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50 New Cloud Atlas Photos Confirms The Cast Wears A Lot Of Silly Looking Make-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2012 2:26 PM
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"Cloud Atlas" features many things -- narratives, characters, special effects...but it also has a lot of makeup. A lot. With the extended principal cast -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, and Bae Doona -- playing multiple roles in a tale that spans centuries, the trick was making them look similar, yet also distinct in each case. And for the most part it works, and you don't really notice it. But time to time, it is distracting. (We're looking at you, Thug Hanks).

The Wachowskis Have An Idea To Out-Do Bullet Time In 'Jupiter Ascending,' But Aren't Sure That It's Possible

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 11, 2012 9:22 AM
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In advance of what may be the most ambitious and risky film of their career, the notoriously press-shy Wachowski Starship are on a press blitzkrieg right now, with a profile in The New Yorker and a fairly lengthy interview over at Hitfix. During their appearance at Fantastic Fest, the filmmaking pair teased their forthcoming return to the sci-fi action realm with “Jupiter Ascending.”

The Wachowskis & 'Babylon 5' Creator J. Michael Straczynski Shopping Secretive TV Series 'Sense8'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 5:57 PM
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"Cloud Atlas" is coming, and buzz is building and if that translates into box office success, it will find the The Wachowski Starship back on top again after flopping with "Speed Racer." They've already got "Jupiter Ascending" brewing with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, with a February start on the horizon, and now it looks like the siblings are set to tackle TV, and as usual, they are operating in secret.

7 'Cloud Atlas' Banners Plus New 3 New TV Spots As Film Goes IMAX

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2012 2:21 PM
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There are few movies coming this fall that are as ambitious as The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." Featuring an all-star cast in multiple roles, in a story set across numerous time periods, touching a half-dozen different genres all amidst a sprawling narrative, few films are going as far out on the ledge as this one. And it's getting even bigger.

The Wachowskis Finally Give Up Their Anonymity & Lana Addresses Her Sexual Transformation: 'Cloud Atlas' At TIFF

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2012 7:21 PM
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“Cloud Atlas,” the sprawling and epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s celebrated, heady and dense novel, screened last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. An unorthodox arrangement, as it was directed by the Wachowski siblings, Larry and Lana, plus German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”), at a cost of over $100 million, “Cloud Atlas” is the most expensive independent film ever made (i.e. outside of the studio system and from a triage of financiers).

TIFF Review: 'Cloud Atlas' Is Bold, Messy & Disappointingly Unimaginative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2012 10:07 PM
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With The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer literally throwing a critic off the roof of a building to his death in the opening moments of the nearly three-hour "Cloud Atlas," it's clear that they aren't concerned in the slightest with how this ambitious effort will be received. And you certainly have to give the trio of directors some respect for their approach, which tag teams an all-star cast, gives them multiple roles and spreads the story across nearly a half dozen time periods. But for all their boldness in narrative approach, "Cloud Atlas" is also a mess, with an attempt to mix its various genres under a universal thematic banner that never quite coheres.

New, Shorter Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas' Offers A Little More Footage, New Yorker Profile Of The Wachowskis Offers New Insights

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 9:23 AM
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Of all the 150 or so world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is getting underway as we speak, the one we're perhaps most curious about is "Cloud Atlas." An epic adaptation from the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer of David Mitchell's excellent best-seller, the film spans thousands of years, with six separate storylines featuring an all-star cast of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and more, playing multiple roles of different genders and races in a genre-hopping, independently produced epic.

Rumor: Are The Wachowskis Another Possibility To Direct 'Justice League'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 26, 2012 9:52 AM
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The big directorial vacancy right now in Hollywood is the one for "Justice League," the superhero team-up movie that Warner Bros. hope will help them catch up to the success of Marvel's "The Avengers." The studio unsuccessfully tried to get the supergroup going a few years back with George Miller at the helm, but with Christopher Nolan's Bat series wrapped up and "Man of Steel" on the way, it's now a major priority for the studio, with a script commissioned from "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall and an active hunt for a director underway in the hope that the film would provide a launching pad for other DC heroes like Wonder Woman, The Flash and a revamped Green Lantern.

Exclusive Clip: Robert Rodriguez Talks The Virtues Of Digital Filmmaking In 'Side By Side'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 1:33 PM
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As filmmakers, financiers and studios continue to work together to bring movies to the multiplex, one of the more interesting discussions taking place that affects everything from budgets and scheduling to artistic approach and visual aesthetic is the decision whether or not to shoot digitally or on film. And getting right into the debate is Keanu Reeves, with his documentary "Side By Side."

'Cloud Atlas' Visual Timeline Reveals More Photos Of The Past & Future Faces Of Its Cast

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 5, 2012 9:17 AM
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The biggest question mark of the year has to be the highly ambitious, Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski-helmed epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s acclaimed and dense best-seller, “Cloud Atlas.” After a long period of silence and secrecy that’s usually reserved for Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams pictures, the past couple of weeks has seen an abundance of information regarding the project surface, including an impressive six-minute trailer. And now the official website has unveiled a sort-of-timeline featuring the sprawling cast of characters.

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