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One of the most frequently posted comments on this website over the past year? It'd be something along the lines of 'they can make [name of sequel that sounds not very good], but they can't make Dredd 2'. The frustration is understandable. When the Karl Urban-headlined Dredd movie tanked at the Us box office in particular, it seemed to take any hopes of a follow-up to what had been a raw, worthwhile film with it.
But the flame of hope still flickers, with a new web series the latest addition to the world of Dredd. However, should all concerned be looking for a future direction for Dredd 2, then Judge Dredd: Origins is surely prime material. It's a 2007 23-issue arc written and illustrated by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to »
Maleficent Blu-Ray Review
You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but Maleficent dares to opt for changing your mind about that. The story starts long before you imagined, with a young fairy who meets a young human thief. By way of impressive visuals, and surprisingly “normal” events, young Maleficent and Stefan become the best of friends. When Maleficent comes of age, she becomes the protector of her magical forest, which means when the King comes calling, and doesn’t fare well, she is the target of his rage. A now very ambitious Stefan sees an opportunity.
This naturally leads to a great betrayal, and Stefan becoming King. This gives us the opening to sell us the story that Maleficent isn’t just the evil witch who comes to curse Aurora, but is instead the largely justified, though perhaps overzealous, wronged fairy looking to exact revenge.
Though the »
- Marc Eastman
The first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie told us what Blomkamp enjoys most in life. Dingy brown landscapes. Socio-political commentary wrapped in a veil of science fiction. Sharlto Copley (this time, heavily autotuned). All were present in District 9 and Elysium, and all seem to play a part in this story of a robo-boy becoming a man. Also, robots! Blomkamp definitely loves robots. Kind of the same robots, every time, actually. Because if you take a thorough look at Chappie, and then the robots of Blomkamp’s other work, you’ll see the same distinguishing details every time. Here’s Chappie: Now a few of Elysium‘s androids: Now District 9 and its lumbering prawn mech. Notice the similarities? Each one is segmented, made up of blocks and plates — large, recognizable pieces jointed together. Each one is generally human-shaped (or alien-humanoid-shaped, as the case may be) but they’re not meant to ape us exactly »
- Adam Bellotto
Nb: this article contains language and violent video footage which may be considered Nsfw.
Gun battles. Car chases. Explosions. All stuff we've seen in action films before, so what can be done to freshen it up and make it seem new? Enter Hardcore, a sci-fi action film with the first-person viewpoint and demented pace of a videogame.
It's the work-in-progress from Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller. You might remember a superbly-shot video that appeared on YouTube last year, which saw an anonymous hero involved in car chases, fights and gun battles - all viewed from his point-of-view. Although intended as a music video for his band Biting Elbows, the film itself got the lion's share of the attention, with over 40m views and praise from director Timur Bekmambetov. If you've never seen it before, you can watch it here. »
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Delorean Space t-shirt 7 […]
- Peter Sciretta
Ilya Naishuller, the filmmaker who brought us the two Pov action short films "Insane Office Escape" and "Insane Office Escape Part 2," is developing a feature length film called Hardcore. This movie will be the first ever action film entirely shot from the Pov of the main character. The film stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, A-Team), and it’s being produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).
They are currently trying to secure the funding they need to finish the movie at Indiegogo, and they’ve released some badass teaser footage that gives you an idea of what they are trying to accomplish. Here’s a description:
Hardcore is a modern, action Sci-Fi story about Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator Estelle (Haley Bennet) from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, Akan (Danila Kozlovsky), and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is Jimmy (Sharlto Copley »
- Joey Paur
Weiss will oversee creative advertising campaigns for, among others, the untitled film from Cameron Crowe and the 24th James Bond adventure, both set for release in 2015.
He most recently served as creative director at Vibe Creative La, working on such campaigns as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 22 Jump Street, Maleficent, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, Ted and Django Unchained.
Weiss will report to the studio’s president of theatrical marketing Dwight Caines and president of worldwide Creative Advertising Michael Pavlic.
Prior to Vibe Creative, Weiss worked as an editor at Create Advertising Group, where he helped launch various marketing campaigns for District 9, Star Trek, Iron Man 2 and Michael Jackson’s This Is It.
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Those fokkin' prawns! Feast your eyes on this fresh new art print from "prolific record label and pop culture provocateurs" SpaceLab9, which will be selling this print as part of a promotion for the pre-order launch of their District 9 Original Soundtrack Expanded Version vinyl LP. The print goes on sale starting tomorrow, November 11th, along with the vinyl for pre-orders. SpaceLab9 commissioned Francesco Francavilla, an Italian comic book artist known for his own series The Black Beetle and other comic art, to design this print for Neill Blomkamp's debut sci-fi film District 9 from 2009, with Sharlto Copley as Wikus. See below. Here's the 18"x24" print for Neill Blomkamp's District 9 by Francesco Francavilla made for SpaceLab9: The art, limited to only 100 hand-screened prints are on high quality 100 lb. pure white French construction stock and printed with archival quality inks by renowned printmakers Vahalla Studios. The prints »
- Alex Billington
Everybody has to start somewhere.
The best and most successful Hollywood directors might find themselves marshalling $200 million epics, but in their formative years big budgets weren't at their disposal and they had to make do only with a good idea and the drive to make it happen. Many filmmakers use shorts to test-run ideas and explore themes they'd circle back to down the line.
Doodlebug - led by Nolan's Following star Jeremy Theobald - played out an intriguing narrative loop over a brisk three minutes as a man chased a 'bug' around his flat with a shoe. A year after he made this film, Nolan took his feature debut Following »
Chappie is the next movie from District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp, and it’s about a robot that can think and feel like a human can. Chappie is the first of its kind, a scientific breakthrough, a robot programmed with an artificial intelligence that allows him to think and feel for himself. Now Hollywood […]
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Pop culture is No More today so Im off home. As promised, here are Phil and Grant Mitchell dancing to Robert Miless Children overdubbed with some Glaswegian rap. Not really relevant to anything but, well, yeah. What of it.
Before you go home why not have a look at this spanking new trailer for upcoming sci-fi timetravel action thingemebob, Predestination.
Its that time of the week again: its basically Friday, so youre looking for something to do tonight. Assuming youre »
- Luke Holland
District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is keeping the details surrounding his new film Chappie pretty close to the vest. All we really know so far is that Die Antwoord is involved, and that it’s basically a comedy about a ridiculous robot. The filmmaker has offered up one more piece of the puzzle this week, revealing that his short film Tetra Vaal served as a key inspiration for the new feature. Blomkamp offered up this hint in a recent Den of Geek interview, saying that Chappie is “basically based on Tetra Vaal.” So, what is Tetra Vaal? It’s a short Blomkamp made before Alive in Joburg (which was the inspiration for District 9) that looks like a promo video for a line of robotic cops to police third world countries. Like Blomkamp’s other...
- Mike Bracken
From his earliest, eye-catching short films, South African director Neill Blomkamp showed off a style that already seemed fully-formed. As much inspired by manga and videogames as the more typical touchstones of science fiction cinema, Blomkamp's films are set in a recognisably grubby future, where the high-tech meets the tatty malaise of cities worn down through decades of use.
Those sensational short films, among them Alive In Joburg, Yellow and Tetra Vaal, led to a stalled Halo feature film project. This in turn led to his first feature, the surprise hit District 9 - based on Alive In Joburg - and then Elysium, the 2013 action film starring Matt Damon.
In Chappie, due out next spring, Blomkamp again draws on one of his early shorts »
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Is it safe to say that of the 47 films to have been nominated for Best Picture ever since the category's expansion, District 9 remains the oddest, with its sci-fi concept, low-tech execution and lack of big name recognition? Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley followed that up with Elysium which very few of us have thought about since it came out. They’re re-teamed for Chappie which, well, I’ll just give you the synopsis:
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes »
- Manuel Betancourt
Exclusive: “The future is a fix” in Narcopolis, a thriller set in a city where the manufacture and use of all recreational drugs is legal. Director Justin Trefgarne, a former story editor at Working Title Films who has also worked with the UK’s Ruby Films, Ridley Scott Associates and Film4, makes his feature helming debut here. Heading into the Afm, Narcopolis, which employed an unconventional financing method, has been acquired by the UK’s Altitude Film Distribution and by Canada’s Mongrel Media. (See trailer above.)
In the film, Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons) plays Frank Grieves, a police officer and former addict, who is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse and pulled into a world infected with corruption and in which the only person upon whom he can rely is himself. Jonathan Pryce also stars with Elodie Yung (GI Joe: Retaliation), Harry Lloyd (Game Of Thrones), Cosima Shaw »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The teaser introduces a futuristic world in which Dev Patel's Deon invents a robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. Chappie finds himself kidnapped by South African gangsters who want to use him for criminal purposes.
The movie will open in cinemas in March 2015. »
Today we have the first official trailer for the upcoming sci-fi robot movie "Chappie," which is directed by Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9) and stars Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Hugh Jackman. 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. Trailer: »
Hot on the heels of yesterday's Chappie poster comes our first trailer.It looks like we have another heady science fiction treatment by Neill Blomkamp, with little of the rumoured humour in the film showing face in this trailer. Plenty of heart though. And some explosions. This feels much closer to the intimacy of District 9 than to the spectacle of Elysium. What do you think?...
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Following an ill-fated foray into big budget bombast with Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp is back in somewhat lower-key territory with Chappie, his 2015 effort that now has a trailer. An adaptation of one of his earlier shorts, much like District 9 was, it’s about an artificially intelligent robot prodigy raised by gangsters. Of course.
Coming to cinemas in the Spring, Chappie stars Sharlto Copley as the voice of the robot (he also did motion capture work for the film), as well as Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, and Ninja and Yolandi Visser of South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord. You can watch the first trailer below, which makes the film look a little like a Short Circuit reboot with more action sequences.
- Josh Slater-Williams
Neill Blomkamp's first movie was District 9, about a normal guy getting wrapped up in a badass sci-fi story about societal oppression filled with hard-core violence and some instantly iconic imagery. Blomkamp's second movie was Elysium, another sci-fi story about an ordinary guy who becomes a badass, using hard-core violence to fight his way through a story about societal oppression. The trailer for Blomkamp's third movie just hit, and it may surprise you to know that it's a sci-fi story about societal oppression. However, Chappie is missing one key thing that seems to set it apart from District 9 and Elysium. It looks like a family movie. At least going off this trailer, there are no alien plasma rifles that explode people. No one is wearing wearing...
- Peter Hall
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