Feb. 25, 2014 | 10:00 p.m.
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 […]
Jan. 16, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
The 86th Academy Awards aim to take a page from comic book movies. The 2014 Oscars ceremony will honor superheroes, real-life heroes and animated heroes, and Thursday morning’s nominations kicked off the heroic theme. Patrick Doyle’s “Thor” soundtrack played as Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took her place onstage early Thursday morning. Isaacs introduced Chris Hemsworth, who plays the hammer-wielding demigod in the Marvel films. “I want to thank everyone for joining us for these exciting announcements, celebrating the heroes of movie-making,” she said. “And lucky for us, we have a superhero here with us today.” PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 top nominees The academy will expand on the hero theme with “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition at its Beverly Hills headquarters starting Friday to March 5. The show will feature still […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 6:11 p.m.
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.
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 […]
July 20, 2013 | 7:29 p.m.
“Godzilla” was king during Legendary Pictures’ panel presentation in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. Fans in the 6,500-member audience cheered during the bass-pounding “Godzilla” preview footage, which, in addition to showing off its titular kaiju, revealed a first glimpse of a winged monster that could be Mothra. The panel also featured presentations for “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Seventh Son.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mashup of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere. It’s exactly what attracted “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston to the project. “It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people,” Cranston said of “Monsters.” “And that’s what he transformed this ‘Godzilla’ into.” […]
July 20, 2013 | 6:13 p.m.
Zack Snyder’s announcement of a planned Superman and Batman film may have generated the most buzz out of Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday, but it was footage from Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller “Gravity” that had the hall’s 6,500 attendees in silent, rapt attention. “Gravity,” a suspense-filled story about two astronauts stranded in space, features only the faces of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. “If I was going to be stranded in space, I wouldn’t mind being stranded with them,” Cuaron quipped during the panel. When Bullock walked onto the stage with producer David Heyman, she was greeted by loud cheers, and several people screamed, “I love you, Sandra!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 She recalled the intense physical demands of the role, which required her to be in a 9-by-9-foot, LED-lit cube for the majority of filming, suspended from […]