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The Academy has announced the short list of contenders for this year's Best Short Film - Live Action Oscar competition, and of immediate note is the fact that Jonás Cuarón's "Aningaaq," which Warner Bros. submitted for consideration in the category, didn't make the cut. It would have been a first for a film with a tie to another (sure-fire) Oscar nominee — in this case "Gravity" — to land a nomination in the shorts field and a nice little entry in Academy history as a result. The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed 120 pictures that qualified and »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sneak Peek "Aningaaq", written, directed, edited and produced by Jonás Cuarón, spinning-off from the feature film "Gravity" and included in the upcoming "Gravity" home video release. Warner Bros. has presented the film now, in order to compete in the category for 'Oscar' for best short film:
"...'Aningaaq' is an Inuit fisherman located in a fjord in Greenland with his wife and son.
"While fishing, he intercepts a radio communication. Approaching the transceiver he turns to talk to a woman he does not know or understand the language.
"Meanwhile, 'Dr. Ryan Stone' (Sandra Bullock) continues her 'mayday' appeal, while adrift in space inside the space station 'China Tiangong 1'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Aningaaq"...
- Michael Stevens
Doing the splits is the theme of this week's viral video chart and we can guarantee that opinion will be divided on the first two clips. Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Belgian martial artist, actor, and director, performs an epic stunt when he does the splits between two reversing lorries.
The stunt, filmed to demonstrate the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering was filmed on a Spanish airstrip at sunrise. Directed by Andreas Nilsson and with a haunting soundtrack called Only Time by Enya, it was filmed in one take.
Such a dramatic advert is, of course, wide open to parody and so our second clip features Channing Tatum, who halts filming on his latest film, 22 Jump Street, to film Jenko's epic split. Cue tension as tea trollies replace the »
- Janette Owen
If you've seen Gravity - and judging by its monster box office, you have, twice - cast your mind back to the moment Sandra Bullock's astronaut Ryan Stone gets on the comms in the Russian space station and, Major Tom-style, has a fleeting interaction with a disembodied voice on Earth. Well, in a lovely moment of loose-end-tying, the movie's screenwriter, Jonás Cuarón, has made a short film showing what happened at the end of that line. The seven-minute short film, entitled Aningaaq, was originally intended as a Blu-ray extra but has now debuted over at The Hollywood Reporter. It shows an Inuit, played by Greenlander Orto Ignatiussen, providing Stone's garbled lifeline, and offers a starkly beautiful counterpoint to the expanseless reaches of space. "It's this moment where the audience and the character get this hope that [Stone] is finally going to be Ok," Jonás Cuarón told The Hollywood Reporter. "Then »
- Ryan Adams
Last month we broke the news that Warner Bros. will be submitting the short film "Aningaaq," a companion piece to Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" directed by Jonás Cuarón, for Oscar consideration in the Best Live Action Short race. We also talked to the father and son about what the thought process was behind the piece. Today, well ahead of the film's DVD/Blu-ray release, it looks like you can have a look at the short yourself. "We were adamant that we wanted to stay in the point of view of Ryan [in the 'Gravity'], never cut back to Earth or Houston, nothing," Jonás told »
- Kristopher Tapley
Aningaaq, a short film directed by Jonás Cuarón — Gravity co-screenwriter and son of director Alfonso — reveals the other side of astronaut Ryan Stone's (Sandra Bullock's) "mayday" distress call: A fisherman named Aningaaq picks up the line, and as turns out, he's in Greenland. Even though he's unable to help her, and they can't even fully understand each other's words, the comfort of another human voice just is enough for them both. »
- Lindsey Weber
This story first appeared in the Nov. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. During a pivotal scene in Gravity, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone, trapped inside a Russian space capsule with little hope of survival, makes contact with a male voice speaking via radio in a foreign language. What unfolds on the other end of that fractured conversation, complete with a barking dog and a crying baby, is the subject of a short film by Jonas Cuaron, son of director Alfonso Cuaron, who co-wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros.' $500 million-grossing awards contender with his father.
- Seth Abramovitch
‘In space no one can hear you scream’ is arguably the most memorable tagline in film history. Taken from Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror Alien (1979), it describes the isolation and futility that man is faced with when staring in to the abyss that lies beyond our planet. Gravity reinforces this maxim in its opening titles, which state ‘space is impossible’. However, director Alfonso Cuarón’s film will leave you with so little air in your lungs that you may have trouble breathing let alone screaming. Such is its immersive nature.
Much has been written about the technological innovation behind this tale of a rookie astronaut struggling to survive after being set adrift in space. Yet for all its effects wizardry – which aids in putting viewers within the film, especially through the expert use of point-of-view (Pov) shots – Gravity offers a relatively simple take on the human will to endure in the face of tragedy. »
As you might recall from HitFix's Telluride Film Festival coverage, Jonás Cuarón's short film "Aningaaq" is a companion piece to Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." It depicts the other side of an Sos radio conversation between that film's main character, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), and an Inuit fisherman named Aningaaq (Orto Ignatiussen) on the icy mass of Greenland. The short works both in tandem with the feature and separately as an emotional sliver of the greater work's themes. It could also join "Gravity" in the Oscar discussion later this season as Warner Bros. has submitted it for consideration in the Best Live »
- Kristopher Tapley
’Gravity’ to pass $200 million at domestic box office next weekend? (photo: Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in ’Gravity’) Starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón’s thriller Gravity will quite likely pass the $200 million milestone at the North American box office this coming weekend, October 25-27, 2013. Gravity’s domestic cume currently stands at $174.91 million, after having added $30.02 million last weekend (Oct. 18-20), in addition to $2.4 million on Monday (Oct. 21) and $2.95 million on Tuesday (Oct. 22) according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. In the next couple of days, Gravity should add another $5-5.5 million, raising its domestic total to a little over $180 million. Last weekend, Gravity was down only 30.5 percent. As long as it drops about 33 percent or less next weekend, which is certainly a possibility even if it starts shedding theaters, Gravity will pass the $200 million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. »
- Zac Gille
’Gravity’: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney movie on 2013’s top ten box office chart in North America Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is now one of the top ten movies released in 2013 in North America. On its third weekend, October 18-20, 2013, Gravity was down a modest 28 percent, grossing $31.03 million from 3,820 locations in the U.S. and Canada according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. (Photo: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity.) Gravity easily beat several underperforming newcomers in wide release: Kimberly Peirce’s poorly received Carrie 2013 remake was a disappointment, collecting only an estimated $17 million. Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star in the old Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie roles. Mikael Håfström’s Escape Plan, teaming Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Passion of the Christ’s Jim Caviezel bombed with a terrible $9.8 million. That’s not surprising, considering the »
- Zac Gille
After the success of the smash-hit space thriller, Jonás Cuarón moves on to writing movie about the legendary lost kingdom
• Gravity blasts off for China release
• Gravity's science exploded by top astrophysicist
Gravity co-scriptwriter Jonás Cuarón, the son of the film's director Alfonso, has been taken on as the writer of The Lost City, a fantasy adventure set in the mythical land of Atlantis, according to Variety.
Few details have been made available for The Lost City, but it is likely to be considered by producing studio Warner Bros as a potential big budget tentpole film as Peter Jackson was set to be involved at one point.
Jonás Cuarón is currently in production on his own directorial project, a Spanish-language thriller called Desierto starring Gael Garcia Bernal, which follows illegal immigrants battling border-area vigilantes as they try to make it into the Us. Cuarón's father apparently admired the script »
- Andrew Pulver
It’s probably safe to say that after Gravity, Jonás Cuarón can do whatever he wants. And apparently, what he wants to do next is travel to the lost city of Atlantis and do a little filmmaking with the undersea set. The Gravity screenwriter will be writing The Lost City for Warner Bros., which will be (according to Variety, who broke the story) a “new take” on the fabled sunken city. Those two words are the only plot details we have for now, so The Lost City could essentially be anything, so long as it’s at least marginally related to people who live under the sea. Cuarón’s got a busy slate for now – he’s directing Desierto next, a thriller starring Gael García Bernal about two illegal immigrants who cross paths with a violent and unstable American vigilante who’s taken it upon himself to patrol the border. Seems »
- Adam Bellotto
Though much of the success of Gravity is deservingly credited to director/co-writer Alfonso Cuaron, the inception of the project actually began with Cuarón’s son Jonás. Alfonso was looking for a new film to do after a smaller project had fallen apart, and he decided to team up with his son to craft a story of adversity set in outer space. Jonás Cuarón co-wrote the script for Gravity with his father and also directed a companion short film called Aningaaq that will be on the Blu-ray, and now Warner Bros. is keen on staying in business with the burgeoning filmmaker. Variety reports that Warner Bros. has set Jonás Cuarón to pen the script for a tentpole film set in Atlantis called The Lost City. The studio had been eyeing Cuarón for the pic for some time, but first had to work out his schedule with his feature directorial debut Desierto, »
- Adam Chitwood
Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity opens in Mexico next Friday (October 18) and the director, together with his son and writer Jonás Cuarón, met with the Mexican press to present the acclaimed space film. Compared to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim conference in Mexico City, Cuarón's was shorter and much calmer though also quite fun. It actually ended, unlike del Toro's, with the Mexican filmmaker signing DVDs and magazines for some journalists. Alfonso and Jonás discussed such themes as working with Sandra Bullock, casting George Clooney over Robert Downey Jr., Jonás' new short film and, I'm not joking, the difficulty that supposed filming Gravity in outer space. The thing is, sometimes the leading television networks in Mexico, which get to ask the questions in these events, don't...
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Hearts will race and fingers will dig into armrests throughout Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, a space-disaster movie that's as emotionally piercing as it is technically breathtaking. The setup is simple: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski, astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble Telescope. It's the final spacewalk for charismatic raconteur Kowalski, whose outgoing personality lies in stark contrast to Stone's nervy and subdued nuts and bolts engineer.
Cuarón sets his film in motion with a stunning 12-minute unbroken take that begins with the shuttle Explorer moving across the curvature of the Earth and ends with Stone tumbling off into the void. Orbiting debris kicks off a chain reaction that untethers Stone from Kowalski and severs communication with Mission Control. Houston, Sandra Bullock has a problem! »
Only five days after its record-breaking launch, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Gravity has flown past $100 million at the worldwide box office. The film has earned an estimated $68.5 million domestically and $35.8 internationally for a global total to date of $104.3 million.
Following weeks of enthusiastic critical acclaim and huge anticipation from moviegoers, the Alfonso Cuarón-directed dramatic thriller exceeded all expectations on its opening weekend. Taking in $55.8 million domestically, Gravity broke a number of box office records, including those for the biggest October opening for any film, the largest IMAX opening in October ($11.8 million), and the highest opening weekend ever for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) star in “Gravity,” a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“Children of Men”).
Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock »
- Michelle McCue
Only five days after its record-breaking launch, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gravity” has flown past $100 million at the worldwide box office. The film has earned an estimated $68.5 million domestically and $35.8 internationally for a global total to date of $104.3 million. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Following weeks of enthusiastic critical acclaim and huge anticipation from moviegoers, the Alfonso Cuarón-directed dramatic thriller exceeded all expectations on its opening weekend. Taking in $55.8 million domestically, “Gravity” broke a number of box office records, including those for the biggest October opening for any film, the largest IMAX opening in October ($11.8 million), and the highest opening weekend ever for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated:
“We are all thrilled by this start—from the tremendous critical acclaim to the fantastic response from audiences. »
- Kellvin Chavez
You’ve never heard a score quite like this. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is nothing akin to a sci-fi fantasy world, but rather depicts the stark realities of being marooned in the harshest environment known to mankind. It is a real game changer. Audiences will be given the illusion of being in space in ways that are both totally convincing and utterly visceral.
The film opened at #1, had a record setting $55 million opening weekend in the U.S. and is set for a November debut in the United Kingdom. Gravity premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival with screenings also held at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will play this week among the highly anticipated Galas at the BFI London Film Festival.
Before it’s release, I spoke with the film’s composer Steven Price from England. The Gravity original »
- Michelle McCue
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