IMAX Ad Astra Trailer

Ad Astra is now available on digital, and arrives on Blu-ray soon. The home media release of the James Gray-directed sci-fi film features two deleted scenes, one of which is an epilogue featuring Liv Tyler‘s character. Tyler didn’t exactly have much screentime in the theatrical release, so if you were hoping for more of her, here’s your chance. Check out the Ad Astra deleted scene below. Spoilers follow.

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Jumanji Thanksgiving

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as the cast of Jumanji: The Next Level gets together for a little Thanksgiving feast that doesn’t quite go as smoothly as you’d think. Plus, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk reviews skateboarding scenes in movies like Back to the Future and The Amazing Spider-Man, and possible awards contenders Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler interview each other for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series. Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Vignette

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has come and gone from theaters, but now it’s soon to be buzzed about all over again as awards season starts to heat up. The movie is bound to be in the running for several big awards when the Oscar nominations are announced early next year, but for now, it’s campaigning just like every other hopeful nominee out there. To help make the push across the board, a new vignette takes a look at how Quentin Tarantino‘s passion for old Hollywood is all over this movie.

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Babylon

Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest person to win the Best Director Oscar for La La Land, his love letter to Hollywood, is returning to Tinseltown for his next movie. Babylon will be a tale set in the film world in the late 1920s, as the industry transitions from silent features to sound. Brad Pitt and Emma Stone are still in talks to play the lead roles, and now the project has found a studio home at Paramount. Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Q&A

On Saturday afternoon, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood writer/director Quentin Tarantino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie participated in a moderated Q&A session at Tarantino’s New Beverly Theater in Los Angeles. The event was ostensibly to help promote next month’s home video release of the movie, but it also doubled as a potential stop on the way to the Oscars for each member of the panel. Here are some highlights from the conversation.
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the making of once upon a time in hollywood

Sony dropped a lot of dough on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and they want to make sure they get their money’s worth. They’re angling Quentin Tarantino‘s hit for awards season glory, and that means they’re going to keep the movie in the public eye. The film got a theatrical re-release last weekend with additional scenes, and now, Tarantino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are getting together again for your viewing pleasure. The three will take part in a moderated panel discussion to discuss the making of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and that discussion is set to be live-streamed exclusively in theaters across the country on Saturday.

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Ad Astra VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch an extensive dive into the making of the visual effects for the moon sequences in the sci-fi thriller Ad Astra. Plus, listen as Kevin Smith enthusiastically and meticulously breaks down a scene from Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (in theaters this week), and find out what it takes to become part of those traveling Disney On Ice shows that families love so much. Read More »

For much of his career, Brad Pitt has eschewed the path of the traditional leading man. A recent Buzzfeed article pegged Pitt as “a character actor trapped in a movie star’s body.” If you look back at his filmography, there’s a clear pattern of Pitt playing off other actors as a kind of co-lead or ensemble head. This summer, he did it with Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, this pattern dates back at least twenty-five years, to when Pitt emerged as a full-fledged marquee name alongside Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire.

In Ad Astra, Pitt plays Roy McBride, an astronaut whose pulse rate never rises above 80 beats per minute. His journey to far-flung Neptune’s orbit to hopefully find his father and potentially stop an Earth-threatening antimatter surge positions itself as Apocalypse Now in space. Helmed by James Gray, Ad Astra is something of an anomaly, both in Pitt’s oeuvre and in the current blockbuster landscape. It’s a mid-budget movie based on an original idea, not an existing media property, and it doesn’t have a box office friendly director (like Pitt’s last collaborator, Quentin Tarantino) attached to it.

Seeing a film of that nature open the same day in theaters around the world is refreshing, but it does place a burden of expectation on Ad Astra, as its occasionally heavy-handed script peddles thoughtfulness with thrills in an event movie marketplace. The film’s title, which it never explains, is the Latin phrase for “to the stars.” Audiences no longer look to movie stars as reliable brands in and of themselves. Here, Pitt is on his own in a way he’s seldom been in his career. He can hold the screen, but can he elevate our heart rates?

To discuss that, we’ll be rocketing straight into spoiler territory in 3, 2, 1…

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Miniseries Extended Cut

Old and busted: Director’s cuts. New hotness: Miniseries extended cuts.

That seems to be the mentality that writer/director Quentin Tarantino now has when it comes to fleshing out his movies. Just recently, Tarantino released a new miniseries cut of his western The Hateful Eight on Netflix. It was different from the extended roadshow cut that toured the United States, and it was the first time any alternate cut of the movie had been made available to stream. And it sounds like there’s a chance he may be working on a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood miniseries extended cut. Read More »

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ad astra clip

20th Century Fox reveals more about James Gray‘s mysterious sci-fi drama every week, with a new Ad Astra clip debuting ahead of the film’s theatrical release later this month. But where previous trailers highlighted the more cerebral parts of the film, the latest Ad Astra clip previews an action-packed scene involving Brad Pitt and space pirates on the moon. Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds.

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