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Watch: Matt Damon Wakes Up In New Clip From 'Elysium' Plus Jodie Foster's Part Was Originally Written For A Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 4:16 PM
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As the last piece of big, expensive blockbuster entertainment before the summer is out, hopes are riding high that Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" can deliver something of a bang to go out on, as the season thus far has been fairly disappointing. "District 9" proved that the director could marry brains and brawn with pretty spectacular results, and the anticipation is that he can do the same here.

Watch: Matt Damon Battles A Droid In New Clip From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 26, 2013 11:20 AM
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Summer tentpole season is nearly over and while we’re not sad to see it go, that doesn’t mean we can’t muster enough excitement for one last blockbuster. Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium” opens in theaters in a couple of weeks and the studio has released an action-packed new clip through EW.

Watch: First Clip From Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Plus New Pics, Posters & Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 1:46 PM
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So, is "Elysium" the last blockbuster of the summer worth looking forward to? It's the certainly the only left this writer kinda cares about in any real way, and though Neill Blomkamp tends to keep the curtain closed on his movies until the last moment. It looks like Sony is getting ready for the last push in hopes to ride out the summer on a high.

Neill Blomkamp Has Written An 18-Page Treatment For 'District 10,' Turned Down Chance To Work On New 'Star Wars'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 10:02 AM
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Most directors would kill to have the kind of support (personally backed by Peter Jackson) and success ($210 million worldwide, Best Picture nomination) Neill Blomkamp did on this feature debut, "District 9." And some filmmakers might have felt pressured to keep Hollywood in their favor, and undoubtedly, Blomkamp has been asked numerous times since 2009 about making a sequel, "District 10." But he's largely deflected the question, and been reticent about the enterprise, telling us in 2012, "I'm not sure I'm making that film. It would be cool, but these films take two or three years to make, and the investments are so extreme, you can't accurately predict where you'll be a few years from now, I believe. If you're not creatively invested in it, you're making a mistake, and that creative investment happens day to day. So I don't know when that feeling for a 'District Whatever' film happens." But it seems he's at least drafted an idea.

Franchise Compromise Sucks: Neill Blomkamp On Why He Wouldn't Do 'Star Trek' Or Any Other Franchise

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 5, 2013 2:31 PM
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Franchises and "edgy" visions just don't mix. See Darren Aronofsky's takes on "The Wolverine" or "Batman: Year One" (pre-Christopher Nolan takes), Joe Carnahan and "Daredevil," Joss Whedon's "Wonder Woman," etc. Studios are generally looking for something within the comfort zone of a property. You can be dark -- see Nolan's 'Dark Knight' films -- but you can't be too crazy. This is a tentpole after all and they're designed to reach the maximum number of people. Which is probably why you sadly can't do anything too adventurous with the upcoming "Star Wars" movies. Speaking of that series, that'll obviously be multiple films that will need various directors, when asked about it, "District 9" filmmaker Neill Blomkamp took himself immediately out of the running.

Watch: Matt Damon Has 5 Days To Live In New Trailer For 'Elysium'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 10:54 AM
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Is "Elysium" the last blockbuster worth looking forward to this summer? The verdict is in on "The Lone Ranger" and it's not good, "Pacific Rim" is still a very big question mark and "The Wolverine" at this point looks only marginally better than 'Origins' at best. Can Neill Blomkamp send us out of the season with a bang?

Neill Blomkamp Personally Chose The Products Placed In 'Elysium,' Explains Why He Selected Certain Companies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 1:52 PM
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The discussion around product-placement has increased in recent weeks, mostly thanks to "The Internship" which some have called "Google: The Movie." Some of that talk has been a bit overblown, as Vince Vaughn and co. actually approached the company to ask if they could use them, preferring to use a real company as the thrust of the story instead of a fake corporation. Moreover, Google didn't actually produce the movie either, so while yes, their name is everywhere, it's part and parcel of the actual movie and story.

Watch: New 3-Minute Trailer For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 6:55 PM
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The battle to keep surprises in store for an audience versus the need for mass marketing a major tentpole can be a tricky balance, but so far this year it seems studios are wising up. "Iron Man 3" and "Man Of Steel" both had extensive campaigns, yet kept big twists and plot developments under firm lock and key while stoking excitement for these franchise movies. And while we wait to see if Fox pulls a "Prometheus" and eventually ruins "The Wolverine," Sony is showing off a bit more of Neill Blomkamp's original tentpole (a rarity) "Elysium" with a brand new trailer.

New Images & First TV Spot For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 2:49 PM
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So, we're at the midway point of the summer blockbuster season, with "Man Of Steel" set to hit theaters this weekend. But there is plenty more spectacle to come with Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" stomping into theaters next month, "The Lone Ranger" galloping into cinemas, "World War Z" ready to unleash holy hell, and "The Wolverine" bearing his claws soon. And one more hoping to bring the sizzle to the multiplex BBQ is Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium."

Two New 'Elysium' Photos Feature Matt Damon, Flaming Wreckage

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 1:40 PM
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As we mentioned earlier today in our giant summer movie preview, "Elysium," Neil Blomkamp's eagerly awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking "District 9," is one of the movies we're most looking forward to this summer. Pitched between social commentary and sci-fi spectacle, the movie envisions a futuristic earth that's ruined and toxic, with the most powerful and wealthy humans living on an orbiting space station called Elysium. As two new photos from the movie show, Earth really has gone to hell.

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