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Sharlto Copley Gets Hardcore First Person P.O.V. Sci-Fi Action Flick

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copleyEvery cinematic genre has actors that rarely stray from their comfort zones. Generally, comedians and dramatic actors that tend to have longer shelf lives in popular films, while those associated with science fiction and horror often fall by the wayside, forced into appearances in direct-to-video or cable movies once their heyday is behind them. I know this is a very broad generalization with numerous exceptions, but you guys know what I mean. There just aren’t that many actors that are able to find repeated success when a majority of their films reside in mainstream sci-fi.

And anyone who says something silly like, “But what about Tom Cruise or Will Smith?” doesn’t get out time of day.

But Sharlto Copley looks poised to stake a bold claim to unique, interesting science fiction. The District 9 star has signed on for the sci-fi action flick Hardcore, to be produced by Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted).

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Elysium Will Be Released In IMAX Theaters

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elysiumWhen Pacific Rim opens this weekend, hopefully to explosive box office numbers, you’ll have the chance to catch it on the big screen in your normal multiplexes, of course, or you can spend a few extra bucks to watch it on the big big screen at IMAX theaters across the country. Even if you don’t live near a theater with IMAX screens, it’s almost definitely worth the drive, especially for something of this scale. I can’t wait for 3D to take a nosedive in popularity so that more filmmakers and theater chains can convert to this superior way of viewing films. Geez, I sound like I work for them, don’t I? (Hint, hint, IMAX. No hint, hint, GFR.)

I’m extremely pumped to say the next film to give viewers the ultimate movie experience is Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, as announced on the IMAX homepage. This is quite literally huge news, as this is the kind of movie that doesn’t necessarily have a built-in audience, even with the star power of people like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Just saying the term “exoskeleton” to non-sci-fi fans usually gets a less-than-positive reaction. So not only will this give Elysium a little extra cushion in the moneymaking department — something I usually turn my nose up at — but it will also give rabid fans like myself the best way possible to witness these massive worlds that Blomkamp and his team have created.

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Neill Blomkamp Says He Wouldn’t Direct Star Trek 3

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BlomkampWith the success of Star Trek Into Darkness, it’s only a matter of time before Bad Robot Productions and Paramount Pictures greenlight Star Trek 3. Since J.J. Abrams might be too busy with Disney, Lucasfilm, and Star Wars: Episode VII, it’s very likely the 47-year-old director might have to bow out of directing Star Trek 3. Instead J.J. Abrams might stay on as a producer, which would leave the director’s chair open, and a huge potential gig for any director working in Hollywood today. One such director has preemptively taken his name out of the running, however. District 9 director Neill Blomkamp says Star Trek 3 isn’t for him.

In an interview with Danish movie site Filmz.dk, Neill Blomkamp (above right) was asked if he would be interested in beaming onto the deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise to direct the next Star Trek sequel. While the 33-year-old director is a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, he says he would be reluctant to take such a job, in fear of studio interference.

Dude, I used to be a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan. Like, big time… But no, I probably wouldn’t do that. I don’t know if me getting involved with a franchise is the best thing for me. When studios smell franchises, they smell money. And they’ll try to do what they can to the franchise to make it make the most money it can make, and a lot of those interesting ideas kind of fall by the side of the road. So… Do I like Star Trek on its own without the politics of making it? Yes, absolutely. But do I think that you could make it in the way that I would want to make it? Probably not, which makes me not want to make it.

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Elysium’s Viral Campaign Hits Big City Billboards

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ElysiumIf you want to advertise better living to people who have the money to grant themselves a more comfortable life, the first two places you’d probably think to do it would be in Los Angeles and in New York. And wouldn’t you know, that’s just what some crazy new realty company did recently, when they stuck billboards up in L.A. and in New York’s Time Square. How am I supposed to know what soda to drink or what underwear to buy if this billboard is taking up all the ad space?

Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi actioner Elysium is ramping up its viral marketing, as these photos — via Coming Soon — show just how far the marketing is willing to go to get people interested. The “It’s Better Up Here” website still lets you apply for citizenship, and features a trip to other websites dedicated to welcoming all potential citizens to the luxury of Elysium. (Occupy Elysium would happen immediately, I bet.)

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Neill Blomkamp Talks About A District 9 Sequel And Star Wars

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District 9In a few short months, Neill Blomkamp will release his follow-up to District 9 with the science fiction allegory Elysium. Since Elysium was supposed to be a release for March 2013, Blomkamp has already moved on to his next project Chappie. While we have no idea what Blomkamp will have in store for audiences with Elysium, many still wonder if he’ll ever make a sequel to his directorial debut, District 9.

In an interview with IGN, Neill Blomkamp talked about how much he wants to make District 10 (the would-be title for the District 9 sequel), but he’s currently busy getting Elysium in theaters for August. Blomkamp is also getting Chappie together and he can only do so much in one day. Blomkamp explained:

“I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now the pattern that I’m starting to realise is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.”

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Elysium Trailer Reveals Heavy Action And A Sharp Social Allegory

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Elysium is one of the most anticipated sci-fi movies of the year. Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9 will surely be a great piece of thought-provoking science fiction. Yesterday, we saw the first poster for Elysium, which featured a closer look at Max’s (Matt Damon) mechanic exoskeleton. Today we’ve finally got a first look at the futuristic film, courtesy of the trailer above.

The trailer looks amazing! Elysium shares almost the same look and feel of District 9, in terms of depicting poverty and wealth. This movie also looks like it will be heavy on the action, with a sword-wielding Kruger (Sharlto Copley) and a robot head-ripping Max, while the film also looks to function as a sharp social allegory.