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Watch: Oscar Winner Alfonso Cuarón Discusses 'Gravity' & His Career In 1-Hour Talk

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 4:28 PM
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For the rest of his career, the words "Oscar winner" will precede the name of Alfonso Cuarón, and it's certainly been a journey to get there. The director's latest, "Gravity," was a labor of love, technology and the faith it would turn out, with the years-in-the-making film turning out to be not only a box office hit, but an awards season favorite, ultimately walking away with two of the three major trophies it was nominated for. But before he had the golden statue to put on his mantle, he was still another flimmaker with an excellent body of work hoping to get to the next level.

Watch: First 2 Minutes Of NBC’s ‘Believe,’ Directed By Alfonso Cuaron Plus 2 Clips & Behind-The-Scenes Preview

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 7, 2014 9:04 AM
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Believe
It’s no secret NBC has hit a rough patch over the last few years with new show after new show failing to catch on with audiences. The peacock network is hoping that will change with the sci-fi drama “Believe,” which is coming from the dream team of J.J. Abrams and the newly Oscar-minted Alfonso Cuarón, who directed and co-wrote the pilot. And if couldn’t already wait for its premiere next week, the network has released a new preview of the premiere to whip you up into a frenzy.

Watch: Oscar Winners Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett & More Meet The Press Plus Jennifer Lawrence Talks Falling Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 10:36 AM
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12 Years A Slave Oscars
The champagne bottles are empty, the limos are getting cleaned, the tuxedos are being returned and the sun is rising the morning after of the Oscars. But before the winners got to head backstage and celebrate their victory, they had to run the press gauntlet.

Watch: All Oscar Acceptance Speeches For Best Picture & Major Categories Plus The Entire Show In 2 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 10:25 AM
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For anyone watching the Oscars at home last night, they may have noticed something a different about the speeches this year....no one really got played off. It looks like the producers took it easy on the winners in 2014, rarely breaking out the orchestra to hustle people off the stage, leading to some longer than usual acceptance speeches. And in case you were in the bathroom or doing a snack refill, we've got all the major ones below.

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.

Watch: Alfonso Cuaron Explains Why Robert Downey Jr. & Angelina Jolie Weren't Cast In 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 12:52 PM
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Gravity, Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr.
The long, long journey for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" wasn't solely dedicated to the effects-heavy technical production. Before cameras even rolled, the filmmaker went through an arduous process to nail down his leading actors. Way back in the spring of 2010, Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie were tentatively slated to lead the sci-fi thriller, but by the fall, the actress had pulled out setting off an arms race for the vacant role. Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde and Blake Lively were all mentioned/considered for the part before Sandra Bullock signed on, and by the end of 2010, George Clooney joined the project replacing RDJ who had also exited. And the rest is history. But what happened to the original duo?

Alfonso Cuaron Talks Alternate Ending To 'Gravity,' The Future Of Cinema, Compares 'Her' To 'Annie Hall' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 14, 2014 9:04 AM
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Gravity, Cuaron
It seems that every promotional tour these days has to feature a stop at the internet’s front page. Best Director nominee Alfonso Cuarón was the latest to visit Reddit for an AMA where the “Gravity” helmer was given the opportunity to respond to the scientific community’s reactions to his films, give his take on the future of the industry and tease a dark alternate ending to the Best Picture nominee.

2014 Directors Guild Awards: Alfonso Cuarón Takes The Top Prize For 'Gravity'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 26, 2014 7:14 AM
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The Directors Guild Of America (DGA) announced its 2014 award winners last night and, perhaps to no one’s surprise, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón won the top directing prize for “Gravity.” A spectacular visual achievement that took four years to make, Cuarón was arguably the frontrunner for some time, but the competition was tough and included Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” David O. Russell for “American Hustle,” Steve McQueen for “12 Years A Slave” and “Captain Phillips”-helmer Paul Greengrass.

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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Gravity
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.

Directors Guild Award Nominations Include Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell & Martin Scorsese But No Coens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 1:16 PM
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American Hustle
The Coens might want to hold on putting down that deposit for a tuxedo, as it seems their wonderful "Inside Llewyn Davis" is not registering with voters. After being shut out of the Producers Guild and Writers Guild awards nominations, the directorial duo have once again been left in the cold, this time by the DGA.

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