Sandra is on the cover of EW Entertainers of the Year issue, on stands tomorrow, November 26.
And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is…Sandra Bullock!
She is the gift that keeps on giving. First the 49-year-old Oscar winner teamed up with the uproarious Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s winning buddy cop comedy The Heat. Then, as Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Bullock gives an emotionally naked performance that will likely earn her an Oscar nomination. Bullock’s tremendous talent and range — to say nothing of the woman’s trademark grace and good humor in good times and bad — is what earned her the top spot on our annual list of the most exciting performers in 2013.
Bullock’s one-two punch demanded a fair amount of give and take from the actor. When she signed on to The Heat Bullock didn’t expect to be playing straight man to McCarthy’s firehose-blast of a performance. “Once I realized that that drove the film I had to step back,” she says. “Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting room floor. It wasn’t what I was hoping for but the end result was the success of the film and people liking us together.” While Bullock nixes any talk of The Heat 2, she says she’s keen for another project with her fast friend McCarthy. (Hollywood, get on this!)
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.)
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.
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.
Space thriller Gravity took £6.23 million on its opening weekend in Britain, it was announced today.
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock and produced in Britain, it has already taken $470 million (£300 million) at the box office worldwide.
The figures make it the best opening weekend in Britain for any Clooney film, beating Ocean’s Eleven which took £5 million. It was also the best for Bullock, beating The Proposal at £3.25 million.
Expectations for Gravity were high after a string of glowing reviews after it premiered at the London Film Festival last month.
Last Wednesday (November 7) Sandy attended a special screening of Gravity held by LA Times, and I have a few pictures up in the gallery: