Movies Blog has moved! come with us to mtv news »

Neil Blomkamp's much buzzed-about upcoming film "Elysium" had many of us sold even before its stellar cast was announced. Mostly because his first film, "District 9," was SO great! But now with all the star power of Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura and my favorite, William Fichtner, the movie is pretty much a must-see. Even if we have to wait until March 8, 2013, to see it.

Although details are scarce, I managed to get Jodie Foster to talk briefly about her role as an alien head of state during the press day for "The Beaver" on Tuesday.

When asked whether her character will be a good or bad alien ruler, Foster said she'll be a little bit of both.

"I'm kind of evil-ish, yes, I'm kind of evil-ish, which you know I love," she said. "I'm just excited to work with Neil Blomkamp, the director of "District 9," which I think is pretty much as close to a perfect film that I can think of, and Matt Damon, who I'm a big fan of, and Sharlto Copley."

Read More...

Tags , , , ,

Matt DamonLots of good news for Neil Blomkamp on the "Elysium" front. First and foremost, Sony Pictures has snapped up the rights to the "District 9" director's upcoming sci-fi flick, which is set to star Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jodie Foster.

Deadline has been following the development, and was able to confirm that Sony will be distributing the film on its own, without the rumored involvement of Universal Pictures. Not a huge surprise, since the company was also responsible for distributing "District 9," Blomkamp's only other feature. Read More...

Tags , , , , , , ,

Halo: ReachHollywood hasn't had much luck turning the "Halo" video game series into a big-screen blockbuster franchise -- attempts at making the film in 2005 and 2006 resulted in nada. But thanks to the phenomenal success of the latest installment of the game, "Halo: Reach" -- it made $200 million in its first day of sales alone, which is more than many blockbuster movies make in their entire run -- a big-screen adaptation is once again picking up steam. New York Magazine's Vulture blog is reporting that DreamWorks is desperately seeking to obtain rights to the franchise with an eye to final give it is big-screen due.

It's something that both Fox and Universal, in a team effort, tried and failed to do in the past. The movie was supposed to be made with Peter Jackson as producer and Neil Blomkamp as director. But when studio brass balked at the idea of an untested director handling such an important big-budget property, Jackson and Blomkamp took their remaining financing and conceptual art and focused on making Blomkamp's dream project "District 9" instead (yes, that's why the prawns look so similar to some of "Halo"'s aliens). It's conceivable that the fact that "District 9" was made on such a small budget and yet was such a successful sci-fi film has contributed to DreamWorks' revived interest in "Halo." Read More...

Tags , , , ,

Do you like my punny headline?

A very strange week as far as your clicks go. In an odd change from the norm, not a single one of the top three stories for the week has anything to do with vampires. In fact, "Twilight" news doesn't pop up on the list until position number five. Could my Twilighter readers be slipping?

Before we ponder that question, let's take a quick look at the week's Box Office Poll. To no one's great surprise, Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" leads the voting, with 75% of your clicks. None of the other options really inspired you, with "Post Grad" tying for the second place spot with "staying home and watching TV." Ouch. Read More...

Tags , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

©2015 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.