Thought 2011 was a good year for Melissa McCarthy? Just wait til you see her in 2013. Since breaking out in 2011′s Bridesmaids, she’s been booking comedy roles left and right, and next year is when they finally hit the big screen.

Among her upcoming releases is The Heat, which reunites her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for another female-driven story. Scripted by Kate Dippold (Parks & Recreation) the comedy follows a classic buddy-cop formula: McCarthy’s unpredictable Boston PD detective teams up with Sandra Bullock’s more straitlaced FBI agent to bring down a drug kingpin. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Had all gone according to plan for Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity, we’d be eagerly talking up its Oscar potential in anticipation of its release next month. However, Cuarón’s effects-heavy sci-fi epic apparently needed a bit more time to come together than had originally been projected. In May, Warner Bros. announced it’d be pushing back the release to an unspecified date in 2013. The open-ended nature of the announcement naturally had some movie lovers fearing production woes and wondering when we’d finally get to see the finished product.

The studio still hasn’t announced an exact opening date for the movie, but there’s now reason to believe it’s just about ready to go. The MPAA has handed a PG-13 rating to the film. The rating itself is interesting, since it clues us in to the level of intensity we can expect. But the fact that it’s been rated at all is just as noteworthy, because indicates the movie is near or at completion. It’s rare for the MPAA to rate a movie that’s nowhere near finished. More after the jump.

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After much talk, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and breakout star Melissa McCarthy have finally settled on a project to bring them back together. The pair are set to team with Sandra Bullock for an untitled new comedy from Parks & Recreation writer Katie Dippold, which will see the two actresses playing a mismatched law-enforcement duo. More details after the jump.

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The expectations are sky-high for Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity, the director’s first film since 2006′s Children of Men. In fact, between the A-list cast (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), its intriguing sci-fi premise, its ambitious long shots, and gushing praise from colleagues like Guillermo del Toro, we have plenty of reason to believe the film could be his most brilliant yet. On the other hand, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve been dead wrong about a movie this early on.

This week in Pasadena, Gravity had its first test screening, and while the cut was apparently very rough, audiences saw enough to form some strong opinions about it. From here, it sounds like it could be this year’s Tree of Life — gorgeous, innovative, worthy of acclaim, and perhaps a little divisive. Hit the jump to see some reactions.

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Alfonso Cuarón‘s new film Gravity placed in my ‘most anticipated of 2012′ list — and similar lists from many others — in part because the film is an original sci-fi story that stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who have to contend with an accident while on a mission in space.

We’ve heard a lot about the production of the film; it is said to be a ground-breaking combination of live-action and CGI, possibly made to look as if it is assembled from only a few takes. Guillermo del Toro has said the movie is “absolutely pushing a new boundary in filmmaking, completely mind-blowing. And they way they’re making [Gravity] will I think forever change certain types of productions. The engineering and the ingenuity of the machines they’ve created to film that way is fantastic.”

On a much less technically striking level, there is something else different about the movie: Bullock says that she (and perhaps Clooney) performed without makeup. Read More »

There was a lot of public talk about the casting process for Alfonso Cuarón‘s film Gravity, but once the cast was locked down — Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the two key players — the film went pretty quietly intro production and we’ve heard little about it since.

The film is in post-production now, and there could be a way to go yet, as the film is said to be heavily based in CGI, potentially with only a handful of ‘shots’ making up the final cut. Those shots would be like the famous car sequence from Children of Men — that is, smaller shots digitally stitched together to look like one continuous take. Still, the prospect is appealing. So check out the current info on the film below. Read More »

The first trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tried to live in the area between quirky, endearing and sentimental. The balance didn’t work for me, especially thanks to the reliance on U2 as the score for the trailer. As a result I think that first look at the movie pegged it as little more than cloying Oscar bait.

Now there is a new trailer that goes straight for the sentiment by opening with the character played by Tom Hanks calling his wife, played by Sandra Bullock, from one of the high floors of the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. From there, the trailer swirls into minor portraits of some of the film’s characters and situations as it follows that couple’s son (newcomer Thomas Horn) through the turbulent days that follow 9/11, but there still isn’t much explanation of the story. See for yourself below. Read More »

We thought we’d seen the last of Clint Eastwood‘s acting career in Gran Torino, but news broke last week that the icon was eyeing a starring role in Trouble With the Curve, the directorial debut of frequent Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz. It appears Eastwood has since committed to the film, in which he’ll play a baseball scout who hits the road with his daughter. Now the obvious question is who’ll get cast as the female lead.

Given the pedigree of the project, Eastwood and Lorenz probably have plenty of well-regarded actresses to choose from, so naturally they’ve got their eye on one of the biggest stars around. According to a new report, Sandra Bullock may be up for the gig. Read more after the jump.

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