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Matt Damon To Make Cameo In All-Female Ocean's Eight


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Filming on the all-female Ocean’s outing in Ocean’s Eight began earlier this year and, in a little nod to the original outing, one of Ocean’s Eleven’s main stars will be making a cheeky cameo: Matt Damon.

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The star, who played Linus Caldwell in the all-male 11 and 12 films, will feature "a little bit" in the newest franchise which is being headed by Sandra Bullock and produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.

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Rihanna Set To Join Anne Hathaway And Sandra Bullock On 'Ocean's Eleven' All-Female Spin Off


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Rihanna is set to join a star-studded cast including Anne Hathaway and and Helena Bonham Carter in an all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven, it has been reported.

According to Deadline, comedienne Mindy Kaling and actor/rapper Awkwafina are also on the verge of joining the cast of the comedy crime caper. They’re set to join Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett on the project, who have already been confirmed.

The movie is to be known as Ocean’s Eight, according to all previous reports on the movie, meaning that one more actress is still to be cast, with rumours holding that Elizabeth Banks will be joining the cast soon.

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'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Leads Razzies Nominations


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Amongst the praise and back-slapping of awards season, the film industry also shows its less serious side once a year. Just a day ahead of the big Oscars reveal, the Golden Raspberry Awards, a ceremony dedicated to showcasing the very worst of the world of the big screen, has announced its list of nominations, and to nobody’s surprise it’s Transformers: Age of Extinction that leads the field.

The fourth instalment of the hugely successful but critically panned Transformers saga, starring Mark Wahlberg and Megan Fox and directed by Michael Bay, has picked up seven nominations in total. They include worst picture, worst director, worst sequel, worst screenplay, worst screen combo (for any two of the fighting robots), worst supporting actress for Nicola Peltz and worst supporting actor for Kelsey Grammer. The former ‘Frasier’ star was also recognised for his roles in The Expendables 3, Think Like a Man Too and Legends of Oz.

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The 'Bumble Bee' Transformer at the NY premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in July 2014

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Keanu Reeves, After Discovering Stranger In His Library, Remains Almost Superhumanly Calm


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We've seen Keanu Reeves defy gravity and jump between realities as Neo in The Matrix, but we weren't prepared for how incredibly calm he reportedly remained when faced with a complete stranger in his own home.

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Keanu Reeves remained calm when faced with an intruder in his home.

Read More: Will Keanu Reeves Ever Be A Big Box Office Star Again?

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Talented Actors With Surprisingly Good Rap Skills


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Earlier this month, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt surprised fans around the world with a memorable radio appearance in which he showcased his impressive rapping skills. Contact Music looks at some other talented actors who are surprisingly good at rap.

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Sandra Bullock Reportedly Met Her Intruder Face-To-Face Inside Her Home


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Sandra Bullock must have been terrified!

The Hollywood actress reportedly met face-to-face with the intruder, Joshua Corbett, who broke into her Los Angeles home last month.

TMZ obtained the search warrant police acquired to raid Corbett's home for weapons after his arrest.

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Sandra Bullock's Intruder Faces New Gun Charges For Owning 'Arsenal Of Weapons'


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The man who pleaded not guilty to breaking into the home of Sandra Bullock was hit with new charges on Wednesday (June 19th).

The intruder, Joshua James Corbett, who is suspected of breaking into the 49 year-old actress' house in the early hours of June 8th while she was inside, has been charged for possessing an arsenal of weapons.

Authorities found the items, which included several machine guns, when they searched his Montrose home shortly after getting arrest in the home-intruder case.

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Sandra Bullock's Crazed Fan Charged With Residential Burglary, Stalking


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It’s scary being a celebrity these days. Even someone as well liked as Sandra Bullock isn’t safe, as the recent home invasion she suffered shows. When an alleged stalker invaded Bullock’s home on Sunday, the actress was forced to lock herself in a room until the police arrived on the scene. Bullock’s son was not in the house at the time.

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The actress kept her presence of mind and locked herself in a room until the police arrived.

Now, TMZ has obtained even more disturbing information – the man  - Joshua Corbett - was carrying a machine gun when he went looking for Bullock. According to the police, via the gossip website, the stalker was indeed looking for the Gravity star and did not intend to burglarize the property. Apparently he was just hoping to get to meet his favorite celebrity – and went about it entirely the wrong way. Police responded to a 911 call from inside the residence after Corbett allegedly climbed the fence to access the actress' West Los Angeles residence. He was then arrested at the scene. According to law enforcement, he did not have the machine gun at the time of the arrest. Police found it later, which is why the troubling information is just being released now.

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Sandra Bullock's Intruder Rummaged Through Her Belongings Before Arrest


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Joshua Corbett, the 49-year-old intruder who had an "obsession" with Sandra Bullock and broke into her house early on Sunday morning, was rummaging through her belongings at the time of his arrest. Corbett entered through the backdoor of Bullock's home on Sunday morning, while the actress and her 4-year-old son were at home.

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According to TMZ.com, the actress obtained an emergency protective order against Corbett following the break-in in Los Angeles.

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MPTF's Night Before The Oscars Pulling Out Of Partnership With Beverly Hills Hotel


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In recent years, besides the glamour, celebrities and red carpet fashion at the Oscars, the show’s ethics have also been put into the spotlight. This year, The Night Before The Oscars, the biggest charity event related to the ceremony, has pulled out of the Beverly Hills Hotel because the venue is owned by the Sultan of Brunei. The event is being held by the Motion Picture And Television Fund, and the decision to stop collaborating with the hotel comes directly from the organization. The charity event does not want to appear to support or endorse the Sultan’s recently instated anti-LGBT penal code, based on Sharia law.

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Supporters of the event include Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Officials from MPTF, have met with executives from both the hotel and the Dorchester Collection, owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, to inform them of the decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Night Before party, which draws Hollywood’s biggest stars and every top executive in town, has been held at the Beverly Hills Hotel since its inauguration in 2003. It was originally started by Dreamworks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and has since raised over $60 million since its beginning. The party is regularly attended and supported by A-list talent – the 2013 committee, for example, included Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Camila and Matthew Mcconaughey, Jamie Foxx, Sandra Bullock and Octavia Spencer.

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Tess Gerritsen Suing Warner Bros. Over Oscar-Winning 'Gravity'


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Tess Gerritsen, author of the book, ‘Gravity’, is suing Warner Bros., studio behind the film, ‘Gravity’, asserting that that the movie was based on her book. She is seeking a screen credit and a percentage of the profits in the lawsuit, which isn’t a typical copyright infringement case, but breach of contract instead.

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Gerritsens novel, published in 1999, features a female lead stranded on a space station after the rest of her crew are killed. And like Sandra Bullock’s character in Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’, she is a doctor. Deadline reports Gerritsen is asking for $10m plus damages from studio Warner Bros. She also wants a "based on the book by Tess Gerritsen" credit.

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Cate Blanchett's Oscar Tattoo, And Other Surprising Celebrity Ink


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Cate Blanchett really wanted to commemorate her Oscar win on Sunday, and what better more permanent way is there then getting yourself a tattoo? The actress was seen leaving a tattoo parlour with a bandage on her wrist opening speculation as to what special ink the ‘Blue Jasmine’ star might have had done. While we were a little surprised at the image of Cate getting tattooed she’s not the only celeb sporting some unlikely ink.

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Firstly none other thank Dame Helen Mirren has gone under the tattoo needle. The actress sports some ink on her left thumb of all places. The Dame said she got it when she was very drunk, a long time ago before tattoos were cool and mainstream, which is why she hates it now. She told ‘Good Morning America’ back in 2010 "I was very, very drunk. It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell's Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners. And I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing." Seems Helen was always ahead of her time.

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Ahead Of The Oscars, Alfonso Cuaron Claims 'Gravity' Is "Not Sci-Fi"


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With a clear nod to the fact that no sci-fi movie has ever won Best Picture at the Oscars, the director of 'Gravity', Alfonso Cuaron, has claimed his stunning 3-D epic starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is actually more of a "drama of a woman in space," just days before the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Cuaron is the big favorite to win best director, though the space movie could still snag the big one away from Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

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Corden And Grimshaw? Our Favourite Awards Show Kisses


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Good friends Nick Grimshaw and James Corden shared an intimate (and kind of tonguey) kiss at last night’s BRIT awards, much to the delight of the crowd. The kiss marked the final time that Corden would present the awards show, and also seemed to make quite an impression on Nick who then propositioned his friend: "We can be happy together. Just leave your wife! We can bring up that child on our own."

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Famous people kissing has become almost as much a part of awards shows these days as presenting and receiving the actual awards themselves!

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Teary-Eyed Sandra Bullock And Her Ever-Changing Hair Guest On Leno Farewell Show


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Jay Leno is leaving The Tonight Show after his final show on Thursday to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon, but Leno’s farewell week has been a non-stop treat so far. Last night (Wednesday) saw an appearance by Sandra Bullock as the main guest, which quickly devolved into a teary-eyed compliment fest.

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Leno is having a full week of farewell shows with some of his favorite guests through the years.

"You've always been so kind. That's saying a lot in this business, because we like to be mean," Bullock said. "There's not been one time you haven't treated me like I had something to offer – even when the film was awful and you knew it, you never let me see it in your eyes."

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Sandra Bullock - The 66th Annual DGA Awards 2014 Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 19th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Like A True Action Star, Sandra Bullock F-Bombs Her Way Through Critics' Choice Speech


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Sandra Bullock may be America’s sweetheart, but she wasn’t feeling particularly sweet at last night’s Critics Choice Awards. When the Gravity star took the stage to accept her Best Actress in an Action Film award, technical difficulties meant that her speech got interrupted – and just when she was getting into her list of influences.

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Bullock looked elegant and graceful in her burgundy gown. Before the speech, that is.

Check out more pictures from the night in our gallery - the dresses are pretty spectacular.

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Sandra Bullock - The 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at The Barker Hangar - Santa Monica, California, United States - Thursday 16th January 2014

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Santa Monica Tastes Hollywood Glamour As Stars Come Out For Critics Choice Awards [Photos]


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The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, set the stage for the latest instalment of the awards season program, playing host to some of the biggest names in showbiz and paying tribute to some of the year's biggest films for the 19th annual Critic's Choice Awards.

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Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and star Sandra Bullock both took home awards

The latest instalment of the awards show schedule to pass us by offered another indicator of what films will continue to find success over the course of the next few months, with Gravity, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave dominating proceedings.

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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' And '12 Years A Slave' Scoop Major Wins At Critic's Choice Awards: Full Nominees & Winners


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On the same day as the nominations for this year's Academy Awards ceremony were revealed, the latest instalment of the ongoing awards season went by at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, where the 19th annual Critic's Choice Awards honoured the cast and crew of some of last's year's biggest and best films.

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Gravity soared to success at the Critic's Choice Awards

The big winner on the night was the space thriller Gravity, which soared to success with seven wins by the end of the night. Among it's credits the film earned Alfonso Cuarón the award for Best Director and the award for Best Editing, shared with co-editor Mark Sanger. The film also earned Sandra Bullock the award for Best Actress In An Action Movie and was crowned as crowned the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. The film also scored recognition for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Score.

Continue reading: 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' And '12 Years A Slave' Scoop Major Wins At Critic's Choice Awards: Full Nominees & Winners

Sandra Bullock - 71st Annual Golden Globes - Red Carpet Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock - 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuaron - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party At Four Seasons Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuaron - BAFTA 2014 Awards Season Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California 11-1-2014 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

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A Week In News: Sandra Bullock Is The People's Choice, Meryl Streep Slates Walt Disney And SNL Gets Even


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People's Choice Selects Victors: This week saw the annual People's Choice awards handed out and what an evening it was. Hosted by the stellar Two Broke Girls' Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings, the audience were kept laughing whilst a slew of gongs were distributed to the year's finest figures in popular culture. Sandra Bullock emerged as the star of the evening after she won four awards for her roles in Gravity and The Heat, not including the overall film win for the space thriller. Check out all the winners here.

The evening also brought tears, drama and scandal as former Vampire Diaries couple Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder hinted during their acceptance speech that things are still very amicable between them whilst singer/actress Jennifer Hudson welled up with emotion when she was honoured with a 'favorite humanitarian award.' Read up on the glam evening's highlights here.

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Sandra Bullock - Peoples Choice Awards 2014 Arrivals held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock - The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards held at Nokia .LA. Live - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock - The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th January 2014

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Gena Rowland and Sandra Bullock - 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Backastage - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 4th January 2014

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Sandra Bullock - 25th Anniversary Palm Springs International Film Festival held at the Palm Springs Convention Center - Arrivals - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 4th January 2014

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The Producers Guild Of America Nominate '12 Years A Slave,' 'Her,' 'Blue Jasmine' And More For Daryl F. Zanuck Award


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The members of The Producer's Guild of America have cast their vote and the list of nominee's for their annual Daryl F. Zanuck Awards - their Best Picture category - have been cast. Formerly known as the Golden Laurel Awards, the PGA's are usually pretty accurate at predicting which films will go on to be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars, and their winners rarely differ too.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor's powerful performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave has made it a favourite for the top honour

American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street make up the full list of nominees up for awards this year, so don't be surprised to see these films still being discussed vigorously until the beginning of March.

Continue reading: The Producers Guild Of America Nominate '12 Years A Slave,' 'Her,' 'Blue Jasmine' And More For Daryl F. Zanuck Award

Robert Redford's 'All Is Lost' Heralds The Year Of The One-Man Show


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It's been years since we've had a good solo adventure, and now two come along at once. With Gravity still in the box office charts, All Is Lost is just arriving in cinemas (read our review here). For other examples, you have to go back to 2009 for Moon (Sam Rockwell in an abandoned moon base) or even further to 2000's Cast Away (Tom Hanks on an island with a volleyball). Please don't mention 2010's Buried (Ryan Reynolds in a box) or 2012's Brake (Stephen Dorff in a car boot).

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Both Gravity and All Is Lost have essentially the same plot, following a single character - played by awards contenders Sandra Bullock and Robert Redford, respectively- in a series of life-or-death moments that have us on the edge of our seats. Both plots are more than a little contrived, but they make up for it with bravura filmmaking. 

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Early Oscars Betting Guide - Make The Most Of Some Crazy Odds


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There’s a special time in ‘Oscars season’. It comes after the standout pictures separate from the pack, but before the ceremony itself. It’s a time of conjecture, speculation and guesswork, and can often lead to wild predictions, like ‘The Counselor is going to win an Oscar’.

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This unique period of Academy lingo also leads to varied odds, as great films get pushed out – sometimes as far as 66-1 – as others triumph in the various Oscars precursor awards.

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Sandra Bullock - Sandra Bullock picking up son Louis from school - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 26th November 2013

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'Gravity' And 'The Hunger Games' Storm Chinese Market: Box Office Report


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For a while, it seemed as though Gravity might not even get a Chinese release, which would have been a mighty blow for Alfonso Cuaron and his thrill ride in space. But a combination of the Chinese upping their American film quota for the year and the promise of a big payday saw George Clooney and Sandra Bullock enter the lucrative market after all.

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And Chinese cinemagoers responded in kind, shooting the film to the top of the box office, ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. While Gravity pulled in $35.76 million from the box office in its first six days in China, Jennifer Lawrence n co accumulated $12.95 million.

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Meanwhile, On Earth: See Who Picked Dr. Ryan Stone's Distress Call In 'Gravity'


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Gravity has received unanimous critical praise, but if there were one criticism you could legitimately levy at Alfonso Cuaron’s space epic, is that the plot is somewhat lacking compared to the breath-taking imagery and CGI. It’s more or a roller-coaster ride, a theme park attraction, than a film.

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However you, as the audience, are welcomed to fill in any blanks you wish to. Cuaron provides ample space, no pun intended, for you to ponder your own plot points in the film. Like: does Matt break the record? What does Ryan Stone do when she lands on earth? And who was on the other end of that SOS call?

Continue reading: Meanwhile, On Earth: See Who Picked Dr. Ryan Stone's Distress Call In 'Gravity'

Halloween Weekend Box Office Preview: Could "Bad Grandpa" Knock Gravity Off The Top?


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“Gravity” is a critically acclaimed space thriller starring A-listers and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Bad Grandpa is Jackass’ newest collection of fart jokes and obvious innuendo. One of these should be a clear winner at the box office this weekend, but it might not be the one you expect. Gravity has been anchored at the top for three weeks straight, since its October 4th debut, but now the new contender looks set to knock the movie off its box office throne.

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Gravity will finally lose its leadership over Halloween weekend.

Interestingly enough, Ridley Scott’s the Counselor is also in cinemas this weekend, but maybe the overall poor reviews have influenced audiences, because the film isn’t considered a contender for box office glory, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Continue reading: Halloween Weekend Box Office Preview: Could "Bad Grandpa" Knock Gravity Off The Top?

A Week In News: Jamie Dornan To '50 Shades' Rescue, A Royal Baptism & Pearl Jam Rock To Top Of Charts


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'Fifty Shades' Saved: The movie adaptation of the bestselling erotic trilogy has been beset by issues, not least the walk-out of frontman Charlie Hunnam. After plenty of speculation in the media, Irish The Fall actor  has stepped in and it looks as though the movie's ready to begin filming with Dornan and Dakota Johnson from November. Learn more about Jamie Dornan.

A Future King Christened: All eyes were on the UK's royal family once again for the christening of Prince William and Duchess Catherine's three month old baby, Prince George. The tiny ceremony was attended by just 22 guests, which included the highest members of the royal family, Kate's family and George's 7 godparents. Find out who was picked.

Continue reading: A Week In News: Jamie Dornan To '50 Shades' Rescue, A Royal Baptism & Pearl Jam Rock To Top Of Charts

Hollywood Film Awards: Are We Looking At Oscar Winners?


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Monday night saw the 17th of the annual Hollywood Film Awards take place, where the best movies of the year were honoured at the opulent Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel Ballroom. Billed as "the first stop of the awards season," the awards are generally a good barometer of who and which films will win big in the run up to next spring's Academy Awards.

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However, unlike the Oscars, the Hollywood Film Awards' honourees know that they'll be receiving their award which makes for a light-hearted and tension free evening. Though the awards may be thought of as "Oscars-lite," the glamorous evening certainly didn't hold back, with a parade of A-list presenters, emotional speeches from winners and some snazzy attires.

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Curaon's 'Gravity' Confidence Vindicated By $100 Box Office, Finally A Sci-Fi Oscar?


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Since Gravity’s debut at the Venice Film festival, the critics have been raving. The film’s plot – its substance – combined with the sheer delights that come with its cinematography and special effects have lead it to critical acclaim, and, more importantly for the studio, it’s been a box office triumph.

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It could have been so different if the pressure exerted on director Alfonso Cuaron had told. He revealed that the studio wanted him to cut back to mission control, known as Houston, as in, ‘we have a problem’. But that was a problem for the Mexican auteur, as was a love story between Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and someone back at ‘Houston’.

Continue reading: Curaon's 'Gravity' Confidence Vindicated By $100 Box Office, Finally A Sci-Fi Oscar?

Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Movies Of 2013 (So Far)


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Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.

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He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.

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'Gravity's' Pull Is Irresistible As Cuaron's 3D Space Thriller Sets Box Office Record


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As we foresaw – alongside a number of commentators – in our box office preview last Friday, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity topped the box office on the second October weekend, posting record figures along the way. We’ll come clean; the record-breaking part wasn’t under the spell of our clairvoyance.

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So Gravity managed $55.6m on its opening weekend, putting it on track to surpass its $100m production budget, and more than likely blow the marketing budget out of the water, too. A budget, which, when you consider how much we’ve seen of the film – not much – won’t have been astronomically high anyway.

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'Gravity' Leads The Way At The Box Office And Sets New October Record Too


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Gravity has proved to be the unlikely success story of early October thanks to the overwhelming word-of-mouth success. Having been heralded by the internet long before it was given it's official release on Friday, 4 October, the film rode out it's first weekend stay at the box office with immense success, gaining further praise and breaking the October box office record along the way.

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Gravity has soared to success

Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, both of whom (Bullock in particular) are being touted for awards success thanks to their performances in the film, Gravity has been described as an out of this world ocular treat, held together thanks to the gripping direction of Alfonso Cuaron and the performance of the two stars. This critical and internet-fuelled momentum has seen the film smash previous box office records for the month of October by bringing in an estimated $55.6 million over the weekend. As well as beating the record previously held by Paranormal Activity 3, the film is also the best opening for both of the film's stars, beating The Heat and Batman and Robin respectively.

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'Gravity' Opens Top Of Box Office And Is Hoping For A $50 Million North American Debut


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Gravity hit theatres in the US on Friday (Oct 4th) and launched with $17.5 million dollars at the box office. The space epic is expected to reach the $50 million mark in its North American debut this weekend. If it does earn that amount, the film will be one of the top October openings of all time and the best for a non-sequel.

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Clooney and Bullock star as two astraunauts who fight for thier survival in space

The story of survival is directed by Alfonso Cuaron and stars Hollywood heavyweights, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. The 3D extravaganza has already received critical acclaim with most commenting on the spectacular cinematic effects and the visual experience.

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Box Office Preview: Can 'Parkland' Take On Gravity's Pull, Runner Runner's Star Quality?


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Three films go head to head this weekend, all with reasonable claim to the top spot. But will the audiences go for a historical to learn about the demise of JFK; head for the stars with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck or be sucked in by Gravity’s delightful pull.

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Despite some mediocre reviews, Parkland strings together some attractive qualities: a bona fide history lesson, a great cast and, of course, Zac Efron’s face, which has proven to be a marketable asset up until now, so why would that change now? There are two things that mean Parkland won’t be top of the box office come Monday.

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Video - George Clooney And Sandra Bullock Greet Each Other At 'Gravity' NY Premiere


George Clooney and Sandra Bullock arrive at the New York premiere of their new space thriller 'Gravity', in which they are the sole on screen actors. George arrives before Sandra and jokes to paparazzi, 'Sandy says she's not coming'.

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'Gravity' Garners Astronomical Reviews Before US Release


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Gravity has received incredible reviews ahead of its release in the US today (4th October). Critics have primarily commented on the visually exciting and possibly revolutionary cinematic effects and experience.

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney at the photocall for Gravity at the 70th Venice Film Festival.

Claudia Puig, of USA Today, stated how unusual Gravity is in that it is "the kind of enthralling, all-encompassing, giddy cinematic experience that surfaces once in a blue moon." Another review which highlights the originality of the film is Joe Morgenstern's, in which he writes in the Wall Street Journal, "motion pictures have been with us since the middle of the 19th century, but there's never been one like Gravity."

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'Gravity' Premieres In New York: Brace Yourself To Be Awestruck [Trailer + Pictures]


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What is it about Alfonso Cuaron's new movie Gravity that excites you most? Is it the intrigue of its mini cast of two huge actors? Is it the scores of emphatic reviews that tell you that this is a space movie like no other? Or perhaps you've already had your breath taken away by the numerous promo shots showing vulnerable, airy puffs of astronaut suspended in oxygen dependence against the punctuated canvas of astral bodies in deep space.

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The Movie Employs Breath-Takingly Beautiful Scenes With A Gripping Drama.

As we in the United Kingdom wait with baited breath to catch our first glimpse of Gravity and let Cuarón blast us off into the wild blue yonder, those cheeky Americans have already had their first sip of the indigo-hued, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock-tinged space nectar we desire.

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George Clooney Won't Follow 'Gravity' Experience Into Space


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George Clooney stars alongside Sandra Bullock in director Alfonso Cuaron's adrift in space thriller, Gravity. The three assembled at The Explorer’s Club in New York for a pre-premiere, private meet-up where they were also asked a handful of questions on the movie and themselves, when Clooney was asked about his own ideas of space and whether he would ever visit.

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Clooney drifts through space in the new film

"No," was his stern and simple answer at the subject of leaving the atmosphere. Basically, he doesn't “see any reason” as to why he would want to trust such a technical innovation at such an early stage of it's development, and rather than jump right on board he would rather wait first and see if it is actually worth flying with Virgin Galactic into space.

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Training For Gravity - Sandra Bullock On Preparing For Cuaron's Space Epic


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Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is being talked about in every Oscars conversation going. It’s been praised for having the best space photography seen in cinema, and, judging by the trailer and early reviews, the hype has been justified. But it didn’t happen without a touch of hard work.

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To portray the character of Dr Ryan Stone, a medical engineer undertaking her very first mission in out space, Sandra Bullock put in hours upon hours of training. “I pushed my body to the extreme,” she explained. “Strength-wise, I had to know I could do anything Alfonso asked of me at any given point, so not a day went by that we didn’t train.”

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Mortal Instruments' Lily Collins Is "Most Dangerous Celebrity" Online


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Lily Collins has been names the "most dangerous celebrity" of the year by security company McAfee after it was discovered that typing in the 24 year-old Mortal Instruments actress' name yielded more "risky" results, i.e. malicious websites, than any other.

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She May Look Harmless But...

Though it may not be an accolade to be proud of, Lily being identified as the most virus-laden online name of the year serves as a warning for those who seek information on their favorite stars, films, or TV shows: cybercriminals are adept at taking advantage of the latest cultural trends to net unsuspecting web surfers.

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Is Sandra Bullock's 'Gravity' Really The Best Space Movie Ever?


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The Gravity promotional bus rolled into the Toronto International Film Festival this week on the back of sensational reviews at Telluride and Venice including a suggestion from Oscar winning director James Cameron that it is "the best space film ever done."

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The movie, by Children of Men's Alfonso Cuaron, screened at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, where the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Jason Bateman and astronaut legend Chris Hadfield were spotted adjusting their 3-D glasses.

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Sandra Bullock Stars In The Breath-Taking New 'Gravity' Trailer


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Gravity just might be the best sci-fi film to grace the big screen for a number of years, as the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney-starring out of orbit-set film has already received one of heck of a reception from those lucky few who have already seen it. On Thursday (5 September), the first extended trailer for the hotly anticipated movie was released, and judging by those two-and-a-half-minutes, it becomes relatively plain to see why there is such a furore surrounding the film.

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From director Alfonso Cuaron, the film sees medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) onboard for her first mission into outer space alongside veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). As the two head out into the vacuum of space to perform some routine maintenance on their ship, they receive a warning message from Houston telling them to abort their mission. As a wave of debris from a Russian satellite collides with them, our two astronauts find themselves drifting apart from their vessel and each other, gradually falling into the void of space.

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Which Film Will Get An Oscars Boost At The Toronto Film Festival 2013?


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The Toronto Film Festival has grown into one of the most important events in the movie calendar. Following the prestigious and glamorous Cannes and Venice festivals, it’s the sheer scale of Toronto’s slate that gives it its Oscars precursor status. As we wrote in our – admittedly early – Academy preview, this year’s competition is stronger than ever.

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Of course, Toronto is famous for exposing a number of talents via their independent cinema; it doesn’t just cater for the mainstream. But when a film stuns at the Canadian fest, Oscars buzz is hot on its heels.

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Predicting The Oscars 2014: Is George Clooney Guaranteed An Academy Award?


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Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?

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It’s Oscars season.

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Defying Gravity: What Are The OTHER Films To Look Out For At Venice Film Festival?


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Okay, all right; you’ve heard everything there is to hear about Gravity, watched the trailer and read the mountain of glowing reviews for Alfonso Cuaron’s latest offering. It’s special. It’ll win… ninety Oscars and probably become… the 45th President of The United States.

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But how about some other films?

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George Clooney's 'Gravity' Scores Perfect 100% After Venice Screening


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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock's new movie Gravity currently holds a perfect score of 100% on the review aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes after the world's critics jetted into Venice to catch the movie's premiere at the city's annual film festival on Wednesday (August 28, 2013).

The movie tells the story of two astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock who get stranded on a damaged space station with absolutely no communications with Earth.

Early reviews have been unanimously positive, with the Hollywood Reporter describing it as a "jaw-dropping space thriller" boasting "breath-catching tension and startling surprise."

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'Gravity', Starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock, Premieres At Venice Film Festival


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Gravity opened the 70th Venice Film Festival yesterday (28th August). The film's two actors, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, were there on the red carpet to see their efforts at the prestigious festival.

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney at the Venice Film Festival photocall for Gravity.

Sandra Bullock plays a medical engineer sent into space with astronaut veteran George Clooney. With little experience in space, the engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), is reliant on Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). From the trailer and IMDB description, Bullock is reliant on Clooney when they are caught in debris and forced to survive in space. Amazingly the drama unfolds with just two actors supported by the occasional NASA voice. 

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Critics Declare 'Gravity' Oscar Contender After Venice Film Festival Screening


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Alfonso Cuaron's new sci-fi movie Gravity has received glowing reviews following its screening at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (August 28, 2013).

The world premiere kicked off 11 days of screenings at the festival, though it appears it may have peaked on day one. 

Shot in stunning 3D, Gravity tells of two astronautsplayed by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock who are cast into deep space when a debris shower destroys their shuttle, putting their return to Earth in jeopardy.

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A Week In Movies: Red Carpets For 2 Guns And Lovelace, New Glimpses Of Walter Mitty, The Millers And Bad Grandpa


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The stars turned out this week for the world premiere of 2 Guns, the new action movie that teams up Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Both actors were on the red carpet in New York along with the film's Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and costars including James Marsden and Bill Paxton. Musicians Robin Thicke and 50 Cent also turned up to see the film, which will have its international premiere in London next week.

Video - Mark Wahlberg And Denzel Washington Spotted At 2 Guns World Premiere

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Alfonso Cuaron's Terrifying 'Gravity' To Open 70th Venice Film Festival [Trailer]


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Alfonso Cuaron's techno-thriller Gravity - starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stuck in space - will open the 70th Venice Film Festival this year. The movie, which could be either absolutely fantastic, groundbreaking cinema or dull sci-fi, will not vie for the coveted Golden Lion award and will screen out of competition.

Bullock plays Dr Ryan Stone, an engineer on her first shuttle mission, while Clooney plays the veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. During a routine spacewalk, their shuttle is completely destroyed and radio contact to Earth is lost.

Both Cuaron and Bullock were on-hand to present new footage of Gravity at Comic-Con San Diego this week and spoke about the making of the movie.

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Gravity - Detached, Drifting & I Got You Trailers


Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone is on her first mission into outer space with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. Whilst admiring the view of their planet during a routine spacewalk, they are told to abort mission by Houston due to a catastrophic amount of debris circling their space craft Explorer. However, it appears too late when the shuttle is struck and blasted to pieces and both Stone and Kowalsky lose contact with Houston. Stone finds herself spinning out of control whilst tethered to a piece of Explorer, leaving her with no choice but to detach herself from the craft which threatens to pull her further away into space. Now drifting, alone and with no contact from Kowalsky, Houston or anyone else from Explorer, all Ryan can do is hope and pray and cling on to the little amount of oxygen she has left.

If anything's going to get your heart thumping this year, it's gritty space thriller 'Gravity'. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron ('Children of Men', 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', 'A Little Princess') and co-written by his son Jonas Cuaron ('Year of the Nail'), this movie uncovers the underlying terrifying things that can go wrong on an astronomical journey. It is due to be released in the US on October 4th 2013.

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Comic-Con 2013: 10 Things You Really Don't Want To Miss


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Geeks of the world unite, for San Diego Comic Con 2013 is finally here. The cast and creators of your favorite cult television shows and movies are descending on the Californian city to tease new series', reveal casting details and give away tons of free stuff.

This place is like Glastonbury - it's impossible for you to see everything you want to see - so you're just gonna have to accept the inevitable clashes and focus on our Top 10 events that you really don't want to miss.

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Poor Pacific Rim: Is Sandler's Soaring 'Grown Ups 2' The Worst Movie...Ever?


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Yeah, we had a feeling this might happen. The $190 million budget of Pacific Rim is seemingly looking further away than ever after Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster took just $38.3 million on its box-office debut over the weekend. The Idris-Elba starring movie - which courted mainly negative reviews - is now on course to become a loss making movie for Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures.

As expected, it was the superb Despicable Me 2 that maintained the No.1 spot on its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million and establishing itself as one of the success stories of the year. The animated flick featuring the voices of Russell Brand and Steve Carell also topped the global box office for the weekend with $100.5 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim followed with $91.3 million. 

Sony executives will have been jumping for joy on Sunday, with news that Adam Sandler's comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 opened to a stellar $42.5 million domestically. In fact, Sony were so happy they released a cheery statement for us all to read, via the Hollywood Reporter:

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US Weekend Box Office Results: 'Grown Ups 2' Defies Critics By Placing Ahead Of 'Pacific Rim'


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Grown Ups 2 has placed ahead of Pacific Rim in the US Weekend Box Office. Adam Sandler's comedy received highly critical reviews, in contrast with the mixed response Pacific Rim received.

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Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro at the film's London Premiere.

Critics may have universally panned Adam Sandler's latest comedic contribution yet it's somehow managed to beat the other new release, Pacific Rim, in the US Weekend Box Office (12th-14th July). Despicable Me 2 topped the Box Office charts for the second week in a row. 

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Gravity Space Thriller Due To Land At Venice Film Festival Opening [Trailer]


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It's a festival of firsts for Spanish filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón: not only will his chilling new space thriller Gravity be the first 3D picture to open Venice, but it'll be the first time a Cuarón film will screen out of competition.

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Alfonso Cuaron Will Debut Gravity At The Venice Film Festival's Lido.

Gravity will take basic human fears and instincts into space as two astronauts - George Clooney and Sandra Bullock - are conducting a routine spacewalk when an unthinkable scenario strikes leaving the pair left floating in orbit after a meteor shower causes damage to their space station. It's the kind of primal fear exploited in Open Water (2003); two humans stranded helpless with imminent danger and slim chances of survival. In the terrifying isolation of space the characters' morals are tested meaning the film will follow the more psychological line seen in 2009's Moon as opposed to the action and explosion of space blockbusters such as Armageddon (1998).

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George Clooney's 'Odd Film' 'Gravity' To Open Venice Film Festival


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George Clooney's new movie Gravity, about two astronauts stranded in space, will open the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013. The 3D movie by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron, will hit theaters in the U.S. on October 4, 2013 and is already drumming up anticipation thanks largely to an intriguing teaser trailer. 

"It is a very odd film, really," Clooney told USA Today in 2011, the year before Gravity was originally set to be released. "Two people in space. No monsters. It's more like 2001 (A Space Odyssey) than an action film." It's been a long road to get the movie to screen, with Robert Downey Jr originally pencilled in for the male lead before dropping out of the project and opening the door for Clooney. 

Producers originally settled on Sandra Bullock for the female lead after reportedly testing French actress Marion Cotillard and mulling over the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively. Natalie Portman was apparently offered the role without a screen test following her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan, though passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts.

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Despicable Me 2 Isn't The End: Universal Releases Synopsis For 'Minions' Spinoff


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Despicable Me 2 (not exactly a title that rolls off the tongue) is in theatres this week. While the film itself can’t quite match up to the original, it’s raised enough buzz – and consequently, enough cash – for the franchise to live on. The folks over at Universal aren’t ones to miss a cash cow, should it pass by, so it’s hardly a surprise that the plot for a spin-off movie has already been announced. And what better focus for a spin-off than those lovable (if undeniably terribly dense) little creatures – the minions? The aptly titled Minions is already being slated for a December 14, 2014 release date.

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Bullock as an animated villain? Yes please!

The recently released synopsis, courtesy of Den of Geek, reads: "The Minions, breakout stars from Despicable Me, are presented in an origin story that showcases their unpredictable personality and physicality, and pairs them with equally memorable human characters. As it turns out, Minions have existed since the beginning of time. They have evolved from single (yellow) cell organisms into the familiar beings we know, and they live for a collective purpose: to seek out and serve the most despicable master they can find. Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock will lead the voice cast of characters as Scarlett Overkill, the worlds reigning super-villain of the 1960s".

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'Monsters University' Fends Off 'The Heat': Still No.1 In US Box Office


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Monsters University spent its second week at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office grossing $46.2 million. The sequel of Monsters Inc. follows the early, not so jovial, relationship of Sulley and Mike as they attend college. Monsters University includes some big names from the acting community including Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Dame Helen Mirren.

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Billy Crystal with ‘Mike Wazowski’, the character he voices in Monsters Inc. and Monsters University

Disney Pixar’s animation has fended off competition from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s cop comedy The Heat. The comedy has received favourable reviews and the weekend box office reflects this, grossing since its release on Friday $40 million.

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The Heat's Wave Of Reviews Is Hardly Warm - Melissa McCarthy And Sandra Bullock Play It Safe


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Critical reviews of The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, have been more lukewarm than scolding.

Sandra Bullock plays Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent incapable of having fun (sounds familiar?), who is paired up with rotund police officer Shannon Mullins, played by Melissa McCarthy (again –does this remind you of everything?) 

In fact, throw in a camp Michael Caine and an awkward ginger haired English actor and voilà! You have a bizarre combination of Miss Congeniality and Hot Fuzz

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Sandra Bullock In Talks For Jay-z And Will Smith’S ‘Annie’


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Sandra Bullock is in talks with producers of the upcoming Hollywood remake of ‘Annie,’ according to The Wrap. Rumours of Bullock’s involvement started circulating in March, although it is believed talks have since reopened with Sony and Overbrook Entertainment.

The musical, first shown on Broadway in 1977, was made into a film in 1982. Should the studio’s plans come into fruition, the actress would be playing Miss Hannigan: the abusive overseer of Annie’s orphanage. As such, Bullock will be competing with Carol Burnett’s performance.

This role would mark a change for the actress who has previously appeared as the heroine in the majority of her films including The Blind Side, The Proposal and All About Steve.

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A Week In Movies: Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off, Coen Brothers' & James Franco Are Potential Award Winners, Michael Douglas Portrays Liberace In Behind The Candelabra And Much More!


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The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off this week with the glittering red carpet premiere of The Great Gatsby, attended by filmmaker Bas Luhrmann and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. The film opened in America last Friday and in the UK this Thursday.

Mulligan also stars in another film in competition at Cannes: the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a folk singer (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s New York. The eclectic, starry cast includes Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman. And to go with the Cannes world premiere, the film launched its first trailer this week. It looks pretty unmissable, and is being released to target awards season.

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'Gravity Trailer' Stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock (And Nobody Else) [Trailer]


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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are not exactly names synonymous with sci-fi films, but the two will be getting together to try their hand at the genre in the upcoming space-based thriller story Gravity. In the trailer we see Clooney and Bullock drifting above Earth's atmosphere and not a lot else in terms of other acting talent, and that is because the two are essentially the only cast in the entire film.

The movie sees young astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) on her first trip into space, where she is taken under the guidance of veteran cosmonaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney), who is nearing his retirement - the prime time for disaster to strike anyone. As they admire the views of Earth from the best vantage point anyone could ask for, debris hits their space shuttle and the two are separated and flung further into the vast emptiness of space. The two must work together if they are ever going to get back to Earth, but first they need to work out just how they would even go about doing such a task in the first place.

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The trailer for Gravity

The trailer fails to give away too much, but it does show off some spectacular imagery that looks as though it was shot directly from the International Space Station. Whilst some two actor movies of the past (think Open Water) have been nothing but a bore, this movie genuinely looks as though it packs a punch, with the acting talents of Clooney and Bullock hopefully not letting the film down.
Gravity is the brainchild of Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and his son Jonas Cuaron (Year of the Nail), with pappa Cuaron directing the film. It is set to hit cinemas on October 18th 2013.

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George Clooney is getting back on his acting game.

Gravity - Teaser Trailer


Dr. Ryan Stone is a young medial engineer on her very first trip to space alongside Matt Kowalsky, a highly experienced astronaut on the brink of retirement. When the pair tether themselves to their space shuttle to make a standard spacewalk and get carried away by the beautiful view that is the Earth, they fail to notice large chunks of debris hurtling towards their transport home, blasting the shuttle into smithereens. All they can do is hold on to what's left of it and hope and pray that they reach their home over their radios in order to be rescued as the precious amount of oxygen left in their suits dwindles rapidly. But in the most destructive of foreign surroundings, just how long have their got left before they are inescapably sucked into the void of the universe?

'Gravity' is the brand new space thriller directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuaron ('Children of Men', 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', 'A Little Princess') alongside his co-writer son Jonas Cuaron ('Year of the Nail'). It is an extraordinary two-actor epic that will drag you on an heart-stopping, emotionally-charged journey as it focuses on the pure vastness of the merciless cosmos. It is set to hit cinemas on October 18th 2013.

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George Clooney And Sandra Bullock Face Disaster In Space Thriller 'Gravity' [Trailer]


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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are in grave danger in the new space flick 'Gravity' where they play a pair of ill-fated astronauts.

What is the worst way to die? Drowning? Being buried alive? How about getting lost in outer space? Certainly that's Clooney and Bullock's characters' biggest threat in the new teaser trailer for 'Gravity' when they venture out on a mission to the stars and their space shuttle gets ripped apart by falling debris while they are gazing at the earth from outside it. All they can do is hold on to the wreckage and hope that they don't get flown further than they are from the earth where they are near enough to hope someone will rescue them. This heart-wrenching space epic has been directed by Alfonso Cuarón ('Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', 'Children of Men') and will certainly make a huge impact on cinematic viewing this year. 

The teaser will be drawing in audiences everywhere as it depicts a disaster of such unfathomable hopelessness, that no-one will want to be left in the dark about the ending. The movie is due to be released in 3D on October 4th 2013 with the ominous tagline 'Don't Let Go'.

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Shocker: Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' Is Looking Really, Really, Good [Trailer]


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A teaser trailer for Gravity, the new movie from Alfonso Cuarón, has rolled out online. The sci-fi movie follows two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney who get stranded on a damaged space station with absolutely no communications with Earth. Spanish filmmaker Cuarón is best known for his dystopian future Earth flick Children of Men - with Clive Owen - though Gravity appears to be vastly different ground.

The teaser trailer focuses on the devastating accident that leaves the astronauts set adrift from their ship. The visuals are stunning and Cuarón appears to be the right man to take the colors and stark atmosphere in space and present it on the big-screen. The most important thing about Gravity is that it looks very different from the slew of sci-fi movies coming out this year - After Earth, Star Trek etc - and that's definitely no bad thing.  

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Sandra Bullock Promotes 'The Heat' At CinemaCon, Director Paul Feig Expresses Support For Boston


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Paul Feig, director of the upcoming cop flick “The Heat”, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, expressed his support for Boston and its citizens, following the marathon bombing earlier this week.

Feig, whose upcoming flick is set in Boston, praised the resilience of bostonions, saying: "If any city had to get through adversity, this is the city to do it" during a talk at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. His mention of the attack was one of few at the convention. The other one was made by Chris Pine, prior to the screening of “Star Treck Into Darkness” on Monday. Pine’s statement aimed to draw a parallel between the bombings and the plot of his upcoming movie, in which a terrorist attack is executed against “Starfleet”. "Terrorism is a big part of our lives," Pine said.

Feig’s “The Heat” has been eagerly anticipated ever since the first trailer was released. As an addition to the “buddy cop” sub-genre, it puts somewhat of a fresh twist on the story, by making the main characters female. Despite the grim comment before the screening, the film itself was received very well by the initial audience. “The Heat” is due for official release across US theatres on June 28th.

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Sandra Bullock And Melissa McCarthy Hit Up Disneyland!


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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy were snapped wandering around Disneyland on Thursday afternoon, but don't worry, the Hollywood superstars had their young children with them (well, one of them did). The Heat co-stars were joined by Bullock's son Louis and Melissa's husband Ben Falcone, reports E! Online.

Earlier this month, Sandra and Louis, 2, had a 'play date' with Melissa and her daughters Vivian, 5, and Georgette, 2, at the Bridesmaids actress' home. The pair star together in the forthcoming comedy The Heat, about an uptight FBI special agent who is paired with Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The problem is that neither have ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. Director Paul Feig recently told E! Online that Sandra an Melissa "really became the best of friends" during filming, "Their chemistry was so quick and good right off the bat," he said. 

Though the movie is likely to perform strongly at the box-office, Bullock will be keeping a close eye on the reception to Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron's forthcoming sci-fi thriller that will be vying for a slew of awards. Also starring George Clooney, it follows astronauts who attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.

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The Heat Trailer


Sarah Ashburn is an FBI special agent with an unmatched record for closed cases. However, she is as much valuable as she is disliked as her flawless reputation has inflated her ego and turned her into a control freak who repeatedly fails to be a team player among her fellow agents. When her boss sends her to Boston, little does she know that she's about to meet her match in the shape of Detective Shannon Mullins; a loud-mouthed cop who has also never been good at working with other cops and makes for a truly formidable adversary. However, it is to everyone's surprise when these tough-talking law enforcers succeed in partnering up to bring in a particularly ruthless mobster with serious drug connections and manage to work together in interrogating his known associates. It soon becomes clear that these ladies are becoming less in the way of crime-fighting partners and more in the way of best friends.

This fantastic bad girl comedy sees Sandra Bullock ('Miss Congeniality') as an FBI agent yet again and, for this reason alone, guarantees it to become a huge comedy flick. Directed by Paul Feig ('Bridesmaids') and written by Katie Dippold ('MADtv', 'Parks and Recreation'), 'The Heat' is set to hit screens on April 5th 2013.

Director: Paul Feig

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Sandra Bullock To Chelsea Handler: Stop Sleeping With Guests, Lay Off The Booze!


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Chelsea Handler returned with the season premiere of her new late night talk show 'Chelsea Lately' on Monday evening (October 15, 2012), calling in a couple of favors to give the programme an added boost.

Handler dipped into her bulging book of celebrity contacts, recruiting Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz to rap, Jennifer Aniston to cry about her recent engagement to Justin Theroux, and Sandra Bullock to strip in the staff showers. Yep, you heard us correctly. In a skit for the show, Bullock and Handler were shown road-toasting the studio's new facilities though the Oscar winning actress had a little advice for the talk show host. After telling her friend to stop calling herself the "white Oprah", Bullock said, "You have a responsibility to be a respectable talk show host. This comes directly from Oprah's mouth to my ear, to my mouth, out of my mouth, into your ear, down your body, out your vagina, up my vagina and out my ass." Nice. The actress also told Handler to stop sleeping with her guests, to which the host guiltily replied, "I don't sleep with that many anymore... just some of the rappers."

Handler's ability to land regular A-listers for 'Chelsea Lately' will be a huge advantage for the E! network as the show begins its new season. Catch it every Monday, at 11pm.


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Review


Good

Based on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel, this film holds its heavy emotional weight in check right up to a rather overwrought conclusion. But along the way, its characters worm their way under our skin.

Oskar (Horn) is the son of a jeweller (Hanks) who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. A year later, he's still struggling to make sense of what he calls "the worst day", worrying that his sense of his father is fading away. So when he finds a key in his father's things, Oskar embarks on a quest to find the lock. His mother (Bullock) is lost in her own grief, but Oskar finds companionship in the mute stranger (von Sydow) who rents a room from his granny (Caldwell).

With a dense Alexandre Desplat score, textured Chris Menges cinematography and fluid editing by Claire Simpson, this film feels almost like a wave that engulfs us right from the eerily effective opening shot. Daldry has done this before (see The Hours), although this film also has a more manipulative plot in which each character and situation seem to be packed with deeper meaning.
Fortunately, Oskar's sense of yearning helps undermine the sentiment.

Horn is terrific in every scene, beautifully bringing out Oskar's autistic quirks without letting us feel any pity. The way he so brutally dismisses his mother is heartbreaking because it's so honest, and his growing bond with von Sydow's enigmatic, engagingly cheeky renter is fascinating to watch. Bullock gets her most complex role since Crash, and Davis gives yet another terrific supporting turn as one of the first people Oskar encounters on his journey.

Where the film wobbles is in its over-reverent treatment of 9/11 itself, as if Oskar's grief is any more intense because his father died in such a public way.
It's the quieter, more personal aspects of the story that are far more moving, especially as the plot takes some lovely twists in the final act. But Daldry and screenwriter Roth seem even more obsessed with finding a cathartic resolution than Oskar himself, leading to final scenes that feel tidy and a bit sappy. Even so, the film leaves us emotionally stirred in all the right ways.

Video - Sandra Bullock Looking Smart At Premiere - Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close New York Premiere Arrivals Part 2


Sandra Bullock attended the New York premiere of Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Sandra stars in the film as the mother of young Oskar Schell and looked very smart with sleek, straight hair. Jeffrey Wright followed her onto the red carpet shortly afterwards, wearing a crisp, white suit.

A few of the main cast, including Tom Hanks; Viola Davis; Thomas Horn and the aforementioned Sandra met up with each other on the red carpet and immediately started chatting to each other as they stood for pictures together

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Trailer


Oskar Schell is an eleven year old genius who views the world differently to others. He is also a Francophile, an amateur inventor and a pacifist. He's very close to his father and together they make it their mission to find something from every decade of the twentieth century in what he called a 'reconnaissance mission.'

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Premonition Review


OK
Forgive me for treading lightly through this Premonition review, but the last time I tried to discuss the film in detail, Sony reprimanded me.

The reason I find this so funny is because the out-of-order thriller consciously jumbles its supernatural narrative in an effort to dodge easy explanations. You're going to want to discuss possible theories with those who've seen it, which is exactly what I planned to do while working the Premonition press junket weeks ago.

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The Thing Called Love Review


OK
The routine story of four scrappy Nashville newcomers who hope to make it as country music stars, The Thing Called Love wouldn't hold much interest if it weren't for one important fact: a clearly deteriorating River Phoenix stars as one of the four, and this is the last film he completed before his 1993 death. Director Peter Bogdonavich was probably excited by the prospect of working with the gifted Phoenix, but the resulting film is a record of his struggle to get something -- anything -- out of the incapacitated star.

In reality, the movie centers not around Phoenix but around Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis), who lets everyone know she's "no relation" to The King but has similar musical dreams. She meets up with southern beauty queen and songwriter wannabe Linda Lue (Sandra Bullock with a rather unfortunate southern accent) and the hunky Connecticut cowboy Kyle (Dermot Mulroney), whose instrument of choice, strangely enough, is the cello. They all hang around the Bluebird Café, which hosts Nashville's most promising open mike night, the place where aspiring songwriters come to show their stuff.

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Crash (2004) Review


Excellent
In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of race and prejudice. Thoroughly repulsive throughout, but incredibly thought provoking long after, Paul Haggis' breathtaking directorial debut succeeds in bringing to the forefront the behaviors that many people keep under their skin. And by thrusting these attitudes toward us with a highly calculated, reckless abandon, Haggis puts racism on the highest pedestal for our review.

There is no better place for this examination than the culturally diverse melting pot of modern-day Los Angeles. In just over 24 hours, Crash brings together people from all walks of life. Two philosophizing black men (Ludacris and Larenz Tate) steal the expensive SUV belonging to the white, L.A. District Attorney (Brendan Fraser), and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock). A similar vehicle belonging to a wealthy black television director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) is later pulled over by a racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his partner (Ryan Phillippe). Soon, many of these people get mixed up with a Latino locksmith (Michael Peña), a Persian storekeeper (Shaun Toub), and two ethnically diverse, dating police detectives (Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito).

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Fire On The Amazon Review


Terrible
For years, Roger Corman waited to release this title to the world of drooling teenagers who frequent those free porn sites. There's certainly a fervid audience out there who are just mad about the very notion of seeing their favorite "girl next door", Sandra Bullock, completely naked. It's even on DVD, so you can freeze-frame it on a whim. It'll be the thrill of their lifetimes - the rare opportunity to do a National Geographic study on this popular movie star. Could you imagine what would happen if this were Julia Roberts?

If nothing else, Fire on the Amazon serves as a reminder that superstardom does not occur overnight in Tinseltown, and some unlucky starlets have to hock their wares in bottom-of-the-barrel, straight to video schlock. Yes, like many of those "overnight success" stories, Bullock had to slog through made-for-television weepies and cheapies, raunchy comedies and rip-offs of bigger, better Hollywood blockbusters.

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Speed Review


Extraordinary
Speed is to hostage thrillers as Psycho is to slasher flicks. Voted one of AFI's Top 100 Most Heart-Pounding Movies of all time, few hostage movies reach this level of tension and sustain it throughout the entire running time. Audiences may have experienced similar stories before, but they are seldom done this well and with this level of energy.

The movie begins when a deranged mad bomber, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), severs cables to an elevator inside a Los Angeles skyscraper. The bomber demands $3 million ransom or he'll blow the emergency cables. LA Bomb Squad members Jack (Keanu Reeves) and his partner, Harry (Jeff Daniels), must defuse the bomb before Payne blows the cables. This situation alone could provoke a feature length thriller, but it merely serves as the first act for Speed.

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A Time To Kill Review


OK
Remember the hoopla over the novel A Time To Kill? It was celebrated author John Grisham's second book -- actually his first book -- the book he published after The Firm became a hit. The book that no one wanted before he was famous. The book, apparently, that, if it hadn't had his name on it, would never have been published.

Now it's the fourth Grisham movie to be made, continuing in grand fashion that franchise of increasingly average film versions of his increasingly average writing.

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous Review


Unbearable

Sandra Bullock isn't doing her underappreciated talentany favors by appearing in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous,"a relentlessly dim-witted sequel to her 2000 hit about a tomboy FBI agentgoing undercover at a beauty pageant.

The first "MissCongeniality" was itself so hackneyed thatthe actress's Lucille-Ball-like gift for guffaws was just about its onlysaving grace, and the same fate befalls her here. Bullock's delivery ofa few choice one-liners is the sole source of laughs in this clunker, andit's amazing to see her pull them off when her character has, without explanation,turned into a vapid, shallow, egocentric Barbie doll nitwit after becomingan implausible spokesmodel for the FBI.

It seems after her exposure at the Miss United States beautypageant in the first picture, the bureau decided she could best serve hercountry by being tarted up literally in satin and bows, and paraded aroundon a waving-and-smiling publicity tour of talk shows and personal appearances.

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Miss Congeniality Review


Weak

If the whole crew that made "Miss Congeniality" -- writer, director, stars, everybody -- were to get together for another movie, one with a less idiotic plot than a tomboy FBI agent going undercover at a beauty pageant, I'd be gung ho to see it.

The level of talent and the amount of good humor that goes to waste in this gimmicky, so-stupid-it-stops-being-funny star vehicle is phenomenal.

Sandra Bullock is said star, and her screwball (bordering on Lucille Ball) performance as a clodhopping, quarrelsome, graceless lout of a foible-prone FBI agent would be comic gold if the boat anchor of a story weren't dragging it down.

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28 Days Review


Good

Director Betty Thomas' name in the opening credits of "28 Days" came as a big relief leading in to what looked like a soft-pedaled, politically corrected comedy about a happy-go-unlucky drunk -- played by button-cute Sandra Bullock -- wise-cracking her way through rehab.

It was reassuring to see that the woman holding the reins was a filmmaker who certainly knows how to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. I mean, if she could make Howard Stern not only presentable but borderline sentimental (and without a hint of saccharine whitewash) in "Private Parts," surely a touchy subject like alcoholism is safe in her hands.

And so it is. Striking a sure-footed balance between its addiction woe and impudent humor, Thomas isn't afraid to scoff at twelve-steppers and include jests of questionable taste while still pulling off a story of a woman's difficult personal journey toward sobriety.

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