The first photos of Sandra attending the “Gravity” photocall with co-star George Clooney during the Venice Film Festival are added in our gallery. Stay tuned for more additions and come back later today for the first premiere pictures.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star as astronauts in Alfonso Cuaron’s jaw-dropping space thriller.
At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise. Not at all a science fiction film in the conventional sense, Alfonso Cuaron’s first feature in seven years has no aliens, space ship battles or dystopian societies, just the intimate spectacle of a man and a woman trying to cope in the most hostile possible environment across a very tight 90 minutes. World premiered at the Venice Film Festival, with Telluride showings following quickly on its heels, this Warner Bros. release is smart but not arty, dramatically straightforward but so dazzlingly told as to make it a benchmark in its field. Graced by exemplary 3D work and bound to look great in IMAX, the film seems set to soar commercially around the world.
(…)The story, written by Cuaron and his son Jonas, is very simple and straightforward: How will the two surviving team members of a crippled American space shuttle contrive to get back to Earth before their oxygen runs out? Old-timer Kowalski, who flew his first mission in 1996, takes a self-deprecating attitude with space rookie Stone — “You’re the genius up here, I only drive the bus.” — but his smart-alecky kidding scarcely conceals his serious professionalism and vast knowledge of the ins and outs of staying alive in the frigid void.
(…)Clooney supplies both manly reliability and welcome lightness as a guy anyone would want in their corner in a pinch, while Bullock is aces in by far the best film she’s ever been in. An unseen Ed Harris supplies the voice of mission control.
Read the full review at The Hollywood Reporter
That’s what Sandra Bullock says it would take for her to suit up for another installment of her hit buddy cop comedy, costarring Melissa McCarthy, which has grossed $130 million and sparked a groundswell of sequel rumors. “I know they say never say never, but right now, I can’t imagine it,” Bullock tells EW. “I don’t want to ruin what Melissa and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I’m not there.”
The Heat screenwriter Katie Dippold is reportedly already at work on a second chapter of the cop comedy, according to director Paul Feig — but Bullock says she learned a lesson about follow-ups after 2005’s Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and 1997’s Speed 2: Cruise Control, which both disappointed at the box office. “If you look back on my illustrious sequel work [laughs] nothing has proven successful,” says the Oscar winner, who who will be back in theaters Oct. 4 as an astronaut in the Alfonso Cuarón-directed space thriller Gravity. “A sequel is such a daunting thing, because you don’t want to lose the magic and the charm of the first one.”
The Toronto International Film Festival released their long list of films for its 2013 edition, and Gravity is one of the movies to be presented this year.
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere
Gravity is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls its audience into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer accompanied on her first shuttle mission by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But their only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
The festival runs September 5-15, 2013.
Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuarón sat with EW editor Jess Cagle at the EW.com digital Comic-Con studio to talk about some of the crazy wire work and other stunts the actress endured for Gravity, where she and George Clooney play astronauts stranded in space. See the interview on the EW site, since it can’t be embed: