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Hugh Jackman, Neill Blomkamp Talk ‘Chappie’ at Historical Hologram Press Conference

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Could Sony in Spain have come up with a solution to the costs and hassle of stars tub-thumping their latest movies worldwide?

On Saturday, in what Sony Pictures Releasing de España calls cinema’s first-ever holographic press conference, in this case staged for “Chappie,” the holograms of Hugh Jackman and Neill Blomkamp fielded questions from the Spanish press in Madrid — which the real-life Jackman and Blomkamp answered sitting in a hotel in Berlin.

Using Musion 3D holographic projection, in technical terms, the press conference was a stomping success. Bar a typical second-or-so delay in satellite sound transmission, the South African director and star of “Chappie,” quiescently sitting on stools, hands folded, came over loud and clear. There were no cuts or blur. And neither spent the whole time, as in many video satellite link-ups, trying to stuff an electronic gizmo further into an ear.

In the case of the presser for “Chappie, »

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New TV Spots for Chappie Starring Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver & Sharlto Copley

27 February 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Neill Blomkamp, acclaimed director of District 9 and Elysium, brings you Chappie -- his startling vision of the future, where humanity's last hope isn't human. In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Chappie stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, and »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Director Neill Blomkamp Says His Elysium Film is Not Very Good

27 February 2015 2:20 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

After making a name for himself with "District 9," director Neill Blomkamp moved on to the $115 million sci-fi movie "Elysium," starring Matt Damon. The movie grossed $286 million worldwide and has a decent 68% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. But according to Blomkamp, he didn't do a good job with it. "I feel like, ultimately, the story is not the right story," he explained. "I still think the satirical idea of a ring, filled with rich people, hovering above the impoverished Earth, is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. I just didn't make a good enough film. I feel like I executed all of the stuff that could be executed, like costume and set design and special effects very well. But, ultimately, it was all resting on a somewhat not totally formed skeletal system, so the script just wasn't there; the story wasn't fully there. »

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Neill Blomkamp Clarifies His Alien 5 Comments

27 February 2015 2:20 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

After it was announced that Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) will be directing a new "Alien" film, the helmer revealed that his movie will take place after "Alien" and "Aliens." Many assumed that he'll completely ignore the existence of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection," but Blomkamp has now clarified his comments, stating that he will not play around with the franchise's continuity. "I'm not trying to undo 'Alien 3' or 'Alien Resurrection,'" he confirmed. "My favorites are the first two movies. I want to make a film that's connected to 'Alien' and 'Aliens.' That's my goal." It sounds like his installment will take place between "Aliens" and "Alien 3," but it's also possible that Blomkamp has something else in mind. Stay tuned. »

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Neill Blomkamp Won't Be Undoing Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection

27 February 2015 12:00 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

District 9 and the upcoming Chappie director Neill Blomkamp caused quite a stir yesterday, with comments relating to his planned Alien sequel that caused everybody (myself included) to assume that his plan was to erase Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from continuity. It turns out that is not the the case, and, talking to AlloCine, the director cleared up the matter (in my defense, it really sounded like that is what he meant). "I'm not trying to undo Aline 3 or Alien: Ressurection. My favorites are the first two movies," the director told the outlet, "I want to make a film that is connected to Aline and Aliens. That is my goal". O.k., that makes a bit more sense, especially calling his movie a "genetic sibling" of Alien, but it throws up even more questions on what direction Blomkamp's vision will go. Michael Biehn's Corporeal Hicks and Bill Paxton »

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Alien 5 Will Not Discard The Last Two Movies, Get The Details

26 February 2015 8:48 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Neill Blomkamp has, to no one's surprise, been in the news quite a bit in the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately for poor old Chappie, who's set to make friends with the world next week, the film press seems a little more interested in talking about Blomkamp's next project. Considering that project deals with reviving the Alien franchise for one last ride, who can blame them? Especially when the latest word from the man himself is that this new, and presumably final, chapter will work within the continuity of the original series run. French site AlloCine had the chance to speak with Blomkamp on a red carpet, and despite previous reports from certain outlets that suggested the film would be overriding the events of Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, the District 9 director made it clear that the complete opposite is the case. He told the reporter, I.m not »

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Why Elysium Sucks, According To The Director Of Elysium

26 February 2015 6:06 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In retrospect, director Neill Blomkamp.s sophomore directorial effort, Elysium, was a disappointment. While not a bad film, it certainly does pale in comparison to the filmmaker.s debut - District 9 - and was ultimately a rather forgettable sci-fi feature. As it turns out, these failings aren.t lost on the movie.s filmmaker, and now he.s come forward to admit that he "fucked it up." Blomkamp is currently on the promotional tour for his latest movie, Chappie, and it was while sitting down with Uproxx that the South African filmmaker revealed his disappointment with the way that Elysium came out. Rather than putting the blame on an external force, however, he instead acknowledged that the real issues with the movie came from core script issues that should have been worked out before the film got rolling. He told the site, The thing that bothers me is if »

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Neill Blomkamp: I Messed Up 'Elysium'!

26 February 2015 3:22 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After making his directorial debut with the 2009 Best Picture nominee District 9, Neill Blomkamp certainly became a filmmaker that everyone had their eyes on. His follow-up, 2013's Elysium, was received fairly well by the nation's critics (68% on Rotten Tomatoes) and took in over $286 million worldwide, from a $115 million budget, although some considered it a failed effort. While doing the press rounds for his new film Chappie, the filmmaker spoke candidly about Elysium in an interview with Uproxx, stating that he believes he "f---ed it up."

"So, let's say you make District 9 and it does well. So, now, a normal director is like, "Sh*t, I've got this pressure because this last film did well and I hope this one lives up to it." I don't have that. It definitely doesn't bother me. The thing that bothers me is if I feel like I f---ed it up."

Does he feel »

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Neill Blomkamp: I Messed Up 'Elysium'!

26 February 2015 3:22 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After making his directorial debut with the 2009 Best Picture nominee District 9, Neill Blomkamp certainly became a filmmaker that everyone had their eyes on. His follow-up, 2013's Elysium, was received fairly well by the nation's critics (68% on Rotten Tomatoes) and took in over $286 million worldwide, from a $115 million budget, although some considered it a failed effort. While doing the press rounds for his new film Chappie, the filmmaker spoke candidly about Elysium in an interview with Uproxx, stating that he believes he "f---ed it up."

"So, let's say you make District 9 and it does well. So, now, a normal director is like, "Sh*t, I've got this pressure because this last film did well and I hope this one lives up to it." I don't have that. It definitely doesn't bother me. The thing that bothers me is if I feel like I f---ed it up."

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Neill Blomkamp Says He “F*cked Up” ‘Elysium’

26 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For his second film, Neill Blomkamp chose to follow District 9 with a vision of class warfare as seen through a sci-fi lens. Elysium, starring Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, and Jodie Foster, has some great concepts and in many cases is executed well. But the movie faltered significantly, with Copley’s over the top villain contrasting with […]

The post Neill Blomkamp Says He “F*cked Up” ‘Elysium’ appeared first on /Film. »

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It's Chappie's day of reckoning in brand new featurette from the Hugh Jackman film

26 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It’s been a big couple of weeks for South African/Canadian filmmaker Neill Blomkamp. The District 9 director, a noted super-fan of the Alien franchise, has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Alien sequel. On top of that, his latest film, Chappie, is rolling out into theatres – and hey, it which also stars Sigourney Weaver – Alien’s core hero – in a supporting role!

Chappie follows the story of an old police droid who is stolen, reprogrammed, and becomes the first fully independent, sentient robot. Unfortunately, by the looks of the below featurette and trailer, Chappie will be getting into a lot of unwanted trouble.

Blomkamp’s film opens in theatres next Friday (March 6) with a cast that also includes X-Men’s Hugh Jackman,Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel and Blompkamp regular Sharlto Copley – obviously in a mo-cap suit – as the titular robot Chappie.

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Neill Blomkamp Talks Elysium Regrets, Says He “F*cked It Up”

26 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having recently landed the Alien gig at Fox, and with the imminent release of Chappie next month, South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has taken time to reflect on his past projects and, in particular, his divisive sophomore effort Elysium.

In hindsight, the general verdict coming out of Elysium was that it didn’t deliver on its intriguing, sci-fi premise of the have versus have nots, and, as it turns out, that’s a disappointment Blomkamp shares. Speaking to Uproxx, the director spoke candidly about the shortcomings of the project, and how the lackluster script was the root of its demise:

“…I feel like I fucked it up. I feel like ultimately the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring filled with rich people hovering above the impoverished Earth is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. »

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New Projects: Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’, Will Ferrell, and ‘Duck Tales’

26 February 2015 10:53 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future. 

To be honest, I was a little skeptical of the news last week that Neill Blomkamp would be helming an Alien remake. Elysium was a bust, the jury is still out on Chappie, I personally think District 9 is a little overrated, and just how many Alien remakes, sequels, prequels, and video game spin-offs do we even need? But after speaking with EW, Blomkamp confirmed that Ripley is supposed to appear in his new movie, and that Sigourney Weaver, after working with him on Chappie, is on board to reprise her iconic role.

Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what »

- Brian Welk

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Neill Blomkamp admits that he “f**ked it up” with Elysium

26 February 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After a debut film like District 9, Neill Blomkamp was likely under a lot of pressure to make a decent follow up. Unfortunately, Elysium was a miss, critically and financially, and didn’t live up to the high expectations that many had placed on the up-and-coming director.

If you were one of the people let down by Elysium, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re joined by Blomkamp himself. In a new interview with Uproxx, Blomkamp opened up about the film, and quite candidly admits that he dropped the ball:

“I feel like I fucked it up. I feel like ultimately the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring filled with rich people hovering above the impoverished Earth is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. But I just think the script wasn’t… »

- James Garcia

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Blomkamp Talks "Elysium" Disappointment

26 February 2015 10:45 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Exploding onto the scene with "District 9" in 2009, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's follow-up 2013 effort "Elysium" was met with a much more muted response. In fact, the film has often been cited as evidence in arguments between fans as to why Blomkamp should not be tackling the next "Alien" film.

It turns out even Blomkamp himself is unhappy with how "Elysium" turned out, and admits in a new interview with Uproxx that he only has himself to blame:

"I feel like I f--ked it up. I feel like ultimately the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring filled with rich people hovering above the impoverished Earth is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly.

But I just think the script wasn't… I just didn't make a good enough film is ultimately what it is. »

- Garth Franklin

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"I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly"

26 February 2015 10:02 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It would be an understatement to say that Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," which arrived four years after the filmmaker's "District 9," was hugely anticipated. Many looked forward to the former to see if the filmmaker was a one-hit wonder or a bold new genre voice, and the reactions were divisive. I liked the movie more than most, and thought the mix of social and political elements, if heavy-handed, mostly worked. But there were some really duff aspects, starting with the clunky flashback sequences. In case you were wondering, Blomkamp himself wishes he had a do-over. "...I feel like I fucked it up," the director candidly told Uproxx. "I feel like ultimately the story is not the right story. I still think the satirical idea of a ring filled with rich people hovering above the impoverished Earth is an awesome idea. I love it so much, I almost want to go back and do it correctly. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie In St. Louis

26 February 2015 9:15 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Opening on March 6, Wamg has your free passes, plus a prize pack to see Chappie!

From director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) comes Chappie, starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Chappie on Wednesday, March 4th at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

One grandprize winner will take home a Chappie prizepack. »

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Blomkamp "Alien" Is Direct "Aliens" Sequel

26 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It was expected considering his artwork indicated as much, but now he's made it official - "District 9" and "Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp's new "Alien" movie won't be "Alien 5" so much as a new "Alien 3".

Out doing press for "Chappie," Blomkamp says the film ignores the events and themes of "Alien 3" and "Alien Resurrection," instead it will act as a direct follow-up to James Cameron's 1986 effort "Aliens". He tells Sky Movies:

"I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of Aliens. So it's Alien, Aliens and then this movie. It's a Freudian kind of nightmare. That element, to me, is what's so appealing, to try to put the audience on the edge of their seat the whole time, in a traditional, monster stalking you, dark corridor way. I love that, and then, when you mix in all of the design elements, »

- Garth Franklin

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Evolve Gamers to Take on Chappie in Twitch’s Live 'Chappie Challenge' Event for $15,000 Prize

26 February 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Neill Blomkamp, acclaimed director of District 9 and Elysium, brings you Chappie -- his startling vision of the future, where humanity's last hope isn't human. [Press Release] San Francisco / February 26th 2015 - Twitch, the leading social video platform for gamers, and Sony Pictures Entertainment has attracted an impressive number of Evolve gamers for The Chappie Challenge, a one-of-a-kind event. This program will mark the first time that human gamers can play against a movie character, as players compete in 2K and Turtle Rock Studios’ Evolve against Chappie, the star of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Mrc’s Chappie, in theaters March 6. Evolve is a highly strategic experience in which a team of four human players fights a fifth, playing as a Monster. In the Chappie Challenge, a team of »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Neill Blomkamp's Alien Sequel Will Give Ripley a Proper Ending

26 February 2015 1:08 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is a huge fan of the "Alien" franchise. So when he cast Sigourney Weaver in his "Chappie" film, his obsession became even more intense. Blomkamp used his own money to put together a bunch of concept art of what his "Alien" movie would look like. That concept art included the return of Weaver as Ellen Ripley and Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks. The helmer went on to say that he never actually had any talks with 20th Century Fox about this. But a bit later came word that Fox has officially greenlit Blomkamp's new "Alien" installment and that Weaver is in talks to reprise her role. Now that he's promoting "Chappie," Blomkamp revealed that his movie will completely ignore the existence of "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection," stating: "I want this film to feel like it is literally the genetic sibling of 'Alien. »

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