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 »

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You don’t have to be a 16-year-old Twihard to know that paranormal teen romance is huge right now. Like, ‘has its own shelf at the Barnes & Noble in the sprawling NYC Union Square store’ huge. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight is the leader of the pack, obviously, but it’s far from the only series out there. Hollywood is all over this trend, as you can tell by the seemingly endless supply of vampires, werewolves, etc., on or heading to screens both big and small.

The latest book to get the Hollywood treatment is Amanda Hocking‘s Trylle Trilogy. Hocking announced on her site yesterday that her books had been optioned for a film, to be adapted by District 9 co-writer Terri Tatchell. I haven’t read Hocking’s novel, but it seems to be a paranormal YA fantasy that’s not about vampires, sparkling or otherwise. So that’s a start! More details after the jump.

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