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Josh Brolin says he spent three days in solitary confinement to prep for Oldboy. That’s pretty serious stuff. He doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that it really gave him the mindset of Joe Doucette, the character he plays who is imprisoned for 20 years for reasons unknown. But it does represent a level of commitment to the film.

This Oldboy featurette gives that background info, and also features quite a bit of new footage and other interviews. Brolin calls the movie “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” as he, director Spike Lee and co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli talk about the film. If nothing else, the plentiful new footage will be enough to warrant a look from those curious about this remake. Read More »

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Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp on Elysium set

Elysium‘s box office performance this past weekend was nothing to get excited about, but evidently that hasn’t slowed Sony’s enthusiasm for director Neill Blomkamp. Sony is once again teaming with Media Rights Capital for Blomkamp’s next, the sci-fi comedy Chappie.

And with that announcement come more details about the movie, which had previously been kept under wraps. Sharlto Copley is set to star, as he has in both of Blomkamp’s features so far, along with Die Antwoord members Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. Hit the jump to learn more about the plot.

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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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Because you’re on the internet, and specifically reading /Film, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen the last two short films by Ilya Naishuller, even if you don’t know his name. The Russian filmmaker has done two action-heavy POV shorts that took the online world bu storm: they were dubbed Insane Office Escape and a sequel, both of which are embedded below. (The shorts are videos for the songs ‘The Stampede’ and ‘Bad Motherfucker’ by the band Biting Elbows, of which Naishuller is a member.)

Naturally, producers came calling, and now Naishuller has a feature deal. The main producer was Timur Bekmambetov; the movie is called Hardcore and the man to lead it is Sharlto Copley. The film will be shot with the same crew Naishuller used on the two shorts (albeit with the addition of a good many more people) and will be entirely POV. More details are below.

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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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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 indie Europa Report features Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) as members of a crew in space. The film has been fairly under the radar until now, with only a couple images, a poster, and some teaser footage to give us an idea of what to expect.

Now a trailer introduces the crew that is making a voyage to Jupiter’s moon Europa, and starts to give away glimpses of just how things go wrong as the crew is millions of miles from Earth. The found-footage aesthetic appears to be used to good effect, and there’s a final shot in this trailer that is just chilling — just as much so as anything in the trailer for Gravity. Europa Report has also been said to be very quiet and low-key, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this trailer makes the film look like a more conventional bit of found-footage horror in order to get audiences into the theaters. Read More »

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