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DAILY BULLETIN: Under The Dome miniseries, Gravity has a release date, more on Upstream Color

I couldn’t find anything too thrilling in my daily scrounging, so today’s update will be short and to-the-point.

Under The Dome miniseries premiere date revealed
under-the-domeCBS has announced the airdate for the first episode of their upcoming miniseries Under The Dome (based on the Stephen King novel). Deadline reports the first of 13 episodes will air on June 24th. The show has a typically King-ish high-concept premise: a small town in Maine (where else?) is suddenly and randomly sealed off from the rest of the world by a large, transparent dome, and chaos ensues. I’m not terribly excited about the miniseries, mainly because the book wasn’t great. When it comes to King’s books, the destination is rarely as good as the journey, and that was absolutely the case with Under The Dome. I really love his style of writing, but he always seems to paint himself into a corner and then just go, “Deus ex machina to the rescue!”

Despite my reservations, I’m still looking forward to King’s next book, Joyland, which is about an amusement park serial killer. It comes out in June, under the Hard Case Crime imprint.

Release date for Gravity announced
alfonso-cuaronAlfonso Cuaron’s next film, Gravity, finally has a release date. It was originally scheduled for last November before Warner Bros. delayed it. It’s definitely a movie I’ve had my eye on, mostly because of Cuaron. His movie Children Of Men, which came out in 2006, was one of the year’s best. There are a couple of long, unbroken takes in there that still blow me away. As for Gravity, it’s now scheduled for October 4th, according to Box Office Mojo. In case you haven’t been following the film, here’s the synopsis:

“Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. 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.”

Full trailer for Upstream Color
Before I quit for today, I couldn’t leave you without a trailer of some sort. Granted, it’s merely a longer trailer for something I’ve already discussed a bit. But it’s well worth revisiting. Feast your eyes…

I’m still only vaguely aware of what Upstream Color is actually about, but the earlier teasers and now this trailer are working perfectly on me. I am so intrigued! In a recent interview, director Shane Carruth spoke to the LA Times about the movie and they got a bit more specific about a vague synopsis that was floating around earlier. Here’s the new one:

“In the movie, a young woman (Amy Seimetz) is abducted and seemingly brainwashed via an organic material harvested from a specific flower. She later meets a man (Carruth) and after the two fall for each other, they come to realize he may also have been subjected to the same process.”

In the same interview, Carruth talked about self-distributing Upstream Color. This seems like a natural evolution for him. With his first film, the amazing Primer, he served as director, writer, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, composer, casting director, production designer and sound designer. So why not wear one more hat? Sure, he may be a bit of a control freak, but frankly, that’s fine with me. He’s got unique vision, and if anyone’s gonna sell his movies to me, I’d like it to be the man himself. Most studio execs would probably lose their minds trying to figure out how to market something like Upstream Color anyway.

Another thing that’s cool about this latest interview is that Carruth sounds like he wants to pick up speed when it comes to future projects. After all, Primer came out back in 2004, and he hasn’t had a film in theatres since. A lot of that has to do with A Topiary, an incredibly ambitious project he was once working on. In the interview, he refers to it as “the thing I basically wasted my whole life on.” This is disappointing in a way, since I was hopeful A Topiary might still happen. But at least Carruth isn’t spinning his wheels anymore. Once Upstream Color is out, he plans to start shooting his next project, titled The Modern Ocean, this summer. And hey, maybe A Topiary could still happen somewhere down the road a ways, even if it’s not any time soon.

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