FROM George Miller
George Miller: Mad Max: Fury Road 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.
Up Close And Personal With George Miller George Miller is everywhere. He was just selected as the head of the Cannes Film Festival jury, not to mention his latest film in the Mad Max franchise – Max Max: Fury Road – is up for 10 Oscars. He sat down with Madeleine Brand to discuss the very first Mad Max film, and the inspiration for the intricate characters in his films.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”