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  • Sony will distribute Elysium, to be directed by Neill Blomkamp and star Matt, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley. The film will start filming in Vancouver in July before heading to Mexico City.

    Sony Pictures has won the right to distribute District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp's next project titled Elysium. Meetings with several other studios were cancelled as this scenario took shape. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are set already to star along with District 9 star Sharlto Copley. Sony clearly values the relationship it built with Blomkamp after his $30 million low-budget first film became a sleeper hit that was nominated for Best Picture and grossed $210 million worldwide.

    I'm told this the movie has the social allegory present in the Sony Pictures Entertainment-directed District 9, but it's an unabashedly big movie, set 100 years in the future, with all of the obligatory gadgets and technological advances. Blomkamp will have his sets designed by Syd Mead, famous for his work on films like Blade Runner. Mead's very hard to hire, but he responded because he so liked District 9. The film will prep in April, and start production in July in Vancouver before moving to Mexico City in the fall. The film will be delivered in time for release during the 2012 holidays. It's a tent pole-sized proposition, but like Chris Nolan's Inception, it's a fully realized project that a studio can pencil into its release calendar.

  • New images from The Adjustment Bureau are at SciFi Cool. There's a cover article on the film in the new issue of Total Film, available at mattdamonfan.net.

  • New interviews with Matt are at the Courier Mail, Daily Record and Decine21.com.

  • An interview with Benjamin Mee is at the Mirror. More photos from the filming of We bought a zoo are at Zimbio.

    In an interview at Extra, Michael Douglas said Liberace will start filming in June.

  • A new Journey to Planet Earth episode will air on 30 March.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2011 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great Interviews

    Thanks for the the links to the interviews, very enjoyable reading, my favourite story is Matt not spending much time in the bathroom. Hereafter opens this week, I hate the poster, one of the worst for a movie I've ever seen. Film 2011 on BBC1 will review Hereafter this week.

    Adjustment Bureau looks really good, my kind of movie. I don't know how it will do at the box office but I am looking forward to seeing it when it's released in the UK. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 23rd, 2011 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Interviews

    And I think that quote's pretty hilarious and fake because I'm guessing Matt probably doesn't live in a place with less than about four bathrooms.

    Remember the story that they had a great idea for the Hereafter poster but Matt wasn't available to shoot it, so they had to use an old photo.

    True Grit opens in Australia on Wednesday and I've yet to see a trailer or an advertisement. A few good early reviews in today's papers.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Interviews

    It's so odd that there is no advertising for True Grit - surely that's not typical? I mean, it's done over $130 million in box office in the states, it's not like there's any shortage of funds. They did such a great job with it here.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 23rd, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Interviews

    Only some movies here get a big push, others get practically no advertising. Endless promotion for Gulliver's Travels, Burlesque and Fockers, but nothing at all for True Grit. Maybe they think it's not going to play well here so they don't try.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Interviews

    His girls probably have a bathroom each :) Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    I went to a Village cinema in Melbourne on the weekend to see The Fighter and one of the trailers was for True Grit. I also noticed that everyone who bought a ticket was given a small card advertising True Grit. Other than that though I haven't seen any ads for True Grit here in Australia.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I went to a Hoyts for Black Swan last week and there was no promotion at all for Grit. IMDB is promoting the film (paid ads), but that's all I've seen.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The Sunday Times Culture magazine which I bought yesterday has chosen True Grit for special previews for club members and anyone who wants to join. Members can see it first and for free on 1st February at 20 locations, it's released nationwide on the 11th. There's also some posters up on the Tube that I've seen. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    We bought a zoo

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