For his follow-up to 2009’s District 9, Neill Blomkamp is heading back to sci-fi. Elysium depicts a divided 22nd century society in which the extremely wealthy reside comfortably in an immaculate space station (called Elysium, hence the title), while everyone else ekes out a living on a ruined Earth. The first photos showed Matt Damon as Max, a desperate man who needs to cross that divide, and Sharlto Copley as Kruger, the dirty bounty hunter on his tail.

Now, the newest images highlight a character from the other segment of that population. Jodie Foster plays Secretary Delacourt, who’ll do whatever it takes to maintain the hard line separating the haves from the have-nots. Obviously, that means trying to keep Max the hell out of her beloved Elysium. Check out her pictures after the jump.

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Germain’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

Anyone who considers the number thirteen unlucky obviously hasn’t looked at the upcoming film schedule. 2013 looks like a movie lovers dream with a huge bevy of different sci-fi films for us to enjoy, major superhero films, sequels we didn’t think we see, classic novels being adapted, prequels to great movies, true stories told and so much more.

Yes, 2013 is looking promising and with 2012 just about over, I’m proud to present my top ten anticipated films of 2013. Read More »

Today we’ve had new images from Star Trek Into Darkness, and now we’ve got a new look at another one of 2013’s other big sci-fi adventures: Elysium, from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. We still haven’t seen a trailer, and only a couple official photos have surfaced from the film before this.

The other pics show Matt Damon, who plays a guy trying to get to the rich society of Elysium, which hovers above Earth and holds the key to his survival. This is District 9 star Sharlto Copley as Kruger, a dirty, dangerous mercenary/bounty hunter on the trail of Damon’s desperate character. Elysium also stars Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura, Alice Braga and Diego Luna. Hit the jump for the full pic.

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The two films represented here couldn’t be more different in many ways, but they share a couple of significant characteristics.

While Elysium is a gritty science fiction thriller and Only God Forgives is a sort of Western revenge film set in Thailand, both movies are the new projects from directors whose last films turned them into huge names. Elysium is the second feature from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and the footage shown off last summer at Comic Con blew us away. Only God Forgives is the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and will be the follow-up to Drive, which finally turned the guy into someone whose name every film lover knows.

Both films are also among our most anticipated films for 2013, so even a slight glimpse at each is great. Read More »


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Briefly: It always seemed weird that Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, would be a March 2013 release. Granted, from what we’ve seen of the movie it looks like smarter, tougher sci-fi than most summer fare. But as the movie features Matt Damon escaping from the polluted surface of Earth to make use of medical technology on an elite space colony called, it also appears to have high entertainment value. I’d hope that a film like that could be marketed into summer success.

Evidently Sony feels the same, as the film is now scheduled for August 9, 2013. That’s a good late-summer berth for a smart sci-fi film, and roughly the same spot in which Blomkamp’s District 9 became a solid hit in 2009. So, all’s good, right? Well, part of the move is based on the fact that the Aug 9 date became vacant when MGM, Sony and Columbia realized that the Jose Padilha reboot of RoboCop is going to need more time in the oven. So that has been pushed to February 7, 2014.

Sony made a couple other small date changes, too, as Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Lefotovers will now open onSeptember 27, 2013, and the feature version of Pixels has been pushed back from a May 23, 2014 date to an unspecified time slot. [Variety]

As Hollywood pushes for 3D, 4D, 48 fps, 60 fps, and Lord knows whatever comes next, a couple of high-profile directors have declared their allegiance to the old ways. Peter Jackson protégé and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has stated his preference for good old-fashioned 2D over 3D and 24 fps over Jackson’s controversial use of 48 fps for The Hobbit. Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan has gone one step further by declaring that, in fact, he’s never met anybody who actually likes 3D. Read their comments after the jump.

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For my money, the best thing to hit a panel at Comic Con this year was Elysium, the new sci-fi film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. The film doesn’t open until March 2013; hell, we probably won’t even see a full trailer for a couple months.

But the question has already come up: what will the director do next? There are those who want to see another film set in the world of District 9, which is something that has been mentioned as a possibility, at least eventually.

That’s not where Blomkamp is heading in the days after Elysium, however. He wants to make something funny. Read More »

If you were a fan of Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9, your expectations for his follow-up, Elysium, might be particularly high. Those expectations are going to be shattered. The film stars Matt Damon as a blue-collar worker in a post apocalyptic future who is given five days to live. His only option to stay alive is get to Elysium, a space station utopia for the super-rich, run by Jodie Foster. Obviously, they don’t want him there and things get a little awesome.

Blomkamp presented the first footage from the film in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con 2012 on Friday. “I can now die a happy man having seen footage from Elysium. Think District 9 on an intergalactic scale. Pure wow” is what I tweeted. Russ said “Elysium footage looks like the real continuation of the Paul Verhoeven sci-fi approach. Matt Damon looks wild. It all looks nuts.” And Peter simply said “Elysium footage wins Comic-Con 2012 (thus far).”

After the jump, watch a video blog of us describing and discussing the footage, as well as Rian Johnson’s Looper and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall. Read More »

“Can’t Find The Luxury You Deserve On Earth? Look No Further Than Elysium”

Sony’s viral marketing campaign for District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp‘s second feature film Elysium might have been the most interesting thing I encountered on the show floor on preview night at Comic Con 2012. They had an border checkpoint booth with a human-shaped automated system to find out if you qualify for homes on Elysium — a pristine man made spaceship oasis for the super rich. The film takes place 150-or-so years in the future where the Earth is overpopulated and ruined, and the rich live on this luxury space station protected by intense anti-immigration laws. The booth at Comic Con contained a bunch of photos of what your home on Elysium could look like, and flyers full of sales information. The flyer points to a website,, which allows you to apply to become a citizen of Elysium. We took photos of the booth and materials, and have included all the images after the jump for you to explore.

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Since making his feature debut with District 9, everyone has been waiting to see what Neill Blomkamp would do next. The buzz on District 9 started with a clever “For Humans Only” viral marketing campaign at Comic Con in 2008, and a year later climaxed with a sneak preview screening of the film with Blomkamp producer Peter Jackson in attendance. So its no shock that Blomkamp has returned to San Diego to promote his next film, Elysium.

As you know, Sony is set to present a first look at footage from the film in Hall H on Friday, with Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster on stage. We will have full coverage of this panel and much more as part of our Comic Con 2012 coverage.

Yesterday I ran into someone in Hollywood that had seen an early cut of the movie and claimed that not only was it better than Blade Runner but also featured one of Matt Damon’s best performances — talk about high praise.  Last night we arrived in San Diego and noticed a spacecraft in front of the Hard Rock Hotel near the Gaslamp district entrance. Some were speculating that the craft might be from the upcoming Robocop reboot (probably due to the Robocop viral signage on the building behind it, but my sources have confirmed its our first look at a spacecraft from Elysium. See an image of the ship, after the jump.

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