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"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.

Alfonso Cuarón Says He Has A Dream Movie He Wants To Make, But It's "Tiny And Not Commercial"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 3:54 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
Four years in the making, requiring an technical precise shoot and a lengthy post-production process, the road to "Gravity" has been long enough that director Alfonso Cuarón has stated he'll never do something like it again. And with the film finally finished, playing Venice and Toronto and continuing on the festival circuit, Cuarón is likely simply enjoying a moment of rest before he considers what he'll do next. And for many filmmakers, the choice comes down to doing something artistically challenging, yet realistic and pragmatic, particularly in a studio atmosphere where risks—like "Gravity"—aren't taken very often. And Cuarón is well aware of that fact.

Alfonso Cuarón Says Most 3D Films Are "Crap" As RealD CFO Pushes Studios & Directors To Keep Using The Format

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 12:46 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
Is it time to have yet another debate about 3D? Well, whether you like it or not, it's going to happen. This past summer, theater owners were beginning to wonder where the audiences were for the format, as 3D screenings began making up for just the fraction of ticket sales for some pretty big movies (25% of the total domestic gross of “Turbo,” 31% of “Monsters University” and 34% for “World War Z”). And while the reason why ticket buyers are being more cautious about paying to wear those uncomfortable glasses is up for debate, Alfonso Cuarón has summed it up pretty nicely.

Watch: Go Behind The Scenes Of Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' With New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 2:00 PM
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We're less than a week away from the lift off of Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" in theaters nationwide, and after everyone experiences the space adventure, the first question they'll ask is, "How'd they do that?" Well, some new pics and a featurette try to help answer some of those questions.

Alfonso Cuaron Considers Psychological Horror Film, Says He'll Never Do A Movie As Big As 'Gravity' Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 12:21 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
It's taken four years, casting headaches, technological leaps, release date bumps and more, but next week, Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure "Gravity" will finally arrive in theaters. And mostly, he just seems glad to have survived the process at all. “Film is my means of survival, and 'Gravity' was a miscalculation of time. It’s not the best investment I’ve ever made,” he told Vulture. However, most critics would disagree.

Watch: 30-Minute Interview With Alfonso Cuarón & New TV Spot For "Tiny Sundance Film" 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 2:56 PM
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Gravity, Bullock
It's all about perception, we suppose. While the forthcoming "Gravity" boasts no shortage of dazzling visual effects, heart pumping thrills and yes, 3D, it's still relatively lean in both size and scope. Running 90 minutes and featuring two main characters, it's far from the bloat of most blockbuster movies, a fact that isn't lost on director Alfonso Cuarón.

Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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Podcast: Post Fall Film Festival
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Venice. We covered a large swath of films at both fests this year but on the show we focus specifically on "12 Years a Slave," (review here, interview here), "Under the Skin" (review here, interview here), "Gravity" (review here), "Joe" (review here), Denis Villeneuve's double dose of "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Night Moves" "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Let us know in the comments what titles you're excited for and if you attended, what films you dug.

20 New 'Gravity' Photos Show Off The Visual Spectacle Of Alfonso Cuaron's Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 2:05 PM
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Gravity
At this point, you can probably assemble all of the photos released from Alfonso Cuaron's space-set mindbender "Gravity," put them into a little book like John Travolta in "Blow Out," and flip through them, playing the entire movie. But guess what? There are more! Get ready for 20 new, insanely gorgeous photos from "Gravity," featuring stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, plus some wonderful behind-the-scenes images of Cuaron working his magical magic.

It's Like You're There! Watch TIFF Press Conferences For 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Prisoners,' 'Labor Day' And More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 12:32 PM
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Press Conference TIFF 2013
If you are stuck having to watch all the Toronto International Film Festival action from the sidelines, fret not—another aspect of the festival will now come straight to your computer screen. The overlong, occasionally awkward press conferences that accompany each of the big films at TIFF have been uploaded to YouTube, so you can squirm in your seat while pretending to not play Candy Crush like the rest of the journalists in the room. This is literally hours of material, from big marquee titles like "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," "Labor Day," "Enough Said" and more. It's like you're there! Only not.

Watch: Take Flight With The Final Trailer For Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2013 8:44 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
It's probably safe to say that Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is nothing short of a sensation. Premiering at Venice to rave reviews, sneaking into Telluride for more acclaim and now headed to TIFF, there hasn't been a lack of superlatives for the movie. Our own man on the Lido called it "a technical marvel, and it’s a blockbuster with heart and soul in spades" and the good news is, unlike a lot of movies hitting the fest circuit, you won't be waiting long for this one to play near you.

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