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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!

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Wired just published a new, fascinating profile of "Elysium" and "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp that has a lot of people talking.

Blomkamp is an interesting guy after all. His first feature film, a sci-fi movie about aliens, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. That movie, "District 9," also ended with a maddeningly teasing promise. Christopher Johnson, the "prawn" desperate to get home, told Wikus (Sharlto Copley) that he would return in three years with a cure for whatever was turning him into an alien.

Well, last year, the third anniversary of that promise came and passed without a word from Christopher Johnson or Blomkamp about the tentatively titled "District 10," but the director has given an update about that project and the news may excite hopeful fans.

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Since we didn't make it into Hall H during the "Elysium" presentation at Comic-Con, we've spent the last few months looking forward to something we essentially know nothing about. Yes, it's coming from Neill Blomkamp, the mastermind behind "District 9," and it's got a badass cast that includes Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, and Sharlto Copley, but that's about it.

Having felt the massive psychic shockwave from Comic-Con, we know that "Elysium" and its August release date are absolutely something to eagerly anticipate, but what else do we have to go on?

How about these pictures of Jodi Foster's hair (via Bleeding Cool) from the movie? Sure, why not? Foster—who is 50!—plays Secretary Rhodes, the embodiment of the class struggle at the heart of "Elysium," and while we're pumped about her cropped 'do, what's really has us intrigued is the futuristic sets and weapons chilling out in the background. Finally something!

Now, how about a trailer?

See all of the Jodie Foster pictures after the jump!

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Bad news, Neill Blomkamp fans: We're going to have to wait even longer to find out what all the fuss is about in "Elysium."

Sony Pictures has pushed back the science fiction movie from its planned March 1, 2013 release date to a late summer August 9 debut, Entertainment Weekly reports. This isn't that surprising, as we haven't seen much from the project and it's planned release was only five and a half months away.

By opening in August, "Elysium" will be opening itself up to a wider audience and hopefully will be able to capitalize on summer box office revenues. But August has been a tricky release slot in previous years, so the film could also get lost at the end of the blockbuster season.

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Sure, "Elysium" hasn't hit theaters yet (or even released a trailer), but that doesn't mean it's too early to start asking Neill Blomkamp what he'll do next, right?

The director took to San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend to promote his upcoming sci-fi flick, his second time to the convention for as many movies. Though that project seems to be similar in style and tone to his debut project "District 9," Blomkamp teased to The Playlist that his next project, "Chappie," will be a departure from that style.

"It’s like a fundamentally more simple story, a comedy, a heartfelt story, in a science fiction setting. And it’s f--king hilarious," he teased. "It’s a really cool film. I can say that with confidence… It’s a smaller film, a more esoteric one."

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As we get closer and closer to San Diego Comic-Con, Neill Blomkamp's vision for his follow-up to "District 9," the Matt Damon-starring "Elysium," get a little clear, piece by piece.

The latest glimpse at the upcoming sci-fi allegory gives us our first official look at Damon, all decked out for the film's futuristic setting. The photo comes from Entertainment Weekly (via The Playlist) and their exclusive-packed Comic-Con preview issue.

In the still, a bald-headed Damon wields a massive futuristic gun that would look at home in the divided Johannesburg of "District 9."

See the full picture after the jump and read more about "Elysium."

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Neill Blomkamp, one-time Peter Jackson protégé, defied all possible expectations for his first feature-length film, the low-budget sci-fi allegory "District 9," when it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The South African director has been working on his follow-up, the highly secretive "Elysium," since early last year. Previously we knew that the film would again deal with science-fiction elements and star Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, among others.

With its March 2013 release date stil a long ways away, "Elysium" has begun test screening, and Collider got their hands on the invite, which includes the very first plot synopsis.

Read the full synopsis after the jump!

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Harry PotterThe magic of "Harry Potter" will be coming to a computer near you thanks to a brand new app.

A "What's Your Patronus?" application has popped up on the web thanks to Warner Bros, The Los Angeles Times reports. Fans can check out the app on Warner Bros' website to figure out what their personal patronus protector is. After all, we can't let those Dumbledore's Army kids have all the fun!

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Jodie FosterFor science fiction fans, there are few films worth getting excited about more than "Elysium." It's the latest (and therefore still mysterious) project from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp, who is reuniting with the lead actor of that film, Sharlto Copley, as well as a growing cast list that includes Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Well… maybe not Jodie Foster. The actress has been connected to the project since early January, potentially marking her glorious return to the sci-fi world since her celebrated turn in "Contact." But Foster says that talk of her involvement with "Elysium" is premature at best in a new interview with Empire.

"Actually, I’m not on that movie," she revealed. "I don’t know how that got out there."

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Jodie FosterMore good news for Neill Blomkamp's second feature, "Elysium." The film already has Matt Damon and "District 9" star Sharlto Copley attached to star, and now, according to Deadline, Jodie Foster has committed to the sci-fi flick as well.

Details are scarce on the "Elysium" plot, but we do know that the film takes place on a distant planet in the distant future (we're sensing that distance is a theme here). That's a bit of a step away from Blomkamp's hit "District 9," which took place on our planet in the near future, and showed a pretty accurate portrayal (in my opinion) of what could happen if aliens came to Earth. Read More...

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