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Review

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems: A Review of Elysium

“Enjoyed” may be the wrong word to describe how viewers might feel about Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore sci-fi jaunt, Elysium. “Experienced” would be more apt, for this gritty dystopian vision is a tough one, hard on the eyes and adrenal system, if not much on the heart. A highly explosive action-adventure, Elysium falls prey to genre tropes more often than it blows past them, making for a well-crafted, if somewhat standard, feature. Unlike the allegorically stronger structure of Blomkamp’s big splash into Hollywood, District 9, this follow-up is thematically weaker and less substantial. It may reach for the stars, but Elysium, unfortunately, falls under its setup’s own weight.

Wealthy and privileged SPOILERS are protected beneath the cut.

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Gender Bendery

Add Elysium‘s Secretary Delacourt to the List of Characters Written for Men and Played by Women

Jodie Foster and Neill Blomkamp talked to Entertainment Weekly recently about the process of getting the much celebrated actress onto the production of Blomkamp’s first return to the director’s chair since District 9. As it turns out, even though both of them would have loved to work with the other, it almost didn’t happen because her character was originally written to be male.

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Oh Hollywood

Weeds Creator Jenji Kohan Talks Women, Humor, Race, Sex, And Her New Show About Ladies in Prison

Jenji Kohan is no stranger to stories of women doing illegal things– she is the Emmy-winning creator of Weeds, after all. Now she’s putting out a new 13-episode dramedy, Orange is the New Black, on Netflix. The story (based off of the memoir of Piper Kerman) follows one Piper Chapman during her year-long incarceration after being detained for her decade-long relationship with an international drug runner. She ends up in the company of a rowdy and eccentric group of inmates, and is forced to question herself while donning the ubiquitous orange jumpsuit.

Kohan knows what she’s doing. She spoke with Collider about creating the show, Jodie Foster‘s TV-directorial debut, and writing a diverse cast of dynamic women. See what she has to say under the cut.

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The Future Is Now!

The Elysium Trailer Has Evil Jodie Foster, Robo-Matt Damon, And a Side Order of Class Conflict [VIDEO]

I’ve been waiting patiently for the first trailer for Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up to District 9. Now it’s here, and it does not disappoint. Jodie Foster looks quite villainous as the director of Elysium, a paradisal space station where the privileged live, leaving the rest of humanity to the squalor and chaos of Earth. Matt Damon, meanwhile, is the hero who has to break into Elysium. And District 9‘s Sharlto Copley pops up, too!

It comes out August 9th. Can’t wait.

(via: blastr)

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Fans Do Cool Things

Things We Saw Today: This Skirt is the Gotham Skyline, Your Argument is Invalid

Jill doesn’t like skirts with this particular profile. I’m just letting you know there’s less competition. (Fashionably Geek)

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Consider the Following

Jodie Foster Fronting Female-Centered Mob Drama Angie’s Body

Showtime is saying goodbye to two of its female-headed shows soon; Weeds airs the end of its eight season run this September, and The Big C will end with four hour-long episodes next year. The network won’t be completely bereft of shows with women in the lead role, however; Jodie Foster is developing a show that kind of sounds like the female Sopranos

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Just What You've Always Wanted

Lifetime Is Developing a Series About Clarice Starling and There Is Nothing We Can Do to Stop Them

Omigod, you guys, can you just picture what the life of plucky detective Clarice Starling was like before she met that creepy Hannibal Lecter? Lifetime is in the “early stages of development” for a show exploring just that, and aren’t you just totally excited? I’m kidding. You’re probably thinking that’s kind of a dumb idea, aren’t you? Let’s go ahead and judge this thing before it’s even reached actual development! Meet me after the jump!

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Today in Depressing

Study Reveals That Female Speaking Roles In Film Not As Prevalent As “Eye Candy” Roles

Get ready to not be psyched at all: A new study conducted by the University of Southern California has revealed the pretty appalling statistic that women only account for 32.8 percent of all the characters who had speaking roles in the top grossing movies of 2008. This includes The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and Twilight and, obviously, many others. Women (namely young women aged 13 to 20) were also seen to be presented as more sexually attractive (based on their clothing, weight, and general physical attractiveness) by margins of 20 percentage points. Even more annoying: the numbers have not really changed since the 1970s.

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Sock It To 'Em Ada

Hollywood and Female Directors

I don’t think it’s a plot and these guys sat around and said let’s keep these women out,” Foster said. “I think it’s like race psychology. When a producer hires a director, you’re hiring away your control completely. You’re bringing on somebody that will change everything. When you give that amount of power up, you want them to look like you and talk like you and think like you and it’s scary when they don’t, because what’s gonna happen? I’m gonna hand over $60 million to somebody I don’t know. I hope they look like me.”

When it was mentioned that many studio executives do, in fact, look like her — a 48-year-old white female veteran of the industry, Foster nodded. “And name the lists that come out of the female studio executives: guy, guy, guy, guy,” she said. “Their job is to be as risk-averse as possible. They see female directors as a risk.

Jodie Foster, on the causal roots behind women sitting in only 7% of Hollywood’s director’s chairs.

(via Movieline.)