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Thursday August 8, audiences will get their first look at George Clooney‘s latest directorial effort, The Monuments Men. Featuring one of the most impressive casts in recent memory (Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban), it’s the true story of art historians who attempted to protect the world’s greatest pieces of art from a thieving Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. It’s scheduled for release December 18.

The trailer will be out Thursday, but below, check out the first image from the film. Read More »

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Only one day has passed but there’s already another rumored front runner for the Star Trek 3 directing gig: Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. Read about that, and lots more, in this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A rumored plot has been revealed for a sequel to The Conjuring.
  • Karl Urban wants more originality in Star Trek 3.
  • Matt Damon is still open to Bourne and Rounders sequels.
  • Anchorman: The Legend Continues graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
  • Plus, we get our first hint of how Ron Burgundy starts the film.
  • Despite rumors, Tara Reid could still be in Sharknado 2.
  • The Smurfs 2 will feature extra footage in India.
  • 22 Jump Street might have a big surprise cameo.
  • Andrew Stanton said Finding Dory originally came from a Disney request.

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No doubt plenty of District 9 fans were sold on Elysium the moment they heard the words “directed by Neill Blomkamp.” But moviegoers who need a little more convincing than that can feast their eyes on the new extended trailer, which clocks in at nearly four minutes long.

In the year 2159, society is divided into two very different classes. The wealthy reside their days on a gorgeous, comfortable space station called Elysium, while the poor toil away on ruined Earth below. Matt Damon stars as Max, one of the have-nots who attempts to bridge the gap between the two worlds when his circumstances grow desperate. Watch the video after the jump.

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Is Matt Damon saving the world in Elysium via action and violence, or social networking? The new poster for the upcoming film from Neill Blomkamp features Damon’s face overlaid with text that seems very much inspired by the marketing for The Social Network.

See that poster below. In addition to that image, we’ve got three featurettes that explore the world of the film — both of the trash-littered Earth and the gleaming colony for the rich that orbits above. There’s also a clip that expands on one scene already seen briefly in trailers. All together, the videos will give you a pretty detailed portrait of the film.  Read More »

‘Elysium’ Set for IMAX Release August 9

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Briefly: Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, is getting a lot bigger. The film will be released in IMAX theaters on August 9, to play alongside the standard-def presentation.

This is a digital re-master rather than a presentation featuring footage shot in native IMAX format, so that’s a downside. On the other hand, what we’ve seen of Elysium so far (revisit the trailer here) suggests that Blomkamp has expanded his vision of human sociaety as it could stand many years from now, and the massive scope of IMAX could be a great way to see the vistas of the orbital colony Elysium.

“Neill Blomkamp is the kind of innovative, creative storyteller that moviegoers seek out, and we are thrilled to bring this highly anticipated film to IMAX audiences worldwide,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President IMAX Corp.

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We’ve seen most of the big summer fare for 2013, with Pacific Rim and The Wolverine as two of the last big forces yet to be deployed by studios. But then there’s Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium, which hits in August. The sci-fi picture stars Matt Damon as a guy who has just five days to live, who attempts to gain access to an orbital colony for the rich, where health care is more advanced than what can be found on the squalid Earth below.

Blomkamp makes films that look big, but his first, District 9, had more bite and backbone than is typical for a studio summer tentpole. There’s reason, from what we’ve seen so far, to expect the same from Elysium. If the long trailer Sony recently released seemed like more than you wanted to see, here’s a shortened version. It gets the same general idea across, only without lingering on some of the details. Read More »

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Here’s the Elysium trailer you’ve been waiting for. This one shows more of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s vision of a crappy everyday life on Earth, as a character played by Matt Damon tries to deal with the automated law enforcement of the trashed planet.

The trailer sets up a lot more of the first act, showing the accident that leaves Damon’s character in critical condition, and establishes the deal that leads him to Elysium, where the wealthy and powerful reside. We don’t get to know too much about the Elysium leader played by Jodie Foster, but we see a lot of action leading up to her role in the movie, and quite a bit of her stalking about. Despite the 3-minute length, this trailer doesn’t seem to give too much away.

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The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biography Behind the Candelabra, airing on HBO later this month, didn’t show us much of the work Michael Douglas did to bring the late entertainer back to life. This long featurette on the making of the film gives us a lot more to look at, while also introducing quite a few other elements of the film.

You’ll see some of Dan Aykroyd‘s work — he looks great — and there are some shots of other actors such as Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. There’s a puff piece aspect to this featurette, which is pretty common for promo pieces like this, but for those curious about Soderbergh’s film there’s some good info. For those who don’t know much about Liberace there’s a brief encapsulation of the pianist’s life and an explanation of his place in entertainment and popular culture. One person who doesn’t have any real voice here is Soderbergh, who is seen working, but doesn’t give an interview. Read More »

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