• Keanu Reeves admits to secret Sandra Bullock crush
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    Keanu Reeves admits to secret Sandra Bullock crush

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  • Makers of 'The Matrix' offered Sandra Bullock the role of Neo before Keanu Reeves
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    Makers of 'The Matrix' offered Sandra Bullock the role of Neo before Keanu Reeves

    Producers struggled to get the A-list actor they needed for the lead role.

  • Netflix finally removes footage of real-life disaster from 'Bird Box' months after public outcry
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    Netflix finally removes footage of real-life disaster from 'Bird Box' months after public outcry

    Netflix has removed news reel footage of a 2013 rail disaster which features in the movie Bird Box, but only two months after complaints from viewers.

  • Netflix says 'Bird Box' has now been watched by 80 million subscribers
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    Netflix says 'Bird Box' has now been watched by 80 million subscribers

    The domination of apocalyptic thriller Bird Box continues. Netflix is now reporting that the movie, which stars Sandra Bullock, has been watched by 80 million subscribers in the four weeks it’s been on release on the streaming service. In a letter to shareholders, via Variety, executives said that ‘We are seeing high repeat viewing’.

  • The end of Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' was almost very different indeed
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    The end of Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' was almost very different indeed

    The conclusion of Alfonso Cuarón's heart-stopping Gravity saw an exhausted, traumatised Sandra Bullock crash landing on Earth against all the odds.

  • Here’s What the ‘Bird Box’ Monsters Were Supposed to Look Like (Photos)
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    Here’s What the ‘Bird Box’ Monsters Were Supposed to Look Like (Photos)

    Netflix claims that over 45 million people saw “Bird Box” in its first week on the streaming platform, but not one of them actually “saw” the monsters that terrorized Sandra Bullock in the film. Well on Saturday, special effects artist Andy Bergholtz shared some photos on Instagram of what those monsters were supposed to look like, saying that a nightmare sequence in which they appeared to Bullock’s character was ultimately cut from the film. Some spoilers for “Bird Box” follow: Also Read: Netflix Begs Viewers to Stop Blindfolded 'Bird Box Challenge' Bergholtz shared several photos of a veiny, cragged, baby face, which he said was meant to play into Bullock’s fears as an expectant mother at the start of the film. “Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc thru the movie, the producers felt Sandra’s nightmare would have something to do with a twisted, demonic baby creature attacking her (that’s as much as I could gather about the context of the scene anyway),” Bergholtz said on Instagram. “I sculpted at least three or four variations on the design before it was approved, which began as a more aggressive, monstery look and was revised to be a bit more subtle in the end.” Bergholtz, who additionally did the special effects for the similar “A Quiet Place,” also clarified that most likely, the monsters would be different for each person, as the visions that cause people to kill themselves each play on the individual’s worse fears. He also dispelled previous reports that said the monsters would look like a “snake-like green man, clarifying that an actor in a spandex green-screen suit was intended to be a giant CGI creature with a monstrous body to be added later. Also Read: John Krasinski Reveals He Also Played the Monsters in 'A Quiet Place' (Video) Still, he wasn’t too disappointed that his creations never made it to screen. “In the end, I actually really liked the movie and think it was better off NOT showing the makeup,” Bergholtz said. “Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one.” See the photos below. “Bird Box” is available for streaming on Netflix now. View this post on Instagram *Some spoilers ahead for BIRD BOX, continue reading at your own risk!* We had the unique pleasure of designing a creepy makeup for the film, although the scene ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. Keep in mind, the fatal "vision" that each character saw would most likely be different for each person (you'll understand if you've seen the film), and this makeup appeared in a cut "dream/nightmare sequence" with Sandra Bullock's character. Considering her pregnant state and emotional arc thru the movie, the producers felt Sandra's nightmare would have something to do with a twisted, demonic baby creature attacking her (that's as much as I could gather about the context of the scene anyway). I sculpted at least 3 or 4 variations on the design before it was approved, which began as a more aggressive, monstery look and was revised to be a bit more subtle in the end. I also had the pleasure of painting the finished prosthetics before sending them to set, to be worn and performed by the one and only Dirk Rogers @thehalloweendirk, applied by the great @proutyfx. It's funny, I read an interview recently where Bullock described the creature as a "snake-like, green man with a horrific baby face". Many folks have speculated what the creature may have looked like, but they fail to realize the "snake-like green man" portion was simply Dirk in a spandex green-screen suit ????. Everything from the neck down was intended to be a giant CGI creature/body added later. In the end, I actually really liked the movie and think it was better off NOT showing the makeup. Kudos to the director for sticking to her guns on that one. Still a fun project to be a part of, thanks Howie! @hoops511 #netflix #birdbox A post shared by Andy Bergholtz (@andy_bergholtz) on Jan 4, 2019 at 11:47am PST View this post on Instagram The unseen creature from Bird Box created at @knb_efx that was sadly cut from the final film. Andy Bergholtz @andy_bergholtz sculpted and pre-painted the prosthetics. Stephen Prouty @proutyfx went to set and applied the makeup on actor Dirk Rogers @thehalloweendirk. Reposted from the amazing Howard Berger (@hoops511) ''It’s always a bit disappointing when so much effort goes into something that ends up in the cutting room floor, but I get it and it’s always what is best for the final product" @birdboxmovie @netflixfilm @knb_efx — #makeupeffects #sculpture #birdbox A post shared by SFX ATLAS (@sfxatlas) on Jan 2, 2019 at 1:34am PST Read original story Here’s What the ‘Bird Box’ Monsters Were Supposed to Look Like (Photos) At TheWrap

  • Netflix calls for an end to the dangerous 'Bird Box Challenge' viral trend
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    Netflix calls for an end to the dangerous 'Bird Box Challenge' viral trend

    Netflix has called for an end to the online viral trend the 'Bird Box Challenge', spawned by its recent horror movie release.

  • Netflix raises viewing figure questions after claiming 'Bird Box' was watched by 45 million
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    Netflix raises viewing figure questions after claiming 'Bird Box' was watched by 45 million

    The new Sandra Bullock horror-thriller Bird Box from Netflix has been watched by more than 45 million people, according to the streaming giant.

  • ‘Bird Box’ Director Susanne Bier on Sandra Bullock’s Portrayal of ‘Forceful’ Motherhood
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    ‘Bird Box’ Director Susanne Bier on Sandra Bullock’s Portrayal of ‘Forceful’ Motherhood

    A blindfolded woman, accompanied by two young children, with their eyes similarly bound, guides a rowing boat down a fast-flowing murky river with trees crowding in on either side. It was this image that hooked the attention of Susanne Bier, director of Emmy winner “The Night Manager” and Oscar winner “In a Better World,” leading […]

  • Why Sandra Bullock’s Children Liked Her Better While She Was Shooting ‘Bird Box’
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    Why Sandra Bullock’s Children Liked Her Better While She Was Shooting ‘Bird Box’

    In Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” Sandra Bullock plays a mom trying to save her children’s lives after a mysterious force invades the earth and causes people to kill themselves. In trying to demonstrate how dire their situation is, Bullock’s character tells the kids they “will die” if they don’t follow her strict instructions […]

  • Sandra Bullock donates $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief fund
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    Sandra Bullock donates $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief fund

    Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the Red Cross, to help the relief effort following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.