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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.

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Best Picture & Best Actor From Toronto Film Critics Association

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 12:01 AM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Such is the awards season that just as your getting ready to wind things down on the west coast, or already in bed on the east coast, the honors keep coming. And the latest is from north of the border, with critics in Toronto weighing in on their faves of the year.

“Life In IKEA Is Impossible”: Watch This Amusing 'Gravity' Spoof

Gravity, Ikea spoof
Yep, it’s come to this. “Gravity” has basically gone mainstream. The Alfonso Cuarón 3D spectacle has grossed a whopping $476 million worldwide and having just opened in the U.K. with China still to come, some pundits are guestimating the film could hit $600 million globally ($500 million is just around the corner). So that means spoofs. Read More »

Watch: 50-Minute Directors Roundtable Talk With Steve McQueen, David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuarón & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 12:42 PM
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THR Directors Roundtable
While the awards season can waver between excitement for the great movies hitting cinemas and excess from the endless campaigning, the real pleasure is in great filmmakers emerging from their production cocoon to talk about their work. THR has been doing a great job in rounding up some of the brightest talents and biggest contenders of the season for their roundtable talks. And their latest is no different.

Oscars: Is The Best Director Competition More Than A Two-Horse Race?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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If this year's Best Picture race is tough (and it is, even with films like "Foxcatcher" and "Monuments Men" pushed into 2014), it's nothing compared to the fight that's brewing in Best Director. The category has evolved somewhat since the Best Picture field expanded to ten films. Before that change, the line-up tended to mirror the five Best Picture nominees, with the occasional exception, usually for an arthouse Euro-auteur like Mike Leigh (for "Vera Drake" in 2005) or Julian Schnabel (for "Diving Bell & The Butterfly" in 2008). And it's still true that the directing nominees are mostly drawn from the Best Picture nominees, but with more opportunity for a film to get recognized in the bigger category, it does seem to have enabled the directors' branch to be more idiosyncratic in their choices.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'Gravity', Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 9, 2013 11:06 AM
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Gravity, Cuaron
On this latest episode, host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and for the first time, Features Editor Jessica Kiang to talk about "Gravity." Warning, SPOILERS abound in this podcast so don't listen unless you've already seen the film or don't care. Also getting some time around the watercooler this week, we discuss the change over at Focus Features, Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies of the year (so far) and even more.

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