(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

As the saying goes, everyone loves a comeback. The 2010s saw a number of creative entities emerge from the wilderness to enjoy renewed artistic credibility onscreen. There were so many comeback stories, actually, that this mere list of ten is guaranteed to smack of exclusions. FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for instance, revived interest in the trial of the century while serving as a soft comeback for several actors. Be honest: when’s the last time you’d heard David Schwimmer’s name around the watercolor? Despite its use of John Travolta, however, there was no one actor on that show who made a resurgence on the level of Travolta’s in Pulp Fiction. If anything, the show was more memorable for its Emmy-winning turn by Sarah Paulson and for facilitating the breakout of Sterling K. Brown.

Stranger Things built its brand on ‘80s nostalgia and thrust faces from that decade, like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, back in the spotlight…but there wasn’t room for it on this list, either, and that’s saying a lot. It should be noted, too, that a return to form, in and of itself, isn’t enough to qualify as a comeback. Christopher Nolan was back in top form with Dunkirk, yet while his previous two films may have revealed chinks in his critical armor, they were both still commercial successes. A slightly off-game Nolan is still better than your average blockbuster filmmaker.

Master of the “Nouveau Shamanic” acting style, Nicolas Cage, likewise marches to the beat of a different drum, where the notion of frail mortal comebacks is irrelevant. So alas, you won’t see Mandy on this list. But enough with the honorable mentions … let’s look back, in reverse chronological order, at ten of the decade’s best film and television comebacks.

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We present to you the very last Sequel Bits of 2014. After the jump:

  • Woman in Black 2 unveils a motion comic prequel
  • See a leaked image of the Jurassic World Lego set
  • Bryan Mills has a big problem in this Taken 3 clip
  • Katherine McNamara joins The Maze Runner 2
  • Could Randy Quaid return for Independence Day 2?
  • Jamie Oliver is still sad he wasn’t in The Hobbit
  • Watch the latest Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2 trailer
  • Tom Hardy glowers in a new look at Mad Max: Fury Road

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Where better to get your news of a new psot-apocalyptic action movie than through interviews to promote an animated musical sequel aimed at kids and families? George Miller directed the three Mad Max movies, and also oversaw the two Happy Feet films. As he does press rounds for Happy Feet 2, Miller is talking frequently about Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in his action series about a wasteland-hardened survivor.

Many of his comments so far have boiled down to “yes, the film was delayed when weather turned planned Australian desert locations to meadows, but it will still happen.” Today, however, Miller gave a pretty full rundown of the gestation of the fourth Mad Max movie, a process that goes back more than ten years. Read More »

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Briefly: This is the sort of story that I’d usually be quick to dismiss, but it comes from Todd at Twitch, who is both well-connected and not quick to run utterly baseless crap. He’s got a brief report up today that says George Miller isn’t just returning to his Mad Max franchise with Tom Hardy and Mad Max: Fury Road. Supposedly Miller is making two films back to back, with the second to be called Mad Max: Furiosa.

Despite the regular reliability of Twitch this still seems like an unlikely thing. Studio financing being what it is these days, the idea that Warner Bros. would finance two films to be shot back to back seems to be a break from the way they’re doing business everywhere else. If Fury Road had been released and done really well, OK, easier to see two films after that. Sure, Miller gave WB and Village Roadshow a big hit with Happy Feet in 2006, but Mad Max is a totally different beast. Be a neat thing if this is true, but for now it’s not so easy to believe.

Plus, that second title: Furiosa?

UPDATE: HitFix says that this report has been confirmed with other sources.

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UPDATE: MTV was the first to hear back from Stewart’s publicist, who says the actor is not involved with the film.

The title says it all. Based on an email sent to AICN, which says that actor Patrick Stewart mentioned he is soon to be working in Australia on a film with director George Miller, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive speculating that Stewart will appear in the fourth Mad Max movie, Mad Max: Fury Road.

The salient quote from the reader email is:  “I got to ask him whether he’d like to make a movie in Australia and he said he may be back here soon to film a movie with George Miller. I – embarrassingly – blurted “Happy Feet 2! great!” and he said “No, another one.” We don’t know enough about the story behind Fury Road at this point to know if this is even remotely credible. Easy to see how having Patrick Steward on hand would be a fun thing for Miller. Throw some knee pads and a hockey mask on him and Stewart would fit right in.

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One week ago, Brendon told you that there were rumors that Bronson‘s Thomas Hardy might become the new Mad Max for director George Miller, and that his female co-star could be Charlize Theron. Now thanks to a trade blog we know that it is indeed the case. We also know a few — a very few — other things about the upcoming and long-awaited fourth Max Max movie. They’re after the jump. Read More »