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James Gray's 'The Immigrant' Starring Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix Will Land In Limited Release On May 16

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 21, 2014 7:42 PM
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“I thought there was something very beautiful about exploring a melodrama from a female protagonist's perspective because all of a sudden I would be free from the constraints of, what I would call, macho posturing, male behavior and get straight to the emotional heart of it,” director James Gray said last fall of his upcoming drama “The Immigrant,” which stars Marion Cotillard.

Rumor: Neill Blomkamp To Direct Pilot For Steven Spielberg Produced 'Halo' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 1:23 PM
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Despite once calling his attempt to make "Halo" into a feature film a "clusterfuck," Neill Blomkamp has never entirely ruled out the possibility of taking on the video game adaptation again, down the road. “I actually still really like the universe and the world of ‘Halo’ and the mythology of ‘Halo’,” he explained in 2012, though that did come the caveat that he would need total creative freedom.

Hugh Jackman Joins Neill Blomkamp's Sci-Fi Comedy 'Chappie'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 29, 2013 10:13 AM
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Grossing less than $100 million in the U.S., Neil Blomkamp's "Elysium" wasn't the tentpole success Sony or the filmmakers had hoped it would be. But grossing $250 million worldwide, the film (which cost $115 million) wasn't a total wash, and regardless, Blomkamp remains unbowed. His next picture, the sci-fi comedy "Chappie" is getting underway and it appears as if casting is almost finished.

Casting: Jessica Alba Is 'Barely Lethal,' 'The Hunger Games' Finds Annie Cresta & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 27, 2013 5:38 PM
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Former Sue Storm Jessica Alba has signed on to play the villain in "Barely Lethal," an action-comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage assassin and with producers including Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Joining a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Alba will play a former associate in pursuit of Steinfeld's lead.

Neill Blomkamp Says 'Chappie' Will Be Like A "Hilarious" Mix Between 'RoboCop' & 'E.T.'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 15, 2013 9:36 AM
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Neill Blomkamp, the South African director who came to prominence in 2009 with “District 9,” has only just released his new film “Elysium,” but already he's talking up his next one. The folks over at the LA Times have put together various interviews and press releases to give us an idea of what the project, “Chappie,” will be like: and that idea is, basically, " 'RoboCop' but hilarious." Tell us more...

Robots, Spaceships & Jodie Foster: The Good, The Bad, And The Wildly Uneven Of 'Elysium'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 12, 2013 4:37 PM
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Few summer movies in 2013 were as highly anticipated as "Elysium" and few were as divisive. Perhaps it was because the promise of something meatier on the bone than the occasionally entertaining, but all too often disposable summer blockbusters. "Elysium" had the potential to hit all our sweet spot: brains, heart and brawn, and not just spectacle and scale. While the film topped the box office this past weekend with more than $30 million (a decent number, but not a great one considering its cost), it was less successful critically, earning a somewhat limp 60 on aggregator Metacritic and more than a few seesawing hands from the nation's top critics (you can read our review here). Set in the not-too-distant future, "Elysium" tells a zeitgeisty dystopian tale of a world with have and have nots; Earth is overpopulated, diseased, polluted and resource drained so the rich have moved up to their gated community in the sky while the 99% are stuck down on the garbage can that is the planet.

10 Futuristic Sci-Fi Movie Concepts That Could Actually Happen

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 8, 2013 1:04 PM
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While star Matt Damon and writer/director Neill Blomkamp have been repeatedly stating that there is no inherent social message to their new futuristic thriller "Elysium" (review here), it's something of a dubious claim. There are a number of real-life social and political parallels that you can draw between burnt out future of "Elysium" and the slightly less charred world we live in today (everything from the Occupy movement to Blackwater's involvement in American military actions in the Middle East). And if it isn't a social commentary (as the filmmakers claim), at the very least, it is a work of extraordinarily vivid speculative science fiction, one in which Los Angeles looks like an unruly Mexico City (where they shot the film) and robots hassle you on your way to work. It's enough for us to start wondering which of the concepts trotted out in "Elysium" (and there were a bunch) have the possibility of actually coming true. If "Elysium" isn't a social movie now, it might be a crystal ball instead.

Watch: Kruger Comes Out In New Clip, TV Spot & 2 Featurettes For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 4:01 PM
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Last month the drum was banging pretty hard in some quarters for everyone to show support for Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim," as it was that increasingly rare beast; a summer movie not based on a pre-existing property. But where is the nerd choir for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium"? More inventive, enjoyable and accomplished than Del Toro's smash fest, the movie is due in just a few days as the last blockbuster hurrah of the season. Granted, it doesn't seem to be the formulaic slam dunk of Del Toro's movie so perhaps that's why the enthusiasm is a bit more muted, but Sony's marketing team is hoping to rally the troops.

Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 3:30 PM
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The year is 2154, and while the future may include ships that reach supersonic speeds in fifteen seconds, and advanced weaponry and technology that now interacts directly with the human body, the divide between the haves and have nots has never been greater. Los Angeles has essentially become one large barrio, a dirty, garbage-filled, decaying city that is a bleak portrait of what could happen if the current and growing prison industrial complex expands at a prodigious rate. Crime is so high that lawbreakers and potential lawbreakers are patrolled and monitored by ruthlessly efficient robots walking the beat, while those who are charged are processed in such volume that it might as well be the DMV. And one of those put through the system is Max De Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con on parole, trying to go straight after a checkered past. And these are the building blocks of an expansive world created by Neill Blomkamp in "Elysium," a brainy sci-fi effort that doesn't skimp on its blockbuster requirements, and delivers one of the most satisfying films of the summer.

Watch: New Extended Trailer & Clip From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 11:53 AM
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If you've been wondering who wins out when a director would prefer to keep things under wrap versus a studio who wants to make sure people show up in theaters....let this new nearly four minute long extended trailer for Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" answer that question.

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