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'Gravity': Astronauts congratulate film on Oscar wins ... from space! -- VIDEO

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Though 12 Years a Slave may have won the top prize, Gravity was the big winner at this year’s Academy Awards, taking home seven gold statuettes, the most of any film, including Best Director and Best Visual Effects.

Now the Gravity team is receiving a congratulatory message from some guys who really do know a lot about the subject. NASA astronauts Michael S. Hopkins and Richard A. Mastracchio, along with JAXA (Japan’s NASA equivalent) astronaut Koichi Wakata, were so impressed by the film’s production team after watching the movie about the International Space Station, that they decided to film themselves out in space to show their enthusiasm for the film and its realistic depiction of their everyday lives — besides the whole stranded in space thing. Sorry, Sandra, you’re on your own with that one.

Watch the out-of-this-world message below: READ FULL STORY

Oscar Season: The Musical! What would this year's Best Picture nominees be like on Broadway? -- VIDEO

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Though Frozen was nominated for two Oscars this year, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, the crop of nine Best Picture nominees doesn’t include a musical.

But what would happen if you took the nine very different films and made them into a musical? You would get some hilarious high-kicking results. From The Wolf of Wall Street cursing on beat to an American Hustle bathroom showdown reminiscent of Rent, it’s clear some of these musical ideas work better than others. Like most Oscar-related parodies that have been happening lately, 12 Years a Slave is respectfully not given a full production number. But if you ever wanted to see Dallas Buyers Club‘s Ron Woodroof do a kick-line next to Philomena, you are in luck! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Getting ready for 'Divergent'

Not every movie adapted from a popular Young Adult novel is necessarily a guaranteed hit. For every Twilight or Hunger Games, there are plenty of others that didn’t manage to reach the same heights. (Think: Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Vampire Academy, for example.)

This week’s cover story takes a close look at Divergent — based on the best-selling series by Veronica Roth and in theaters March 21 — starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James and directed by Neil Burger (Limitless). The pressure is on for this film to soothe the jangled nerves of a jittery industry that is watching the film closely, in hopes that it will be the one to continue the wave of YA hits. EW’s Sara Vilkomerson spoke to the filmmakers and actors about what it’s like to have such high expectations on their shoulders, and, for the stars, how they answer the constant question about whether they are ready for fame. “It’s completely impossible to answer,” Theo James says. “If you say anything, you sound like a douche bag because who knows what the f— is going to happen?” (His co-star agrees. “It’s something that hasn’t happened yet,” says Woodley. “Anyway, change is inevitable. It happens every day. I’m not going to change my life at all — I love the way I live. I’m not going to worry about it.”) READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Gravity'

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Name: Gravity

Release date: Oct. 4, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 25

Run time: 1 hour, 31 mins

Box office: Opening weekend: $55.8 million; Total domestic box office: $268.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $701.0 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

Gravity movie math: (2001: A Space Odyssey + Apollo 13) x (Moon + Alien)

Tweetable description: Two astronauts get lost in space after their shuttle is riddled by high-speed debris. Time is running out. But the view is fantastic.

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'Gravity' gets an Honest Trailer: How was Sandra Bullock allowed in space? -- VIDEO

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Gravity is an incredible piece of filmmaking that was nominated for 10 Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture. But that doesn’t mean it can escape the Screen Junkies and their new “honest” trailer for the film, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a “George Clooney-ish astronaut.” From hairy dialogue to the simple fact that Bullock’s character should never have been allowed in space at all, check out the hilarious send-up of the film, otherwise known as 90 Minutes of Bumping into Stuff: READ FULL STORY

'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' Quickdraw: Watch the Oscar nominees...with stick figures -- VIDEO

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American Hustle and Gravity both led this year’s Oscar nominations with 10 each, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. But you don’t need to watch both movies to see how they draw out.

Check out EW’s Quickdraw versions of the two films to get a quick animated look:
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This Week's Cover: Our Top 10 movies, TV shows, albums, singles, and books of 2013

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It’s time for Entertainment Weekly‘s annual top 10 lists of the best movies, TV shows, albums, singles, and books. You know, all the things that ruled, shocked, and rocked this year.

Inside this week’s issue find our top 10 lists of…

The Best Movies: Critics Owen Gleiberman and Chris Nashawaty agree: Gravity’s got pull and 12 Years a Slave is brutally brilliant. Find out who fell equally hard for period pieces, high-tech epics, and some surprising thrillers, and who was won over by wrenching romances and harrowing journeys (but still loves himself a little horror).

The Best TV Shows: Critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz both felt the Netflix effect this year, though they have divergent takes on the final season of Breaking Bad: One critic says a certain franchise’s epic insanity reigned supreme, while the other declares Walter White took down all comers.
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This Week's Cover: Our Entertainers of the Year!

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And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is…Sandra Bullock!

She is the gift that keeps on giving. First the 49-year-old Oscar winner teamed up with the uproarious Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s winning buddy cop comedy The Heat. Then, as Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Bullock gives an emotionally naked performance that will likely earn her an Oscar nomination. Bullock’s tremendous talent and range — to say nothing of the woman’s trademark grace and good humor in good times and bad — is what earned her the top spot on our annual list of the most exciting performers in 2013.

Bullock’s one-two punch demanded a fair amount of give and take from the actor. When she signed on to The Heat Bullock didn’t expect to be playing straight man to McCarthy’s firehose-blast of a performance. “Once I realized that that drove the film I had to step back,” she says. “Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting room floor. It wasn’t what I was hoping for but the end result was the success of the film and people liking us together.” While Bullock nixes any talk of The Heat 2, she says she’s keen for another project with her fast friend McCarthy. (Hollywood, get on this!) READ FULL STORY

George Clooney takes shots at Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe

George Clooney is confident. Confident enough to live in Clark Gable’s old house and look like he truly belongs there. Confident enough to open an interview with a colorful anecdote he’s told before — to the very same magazine that’s currently featuring him on its cover. (To be fair, it’s a great anecdote; Clooney says he won a new dog’s heart by rubbing himself with turkey. In 2011, it was a turkey meatball; two years later, he’s calling it turkey bacon.)

And he’s also confident enough to call B.S. on Leonardo DiCaprio, based largely on the other star’s basketball prowess — or lack thereof. “The thing about playing [basketball against] Leo is you have all these guys talking sh–,” Clooney says in the latest edition of Esquire. Clooney, by contrast, knows “that you don’t talk sh– unless you can play.” And in the end, he continues, Leo and his trash-talking teammates were no match for Clooney and his quieter pals: “’We’re all like 50 years old, and we beat them three straight: 11–0, 11–0, 11–0.”

It’s a cute, pretty harmless story until Clooney gets to the kicker — “The discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what’s what. I’m not sure if Leo has someone like that.”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson blasts off on 'Gravity'

Gravity soared out of this world and into box office record books this weekend — but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was not impressed.

On Sunday night, Tyson took to Twitter to point out the film’s factual errors. Although he noted that he “enjoyed #Gravity very much,” the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium nitpicked tons of scientific details — from the film’s titles to its catastrophic events.

Check out his Twitter rant  below.  Please note: There are spoilers ahead. READ FULL STORY

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