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Best director Oscar nominee George Miller takes us through his eclectic film career, including going from working in Australia to a Hollywood trial by fire on the set of The Witches of Eastwick. Miller is also the man behind family-friendly films like Babe and the Oscar-winning Happy Feet. He shares his experiences working with Mel Gibson on the original Mad Max films and explains why it took almost 20 years to get this most recent offering of the series made

Photo: Director George Miller (C) on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action adventure Mad Max: Fury Road. Photo by Jasin Boland

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 9 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • As Oscar voting finally begins, the major guilds have spoken, and there's still no clear consensus on a frontrunner. The SAG Awards named Spotlight their film of the year, while the PGA’s picked The Big Short and the DGA went for The Revenant.

  • Even in the wake of a successful year, media stocks at places like Disney and Time-Warner are getting pummeled among fears of increased cord-cutting.

  • The media company that took the worst beating on the stock market is Viacom, which also faced a negative reaction on the market after Philippe Dauman was named chairman following Sumner Redstone's retirement. 


Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

George Miller: Mad Max: Fury Road 20 MIN, 17 SEC

Director George Miller’s newest entry in the Mad Max series is a chase action adventure movie that thrilled audiences when it was released over the summer. It clearly wowed the Academy too -- Mad Mad: Fury Road is up for 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. 

In this version, Tom Hardy takes on the role of the tortured and taciturn hero trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He forms an uneasy alliance with a group of women, their leader played by Charlize Theron. 

Miller made the first Mad Max in Australia 37 years ago. Since then, he's had a successful and exceptionally varied career --directing the supernatural dramedy The Witches of Eastwick and the heart-wrenching medical drama, Lorenzo’s Oil. He wrote and produced the Babe movies and directed one of them, and won an Oscar for the animated penguin film Happy Feet

Miller originally studied to be a doctor, and even graduated from medical school. But once he started making films, he never quite got back to medicine. He tells us about the differences of making movies in Australia compared to Hollywood, and his memories of working with Mel Gibson on the first Mad Max movies. 

Gibson was originally supposed to be in Mad Max: Fury Road as well, but that was back when the script was first written, almost 20 years ago. Since then, the film has faced almost every obstacle, but Miller was patient. He shares how the film finally got made with Tom Hardy as the lead, and why he picked his wife Margaret Sixel to edit the film. 

Guests:
George Miller, filmmaker

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