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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Director Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2013 12:23 PM
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In recent years, trying to predict the Oscar nominees in the Best Director category has been especially tricky. In the past, you could just translate over your Best Picture nominees, maybe swap one out for a better-known or showier filmmaker, and you were relatively likely to be correct. But ever since the Academy made the switch to having more than five nominees in the top category it's become more unpredictable, especially if you're trying to make your predictions a year in advance.

Simon Pegg Shoots Down 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Rumors, Says He's Not Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 11:39 AM
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People are desperate for any news about what J.J. Abrams and co. are cooking up for "Star Wars: Episode 7," so even thin rumors from sources like the generally totally out there MarketSaw tend to be speculated upon. But sometimes you just gotta know better, and this appears to be one of those times. With the site claiming that Alfonso Cuaron was being considered to helm one of the sequels, they also casually tossed in this morsel from their source: "...expect Simon Pegg to be involved in some capacity. Can't say why, but lets just say I have a strong feeling about that." But the actor himself has addressed those rumors.

J.J. Abrams Will Produce 'Star Trek 3,' Develop New 'Mission: Impossible' Movie; Pilot With Alfonso Cuarón Ordered

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 9:55 AM
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Happy New Year, J.J. Abrams! As January winds to a close, the events of the past week have basically suggested that Abrams is essentially the new Steven Spielberg. Last night, Disney officially confirmed the news that J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct "Star Wars: Episode 7" (see press release below). But of course the big question is what becomes of Abrams' relationship with Paramount?

Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' Finally Scores October 4th Release Date

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 15, 2013 7:16 PM
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Some two years in the making and add another two for development (at least), Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" has finally scored an October 4, 2013 release date. Originally pegged for a November 2012 release, Warner Bros. took it off last year's calendar for unspecified reasons, but most presumed this was due to the VFX-heavy nature of the film that was shot completely in soundstages and in 3D. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, "Gravity" has been a long time coming and so much so it's taken on mythic proportions in some corners fo the blogosphere that have declared it a kind of Kubrick-ian return. It probably doesn't hurt that Cuarón hasn't made a movie since 2006's "Children of Men." Six years between movies will create legend and buzz.

Alfonso Cuaron To Direct Supernatural Drama Pilot At NBC, Co-Producing With J.J. Abrams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2012 8:29 AM
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As we continue to patiently wait for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" to get a release date and a marketing campaign from Warner Bros., it seems even the filmmaker himself is getting a bit antsy, and is lining up his first small-screen gig in nearly a decade.

Discuss: Can We Just Wait Until 'Gravity' Is Done Before Deciding If It's A "Game Changing Masterpiece"?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 12:52 PM
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Test screenings are as old as Hollywood itself, but in this age of instant reactions, that process is even more fraught for filmmakers. Before a movie is even edited or shaped by a director, a test screening can -- for better or worse -- create buzz about a film, even if it's not yet in the form the director intends. And you really only have to look at CinemaCon, which featured brief amounts of finished footage from upcoming films, to see the hyperbole thrown around even if it's based a small portion of the film. Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" became a worry because of it's use of 48 frames-per-second photography, while the Oscars were already being awarded to Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi." Now, one more highly anticipated movie is getting judged before well before it has been completed.

Watch: All The Long Takes From Alfonso Cuaron's 'Children Of Men' Edited Into One Remarkable 30 Min. Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 1:59 PM
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While we wait to see what Alfonso Cuaron has in store with his hugely ambitious 3D sci-fi flick "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and lots and lots and lots of CGI, here's an opportunity to revisit one of his best films, "Children Of Men," with a bit of twist.

David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron & Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu On The 'Catching Fire' Director Wishlist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 4:06 PM
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....and here we go. With Gary Ross exiting "The Hunger Games" franchise last week, it hasn't taken long for Lionsgate to drum up a wishlist of folks they want to direct the sequel "Catching Fire," and according to 24 Frames, some of the big names leaping off the page include David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Alfonso Cuaron, Emir Kusturica, Michel Gondry, Marjane Satrapi & Sara Driver Team For Anthology 'Tales From The Hanging Head'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 9:41 AM
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So, just who is Sara Driver? She's a filmmaker who worked the New York scene, collaborating with Jim Jarmusch (producing "Stranger Than Paradise," working on "Permanent Vacation" and inspiring the story behind "Broken Flowers") and also made her own movies through the '80s and '90s. But as these stories sometimes go, while the indie movie world moved forward, she was left behind. However, a resurgence of appreciation for her contributions and her work have put her name back in the spotlight thanks to a recent retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City and new boxset of her films, and she's going to strike while the iron is hot.

Is Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Going To Be A Kubrick-Esque Space Odyssey'? Sandra Bullock Calls It "Big, Isolating & Profoundly Silent"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 2:15 PM
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While talking to MTV about her Oscar bait-y weepie "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Sandra Bullock revealed a few more details about the immensity and technological prowess of Alfonso Cuaron's forthcoming 3D sci-fi thriller "Gravity." She seems kind of at a loss for words, but basically it's going to be some seriously next level shit.

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