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    Review and Roundup: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium,' Starring Damon, Absorbing Sci-Fi with Heavy-Handed Message UPDATE

    South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp had a tall mountain to climb with his follow-up to low-budget Best Picture Oscar contender "District 9," which scored $215 million worldwide. Ever since the indie pick-up put Blomkamp on the map as an original filmmaker with an extraordinary command over ...

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    Jodie Foster's Elysium Role Was Originally Written for a Man

    n Neill Blomkamp's upcoming Elysium, Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) is a Secretary of Defense for Elysium, a satellite hovering above Earth where the wealthy live. Below, on Earth, everyone else isn't as lucky.

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    Damon, Foster and Blomkamp Talk Upcoming Original Sci-Fi Entry 'Elysium' in New EW (VIDEO)

    In this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands July 26), director Neill Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster talk upcoming original sci-fi entry "Elysium," hitting theaters August 9. Blomkamp discusses the pressures of making his first big-budget tentpole, while Damon and Fo...

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    Will Anglo-Hispanic Tensions Form Part Of The Thematic Background For Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'?

    Even though Neill Blomkamp is filming his highly anticipated follow up to "District 9" in Vancouver as we speak, details on the project remain tightly wrapped with pretty much the only thing known about the story is the fact it'll revolve around ÔÇťaliens and humans doing battle on Earth" and will be ...

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    As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

    One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the p...

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    Diego Luna Latest To Circle Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' With Matt Damon And Jodie Foster

    Since the moment we walked out of "District 9," buzzing with the energy and invention of the picture, we, like you, have been keenly awaiting more work from South African director Neill Blomkamp. And after a heap of speculation -- the Blomkamp directing "The Hobbit" rumor must have raised its head a...

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    Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Will Hit Theaters On March 8, 2013

    Excited for Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his smash hit "District 9"? Well, you're going to have to wait.

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    Wagner Moura, Star Of Brazilian Box Office Sensation 'Elite Squad,' Joins Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium'

    With pre-production starting next month, another name has come aboard Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" and while he's not yet a household name, his appearance in the film should raise his profile considerably.

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    Jodie Foster Says Role In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Isn't A Done Deal Yet

    Last month, everything looked good to go on Neill Blomkamp's upcoming, secretive sci-fi pic "Elysium." He assembled a cast with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley said to be on board and Sony dropped a staggering $120 million to get the rights to the film. But it appears everything isn't qu...

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    Neill Blomkamp Lines Up Another New Mystery Film 'Chappie,' Will Shoot After 'Elysium'

    Everybody wants to be Neill Blomkamp's friend these days. Sony just dropped $120 million on the director's next project "Elysium," a mysterious sci-fi flick set 100 years in the future with a cast led by Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, and with "Blade Runner" visual futurist Syd Mead on...

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