The upcoming drama “Bombshell” stars Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, and Nicole Kidman in the true story of Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment at Fox News. Theron and Kidman star as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, respectively, two former Fox News anchors who came forward to accuse Ailes of sexual misconduct. The allegations led to Ailes’ resignation and forever changed the Fox News corporate structure.
“Bombshell” features a cast led by woman and a storyline told from a distinctly female point of view, and yet some moviegoers and critics have raised a potential issue with the movie because it is written and directed by two men: Charles Randolph and Jay Roach. Conversations about who gets to tell women’s stories on the big screen have increased over the last couple years. In a new interview with The New York Times, “Bombshell” star and producer Theron weighs in on the topic after reporter Kyle Buchanan mentions the film is the brainchild of two men. Theron mentions that her first instinct would have been to find a woman writer had she been the one to develop the project from the start, but that wasn’t the case. Theron boarded as a producer based on the strength of Randolph’s script.
“But this is such a great example of how we should not compartmentalize these stories to just one particular sex being able to tell it,” Theron said. “I want to see more opportunity for female writers and filmmakers, but I also think that it's a mistake to isolate men completely from that process. When you find the right man to tell that story, there's real value in that.”
Theron continued, “Listen, we should always question this stuff, and I'm totally open to the conversation around it, but if I had to do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same way. The men in my life are incredibly compassionate and ask questions about things in a way that is inspiring to me. Why would I eliminate that interest?”
Theron’s performance as Megyn Kelly in “Bombshell” has already made her a favorite to land an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Lionsgate is opening “Bombshell” in select theaters on December 13 before a nationwide push December 20.
The fourth movie in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, was a roaring success back in 2015, and so, with such success comes sequels and spin-offs, with the latter being based around Charlize Theron's intrepid warrior, the superbly named Imperator Furiosa. A recent development on the upcoming Mad Max: Furiosa has suggested that the production is eyeing two major stars for lead roles.
A new report that has hit the Internet states that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller and company are now eyeing the star of drama Killing Eve, Jodie Comer, for a younger version of Furiosa for the spin-off prequel. The report also says that Eternals and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden will star opposite her in a new role.
The rumored casting breakdown lists the Richard Madden character as being named 'Dementus', a very Mad Max-esque name indeed, with the character being described as 'breathtakingly handsome. An angel's face, scarred by a deep forehead wound stitched together with shiny staples.' So, it sounds like he will have a very distinctive look, and indeed a look that fits with what we have come to expect with the poor souls who inhabit the Mad Max universe.
The same breakdown also stats that Aquaman and the upcoming The Matrix 4 star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is being eyed for a character simply named 'Male 2'. He is described as being a character with 'stature and presence', which suits Yahya Abdul-Mateen II pretty well.
Comer meanwhile sounds like a good fit for a young Furiosa, her outstanding work in Killing Eve certainly demonstrates that she has the chops to pull it off, even if it does seem somewhat sacrilegious to continue the story of the character without Charlize Theron. Perhaps she could still feature in some capacity, should Mad Max: Furiosa be told in a flashback format.
It was confirmed last July by director Geoge Miller that he had at least two sequels to Mad Max: Fury Road planned in addition to the Furiosa prequel. He briefly discussed what is to come, sounding confident that all three movies would come to fruition.
'There are two stories, both involving Mad Max, and also a Furiosa story. We're still solving, we've got to play out the [Warner Bros.] thing, it seems to be pretty clear that it's going to happen.'
Something that may well become an issue though is Miller's current lawsuit against Warner Bros. for alleged unpaid royalties for Mad Max: Fury Road. For now though, let us just share in his confidence, as Fury Road proved that Miller is far from done with the crazy world of Mad Max.
Furiosa was originally played by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, she is a rebel warrior, who in the movie took on a quest to overthrow a tyrant who controls the land's water supply. Theron appeared alongside Venom star Tom Hardy.
It is expected that Mad Max: Furiosa will begin production later this year. This comes to is from Geeks Worldwide.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Lionsgate has given us digital download codes for movies featuring some of the studio’s favorite leading ladies, and we’re passing them along to you. You could always use more things to watch during this time of self-isolation, right? Read on to find out how to win copies of Bombshell, Judy, The Hunger Games, A Simple Favor, and The Spy Who Dumped Me.
One lucky winner will win a bundle prize containing a digital download code for each of these films. To enter, send us an e-mail at [email protected] with the words “Lionsgate Giveaway” in the subject line. And since this giveaway is honoring Women’s History Month, we want to hear about your favorite performances from the women who play prominent roles in these movies. So in the body of the email, explain what your favorite performance is and why! from Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Mila Kunis, or Kate McKinnon. If you’re bored and looking for something to do to kill some time, feel free to write about more than one of them. We’ll choose the answer we like best, and email the winner with their winning codes. The contest begins now and ends at midnight PST on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
First up is Bombshell, director Jay Roach‘s 2019 film about the sexual harassment scandal that took down Fox News chief Roger Ailes. The movie won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for the incredible work the team did, transforming actress Charlize Theron into the spitting image of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Read our review here.
Next up is The Hunger Games, Gary Ross‘s 2012 dystopian action film that launched Jennifer Lawrence to the next level of her career. This movie kicked off one of Lionsgate’s biggest franchises, and continued the trend of YA adaptations that dominated much of the 2000s and 2010s. Read our review here.
Then there’s A Simple Favor, director Paul Feig‘s sexy, funny mystery thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively from 2018. This is an underrated and underseen movie, and now is the perfect time to catch up with it. Read our review here.
The Spy Who Dumped Me Giveaway
And finally, we’re also giving away five copies of Susanna Fogel‘s The Spy Who Dumped Me, the goofy 2018 spy comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Read our review here.