Alfonso Cuaron

Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.

‘Hobbit,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ top Saturn Award noms

Evangeline Lilly in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"; Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones" (Warner Bros./Lionsgate/HBO)
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated “Gravity” are the top contenders at the upcoming 40th annual Saturn Awards, with eight nominations each. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 2012′s highest-grossing film, earned seven nominations, while “Iron Man 3,” “Pacific Rim,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Thor: The Dark World” were recognized with five nominations each. On the television side, HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” received five nominations, as did AMC’s drama “Breaking Bad” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Founded in 1972 to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards series, the Saturn Awards fetes projects in a broad swath of genres, including science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller and action/adventure — there are also awards for best independent film with nominees including critical favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”; best international film (a […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 6:11 p.m.

‘Gravity’: New trailer out, James Cameron praises space thriller

The first full-length trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller “Gravity” is out today, revealing more back story for Sandra Bullock’s astronaut heroine. In “Gravity,” Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) — the only characters whose faces appear in the film — are in their spacesuits, working on the Hubble telescope when debris from a destroyed Russian satellite collides with their space shuttle and sends Bullock’s character spinning away into the darkness. The new trailer (watch it below) begins in silence as text appears onscreen. “At 372 miles above the Earth there is nothing to carry sound,” it reads. “No air pressure. No oxygen. Life in space is impossible.” What follows is much of the same footage already shown in previous teasers — Stone stranded and desperate, Kowalsky barking instructions, and a damaged shuttle hurtling out of orbit. “You’re […]
July 24, 2013 | 4:16 p.m.

‘Gravity’: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney stun in suspenseful teasers

'Gravity' Sandra Bullock (featured image)
In a summer filled with city-crushing monsters, larger-than-life superheroes, White House explosions and post-apocalyptic horror at the multiplex, two trailers for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” are a testament to the idea that sometimes, when it comes to suspense, less is more. The two-minute “Gravity” teasers, titled “Detached” and “Drifting,” feature the talents of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — the only actors whose faces appear in the film. “Drifting” focuses on the film’s astronaut heroine Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) alone and terrified in outer space, the Earth whirling in and out of view. “Houston, do you copy?” she asks through heavy breathing. “Houston, this is mission specialist Ryan Stone. I am off structure, and I’m drifting, do you copy?” The radio silence that meets her desperate plea is emphasized by the teaser’s soundtrack, a mix of static, heartbeats and a slow […]
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