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'Gravity' Dominates Weekend Box Office with Big Saturday Jump

3-D space epic "Gravity" delivered a bigger-than-expected $55.5 million at an otherwise dismal weekend box office. Only one other film grossed more than $8 million, holdover "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" ($21.5 million). After the recent ballyhoo over AMC's "Breaking Bad" finale, "Gravity" reminds that the public will respond to unanimous praise for a ground-breaking cinematic event.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 6, 2013 2:49 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Gravity' Takes a Giant VFX Leap as Pure Cinema

Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and VFX supervisor Tim Webber explore the reverse engineering that went into animating the Oscar-contending space adventure starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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'Gravity': Alfonso Cuaron Talks Creating Space Epic (VIDEO)

"Gravity" is a must-see for any cinephile. Alfonso Cuaron and a team of gifted artists have produced a deceptively simple outer space thrill-ride about two marooned astronauts spinning in zero G who must figure out how to return home. The reason it took Cuaron more than four years to make the movie is that he, like James Cameron and others before him, had to create his own tech tools.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2013 10:51 AM
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WATCH: Alfonso Cuaron Talks 'Gravity' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature, where director Alfonso Cuaron talks upcoming release "Gravity" (October 4). Plus, watch the new featurette, "Experience the Third Dimension," below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 2:40 PM
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'Gravity' Review: Cuaron's Exhilarating 3-D Space Ballet Is Anchored by Bullock and Clooney

If Alfonso Cuaron's hypnotic, exhilarating space thriller "Gravity" isn't thematically as potent as "Children Of Men," his allegory about an infertile world, it is nonetheless a mesmerizing experience from start to finish, an extraordinary visual triumph. The film deploys 3-D in prodigious fashion, turns the carnage of disintegrating space shuttles and hurtling satellite debris into a beautiful if perilous ballet (scored magnificently by Steven Price), and benefits in differing ways from the turns of its two star performers, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 3, 2013 1:23 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' Top the Fall Fests So Far

Kris Tapley of In Contention and I resume our Oscar Talk Podcast, discussing the current awards season frontrunners that emerged during TIFF and Telluride.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2013 11:59 AM
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Sandra Bullock Talks 'Gravity,' Career and Personal Life in Vogue: "If it ends here, I've ended up on top" (VIDEO)

In a new profile of Sandra Bullock, Vogue sits down with the actress to discuss her latest film "Gravity," her Oscar win for "The Blind Side," life as a mother in Austin, Texas and much more. We've rounded up highlights below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 18, 2013 2:22 PM
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WATCH: Final Trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Goes Deeper Into the Void

The final, full trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts torn asunder from their spaceship, has landed, as it were.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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Comic-Con Immersed in Movies: 'Gravity' Could Be This Year's 'Life of Pi,' A Commercial Art Film in Glorious 3-D (UPDATED VIDEOS)

It looks like Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" (October 4) could be this year's "Life of Pi," a thrilling roller-coaster ride in space and a mystical meditation on the cosmos and rebirth, and a major VFX Oscar contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 24, 2013 11:47 AM
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Comic-Con Visionaries Talk Realizing 'Gravity' and 'Amazing Spider-Man' in 3-D, Staging Fights in 'World's End,' Long Takes, 3-D and Future of Film (TRAILERS)

The high point of the annual EW Comic-Con Visionaries panel with Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") and Edgar Wright ("The World's End") moderated by Anthony Breznican was an exchange on the aesthetics of long takes and bringing reality into fantasy on film. Wright launched a discussion about combining fights and effects in a reunion comedy about old chums (led by co-writer/star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) returning to their home town for a pub crawl--and stumbling on an alien invasion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2013 1:39 PM
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