Screen Junkies » neill blomkamp http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Hugh Jackman Joins Die Antwoord, Sharlto Copley, And Robots In Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-joins-die-antwoord-sharlto-copley-and-robots-in-neill-blomkamps-chappie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-joins-die-antwoord-sharlto-copley-and-robots-in-neill-blomkamps-chappie/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:07:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257294 Welp, this one's getting sufficiently crazy.

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If you came here looking for Hugh Jackman in chaps, you’re in the wrong place. Neill Blomkamp‘s next film just received it’s jolt of star power. Jackman has signed on to fight Die Antwoord in the low-budget sci-fi film Chappie. In the film, Chappie is a robot cop (voiced by Sharlto Copley) that gets botnapped by a local gang played by Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser. The gang repurposes Chappie to serve their evil needs. Sounds like a fun flick but I worry that I’m not doing this explanation any justice so here’s a visual representation of what we can probably expect.

 

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Eat your heart out, Judge Dredd.

The more that we see, the more it looks like Elysium will probably be this summer’s best movie. Matt Damon stars as a guy trying to stay out of trouble on Shitty Future Earth who has to resort to extreme measures when an industrial accident leaves him with only five days to live. Those extreme measures involve an exoskeleton, explode-y bullets, and breaking into Rich Person Space Station Land where they have cures for every disease just laying around. Too bad for them there is no cure for Matt Damon shoving a gun down their throat.

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The 7 Greatest Action Movie Enforcers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:55 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256150 In honor of Elysium...

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Every great action story needs a villain, and every great action villain needs an enforcer. Going all the way back to the days of Beelzebub getting his hands dirty for the big man downstairs, right-hand men have been key to setting tremendous conflict into motion. Be it in District 9 or your classic Bond flick, these goons wreak varying degrees of havoc with motivations that range from personal vendettas to on-the-clock hooliganism.

In Neill Blomkamp’s forthcoming action-thriller Elysium, Matt Damon’s character Max will square off against one of the most cunning baddies to ever sleaze up the screen. So to commemorate the release of Columbia TriStar’s sci-fi/action smash-up Elysium, opening in theaters on August 9th, we’re stoked to present you with the seven greatest action movie enforcers.

Kruger, Elysium

What would happen if you had to deputize Patrick Bateman from American Psycho to get the job done? That is essentially the quandary posed and answered in Elysium when Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt must let Kruger out of his cage. As the most sadistic post-apocalyptic baddie this side of The Road Warrior, Sharlto Copley goes against type in this role, delivering a sinewy psycho whose sense of duty is outweighed by an oddly playful bloodlust. Despite the high-tech noodlery of the year 2154, Kruger proves that sometimes a nice, rusty machete is all a fella needs to take the edge off of a bad day at work.

Jaws, Various James Bond Movies

You gotta be doing some serious henchman-ing to be considered the most ridiculous Bond villain. It just wasn’t enough to just have the durability to survive falling out of a plane, driving off of a cliff and fighting off a shark based on brute strength alone; this guy needed to have a grill that would make Lil’ Wayne blush on top of it! Pointlessly chewing his way out of situations and into our hearts, even Jaws could not survive Moonraker, which to this day serves as the apex of Bond franchise goofdickery next to that one with the voodoo and the chubby sheriff. It’s amazing, given the array of Bond villains spoofed in the Austin Powers franchise, that Jaws never quite made the cut.

Luca Brasi, The Godfather

That whole horse-head-in-a-bed thing? Luca’s handiwork. He may have been a towering, stuttering creep, but as Vito Corleone’s undercover muscle, Brasi was a terrific iceman because he didn’t require a crew to make a hit. Sadly, that whole lone wolf thing was precisely what lead to his downfall when three goons from the Sollozzo family saw to it that Luca slept with the fishes. Fun fact: On the low-key hired-killer tip, if you apply the lyrics of the Suzanne Vega song to this character, it kind of lines up: he doesn’t want you asking about some kind of trouble, some kind of fight. Just don’t ask him what it was.

Odd Job, Goldfinger

Caddy. Cheaffeur. Assassin. Odd Job wore many hats, but the most useful of them all would have to be the one with the razor-brim on it. When he wasn’t busy decapitating statues in Goldfinger’s front yard, the dapper merc could be found enjoying his favorite hobbies: tenaciously following 007 around, accepting pain from 007 with menacing smirks and tending to his derby cap with shocking aplomb. They just don’t make goons like this anymore; the guy helped his boss kill a woman by painting her to death. Sigh.

Karl, Die Hard

Karl, like most Germans, ist a herr who knows precisely what he wants. For example, in the great takeover of Nakatomi Plaza, after his brother Tony (?) has been brutally pwned by John McClane, Karl informs his compatriots “AAAAAARGH! I want blood!” While Karl, like most Germans, would likely have been extremely efficient at his job, he became that much more deft with a Steyr AUG rifle with the added incentive of avenging said mangled brother. But Karl, unlike most Germans, had a mullet so strong that it could resist getting lynched by industrial chains, only to have it blown clean off by Carl Winslow. Never work with family.

Colonel Kobus Venter, District 9

The bulldog of Multi-National United, Kobus tromps through the ghettos of District 9, gleefully keeping the weak and disadvantaged underfoot while on the clock. His villainy reaches near-comical heights, akin to the treacherous cheese of an 80’s WWF antagonist, making him a perfect foil to the ebullient Wikus Van De Merwe. Despite keeping his cool in the line of duty, Koobus’ urge to bully Wikus is exactly what makes him lose his head.

Kobayashi, The Usual Suspects

Unlike many of the brutal hatchet men on this list, Kobayashi is adept at the hands-off approach in carrying out the misdoings of his benefactor, the notorious Keyser Söze. An evil precursor to the sharp-tongued Dr. King Schultz of Django Unchained, Kobayashi delivers unflinching speeches that intimidate hardasses into backing down and scratching their heads. Just try to pin down that accent: is he Pakistani? Japanese? Irish? As the man himself said, “one cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”

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Cyborg Matt Damon Fights For The 99 Percent In ‘Elysium’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cyborg-matt-damon-fights-for-the-99-percent-in-elysium-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cyborg-matt-damon-fights-for-the-99-percent-in-elysium-trailer/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:30:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255602 This new look at Elysium focuses less on how awesome the space city of Elysium is and more on the events that cause Matt Damon to have a badass exoskeleton...

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This new look at Elysium focuses less on how awesome the space city of Elysium is and more on the events that cause Matt Damon to have a badass exoskeleton grafted onto his body. It ranks between the ill-advised plastic surgery victim and Greg Kinnear‘s conjoined twin on the scale of Matt Damon screen transformations.

This trailer also features previously unseen footage of robot cops being complete dicks. I can’t wait to see Matt Damon running around in outer space ripping their mechanical heads off.

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Behold, The Trailer For Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/behold-the-trailer-for-neill-blomkamps-elysium/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/behold-the-trailer-for-neill-blomkamps-elysium/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:19:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254324 How do you like these space apples?

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Neill Blomkamp, who made his debut with an inventive sci-fi film about a man leveling out class inequality with the aid of advanced weaponry, is back with Elysium, a different inventive sci-fi film about a man leveling out class inequality with the aid of advanced weaponry.

In the future, the wealthy live free of poverty and illness on the space station Elysium. While the rest of us poor mooks live on Earth like a bunch of sick losers. Matt Damon stars as an ex-con on Earth who uses a weaponized exoskeleton to aid his mission to break into Elysium, rip killer robots apart with his bare hands, and find a cure for the cancer that is rapidly

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First Official ‘Elysium’ Pic: Matt Damon Holds Large Future Gun http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-official-elysium-pic-matt-damon-holds-large-future-gun/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-official-elysium-pic-matt-damon-holds-large-future-gun/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:25:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249552 That's about what we expected.

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We’ve wringed our hands and grit our teeth long enough. The time is finally here to geek out over our first look at Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium.

In the first still from the director’s District 9 follow-up, we see that Matt Damon is reprising the cameo role he played in EuroTrip. Though, the events that would transform a Rollins wannabe from the suburbs into a big honkin’ gun-wielding man in the fight for his life on a dystopian Earth haven’t been explained yet. It’s also not explained whether or not he’s still tapping Kristin Kreuk‘s Fiona. But I have trust that Blomkamp will explain it all and have it make sense. District 9 was sooooo good.

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Along with the names already mentioned, the film co-stars Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and Diego Luna and is set to be released in theaters on March 1, 2013. (RopeofSilicon)

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Peep This: Matt Damon Running Around ‘Elysium’ Set http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/peep-this-matt-damon-running-around-elysium-set/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/peep-this-matt-damon-running-around-elysium-set/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:51:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=224047 When you've gotta go, you've gotta go.

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Some set photos from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium have found their way online, and they give us our most science-fictiony look at Matt Damon ever captured on film. Here we see a bald Damon dressed in futuristic armor as he desperately searches a construction site for a toilet. We’ve all been there, Matt.

As details about the film’s plot have been kept under wraps, it’s open to debate how the photos of the mansion tie into the film’s plot. Also up for debate is why Damon would be stumbling through a construction site and what he ate to put him into that predicament in the first place. (via Collider)

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Comic-Con 2011: Move Into The Future With ‘Elysium’ Viral http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/move-into-the-future-with-elysium-viral/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/move-into-the-future-with-elysium-viral/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:25:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=221295 You can be a part of something great.

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Good news everyone!! Armadyne is hiring. If you’re a zero g welder, mega-structure engineer, quantum networker or an expert in the field of zero g coupling and multi-generational planning, you just might find yourself gettin’ paid.

What you’re seeing above is a viral campaign launched to promote Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium. ComingSoon came across a recruitment poster at Comic-Con that points to the fictional website Armadyne, where the video is posted. I’ve gotta say, as far as virals go this looks really impressive. If they’re willing to put this kind of money into a web video, imagine what Neill Blomkamp will be able to achieve with his budget. It’s going to look sweeeet. Wake me up in 2013 when the movie’s released. **locks self in Demolition Man cryo-chamber**

 

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Diego Luna To Lend The Humans A Hand In ‘Elysium’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/diego-luna-to-lend-the-humans-a-hand-in-elysium/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/diego-luna-to-lend-the-humans-a-hand-in-elysium/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:50:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215643 He's going to play Matt Damon's best friend. Man, Affleck is gonna be pi-issed!

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Elysium has made a last-second addition to its roster, picking up Diego Luna to star as Julio, the best friend of star Matt Damon‘s character. Luna is still in talks with Sony to join, but all signs point to “yes,” the most compelling sign being “they have to get someone signed on immediately because the film stars shooting this summer.

Luna would join Damon, William Fichtner, and Jodie Foster in the sci-fi flick. Elysium tells the story of an alien-human war here on earth, with filming taking place in both Mexico and Canada, presumably to better convey a sense of a continental war.

Elysium must be some kind of production, because the summer ’11 start date doesn’t allow the film to hit theaters any sooner than March ’13. One could guess that there are probably some special effects in the mix on this guy. (Variety)

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Wagner Moura Will Rub Matt Damon The Wrong Way In ‘Elysium’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wagner-moura-will-rub-matt-damon-the-wrong-way-in-elysium/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wagner-moura-will-rub-matt-damon-the-wrong-way-in-elysium/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:30:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=174606 'Elite Squad' star Wagner Moura is going to cause the future so much misery.

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Sadly, I’ve yet to see Brazil‘s Elite Squad films but have been told they will melt my face off when I do (that’s a good thing). Wagner Moura, who starred in the series, is about to make himself better known to the global audience.

Moura has landed the villain role in Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium opposite Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and Jodie Foster. There’s not a lot known about the plot other than that it deals with social class in a future world where Damon plays an ex-con. Moura’s villian is “described as having a crazy sense of humor.”

Oh man. Let’s hope he’s not Future Carrot Top. Although, it would make sense that humor still exists in a dystopian future. (Latino Review)

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UPDATED: ‘Blade Runner’ Designer Signs On To Make ‘Elysium’ Look Sweeeet http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/blade-runner-designer-signs-on-to-make-elysium-look-sweeeet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/blade-runner-designer-signs-on-to-make-elysium-look-sweeeet/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:23:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=18931 It's safe to say that Neill Blomkamp won't have any trouble finding a home for his District 9 follow-up Elysium. He also won't have any problem making it look dope as Hell.

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UPDATE: Sony has snagged Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium with Universal co-financing, forcing rival studios to let out a collective, “Awwwwwwww!” At the same time, MRC has signed an overall deal with Blomkamp, and has given a green light to a second movie called Chappie. The film will go into production right after Blomkamp completes Elysium, which is now scheduled for a late 2012 release. At least now we know that Blomkamp prefers titles that mean absolutely nothing out of context.

It’s safe to say that Neill Blomkamp won’t have any trouble finding a home for his District 9 follow-up Elysium. He’s going door-to-door today to see which studio bites.

Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and Jodie Foster are already hooked in to star. Big news today is that the elusive Syd Mead has signed on for set design. The guy who made Blade Runner look like Neo-Tokyo is such a fan of District 9 that he dropped the art diva routine and to take the job. Now we’re guaranteed that this futuristic thriller will at least deliver on the promise of looking futuristic. (Deadline)

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Matt Damon To Pop His Sci-Fi Cherry With ‘Elysium’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matt-damon-in-talks-to-pop-his-sci-fi-cherry-with-elysium/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/matt-damon-in-talks-to-pop-his-sci-fi-cherry-with-elysium/#comments Fri, 10 Dec 2010 17:23:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=11996 Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is picking up serious steam. He shopped his second sci-fi film around Hollywood earlier this week, and now it looks like he's found his leading man in the form of Matt Damon.

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The Matt Damon - Djimon Hounsou hand transplant was a complete success.

Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium is picking up serious steam. He shopped his second sci-fi film around Hollywood earlier this week, and now it looks like he’s found his leading man in the form of Matt Damon. Sharlto Copley has already agreed to join the film, and more major casting is expected over the next few months.

We still don’t know much of anything about this project except that it takes place on an alien world, is very violent, and deals with sociopolitical themes. As a fan of Blomkamp and Damon, I’m really eager to learn more. Plus, this is Damon’s first science fiction film. Fans have been waiting years to see him fire a laser gun. (Deadline)

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Neill Blomkamp Shopping Around Second Film ‘Elysium’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neill-blomkamp-shopping-around-second-film-elysium/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neill-blomkamp-shopping-around-second-film-elysium/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:39:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=11063 Neill Blomkamp is moving forward with Elysium. What the hell is Elysium? Does it involve the secret origin of the McRib?

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Neill Blomkamp is moving forward with Elysium. What the hell is Elysium? Does it involve the secret origin of the McRib? No. Elysium is a sci-fi action film loaded several sociopolitical commentary and questions that takes place in the future on a distant planet. Another thread that will tie this to District 9 is the news that Sharlto Copley will continue his dude-crush with the director by appearing in this film.

He’s taking meetings all over town with an Elysium graphic novel in tow (as he did with District 9). Looks like he’s figured out the perfect way to pitch to execs. “And as you’ll see from this drawing, the space-jeep goes, ‘VVRRRROOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!’” (Deadline)

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What’s This Weirdo Thing? ‘Video By: Neill Blomkamp’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/whats-this-weirdo-thing-video-by-neill-blomkamp/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/whats-this-weirdo-thing-video-by-neill-blomkamp/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:01:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=9065 Neill Blomkamp broke out in big ways with District 9. Now, all eyes are on this guy in anticipation of what his next project will be. Turns out, it's this some kind of thing.

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Neill Blomkamp broke out in big ways with District 9. Now, all eyes are on this guy in anticipation of what his next project will be. Turns out, it’s this some kind of thing. The mysterious video (titled simply ‘Video By: Neill Blomkamp’) was included in Wired Magazine’s iPad-only issue, and features two young men discovering some weird little mutant corpse. Nobody knows for certain if this viral video is part of a larger film project (possibly about the Montauk Monster), or just some pointless Internet thing.

But I can tell you one thing: this video makes me inexplicably hungry. There’s some good-looking meat on them haunches. I’m pretty sure this is where McRib comes from. (/Film)

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Neill Blomkamp Will Not Direct ‘The Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neill-blomkamp-will-not-direct-the-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neill-blomkamp-will-not-direct-the-hobbit/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Why doesn't anybody (good) want to direct The Hobbit? Peter Jackson passed. Guillermo del Toro quit. Now we have word the rumored shoe-in Neill Blomkamp won't be taking the gig either. Though in all fairness, he was never offered the job. From Vulture:An insider at his agency, William Morris Endeavor, confirms to Vulture that not only is Blomkamp not doing the movie, no one from MGM/United Artists or Warner Bros. has even contacted them about his directing the film.But they may have considered Brett Ratner. Makes total sense. If anything, MGM will always be remembered for their sound business decisions. Hopefully they won't be remembered as the studio that forced Sir Ian McKellan to wear a "Team Ratner" t-shirt.

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Why doesn’t anybody (good) want to direct The Hobbit? Peter Jackson passed. Guillermo del Toro quit. Now we have word the rumored shoe-in Neill Blomkamp won’t be taking the gig either. Though in all fairness, he was never offered the job. From Vulture:

An insider at his agency, William Morris Endeavor, confirms to Vulture that not only is Blomkamp not doing the movie, no one from MGM/United Artists or Warner Bros. has even contacted them about his directing the film.

But they may have considered Brett Ratner. Makes total sense. If anything, MGM will always be remembered for their sound business decisions. Hopefully they won’t be remembered as the studio that forced Sir Ian McKellan to wear a "Team Ratner" t-shirt.

 

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Is ‘District 10′ Filming This Fall? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-district-10-filming-this-fall/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-district-10-filming-this-fall/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Break open a celebratory tin of cat food! A source at Weta has told MarketSaw that a sequel to District 9 is in pre-production and will go before cameras this October. Peter Jackson will once again produce with Neill Blomkamp back in the director's chair. There's no word yet about the plot or the title of the sequel. Though my well-placed sources (who wish to remain anonymous) tell me they may involve an Electric Boogaloo.

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Break open a celebratory tin of cat food! A source at Weta has told MarketSaw that a sequel to District 9 is in pre-production and will go before cameras this October. Peter Jackson will once again produce with Neill Blomkamp back in the director’s chair. There’s no word yet about the plot or the title of the sequel. Though my well-placed sources (who wish to remain anonymous) tell me they may involve an Electric Boogaloo.

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PEE-WEE HERMAN STAGES HIS COMEBACK http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pee-wee-herman-stages-his-comeback/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pee-wee-herman-stages-his-comeback/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 1980's nostalgia continues to boom as Paul Reubens has announced that he'll be dusting off the red bow-tie. The LA Times reports that Pee-wee Herman will perform onstage in Hollywood this November for a limited engagement at the Music Box @ Fonda. Perhaps if this run is successful it will lead to the big screen productions Reubens has been trying to get off the ground for the last nine years. The actor stated, "I've put part of him away for a long time but part of him has always been here with me. I think it will be like riding a bike -- which is not a bad analogy for Pee-wee, by the way." Although his humor is off the beaten track, I'm glad that Reubens decided to pound the pavement and put this show together. His laziness was beginning to rub me the wrong way. On an unrelated note, I wonder if he listens to The Strokes?Check out these big adventurous morning links...Exclusive interview with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. (Latino Review) Wolverine Goes To Japan. (First Showing)Design a poster for Triangle. (Empire)Courtney Cox will say anything. (Dread Central)Kathryn Bigelow gets some action in Brazil. (Cinematical)Tara Reid back on the sauce. (Cinema Blend)

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1980′s nostalgia continues to boom at Paul Reubens has announced that he’ll be dusting off the red bow-tie. The LA Times reports that Pee-wee Herman will perform onstage in Hollywood this November for a limited engagement at the Music Box @ Fonda. Perhaps if this run is successful it will lead to the big screen productions Reubens has been trying to get off the ground for the last nine years. The actor stated, "I’ve put part of him away for a long time but part of him has always been here with me. I think it will be like riding a bike — which is not a bad analogy for Pee-wee, by the way." Although his humor is off the beaten track, I’m glad that Reubens decided to pound the pavement and put this show together. His laziness was beginning to rub me the wrong way. On an unrelated note, I wonder if he listens to The Strokes?

Check out these big adventurous morning links…

Exclusive interview with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. (Latino Review)
Wolverine Goes To Japan. (First Showing)
Design a poster for Triangle. (Empire)
Courtney Cox will say anything. (Dread Central)
Kathryn Bigelow gets some action in Brazil. (Cinematical)
Tara Reid back on the sauce. (Cinema Blend)

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REVIEW: ‘DISTRICT 9′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-district-9/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-district-9/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 To Whoever Shut Down The Halo Film:I had my sneaking suspicions before, but now I can safely say that you are all complete idiots.  Let me make one thing clear: I have yet to actually read why you shut down the Peter Jackson-produced and Neill Blomkamp-directed adaptation of the popular video game franchise Halo.  I believe I read at one point that it was something related to money.  I find this funny, because it seems like if you had just made the movie, it would have made tons of money.  More money than you could ever imagine...

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To Whoever Shut Down The Halo Film:

I had my sneaking suspicions before, but now I can safely say that you are all complete idiots.  Let me make one thing clear: I have yet to actually read why you shut down the Peter Jackson-produced and Neill Blomkamp-directed adaptation of the popular video game franchise Halo.  I believe I read at one point that it was something related to money.  I find this funny, because it seems like if you had just made the movie, it would have made tons of money.  More money than you could ever imagine…

 

Why am I confident of this?  For two reasons: 1) Halo was the most popular game of all time for a five year span and 2) I saw District 9 at Comic-Con, which could have also been aptly titled, Hey, Dudes Who Shut Down The Halo Movie: You F*cked Up BIG TIME.  It makes no mention to the story or plot of the film, but I think it is an accurate representation of what this film stands for.  This film could have been Halo, but you guys screwed yourselves.

The aforementioned screwing of yourself is no longer of any concern to me, because frankly, District 9 is a smarter and more action-packed story than what you guys probably would have tried to get them to do with a Halo flick.  My guess is you would’ve pushed for a PG-13 rating to get more people in seats.  Also, you would have cast Brad Pitt as Master Chief, if given the chance.  Instead, Jackson and Blomkamp went straight for the jugular with a very violent R, and then made the choice of casting one of Blomkamp’s friends, a non-actor, mind you, in the lead role.  I suppose you would find that to be a disaster, wouldn’t you? 

Well, turns out it isn’t at all.  Peter Jackson came out before the screening, and announced confidently that he was proud with the film they made that turned to not be Halo.  I knew at that point I was in good hands for the next two hours.  The action and violence in the film features the most crowd-pleasing moments in a sci-fi splatter fest since Starship Troopers came twelve years ago.  It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 12 years since a good and gory sci-fi action film came out, which I think was made even harder because I was expecting a badass Halo movie three years ago.  Oh, and the non-actor, Sharlto Copley?  He’s unbelievably good.  He could have been given, I don’t know, Master Chief-style body armor, and still have communicated realistic emotional distress better than half of the A-listers in Hollywood.  He even stuck around at the screening and took photos or signed autographs with everyone who was fawning over him after the movie was finished, because he’s not all Hollywood and realizes that if fans like him, they’ll support him (as opposed to you guys, who seem to treat them only as cash machines).

Copley’s performance also speaks a lot to the film’s director, the first-timer it seems you guys were worried about having at the helm.  He took his school friend and a documentary style approach and made one of the best sci-fi films of the summer, which isn’t an easy accomplishment considering his competition of the action romp Star Trek and the cerebral Sam Rockwell movie Moon.  Blomkamp found a middle ground between these two films, balancing balls out action with introspection and even political commentary (segregation in South Africa?  Could this movie be a metaphor for Apartheid?  It doesn’t really matter, because the movie is too busy rocking socks off for people to care).

In conclusion, I’m still a little bitter that you screwed up the Halo film.  But District 9 will slowly help that bitterness.

Sincerely (And By Sincerely, I Mean “Eat It”),

Spencer Vickers
 

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‘DISTRICT 9′ OFFICIAL TRAILER http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/district-9-official-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/district-9-official-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

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