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Chinese censors allegedly cut large portion of 'Cloud Atlas'

Chinese censors have reportedly cut Cloud Atlas down from 169 minutes to 130 minutes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“It sucks really,” Lana Wachowski said to the news agency China.org.cn about the fact that audiences in China will not see the full version in theaters. “But I believe you can watch the full version online,” she added. According the THR none of the film’s directors took part in the cuts.
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'Cloud Atlas' featurette: 'Everything Is Connected' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Interwoven sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas, which opened in theaters last Friday, twists and turns over a 500 year period and six story lines, stretching from 1849 to 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144 and tribally futuristic 2346. The film also stars a massive cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon in multiple roles. Check out this exclusive featurette, Cloud Atlas: Everything Is Connected, below, in which Hanks, Sturgess, Grant, Berry, and other actors talk about how the film’s various characters are all bound together. Letters, for instance, turn up in different eras, yet touch on people in previous lifetimes. The movie revolves around the idea of one soul traveling through time. “In Cloud Atlas, all of our roles are connected somehow,” says Hanks. “Everyone plays a specific, and yet connected, beats.”
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Box office report: 'Argo' claims No. 1 with $12.4 million; 'Skyfall' scores $77.7 million overseas

Ben Affleck’s C.I.A. thriller Argo is having quite the box office run.

After debuting at number two with $19.5 million, Warner Bros.’ Oscar contender dropped by just 16 percent last weekend to $16.4 million. This weekend, the film notched yet another impressive achievement: it climbed to number one with an estimated $12.4 million (a 25 percent drop) in its third frame, becoming the first film since True Grit to hop to first place in its third weekend.

Argo, which cost $45 million to make, has now earned $60.8 million total, and thanks to terrific word-of-mouth (the film earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade) and early awards buzz, Argo is eyeing a $100 million finish. Though it is running a tad behind Affleck’s last directorial effort, The Town, which had earned $64.1 million at the same point in its run en route to a $92.2 million finish, Argo is enjoying much better week-to-week holds. (The Town, which opened higher Argo with $23.8 million, fell 38 percent to $9.7 million in its third weekend.) READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Argo' climbs to No. 1 with $4 million on Friday as new releases sputter

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Thanks to a weak field of newcomers, Ben Affleck’s Oscar contender Argo led the box office on Friday, the first day of its third weekend.

The Warner Bros. thriller dropped by a slim 21 percent from last Friday, and it now looks headed for about $13 million and its first weekend win, which I predicted heading into the frame. Notably, Sunday show times may be affected by weary East coast ticket buyers who don’t want to venture into the real world on the eve of Frankenstorm, but we’ll have to wait and see if the inclement weather has any real effect. READ FULL STORY

Movie Talk with Owen & Lisa: 'Cloud Atlas' 'wants to be a mind-bender'

Entertainment Weekly critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum discuss Cloud Atlas in the latest installment of “Movie Talk with Owen & Lisa.” “This movie very much wants to be a mind-bender, a head-trip, all that kind of stuff,” says Gleiberman. “I think its secret is that it’s really a gonzo mini-series. It’s very accessible, it is not profound. But I do think that it is imaginative, I think it’s surprising. And I got caught up in it.”

“We saw, as they say, a different movie,” Schwarzbaum counters. Watch the full chat below!

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Box office preview: 'Silent Hill' and 'Cloud Atlas' 'Argo'-ing to have trouble topping the Ben Affleck thriller

It’s a three-horse race for the number one spot at the box office this weekend.

Two new wide releases, videogame/horror title Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and heady drama Cloud Atlas, are both hoping for robust debuts, yet Argo, the three week old Ben Affleck drama, may have the best chance at winning the slow October frame. Here’s how the weekend might play out:

1. Argo – $13.5 million

The Ben Affleck-directed Oscar contender fell only 15 percent in its second weekend — a sure sign that the film, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade, is benefiting from terrific word-of-mouth. Though Paranormal Activity 4 opened ahead of Argo last weekend, the film took over the top spot on Wednesday, and it may stay there this weekend. Another 15-20 percent drop would give Argo about $13.5 million for the weekend and $62 million total. READ FULL STORY

Lana Wachowski breaks public silence to give moving speech about transgender experience

For over a decade after the release of The Matrix, Lana Wachowski avoided the public eye, practicing a Kubrickian anti-press policy alongside her brother Andy. But the director siblings have been slowly pulling back their veil of secrecy in advance of the release of their new three-hour epic Cloud Atlas, first in a teaser-explanation of the movie, then in a lengthy New Yorker profile. Over the weekend, though, Lana stepped decisively into the limelight, giving a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala dinner in San Francisco. Lana — a transgender woman, formerly Larry — gave a moving almost half-hour speech about her personal journey, including anecdotes about being beaten by a nun in a Catholic grade school and a teenaged planned suicide attempt. (Wachowski wrote a 4-page suicide note; she deadpanned, “I’m a little talkative.”)

The Hollywood Reporter has the full video of Wachowski’s moving speech, which also features a deconstruction of the term “transition,” an explanation for the Wachowski’s anti-media stance, and a dynamite use of the word “inculcate.”

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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Cloud Atlas’ premiere lands an emotional standing ovation for cast, including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks
Toronto Film Festival: ‘Cloud Atlas’ is an enthralling sci-fi ride and the Wachowskis’ best movie since ‘The Matrix’
Epic ‘Cloud Atlas’ to open in IMAX theaters in October

'Cloud Atlas' score co-composed by director Tom Tykwer -- EXCLUSIVE TRACK

Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer is not only a talented writer and filmmaker, but he also knows how to weave his own music into his films. The orchestral original soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi fantasy epic, composed by Tykwer and his longtime scoring partners, will be out digitally Oct. 23 and on CD Nov. 6 in a 23-track set, EW can exclusively confirm.

The movie, based on David Mitchell’s novel, spans 500 years and stars a long litany of A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant in multiple roles snaking through six different eras ranging from 1849 to 1973 to 2346. The movie comes out in theaters Oct. 26.

Tykwer, who wrote and directed Cloud Atlas with The Matrix filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski, composed the film’s equally dramatic score with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. The trio have worked together for years as Pale 3, composing, arranging and playing music for Tykwer’s films Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, among others.

Check out this exclusive Cloud Atlas track, below, titled “All Boundaries Are Conventions,” which starts off with a slow piano melody that spreads upwards into an emotional flurry of violins and a deep-voiced choir. READ FULL STORY

Epic 'Cloud Atlas' to open in IMAX theaters in October

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If there ever was a movie that takes advantage of the full-screen IMAX treatment, it’s the upcoming sprawling, colorful epic Cloud Atlas.

The film will be digitally remastered into IMAX format and released in select IMAX theaters in North America on Oct. 26, Warner Bros. and IMAX confirmed to EW.com on Monday.

Directed by siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski, who helmed The Matrix blockbusters, and Run Lola Run filmmaker Tom Tykwer, the movie tells a story spanning 500 years. Based on the bestselling 2004 novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Xun Zhou, and a slew of other known actors taking on varied, multiple roles, from a bald-headed, foul-mouthed writer (Hanks) to a violent futuristic villain covered in face paint (Grant).

“Trailblazing filmmakers Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis understand how to transport moviegoers through ground-breaking imagery and scale,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, in a statement. “We’re excited to build on our partnerships with Warner Bros. and the filmmakers and present this epic tale in IMAX.”

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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Cloud Atlas’ premiere lands an emotional standing ovation for cast, including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks

Toronto Film Festival: 'Cloud Atlas' is an enthralling sci-fi ride and the Wachowskis' best movie since 'The Matrix'

I arrived in Toronto on Monday, five days into the festival, and with this festival that’s so late it can feel like showing up for Thanksgiving dinner around the time dessert is being served. Most of the major, high-profile movies had already been consumed and buzzed about (not to say that some smaller, unheralded gems weren’t waiting to be discovered), and this meant that I’d probably read or heard a thing or two about them, which isn’t the way I like to roll here, but whatever. I bring all this up only because I’d taken in bits and pieces of the divided reactions to Cloud Atlas, the new film by Andy and Lana Wachowski (they co-directed it with Tom Tykwer, the one-hit art-house wonder who made Run Lola Run). And I can honestly say that virtually everything I heard about the movie made me think that I wouldn’t like it at all. A time-tripping multiple-storyline phantasmagorical science-fiction hodgepodge. (It sounded like homework.) Actors like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry playing half a dozen characters apiece. (It sounded like a labored stunt.) Tell-tale comparisons to Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain. (Sorry, but that’s not the comparison you want to hear.) Nearly three hours long. All derived from a novel that even the filmmakers considered nearly unadaptable. It sounded like a pile-up of pretension, a hyper-mystical jumble — and, frankly, coming from the Wachowskis, it sounded like the worst “cosmic” aspects of the two Matrix sequels compounded and inflated. READ FULL STORY

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