Back in 2009, the sci-fi drama District 9 made an impression on audiences, launching the career of director Neill Blomkamp with a film that was a surprising but wholly deserved nominee for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It was an original story, with incredible special effects, and it was nice to see a worthy sci-fi tale get the acclaim it deserves.
Sadly, Blomkamp has yet to reach that level of greatness with his follow-up films Elysium and Chappie, both feeling rather derivative and hollow when compared to the substance of his debut film. But instead of lamenting this fact, let’s look at the 8-Bit Cinema District 9 creation that debuted earlier this month. Read More »
Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 was a milestone. A refreshing blend of faux-documentary style with blockbuster effects telling a story of substance and originality. It marked the arrival of a filmmaker who demanded to be noticed. He followed it up with Elysium, a visually gorgeous film filled with great ideas that never reaches its potential. Now he’s got Chappie, another great sci-fi idea that squanders its premise. How that film will do is anyone’s guess, but if I was a betting man, I’d say Blomkamp’s next movie – a new Alien film – had better be a hit or he’s going straight into director jail.
If either Chappie or Alien are big hits Blomkamp still wants to make a sequel to District 9, a project regularly but not officially referred to as District 10. In fact, he even has a new idea for the sequel, but feels like he couldn’t do it justice until he gets away from his aesthetic for a while. Read the Neill Blomkamp District 10 quotes below. Read More »
Every great hero needs a signature mode of transportation. A huge muscle car, a distinctive motorcycle, or maybe a spaceship that looks like a hamburger. Whatever their pleasure, the latest art exhibit by the Hero Complex Gallery has got it covered. The show is called Righteous Rides…And the Dudes Who Drive Them and it will open May 3 in Los Angeles, CA.
Artists have made posters and paintings based on the “righteous rides” in films such as Flight of the Navigator, Akira, Star Wars, My Neighbor Totoro, Skyfall, Bullitt, Up, Spaceballs, District 9, Easy Rider, the Dukes of Hazzard and so much more. Check out a small sample of the show below. Read More »
While one Los Angeles gallery focuses on pop culture weapons, a New York counterpart is making that idea even bigger. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn has a new show opening January 18 called Gadgets and Gizmos and it’s filled with art based on some weapons, lots of vehicles, robots and accessories too, all inspired by the technology in some of your favorite movies.
While plenty of regulars are on display (Back to the Future, James Bond, Iron Man, Batman), this show has a bunch of subjects that don’t get as much love: Inspector Gadget, Short Circuit, District 9, The Rocketeer, and Flight of the Navigator. Check out a quick selection from the show below and find out how you can see it in person or buy it online. Read More »
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ThinkGeek is selling an awesome t-shirt featuring various weapons from 10 famous science fiction films of the last 74 years. Can you name all the movies?
Museum Acquires Rare Arms Collection: To your right you’ll see our display of 20th and early 21st century science-fiction armaments. You can compare the variety of size and lethality over the years. Everyone “oohs” over the pulse rifle. Don’t get too close, though. The gun cabinet glass is coated with self-arming nanites. We don’t want to have to mop up another tourgroup.And ahead on your left, you’ll see models of some early time travel vehicles, including H.G. Wells’s time machine…. This shirt contains images of 10 famous science fiction arms and the year of their screen debut on a black 100% cotton shirt.
But apparently ThinkGeek messed up and the art has the wrong date for Logan’s Run (it says 1967, it should be 1976) so they are selling the shirt at 50% off. Grab one for only $7.99 to $9.99 plus shipping depending on size. So if you don’t mind the small error on an otherwise really cool tee, grab one now. Hit the jump to see a bigger image of the artwork.
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At Comic-Con, WETA Workshop unvieled the newest District 9 collectable, a statue of the Exosuit from the film.
Modeled with fanatical attention to detail by Weta Senior Modelmaker David Tremont and art directed by Greg Broadmore, this piece has been created by the very same artists and craftsmen who worked on the movie. Produced in a strictly limited edition of only 600 world wide and being such an incredibly detailed model, the Exosuit is likely to be very popular and we recommend pre-ordering to avoid disappointment.
This six and a half pound 12 inch tall statue is limited to 600 pieces, and will be available in the first quarter of 2011. You can preorder now on Wetanz.com for $599.99. See more photos and get more information after the jump.
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12 Angry Mascots has created a soccer-focused District 9 parody titled District 11: World Cup Aftermath.
Get your vuvuzela’s ready, South Africa is under invasion. Keep away from anyone infected with World Cup Fever.
Watch it now, embedded after the jump.
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There has been some rumor talk about a sequel to Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 — District 10, as the film is being branded in advance — but none of the recent chatter actually seemed to be on point. In fact, it isn’t, says D9 star Sharlto Copley. He and Blomkamp want to do the sequel, or prequel as it may be, but it is still a couple of years off. Read More »
New Zealand’s Wellington Airport have announced plans to pay for the construction of a Wellywood sign above Miramar Wharf to celebrate the heart of New Zealand’s film industry. Peter Jackson’s WETA Workshop, the special effects / production facility behind the Lord of the Rings films, District 9 and Avatar, is located within a mile of the Wharf and proposed sign.
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