Sandra Bullock has shown a willingness to mix things up over the years, trying her hand at everything from comedy to drama and playing everyone from wacky free spirits to steady, soothing presences. But the one thing that never really seems to change from role to role is her “America’s Sweetheart” reputation.

Which is why her latest role seems like such an entertaining change of pace. Bullock has signed on to voice the badass lead villain of Minions, the Despicable Me spinoff centered around the adorable little henchmen. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Paul Feig’s ‘The Heat’ Moves to Summer

Briefly: Fox has already put out a couple of very funny trailers for Paul Feig‘s The Heat, but you’ll want to hold your laughter for now. The picture has just been pushed back from April 5 to June 28, where it’ll face off against Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 and Columbia’s White House Down. That slot has traditionally been a good one for comedies; high grossers like Ted, Bad Teacher, and Grown Ups have all opened on that same weekend in recent years. The studio has already made it clear that it likes what Feig has delivered, so this date comes across as a vote of confidence.

Feig’s follow-up to Bridesmaids features Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock star as a mismatched law enforcement duo. Here’s a synopsis:

Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence–and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.’s “finest,” is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids.”

Not that there was ever any doubt Paul Feig‘s follow-up to hilarious and raunchy Bridesmaids would be hard R-rated, but the red-band trailer for The Heat makes it an absolute certainty. The female buddy-cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opens April 5 and looks to be everything you’d expect from McCarthy and exactly what you wouldn’t expect from the Oscar-winner Bullock. Unless, of course, you expected her to be throwing grenades and F-bombs everywhere in her next movie. Check out the red-band trailer, which also features Tom Wilson (Back to the Future) and Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) after the jump. Read More »

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 »