Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ Looks Like The Scariest Thing Ever

Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón’s new sci-fi chiller, a follow-up to the ambitious dystopian fable Children of Men, stars Sandra Bullock. Also George Clooney, and some pretty special effects, but mostly Sandra Bullock. Apparently the role—which both Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman backed out of—involves floating in space alone for much of the film’s run time. Embrace your dread of the cosmic beyond with a heart-stopping new trailer below.

Perhaps since it’s such an unusual premise—no aliens, just astronauts dealing with the physics of the universe under exceedingly bad conditions—Warner Bros. has been a bit cagey about this film, which looked in danger of not getting made several times, moving the release from last fall to this October. But for all the rarified plot mechanics it promises, Gravity doesn’t look like it’s made for the academic. Just because the opening take is 17 minutes long doesn’t mean it won’t scare you silly with its balletic grace.  
 
 
An accident hundreds of miles above the planet, and the fight to survive thereafter. Could it be 2001: A Space Odyssey for the adrenaline junkie generation? Or just Open Water among the ring of debris orbiting earth? Either way, we’ve learned to trust Cuarón’s masterful instincts, wherever in the solar system they take us.

Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Miss USA 2012

Of all the important things that happened this weekend, none is more trendy on Google this morning that Miss USA 2012, the off-brand beauty pageant that took place Sunday night. Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, won. And while she seems nice, we would have liked to see the crown go to Miss Ohio, who went on a tangent about Pretty Woman being an empowering movie about "a wonderful, beautiful woman… having a rough time. But you know what? She came out on top and she didn’t let anyone stay in her path.”

MTV Movie Awards

Though it lacks the weight of any of the big awards show, the MTV Movie Awards remains a surprisingly interesting monster. This isn’t so much because of the winners—though congrats are due to the folks at Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games—but because of what else you can see. Indeed, last night’s show featured never-before-seen preview footage from The Dark Knight Rises as well as a sneak peek at the forthcoming The Perks of Being A Wallflower (which you can see here), making it worth watching for those of us who aren’t really crazed about waiting around all night to watch a teenager get an award for Best Kiss.

Richard Dawson

Yahoo! searchers are nuts about the former Family Feud host, who died yesterday from complications of esophageal cancer —as you undoubtedly read about right here. There’s not a whole lot else to say about the matter, but here’s a nice video tribute to the guy.

Johnny Depp

The second most popular thing to read about this morning on Yahoo! is actor Johnny Depp, who took his bohemian schtick one step farther last night at the previously mentioned movie awards, getting on stage with rockers The Black Keys to perform two songs, “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” of the band’s El Camino album. Depp was there to pick up his Generation Award, which MTV calls “the Movie Awards’ highest honor, acknowledging an actor who can be counted on to engage the MTV audience with everything he or she does.” Previous winners include Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey. Meh.

On Twitter

This morning, the biggest trending topics on Twitter—worldwide–are #10BandsILike and #10PeopleIveSeenLive. We won’t insult you by posting photos of the wittiest of the entries; there are none.

Watch the New Trailer for ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Do you remember Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, darling of prospective English majors circa 2005? It’s hard to keep track of Brooklyn writers named Jonathan, so we’ll remind you: it’s not the one about sad Midwestern families or the one about comic books, but the one about a nine-year old’s search through his family history following the death of his father in the 9/11 attacks. Topical, heavy stuff, making it ripe for a film adaptation. 

Six years after the book, the movie is finally coming out, and stars Tom Hanks, Viola Davis, Max von Sydow and Sandra Bullock. The first trailer was released a few months ago, but it wasn’t too hotly received. This new one has a much firmer grasp on the book’s melancholic but ultimately uplifting tone. There’s no twee opening scene, and no U2 scoring the soaring montage. Instead, there’s more Davis and von Sydow, and more of a cohesive arc that sells the book as the rare text-to-film adaptation that might not lose so much in translation (or so we hope).

Close gets a limited release on Christmas day, and expands nationally on January 20. Get out your handkerchiefs!

Links: Sandra Bullock Is the Richest Actress, Bristol & Levi Done, Again

● Sandra Bullock tops the list of highest earning actresses, taking in $56 million last year, while Jesse James only tops the list of people Sandra Bullock will make miserable with her power and piles of money. [Forbes] ● ”I don’t want them to do this anymore,” said Bill Cosby about Twitter rumors of his death. Just scream toward the glowing box and hit it with your hand, Bill. [PopEater] ● Christopher Nolan may have stolen the plot of Inception from a Disney comic starring Scrooge McDuck & The Beagle Boys. The internet is always onto you. [Videogum]

● Bristol Palin is done with baby-daddy Levi, for real this time: “The final straw was him flying to Hollywood for what he told me was to see some hunting show but come to find out it was that music video mocking my family.” There probably wasn’t even any hunting show! [People] ● Lindsay Lohan stripped down and showed off her underboob in a secret shoot for Marc Ecko, all while wearing a black ski mask. This is just what her career needs. [TMZ] ● The Situation may guest star in a Jersey Shore-themed episode of Bones. That show is about murder and violent death, right? [EW]

Links: Lady Gaga Takes a Tumble, Sandra Bullock Sings

● Don’t you just hate when your crotchless leather pants get caught in your 8-inch heels and you fall in front of the entire world? [Styleite] ● Harrison Ford wore Wrangler jeans to his wedding, which seems preferable to his Indiana Jones and Han Solo outfits, because whips and sabers are just embarrassing. [People] ● Daniel Radcliffe on hearing Justin Bieber for the first time: “I genuinely thought it was a woman singing.” Celeb beef is just what these two weenies need. [MTV]

● Sandra Bullock made a surprise appearance at a Nashville fundraiser to perform “Smoke on the Water,” her third choice after Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” and the Sandra original “Jesse Ain’t Shit.” [EW] ● When the boys of Jersey Shore got punk’d into appearing on the cover of the Village Voice‘s Queer Issue, even the photographer had no idea what was going on—shirtless men, baby oil, and all. [Observer] ● Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa hates Kim Kardashian, and all other wives everywhere hate them both. [HuffPo]

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds Reunite for Romaction Film

Hot on the heels of The Washington Post’s hard-hitting expose on romaction movies—the latest white-hot cinematic trend, in which (get this) romantic comedy is combined with action (groundbreaking, truly groundbreaking)—Sandra Bullock has signed on to star with her The Proposal co-star Ryan Reynolds in what sounds an awful lot like a romaction film. THR reports that Bullock and Reynolds will reunite for Most Wanted, with Bullock as a woman on the run and Reynolds as the agent tasked with handling her. It will apparently be similar to 1988’s Robert De Niro action/comedy Midnight Run.

Released in 2009, Bullock and Reynolds’s The Proposal was a dud with critics (it stands at 43% on Rotten Tomatoes) but a hit with audiences. It wound up grossing over $317 million and helped to relaunch Bullock’s career. Check out the trailer below:

Sandra Bullock’s Weekend: Explosive, Homoerotic

How do you return to public life after your douchebag husband reveals himself to be a serial cheater into Nazi jokes? If you’re Sandra Bullock, you compare your personal life to an I.E.D. explosion and make out with Scarlett Johansson. Bullock got off to a whirlwind start this weekend when she appeared on Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards (airing June 20) to accept her entertainer of the year trophy. “Let’s be honest here, just for a moment. We’re all going to be honest, right?” Bullock said to a crowd of soldiers, “Did I win this for being entertainer of the year, or did I win this because of the spectacular I.E.D. [improvised explosive device] explosion that became my personal life?” Applause! Then Bullock popped up at the MTV Movie Awards, where she received the MTV Generation Award, which is a very real award. Bullock locked lips with Johansson before asking, “Now that we have done that, can we please go back to normal?” Can we please not? Footage after the break.

Fair enough, Sandra. Fair enough.

Links: The MTV Movie Awards F#&%ing Awesome, Justin Bieber Lesbians

● During Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, the censors failed so often it was more like a Quentin Tarantino movie than a television broadcast. Here’s a collection of every F-bomb dropped. [Mediaite] ● What was so bleeping awesome? Sandra Bullock kissing Scarlett Johansson, mostly. [CBS] ● When Ben Kingsley mocks Heidi Montag’s unsolicited audition tape for Transformers 3, it’s difficult to tell exactly where the joke is, but it’s still really funny. [Art & Revelry]

● The man who played President Obama in a porno about Sarah Palin, Stephen Hill, fell to his death from a cliff while clutching a samurai sword. It gets more bizarre and much sadder. [Gawker] ● Justin Bieber upped his indie cred by playing a secret show in Queens, while lesbians who look like the young teen have coined the term “Biebians” to describe themselves. [Vulture] ● Some strange illuminati, cult-like business is going on at Facebook, if the company’s secret hooded sweatshirts are any indication. [TechCrunch]

Links: Sandra Bullock Really Does Have a Secret Baby; Katie Holmes to Play Jackie O

● Sandra Bullock’s bombshell secret adoption is a real life plot twist, or complete resignation to the fact that as a star, your life is now more your art than your art is your art, even if you were in Speed. [People] ● The paper of record dives in — carefully and without profanity — to the relationship between rap music and Magnum condoms. Now your father “gets it.” [NYT] ● Pictures from the Jersey Shore casting session belong in National Geographic. [TMZ]

● A new mini-series will cast Katie Holmes as American icon Jackie Kennedy, which, in some roundabout way, improves Suri’s chances to become a senator someday. [HuffPo] ● The day when your failed attempt to make fish sticks becomes a gossip item you’ve officially become Jessica Alba. [Page Six] ● Fearing a boycott because of a new immigration law, Arizona Ice Tea is stressing its New York roots. [Daily Intel]