Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Charlize Theron.

Charlize talks the evolution of the script from when she first read it to shoot, the secrecy of the production, the brilliance of working on practical sets vs. cg, the extent that Ridley Scott went to make everything feel real, gives a little bit of insight into the backstory of her character, being frightened by the unknown, deciding not to rewatch the Alien films before shooting, having fun with Fassbender in between takes on set, theories about her character, the delivery of dialogue, preparing for Mad Max: Fury Road, making big movies vs. making smaller movies,  producing tv projects with Ridley Scott and David Fincher, the attraction to do tv over films, her obsession with HBO and Game of Thrones, finding time to take a vacation, and much more.

Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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Charlize Theron is having a pretty decent month. She’s the star of Show White and the Huntsman, which opens Friday, as well as Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, which opens next Friday June 8. From there, she’s heading to Africa to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and directed by George Miller. That’s about what you’d expect for an Oscar-winner who is sought after for almost every female role in Hollywood today.

/Film attended the London junket for Prometheus and while Theron spoke plenty about that film (we’ll run the full, spoiler-filled, interview next week) she also talked about her excitement at finally getting to shoot Mad Max, a film that has had a tumultuous time making it in front of cameras. She commented on if the script changed in that time, how violent it will be and  how her character is different from anything she’s ever done. Read her quotes after the jump. Read More »

Sequels in all stages of production – from hypothetical, to development, greenlit, filming and finished – are all featured in today’s  Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • A prequel to the video game Tekken might be on the way from the director of Ong Bak. Or not according to the creator.
  • Not only would Andrew Stanton be open to making Finding Nemo 2, he feels Pixar will continue to make sequels after Monsters University and beyond.
  • Watch an awesome 15 minute interview with Rick Baker, in his studio, talking Men in Black 3 monsters.
  • Men in Black 3 didn’t have a lot of deleted scenes.
  • Check out a teaser poster for Red 2
  • Iron Man 3 starts shooting today and just got their budget increased.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron starts shooting June 2.

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We’ve got a lot of odds and ends to cover in today’s Sequel Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • MIB3 helmer says shooting with an incomplete script was either “genius” or “really stupid”
  • Vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road revealed
  • Benedict Cumberbatch says lovely things about his Star Trek 2 colleauges
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 may have a new title
  • Percy Jackson casts stars from Community, Reno 911!, and Dodgeball
  • Chris Tucker is not so excited for Friday 4

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The expanding universe of Mad Max keeps on expanding. There was a point a couple years ago when it was surprising to learn that series creator/director George Miller had written a new Mad Max movie and would be bringing it to screens. That project, Mad Max: Fury Road, is set to star Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and will hopefully shoot sometime in the first half of 2012.

Shortly after we learned of the existence of Fury Road, we found that it was actually the first of two new films, with the second potentially called Mad Max: Furiosa. And now Miller says that he’s actually got three scripts. So if Fury Road ever gets off the ground, we might end up with a whole new Mad Max trilogy. Read More »

Well this is disappointing. After extensive prep work had gone into setting up back-to-back filming of Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa—both to be shot in 3D—the shoot has now been delayed from its originally planned February 2011 date to, if we’re lucky, February 2012.

This is the second major setback for the film. Production had already been delayed once before, back in July. The cause then was unseasonal rains, which had made the area too fertile for the intended car stunts that would be taking place. Read More »

We don’t know very much about the next chapter(s) in the Mad Max saga, which series director George Miller is prepping for a shoot early in 2011. We’ve known that Tom Hardy is the new Max, and that Charlize Theron has a role in the film(s). Hell, we don’t even know what the basic plot is, or how the story will carry through from Mad Max: Fury Road to the reported follow-up, to be shot back to back, Mad Max: Furiosa.

But now we’ve got a scant bit of detail about Charlize Theron’s character, thanks to the woman who is on board to do her stunts. Read More »

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If the casting of Tom Hardy in the lead role of Mad Max: Fury Road didn’t convince you that this is already a film worthy of your hard-earned cash, maybe this news will. The movie hasn’t started shooting yet—it won’t until next year—but we now have some numbers to give a sense of the amount of vehicular chaos that’s going to ensue. In short: A lot. Read More »

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