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Sandra Bullock defies gravity

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:06

Oct. 01 - The actress teams up with George Clooney at the New York premiere of their new film ''Gravity.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Watching an astronaut tumbling into the void of deep space might make a mere mortal's own adversities seem rather small. But "Gravity," a drama starring Sandra Bullock and showing in U.S. theaters on Friday (October 4), was born out of the setbacks suffered by one man in the midst of the last recession: its director and co-writer, Alfonso Cuaron. The Mexican filmmaker had already achieved international success with films like "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in 2004 and "Children of Men" in 2006. But in 2009, financing on a new film fell apart, leaving him in the lurch. The 51-year-old filmmaker and son Jonas Cuaron, 30, decided they would not sit around licking their wounds, and quickly got to work on a script about adversity, weaving the theme through tense and gripping action. They soon settled on space, a fascination for the Cuarons. And that is pretty much how "Gravity" begins, with Bullock playing novice astronaut and engineer Dr. Ryan Stone alongside George Clooney as mission commander Matt Kowalski. Their space station is hit by debris from the demolition of an obsolete satellite, sending the two reeling into deep space with depleting oxygen and remote chances of returning to Earth. Ryan Stone soon finds herself alone, drifting into the void, with a tragic backstory that diminishes her desire to get home. The filmmakers and Warner Bros. Pictures ended up spending some $80 million to make the 3D film, with technological innovations that reproduce space and zero gravity in ways never seen on screen. "It's shot in space but that's the landscape, it's like saying we went to Arizona to tell this story of some human beings who are lost. One who wants to be there and the other one who doesn't want to be there. And what's the story of life, what makes you want to get up in the morning, what makes people get up when there have nothing us to live for, you know. And that could have been done in Arkansas, that could have been done here in New York City or in space. And Alfonso loved the analogy of literally being lost in space. Because up there you're truly alone and it helped just tell his emotional story," said Bullock. Bullock's performance has won praise from critics, who predict she will be a contender for another best actress Oscar. The film opens after showing at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals to critical acclaim.

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Sandra Bullock defies gravity

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:06

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