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Forever and a day has seemingly passed since fans were given their first glimpse at Neill Blomkamp‘s sophomore sci-fi film, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley in a story about a man (Damon) trying to reach Elysium, an orbital community of the rich and powerful, in order to save his life. That glimpse was at Comic-Con 2012. Soon after that, Sony Pictures bumped the film to August 2013. In the meantime, we’ve seen a few photos here and there but only the lucky few in Hall H at Comic-Con have seen actual footage from the film.

That seems like it’s going to change in the next few days as Sony has kicked off a new viral site for the film. On the site, four locations are revealed (including New York and Los Angeles) to be having “Live Demonstrations” of Elysium “By Appointment Only” with links to a GoFobo page. Sounds like a footage screening to me. Get the links and explore the viral site below. Read More »

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Briefly: Originally, Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, was going to be released next month. That date was pushed to August 9, which means that by the time we see Matt Damon trying to escape the nightmarishly impoverished surface of the Earth, the director will already be well into work on his third film.

The new project, as we’ve known, is Chappie, a sci-fi comedy. Blomkamp told The Province (via The Playlist) that he’s starting to prep the movie now, and that he’ll shoot it in Johannesburg, and do post-production in Vancouver. Read More »

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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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 »

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 »

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