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“Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller talks about production delays

“Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller talks about production delays (photo)

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Director George Miller‘s “Mad Max” film, “Fury Road,” has been almost continually pushed back since it was first announced in May 2009. But unexpected rains hit their planned shooting location in Australia that caused their desolate wasteland of a set to blossom into a lush paradise almost overnight.

In an interview with Collider while promoting “Happy Feet 2,” Miller admitted that it is solely that shift in climate that has caused the most recent delays to the filming schedule. Originally, “Mad Max” was supposed to have started filming at the start of this past year.

“I was about to do the next Mad Max film, ‘Fury Road.’ We were all geared up for that, to shoot in the Australian desert, and then unprecedented rains came. What was the wasteland — completely flat, red earth — is now a flower garden. And the big, massive salt flats, where they do world record speed trials, is now full of pelicans and fish. Where the fish came from, I have no idea,” he said with some degree of humor. “So, we’ve lost the wasteland. Luckily, all of these films have been with Warner Bros., so it’s been a very collaborative thing, going from one to the other.”

Fortunately “Mad Max” is pretty far through pre-production, so it shouldn’t take too much effort for Miller to pick a new location and start filming there. It’s been reported that production is set to move to Nambia and start filming in March. Even the film’s cast, including Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, are still on board for the project. But Miller doesn’t sound too sure that he’ll even be in the right mindset to film the movie once the new year rolls around.

“Theoretically, it’s next year,” Miller said of the film’s expected start date. “We have 150 big vehicles built. But, to be perfectly honest, [I just finished ‘Happy Feet’], and I’m not even there in my head, right now.”

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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