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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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A few film creators are working overtime to ensure that their upcoming projects stay as secret as possible. Christopher Nolan and his cinematographer/protege director Wally Pfister are one such team, and JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof are another. Accordingly, Brad Bird‘s next film, Tomorrowland, co-scripted by Lindelof (with Jeff Jensen), is a project about which we know relatively little.

We know that Tomorrowland is inspired in part by artifacts and ideas from Walt Disney. And we’ve heard that it has some similarity, if only in tone, to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Lindelof has said that aliens aren’t a big factor, and we know that George Clooney plays the lead and Hugh Laurie the antagonist. And we had heard a plot description that may or may not have been true.

Now, a bit of casting news seems to confirm the plot.

The news is that Raffey Cassidy, the actress who played a young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, has been cast in an important Tomorrowland role. The specifics of that role give away something big about the film, however, and so we’ll run down the details after the break. Potential spoilers follow. Read More »

Universal recently revealed that plans to open Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion early in IMAX theaters has been scuttled, but other plans for the movie are going forward at full speed. Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic/dance band M83 has been recording the score for the film with Joseph Trapanese, and the first track from that effort is now online. Check it out below, and you’ll find that the feeling conveyed by the track is just as big and sweeping as you’d hope.

In addition, we’ve got news of the composer Michael Giacchino working again with Andy and Lana Wachowski. This time he’ll be scoring their new film, Jupiter Ascending. Read More »

Since we first heard of a mysterious film called 1952 that would team up director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, expectations and speculation have run rampant. Clues have pointed in all kinds of directions, from UFOs to Star Wars Episode VII. The film was then titled Tomorrowland, a few more clues were revealed but we all knew, eventually the truth was going to leak. The truth, after all, was out there.

HitFix has now gotten their hands on the description of Tomorrowland, which Disney will release on December 19, 2014. This is the description that’s going around to agencies as Bird assembles his cast, beyond stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. If you’d like to keep the mystery alive for a bit longer, you’re going to want to avoid this. But, sooner or later, this was going to get out there, so why not now? Read More »

Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof, with Jeff Jensen, are cooking up a big secret with Tomorrowland, a Disney-backed film that seems to have roots in parts of Disney’s past.

Though the precise nature of the story has been kept from the public, George Clooney is known to be the lead. Now Hugh Laurie is joining the cast as the villain.

What exactly will Laurie do to menace Clooney? The film was originally positioned as having some similarity to Close Encounters of the Third Kind; between that and the film’s first working title, 1952, speculation ran rampant that aliens will be featured. Damon Lindelof scuttled that idea, or tried to, but the latest theory is that UFOs play a big part in the story. Read More »

Brad Bird‘s new film, written by Damon Lindelof and Bird, and developed at Disney, has been going under the working title 1952 for the past few months. That led to plenty of speculation about the nature of the story, but Bird and Lindelof have been tight-lipped rather than reveal any details. The biggest teaser we’ve had was a recent photo of a box of archive materials that the two revealed last week.

Now the biggest tease is out: the working title 1952 has been scrapped, and the real title, Tomorrowland, announced in its place. Combined with elements revealed from that box, such as photos of Walt Disney, the title must be assumed as a reference to the Tomorrowland attraction opened at Disneyland in 1955. Read More »

We now know almost everything there is to know about 1952, minus the plot. Directed by Brad Bird, from a script by Damon Lindelof and Bird, it’ll be released on December 19, 2014. Previously rumored star George Clooney has now officially been set to headline the film and it’ll be in 3D, Bird’s first time with the format. Read some thoughts below.

UPDATE: Though it came from an official Disney press release, Bird denies the claim of 3D. Read more below.

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Brad Bird‘s next film 1952, also known as not Star Wars Episode VII despite early rumors to the contrary, has yet to be greenlit. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof is confident, however, that it will get made. In a new interview, the man who co-created Lost and co-wrote Prometheus, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, explains how he got Bird on board the project. Lindelof explains that he and the director have been co-writing the latest draft for the past few months and that they hope production can start mid-2013. No plot details yet, but it seems like the writer is dying to tell us all what this film, which is likely to star George Clooney and has sci-fi DNA, is about. Read more below. Read More »

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