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Sandra Bullock’s Payday For Gravity Is Out Of This World

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sandra bullock gravityHere at GFR headquarters, we have a big bank vault full of chocolate coins that we occasionally like to go swimming in, though never in the hot, melty summer. Some might say we could have done something better with our money than buying all that candy, but we aren’t so good with money. We should have gotten some advice from Sandra Bullock, whose rare and hyper-specific contract with Warner Bros. is giving her a mega-gigantic payday for her work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. She’ll be stacking dollar bills all the way to the International Space Station when the rest of her $70 million-plus earnings are all paid and done.

According to THR, the Oscar-winning actress took advantage of her post-The Blind Side fame to hook up a contract that guaranteed her $20 million up front against 15% of Warner’s first-dollar gross. So even though it sounds kind of obvious, let’s drag that out. Once her advance has been matched, she gets 15% of the film’s $700 million grosses, plus the same percentage off of Blu-ray/DVD sales and free TV deals. I’m assuming if Warner decided to release a LEGO tie-in — filled with broken pieces of the Hubble that no longer fit together — she’d be making $5-$7 on those sets too.

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Godzilla Trailer Breakdown: Giant Monsters Are Rampaging And Bryan Cranston Is Mad As Hell

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GFeatThe latest trailer for the Godzilla remake hit the internet yesterday and it was suitably epic. We not only saw scenes of rampant destruction, we got further hints that Godzilla won’t be the only big-ass monster making trouble for humanity when Gareth Edwards’ film hits theaters on May 16. There’s a lot going on in the trailer, so we went through it with a giant, radioactive fine-toothed comb just to spot all the points of interest. We’ve got our insights below, followed by a big-ass gallery culled from throughout the trailer.

We see tons of destruction throughout the trailer, ranging from a downed passenger plane, to a ravaged Las Vegas Strip, to jet fighters being slapped out of the sky by…something. This moment early on seems to be just more of the same, but as we watch buildings toppling on the horizon, we had to wonder if this is the aftermath of a kaiju attack, or if one of the enormous bastards — Godzilla or otherwise — is still on the move, hidden by the dust clouds.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Might Cast Adam Driver As The Film’s Villain

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Adam DriverAccording to Variety, Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams are close to signing a deal with actor Adam Driver to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s believed that he would play one of the film’s villains, who is described to be “in the vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.” Darth Hipster, if you ask me. Variety says that a deal could be finalized within the next few days.

Adam Driver is getting a lot of attention these days for minor roles in prestigious films such as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Noah Baumbauch’s Frances Ha, and the Coen Bros’ Inside Llewyn Davis. Most notably, Adam Driver is a series regular on HBO’s Girls with Lena Dunham.

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2013 Saturn Award Nominees Include Ender’s Game, Riddick, And More

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GravityBullockAnytime the Academy Awards rolls around, there’s usually an outcry from fans that not enough genre films are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Luckily, this year the movie that has the most nominations is Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, but even if the Academy doesn’t give science fiction the respect it deserves, there are several long-standing and prestigious awards focused specifically on honoring genre material. Last night we posted the Nebula Award nominations, and now the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced its nominees for the 40th annual Saturn Awards.

Unsurprisingly, Gravity is a front-runner for the Saturns as well, earning eight nominations including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Supporting Actor for George Clooney, and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity is tied with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the most nominations. Some of the other nominees for Best Science Fiction Film are Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Riddick, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Serenity’s Voyage Continues In Issue #2 Of Leaves On The Wind: Today In Science Fiction

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Serenity2FeatFirefly fans are a die-hard bunch, even by normal sci-fi fan standards. Perhaps it’s because they have so little material representing their beloved franchise, especially when compared to the giants such as Star Wars and Star Trek. With only 14 episodes and a movie, all that passion gets filtered down to laser intensity, and their Browncoats’ love for Joss Whedon’s “space Western” and the crew of the Serenity has, if anything, only grown in the decade since the Fox series was canceled. It’s anyone’s guess if we’ll ever get more Firefly on the big or small screen, but the story of Malcolm Reynolds and company is finally continuing in the form of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind from Dark Horse comics, which just released its second issue today.

The series picks up after the Serenity movie, is officially in canon, and is being written by Joss’ brother, Zack Whedon (who has previously written for Fringe and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and who is a writer and co-producer on AMC’s upcoming ‘80s computer industry series Halt and Catch Fire). The first issue was quite good, revealing that the Serenity crew’s heroic actions in the movie haven’t exactly solved every problem in the ‘verse, and if anything have made their lives that much more difficult. The series is a must-read if you’re a Firefly fan, even if you’re not normally a comic reader. If you don’t want to find your local comic shop, you can snag a digital copy via Dark Horse’s online store.

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iZombie Pilot Digs Up Three New Cast Members

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IzomWith zombies overtaking vampires as pop culture’s favorite monster of the moment, Hollywood is racing to grab up new zombie properties after the success of The Walking Dead. Just throw in a young adult angle and you’ve got the recipe for success. The CW recently ordered a pilot based on iZombie, a popular comic book series from Vertigo Comics, and now it looks like the pilot has found its cast.

According to Deadline, writer/producer Rob Thomas has cast Malcolm Goodwin, David Anders, and Alexandra Krosney for the iZombie pilot. The show would center on Gwendolyn “Gwen” Price, a med student who turns into a zombie, then takes a job in a coroner’s office to gain access to brains, so she can maintain her humanity and sanity.