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The Win

5 Mar

Wow, thank you. Thanks to the Academy. Like any other human endeavor, making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank Gravity because for many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience. And it’s good, because it took so long that if not, it would be like a waste of time. What really sucks is that for a lot of these people, that transformation was wisdom; for me, it was just the color of my hair. I want to share this with all these wise people who made this movie happen: my amazing son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón. Sandra Bullock. Sandy, you’re Gravity. You are the soul, the heart of the film. You’re the most amazing collaborator and one of the best people I ever met. George Clooney, for your absolute trust. David Heyman, Chivo and Tim Webber for making this film happen. The wise guys of Warner Bros., the wise people at Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll, [unintelligible], Greg Silverman, Lynn Harris, Chris De Faria. And the film took so long that we went through two different administrations, so I have to honor as well Alan Horn and Jeff Robinov. Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro et Gabriela Rodriguez et Steve Rabineau, Henry Holmes et Jim Berkus, Tracey Jacobs, Cristina, [Spanish] Sheherazade, Bu, Olmo. [Spanish]. Bye, guys.

Transcription c/o the Academy Awards 2014— I’ll fill in the “unintelligible” bits later.

Just because I haven’t been blogging or tweeting these past several months doesn’t mean I haven’t been super excited about all the success and recognition Cuarón, el Chivo, Webber, et al have been experiencing this award season.  In addition to winning this blog’s namesake the Academy Award for Excellence in Cinematic Direction, Gravity also took home the Oscars for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), Best Original Score (Steven Price), Best Sound Editing (Glenn Freemantle), Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro), Best Film Editing (Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger), and Best Visual Effects (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould).

You can watch the full video of the presentation and acceptance of the award here [Perez Hilton].

NBC to premiere ‘Believe’ mid-season, Sunday nights at 9pm

20 May

Following the exciting announcement earlier this month, NBC presented its fall line-up last week at Radio City Music Hall. Apparently, the trailer for Believe was left out of the Upfront presentation (source) but Cuarón, Abrams, and members of the cast were in attendance (source) and on the red carpet to promote their new series (photos below). TV Fanatic caught up with Cuarón, Johnny Sequoyah (Bo), and Delroy Lindo (Winter) and asked about the concept.

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“It’s a clash between innocence and experience, and this young lady [Bo] is in the centre. She’s kind of the fulcrum around which all of this activity is taking place,” explained Lindo. Cuarón also discussed how the show came to be, including his initial reluctance about television, and Abrams’ encouragement, “Just do it the way you would like to do a show.”

We just approached it as if we were doing small films.

While NBC is yet to officially* release the trailer, it’s already started up the social media machine, including Continue reading

Gravity trailer released

9 May

NBC picks up Believe

9 May
Photo credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Photo credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Variety reports: Believe is among the first round of shows NBC officially ordered this morning, “in preparation for its fall presentation to advertisers Monday.” If you recall, we first heard about the Abrams-Cuarón pilot commitment in September:

It is about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Today, NBC released the first image (above) from the production, featuring protagonists Bo (Johnny Sequoyah, left) and her protector Tate (Jake McLaughlin, right), and the following synopsis:

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… Since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and the threat has grown more dangerous.

With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate, a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant – until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become.

Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power…because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. The powers of a young girl may hold the fate of our world in Believe, from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Revolution, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and executive producer/writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men).

The pilot – co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman – was shot on location in New York City over the month of March under Cuarón’s direction. No word yet on whether Cuarón will be staying on after the pilot, or even whether the pilot will be aired as the series premiere.

Official Gravity poster unveiled

8 May

This afternoon, WB released the first official poster for Gravity.

Official Gravity poster unveiled

Official Gravity poster unveiled

In cinemas October 4.

Gravity trailer premiers Thursday

7 May

It exists!! Tonight, ET gave us our first glimpse of footage from Gravity, and promised that the first trailer will be coming on Thursday. Watch the preview below.

Gravity will be in cinemas October 4.

NBC orders ‘Believe’ pilot, begins casting

27 Feb

NBC ordered the Abrams-Cuarón pilot at the end of January (source), and over the past couple weeks, we’ve begun to learn what the cast will look like:the

  • Jake McLaughlin (Savages) will star as Tate, “the man who is sprung from prison” to protect Bo, a girl in possession of a great gift. (source)
  • Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code) will play Winter, “a kind man with an honorable agenda posing as a priest who might not be what he seems.” (source)
  • Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil) will play Moore, “a cool hit-woman who has issues with her own mother.” (source)
  • Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time) will play Channing, “a strong, practical and smart woman who works for Winter and assists Tate when he escapes from prison.” (source)
  • And last but not least, newcomer Johnny Sequoyah is cast as Bo, the young girl with great powers to manifest in seven years. (source)

The pilot, co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman shoots next month in New York (source), under Cuarón’s direction.  Sounds like it will be action packed!!

UPDATE:

  • Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) has been cast as Skouras, “a mysterious billionaire with an even more mysterious agenda.” (source)
  • In addition (learned from IMDb):