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Neill Blomkamp (born 17.9.1979)
Neill Blomkamp is a South African writer; producer and director acknowledged for his visual effect work and documentary style, handheld filmmaking. He is best known for his work on the Academy Award nominated District 9 and was named by Time as one of 2009's most inspirational figures.

Childhood: Blomkamp was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended Redhill High school. When Blomkamp was 16 he met Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) who provided Blomkamp with the equipment and resources to allow him to pursue his passion and talent in 3D animation and design. In return, Blomkamp helped to create 3D work and visuals for Copley's marketing and pitches through various projects.

Industry Career: When Blomkamp was 18 he applied and enrolled to Vancouver film school. Blomkamp was hired for multiple 'photo-realistic' effects projects including aviation work with: Popular Science. Blomkamp worked on behalf of The Embassy Visual Effects and Rainmaker digital effects whilst being signed to Spy Films Blomkamp's talent and passion for visual effect lead to him working on television series such as Stargate SG-1, First Wave, Mercy Point, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, Dark Angel, 3000 Miles to Graceland and critical acclaimed Smallville. Blomkamp was hired for promotion purposes by Adidas for which he wrote, directed and created the visual effects for short film Adicolor Yellow. This led to Blomkamp directing his own short, Alive in Joburg which obtained him with recognition from Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson. Jackson's aimed to produce the Halo movie (for which Blomkamp had previously created three short promotional videos, based in the same universe) with Blomkamp directing. When funding failed Peter Jackson went on to produce an adaptation of Blomkamp's short, Alive in Joburg which ultimately became District 9. District 9 starred old friend of Blomkamp' Sharlto Copley and received critical and public success. The film maintained Blomkamp's documentary style filming, exploring discrimination which is seen throughout his short films.



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Sigourney Weaver Can't Wait To Get Back Into Space As Alien Hunter Ellen Ripley


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A new sequel to Ridley Scott's cult 1979 movie has been in the works for years, and now Weaver, who played monster-hunting Ellen Ripley in the original, has an update for fans.

The film is now a go with Elysium director Neill Blomkamp as director, but it won't start shooting until after Scott's Prometheus sequel is released, and he has revisited his Alien franchise with new film Alien: Covenant, which is set to hit theatres in August, 2017.

"Ridley asked Neill not to make our Alien until after Prometheus 2," Sigourney says, according to Latino-Review.com. "He (Ridley Scott) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it's (new Alien film) an amazing script, and Neill and I are really excited about doing it.

Continue reading: Sigourney Weaver Can't Wait To Get Back Into Space As Alien Hunter Ellen Ripley

Prometheus 2 Becomes Alien: Paradise Lost


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'Prometheus 2' is to be called 'Alien: Paradise Lost'.

Director Ridley Scott has announced the upcoming sequel to the 2012 sci-fi horror will have a closer connection to the original 'Alien' franchise.

Speaking to HeyUGuys.co.uk, he said: ''It's going to be 'Alien: Paradise Lost', so 'Prometheus 2' is not really going to be [what it's called].

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Alien Tops List Of Scariest Movie Monsters


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'Alien' has been named the scariest movie creature of all time.

The frightening creation first appeared on movie screens in 1979, bursting out of John Hurt's chest, and came out on top of a Radio Times reader survey, pipping the skeleton army from 'Jason and the Argonauts' to the post.

Only two modern villains appeared in the top 10 - the life-sucking Dementors from the Harry Potter movies and Pale Man, which feeds on children and fairies, from 2006 film 'Pan's Labyrinth'.

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Alien 'won't Interfere With Prometheus'


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Neill Blomkamp insists the new 'Alien' movie won't interfere with the 'Prometheus' franchise.

The 35-year-old director has been chosen to helm the much-anticipated new movie and has revealed he amended one aspect of his film to ensure it would not tread on the toes of 'Prometheus 2'.

He said: ''I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit''

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'Chappie' Star Dev Patel Admits Co-Starring With A Robot Brought Its Challenges


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Dev Patel stars in one of the most unusual sci-fi movies of recent years, 'Chappie', in which he plays a celebrated engineer and inventor of a robotic police force. However, communicating with a robot as opposed to another actor was always going to bring its challenges.

Dev Patel in 'Chappie'
Dev Patel stars alongside Sharlto Copley in 'Chappie'

He's probably best known for starring in the Oscar winning Eastern drama 'Slumdog Millionaire', but Dev Patel is no stranger to the sci-fi fantasy genre. In 2010, he appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender', but rather than having to weave around various special effects, this time he was expected to enact scenes with an inanimate object.

Continue reading: 'Chappie' Star Dev Patel Admits Co-Starring With A Robot Brought Its Challenges

Sigourney Weaver 'comfortable' Taking Risks


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Sigourney Weaver is ''comfortable'' taking risks.

The 'Chappie' star believes she should always keep challenging herself when it comes to acting and switches between genres so she can avoid making the same films again and again.

She said: ''I think it's important never to repeat yourself, and that's why I've jumped from drama to comedy to sci-fi.

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A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.


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Chappie

Neill Blomkamp's new film Chappie held its world premiere this week in New York, just a day before before it opened around the world. Blomkamp (who previously made District 9 and Elysium) was present along with stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel.

Photos - World film premiere of 'Chappie' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - NYC

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.

Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie' Mixes Ideas And Action


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As he did with 'District 9' and 'Elysium', South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp wants to combine thrills and thoughtful issues in his new movie 'Chappie'. His goal, he says, is to "change the lens through which a person looks at something. But you have to do that without violating the reason that someone paid for a ticket in the first place."

Chappie is played by Sharlto Copley - a longtime collaborator of Blomkamp's
Chappie is played by Sharlto Copley - a longtime collaborator of Blomkamp's

In other words, while all three films include strong political statements, "they're also pieces of entertainment, and if they don't work on that level then they don't work period," he said. "Filmmakers need to remember that audiences go to the cinema to escape for two hours, not to be lectured to. If you really have a message you need to get across, you're better off making a documentary."

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Is 'Chappie' A Blip On Neill Blomkamp's Previous Unblemished Record?


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It seems as though Neill Blomkamp's intention to direct a new Alien movie has taken most of the publicity away from his latest film Chappie, which may be just as well given the middling reviews for the sci-fi movie about a near future mechanized police force.

ChappieChappie has received middling reviews for Neill Blomkamp

'Chappie' is a police droid who is stolen and given new programming to become the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. When a powerful and destructive force starts to regard the droid as a danger to mankind, they attempt to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

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Chappie Review


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This is a terrific small film about artificial intelligence wrapped within a much bigger, less involving action blockbuster. When he's grappling with issues of existence and consciousness, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp has a lot of fascinating things to say. But he also seems unable to resist tipping everything into contrived chaos, adding an unconvincing villain and lots of violent gun battles. It's an awkward mix that might please action movie fans more than those who like to engage their brains.

It's set after 2016, when the Johannesburg police deployed a team of Scout robots to bring order to the gang-ruled streets. This has been a bonanza for the tech company Tetravaal, run by hard-nosed CEO Michelle (Sigourney Weaver), who chose the Scout model, designed by the nerdy Deon (Dev Patel), over a more military-style behemoth called Moose, designed by trigger-happy Vincent (Hugh Jackman). Meanwhile, a low-life trio of offbeat, high-energy thugs (Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser and Jose Pablo Cantillo) decide to crack into the Scout's control system, so they kidnap Deon, inadvertently getting their hands on his newest prototype, the first truly sentient robot. When he's switched on, Chappie (Copley) has a sensitive soul and learns rather too quickly from his captors.

With films like District 9 and Elysium, Blomkamp showed an ability to seamlessly integrate technology with a rough and real story, and the effects work here is remarkable mainly because we never see how they're done. The robots look utterly natural mixing with humans, and Copley's performance is so astonishing that Chappie quickly becomes a hugely sympathetic character, uncannily taking on the traits of the people around him. It also helps that the film's script continually puts Chappie into situations that force us to feel his emotions and, most importantly, his powerful sense of self-preservation. Yes, he wants to live!

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World Film Premiere Of 'Chappie'

Terri Tatchell and Neill Blomkamp - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet World film premiere of 'Chappie' which was held at AMC Loews in Lincoln Square, New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 4th March 2015

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'Chappie' - Press Conference

Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Neill Blomkamp - Shots of the stars of new sci-fi film 'Chappie' as they attend a press conference for the film at the Crosby Hotel in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th February 2015

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Elysium World Premiere

Simon Kinberg, William Fichtner, Faran Tahir, Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Diego - Elysium World Premiere - Westwood, CA, United States - Thursday 8th August 2013

Simon Kinberg, William Fichtner, Faran Tahir, Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Diego
Simon Kinberg, William Fichtner, Faran Tahir, Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Neill Blomkamp, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Diego
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"Elysium" - Los Angeles Premiere

Neill Blomkamp - Aug 08 2013 - Regency Village Theatre - Westwood - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 8th August 2013

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Matt Damon At TELYISUM Photo Call

Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon - Matt Damon At ELYISUM photo call - LA, CA, United States - Friday 2nd August 2013

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Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon
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Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon
Sharlto Copley, Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon
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Neill Blomkamp

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17th September, 1979

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Chappie Movie Review

Chappie Movie Review

This is a terrific small film about artificial intelligence wrapped within a much bigger, less...

Chappie Trailer

Chappie Trailer

Mankind has the potential to build wondrous things, yet it also truly fears what it...

Elysium Movie Review

Elysium Movie Review

As he did with District 9, South African filmmaker Blomkamp grounds this sci-fi thriller in...

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It's the year 2154 and Max Da Costa is living in the densely populated, crime...

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