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 »
Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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Here’s the trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on a script by Eric Roth. The movie has been a curiosity for me for months in part because the book is a piece of post-modernism that doesn’t lend itself easily to adaptation, and in part because Daldry chose a non-actor, Thomas Horn, to play the central role of 11-year old Oskar Schell. Sure, he’s got established stars like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as buffers, but that’s still a ballsy move. Get the first taste of what came of that big risk-taking, after the break. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
I’ve always had this fascination with seeing current rich and famous figures in their humble beginnings, and the success of tabloid columns and webpages devoted to that very topic suggest I’m not the only one. When some A-list faces are as familiar to us as those of our actual loved ones, seeing long-ago photos or videos of them is amusing in the same way that seeing pictures of your friends as little kids is amusing. “Before They Were Famous: 25 Actors in 3 Minutes” collects some especially amusing snippets of today’s biggest stars, including Angelina Jolie, Ryan Gosling, Jack Nicholson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in some of their earliest acting gigs. Watch the video after the jump.
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After months of delays, a very publicly drawn-out casting process and some rewrites and re-budgeting, Alfonso Cuarón is finally shooting his space-set thriller Gravity. The film features Sandra Bullock as an astronaut who, after a disaster, has to make her way back to Earth and safety. We’ve heard that the film is quite ambitious, possibly with a 20-minute+ opening shot and more than half of the film being created via CGI.
Other filmmakers seems to be wowed by the ideas going into the film. Guillermo del Toro is now on record saying quite a few enthusiastic things about Gravity, with the very del Toro-like summation that the project is “completely mind-blowing.” All his comments are below. Read More »