April 17, 2014

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“Avengers” moves into NASA facility in Ohio

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Filming for Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” moved into Plum Brook’s Space Power Facility in Sandusky, Ohio where they are expected to take advantage of the location’s vacuum chamber. The device reportedly allows you to mirror the gravity-free qualities of outer space.
The Sandusky Register (via ComingSoon) reports that the production is expected to stay at Plum Brook for the rest of the week.
“It’s believed, however, that Samuel L. Jackson is the only big star from the film who is filming at Plum Brook,” the newspaper reports.
“Plum Brook has guards who control entrance into the facility, allowing visitors to enter only after showing their identification. … This week, ‘they have their regular security and a little beefed up to make sure,’ [NASA spokeswoman Sally] Harrington said.”
No other stars outside of Jackson? If that’s accurate, it blasts a hole in my theory that Whedon would be filming a large-scale outer space battle in the NASA facility.
Whedon’s “Avengers” film still has an air of mystery around it, which is thrilling. I’d like to go into this blockbuster as clean as possible, though that’s likely impossible. The movie kicks off next summer’s blockbuster season with a May 4, 2012 release date.
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Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” releases alternative poster

HollywoodNews.com: Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” has just released a new alternative poster for the sci-fi film that hits Video On Demand, iTunes, Xbox Live, Playstation Marketplace, Amazon and Vudu on September 24 and theaters on October 29th.
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.
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Gareth Edwards’ ‘Monsters’ releases official trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” has just released the official trailer for the film.
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.
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“Skyline” trailer will vacuum up all the humans

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Hollywood seems to be back on a science-fiction kick.
Perhaps the success of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” and the Oscar-nominated “District 9” reminded studios that audiences will turn out for intelligent sci-fi. The trend appears to continue with Universal’s “Skyline,” which posted a full trailer to Apple’s trailer site.
According to the premise, NASA fired a signal to deepest space in 2009, hoping to establish contact with extraterrestrials. It worked. But that’s bad news for mankind.
Directed by longtime visual effects supervisors Colin and Greg Strause (“Avatar,” “300”), “Skyline” looks like a sophisticated “Independence Day,” with humans dealing with the repercussions of an alien invasion. The tagline of “Don’t Look Up” goes well with the final shot, which I’ll call “human vacuum.” You have to see it for yourself.
“Skyline” opens on Nov. 12. It will compete with Denzel Washington’s “Unstoppable” and the newsroom comedy “Morning Glory” with Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams.
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Gareth Edwards’ ‘Monsters’ releases official poster

HollywoodNews.com: Gareth Edwards’ latest film, “Monster,” has just released the official poster for the film.
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.

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The Academy to highlight NASA’s Apollo program

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that they will explore the physical realities of science fiction movies in the three-evening series “Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies” beginning on Thursday, August 5. “Out of This World” will continue on Friday, August 6, with a presentation of Fritz Lang’s 1929 silent classic “Woman in the Moon” and conclude on Saturday, August 7, with screenings of “Project Apollo” (1968) and “For All Mankind” (1989), documentaries that focus on NASA’s Apollo program.
All three evenings are being presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council. The following is information for each night:
“Out of This World: The Science of Space Movies”
Thursday, August 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills
Hosted by Adam Weiner, the program will examine the physics principles behind many science fiction movies and explore how the fictional world of Hollywood can often provide an effective springboard into investigating real science.
In an interactive presentation, Weiner will lead a physics-based analysis of famous scenes from such movies as “Planet of the Apes” (1968), “Superman” (1978), “Apollo 13” (1995), “Contact” (1997), “Event Horizon” (1997), “October Sky” (1999) and “Star Trek” (2009).
Joining Weiner onstage will be writer Ann Druyan (“Contact”), writer Philip Eisner (“Event Horizon”) and former NASA flight director Gerry Griffin, who served as a technical advisor on “Apollo 13” and “Contact.” The program also will feature the films’ technical teams who will explain how scenes were created, as well as discussion with experts on space travel.
Weiner is the author of Don’t Try This at Home! The Physics of Hollywood Movies. He currently teaches physics at The Bishop’s School, a private high school in La Jolla, California.
“Woman in the Moon” (1929)
Friday, August 6, 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater, Hollywood
Considered to be one of the most influential science fiction films of its time, this Lang classic, based on Thea von Harbou’s novel “Frau im Mond,” tells the story of a group of scientists and adventurers who take a rocket trip to the moon. The film stars Klaus Pohl, Willy Fritsch, Fritz Rasp and Gerda Maurus. The film was directed and produced by Lang and written by von Harbou.
This evening also will be hosted by Weiner.
“Project Apollo” (1968) and “For All Mankind” (1989)
Saturday, August 7, 7 p.m. at The Silent Movie Theatre, Los Angeles
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Nicole Scherzinger is the star to dance away as a champ

Hollywoodnews.com: Pussycat Dolls leading lady Nicole Scherzinger became the new champ of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night in its long-awaited season finale.
Along with her partner Derek Hough, she out-pegged Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and his dancing mate, Anna Trebunskaya.
Both Scherzinger and Lysacek floored judges with their respective tangos. The winner was determined from a formula of judge scores and viewer votes according to the Washington Post.
Joining the season’s finalists were past contestants, i.e. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin who donned a space suit, which host Tom Bergeron quipped was from “the NASA Liberace collection.”
Also Jake Pavelka and Shannen Doherty showed up to cut rugs.