Passengers trailer: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt

I suspect a great many people would be perfectly happy to find themselves stranded in space with nothing to do but make out with Chris Pratt and/or Jennifer Lawrence and trade witticisms with a robot bartender who looks like Michael Sheen. But the characters in Passengers apparently don’t feel that way. In the new sci-fi romance directed by Morten Tyldum, Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) are panicked to realize they’ve come out of hibernation 90 years early en route to another planet.

To be fair, it looks like they’ve got good reason to freak out. It slowly dawns on them that they were woken up for a reason, that they’re in great danger, and that there’s very little they can do about their imminent doom. Now, if it were me, I’d probably just go back to that robot bartender and keep drinking until the bitter end. But there’s a reason no one’s making movies about me. Jim and Aurora are more proactive types, who set out to get to the truth about their situation and prevent the worst from happening. Watch the Passengers trailer below. Read More »

passengers tv spot

There are several reasons I’m looking forward to Passengers, a film that I listed amongst my most anticipated movies of 2016 and broke into the top 10 on our most anticipated movies of the fall season list. The first reason is that Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay has been garnering acclaim since 2007, leading me to keep an eye on this film as it almost became a Keanu Reeves vehicle. The second reason is that the premise is so intriguing: a romance between a man and a woman prematurely awakened from their hibernation on a 90-year journey to a colony on a distant planet. And once the film was cast, there became a third reason: there are few modern screen couples that sound as instantly appealing as Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.

The first TV spot for the film has arrived and it touches on everything that makes this movie look so darn nifty. Big spaceship sets! Expensive science fiction action! Smoldering shots of the two leads staring into each other’s eyes!

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passengers trailer

On paper, Passengers feels genetically modified to make all of the money in the world. It’s an action-packed science fiction spectacle that is also an intriguing mystery that is also romantic tale of (literally?) star-crossed lovers that also happens to star Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, two of the most instantly likable people being filmed by cameras today. Based purely on its concept (and on the fact that Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay was garnering acclaim for years before it was produced), the new film from director Morten Tyldum made our top 10 most anticipated movies of the fall.

Now that the first trailer has arrived, will I regret fighting for it to be ranked so high?

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2016 fall movie preview passengers

We’ve seen trailers for most of the wide releases coming out this Christmas, including Assassin’s CreedGoldCollateral BeautyWhy Him?, and of course Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the films we’ve yet to see a trailer for is director Morten Tyldum‘s (The Imitation Game) sci-fi romance Passengers, but that’ll change tomorrow.

Below, watch the Passengers trailer teaser.

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Passengers greenlit

If you’ve got Chris Pratt lined up to star in a movie, the first thing you’d want to do after Pratt’s most recent film scored the biggest opening weekend in cinema history is greenlight that project to lock him in as the star. And if the other possible star is also among the small group of actors who are arguably movie stars in any old sense, all the better.

Therefore, Sony has just greenlit Passengers, the very-long-in-development sci-fi drama that lined up Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence to star a few months ago. Read More »

new Passengers director

We’ve talked about the script Passengers for years. The Jon Spaihts-penned script landed on the Black List back in 2007, and has wound through a very long development process ever since. It revolves around a man who is accidentally awakened during a long voyage to colonize a new planet. Faced with the likely possibility of living and dying alone on the ship, he wakes another passenger for companionship.

In the past couple years Passengers had Keanu Reeves attached to star, at one point with Rachel McAdams in the other lead role. But things have continued to change. Now The Imitation Game and Headhunters director Morten Tyldum (above, right, on the set of The Imitation Game) is in talks to be the new Passengers director, and he’ll put together a new cast.  Read More »

Morten Tyldum directing The Imitation Game

Jon SpaihtsPassengers is one of those scripts that’s been kicking around Hollywood for years, attracting lots of attention but never quite getting off the ground. Up until recently, it was going to be directed by Bryan Kirk with Keanu Reeves starring.

But now that that’s no longer the case, The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum will be the next to take a crack at it. More on the Passengers Morten Tyldum project after the jump.  Read More »

Imitation Game UK trailer

At festivals in September, Benedict Cumberbatch won praise for his portrayal of mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and the film won the Toronto festival’s all-important Audience Award. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), the film follows Turing as he is recruited to work at Bletchley Park, wherein the UK’s Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) was housed. There, during World War II, teams worked to break Axis codes. The most difficult code system to break was run through the Enigma machine, and Alan Turing was at the forefront of the team working to smash Enigma. A new Imitation Game UK trailer has landed, and you can have a look below. Read More »

Imitation Game trailers

Prickly geniuses aren’t the only thing Benedict Cumberbatch knows how to play, but they do kind of seem to be his specialty. The Sherlock star’s latest movie is The Imitation Game, in which he plays brilliant but troubled mathematician / cryptologist / computer scientist / etc. Alan Turing.

During World War II, Turing was called upon to help Britain crack Germany’s codes. He was spectacularly successful, and is credited with helping turn the tides in the Allies’ favor. Hit the jump to watch the first The Imitation Game trailers. Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode also star.

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That image above is Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of The Imitation Game, in which he plays mathematician Alan Turing. The film is based on a Black List script by Graham Moore, directed by Morten Tyldum, and evidently Harvey Weinstein sees it as a primo Oscar contender to open later this year. The indie mogul just paid $7m for distribution rights at the Euopean Film Market going on as part of the Berlin Film Festival. That, says Deadline, is the most ever paid for an American production at the market there. Read More »