“Silent Space Version” of GRAVITY Arrives in February on Blu-ray

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How about taking a little break from the Interstellar mania and revisiting Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award winner Gravity?  Warner Bros. is actually already releasing a new version of the Gravity Blu-ray, the Diamond Luxe Edition.  Not only will the new set feature three brand new bonus featurettes and Dolby Atmos audio technology, but it’ll also give you the option to watch the “Silent Space Version” of the film as well so that you can “experience the film without music for a surprising cinematic experiment.”

The product does feel a little like a cash grab and it seems crazy to strip the film of Steven Price’s Academy Award winning score, but curiosity might get the best of me.  Hit the jump for more on the Gravity Diamond Luxe Edition.

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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Criterion has released two Spanish-language movies of a sexual nature, one from Mexico, one from Spain.  The former is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (which translates to “And your mother too”), which Criterion has been promising for five years, while the other is Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which was notorious for its NC-17 rated content at the time.  My review of both Criterion editions of these films follow after the jump.

HARRY POTTER Director David Yates in Talks to Helm Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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As the director behind the final four Harry Potter films starting with Order of the Phoenix, filmmaker David Yates was likely the most well-versed filmmaker in Potter lore.  Chris Columbus kicked the franchise off with the first two films, Alfonso Cuaron brought a maturity and unique artistic quality to the series, and Mike Newell injected his inherent Britishness into the franchise, but it was Yates who handled the conclusion of The Boy Who Lived.  And so it’s fitting that it now looks like he will get to start a Harry Potter franchise of his own, as news comes that Yates is in talks to helm the first installment in the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  More after the jump.

Alfonso Cuaron Says He Will Not Direct FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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It appears that rumors of Alfonso Cuaron’s return to the Harry Potter universe were greatly exaggerated, unfortunately.  Last week, it was reported that the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director was “deep in talks” to take the helm of Warner Bros.’ upcoming spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The notion wasn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, as Fantastic Beasts is removed enough from the Harry Potter series to feel like its own entity (new characters, new setting) and author J.K. Rowling herself penned the screenplay for the film.  However, Cuaron has now confirmed that he will not be directing the pic, citing a desire to do something with minimal visual effects as his next project.  Hit the jump to read on.

Alfonso Cuaron in Talks to Direct J.K. Rowling’s FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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After delivering one of the most ambitious films ever made and winning the Oscar for Best Director, it appears that Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron isn’t keen on going small-scale for his next feature.  Reporter Nikki Finke tweets that Cuaron is “deep in talks” to take the director’s chair on the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Should the deal come through, Cuaron would return to the world of Harry Potter a decade after helming arguably the best film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  The script for Fantastic Beasts was written by author J.K. Rowling herself, and though the story takes place in the same universe as Harry Potter, it’s set in an earlier time period and doesn’t involve any of the main characters from the series.  Hit the jump for more.

GRAVITY Blu-ray Review

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Gravity just won seven Oscars, including two for editor/director Alfonso Cuarón, and was a blockbuster at the box office, grossing over $270 Million domestic and over $700 million worldwide.  It was a theatrical experience, meant to be seen in 3D on Imax in a Dolby Atmos theater.  Which means it’s exactly the sort of film that might not be as much fun to watch at home.  So how does it fare on the small screen? Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in the film, and my 2D version of Gravity Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

Watch the 2-Minute Opening Shot from Alfonso Cuarón’s NBC Series BELIEVE

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Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón just won the Oscar for Best Director, but you don’t have to wait long to see the talented director’s next project.  In the midst of the very lengthy post-production process on Gravity, Cuarón made his first foray into television by writing and directing the pilot for NBC’s new drama series Believe.  The network has now released the first two minutes of the show online ahead of its Monday premiere, and it’s fittingly one of the director’s signature long, unbroken shots.  The story centers on a wrongfully-imprisoned death row inmate who is broken out of jail in order to protect a young girl with powerful abilities.  Cuarón also serves as an executive producer on the show alongside J.J. Abrams, and this is definitely a promising opening for the show.

Hit the jump to watch the first two minutes of the series.  The show stars Johnny SequoyahDelroy Lindo, and Kyle MacLachlanBelieve premieres on NBC Monday, March 10th at 10pm ET.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Wins Best Picture; GRAVITY Wins Seven Oscars Including Best Director

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For the first time in at least six year, we have a Best Picture winner that will stand the test of time.  Cynics thought the Academy’s highest honor would go to American Hustle, the numbers were pointing slightly towards Gravity, but the Oscar ultimately went to 12 Years a Slave, the definitive major motion picture about slavery.  The ceremony itself was an absolute chore, but it was wonderful to see Steve McQueen’s harrowing drama pick up the win at the end.  Additionally, Gravity–another great movie–received plenty of love by earning seven Oscars including Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director.  Among the acting categories, there were no surprises: Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor, Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress.  It was not a shocking night, and the biggest “upset” was Mr. Hublot beating out Get a Horse! for Best Animated Short Film.  Personally, I’m pretty satisfied with this year’s winners, especially since Spike Jonze took home Best Original Screenplay for Her.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of this year’s Oscar winners, and click here for my live-blog.

Adam Predicts the Oscars Part 3: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and More

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After running down predictions for the Oscars in a number of categories over the past two days, we’ve now come to the big ones.  As I’ve said many times before over the course of this awards season, this is quite possibly the closest Best Picture race in history; a coin flip would not be unwarranted.  And while some of the acting categories are pretty sewn up, Supporting Actress remains a bit tricky and there’s some intense competition in the race for Best Original Screenplay.  I’ve had a lot of fun covering this year’s awards race over the last five months with Oscar Beat and I look forward to doing it all over again this fall, but for now here’s the culmination of this season’s coverage.

After the jump you’ll find my predictions for the final categories ahead of this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony as well as my full predictions list for the ceremony, and if you missed Part 1 or Part 2 be sure to check them out.  The 86th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 2nd on ABC, during which time our own Matt Goldberg will be live-blogging the ceremony right here on Collider.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Named Best Film at BAFTA Awards; GRAVITY Wins Best Director and Best British Film

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out its awards this evening, and while the BAFTAs have increasingly become a solid bellwether of how the Oscars will vote, tonight’s tallies do little to settle the virtual tie between Gravity and 12 Years a SlaveGravity won the most awards of the night with six, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Best British Film, but 12 Years a Slave took the top honors as Best Film as well as Best Actor for Chiwetel EjioforAmerican Hustle also had a fairly strong showing with three awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence over 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’Oone of this year’s toughest categories.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners, and to catch up on our awards coverage be sure to take a look at our running Oscar Beat column.

Oscar Beat: Breaking Down This Year’s Toughest Races

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The Academy Awards ceremony is now only a few weeks away, and though it’s been a month since the nominations were announced, there are still a number of races that are shaping up to be very, very close.  It’s been clear since the fall festival circuit that this was going to be a tough year, but it really is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Best Picture races in history.  Moreover, there’s been plenty of nastiness behind-the-scenes from those trying to slow down the momentum of one film or another: Gravity is inaccurate!” “The Wolf of Wall Street” condones despicable behavior! “12 Years a Slave” is too hard to watch!

We’ve seen frontrunners rise and fall over the past few months in a number of categories, and with the official ceremony within arms reach, now seems like a good time to take a look at the toughest races.  There’s plenty of competition to thumb through, so hit the jump to check out this latest installment of Oscar Beat.

Alfonso Cuaron Talks Alternate Ending to GRAVITY, Scientific Criticisms, CHILDREN OF MEN, Long Takes, Comparing HER to ANNIE HALL, and More

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With Gravity set to hit 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 25th, and the film standing as the slight frontrunner to win Best Picture, director Alfonso Cuaron took to Reddit to do an AMA.  He answered plenty of questions, but my favorite one was when he was asked if there was an ending to Gravity where Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) dies.  Cuaron responded, “We had an alternative ending in which after landing on Earth, Ryan will get back on her feet and as she’s walking away Matt Kovalski falls from the sky and crashes her to death. And then cut to black. Create scroll in silence.” That would be the funniest ending in cinema history. If I had seen that, I would have been struggling to breathe from laughing so hard. I’m now a little disappointed that’s not the actual ending.

Hit the jump for what Cuaron had to say about scientific criticisms directed toward Gravity, long takes, his comparison of Her to Annie Hall, long takes, Children of Men, and much more.

Alfonso Cuaron Wins DGA Award for GRAVITY; Vince Gilligan and Steven Soderbergh Take TV Prizes

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The 2014 Directors Guild Awards were handed out earlier this evening, and Alfonso Cuaron took the top prize for Gravity, launching him (and the film) into frontrunner status heading into the Oscars.  The DGA winner is a very solid predictor of the eventual Oscar winner for the Best Director category, as the two have only failed to match up seven times in the past 65 years.  Moreover, the DGA winner’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions.  We’ve known it’s going to be a very tight race since the PGA split its top award between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but this DGA win for Gravity puts it ever so slightly ahead.

Elsewhere at the DGA Awards, Steven Soderbergh took home the Miniseries/TV Movie prize for Behind the Candelabra and Vince Gilligan won TV Drama for the series finale of Breaking Bad, beating out the likes of David Fincher and Bryan Cranston.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Takes Home Best Picture at Critics Choice Awards; GRAVITY, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and LONE SURIVOR Win Genre Awards

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The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced tonight, and 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture.  The Critics’ Choice Awards have lined up with the Oscars in six of the last seven Best Pictures, but it’s worth noting that the Broadcast Film Critics Association spread the wealth around with genre awards to the other Oscar favorites, Gravity (Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie) and American Hustle (Best Comedy).  Lone Survivor only managed two Oscar nominations for the sound categories, but found some love here as the Best Action Movie.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, including ten different acting awards.

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced; AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nominations Each [Updated with Commentary]

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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations.  Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom HanksHer, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list.  The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]

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