Trailer for Chappie is out

Here’s a movie that looks like it’s going to capture the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. It’s a film called Chappie and it will be released in March next year. The film is directed by SA-born director, Neil Blomkamp and it stars Sharlto Copley (Chappie), Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and the awesome-twosome that make up Die Antwoord. Have you seen the trailer? If not, check it out below:

I’m putting it out to the universe now, I want to be in LA for the release of this film.  Mark my words, this film is going to be a smash hit and my city, my Jozi provides the backdrop for the film. LOVE IT!

Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver in Jozi

Hollywood superstars, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver are in town. Yesterday a friend of mine tweeted that he’d literally bumped into Sigourney Weaver at the Brightwater Commons. I was there ten minutes before the tweet came in, so I was in the company of greatness 🙂 Why on earth she chose that place to visit, I don’t know but after doing a search on Twitter, I found a picture of the Avatar actress posing for a photo with a fan.

Hugh posted a picture on Instagram yesterday, which saw the Wolverine star sporting a ‘beautiful’ mullet. He and Weaver have begun filming for the movie, Chappie. It’s directed by SA born director, Neill Blomkamp who is famous for his work on District 9 and Elysium.

I’m now officially on a mission. If you spot them, holler 😉

Uma Thurman joins the Jameson First Shot campaign

The very beautiful and talented, Uma Thurman has signed on to be apart of the Jameson First Shot Campaign for 2014. The campaign, which has already seen Hollywood big wigs, Kevin Spacey and Willem Dafoe participating in, will be entering into its third year now and this time it’s with the lovely Uma.

So, to all of you aspiring filmmakers out there, best you start thinking about your short film concept. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and who knows what other doors might open should you be the chosen one. You could follow in SA-born, Neill Blomkamp‘s steps and becoming an internationally acclaimed director.

How do you enter then? Well you need to submit a script of no more than seven pages to www.jamesonfirstshot.com by the 2nd of January 2014. The judging panel, made up of Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions and of Uma will then sift through all of the entries and a winner will then be selected. Remember to be original, creative, funny and entertaining when you put your script together.

Sharlto Copley nominated for two Spike Awards


Sharlto Copley continues on the path towards super-stardom this morning, following his two nominations for this year’s Spike Awards/ Scream 2010. He has been nominated in the Best Breakout Male Performance and the Best Science Fiction Actor category for his role in the hugely popular District 9, where he played Wikus van der Merwe. Incredible, he’s nominated alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Fox and Denzel Washington in the one category. Well done Sharlto and to District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp too! On the news of his nominations, Copley said,

“Thank you. I’m very grateful to the distinguished “SCREAM” advisory board for these nominations,” for the nods he received for Breakout Performance and Best Science Fiction Actor.”

Here is a list of a few other nominees for the awards that go down on the 19th of October:

BEST BREAKOUT MALE PERFORMANCE
Sharlto Copley- District 9
Andrew Garfield- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus
Tom Hardy- Inception
Aaron Johnson- Kick-Ass
Xavier Samuel- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Jodi Smit- Mcphee- The Road

THE ULTIMATE SCREAM
Alice in Wonderland
Avatar
District 9
Inception
Iron Man 2
Kick-Ass
Lost
True Blood
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Zombieland

BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE
Avatar
District 9
Inception
Iron Man 2
Predators
The Road

BEST FANTASY MOVIE
Alice in Wonderland
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Kick-Ass
Toy Story 3
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Where the Wild Things Are
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District 9 up for a People's Choice Award

The surprise summer blockbuster, District 9 has cracked the nodd for a People’s Choice Award. The film, produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neill Blomkamp has been nominated in the Favourite Independent Film category! BIG UP to them all. Here’s a list of the nominees thus far:

Best Male Actor:
Ryan Reynolds
Robert Pattison
Brad Pitt
Hugh Jackman
Johnny Depp

Best Female Actor:
Anne Hathaway
Drew Barrymore
Jennifer Aniston
Kristen Stewart
Sandra Bullock

Best Favourite Action Star:
Christian Bale
Gerard Butler
Hugh Jackman
Shia Labeouf
Vin Diesel

Best Comedic Star:
Adam Sandler
Ben Stiller
Jim Carrey
Ryan Reynolds
Vince Vaughn

Favourite Breakout Movie Actress:
Anne Kendrick
Emily Osment
Ginnifer Goodwin
Miley Cyrus
Zoe Saldana

Favourite Breakout Movie Actor:
Chris Pine
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Sam Worthington
Taylor Lautner
Zachary Quinto

Favourite On-Screen team:
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
The Proposal
Transformers Revenge of The Fallen
The Twilight Saga
X-men Origins: Wolverine

Favourite Independent Movie:
(500) Days Of Summer
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
Paranormal Activity
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail

Favourite Comedy Movie:
17 Again
Bride Wars
The Hangover
He’s Just Not That Into You
The Proposal
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Check out the Real District 9

US Box Office smash hit movie District 9 has made over R4.6 million in SA alone in it’s opening 2 weeks. The Times Online went to Soweto where the film was shot and spoke to locals who featured in it.

District 9 top the box office charts

District 9 is a South African movie, one that tells the story about about aliens landing in down town, Johannesburg in South Africa. (READ A SYNOPSIS BELOW). It has been scoring rave reviews from movie critics around the globe and is officially the number 1 film in the USA at the moment. The film was directed by South African born Neill Blomkamp and was produced by Peter Jackson, famous for his work in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Interesting note, this is the second South African born director to have a number 1 at the box office this year. Earlier, Oscar winner Gavin Hood‘s film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine opened at number 1. Represent!

How cool is this, the film opened at $37million, beating G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra which only scooped $22.5million. Not surprisingly, the audience was predominantly male, 64% according to The LA Times and 57% of those were over 25.

People to look out for in the film:
Sharlto Copley
Jason Cope
Nathalie Boltt (Isidingo and other roles) and more. For further details on this film, check out the official site here

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 an MNU field operative, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), contracts a mysterious virus that begins changing his DNA. Wikus quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable – he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. Ostracized and friendless, there is only one place left for him to hide:
District 9.