If you thought going to the moon was complicated, try shooting a sci-fi set in the depths of outer space.
Director Alfonso Cuarón spent nearly five years trying to perfect the look of zero gravity for the thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (out Oct. 4).
“We wanted to shoot the whole film showing zero gravity with the actors moving in a choreographic way,” say Cuarón, perhaps best known for directing 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “This has never been done before. It was a journey of learning. But it looks pretty darn good.”
Gravity, which Cuarón wrote with his son Jonás, opens the prestigious Venice Film Festival on Aug. 28 in Italy, and Cuarón will show off footage at the July 18-21 Comic-Con in San Diego.
The film follows Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission, alongside veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). Their routine mission goes very, very wrong when the shuttle is destroyed, leaving them tethered together and spiraling in space.
It was announced today that “Gravity” will open the acclaimed Venice Film Festival in August (out of competition). Let’s hope Sandra will attend the opening ceremony!
Gravity, the new, much-awaited film directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Children of Men), starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is the opening film (Out of Competition) of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2013). The Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The world premiere of Gravity will be screened in 3D on August 28th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony.
Gravity, from Warner Bros. Pictures, is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But 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 the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. The last time Venice opened with a science fiction movie was in 2000 with Space Cowboys by Clint Eastwood, at the 57th Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera.
The first batch of pictures from ‘The Heat’ Australian premiere, held today in Sydney, has been added to our gallery:
We doubt that Ryan Reynolds was actually frightened by the sight of a naked Sandra Bullock charging at him in The Proposal, but the actress insists that she would never attempt to strip in a film for the sake of sexiness.
“There’s nothing funnier than two naked bodies slapping together,” Bullock observed on the latest episode of The Graham Norton Show, airing July 11 on BBC America (or tonight, if you get BBC One).
“There’s nothing sexy about it at all—it’s funny. It’s not like your hug,” the ever-candid actress added, turning to fellow guest Nick Frost (who is rather cuddly). “It’s not intimate.”
But Bullock looked so great in The Proposal, Norton said—though he did admit that he was paying more attention to her costar’s naked body at the time.
“No, I don’t do naked for sexy,” the actress insisted. “Naked only works for me in the funny.”