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Jonás Cuarón‘s last team-up with his father Alfonso Cuarón resulted in the smashingly successful Gravity. So it’s no surprise that his next film Forsaken, which also involves his dad, is being billed as a “de facto prequel to Gravity.” Even though, as far as we can tell, Forsaken doesn’t actually have anything to do with Gravity.

But that’s okay, because Forsaken sounds pretty interesting in its own right. Formerly titled Desierto, the chase thriller sends Gael García Bernal on a dangerous journey across the Mexican desert. Get more details after the jump.

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In Gravity, only a few moments that are not focused entirely on the experience of Sandra Bullock‘s character Dr. Ryan Stone. One takes place when Stone attempts to contact help via radio, only to contact someone completely unable to assist her. The conversation, while divided by a language barrier, is deeply moving, as Stone and the man hundreds of miles away achieve a strange connection.

The film’s co-writer, Jonas Cuarón, made a short film, Aningaaq, depicting the other side of that conversation. You can watch it in full below. Read More »

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One of the highlights of each new Oscar season is the set of roundtable discussions created by THR. In each of these, the trade gathers a set of people involved in various films likely to be highlighted in the awards season, and just allows them to talk about making movies. They can be pretty great, especially since one byproduct of awards season is a tendency to talk about superficialities rather than substance, and these talks can really dig into the meat of making movies.

Here’s the new 50-minute screenwriting roundtable, featuring George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Monuments Men), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Jonas Cuaron (Gravity). Read More »

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(Note: Spoilers for Gravity follow.)

Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity doesn’t really need extra frills to make it better, but a companion short film directed by Cuarón’s son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón could enhance the experience all the same. “Aningaaq” revisits a key scene from the feature in which Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) happens to make contact with someone on Earth — only from the perspective of the Inuit fisherman (played by Orto Ignatiussen) on the other side.

The short didn’t play in front of U.S. screenings of Gravity, unfortunately, but it could get some added attention as the Oscar race heats up for both it and Gravity. In a recent interview, the Cuaróns took the time to explain “Aningaaq,” and how it came about. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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Briefly: In the wake of the success of Gravity, co-writer Jonás Cuarón has a new deal, and it will take him to the depths of the ocean rather than the outer reaches of Earth’s atmosphere.

Cuarón will script The Lost City, a film Warner Bros. has in development about Atlantis. It’s a project the studio once wanted Peter Jackson tot tackle, but given how well Gravity has done, the younger Cuarón seems like a good choice. Not much is known about what story the film will tell, other than that it will be “a new take on the mythical underwater kingdom.” Akiva Goldsman is one of the producers, with Torry Tunnell and Joby Harold from Safehouse Pictures.

In addition, Cuarón has his own directorial debut in the prepping stages: the thriller Desierto, set on the Mexican border, will star Gael Garcia Bernal and has Alfonso and Carlos Cuarón producing. [Variety]

Gravity

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven long years since Alfonso Cuarón released his last movie, the dystopian sci-fi Children of Men. But at least he’s made his new film worth the wait, if early Venice Film Festival reviews are anything to go by.

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts — she a newbie, he a veteran. While on a mission, a bit of floating debris knocks into their shuttle, sending them floating into outer space and struggling to survive.

Reactions from an early test screening last year were mostly quite positive, and now that the film’s complete the praise is even more glowing. Hit the jump to see what the critics are saying.

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One step forward. After Angelina Jolie passed twice on the role, Alfonso Cuarón decided to offer the lead role in his space-set thriller Gravity to Natalie Portman. Now the actress is reportedly in active negotiations to take the role of a woman who is trying to negotiate her way back to safety after she’s stranded in space during a routine repair mission. Read More »

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Who will play the female lead opposite Robert Downey, Jr., in Alfonso Cuarón‘s upcoming film Gravity? Scarlett Johansson has been the name attached for several months, but last week there was a rumor that Blake Lively was gunning for the role. At the time the news seemed insubstantial, but now there is reason to believe that Lively has a better shot at the role than we’d previously thought. Read More »

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