Mila Kunis

Feb. 06, 2015 | 4:00 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': The Wachowskis’ long journey

Director/writer/producers Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' "Jupiter Ascending." (Murray Close / Warner Bros.)
The idea for “Jupiter Ascending,” the newest film from the Wachowski siblings, took root 15 years ago while they were filming their two intricately plotted “Matrix” sequels concurrently in Australia. Crews looked to them to answer the infinite number of questions that inevitably arise on the set of a complex film. The Wachowskis’ decision fatigue inspired a line for Keanu Reeves’ messiah-like character in “The Matrix: Revolutions,” as his crew hovered over him expectantly: “I need … time.” “Every single day for 10 years we’d come to set and people would be like, ‘What are we doing? What are we doing?'” Lana Wachowski said recently over drinks with her brother, Andy. “We’re like, ‘We need time.’ I remember thinking, we have to tell a story about time at some point. Time is the most important resource in human lives. It’s […]
Jan. 09, 2015 | 6:30 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ visual effects wizard talks film’s aesthetic

The design for Titus’ spaceship was chiefly conceptualized by artist George Hull, Glass said. “The ship itself was designed to have these beautiful sails, somewhere between an insect and some sort of beautiful bird — the solar panel look to the wings. The Art Deco-inspired lattice overlay to the ship was a beautiful addition and part of juxtaposing different aesthetic styles in a way that felt harmonic but gave the impression of a vast complexity.” (Warner Bros.)
In “Jupiter Ascending,” Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Cloud Atlas”) present another wildly original sci-fi tale, this time about Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who learns from an alien protector, Caine (Channing Tatum in guyliner), that she’s actually the queen of the universe with the rights to rule over Earth. Dan Glass, the movie’s visual effects supervisor who oversaw some 2,050 shots, recently described the aesthetic approach to the outre adventure, which arrives in theaters Feb. 6. FULL COVERAGE: Winter Sneaks 2015 Click through the gallery above for an up-close look at “Jupiter Ascending.” — Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED: FULL COVERAGE: Winter movie sneaks 2015 15 must-see movies of 2015 ‘Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis stands to inherit Earth ‘Jupiter Ascending': Wachowski sci-fi film postponed Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum raise sci-fi heat ‘Ant-Man’ trailer sees […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis stands to inherit Earth in new trailer

Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones in "Jupiter Ascending." (Warner Bros.)
A new trailer for “Jupiter Ascending” offers a glimpse of what promises to be a blockbuster sci-fi spectacle, with stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum simmering at its center. The film, the latest venture from Andy and Lana Wachowski’s (“The Matrix” trilogy), centers on Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who discovers she is destined for more after she is tracked down by genetically engineered hunter-turned-protector Caine (Tatum) and learns the truth about Earth’s origins. “You’ve been taught that the birthplace of the human race is Earth,” Sean Bean’s character Stinger tells her as the trailer opens. “But it’s not.” Instead, humans can trace their roots back to “one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe,” and Jupiter’s genetic markers place her next in line to inherit Earth. Standing in her way is the villainous Balem (Eddie Redmayne), the […]
June 04, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Wachowski sci-fi film postponed to February 2015

Jupiter’s ascension has been delayed. Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and an eyeliner-sporting Channing Tatum, is being pushed back from its original release date of July 18 and will now open Feb. 6, 2015, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The move was designed to give the filmmakers more time to complete the project’s extensive visual effects. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for elimination by the Queen of the Universe. Tatum plays Caine, who becomes Jupiter’s protector, while Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, […]
March 26, 2014 | 5:28 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum raise sci-fi heat

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum take center stage in the new trailer for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” and the clip offers some of the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for the Queen of the Universe. Tatum, sporting guyliner, plays Caine, identified early in the trailer as a “perfect hunting machine,” who becomes Jupiter’s protector. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 7:30 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer: Channing Tatum’s perfect hunting machine

'Jupiter Ascending' trailer (featured image)
The first trailer has arrived for “Jupiter Ascending,” Andy and Lana Wachowski’s newest sci-fi venture, and the clip offers some of the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago. Set for release next year, “Jupiter Ascending” stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for the Queen of the Universe. Channing Tatum plays Caine, identified early in the trailer as a “perfect hunting machine,” who becomes Jupiter’s protector. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim […]
March 07, 2013 | 2:44 p.m.

‘Oz’ actress Mila Kunis on Raimi, CGI and the ‘timeless’ original

Mila Kunis, 'Oz the Great and Powerful' (featured image)
Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” gives each of the Ozian ladies her turn in the spotlight. Benevolent witch Glinda (Michelle Williams) floats in her bubble and rules over the Munchkins, Quadlings and Tinkers. Silver-tongued Evanora (Rachel Weisz) orchestrates the running of the Emerald City. And Theodora, portrayed by Mila Kunis, is a naive young woman who finds herself lovestruck by mysterious stranger Oscar “Oz” Diggs (James Franco). For Kunis, the role represented a chance to once again act with Franco, one of her “dearest, closest friends,” she said, and to work with Raimi — a director she has long admired. “Sam is the most collaborative director I’ve ever worked with,” she said. “He wears a suit every day to work out of respect to the crew …. He is willing to hear other people’s opinions, and he doesn’t […]
Feb. 25, 2013 | 6:40 p.m.

‘Oz the Great and Powerful': Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz catch fire

Rachel Weisz, left, and Mila Kunis in "Oz the Great and Powerful." (Disney Enterprises)
With “Oz the Great and Powerful” landing in theaters in less than two weeks on March 8, a new clip from the film spotlights the interesting sisterly dynamics between a pair of witches played by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz. The movie, which marks the first film from director Sam Raimi since 2009’s “Drag Me to Hell,” takes place before the events depicted in the landmark 1939 musical “The Wizard of Oz,” and is based on the classic literature of L. Frank Baum. In the beginning of the clip, Kunis seems innocent and trusting, thrilled that the sleight-of-hand magician played by James Franco has arrived to broker peace in Oz. But in the final moment of the sequence, she reveals she also has one very hot temper. What you don’t get from this clip is a sense of the film’s epic […]
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