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Neill Blomkamp‘s second film, Elysium, has been done for a while. Originally set for release in March of this year, the film was pushed back to August, reportedly so that Sony could take advantage of a better release window.

While we don’t know much more about the reasons for the delay, we do know that the footage from the film looks great. We saw a presentation at Comic Con 2012, and the same footage was shown off by Sony yesterday, along with the trailer. Now we can show you that trailer, which sets up both a trashed, dirty, slum-like Earth, and Elysium, the shiny orbital colony in which the wealthy reside. Matt Damon plays a wounded man whose ticket to potential salvation on Elysium is bound up in a contract that makes him an enemy of the rich and powerful.

Just that info about the setup lets you know that some of Blomkamp’s socio-political concerns recur from his debut District 9. While this trailer probably doesn’t show off the full scope of the film’s action — you’ll barely even see Sharlto Copley, as the bearded antagonist — it will definitely let you know what the film looks like. Read More »

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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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Remakes live, die and get defended in this edition of Remake Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • David Lindsay-Abaire gives an update of the Poltergiest remake.
  • Sharlto Copley eases fan misconceptions about Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
  • Chris Tucker is in talks for the remake of the French smash The Intouchables.
  • Larry Clarke said a remake of Mona Lisa is dead.
  • Paul Verhoeven believes the failure of the Total Recall remake could have killed a Starship Troopers remake.

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Directors like J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan can try all they want to keep their plotlines under airtight wraps, but when a property has as many passionate fans as Star Trek or Batman does, it’s impossible to avoid leaks completely. A relatively lower-profile project like The Europa Report, on the other hand, has a much easier time keeping reveals under lock and key.

We first heard of the Sebastián Cordero-directed picture over a year ago, but in that time we’ve learned very little about the project. Currently, we know about as much as we did near the beginning of the year, when an image of star Sharlto Copley dropped and a viral website was launched. But at least now we can get a better feel for the film thanks to the first teaser. Check it out after the jump.

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“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, itsbetterupthere.com, 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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First Image of Angelina Jolie as ‘Maleficent’

Disney’s live-action exploration of the hidden life of Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent has been on the docket for some time, but it seemed like a film that might never get made. That changed when Angelina Jolie‘s schedule opened up and she committed to the role in a serious way. (Thank her kids for that commitment, or don’t, depending on how you feel about the film.) Robert Stromberg is directing, and the film is under way now at Pinewood studios in London. (They were setting up when I was there to see some of Skyfall, but we couldn’t catch a glimpse of anything special.)

Now we’ve got the first image of Jolie in costume as the evil character, and a few new details thanks to a press release from Disney. Read More »

We’ve already got the villainess (Angelina Jolie), the young princess (Elle Fanning), her father (Sharlto Copley), and the three fairies (Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple), and now, at long last, we have the prince. Young Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites has just boarded Robert Stromberg‘s Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty retelling seen from the perspective of its big bad.

Thwaites is almost totally unknown in the U.S., though he’s a little more famous in his native country. He first broke out with a starring role in the Australian drama series SLiDE, and has since done a stint on the long-running soap Home and Away. (As have the likes of Guy Pearce, Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, and Chris Hemsworth before him.) He’ll next appear in the Lifetime Channel’s Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, but I’m betting that the Maleficent casting means this kid will be attracting some much higher-caliber projects soon. [Deadline]

After the jump, Olivia Wilde teams up with Spike Jonze.

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Juno Temple Boards Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

As the pieces fall into place for a summer start, Disney’s Maleficent is rounding out its cast with one more talented Brit actor. Juno Temple has just boarded the live-action project, which retells the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale from the perspective of its villainess (played by Angelina Jolie). Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning also have key roles. Hit the jump for further details.

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