Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Cuarón is responsible for the utterly beautiful Children of Men (which ranks an impressive #290 on the global Flickchart), so I, for one, can’t wait for his next foray into science fiction.
Gravity is due for release on October 4.
Star Trek Into Darkness is just around the corner, but for anyone who wants a little more Spock (or two) in their life, check out this great video featuring a reunion between the two Spock actors, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy, after their work together in Star Trek.
This commercial for Audi features Nimoy trouncing Quinto at a game of virtual 3D chess, but when the two decide to get together for a round of golf, Quinto’s spiffy Audi S7 trounces Nimoy’s Mercedes. This video is full of great Trek moments, and nods to Nimoy’s work in general. Watch it below.
Quinto will beam back into theaters as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness May 17.
Thursday is the new Friday, apparently.
A new trend is emerging where big movies are opening a day or two early to pad opening weekend grosses. Star Trek Into Darkness (opening today in the UK, Australia and some other countries), which has already had IMAX preview screenings in place for Wednesday, May 15, will now officially open domestically on Thursday, May 16, a day earlier than originally intended.
And now, Warner Bros. has announced that The Hangover Part III will open a day earlier as well, on Thursday, May 23, with “traditional late-night screenings” on Wednesday.
It’s a cash grab, just as the release date-change is with Star Trek, but the bump for The Hangover has an additional purpose: Memorial Day weekend is crowded. Bumping the release date will give The Hangover a head start on Universal’s action sequel, Fast & Furious 6, and Fox/Blue Sky’s animated flick, Epic.
No matter what happens, Memorial Day weekend should be a pretty big one at the box office. The Hangover Part III is just determined to be the first one out of the gate. Apparently, Part III is doing well in preview screenings – after Part II was given a more lukewarm reception – so we’ll see if the studio’s tactic works.
Fantasy adventure is big business nowadays, particularly at Warner Bros., who currently have Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy firing on all cylinders. Now, the studio has acquired the rights to make a movie based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
It seems like a no-brainer; Dungeons & Dragons has generated more than $1 billion in revenue from books and merchandise since its launch in 1974, and with the advancements in filmmaking technology that have come along since Jackson adapted the “unfilmable” Lord of the Rings novels, it looks as though the WB is putting this one on the fast track. They already have a script from Wrath of the Titans and Red Riding Hood scribe David Leslie Johnson.
The film will be produced by Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon, who are behind the currently-developing The Lego Movie. Solomon actually directed a Dungeons & Dragons film starring Jeremy Irons that died a painful death at the box office in 2000. (That movie barely registers on Flickchart, with a global rank of #9805 and a nasty 13% win percentage.)
One can hope Warner Bros. will do the popular property a better favor with this new version.