In space, no one can hear you do anything, because there is no sound. There’s a scientific explanation for this—it’s complicated, it involves space molecules that feed on sonic waves, you wouldn’t understand it. Last year, Alfonso Cuaron’s critically acclaimed blockbuster Gravity honored the whole no-sound thing, keeping all audio effects inside of spaceships and helmets. READ FULL STORY
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Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen is suing Warner Bros. for $10 million for breach of contract, claiming the studio ripped the story for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity from her 1999 novel, also titled Gravity.
In 1999, Gerritsen — perhaps best known for a series of crime novels that inspired TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles – sold the film rights to Gravity to Katja Motion Picture Corporation and its parent company, New Line Productions, for $1 million. According to a breach of contract complaint filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Gerritsen was entitled to a $500,000 production bonus and 2.5 percent of 100 percent of the net proceeds if the film was made. Since 2008, Warner Bros. has owned and controlled New Line and Katja. The 2013 Warner Bros. film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney has made more than $716 million worldwide.
Gerritsen claims that she wrote and submitted additional material for the film, including “scenes of satellite debris colliding with the International Space Station, the destruction of the ISS, and the surviving female medical doctor/astronaut left drifting n her space suit, alone and untethered, seeking the means to return to Earth.” She says that to her knowledge, efforts to develop the film ended in 2012. READ FULL STORY
Shoulda trusted the coin.
About two weeks ago, sitting in the office of EW assistant managing editor Sean Smith, we were discussing EW’s official Oscar predictions and mulling the reaction I was getting from many voters: Gravity was taking the lead in the tightest Best Picture race in years, and those who favored 12 Years a Slave seemed soft in their support.
For months, ever since the historical drama premiered at the Toronto film festival, it was at the top of my predictions list — a crushing, emotionally resonant film that addressed how we perceive and treat those who appear to be different from ourselves. But it was also an uncompromising film, full of brutality that was often difficult to watch, and we all know the Academy Awards have compromised a lot in the past.
So I switched our pick toward Gravity, which was garnering a groundswell of support in other categories, and seemed to be the popular, more accessible favorite. The graphics people were alerted to make a last-minute adjustment, and I stayed with that through the final round of guessing. It was close enough to give me a stomachache. (Believe it or not, the predictions truly are made based on our best assessment of voters. There’s no advocacy or favoritism. The cold, hard pragmatism of wanting to be right guides those choices.)
The call was made: Gravity it would be, by a hair. But then I flipped a quarter, and Sean called it: Tails, it would be 12 Years a Slave.
Again — shoulda trusted the coin. READ FULL STORY
In recent years, grousing about the Oscars, which used to begin and end as water cooler chatter, has turned into a trivially self-serious industry, an annual collective rant in which the Sins of the Telecast are dutifully compiled and picked over and excoriated. “The show was way too long!” “It was boring!” “The host was a bust: unfunny and, at times, offensive!” “He (or she) should never be invited back!” “The musical numbers were terrible, and the In Memoriam segment left out far too many people!” “The tribute to _____ stopped the show dead in its tracks, and so did the montages!” “They were badly done, and there were at least three too many of them!” “______’s gown was hideous!” “The acceptance speeches went on way too long!” “Except for the ones that were cut off by those egregious music cues!” “And what was up with ______? My God, he looked so old!” READ FULL STORY
Steven Price was only supposed to work on Gravity for three weeks.
The team brought him in for a quick fix. There was a screening approaching quickly and the film still didn’t have a score, so they asked Price — best known for his work as a music editor at that point — to come in. “I thought I was going to go in just to kind of help them throw things together,” he told EW. “And then I met Alfonso.” READ FULL STORY
Wait, so Gravity wasn’t actually filmed in space?
A video that shows some of what went into the stunning visual effects for the Oscar-nominated film surfaced online, and it gives us a look at how many details it took to get to the point where it looks like Sandra and George are really floating in space.
Watch the reel (complete with soaring, dramatic music) below: READ FULL STORY
12 Years a Slave won the Best Film trophy today at the BAFTA Film Awards in London. The movie’s star Chiwetel Ejiofor was also victorious in the Leading Actor category. Cate Blanchett won the Leading Actress award for Blue Jasmine while Alfonso Cuarón scored Best Director for Gravity, one of six wins for the Sandra Bullock-starring space drama. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle and Barkhad Abdi won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain Phillips.
Alfonso Cuaron was honored with the Visionary Award last night at the 12th annual VES Awards, recognizing the best in visual special-effects — so it was no surprise that Gravity was also the ceremony’s big winner. Cuaron’s riveting outer-space thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, won six awards in total, including the top prize for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture.
Frozen won four awards, including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture; Game of Thrones had three wins as well.
In the last five years, the winner of the top prize at the VES Awards has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Special Effects four times, including last year, when Life of Pi won both awards.
Click below for a complete list of winners:
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