Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
This year has been a tough one for animated films. The Croods, Epic, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, Turbo, and Planes all opened in the space of six months, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds, and Frozen are due out in the next several weeks. But so far at least, 2014 is shaping up to be a bit less crowded.
Earlier this week, Pixar announced that they were moving The Good Dinosaur from 2014 to 2015, leaving the company without a feature next year. Now Universal Studios is following suit, pushing their Minions spinoff from holiday 2014 to summer 2015. Get the details after the jump.
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Director Alfonso Cuarón is finally back, and he’s showing us truly amazing things.
Gravity is a technical marvel, an optical treat of the highest order. However, it can also lay claim to being one hell of a narrative, combining genius-level visuals with a taut script; the end result coming together as something really special. On the face of it, it’s the story of two NASA astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and the obstacles they’ll have to overcome to survive in space. Really, Gravity is the age-old set-up in which humankind attempts to operate in an environment designed to kill. Indeed, though a far different film than Children of Men, both thematically and in terms of scope, Cuarón has created another film with weight, resonance, and a strong sense of style.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock easily carry this briskly paced film, Bullock in particular (as Mission Specialist Ryan Stone). She turns in a remarkable performance, more textured and compelling than anything we’ve seen from her prior, including The Blind Side. Making the hostile setting of space the focal point of a film certainly comes with a huge element of risk, but I’m pleased to say everyone involved pulled it off. They’ve made a 90-minute cinematic gift for us.
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Here’s a new full trailer for Gravity, the Alfonso Cuarón movie that has wowed audiences, and earned a rave from James Cameron. It uses some of the same footage we’ve seen in the past, but does a little extra work to put it into context. The idea seems to be to tell audiences that might not know anything about the film just what the situation is, and (for those without imaginations) why it is so dire.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.
- Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
- Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
- Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
- Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
- James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
- Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
- Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
- Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.
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When we ran a video of the full Gravity panel from Comic Con, I lamented that for the time being, most people would have to digest the conversation without having the context provided by the long clip shown off in Hall H.
Things have changed. Warner Bros. has released what amounts to a new trailer, comprised of nearly two minutes of that footage, sans cuts. It is intense, scary, and demonstrates what looks like insanel accomplishment on a technical level. As astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock work during a spacewalk, debris from a destroyed satellite comes hurtling toward them, and their routine mission turns deadly. Check it out below.
Updated: Warner Bros. has released a second single-shot “trailer” for Gravity, added below. We’ve also added a third clip/trailer, which features more conventional editing but is no less impressive. Read More »
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 »
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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