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Neill Blomkamp's District 9 follow-up, Elysium, is drawing some major talent!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some good news, for a change of pace. Neill Blomkamp came out swinging with his directorial debut DISTRICT 9 and now his sophomore effort, Elysium, which still hasn't been sold to a distributor or even shopped around, is drawing some major talent.

According to Mike Fleming at Deadline Jodie Foster has joined Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in the film.

Foster's going to have a hell of a year. The Beaver I think is going to be fantastic and she's also appearing in Roman Polanski's adaptation of the great play GOD OF CARNAGE along side Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet.

I'm psyched for anything Blomkamp, especially in the sci-fi field. Can't wait!

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  • Jan. 3, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    how do you pronounce the title?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    The Beaver? Is anyone going to see that? Are you kidding? Nobody outside of AICN has time for Mel Gibson, guys.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Sign me up....

    by ConeSpinner

    This is going to be fantastic. You know it. I know it. Matt Damon knows it.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    how to pronounce the title

    by Holodigm


  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by AdrianVeidt

    "ee-LEE-see-uhm" --In Greek mythology, Elysium was considered the "paradise" of the Underworld.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    thanks holo

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I was thinkin e-lie-cee-um... looks like i wont look stupid at the ticket booth

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    how do you pronounce pronunciation?

    by AzzyAzzy

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Jodie Foster?!?!

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Oh, wait. Who? Really, she counts as major talent now, huh? Yes, she's a good actor, but I've never gone to see a film specifically because of her. SotL and Contact would have still been great if there had been a different female lead. Am I missing another movie where she really stood out?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    sold already. GREAT DIRECTOR,(+ Copley??!) =SOLD ALREADY

    by BILLY

    Give me release date...and my ticket is bought.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Well I, for one...

    by snappy looking forward to seeing Jodie Foster's Beaver

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I have seen the Beaver.

    by CoursinLarry

    And it is not fantastic. I'm interested to see what the critics, and the rest of America, make of it. I didn't care for it at all.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Jodie Foster's Beaver

    by Itchy

    I've wanted to see it, and stick my penis in it, ever since Taxi Driver. Somehow, the fact she likes to like the furry meat-wound only makes her hotter.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    "worst evil act a human can do"

    by MattmanReturns

    Maybe if he'd split her in half after then licked up the blood while saying "OM NOM NOM NOM NOM"... I'm going to hell.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    A Question: Looking for Honest Perspective from TBers

    by Crow3711

    Will you see The Beaver, and do you think other people (general public) will be at all open to, or interested in, seeing The Beaver? It's hard for me to imagine enough people flocking to a Gibson vehicle, enough for it to turn a profit, no matter how it is or word of mouth goes. Basically, do you think THe Beaver can get a fair shake upon release and why? I'm so interested to see what happens with this movie. Also anxiously awaiting more Elysium news, of course

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    The law doesn't apply to Hollywood or Sports, btw

    by MattmanReturns

    You guys haven't figured this out by now? Michael Vick drowned and electrocuted dogs, and he gets a call from the President congratulating him on his "redemption". OJ got away with cutting his wife's head off. Polanski raped and ran. At least in the Polanski case, the victim isn't pressing charges. Not excusing his actions, but people have gotten away with far worse.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The beaver looks interesting, anything neil blomkamp does..

    by asojax

    sounds interesting, loved district nine and will look forward to his movies for generations to come. Do people honestly avoid movies based on something an actor or director did outside of filiming the movie? I'll watch anything mel gibson is in or directs cause i honestly think he does a great job as an actor, i don't condone or appreciate anything he does with his life, but if i was gonna stop watching movies made by or starring anyone who's private life is made public and they are ignorant/stupid/evil then i would have stopped watching movies all together. I will watch James Cameron movies one time because he was a good director/writer his writing is lacking now days but visually he can still direct better than most directors however everything he believes in his horse shit the guy has an ego the size of america and im sure he has no problem screwing people over to get his way, anyone who honestly won't watch a mel gibson film for what he does in his "private" life needs to get off there high horse and realize every director or actor out there has done something that you probably hate as well. Yet im sure you still watch them.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Hollywood forgives rapists

    by gun_will_travel

    And pedophiles, and perverts of every kind. Especially if they can make someone money. The only unforgiveable offense is being conservative, and they'll even forgive that if you can make them money.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

    The guy is a rapist and everyone will forgive him?? But Mel Gibson goes crazy on some bitch and he is the worst thing in the world never to be forgiven?? WTF??

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Will Matt Damon play the same character from Invictus?

    by DynamixRo

    It is set in South Africa, isn't it?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Diox because acording to Whoopie Goldberg

    by KilliK

    it was not rape,rape.You know like saying someone is not pregnant,pregnant.right...

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    I wonder how many people who hate Polanski cheer for Michael Vick?

    by MattmanReturns

    I don't respect Polanski as a person, but he is an undeniably talented filmmaker. Same goes for Vick and football. However, Vick fucking murdered man's best friend, REPEATEDLY. What Polanski did was despicable, but the fact remains that the victim wants him left to his cowardly self. The dude didn't get off light... he can't return to the best country in the world, and he has to live with the fact that he's a famous child rapists for the rest of his life. Is Michael Vick any better because he served some time? Dude was slapped on the wrist. Polanski should have stayed in the states, because he would have been out of jail and making movies in no time. And oddly, the hypocrites wouldn't be judging him as harshly because people seem to think a little jail time = redemption.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    You are seriously comparing raping a child to getting a DUI? Thousands are killed every year by people in accidents that are NOT drunk as well. Also, driving drunk is not a crime that offenders set out to commit. They get a buzz on (sometimes!) and think they are good to drive. I'm not condoning it by any means, but never would I compare a crime that is not committed with the intention of committing a crime to actively and knowingly raping a child. The only difference between most people with a dui and people without a dui is the ones with a dui got caught.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    I wonder when Polanski dies...

    by BarryConvex

    ...if everybody will pull a 180 like they did with Michael Jackson and forget about all the shit he did or will he still be demonized in death?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Lets t

    by Mr Soze

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    I saw a poll in, I think, USA TODAY...

    by CountryBoy

    ... that said something like 75% of moviegoers have no prioblem with seeing a Mel Gibson movie. It may have been higher. So if THE BEAVER fauils, I don't think it'll be becasue of Mel.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Lets post about Blokamp

    by Mr Soze

    Jodie hasn't done anything since Silence....I'd watch anything Mel directed....Vick is a wolf in sheeps clothing...and Blokamp deserves a blank check from any studio to do what ever he wants

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    So Jodie works with racists and rapists alike

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Obama called about solar panels.

    by mjgtexas

    Personally I hope Vick tears an ACL--as all running quartebacks eventually do--but Obama called Lurie about solar panel investment and brought up Vick as a "while I got you on the phone" deal. Another one of those non-stories for people who read what they want to read.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Watch Gladiator for pronunciation

    by Adelai Niska

    Russell Crowe's speech to his men mentions "if you find yourself in green fields, you are in Elysium, and you are already dead"

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Geek culture is dying

    by Jeff

    Because you don't know how to pronouce Elysium.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    can't we just call a pervert a pervert?

    by frank cotton

    and quit comparing apples to oranges? and could someone, anyone, please - tell me what the fuck this film's about? anybody got a clue?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Elysium reminds me of No Escape (they called it Absolum, I think)

    by BadMrWonka

    anyone remember that one? young Ray Liotta? Ernie Hudson? Lance Henrikson? super underrated sci-fi thriller. really great set pieces and some really good performances. and it's one of only a handful of big budget movies to not feature a single female role. good trivia.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    If Gibson Had Done ANYTHING

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    we would know by now...all we know for sure is he gets drunk and screams racist stuff to some woman deliberately trying to get him mad...if he actually hit her while she was holding a child or otherwise it would already be in court...that's not something that takes a lot of time to prosecute, expecially since that kind of evidence seems everyone who knows Mel personally (Whoopie, Jodie) have his back...and they both happen to be women and one of them is all we need is Sarah Silverman to say Mel is the man and we can chalk this stuff up to Mel spouting off his father's nonsense to try and get people's attention when he's drunk

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Elysium is also the name of the new

    by CimmerianWarrior

    Stratovarius album. They are a great power metal band. since I work as an editor for a heavy metal website, I have already heard the album. It is terrific. Carry on. :)

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Jodie Foster trying Scifi again

    by Phategod100

    You better not pull a contact.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    i've met neill several times

    by PleaseWipeMyAss

    he collects old fighter jet shit and i've sold him a few things over the last few years. last time i talked with him was a couple weeks ago and for some reason we got to talking about godzilla and he brought up the fact that he was about to sign onto the legendary project until scheduling couldn't go his way as well as the studio insisting on not doing a direct remake of the black and white film which was what he wanted to no matter what

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Jodie Foster does SF? This is a first for her?

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    It boggles my mind...

    by blackwood

    ...that anyone could think of Jodie Foster's performance in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS as disposable, something anyone could have done. I maintain that SILENCE is one of the best films ever made, ever, in all of time -- and Jodie Foster is a big part of why it works so well.<br><br>Before all the most recent drama, I think the public made it pretty clear that they don't care for Mel Gibson when EDGE OF DARKNESS bombed. Sort of like Tom Cruise and KNIGHT AND DAY.<br><br>And yeah, it would be weird if people gave Polanski a genuine pass... but I don't think anyone does. I've said it before in Polanski-related TBs, but it bears repeating -- it will be better when he is dead. Not because that forgives his actions but because it is easier to look at a body of work that can be considered genius when the genius himself doesn't have to be considered with the same immediacy, because he sits "unpunished" for his crime. I have liked-to-loved many Polanski films. Since learning the details of his crimes, I can not watch one without, before and after, feeling conflicted. But during, I don't think about it. I don't know how to process that.<br><br>But the most important thing is Blomkamp is making a new film. Whoever is in it, what connections they have to other people, what it is about, all that jazz shouldn't enter into it, because I will follow Blomkamp where he goes.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    "The Beaver"

    by Teddy Artery

    looks absolutely horrendous. Like the worst timed misfire I've ever seen. But hey, maybe with some creative editing...

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    gun_will_travel, they'll never forgive Mel Gibson

    by IronEagle74

    Like you said, he's conservative.