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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 »

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Neill Blomkamp exploded on the scene in 2009 with his gritty sci-fi feature District 9, which was released to critical and commercial praise. Since then, we’ve waited four years to see the director’s sophomore effort, now a mere few weeks away. The film, Elysium, opens August 9. After that, he’ll make a movie called Chappie.

All that time, fans have been clamoring to see a continuation of the world Blomkamp created in District 9. The writer/director has said it was something he was interested in, it simply hasn’t all come together yet. In a new interview, Blomkamp gives his most significant update yet on the sequel, tentatively called District 10. He’s co-written an 18-page treatment for the sequel with his wife/partner Terri Tatchell which he describes as “really f***ing cool.”

Below, get more info on that as well his next film Chappie, another idea he has called Mild Oats and confirmation that he turned down working on Star Wars. Read More »

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Who better to make a special Grown Ups 2 chili recipe than Guy Fieri? Also after the jump:

  • Legendary doesn’t seem optimistic about Hellboy 3
  • Neill Blomkamp isn’t interested in Star Trek 3
  • Steven Seagal might do Expendables 3
  • Transformers 4 sets up a Chinatown in Detroit
  • Optimus Prime sees some action in new set videos
  • Machete Kills will premiere at Fantastic Fest
  • Charlie Sheen gets his own character poster
  • Rub a dub dub, it’s a guy from The Raid 2 in a tub
  • The gang’s all here in The Best Man Holiday trailer

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‘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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Actor Dev Patel spent much of his feature film debut, Slumdog Millionaire, trying to escape the slums, but for his next role he may head back into them. The British actor has entered early talks for Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi comedy Chappie. He’d play the human lead opposite Blomkamp’s District 9 and Elysium star Sharlto Copley, who’s been attached to play a robot for months. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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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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No moviegoer walks into a theater excited about all the brands they’re about to see featured onscreen, but when a typical tentpole budget falls in the nine-figure range, product placement is a necessary evil. And sometimes, “evil” really seems like the best word to describe it — there’s nothing more obnoxious than a film that stops in its tracks so the hero can extol the virtues of a certain soft drink.

But Neill Blomkamp is hoping that the judicious use of product placement in Elysium will actually enhance the movie instead of taking away from it. Rather than simply tossing in any company that’d fork over the dough, Blomkamp went to pains to find brands that fit into his futuristic world. Read more about which companies he chose and why after the jump.

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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.

Check out the footage below. Read More »

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