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The Angelina Jolie-headlined fairy tale fantasy is currently sitting on $715,019,000 worldwide, making it the third biggest earner of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($966.4 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($739.5 million). In all, it’s the fifth film to reach the $700 million mark this year, with fellow Disney release Captain America: The Winter Soldier earning $713 million and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sitting on $706.3 million.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). Read our reviews here, here and here.
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- Gary Collinson
'District 9' and 'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp's latest robo-based venture into the realm of science fiction is being promoted at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. 'Chappie' is the story of an A.I. robot stolen by a couple of criminals intent of using him to help carry out their unlawful ways. Up to now we've had to imagine what dear old 'Chappie' looked like. I've had something between the robot from 'Robot and Frank' and Marvin the paranoid android from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' in my mind but this new teaser and banner spotted at Comic-Con reveals something quite different and dare I say it very Blomkamp-esque. The movie stars Hugh Jackman ('Prisoners'), Dev Patel ('Slumdog Millionaire'), Ninja and Yolandi Visser of rap-rave band Die Antwoord, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret and the voice of Sharlto Copley ('District 9'). »
Director Neill Blomkamp, the man behind "Elysium" and "District 9," is currently working on a new sci-fi robot movie, called "Chappie," which stars Sharlto Copley (Elysium, District 9) and Hugh Jackman. And today we have a photo of the poster that's hanging at the San Diego Comic-Con. Check it out below. "Chappie" tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Copley (Elysium, District 9) provides the voice of the title character. The new movie is set to hit theaters on March 6th, 2015. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
For Neill Blomkamp’s next slice of sci-fi freshness, Chappie, he’s tapping into a more comic vein that was evident in either District 9 and Elysium. Both of those have wit and laughs, but at the end of the day there’s only so much levity to be mined from the sight of Matt Damon being drilled into an exosuit. The film has a new poster timed with Comic-Con and it’s a bit of a doozy. The director rolled cameras in Johannesburg at the end of last year, with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret, who is voicing the main character. The metallic dude it’s named for is shaping up to be the cutest ‘droid since Marvin, albeit in a grungy, lo-fi way.Chappie, penned by Blomkamp and his old District 9 co-writer Terri Tatchell, »
A Facebook page for Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, a sci-fi comedy starring fellow South Africans Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord as themselves and frequent Blomkamp collaborator Sharlto Copley (Wikus in District 9 and Kruger in Elysium) as the titular android Chappie, has gone live and indicates we can expect the film in 2015. Die Antwoord separately posted the first image of Chappie himself. Chappie's local South African cast is fleshed out with some big international names, not least of which are Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel.After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot....
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This has promise. The images have a dirty, gritty feel to them, which I expect from Blomkamp, and the premise (from an earlier Sony press release) has me plenty curious:
Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.
At any rate, here's some of the images that our Dread crew managed to snap live from the Sdcc '14 floor.
While there's nothing scheduled at Comic Con this year, »
- Matt Serafini
Little Lost Robot Chappie is making his presence well known down at the San Diego convention center, with Comic-Con preview night just hours away from kick-starting this epic event. Yesterday, we got our first look at this artistic prodigy in a banner spotted within the halls of ground zero. Now we get a better look at Chappie to discover he has some nifty graphitti skills and a pretty clear sense of who his family is. From District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, this will serve as his follow up to last year's Elysium.
After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.
"He also happens to be a robot." Meet Chappie, a boy kidnapped by criminals who becomes an adopted son of a "strange and dysfunctional family". The first promo banner for Neill Blomkamp's third film, Chappie, has been found inside of the halls of Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The Con has been launching grounds for Blomkamp's last two sci-fi creations, Elysium and District 9, and while Sony doesn't have his latest film listed on any panels yet, it will be getting a reveal here as indicated by this banner. It's a very wide promo banner positioned right above the entrance doors, showing the robot drawing child-like sketches on a wall. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie, joined by Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel. Photos below. Here are some of our own photos of the banner on display inside the convention center at Comic-Con 2014: More close-up of the actual »
- Alex Billington
After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot. Chappie is being directed by Directed By Neill Blomkamp and will star: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. The script was written by Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell. »
As Hollywood descends on San Diego and the 2014 Comic-Con International gears up to get underway, the folks at Collider have spotted a banner for Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium)…
Update: And here’s another poster…
Chappie tells the story of a gifted, one of a kind prodigy who becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family, and happens to be a robot. The film is set for release on March 6th 2015 with Blomkamp directing a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead).
- Gary Collinson
We don’t know very much about Chappie, Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi follow-up to the instant classic District 9 and the somewhat underwhelming Elysium, but Comic-Con is giving us our first look at the movie with an intriguing poster. Collider provided the images, which you can check out below, shooting the dimly lit poster from multiple angles so as to give us the best possible idea of what it looks like.
Chappie centers on a robot with artificial intelligence (played by Sharlto Copley) who is kidnapped by two gangsters. Producer Simon Kinberg has tantalizingly referred to it as “the most provocative studio movie you’ll likely ever see,” though we won’t find out whether that’s actually the case for a little while. The poster is still fascinating, depicting the titular robot drawing a cartoon of his adopted family (doesn’t look like his father is a very nurturing figure though, »
- Isaac Feldberg
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is currently working on his sci-fi film Chappie. The movie doesn't have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but that doesn't mean Sony Pictures isn't going to take the opportunity to market the hell out of it and kickstart the buzz! The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, and Die Antwoord rap-rave duo Ninja and Yolandi Visser.
The story follows a boy who is kidnapped and then adopted by a loving family, who realize he’s a incredibly gifted and smart. There's a catch, though… he’s a robot. You can see the childlike attributes of the robot in the art you see here.
The movie is set for release on March 6th, 2015. I snapped the photos you see here in the elevator of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
- Joey Paur
Elysium was a solid follow up to the superb District 9, but Neill Blomkamp’s next film has the potential to be his best yet. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but we do know that Chappie will revolve an intelligent robot (played by Sharlto Copley through the magic of motion capture) who is stolen by two local gangsters.
The first poster for the movie has now been spotted on the floor of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and it gives us what appears to be our first look at the titular robot as well as some of his intriguing drawings.
Producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) has praised Chappie as being “the most provocative studio movie you’ll likely ever see,” and with a cast which also includes Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, this could be one of 2015′s best movies in a year which is crowded with huge blockbusters. »
- Josh Wilding
When the Thursday Comic-Con schedule was announced earlier this month, it was confirmed that Sony Pictures will be showcasing their young adult adaptation Goosebumps (August 7, 2015) and Pixels (May 15, 2015). Some were surprised that Neill Blomkamp's Chappie wasn't listed as part of the festivities, since it opens on March 27, 2015. However, Collider has revealed that Chappie will be featured on a massive banner inside the San Diego Convention Center lobby, which gives fans a first look at the title robot, voiced by Sharlto Copley, who is kidnapped by two South African gangsters.
Check out several different looks at this massive banner, then read on for more information.
This banner may be hinting that Chappie is one of Sony's surprise, unannounced additions to their Thursday panel, which takes place at 12:30 Pm in Hall H on Thursday, July 24. We won't know for sure until Thursday afternoon, but we'll keep you posted as more information comes in. »
In 2009, everyone took notice of Neill Blomkamp's talents when District 9 became the sleeper hit of the summer. Its $210M revenue easily surpassed the film's meager $30M budget. Interest in his next project reached a feverish pitch. That project was the 2013 film Elysium, which starred Matt Damon ("EuroTrip"). It pulled in $286M at the worldwide box office against a budget of $115 million (minus marketing costs). In 2015, we'll get to see his next offering. It will be Chappie, here's the official tagline: "After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot." It stars: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley. »
Very little is known about District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie besides the fact that it revolves around a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters, and producer Simon Kinberg called it “the most provocative studio movie you’ll likely ever see.” Well it looks like Sony Pictures is ready to unveil this curious pic to the public, as the first look at the titular robot (played by Sharlto Copley) has been unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con by way of a Chappie poster banner. The film certainly looks to have a more darkly comedic tone than Blomkamp’s previous two features, and I’m really looking forward to seeing this thing in action in the near future. Moreover, the prospect of seeing Hugh Jackman stretch his comedy talents in an offbeat sci-fi comedy is highly enticing. Hit the jump to check out the Chappie poster, »
- Adam Chitwood
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? That's a very good question. Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who drives around the Scottish countryside looking for male hitchhikers. To reveal more would be a disservice to the movie... and difficult, since this atmospheric science-fiction film is open to interpretation.
Why We're In: Director Jonathan Glazer's very, very loose adaptation of the Michel Faber novel is disturbing and sexy. Plus, they used hidden cameras to film Johansson luring clueless hitchhikers into her big white van.
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What's It About? "Scanners" are humans with special telepathic gifts, and the giant corporation ConSec wants to use them for their own nefarious purposes. It becomes a gruesome war of the scanners when one gang decides to go rogue.
Why We're In: David Cronenberg's most famous head-popping horror movie finally gets the Criterion treatment. »
- Jenni Miller
While the lack of originality causes films to suffer more times than it doesn’t, every once in a while, a film can put a somewhat familiar plot in front of viewers, and instead of following the beats and plot points of other films like it, it decides to offer up new angles and ideas that breathe fresh air into the setup. Gonzalo López-Gallego’s Open Grave is just that kind of film, one that starts off similar to many films like it, but takes enough interesting twists and turns to make it a film that easily stands on its own two feet.
Taking a cue from amnesiac mysteries such as Memento and Unknown, Open Grave lets viewers know right away, that they’re in the same boat as the nameless man who wakes up in a deep pit, completely filled with dead bodies, without a single idea why he »
- Jerry Smith
Good news for Disney this morning as Maleficent has crossed the $600 million mark, becoming the fourth movie in 2014 – and the first non-comic book movie – to do so.
Now in its fifth week of release, Maleficent has taken $205 million domestically and around $400 million in worldwide markets, which also makes this the biggest live-action success of Angelina Jolie’s career. The movie is now out in the majority of the major markets having taken roughly $40 million in China. It opens in Japan this weekend.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army »
- Luke Owen
When people are asked why they watch films, the answers are all fairly predictable: To see different worlds, to learn something new, to relate to something, to widen their perspectives, to escape… But whether moviegoers are after the cerebral experience, or are simply out for easy entertainment, there is one basic thing that connects all these reasons together. This is that what we essentially get from a film is something to look at. A cinema screen is big and optical because we watch it (and because if it was small and acoustic it’d be a radio). The visual element of a movie –of a motion picture – is literally essential.
But as painfully obvious as all this sounds, it is surprising how often the overall role of a movie’s visuals can be overlooked.
As part of Disney’s growing trend in bringing classic animations to live action form (Cinderella, »
- Rachel North
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