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Alfonso Cuarón Says Studio Wanted More Flashbacks & Scenes From Mission Control In 'Gravity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 9:22 AM
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While Warner Bros. does indeed deserve credit for bravely sticking with "Gravity" over a complicated four year development/production process, particularly for a film in a genre that isn't known for being the most consistent performer at the box office, that's not to say they didn't initially have concerns. One can only imagine that the concept of a thriller set entirely space, largely around a single character, wasn't initially an easy sell, and director Alfonso Cuaron has revealed some of the feedback he initially received from executives about "Gravity." And warning, spoilers below.

Watch: Alfonso Cuarón Talks Creating The Stirring Sound Of 'Gravity' In 9-Minute Featurette

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 7, 2013 9:23 AM
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If you saw the box office smashing “Gravity” this past weekend, chances are you were as transfixed by the sound design of the film as you were by Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography. Though no sound can be heard in the vacuum of space, Alfonso Cuarón’s film still manages to tell its story aurally. A new featurette from the good folks at Soundworks Collection has the filmmaker explain how the film’s audio palette was formed.

Box Office: 'Gravity' Soars Through 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' & Leaps Over 'Runner Runner'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 6, 2013 1:26 PM
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Although profits from this weekend were lower overall than those from this time last year (roughly $19 million less, or a 13.4% drop), the box office still did decently ($123 million—not too shabby) thanks to the top two films and their reportedly mind-blowing visual effects, which made filmgoers more inclined to fork over a few extra dollars for 3D and IMAX.

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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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.”

10 Films To Watch Before & After 'Gravity'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 3, 2013 3:05 PM
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Films To See Before Gravity
Sitting in the dark, holding your breath throughout Alfonso Cuarón’s terrifying, beautiful “Gravity,” it can seem like the film simply spun up at you out of the void; it’s a work of such precision and simplicity that it almost feels like it came out of nowhere. But unlike, say, a sliver of space debris that glints in the distance a moment before hurtling in to wreak silent destruction on your space station, Cuarón’s hugely anticipated film (review here) not only had a gestation period of unforeseen length, but even back at concept stage it had its influences and its inspirations. So while it certainly feels unlike anything you’ve quite seen before, in realising his singular vision, Cuarón in fact refers to and borrows from several cinematic forebears, and, after the fact, we can see not only their imprint on the finished film, but also its kinship with several other titles.

"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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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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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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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock making "Gravity"
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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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.

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