The 'Rizzoli & Isles' author claims the visually stunning film used her ideas.
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.
Gerritsen claims the critically acclaimed movie, 'Gravity', is based on her ideas
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.
Continue reading: Tess Gerritsen Suing Warner Bros. Over Oscar-Winning 'Gravity'
The stars were out to party at last night Empire Film Awards.
Some of the biggest names in film were out last night for the Jameson Empire Film Awards, which saw the year's biggest and best movies awarded for a storming year in filmmaking. Voted for by the public, the awards presented a somewhat different picture of the last year in film than most of the other big awards ceremonies have done so far.
It Was An Evening Of Triump For Emma Thompson, Who Was Awarded Best Actress.
Space thriller Gravity and the fantasy sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were the evening's biggest winners with the former winning Best Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón whilst the latter picked up Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aiden Turner, AKA Kili. Saving Mr, Banks star Emma Thompson and Filth actor James McAvoy took home the respective male and female acting awards, according to the movie magazine.
Sunday's Academy Awards look like they may be the least predictable in years, although we know Lupita Nyong'o will wear the best frock. This week's new trailers offer a glimpse of Godzilla, a snappy return for Veronica Mars, and Michael Cera terrifying Juno Temple in Chile...
All eyes are on Hollywood this weekend as the Academy Awards take place this Sunday night. The least predictable Oscars in years, there are multiple possible winners in most of the major categories, as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle vie for Best Picture and Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen contend for Best Director. We relive some of the the biggest upsets in Oscars history here.
Other too-close races include actor (Matthew Mcconaughey vs Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Jared Leto vs Barkhad Abdi) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o vs Jennifer Lawrence). The only sure thing is Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. And that Gravity will mop up all the technical awards. Here is more detail on the best supporting actress Oscar battle between jennifer lawrence and lupita nyong'o being too close to call.
'Gravity' could win Best Picture, but it would be the first sci-fi movie to do so.
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.
'Gravity' Changed the Game For 3-D Movies
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.
Continue reading: Ahead Of The Oscars, Alfonso Cuaron Claims 'Gravity' Is "Not Sci-Fi"
The winners were somewhat predictable, but it was all about the presenters and winners' speeches.
As the British equivalent to the Oscars, last night’s BAFTAs were obviously a glamorous affair. In between bouts of Stephen Fry’s self deprecating humor (“[Oprah’s] performance in The Butler was so moving, I almost gave mine the afternoon off.”) and jabs at all of his colleagues (Fry introduced the flawless Emma Thompson as “In the film world, a goddess. In real life, a ghastly piece of sickly shrieking awful.”) there were also some awards given out.
Stephen Fry always makes for an entertaining awards show.
The big winners of the night were somewhat surprising. Predictions pegged Gravity and 12 Years A Slave – the two award show favorites so far – for the majority of BAFTAs as well. Instead, the Steve McQueen directed 12 Years only took two awards out of 8 nods total. Granted, they were the big ones - best film and leading actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – but that was it.
Continue reading: The 2014 BAFTAs Run Like The Oscars' Older, Funnier Sister
With the script finished, production is go, says J. J. Abrams.
J.J. Abrams has confirmed that with the script now finished, filming for Star Wars: Episode VII is set to begin in May. Abrams also confirmed that he has talked to Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons about a possible role in the film. Abrams was, however, surprised to read about rumors of Plemons’ casting before an official announcement was made.
Abrams dodged the question of whether he would be directing all three films on his own.
“He is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah,” Abrams said, speaking at the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour.. “But, you know. It’s not often that I read about actors that I’m going to be meeting … that I get to read articles about actors who are going to come in. And so I get to see someone and say, ‘Oh, I read that I’m going to see you.’ … It’s usually agents talking to people about what’s happening. It’s a lot of noise.”
The red carpet outside the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, welcomed some of Hollywood's biggest stars to the awards show
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.
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.
The space thriller was the night's biggest winner, taking home seven gongs in total
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.
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.
'American Hustle' was the night's big winner, with three major wins, but there were surprises elsewhere as even Leonardo DiCaprio won an award!
The 2014 Golden Globes came and went on Sunday, 12 January night as the stars of Hollywood gathered for the first real awards showcase of the year. The event didn't let down, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivering the laughs throughout the event and with individual stars using their time in the spotlight to grand effect, resulting in a night to remember.
American Hustle was the night's big winner
The two top-contested awards, Best Motion Picture for Drama and for Musical or Comedy, were awarded to the early favourites and the two titles looking most likely to sweep up over the course of awards season: 12 Years A Slave and America Hustle.
Who will strike the next blow as the Oscars loom?
American Hustle appears to have emerged as the favorite to claim the Producers Guild of America Best Picture award when it’s handed out on January 19th. The darkly comic crime drama sees Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale play 1970s con artists.
Are these two plotting an Oscars raid?
The 'outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures' award certainly acts as a bellwether for the Oscars, which will be taking place shortly after the Producer’s Guild awards.
Spoilers ahead for those of you that haven't seen Gravity*
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.
Stranded above earth in Gravity
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?
Thankfully, Cuaron held on strong
Studio pressure is one of the biggest movie killers out there. It can strip the creative power away from a director, making the final piece a pandering mess. But Alfonso Cuaron – whose film Gravity has stunned wherever it has played – wasn’t about to let that happen.
Sandra Bullock in Gravity
"With making a film it's like trying to create a tune in the shower while you have a hundred people singing around you. You have to focus yourself in on the tune that you're trying to create. Because you have hundreds of people singing different songs at the same time around you," he explained, via The Guardian.
Continue reading: Alfonso Cuaron Reveals How 'Gravity' Was Very Nearly, Rubbish
Alfonso Cuaron, director of space thriller movie 'Gravity', was snapped at the New York premiere of the movie alongside his son and co-writer Jonas Cuaron. The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - who are the only visible actors on screen - and is set to be released in the UK on November 8th 2013.
Having made its first weekend a record success, 'Gravity' now needs to make a lasting impression.
The critics love Gravity. Moviegoers love Gravity. Given these two facts, it’s no wonder that Alfonso Cuaron’s dizzying space thrill-ride easily topped the weekend box office in an otherwise fairly uneventful season. The movie was off to a great start, with $55.6 million in opening weekend revenue (according to Box Office Mojo), helped in part by the pricier 3D ticket. Those earnings seem pretty appropriate for the movie’s large scope, really. Cuaron’s beautiful orbital setting, as well as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s moving performances helped Gravity top the opening weekend record for October. The record was previously held by 2011’s Paranormal Activity, which grossed $52.6 million on opening weekend.
At least visually, 'Gravity' is a sight to behold.
Meanwhile, the film far surpassed the weekend’s other hopeful – Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Could it have been all those rageful Batman fans, refusing to see the film in protest of Affleck’s casting? One can only speculate.
What should you say when the box office assistant says "Can I help you?"
It’s a big night for cinema goers in the U.S. Two of the biggest movies of the year are out (Oct 4th): Runner, Runner – Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck’s crime thriller – and Gravity – George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s space thriller.
Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in Runner Runner
So which movie are you going to see? Well Gravity is the obvious choice; it’s got rave reviews, an exciting, complex and original plot; it’s headed up by Clooney and Bullock and comes from celebrated director Alfonso Cuaron. It’s a classy blockbuster that should, in some way or another, prosper at the Oscars come March 2014.
Continue reading: What Are You Seeing Tonight, Justin Timberlake's 'Runner Runner'?
With thrilling visuals and critically acclaimed performance, "Gravity" could be an easy hit in the US.
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron’s head-spinning space adventure starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney premieres across US theatres today. The movie, which features a very minimal cast and storyline, has none the less managed to impress quite a few reviewers with its ambitious, at times even dizzying cinematography. Critics have been impressed by said heart-stopping cinematography ever since the first trailer was released and now, following the first screenings, Bullock’s performance is attracting a lot of attention too.
The movie's visual landscape is has impressed critics.
Maybe a bit of Oscar buzz too? In the film, Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her very first shuttle mission. She teams up with Clooney astronaut Matt Kowalsky on what is supposed to be a routine procedure, until everything goes haywire, their shuttle gets destroyed and the two end up stranded in space.
Dr Ryan Stone is a medical engineer who happens to take her first space adventure with one of the most experience astronauts she knows, Matt Kowalsky. It should be an experience of a lifetime, but instead becomes one with life and death hanging in the balance as floating debris rips apart their craft, Explorer, as they venture on a routine spacewalk. As Ryan Stone is left spinning through the air while still attached to an arm of the vehicle, she is forced to detach herself or risk being catapulted far into space with no way of getting back. Gasping for breath with what little oxygen she has left and feeling disorientated from the ceaseless movement, she attempts to make contact with Houston. But as she drifts further and further away, loss of contact becomes inevitable and with Kowalsky nowhere to be found, all she has left to live for is the hope for a miracle.
'Gravity' is the heart stopping space thriller 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'). With little cast and few sets, this is a movie relying solely on the emotions it evokes, and you certainly won't be short of those when this is released. It is set to hit the UK on November 8th 2013.
'Gravity': the George Clooney/ Sandra Bullock thriller we've been looking forward to for months is almost here.
After months of being tantalised with intriguing and hauntingly beautiful Gravity teaser clips, we finally have our first, full-length official trailer that makes us more excited about the upcoming Alfonso Cuarón-directed space thriller than ever.
Sandra & George's Performance As Two Astronauts Has Been Praised.
The trailer, released a month ahead of Gravity's early October theatrical release date fleshes out the stark clips we'd been teased with and reveals more of the action scenes as George Clooney and Sandra Bullock struggle as two astronauts adrift in space after their shuttle is damaged by space debris. We are reminded of the odds faced by our astronauts as they float "372 miles above the earth." An on-screen blurb reads "There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure, no Oxygen. Life in space is impossible."
Continue reading: Heart-Racing 'Gravity' Trailer Released As October Release Inches Closer
It's all eyes on October 4th as Gravity orbits closer and closer to the Academy
Having stunned at Venice, Gravity is now pulling in the rest of us with a compelling new full-length trailer. Before – the teaser - we saw Sandra Bullock and George Clooney eerily drifting in space and saw a hint of the nightmare to come. Now it’s time to learn more about our seemingly hopeless space transients.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in Gravity
“I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time,” veteran filmmaker James Cameron told Variety.
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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock brought their star power to opening night at the 70th Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. The event launched with the world premiere of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, and the critical buzz has been big for the thriller about two astronauts stranded in space when their shuttle mission is hit by debris. Take a look at photos of Clooney and Bullock attending The 70th Venice Film Festival here.
The big movie in cinemas around the world this week is the documentary One Direction: This Is Us, which has taken a hammering from critics for being far too on-message. But it's likely to keep fans very happy, especially since it reveals things like the fact that Niall Horan strips down to his underpants when he records in the studio. A scene in the film shows him recording this summer's big hit Best Song Ever in his boxers. Find out why Niall says "I sing better naked" here.
Alfonso Cuaron's long awaited 'Gravity', starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock, has debuted to a small audience.
If like us, you've been itching to see Gravity even since the 90 second teaser trailer was first released, the news that there are people somewhere out there who have seen the movie will be enough to make your ears prick up and start crossing off the days until 4th November (if you're in the US, 8th if in the UK).
Cuaron, And The Entire Cast Of Gravity.
Steeped in mystery with a rather unique concept, shots of Alfonso Cuaron's new space thriller look hauntingly beautiful and the movie's disaster scenario sounds gripping. When films look this good, we don't like sitting around and waiting a long time for them to hit our screen. The movie was famously difficult to make, as Cuaron wanted to make the space shots look as authentic and CGI-less as possible with a heavy emphasis on single take scenes that made for gruelling filming sessions.
Terry Gilliam and Jonathan Glazer make their returns at the Venice Film Festival.
The Venice Film Festival 2013 boasts one of the most intriguing movie line-ups of the year, with two fallen heroes of cinema coming in from the cold and testing out new material after underwhelming efforts last time out.
Gilliam hasn't been seen since 2009's poorly received The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, while Sexy Beast director Glazer was scolded by the box-office almost a decade ago with Birth.
Could 'Gravity' upset the applecart at the Oscars?
Bullock play Dr Ryan Stone, an engineer on her first shuttle mission, while Clooney is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, in command of his last flight before retiring. Of course, if a routine spacewalk had gone exactly to plan, then Warners would have had a fairly dismal movie on its hands.
Of course, disaster strikes and Stone and Kowalsky's shuttle is completely destroyed, leaving them completely alone in space. They spiral into the darkness as the radio connection to Earth is lost.
Continue reading: Could 'Gravity' Be The Most Terrifying Space Movie, Ever? [Trailer]
The new Alfonso Cuarón-directed space thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock will premiere on Venice Film Festival's prestigious opening night.
Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón's new space thriller will debut on Venice Film Festival's prestigious opening night on the Venice Lido. With a stark, but strong cast of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock the film will centre on two astronauts who are working on a space station, when they encounter problems after a meteor shower causes damage and the unthinkable happens - they are left alone to drift in orbit.
George Clooney Stars In Chilling New Space Thriller, Gravity.
The intimacy of the small cast and the scenes shot from their point of view will lend a chilling claustrophobia to the film, as utilised most effectively on fellow thrillers Sunshine (2007) and Moon (2009). Indeed, the trailer evokes Moon's creeping solitude of space, as well as the bloodpumping disaster scenario of Sunshine combined with the deeply emotive piano notes on its soundtrack. Like those two films, it seems that Gravity will take a more psychological line as opposed to the kind of space action seen in Apollo 13 or Armageddon.
Continue reading: Space Thriller 'Gravity' To Open At Venice Film Festival [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.
The teaser trailer for the dramatic new movie featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is now here.
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'.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star as stranded astronauts in the new sci-fi movie.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Sandra Bullock And Melissa McCarthy Hit Up Disneyland!
In 1944, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a bookish 12-year-old arrives with her pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) at an isolated farmhouse in northern Spain. Here, amidst the dark woods and quietly subservient peasants, her new stepfather Vidal (Sergi López), an army captain, has set up base to harass leftover anti-Fascist rebels from the Civil War. The carefully sadistic Vidal has no squeamishness about the humanity of his anti-insurgent campaign, coolly ordering that all food and medical supplies for the nearby villagers be locked up in the farmhouse and only doled out under guard -- an attempt to starve out the rebels hiding up in the mountains. While the adults (including the excellent Maribel Verdú from Y Tu Mamá También as a woman with rebel ties) are fully enmeshed in their pungent dramas, Ofelia has her own problems of a different sort.
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