By Charles Webb
"He knows what he wants - he says 'This is how we're going to do the scene,' and we'll often just do it in one take." Muyzer, whose VFX company has worked alongside Blomkamp since his feature debut, "District 9," and spent four years developing the dystopian action film "Elyisum," says this approach is "scary for the people behind the scenes," but Blomkamp's approach allows him to sidestep studio and screening notes: there are no backup shots or cuts, only what the director has put on the screen.
"Elysium," which is out this week on home video, follows Matt Damon's character Max, a factory worker who suffers a lethal dose of radiation poisoning, and must get to the orbiting city of Elysium in order to be cured. Like "District 9," "Elysium" sees the writer-director creating social commentary in a sci-fi action film - this time with plenty of robots, killer exoskeletons, and exotic, flesh-shredding guns, all courtesy of the Vancouver-based Imagine Engine.
The studio, which is working on the "Ninja Turtles" and "Child 44," largely supports Blomkamp - they're already moving on to the director's next film, the Hugh Jackman-starring "Chappie."
Here's yet another great actor joining what sounds like a sci-fi epic from Christopher Nolan. Granted, it's in a small role, but still. That's pretty cool.
Also, watch the trailer for James Franco's latest film in today's Dailies!
If you haven't watched it in a while, you might have forgotten that "District 9" is a super violent movie. There are guys exploding, prawns exploding, prawns ripping guys into pieces. It's intense stuff.
With "Elysium" being Neill Blomkamp's second film after "D9," there's no reason to expect the new Matt Damon film to pull any punches in the gore department, especially when the two films share a look that's so similar.
A new clip from Machinima should scrap any doubt you might have about the levels of violence in "Elysium." Check it out after the jump!
The first clip from "Elysium" showed up in partial form in the trailer, but it's worth checking out to see what Matt Damon can do in an insane sci-fi setting. It's pretty great.
Also, Dan Radcliffe is getting back into a tub with Jon Hamm in today's Dailies!
The big holiday weekend has two big summer movie to keep you entertained, but what if you're looking for a little something more to enjoy your holiday weekend with? On Double Feature Friday, we offer suggestions if you're looking for something similar to either "The Lone Ranger" and "Despicable Me 2" that you can watch back-to-back or instead of.
Check out our recommendations after the jump!
Ever since "Veronica Mars" took to Kickstarter to get their movie going, there has been a very loud and confusing debate (mostly over Twitter) about whether all of this was okay. It only got worse with Zach Braff, who was a polarizing figure even before he decided to make his movie "his way," so it might interest those who aren't utterly exhausted by the conversation that an even more controversial figure has thrown his many hats into the ring.
James Franco just kicked off an indiegogo campaign to bring the three short stories featured in his first book, "Palo Alto," to the big screen. The actor has hand selected three of his favorite NYU filmmakers to each take on one of the stories. Franco put in money himself, but he needs an additional $500,000 to completely fund the project.
But before you start trying to fit your screed about how wrong this is into 140 characters, you might want to read the next part.
Even though he was kind enough to grace us with an album this year, Justin Timberlake is still focusing a lot of his effort on acting. Aside from "Inside Llewyn Davis," the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Timberlake has the starring role in "Runner Runner," a gambling thriller that also stars Jean Ralphio from "Parks and Recreation" (Ben Schwartz). Oh, and Ben Affleck as an evil crime boss.
UPDATE: Full trailer without "ET" people.
The first look at "Runner Runner" debuted last night on "Entertainment Tonight," which is only pertinent because the airhead anchors keep interrupting when I just want to watch Ben Affleck feed a guy to alligators, dammit!
The "Bourne" franchise's sideways sequel is going to be getting its own sequel.
Universal Pictures has been rolling out big announcements at CinemaCon, but the one that's got us most intrigued is that a "The Bourne Legacy 2" is in the works. The fate of that movie seemed uncertain since "The Bourne Legacy" performed just average in the box office, and did the worst of all four "Bourne" films. But Universal claims it is "actively working" on a second "Bourne Legacy" film, even though the studio didn't get any more specific than that.
We've known director Neil Blomkamp has been working on "Elysium," his follow-up to "District 9," for years now, but still know relatively little about the movie. It's due in theaters on August 9, and two new photos have been released that show us more than just Matt Damon running around in a funny suit — finally.
The images were published by San Paulo newspaper Illustrada and introduce fans to Wagner Moura and Alice Braga's characters for the first time. The paper also elaborates on who the characters they're playing are, which you can find out after the jump.
The folks over at Wired have assembled one hell of a guide to "Star Wars." "74 THINGS EVERY GREAT STAR WARS MOVIE NEEDS" is a must-read for fans, bringing in a ton of talent, like Rian Johnson and Damon Lindelof, to share their thoughts.
Also, in a hole in the ground, there lived a kitty in today's Dailies!