Edgar Wright, Alfanso Cuaron and Marc Webb

One of the more interesting panels that happened at Comic Con during the week wasn’t covered much by the geek blogs as it didn’t present any news or footage — Entertainment Weekly’s Visionaries panel with filmmakers Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Gravity) and Marc Webb (Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer). During the discussion, an audience member asked about the comments made recently by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas about what they believe to be an upcoming implosion of the film industry due to overblown budgets.

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Sadly, you’ll have to wait to see the glorious footage from Gravity that was screened this past weekend at Comic Con. The long sequence shown in Hall H was spectacular — in fact, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. That footage showed the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as they work on the Hubble Telescope, and are warned that conditions around them are about to change for the worse.

We’ve heard a lot about Alfonso Cuaron‘s plan to use long apparently unbroken takes in the movie (which are, in fact partially, stitched together from multiple shots) and the footage we saw was primarily comprised of one long shot in which the camera was completely free to rotate around the characters and other objects in the scene. It was stunning, but just as impressive was the panel conversation about how the effect was achieved. Now you can see most of that conversation, below. Read More »

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Alfonso Cuaron both likes, and dislikes, the teaser trailer for his upcoming film Gravity. He told Hall H at Comic-Con a trailer full of explosions doesn’t really tell the true story of the movie. He said the movie is a very intense, emotional journey that puts the viewer in an immersive experience. Hopefully, that experience should make them feel like they’re floating in space. Plus, there’s no sound in space, so you can’t hear any explosions.

To illustrate, he showed a several minute long, long take featuring stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock at the moment where they realize this trip into space is not going to go well. The shot sweeps all over their ship. Down, around, upside down, all leading up to a rogue, debris field that’ll crash with the astronauts and send Bullock’s character off into space. To say the shot was intense and scary would be an understatement.

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And so it begins. The schedule for Wednesday night and Thursday at San Diego Comic Con 2013 has been revealed kicking off four days of scheduling madness. There are several early highlights on what’s traditionally the second slowest day of the Con, but one standout is a Hall H conversation between Alfonso Cuaron, Marc Webb and Edgar Wright. Webb and Wright’s movies (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The World’s End) are already confirmed for the convention, but this all but solidifies Gravity will be there too.

On the movie side of things there’s also Europa Report, Ender’s Game, Divergent and Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorum. On the TV side, there’s Dexter, The X-Files and Sherlock. And that’s only a small sampling. Below, check out the full schedule as well as some highlights. Read More »

NBC's Believe

Both J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are using the big screen this year to explore the expansive blackness of outer space — Abrams with last week’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Cuarón with this fall’s Gravity. For their first collaboration with each other, though, they’ll be keeping things a bit more grounded.

The pair have teamed up for NBC’s Believe, a hourlong sci-fi drama about a young superpowered girl (Johnny Sequoyah) and the death row inmate (Jake McLaughlin) broken out of jail to protect her. See the first trailer after the jump.

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Among film fans, few directors are as revered as Alfonso Cuarón. Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, A Little Princess; these are new classics that never found the mainstream audience they deserved.

For the casual moviegoer, few stars are more likable than Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Oscar-winners both, each has proved time and again they’re major box-office stars. So what happens when you combine their mainstream Hollywood clout with a true auteur aesthetic? You’re about to find out.

The first trailer for their collaboration, Gravity, has just been released. Co-written and directed by Cuarón, it stars Clooney and Bullock as two astronauts who go into space but are detached from their ship, forced to survive all alone in the infinite darkness. The potential Oscar-contender is set for release October 19 in 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX. Finally, after years of delays and anticipation, you can see footage from it now. Read More »

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After years of anticipation, tomorrow we’ll get our first good look at Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuarón‘s space drama Gravity. A few seconds of footage hit the net on Tuesday and now, in anticipation of the trailer, the first poster for the film is out. It gives just a hint of the terror to come for two astronauts who are stranded in space when they’re separated from their ship. It opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 18.  Read More »

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We’ve waited what feels like an age to see anything at all from  Alfonso Cuaron’s new film Gravity. So we’ll indulge Entertainment Tonight one of their lousy fast montages that mar footage from the film with graphics and voiceover. The clip below has the first Gravity footage that most people have had a chance to see, and while we’ll get a much better look at the film when the trailer drops this Thursday, this is a good little taste.

The film features Sandra Bullock as an engineer on her first trip into space who is put in terrible danger during a routine spacewalk. With her is a veteran astronaut played by George Clooney, who seems just a bit more zen about the whole experience than she is.   Read More »

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