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Our Lives Are Not Our Own: Deconstructing The 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 3:29 PM
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A pleasant surprise arrived today in the form of a lengthy trailer for "Cloud Atlas," the much-anticipated adaptation of David Mitchell's novel by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Anyone who's read the book -- a sprawling, genre-hopping, puzzle-box of a story -- will know it's a tough nut to crack, but the clip, now available in HD at Apple, suggests that the filmmakers have managed to handle the diversity of the visuals even if it's yet to be seen if the film works as a whole.

Watch: Staggeringly Ambitious, Visually Impressive 6-Minute Trailer For The Wachowski's & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 5:11 AM
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Well, damn. After a prolonged period of radio silence, this week has seen a flurry of activity regarding "Cloud Atlas," the adaptation of David Mitchell's acclaimed best-seller by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. On Tuesday, it was announced that the film would make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, yesterday saw the first images start to leak out, and overnight, the first trailer for the film leaked online (courtesy of JoBlo). And, boy, what a trailer.

The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's 'Cloud Atlas' Now Arrives On October 26th; Susan Sarandon Plays An Indian Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 7:58 PM
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So just how messed up and bonkers will The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's adaptation of David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" be? Well, Hugh Grant will apparently be doing a lot of "killing and raping," and as for Susan Sarandon? She tells Postmedia that her small role finds her playing "an Indian man." Huh? We're getting ahead ourselves a bit, because the good news is you'll be seeing this sooner than expected.

Channing Tatum Confirms He'll Be In 'Jupiter Ascending'; Calls 'Bitter Pill' Co-Star Rooney Mara The "Most Terrifying Person I've Ever Met"

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 5, 2012 9:45 AM
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You'd think The Wachowskis would have gotten their epic sci-fi trilogy kicks out of their system with "The Matrix" but evidently not -- the duo are gearing up "Jupiter Ascending," a planned kickstarter to a trilogy that is set in a universe where human beings are not the most evolved forms of intelligent life. With things reportedly due to get underway this fall, and on the back of Mila Kunis joining the flick, Channing Tatum has confirmed with MTV his own involvement in the ambitious project.

'Jupiter Ascending' Plot Rumored To Be Pretty Much Like 'Snow White And The Huntsman'; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyed For Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 3:54 PM
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Just like Woody Allen or Terrence Malick, The Wachowskis don't like to share what their movies are about until they're good and ready to, but as these things generally tend to go, somebody somewhere usually gets their hands on some kind of material and shares it with somebody else and before you know it, we're writing a post.

As 'Battleship' Flops: Ten Other Memorable Box-Office Bombs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 1:43 PM
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To have one giant money-losing tentpole is unfortunate. To have two starts to look careless, and that's what's happened to Taylor Kitsch. The actor, who broke out on TV's "Friday Night Lights," was seen as Hollywood's next great hope, picked out to star in two great big blockbusters with a combined cost of half-a-billion dollars. But when "John Carter" arrived in March, the film wildly underperformed, with Disney taking a hit of at least $100 million on the project. And after this weekend, it looks that his other film, "Battleship," is going to lose similar amounts.

The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's ‘Cloud Atlas’ Scores A Dec 6 U.S. Release Date & Almost 3-Hr Running Time Revealed

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 17, 2012 12:35 PM
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In a piece about the various financial comings and goings at Cannes, Anne Thompson has revealed specifics about the Wachowskis and Tom Tywker’s ambitious, Tom Hanks-led adaptation of David Mitchell’s multi-tiered “Cloud Atlas,” which screened on Wednesday for international buyers, including details on its running time and domestic release date.

Mila Kunis Confirms Role In The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 1:36 PM
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While we're still waiting for the ambitious "Cloud Atlas" to show up -- all we know so far is that has an A-list playing multiple roles and Hugh Grant raping and killing people -- the directing siblings The Wachowskis are already gearing up their next, equally secretive "Jupiter Ascending." Not much is known about the project except that it will return the pair to the realm of the sci-fi franchise, and that Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis were being offered the lead roles. Well, there's now one down and one to go.

Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis Offered Leads In The Wachowskis 'Jupiter Ascending'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2012 3:26 PM
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With Natalie Portman recently signing on to spend most the year hanging with Terrence Malick on the probably-not-called-"Lawless"-anymore and "Knight Of Cups," it looks like her rumored appearance in The Wachowskis "Jupiter Ascending" won't work out. But her "Black Swan" co-star and another currently red hot star are now being lined up.

The Wachowskis, A Grand Piano, A VW Beetle & A Hover-Bike Star In First Image From 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 9:21 AM
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You can tell that 2012 is going to be a strange sort of year when the boldest, riskiest film set for release stars a brace of A-listers, including the traditionally safe-playing likes of Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant and Halle Berry, and is directed by the pair behind one of the biggest franchises of the last couple of decades. But nothing due in the next twelve months seems quite as bonkers, as potentially brilliant and/or disastrous as "Cloud Atlas," the long-awaited adaptation of David Mitchell's brilliant, acclaimed novel, from the Wachowskis ("The Matrix") and Tom Tykwer ("Perfume," "Run Lola Run").

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