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Sometimes with big Hollywood releases, big named actors are seen as the sign a movie will be good. Sometimes that is not the case though, and films like Passengers aren’t received as warmly as would be hoped. So, is Passengers a bad movie? My simple answer to that is no, read on to find out why.
When Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) are awoken 90 years too early on a spaceship travelling to a new “Homestead Colony” they make the most of the luxury ship and all it can offer. With Jim holding back a secret though and the ship acting strangely, will everything run as smoothly as hoped?
When I saw the trailer for Passengers, there were a lot of assumptions made. »
- Paul Metcalf
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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers, Aurora and Jim, onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.
Directed by Morten Tyldum »
- Paul Heath
To celebrate the release of Passengers, available on digital download, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ & DVD now from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we are offering you the chance to win some out-of- this-world prizes. We have 1 grand prize to give away including a copy of Passengers on Blu-ray, a t-shirt, a water bottle, a digital watch, an eye mask, and a candy pack. We will also be giving away 2 copies of the Passengers Blu-ray to lucky runner-up’s!
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers, Aurora and Jim, onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the »
Rob Leane May 8, 2017
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The movie stars Chris Pratt as a mechanic and Jennifer Lawrence as a writer, both of whom signed up for a 120 year voyage across the stars, in a colony ship named the Avalon. They’re supposed to spend the journey in hibernation pods and help build a new society upon reaching their destination, a planet dubbed Homestead II. But here’s the rub: they wake up 90 years too soon.
They’re left to explore the ship, which holds 4,998 other colonists and 258 crewmembers, none of whom are awake. Instead, an »
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The third act of Passengers is lousy, but for the first hour and change, it’s actually a pretty interesting movie. Of course, it’s hamstrung by Morten Tyldum’s pedestrian direction (cue uninspiring exterior shot of a dumb-looking spaceship), but what recent studio film has created such an uncomfortable central conflict? You have this guy, played by Chris Pratt, who’s traveling to a distant space colony on what’s supposed to be a 120-year trip, except that his hibernation pod malfunctions, waking him up with about 90 years still left to go. This expository stretch—the guy alone on the spaceship, convinced that he’s weeks away from arriving on a new planet—is structured almost like an ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Despite having a script that was on the Black List, the romantic sci-fi drama Passengers was a bit of a disappointment when it hit theaters late last year. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence star in the shiny film from director Morten Tyldum which took quite a lashing from critics for its problematic story. Even beyond […]
The post Votd: How an Alternate Cut of ‘Passengers’ Makes It a Better Movie appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Whiplash.”]
Miles Teller’s star has been steadily rising ever since his breakthrough role opposite Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole.” Thanks to his barnstorming lead turn as a budding young drummer in “Whiplash” — the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival that’s gone on to become an awards juggernaut — and his upcoming performance as Mr. Fantastic in this summer’s “Fantastic Four” reboot (there’s a sequel already scheduled for release in 2017), he’s about to hit the supernova.
In the below videos, Teller opens up about the overwhelmingly positive response to “Whiplash” and the unique tone of the Academy Award nominated drama.
Part of the Team
This feature was originally published on February 2, 2015.
- Nigel M. Smith
Amazon’s upcoming original series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” has cast Timothy Hutton, Variety has learned. The “American Crime” star will have a recurring guest star role as Singer, who serves as Deputy Director of Operations.
Hutton has been a mainstay of ABC’s critically beloved anthology series “American Crime,” now airing its third season on the broadcast network.
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” stars John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. Set to executive produce are “Lost” and “Bates Motel” mastermind Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland (“Almost Human”), who wrote the pilot based on a story he and Cuse developed. The series follows Ryan (Krasinski) as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
- Oriana Schwindt
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Bleed for This.”]
Miles Teller is proving to be an actor who specializes in roles that combine extreme effort and crippling excess. Aaron Eckhart, meanwhile, has become the kind of performer who can bring a well-worn specificity to grizzled supporting roles.
Combine those elements and you get “Bleed for This,” the latest film from Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”). Teller plays Vinny Pazienza, a boxer struggling to return to the ring after a debilitating neck injury. It’s a performance that showcases Teller’s physicality against the backdrop of a true-life story. As Pazienza’s coach, Kevin Rooney, Eckhart brings his ferocity to a role that requires a less obvious show of continual force.
Younger has said that “Bleed for This” is far from a movie solely for boxing purists; he also wanted to rope in audiences who don’t care about sports at all. It’s an admirable goal, but one that doesn »
- Steve Greene
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It’s hard to believe that Jessica Chastain’s career as an actress took off just five years ago in 2011. That year, she starred in “The Help,” which was both a critical and a commercial success, along with Terence Malick’s unconventional narrative, “The Tree of Life.” Thanks to “The Help,” Chastain not only became a household name, but also, at the same time, her participation in “The Tree of Life” garnered her repute as a serious actress amongst her peers.
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2014 was perhaps Chastain’s biggest year yet. Her projects this year — “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Miss Julie” — demonstrate her flexibility as a performer, which is a skill that has made it possible for her to successfully work with many different types of directors, whose stylistic preferences in certain cases, may stand in direct opposition to one another.
- Shipra Gupta
[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and the latest films On Demand. Today’s pick is “Passengers.”]
Given the casting and The Weinstein Company’s involvement with “The Imitation Game,” it might come as a surprise to many that the film is, in fact, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s first English-language film.
Tyldum, however, is anything but an amateur when it comes to filmmaking. His last film, “Headhunters” was both a critical and box office success. It is the highest grossing Norwegian film of all time and in his review, Roger Ebert described the film favorably from the very first sentence. “It’s not often a thriller keeps me wound up as well as ‘Headhunters’ did,” wrote Ebert back in 2012. I knew I was being manipulated and didn’t care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done.”
So why take a risk and opt to make a small independent film in English rather than continue on the path that he was already on? »
- Shipra Gupta
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Assassin’s Creed (Justin Kurzel)
Over three-dozen times has Hollywood tried their hand at the videogame adaptation, and the results, to say the least, have left much to be desired. Perhaps it’s the lack of venerable source material, but translating the entertainment factor of videogames — an experience in which the user often repeatedly fails until some enjoyment is ultimately had — has most adaptations feeling like one is watching characters play in God mode, »
- The Film Stage
Right now, Paramount TV/Amazon’s upcoming drama, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, is an unknown quantity. It’s being billed as a reinvention of the classic Clancy hero, who first appeared on screen in The Hunt for Red October played by Alec Baldwin and has been already been reinvented on three separate occasions by Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.
This latest take brings the character back to basics, giving him an updated origin story as an ambitious CIA analyst who discovers a pattern in terrorist communication. Investigating this launches him into a geopolitical pressure cooker, confronting a new brand of terrorism that current security services are ill-equipped to deal with. So yeah, it’s pretty boilerplate Tom Clancy so far.
- David James
Peter Fonda is set for a key role opposite Abbie Cornish and John Krasinski in Amazon’s straight-to-series drama Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, from the Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV. Fonda will guest star/potentially recur as Cathy Mueller’s (Cornish) father in the opening episode directed by Morten Tyldum. There is a possibility for Fonda to return for subsequent episodes as the storyline for… »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the Sci-fi thriller Passengers from director Morten Tyldum and starring Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt is coming to Digital HD on March 7th. The Passengers 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive a week later on March 14th.
Passengers was released theatrically this past holiday season and failed to crack $100 million at the domestic box office. International business was strong and helped drive global ticket sales to $293.9 million.
Two of the Passengers bonus features are exclusive to the various Blu-ray editions of the film as noted below.
“Space on Screen: The Visual Effects of Passengers” Featurette
Outtakes from the Set
“Casting the Passengers”
“Creating the Avalon”
“On Set with Chris Pratt”
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This is not a typo: Thomas Newman has earned 14 Oscar nominations without a win. The composer behind such iconic scores as “The Shawhsank Redemption” and “American Beauty,” son of legendary composer Alfred Newman, finds himself back in the race with director Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi romance “Passengers.” Though he’s tackled countless genres, Newman spoke to Variety about the unique challenges of composing the sound of outer space.
How did you come to be involved with “Passengers?”
For me, it was space. I’ve done space a little bit with “Wall-e,” but I’d never really done a space movie and the idea of floating through space interested me.
How do you go about creating the sound of the future?
Probably anywhere that gives you an idea. You just want to have an idea and if it’s a success, you ask where else it can go. It’s a »
- Jenelle Riley
The Newport Beach Film Festival and the U.K. film industry don’t at first appear to go together like tea and scones, but in truth the two have a growing partnership.
The Orange County festival will present its third annual U.K. Honors on Feb. 9 at the Bulgari Hotel in London. British photographer David Bailey and actors Miranda Richardson and Charles Dance will receive the icon awards, while Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” will be honored for achievement in global cinema.
Other awards will go to the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, Pinewood Studios, Creative Scotland, and the Ink Factory as arts champions.
Variety, HMV and Visit Newport Beach California are also hosting the Feb. 9 event. Variety also curated the 10 Brits to Watch this year. One Direction singer Harry Styles, “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen and theater director Kate Hewitt are among this year’s honorees.
- Diane Garrett
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By: Carson Blackwelder
One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.
Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of »
- Carson Blackwelder
By: Carson Blackwelder
The Academy Awards are meant to celebrate the best that Hollywood has to offer us each year — but sometimes a few less-than-stellar films can slip through the cracks. It doesn’t happen that often in the major categories and, when it does, these duds usually pop up in the categories that fly under the radar. Let’s take a look at the films that meet the criteria of having been panned by critics and somehow landing an Oscar nomination this year and others in the 21st century.
Just to be transparent about the qualifications a film would need to meet to be included in this story, we’re looking at those that were at least nominated for an Oscar — if they won, even better — and that registered as “rotten” on RottenTomatoes.com. “Rotten” films would be »
- Carson Blackwelder
Best Picture favorite “La La Land” dominated the Oscar craft categories with nine nominations — Cinematography, Production and Costume Design, Editing, Original Score and two Songs, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. “La La Land” exceeded even “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” eight nods last year.
Crafts Went Inclusive
But the bigger story was the diversity breakthroughs in Cinematography, Editing, and Sound Editing.
Bradford Young (“Arrival”) became the first African-American cinematographer nominee for his poetic imagery in “Arrival,” after being snubbed for “Selma.” In “Arrival” he envelops Amy Adams in a strange, ethereal atmosphere inside the alien ship with the heptapods, helping to convey the importance of unifying a divided world. By contrast, her time-bending moments with her daughter are shot like naturalistic portraitures.
Aside from Young’s historical nomination, “Arrival” garnered four additional honors (Production Design, »
- Bill Desowitz
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