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Josh Brolin to star with George Clooney in Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!'

Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest project is picking up speed.

In an announcement Monday, Universal Pictures confirmed that they had acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Hail, Caesar!, an original screenplay from the Oscar-winning siblings who will also write and direct the film, which, Deadline reported, centers on a 1950s-era Hollywood “fixer” named Eddie Mannix.

Josh Brolin, who starred in No Country for Old Men and True Grit, will join fellow Coen brothers regular George Clooney (Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) in the pic.

The Criterion Collection's Wes Anderson-approved 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- VIDEO

The folks at The Criterion Collection are sorcerers.

Sure, we rely on them to restore and pen beautiful essays about rare or long forgotten triumphs of cinema, but even their work with new releases can leave us awestruck. They have a way of making the already transcendent that much more special, and their upcoming release of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion charmer Fantastic Mr. Fox looks no different.

The three-disc release (out Feb. 18) features a gallery of Roald Dahl’s original manuscripts, an audio recording of him reading his book, puppet animation tests, and the somewhat standard, but no less fascinating, behind the scenes footage of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and the rest of the cast who helped bring the story to life.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Go behind-the-scenes with Clooney, Bullock, and Cuaron in 'Gravity' featurette -- VIDEO

As awards season heats up, the biggest films of the year are revving their Oscar engines. Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has already claimed several early honors and in the behind-the-scenes featurette below, director Alfonso Cuaron shows us why.

The inside look from Warner Bros. at how they filmed the genre-bending outer space film features Bullock practicing space choreography in her now-infamous tank top on a soundstage, Clooney discussing the screenplay, and the producers talking about the visual effects and technology the film uses so seamlessly.

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Sandra Bullock defines booty call for relationship-hungry George Clooney: 'I just need an hour of your time'

Recently George Clooney joked that his Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock had a dirty little habit of drunk-dialing him at 3am every night. “Let me tell you about Sandy,” he joked to Entertainment Tonight. “Yeah, she may say that she’s not all that attracted to me. But she calls every night at three in the morning drunk. ‘Hey George, what are you doin’?’ Nonstop. And then I just send her a bottle of tequila.”

When EW brought up his accusation to Bullock, she laughed and shook her head with faux concern. “Yeah, I heard, I heard. You know what? I’m so embarrassed for him because I think he’s showing his vulnerable side. It’s a booty call. But then he wants the commitment and the marriage and I’m like ‘Dude, I don’t have the time.’ And he’s all ‘But I’m not a one night stand kind of guy.’ Well, then, I can’t. Drunk dialing is what it is, George. I just need an hour of your time.” READ FULL STORY

Alfonso Cuaron's alternate ending for 'Gravity': Sandra Bullock gets killed by…?!

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Alfonso Cuaron is not keen on doing a sequel to his megahit movie Gravity. So much so, in fact, that the director has dreamed up an alternate ending for the movie that would squash any sequel hopes. How? [Spoiler alert!] READ FULL STORY

George Clooney pushes 'The Monuments Men' to 2014

Another 2013 movie is on hold.

George Clooney told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that his World War II drama The Monuments Men would not meet its scheduled Dec. 18 opening and will instead hit theaters in early 2014.  A representative from Sony Pictures, who is distributing the film, confirmed the news to EW and stated that the film would be released sometime in the first quarter of 2014, but no release date has been set.

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'Gravity' nabs coveted China release

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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which is shaping up to be one of the fall’s biggest hits — as well as a major Oscar contender — will receive a major financial boost when it opens in China in November. The Beijing News, a Chinese government-associated newspaper, reported that the official Film Bureau had approved Gravity for release, a much-desired privilege since the world’s second-largest movie market maintains a quota on the number of foreign films. In order to promote their own homegrown movie industry, the Chinese government limits the number of foreign-made films to 34 per year. This late in the year, it was feared that all those slots were taken, but Gravity, a 3-D IMAX movie that features the nascent Chinese space program, reportedly made the cut.

China’s growing clout has been felt throughout Hollywood, as studios have gone to great lengths to make films that appeal to an Asian audience. Several tentpoles — like Michael Bay’s next Transformers movie — have arranged to be Chinese co-productions in order to guarantee a wide release in China. To appreciate what such placement is worth, Iron Man 3 grossed more than $121 million in China, and Pacific Rim earned more in China ($112 million) than it did in the United States ($102 million).

In Gravity, Sandra Bullock’s lost-in-space astronaut retreats to the Chinese space station after her space shuttle and the International Space Station are shredded by space debris.

Box Office report: 'Gravity' brings in astronomical $44.2 million; 'Captain Phillips' a strong No. 2

Alfonso Cuarón’s heady outer-space thriller is proving a phenomenon in its second week, dropping just 21 percent from its opening weekend and rocketing past the $100 million mark on Saturday to a stellar $123.4 cume in just 10 days. It’s the smallest second-week decline for a film that debuted to more than $55 million. Gravity is already the fourth and third highest-grossing film for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, respectively. A whopping 84 percent of the yield comes from 3-D showings and 20 percent from I-MAX, proving moviegoers are still willing to pay the surcharges, at least when promised panoramic zero-gravity shots and inner-helmet closeups of Bullock’s face. Expect small drop-offs in the future as word of mouth continues to spread and awards season draws nearer.

Captain Phillips, another awards hopeful, earned a strong $26 million opening weekend and scored the No. 2 spot. The biggest hit for Tom Hanks since 2009′s Angels & Demons, the PG-13 true story of a U.S. cargo ship captain who protected his crew from Somali pirates in 2009 will play well to families and older audiences through the holidays.

With little family-movie competition, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has matched its budget of $78 million after its 17th day. Lagging far behind is Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, which earned a brutal $3.79 million. The sequel to 2010′s Machete  is the director’s lowest-grossing wide opening. Runner Runner, the online poker drama starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, seems to be folding early — after a $7.7 million opening weekend, Fox’s $30 million bad bet dropped to $3.73 million.

1. Gravity – $44.2 million
2. Captain Phillips – $26 million
3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $14.2 million
4. Machete Kills – $3.79 million
5. Runner Runner – $3.73 million

'Gravity': Panel of astro-experts on the science behind the film

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Gravity took off at the box office over the weekend, and astro-experts have been fact-checking the film’s science left and right. After Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to chime in on the film’s faults, we decided to ask a panel of experts — astronomer Phil Plait and former astronauts Leroy Chiao and Tom Jones — to give us some definitive answers to our burning questions about the film’s accuracy. And they explained everything, from the mechanics of Sandra Bullock’s spacesuit to using a fire extinguisher in space. READ FULL STORY

'Gravity' is a hit that hits a nerve: a new AND old outer-space movie

Most movies that break out of the pack, with their own special blend of technique and vision, can be said to defy categories. But Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which drew massive audiences this weekend and, I suspect, spoke to them (as it did to me) in a powerful and transporting way, may be a unique case. Offhand, I can’t name a science fiction movie that mesmerizes you because it feels at once so novel and so retro, so thrillingly forward-thinking and so exquisitely cast from the visual poetry of a long-ago era. Just think about it: READ FULL STORY

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