Detroit event producer Doc Colony says he encountered some skepticism last October when he set out to recreate the “Mad Max” movies’ gladiatorial Thunderdome inside the Tangent Gallery.
“People just looked at me like, ‘OK, he’s losing it now,’ ” Colony laughs.
Nonetheless, the resulting “Mad Max”-inspired event, “Fury Road to Thunderdome,” turned out to be a success, drawing a crowd of more than 300. So Colony decided to reprise the event in a second installment called “Dropzone: Fury Road to Thunderdome,” which will take place Saturday at the gallery.
As with the original event, “Dropzone” will feature a broad variety of attractions related to the “Mad Max” franchise. The centerpiece of the show is an indoor replica of the Thunderdome, a 16-foot-high metal structure on loan from Nevada’s Burning Man festival. The Thunderdome will provide the main stage for choreographed fights and roller derby “brawls” performed by costumed characters, a la the movie “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.”
But that’s just scratching the surface of the event. Several electronic and industrial bands will perform, including Detroit’s Ex American and Eprom Colony. The gallery will be surrounded by about 25 art cars — motorcycles, bicycles and other customized vehicles inspired by the “Mad Max” franchise’s outrageous battle rigs. (“Even the go-karts are brutal,” Colony says.) The show also incorporates an art show component, featuring about 70 “Mad Max”-inspired works. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, although vendors will be on hand selling costume elements for those who might want a last-minute post-apocalyptic accessory.
“The only thing I was missing last year was a Tina Turner impersonator to actually sing the (‘Beyond Thunderdome’ theme) ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero,’ and this year we have her,” Colony says of singer Salathiel Palland.
Colony describes “Mad Max 2” as one of his “all-time favorite movies.” He says he sought to create a costume event that would “really immerse people in the story,” adding that he’s been pleasantly surprised that the decades-old franchise still draws enthusiastic fans. “Dropzone” stage manager Nicole LaPointe says that’s thanks in part to last year’s Oscar-nominated franchise revival, “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
“I think ‘Fury Road’ has brought in a whole new fan base that maybe wasn’t quite aware of it before,” LaPointe says. “If you saw it, it was awesome. It just screams, ‘Let’s make an event out of this.’ ”
Detroit performer Russell Taylor says “Mad Max” maniacs make for a great audience. Taylor, who travels around the area as awhite-faced character called Satori Circus, portrayed a character dubbed War Daddy and served as master of ceremonies for last year’s show, performing a lengthy monologue from the “Beyond Thunderdome” film.
Taylor will reprise the role, inspired by the minion-like “Fury Road” characters War Boys, at this year’s “Dropzone.”
“When my moment came to deliver those lines, people were rapt,” he says. “Performing as long as I have, you can’t grab their attention all the time. I don’t care who you are. But people were just into it. It was really cool.”
Colony, who is planning to continue the event on at least an annual basis, sees almost limitless inspiration in the “Mad Max” franchise. In addition to future “Dropzone” events, he’s also planning a series of scripted videos for the Web that will follow the adventures of his fighters before and after they enter the mini-Thunderdome.
“There’s a lot of feature films out there, but nothing comes close to the stunts and the over-the-top characters and the larger-than-life-type things in ‘Mad Max,’ ” Colony says. “There’s a lot of moving things that get people inspired.”
Dropzone: Fury Road to Thunderdome
7 p.m. Sat.
715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit
Tickets $15-$20 in advance, $25 day of show
Alia Bhatt announces Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani release date with video, watch Jaya Bachchan recreate K3G scene
Actor Alia Bhatt announced the release date of her upcoming film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, directed by Karan Johar. The film will hit the screens on February 10, 2023. The announcement was accompanied by a video, showcasing a montage of some behind-the-scenes clips. We got a glimpse into Dharmendra, Ranveer Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Alia’s characters as Karan Johar directs them, as well as the fun that ensues backstage.
Alia captioned her post, “Loading it up with music, dance, an ensemble cast, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love just for you! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! See you there to make this kahani complete.” The team has completed 50 days of shoot. In the video, Alia sports stunning sarees, while Jaya Bachchan does aarti ritual — reminding many of her role in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Karan Johar is seen explaining scenes to the cast, and there’s much hugs, love and laughter.
Ranveer also announced the film’s release date. He wrote, “Isse kehte hai full entertainment ka dhamaka!
We’re coming to you with love in our hearts blessed with parivaar ke sanskaar. #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! #RRKPK.”
Going by the little that we see, the cast already has strong chemistry. Dharmendra, had earlier praised Ranveer Singh. He told Times Of India, “Ranveer looks so natural in all his films. Bada hi pyaara ladka hai (He is such an adorable boy). Whenever we bump into each other at a function, woh aake mere paas baith jaata hai (he sits beside me). Likewise, Alia is also brilliant at her work,” he stated. The film was announced on Ranveer Singh’s birthday. In one of the scenes, Ranveer is seen kissing Dharmendra’s hands while Jaya looks on. The film is again set in a lavish house, a staple for Karan Johar’s brand of cinema.
Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with COVID-19 Response Team on the Omicron Variant
Following up on the regular briefings he had on COVID while traveling, the President met in person today with his Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and members of his White House COVID Response Team. Dr. Fauci and members of the COVID Response Team updated the President on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant. Dr. Fauci informed the President that while it will take approximately two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transmissibility, severity, and other characteristics of the variant, he continues to believe that existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of COVID. Dr. Fauci also reiterated that boosters for fully vaccinated individuals provide the strongest available protection from COVID. The COVID Response Team’s immediate recommendation to all vaccinated adults is to get a booster shot as soon as possible; all adults are eligible for a booster if they were vaccinated six months ago or more with Pfizer or Moderna, or two months ago or more with Johnson & Johnson. Importantly, those adults and children who are not yet fully vaccinated should get vaccinated immediately. The President will provide an update about the new variant and the U.S. response on Monday.
7 Children in Goa Juvenile Detention Centre Contract Covid-19
Seven children at a state-run juvenile detention centre in Goa have tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday. All protocols were being followed and a team of doctors was monitoring the infected children’s health regularly at the facility, located on the outskirts of the state capital Panaji, North Goa District Collector Ajit Roy told PTI. “There is nothing to worry,” he said.
The seven children from the ‘Apna Ghar’ juvenile detention centre tested positive for the coronavirus infection over the weekend, he said. The area has not been declared as a micro-containment zone as the “infection spread is within one house”, the official said.
According to sources, a child, who was to be taken to Madhya Pradesh following release from the facility, initially tested positive for the viral infection. “Later, all other children at the facility were tested and reports of six of them also came out positive,” a source said.
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