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Terry Gilliam details a scene from his upcoming film 'The Zero Theorem' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem is a futuristic dive into a near-future crammed with advertising — a world not too far off from our own. The film, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton, debuts at the Venice Film Festival Sept. 2 and echoes the tone of earlier films by the absurdist director, like 12 Monkeys and Brazil. 

The story follows Waltz’s character, a computer programmer who is assigned to work on a special formula that his boss, known only as “Management” (Damon), believes holds the meaning to our existence. On the street, advertising and technology bombard the senses in every available nook and cranny.

“I think it paints a stark picture of where we are right now,” Gilliam tells EW. “The future has come and met us, we actually don’t live in the present anymore, we live in the future because it’s happening so quickly. It’s really about the world we’re living in and being connected. When, as an individual, can we be alone in a connected world like this? Those are the things that intrigue me.”

Below, Gilliam details the making of a scene at the beginning of the film that introduces us to Waltz’s character, Qohen Leth (pronounced Cohen), and the world around him. The film was shot on location in Bucharest, Romania, and Gilliam discusses how he used elements of the city to dictate the futuristic landscape. He also delves into the unique costumes created by designer Carlo Puggioli for the film, featured in the exclusive photos above.
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Casting Net: Matt Damon teams up with Christopher Nolan; Plus, Jessica Alba, more

• Matt Damon may have laughed off speculation that he’d play Robin to Ben Affleck’s Batman, but he will be teaming up with The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan for Interstellar. He’ll join the Iceland-based production of the secretive time travel epic starring Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew McConaughey for two weeks out of the four month shoot. Damon’s “small role” is, naturally, being kept under wraps. The large ensemble cast also boasts Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, and Ellen Burstyn. This marks Damon’s first time working with Nolan. [IndieWire]

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Box office report: 'Elysium' tops crowded weekend with $30.5 million; 'We're The Millers' strong in second

Matt Damon scored his best box office debut since leaving the Bourne franchise thanks to Elysium, which flew into first place this weekend with $30.5 million. The Neill Blomkamp-directed film started off smaller than his debut feature, District 9, which began with $37.4 million in 2009. That’s problematic for Sony, which entrusted the South African director with a $115 million budget for Elysium. If the film performs similarly to District 9, which ended its run with $115.6 million, it’s headed to a $94 million domestic finish; though, it seems unlikely that Elysium will have strong legs (even if they are robotically enhanced) given its tepid reception and “B” CinemaScore grade.

Elysium couldn’t match the debuts of fellow original sci-fi tales like Oblivion and Pacific Rim, both of which opened above $37 million earlier this year, but it did outdraw After Earth, which grossed a weak $27.5 million in its debut weekend. Elysium played best with men, who made up 61 percent of the crowd (sci-fi is now the only genre that reliably attracts more men than women), and it opened very well on 328 IMAX screens, which accounted for $4.9 million (16 percent) of its opening weekend total. Overall, the film earned a $9,287 average from 3,284 theaters.

The big winner of the weekend finished in second place. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston’s R-rated pot comedy We’re the Millers smoked expectations with $26.6 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. The film, which opened on Wednesday, has grossed $38 million in its first five days in theaters — already earning back its $37 million budget. We’re the Millers started in the same range as Horrible Bosses (another film starring Sudeikis and Aniston), which opened with $28.3 million en route to a $117.3 million finish, as well as The Campaign, which opened with $26.6 million on the same weekend last year.
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Box office preview: 'Elysium' may lift off faster than 'Planes'

This week, four new releases — Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Planes, and We’re the Millers — are flooding theaters, and they will likely take up the first four spots at the box office. Here’s how the chart might look this weekend:

1. Elysium – $32 million
Sony’s $115 million sci-fi film has the best shot at winning the weekend, though it may not be able to match the debut of director Neill Blomkamp’s first film, District 9, which opened with $37.4 million in 2009. Matt Damon’s star power will certainly draw crowds, but in a summer that’s been stuffed with sci-fi fare, Elysium is a high-concept original film arriving rather late to the party. Comparable titles include Oblivion, which opened with $37.1 million, and Pacific Rim, which opened with $37.2 million, but Elysium may have to work harder to reach those heights with an R rating. The film could open to about $32 million this weekend.
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'The Monuments Men': George Clooney, Matt Damon steal art back from the Nazis

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Here’s a Nazi Germany story you may not know: There was a real platoon tasked with going behind enemy lines to retrieve art masterpieces stolen by the Nazis, and the men — featuring museum directors, curators and art historians –enlisted with that very idea in mind. “We’ve got to do our best to protect bridges, landmarks and art before the Nazis destroy everything,” George Clooney’s character explains in the trailer for the new movie The Monuments Men. Based on Robert Edsel’s book, the based-on-a-true-story action-thriller has a lighter tone than most World War II Hollywood pictures.

In addition to leading man, the film will be a Clooney tour de force, which will feature the Oscar-winner also directing, as well as co-writing and producing. The dream cast will also star Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett and has an Oscar-bait ready release date of Dec. 18.

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'Elysium' clip: Sharlto Copley exterminates the resistance -- VIDEO

In Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp’s political science-fiction follow-up to 2009’s District 9, Matt Damon plays a poor factory drone whose only chance at survival is reaching the utopian satellite that orbits Earth where the world’s richest people now reside in luxury. He only has five days to live after being exposed to radiation during a workplace accident, but Elysium isn’t about to share its medical technology with some Earthling peon. Jodie Foster plays Elysium’s frosty bureaucrat who sics her henchman, played by District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, on the desperate renegades.

In this scene, Copley’s heavily-armed team drops in on Damon and his crew. The mission is clear: extermination, and though the hero survives, one poor revolutionary isn’t fast enough to outrun Elysium’s explosive weapon-technology. It’s a gruesome sight, worth a warning in advance. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Next 'Bourne' sequel adding to Jeremy Renner's 'Legacy'

The legacy of Jason Bourne will continue… but likely without Jason Bourne.

Universal has hired screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to pen the next chapter in the Bourne franchise, which will remain focused on Jeremy Renner’s drug-enhanced super-soldier, Aaron Cross. (Deadline initially reported the news.) Renner took the reins from Matt Damon after the original Bourne trilogy concluded with 2007’s Bourne Ultimatum. Last year’s Bourne Legacy, which pitted Cross against Edward Norton’s shady government handler, was a modest hit, grossing $276 million worldwide. Though that didn’t equal Damon’s output in Ultimatum ($443 million), it was more than the original 2002 franchise-starter.
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'Elysium': Jodie Foster character written for a man

In the new movie Elysium (opening Aug. 9), written and directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Jodie Foster plays a sort of Secretary of Defense for Elysium, an elite satellite hovering above Earth, where the wealthy live apart from the wretched human life on a poor and polluted planet. Her character, Secretary Delacourt, is power-hungry and decidedly anti-immigrant. READ FULL STORY

New 'Elysium' trailer: Matt Damon to the rescue -- VIDEO

Perhaps this trailer doesn’t reveal much more of the movie than what we already know: Elysium is for the rich, Earth is for the poor. Matt Damon is ripped. He also gets a kick-ass exo-skeleton to help him in his mission to get to Elysium to save his life after radiation exposure.

But damn, if I didn’t get chills watching Damon try to save humanity, Sharlto Copley as a crazy soldier, and Jodie Foster’s pursed lips as she attempts to thwart Damon. And that last line, uttered by William Fichtner — “You have no idea what you’re doing” — suggests there are implications we trailer watchers won’t even estimate until we see the film.

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Matt Damon is a smart-ass and a bad-ass in new 'Elysium' trailer -- VIDEO

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Matt Damon sci-fi movie Elysium doesn’t hit theaters until August, but until then you can feast your eyes on newly released footage from the film in the latest trailer.

While previous trailers and reports have given us a good idea of what the future of Elysium looks like, this newest preview provides some more details on what Damon’s character, Max, is after and what his life is like before he decides to break into Elysium, the space station for the rich orbiting above a poverty-stricken Earth.

There’s more footage of Max fighting villain Kruger (Sharlto Copley, teaming up again with his District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp), and there’s also Max serving up smart-ass, mocking responses to a robot. Looks like this guy has a little bit of snark.

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