Luciana November 23rd, 2013
Candice Bergen on Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone in “Gravity”
People love her in this movie. It’s one of the ways her sheer likability serves her best. We all root for her to survive and to survive the unthinkable. Marooned in space. Alone.
There is tremendous subtlety in her performance. She doesn’t play the full-on anxiety that many actors might have chosen; she goes, instead, for a surface calm that she maintains at all costs. This keeps her semi-sane. The full-on anxiety is borne by the audience.
Clooney floating off early sucks no energy from the screen. We are with her on her journey, willing her to return. And her journey is physical as well as emotional. Her clumsy clambering about the space station in the beginning morphs into confident athleticism. She becomes a space monkey. Learning to navigate in space, she masters it in life and we are finally free to sit back in our seats. She has kept us on the edge of them for 90 minutes, most of that singlehandedly. It is a fiercely honest performance, restrained and powerfully effective. She is alive every minute.
And her legs are second to none.
(Bergen won five Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar.)
Luciana November 17th, 2013
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity continues to fly high, crossing the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office over the weekend.
The 3D space epic, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has now grossed $240.6 million domestically and $274.3 million internationally for a global total of $515 million through Sunday.
From Warner Bros., Gravity has yet to open in China and Japan, and is expected to ultimately earn north of $600 million.
Despite blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, Gravity took in $18.5 million internationally over the weekend from 62 markets. Domestically, it placed No. 6 in its seventh weekend with $6.3 million.
Gravity is the No. 7 title of the year worldwide.
Overseas, France leads with $37.5 million, followed by Korea ($26.5 million), the U.K. ($23.2 million), Russia ($20.9 million) and Australia ($18.1 million). The movie has only been playing the U.K. for two weeks.
Internationally, Gravity has rolled out slowly, hoping to play off word of mouth. The strategy has paid off in a big way for WB.
Luciana November 15th, 2013
Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The awards gala will be held on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center — the second day of the fest, which runs Jan. 3 to 13.
Bullock’s performance in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” has generated substantial awards buzz following her Oscar for “The Blind Side” in 2010. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, who finds herself lost in space after a routine mission goes terribly awry. She has described the role as the most physically, emotionally and mentally challenging experience of her life.
The Palm Springs Fest previously announced that Matthew McConaughey would also be honored with the Desert Palm award, and duo also nabbed top acting honors at October’s Hollywood Film Awards.
Luciana November 5th, 2013
It was announced a few minutes earlier the nominees in movies, TV and music for the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards and as expected, there’s plenty of Sandy for us to vote for! Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again, finalist voting ends on Dec. 5.
Favorite Movie Actress
Favorite Movie Duo
Sandra Bullock & George Clooney (Gravity)
Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy (The Heat)
Favorite Comedic Movie
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Favorite Dramatic Movie
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
Lindsey October 13th, 2013
THR is reporting that “Gravity” stayed No. 1 in the US box office and it broke more records!
Adults fueled another strong weekend at the North American box office as Warner Bros.’ Gravity stayed at No. 1 with a record $44.3 million and Sony’s Captain Phillips opened to a solid $26 million.
From director Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity raced past $100 million domestically to end the weekend with total earnings of $123.4 million. Worldwide, the space epic — starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — has earned well north of $150 million.
Gravity slipped only 21 percent in its second weekend domestically — the lowest decline in history for a film that opened to more than $55 million (The Incredibles was the previous record holder at 29 percent). This doesn’t count holiday weekends. It’s also the lowest decline of the year to date for a movie playing in more than 2,000 theaters.
“This indicates the ability to open a tentpole in October,” said Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman, who also noted that the film is now playing to younger moviegoers, as well as to consumers who rarely take a trip to the multiplex.
Gravity continues to be a big draw in 3D (82 percent), with Imax theaters alone taking in a record $9 million over the weekend for total sales of $26.5 million. It’s the largest second weekend gross in Imax history.
Lindsey October 8th, 2013
THR is reporting that “Gravity” sets October Record With $55.8 Million Debut.
Once again proving the power of older moviegoers, Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space epic Gravity debuted to a record-breaking $55.8 million in North America, the top October opening of all-time and the best three-day showing for stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Overseas, Gravity also won the weekend with a solid $28.4 million from 27 markets for a worldwide total of $84.2 million.
Gravity’s launch caps a substantial production and marketing effort by Warner Bros. and years of work on Cuaron’s part. The $100 million movie — doing huge business in 3D cinemas ($44 million) — appears destined to be a player in this year’s awards race, based on critical reaction and box-office returns.
Running only 90 minutes, Gravity received an A- CinemaScore and skewed male (54 percent). Adults over the age of 25 made up more than 82 percent of the audience, while nearly 60 percent was over the age of 35. This was evidenced by a sizeable 31 percent jump Saturday, when more adults become available.