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."
It may have started with "Batman Begins," but the superhero origin story is still a popular route to go when tackling an iconic character on the big screen. Just last year, we saw Superman get rebooted with "Man of Steel," and next year, one of the world's first superheroes is getting an origin story of his own.
In "The Legend of Hercules," "Twilight" star" Kellan Lutz is taking on the role of the legendary half-god and taking him all the way back to his roots.
We've scored a whole bunch of exclusive photos from "The Legend of Hercules," including several of Lutz in various kind of sheets and armor, if you're into that kind of thing.
Check out the rest of our exclusive photos after the jump!
If there's any doubt at all that 2013 was a great year for the movies, Film.com's rundown of the very best will make you a believer.
And since the video comes from our friends over at Film.com, there are a few arthouse titles that are definitely required viewing for the year, in case you didn't get a chance to check them out in their limits runs.
The list is all wonderfully edited together by Film.com editor David Erhlich and includes some of the great music from the year's movies as well, so if you aren't prepared for goosebumps, we can't recommend the video to you.
Check it all out in the video above!
By Charles Webb
If this week's DVD release of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" has whet your appetite for more film entries in the urban fantasy series, you're in luck. While Constantin Films has pushed back the start date for the movie to 2014, series author Cassandra Clare spoke to MTV News about what we can expect to see in the next chapter of star-crossed lovers/demon hunters Clary (Lily Collins) and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower)'s story.
****Some spoilers for "City of Bones" and "City of Ash" to follow****
While actress Lily Collins told us earlier this month that she wasn't sure when shooting will start on "City of Ashes" ("I don't know anything else; I kind of am with everyone else in the waiting game.”) Cassandra Clare is ready for the sequel which she says "ratchets up the stakes".
By Craig Flaster
Add Will Forte to the list of SNL actors who have transitioned to high drama.
Forte's latest role in acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is an unusual departure for the actor, who was seen this year in "Grown Ups 2" as a male cheerleader and heard in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" as the over-the-top, Steve Jobs-like villain. And Forte was as surprised to get the dramatic part as anyone.
"Alexander Payne is one of my favorite directors and I thought there was very little chance I would be able to get this role," says Forte.
The talented funnyman beat out a number of other actors for the coveted role. While Forte says this gave him some initial confidence, he was also very nervous to be on the actual set of Payne's newest dramedy.
By Craig Flaster
Peter Facinelli became a young adult heartthrob with his role as Carlisle Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," but now is adding an unexpected twist to his resume: comic book creator.
"I can't believe that I actually have a comic book that I created out there now," said Facinelli about his comic, "Protocol: Orphans."
The series follows the exploits of orphans who have been taken by the government and trained as part of a special program to have superhuman-like abilities.
Facinelli's love affair with comic books began at an early age, as he followed the adventures of a fellow Peter: Peter Parker. "I grew up reading "Spider-Man," he said. "He was from Queens, I was from Queens. His name's Peter, my name's Peter....we had a lot of similarities."
By Scott Neumyer
If you think Mondo is the only game in town when it comes to fully licensed limited edition posters and prints for classic (and modern) movies, you need to start looking a little more closely. Odd City Entertainment has risen in the ranks and quietly made a name for themselves over the past few months with fantastic releases like James Fosdike's "Trick 'r Treat" print. Like Mondo, Odd City Entertainment is based in Austin, Texas and strives to work with some of the very best artists in the world.
Today, MTV has the exclusive news that Odd City's latest print will drop on Wednesday, November 20 (at a random time, as per usual) and it's quite possibly their best release yet. Sheffield, UK native graphic designer and artist Matt Ferguson was tasked with bringing Bryan Singer's 1995 modern masterpiece "The Usual Suspects to a colorful 12" x 36" canvas. Ferguson, perhaps best known for his work on "Marvel's The Avengers" Blu-ray collection and promotional posters, loved the idea of working alongside Odd City Entertainment founder Roman Morales to find just the right look for Singer's classic film.
"The Motel Life," the new movie starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch, tells the story of two brothers who have to go on the run after one of them is involved in a hit and run.
When Dorff originally found the project, as he told MTV New's Josh Horowitz, it started as a way to do something he'd wanted to do for a while: play Hirsch's brother. "This one was kind of a small one from the get-go. It was kind of on the bottom of the pile, but then I found it," he said. I saw that Emile was attached to it."
But from there, it turned into a much more interesting journey into two characters that he found fascinating.
By Dana Brawer
Sadly, Blockbuster announced yesterday all their US stores will officially be closing. Although the stores themselves have become obsolete, like the VHS tapes that helped bring the company to fame, we'll always have a soft place in our hearts for the Blockbuster experience. So, thank you, Blockbuster, the reason we got through high school and actually wanted to hang out with our parents. Here's what we'll miss most:
"Back to the Future" is just one of those movies that lots of people love. It's probably up there with "Star Wars" as one of the most universally referenced nostalgia movies in pop culture, but we're still suckers for talking about the flaws in Marty McFly's plan to get his parents back together or how time travel actually works.
That's why it's such a joy to listen to Justin Long completely geek out on the 1985 classic. He sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz to put his knowledge to the test.
Bonus: Justin Long does one of the best Michael J. Fox impressions you've ever heard.
Check out Justin's killer "Back to the Future" knowledge on the latest episode of After Hours.