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Forbes Names Hollywood's Top-Earning Actresses In 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2014 11:58 AM
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There's been a lot of talk about women-driven movies in recent months, and rightly so. In recent years studios have shirked from movies starring and aimed at women, turning away from weepies and rom-coms, with conventional wisdom saying that men are bigger moviegoers who won't bother with big-budget films featuring female leads. But last year, two of the three top grossing movies in the U.S, "Catching Fire" and "Frozen," had female stars, and a few weeks ago, the Scarlett Johansson-led "Lucy" made headlines by hammering the obviously testosterone-fuelled "Hercules" at the box office.

Will Ferrell Lines Up Heist Comedy 'The Yank' & Sandra Bullock Opens 'Tupperware Unsealed'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 29, 2014 10:43 AM
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We may live in the age of the international franchise, where American films open abroad weeks before domestic release to run up box office grosses, but there are still a few stars that are able to scare up some funding from studios, pre-existing material be damned. In fact, this morning sees news of two such stars bringing movies to life simply by virute of their name, though they’ll be dealing in opposite ends of the tonal spectrum.

Watch: VFX Show & Tell Reel For 'Gravity' Plus 20-Minute 'Charlie Rose' Talk With Sandra Bullock & Alfonso Cuarón

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2014 11:15 AM
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By now you've seen Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity"—perhaps even two or three times—and as it heads toward Oscar night with 10 nominations, and with some serious momentum behind it, here's an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the much-talked-about thriller.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

Watch: Excellent 5-Minute 'Gravity: From Script To Screen' Featurette Before The Film Returns To Theaters Jan. 17th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 4:55 PM
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We may be a full seven days into the New Year, but right now at a theater near you, it's like time is standing still. Last week, the big wide release was "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." This week? "The Legend Of Hercules" with Kellan Lutz. Ooof. But next week, prospects will be looking much brighter with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube trading barbs in "Ride Along," while Chris Pine becomes "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." But if you want to give one of 2013's best movies one more round at the multiplex, you'll have a shot at that too.

Sandra Bullock To Star In Long-Developing George Clooney Project 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 4:12 PM
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Our Brand Is Crisis Sandra Bullock
“It’s something that we’re probably going to put up next. It’s at Warner Bros. and I’m just trying to figure out who’s going to direct. We’re going to make that one. It’s a really great script. For Smokehouse, I would say ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ [is next]," producer and George Clooney-collaborator Grant Heslov told us way back in 2011. And while since then their Smokehouse shingle has delivered "Argo," with "Monuments Men" on the way, it looks like Heslov and Clooney are finally ready to bring this project to life.

Oscars: A Look At The Best Actress Front-Runners, Including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock & Amy Adams

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 16, 2013 3:00 PM
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Received wisdom has it that, in most years, the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards is less competitive than their male equivalent. It's certainly true, if it even needs to be said, that great roles for women are far, far less common than they are for men. But one only has to think of the performances that haven't been nominated in recent years to realize that it's not the lack of talent out there, so much as the Academy, or even the prognosticators, tending to be a little more conservative in their picks.

Review: Alfonso Cuarón's Visceral, Knuckle-Chewing 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2013 7:01 PM
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Gravity
Since JFK vowed to put a man on the moon in 1961, space has represented untold possibility, hope and optimism. But once we actually got there, we realized what a terrifying place it can be. An endless void, freezing and/or burning, a place without air or life. But most terrifyingly of all, if you die in space, you die alone: thousands of miles above and away from your loved ones. And more than anything, aren’t we most afraid of dying alone? Alfonso Cuarón seems to think so, as that’s the fear that drives his new film, the extraordinary “Gravity.”

"We Can Shoot It In One Year And We’re Out”: 5 Things Learned About Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 2, 2013 4:09 PM
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"We can shoot it in one year and we’re out,” director Alfonso Cuaron once said of his latest film, “Gravity” (our review) to his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; And in Cuaron’s mind when the frequent collaborators first discussed the project in 2009, the intimate, performance-driven drama in space could theoretically fit that production window. But as filmmakers including David Fincher and James Cameron warned him of technology’s limits in bringing his vision to the screen—not to mention that Cuaron’s natural tendencies aimed as ambitious as possible—the full process from conception to Venice premiere ended up clocking in at nearly five years in total.

Watch: Sandra Bullock Is Desperate To Survive In New Clip & TV Spot For Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 12:05 PM
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The theme of the fall seems to be survival. Tom Hanks will soon square off against a band of desperate pirates in "Captain Phillips" while Robert Redford will try to maintain against Mother Nature herself in "All Is Lost," but first up will Sandra Bullock in "Gravity." And her journey is perhaps most perilous of all.

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