On Movies: Defying gravity, embracing technology

They could change the language they performed, as long as it fit the frame of time and the position. But this was not about improv.” Which is the reason Robert Downey Jr., who Cuaron had been talking to about the project, opted out. (Over its many years in development, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, and Scarlett Johansson were all reportedly considered for the role Bullock finally landed.) “It took so long, this project,” the director says. “We had conversations with actors, and then, you know, ‘OK, well, I’m going to do this movie,’ ‘OK, well, I’ll catch up with you,’ and then you end up not catching up. . . . And it was not until we were really ready to go that we got serious and said, ‘OK, we can make offers to actors now.’ We could not make offers to actors when we didn’t know when we were going to shoot.” And Downey? “Once we defined the technology, it became clear that how we were going to make it and what Robert does were not compatible. How can you tell Robert to stick to the timing? The thing with Robert is that he improvises all the time, and tries different things, so it was not going to be something in which he would really expand what he’s great at.” But as sorry as he was to see Downey go – and the other stars he’d been meeting with – Cuaron is hardly unhappy now. “I ended up maybe in the best place,” he says, speaking of his A-list duo. “And I have to say in my experience that happens quite a lot.

Drive-in movies at Union Market are coming back (Video)

Meanwhile,The Good Dinosaur got pushed back by a full 18 months and will now hit theaters on Nov. 25, 2015. Perhaps worst of all, this means 2014 will be the first year since 2005 audiences won’t be able to enjoy a newly released Pixar film. But don’t panic! Just because Pixar isn’t planning on appeasing your need for wholesome, kid-friendly entertainment next year doesn’t mean other studios will leave you high and dry. Consider these animated films, then, which should keep you busy next year. 1.Mr. Peabody & Sherman Image source: DreamWorks. First up, DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA ) is planning on bringing Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the big screen on March 7, 2014. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because it’s based on the characters from the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of the 1960s cartoon seriesThe Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Andit’s OK, middle-aged folks; you can admit you watched it when you were a kid.

Drive-in with four movies this summer, projecting D.C.-themed films on the market’s three-story-high white wall. The five fall films will run on Fridays from Oct. 4 – Nov. 8 and embrace each day’s unofficial holiday. This is just one casual movie watcher’s opinion, but the films definitely seem to have a wider appeal than the last time around. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 4: “Caddyshack,” in honor of National Golf Day Oct. 11: “Julie and Julia,” in honor of National Cookbook Launch Day Oct. 18: “Good Will Hunting,” in honor of National No Beard Day Nov. 1: “Evan Almighty,” in honor of All Saints’ Day Nov. 8: People’s choice. The people’s choice film will be voted on by members of the public via social media, although more details on that voting were not immediately available. All films begin at 8 p.m., with cars being let into the parking lot across from the market starting at 6 p.m.

Cancer Portrayed Too Grimly in Movies, Study Suggests

The findings were scheduled for presentation Thursday at the European Society for Medical Oncology meeting, in Vienna. “Nowadays, cinema is confronting the most important issues for oncological disease, which were mostly absent in the earlier days of cinema,” Dr. Luciano De Fiore at Sapienza University of Rome, said in a society news release. “Cancer is no easy matter to portray, and seeing it in a movie gives the audience a chance to give voice to their emotions. This is useful for the sharing of cancer care, from personal or familiar problems to issues of collective relevance.” However, the movies tend to offer a bleak outlook for cancer patients. “Very often the ill person doesn’t get over the disease and his death is somehow useful to the plot’s outcome. This pattern is so strongly standardized that it persists in spite of real progress of treatments,” De Fiore said. Some common types of cancer — such as breast cancer — were barely represented in movies, the researchers found, while depictions of lymphomas, leukemia and brain tumors predominated. De Fiore suggested there is an “educational gap” in movies’ depiction of cancer. “Patients’ survival is very rarely due to treatments in the cinema. Fortunately in real life, this has become mostly untrue,” he said. Research presented at medical meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. — Robert Preidt Copyright 2012 HealthDay . All rights reserved.