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Elysium – A Sci-fi Film not so Fictional Afterall

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By Gunner Glam

Coming this weekend from the director of District 9 (2009) comes Elysium, an action-packed thriller starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Elysium is an American science fiction action film written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp. It was released on August 9, 2013 in both conventional and IMAX Digital theaters. Elysium is a co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures.

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on Elysium, a Stanford torus high-tech space station governed by President Patel (Faran Tahir), in a utopian setting which includes access to private medical machines that offer instant cures, while everyone else lives below on the overpopulated, disease ridden, ruined, “Third World slum” Earth has become. Those who maintain Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ lifestyle, even destroying ships that attempt to get there. After an industrial accident exposes him to a fatal dose of radiation, 36-year-old factory-worker and ex-con Max DeCosta (Matt Damon) has only five days to get from Los Angeles to Elysium in order to be cured. Max straps into a powerful exoskeleton and attempts to kidnap a rich businessman (William Fichtner) in order to steal his identity and hijack his way into Elysium. This pits him against Elysium’s Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her violent secret police forces, led by Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley).

The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth and the luxurious space habitat called Elysium. It will explore political and sociological themes such as immigration, health care and class issues. When asked whether the film reveals how he sees Earth turning out in 140 years, director Blomkamp responded “No, no, no. This isn’t science fiction. This is today. This is now.”

Elysium re-unites Blomkamp with some of his District 9 crew, such as editor Julian Clarke, production designer Philip Ivey, cinematographer Trent Opaloch, and actor Sharlto Copley playing one of the film’s villains.

In January 2011, independent studio Media Rights Capital met with major studios to present Elysium, and Blomkamp shared art designs of his proposed science fiction film. The art designs won over the executives at Sony Pictures, who bought the film after making a more attractive offer than the other studios.
With a budget of $90 million, production began in July 2011. The film’s Earth-bound scenes were shot in a dump in the poor Iztapalapa district on the outskirts of Mexico City, while the scenes for the space city Elysium were shot in Vancouver and the wealthy Huixquilucan-Interlomas suburbs of Mexico City. Matt Damon shaved his head for the role of Max, and also worked out four hours a day with personal trainer Dr. Sae-ung.

The main role was offered to rapper Eminem, but he wanted the film to be shot in Detroit. That was not an option for the two studios, so Blomkamp moved on to Damon as his next choice.

The futuristic designs were executed by Philip Ivey after long periods of researching and studying older science fiction films. Ivey has continuously cited Syd Mead as a substantial influence for the film. Complicated visual effects were handled by Industrial Light and Magic and Image Engine, the latter of which collaborated on District 9. Re-shoots took place through October 2012.

The film’s “organic” music score was composed by newcomer Ryan Amon and recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Go check it out!

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

By Gunner Glam

     In theaters now, Studio Brow wants to share some info on the fourth and final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

      The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (commonly referred to as Breaking Dawn – Part 2) is a 2012 romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.

The second part of a two-part film forms the fifth and final installment in the series The Twilight Saga, the film is the conclusion of the 2011 film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, reprise their roles, along with Mackenzie Foy portraying Bella and Edward’s child, Renesmee.

Part 2 was released on November 16, 2012, and was released by Lionsgate in the United States, in consequence of the merger between Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.

The story line is as follows:

After being brought back from near-death by Edward after childbirth, Bella begins her new life as a vampire and mother to their daughter, Renesmee. But when Irina, a member of the Denali coven, misidentifies Renesmee as a immortal child, a human infant who has been bitten and transformed into a vampire, to the Volturi, they set out to battle and destroy the Cullens for their betrayal.

In a final attempt to survive, the Cullens begin to gather foreign Vampire clans and nomads to stand and witness against the Volturi, including the Denali, the Amazonian, the Egyptian, the Irish and Romanian Covens, with European and American nomads. With their allies, the Cullens and the Wolf Pack stand to prove their innocence to the Volturi once and for all.

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Walking Dead – Season Three: It Takes Brains to Succeed

By Gunner Glam

When sitting down on a a Sunday night this Halloween season, what better than to see characters running and killing the undead?

The best show for this? On Walking Dead Season Three, which began Sunday, October 14.

The main returning cast of the series includes:

Andrew Lincoln portrays the series’ protagonist Rick Grimes, a former deputy sheriff from King County, Georgia, who has established himself as the group’s leader.

Sarah Wayne Callies portrays Lori Grimes, Rick’s wife and Carl’s mother.

Chandler Riggs portrays Carl Grimes, Rick and Lori’s young son.

Laurie Holden portrays Andrea, a former successful civil rights attorney, who was separated from the group at the end of the second season.

Norman Reedus portrays Daryl Dixon, an antihero-like Southern gent who’s also the group’s primary hunter.

Steven Yeun portrays Glenn, a former pizza delivery boy.

Scott Wilson portrays Hersel Greene, a former farm owner who lives in rural Georgia and has lived there for many years with his family.

Lauren Cohan portrays Maggie Greene, Hershel’s tomboyish eldest daughter and Glenn’s lover.

Danai Gurira portrays Michonne, the hooded figure that saves Andrea in the season two finale and a prominently featured character in the comic series.

The third season of AMC’s television series The Walking Dead will feature 16 episodes. The series is based on the series of comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard; it was developed for television by Frank Darabont, and is executive produced by Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara. As in the comics, the season will be set in both an abandoned prison and an active rural town of survivors. It introduces two characters from the comics, The Governor and Michonne.

The first eight episodes will run on Sundays from October through December 2. After the winter-mission, the season will resume on a yet-to-be-determined February date.

The first episode followed the story of after several months on the road, the group finds the prison and fights off walkers to get inside, trying to make a prison into a safe fortress. Lori (Callies), thinking her husband Rick (Lincoln) hates her and also fearing for her unborn child, confides in Hershel (Wilson). Elsewhere, Michonne (Gurira) tends to a feverish Andrea (Holden) as they seek safer refuge.

Stay tuned with Walking Dead Season Three Sundays on the American Film Channel at 9 pm/8 pm central time.

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2012 Golden Raspberry Awards

By Gunner Glam

Studio Brow would like to share Hollywood’s worst of 2011, per the results of the 2012 Golden Raspberry Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 1.

Worst Picture – Winner: Jack and Jill

  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Jack and Jill
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Worst Actor – Winner: Adam Sandler

  •  Russell Brand – Arthur
  • Nicolas Cage – Drive Angry, Season of the Witch and Trespass
  • Taylor Lautner – Abduction and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
  • Adam Sandler – Jack and Jill (as Jack) and Just Go with It
  • Nick Swardson – Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

Worst Actress – Winner: Adam Sandler

  • Martin Lawrence (as Big Momma) – Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
  • Sarah Palin (as herself) – The Undefeated
  • Sarah Jessica Parker – I Don’t Know How She Does It and New Year’s Eve
  • Adam Sandler (as Jill) – Jack and Jill
  • Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Worst Supporting Actor – Winner: Al Pacino

  • Patrick Dempsey – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  •  James Franco – Your Highness
  • Ken Jeong – Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, The Hangover Part II, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Zookeeper
  • Al Pacino – Jack and Jill
  • Nick Swardson – Jack and Jill and Just Go with It

Worst Supporting Actress – Winner: David Spade

  • Katie Holmes – Jack and Jill
  • The Underwear Model (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Brandon T. Jackson (as Charmaine) – Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
  • Nicole Kidman – Just Go with It
  • David Spade (as Monica) – Jack and Jill

Worst Director – Winner: Dennis Dugan

  • Michael Bay – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Tom Brady – Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Bill Condon – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
  • Dennis Dugan – Jack and Jill and Just Go with It
  • Garry Marshall – New Year’s Eve

Worst Screenplay – Winner: Jack and Jill

  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • Jack and Jill
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Worst Screen Couple -Winner: Adam Sandler and either Katie Holmes, Al Pacino or Adam Sandler from Jack and Jill

  • Nicolas Cage & Anyone Sharing the Screen with Him in Any of His Three 2011 Movies (Drive Angry, Season of the Witch and Trespass)
  • Shia LaBeouf & The Underwear Model (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) – Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Adam Sandler & EITHER Jennifer Aniston OR Brooklyn Decker – Just Go with It
  • Adam Sandler & EITHER Katie Holmes, Al Pacino OR Adam Sandler – Jack and Jill
  • Kristen Stewart & EITHER Taylor Lautner OR Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel – Winner: Jack and Jill

  • Arthur
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (Rip-off of Boogie Nights and A Star Is Born)
  • The Hangover Part II
  • Jack and Jill (Remake/Rip-off of Ed Wood’s Classic Glen or Glenda)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Worst Screen Ensemble – Winner: The entire cast of Jack and Jill

  • The Entire Cast of Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
  • The Entire Cast of Jack and Jill
  • The Entire Cast of New Year’s Eve
  • The Entire Cast of Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Entire Cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

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