most recently helmed the Brad Pitt World War II tank drama “Fury,” will write and direct “Suicide Squad.” The ensemble cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Oscar winner Leto will be […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end

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If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
July 27, 2014 | 8:03 p.m.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer: Tom Hardy’s world of fire and blood [video]

Tom Hardy as Max in a scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." 
(Jason Boland / Warner Bros)
Only one day after making a splash at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road” makes a play for a wider audience, with the first trailer for George Miller’s action vehicle showcasing the intensity of star Tom Hardy and the movie’s chase scenes. Watch it below. Set for release May 15, 2015, the film, which also stars Charlize Theron, sees Hardy step into the role originated by Mel Gibson in “Mad Max,” the high-octane post-apocalyptic action film that spawned two hit sequels. In an interview with Hero Complex this weekend in San Diego, Miller said that he never could have imagined retuning to the franchise that launched his career so many years later. ” ‘Mad Max,’ was my very first film,” Miller said. It was made for $350,000, which even back then was very low-budget. I’d hardly ever been […]
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