Fully leverage your street cred as a Sci-Fi boffin by packing these fully authentic “District 9″ replica weapons for your basement arsenal. When the end comes and the teeming hordes of math, physics and engineering deficient rednecks cross onto your L.A.W.N. (Local Area Weapons Nexus), feel free to whip out the Gas Projector or my personal favorite the Arc Generator. No demonstrations will be necessary to yonder hairy palmed interlopers as any creature with a rudimentary fore-brain can see that if you cross onto the L.A.W.N., the Nerd standing there next to his Mom is going to drop some serious joules on Billy Bob and his cousin Chester. These fully authentic props from “District 9″ were made by the New Zealand effects group WETA, which did the effects for “District 9″ and oh yeah, “Avatar” among many more motion picture extravaganzas. Go order them now. Thanks /Film These babies can be had on Preorder for around 500.00 bucks. Gas Projector… Continue Reading »
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Just in case you’ve been “away”, getting some much needed “rest” and haven’t checked out the must see TEDtalks series of lectures happening now all over the place, let me fill you in on an excellent Sci-Fi TED given by Neill Blomkamp, director and writer of “District 9″ a movie where the aliens arrive and can’t or won’t go home. Neill was invited to the Vancouver edition of the TED but couldn’t make it. Instead, he provided this nifty little video talk on where he might be going for his future works, what kind of future we humans might be diving into and what a real Alien looks like. Thanks /film
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Neill Blomkamp’s breakthrough hit “District 9″ on standard DVD and Blu-ray December 22 2009 (just in time for the sci-fi fan in your household, natch). Starring Sharlto Copley and produced by Peter Jackson of “Lord of the Rings” fame, the “Alien Nation”-esque movie took the box office by storm when it was released, and garnered mostly positive critical reviews, which translated into excellent box office recripts, making it one of the few sci-fi moves released in 2009 that can make that boast. DVD cover art and specs below. From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original sciencefiction thriller that “soars on the imagination of its creators” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed… only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone… Continue Reading »
This is what happens when a movie comes out of nowhere and scores big, as director Neill Blomkamp’s film “District 9″ has done. The film’s got people interested in sci-fi again (always a good thing), and that excitement has translated into box office success to the tune of a $37 million dollar opening weekend. So can a sequel be far behind? According to everyone involved, there doesn’t seem to be any aversion to returning to the world of “District 9″. Director Neill Blomkamp said this to EW about a possible sequel: ”I would do anything to go back to the world of District 9 again,” he says. ”Or District 10.” Well, Neill, who is stopping you? Peter Jackson has a full plate, but he was always just a producer on the film, and it’s always been Blomkamp’s vision from day one. And with Blomkamp clearly up for a sequel, I don’t see where one wouldn’t be forthcoming, and soon.
I’m not sure if it was the lack of other good films out this weekend or the fact that “District 9″ was really good that jumped D9 to the top of the charts this weekend. I’ll take the positive view and say that movie watchers had finally become numb to the craptacular fare we’ve been suffering through lately and saw to it that an intelligent and well made Sci-Fi got its due. “District 9″ cost 30 million to make and earned 37 million in one weekend making it an obvious success. I imagine it’ll see 100 million in total before all is said and done. Neill Blomkamp, the director and co-writer of D9 must be smiling very broadly today. Success like the kind D9 is having will greenlight other risky subject Sci-Fi films in the near future that might not otherwise have been made. Thanks Variety for the numbers.
By rights, “District 9″ should probably have bypassed theaters and gone directly to On Demand cable tv and dvd. It features a cast of relative unknowns, an untested director, and a modest $30 million dollar budget. And so “District 9″ failed to be the hyper publicized escapism that so many of its’ top grossing predecessor’s had. Instead, a miracle occurred; “District 9″ triumphed and shone as daringly original film that at times will make you want to stand up and cheer. Twenty years ago, an alien craft arrived on Earth by virtue of the fact they literally ran out of gas. Since nobody could locate the intergalactic AAA card, they’re stranded and forced to live a poverty level life in shantytowns. There they are exploited by Nigerian crimelords looking to gain possession of alien weapons, as well as including them as ritual sacrifices in voodoo ceremonies. A corporation called the Multi National Unit (MNU) has been charged with moving the… Continue Reading »
The Peter Jackson-produced “District 9″ hits theaters August 14th, and to get people ready for the movie, the studio has released four new clips from the film. Check them out below. Thirty years ago, aliens made first contact with Earth. Humans waited for the hostile attack, or the giant advances in technology. Neither came. Instead, the aliens were refugees, the last survivors of their home world. The creatures were set up in a makeshift home in South Africa’s District 9 as the world’s nations argued over what to do with them. Now, patience over the alien situation has run out. Control over the aliens has been contracted out to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens’ welfare – they will receive tremendous profits if they can make the aliens’ awesome weaponry work. So far, they have failed; activation of the weaponry requires alien DNA. The tension between the aliens and the humans comes to a head when… Continue Reading »
It’s spoilery so I read it with only one eye. I suggest you do the same. “District 9″ comes out this week and I’m pumped people. It looks Sci-Fi fresh. “District 9″ tells the story of Aliens from the planet of the insect people that pick the wrong solar system to run out of gas in. It stars Sharlto Copley as a kind of U.N. representative in charge of relocating the aliens from the shanty town camp they are put in to a more country setting. Here’s a few choice quotes from the interview with the fellas at Aintitcool. Capone: One of the things that have bugged me about the way films portray alien races–and I think there’s even a little bit of it in the footage we saw from AVATAR yesterday–that all of the aliens look exactly the same, but yours have different colorings, subtle variations in their features–beyond the little bits of clothing they might be wearing. NB:… Continue Reading »
I’m scouring my newsfeeds as I usually do every morning looking for viable movie news, when I ran across this headline on the USAToday feed: “Peter Jackson is back to basics on low-budget ‘District 9′”. You see, because in Hollywood, a $30 million dollar movie is considered low-budget. Or maybe that’s what the studio told USAToday, and USAToday being the unmotivated newspaper they are, is just going along with it. If you’ve even seen a piece of “District 9″ (consider the trailers), you know there is nothing low-budget about it. It’s a big-time Hollywood movie, minus the excessive actor’s pays (Denzel Washington or Tom Cruise alone would have cost the movie $20 million just for showing up) and gazillion luxury trailers for all the “talent”. But make no mistake about it, when you go to see “District 9″ when it opens in two weeks, with its incredible spaceship effects, running aliens, and mech suits, you won’t be seeing a movie… Continue Reading »
I’m getting really pumped up for the oncoming “District 9″, a film produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neill Blomkamp about aliens that come to visit and foolishly forget to obliterate us before they land. Silly aliens. Can you imagine what real aliens must be thinking about us if they are observing? It’s hardly impossible. I’m not convinced at all that we have been visited, there’s just zero physical evidence, but it is possible physically. In addition, we are theoretically capable of building telescopes, or arrays of them actually, that can directly image other planets around other stars. If we are being watched and our radio waves decoded, the green guys with the antennae must think we’re completely nuts. Would you want to visit us? A new “District 9″ trailer has popped up, with new footage and commentary by the director, Mr. Blomkamp, producer Peter Jackson and others. Man it looks good. “District 9″ opens August 14th.
As Comic-Con gets underway, news and media of every description will begin to fly from San Diego in copious amounts. Your fearless Sci-Fi newsman, Endy, is on it. If it’s cool, you’ll see it here. District 9 is about aliens, far from home and stuck on Earth. They made the serious mistake of not just vaporizing us on sight and now look where it got them. They live in camps in South Africa and perhaps only agent Wikus, played by Sharlto Copley, can set them free. Here is the agent himself, wielding a bad ass firearm that looks to be flamethrowery. Whatever it is it’s big and nasty. On Aug 14th we will see for sure what it can do. Thanks Slashfilm.
The push is on to promote Niell Blomkamp’s District 9, the story of aliens that come to visit and the nasty reception they receive. I think the film is going to be great Sci-Fi but it seems like the anti-apartheid lesson it illustrates seems a bit dated. I can’t imagine any real aliens being treated like this. Yes I know they are a metaphor for humans. I get it. That they land in South Africa and are put into camps just seems a little too obvious. Still, it has Peter Jackson producing and features giant robots, angry aliens and human-alien hybrids so it sounds like fun. Embedding seems to be difficult with these new TV spots so I shall just redirect you to YouTube for the HD goodness. Thanks ComingSoon for the scoop. District 9 opens Aug 14th. Trailer One Trailer Two
Three viral videos for the Peter Jackson-produced “District 9″, opening August 14, 2009. The movie stars William Allen Young, Jason Cope, Sharlto Copley, and is directed by Neill Blomkamp. The first viral video is a commercial for the movie’s faux omnipresent MNU corporation, which has “slimy” and “evil” written all over their human-friendly face; the second and third is a series of man-on-the-street interviews with people about the aliens. It’s all very silly, these viral marketing gimmick, but there you have them. I just hope the movie itself lives up to the hype, or at the very least, isn’t a total letdown. I hate it when the marketing is better than the movie.
The only thing we’ve seen of the Peter Jackson-produced “District 9″ so far has been trying to sell us the viral side of the movie. It’s all very clever and cute, but it’s about time we saw some real plot from this movie, and this latest trailer does just that. I just hope that when all is said and done, this isn’t another movie about Government conspiracies and cover-ups, with the aliens ended up being exploited by the big bad humans and are just fighting back, etc. Man, that would be so predictable… An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology. Starring Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Mandla Gaduka, Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Louis Minnaar, William Allen Young, and Hlengiwe Madlala. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Stay away from the alien zone August 14. Via Yahoo! Movies.
District 9 is a Sci-Fi film with a message. The more you diverge in appearance, attitude or culture from the majority archetype, the more you will be hated. In District 9, aliens from some distant world arrive on Earth and are forced to remain. The reception we give these aliens here on Earth is none too friendly. Obviously, if real aliens landed and proved themselves either harmless or friendly, we would treat them like rock stars. District 9 wants to illustrate that many of us feel that there are human aliens living among us now. We have a new District 9 poster for you, showing a badass saucer. District 9′s new trailer hits Wednesday. Directed by Neill BlomKamp and produced by none other than Peter Jackson. In theatres August 14th.