October 18, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron says he had gotten blasé about filmmaking when his son Jonas revived him. "Jonas injected an energy into the movie that I had lost," Cuaron told the Mexico daily Reforma. "I had become distant from a certain enjoyment of the film experience and the entertainment. " Cuaron is in his native Mexico this week promoting the film, which opens here Friday. He has been joined by Jonas, who co-wrote the screenplay with his father. PHOTOS: Scenes from 'Gravity' That energy is a good thing, many fans would say. "Gravity" broke records as it soared to be the top-grossing film in the U.S. in its first couple of weeks, marking the strongest October opening ever.
October 15, 2013 |
A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown. "Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against a backdrop of NASA's video feed from the International Space Station. But the 15-day-old U.S. government shutdown has idled the NASA archivists responsible for relaying the imagery beyond Mission Control, cutting off fresh backdrops to mix with the music for "Space Night" broadcasts that were to have launched a new season Nov. 1. NASA archivists were put on unpaid leave at the start of October, when 700,000 government workers whose jobs weren't deemed essential to defense and security were furloughed until the contentious U.S. Congress passes a budget for the new fiscal year.
October 3, 2013 |
"Gravity" is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood. Though the strong work of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - the only two actors who appear on camera - is essential to what the film accomplishes, the great lure of "Gravity" is the way director Alfonso Cuarón, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and visual effects supervisor Tim Webber have collaborated to make us feel we're stranded in outer space ourselves, no questions asked.
September 30, 2013 |
NASA is planning to send a 3-D printer into space and use it as a mini factory to churn out tools and instruments, sparing astronauts the hassle of lugging spare parts on each mission, according to a report. The printer is slated to go into space in the fall of 2014 on a supply mission, Associated Press said. NASA engineers envision a time when 3-D printers can print virtually any part that is needed and avert potential catastrophes in outer space. PHOTOS: Best states for doing business in 2013 "Any time we realize we can 3-D print something in space, it's like Christmas," Andrew Filo, a consultant with NASA on the printing project, told AP. "You can get rid of concepts like rationing, scarce or irreplaceable.
August 13, 2013 |
With the exception of 2004, director Christopher Nolan has had a movie come out in every even year dating back to the 1990s. That will continue with his ambitious sci-fi project “Interstellar,” due in November 2014. A random bit of trivia, to be sure, but a timely one as domestic distributor Paramount and worldwide studio Warner Bros. announced he's begun shooting the new film in Alberta. Even before the first camera whirred on, plenty has been written about the project, which concerns a group of human explorers jumping through space.
July 31, 2013 |
Gustavo Dudamel's debut album with the Berlin Philharmonic will be released in September and will spotlight music by Richard Strauss, including "Thus Spake Zarathustra," "Don Juan" and "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. " The album, which is scheduled to be released by Deutsche Grammophon on Sept. 17, was recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic during concerts in 2012 and 2013. The release of the album will also mark a special occasion -- next year is the 150th birthday of Strauss, who was born in Munich. Dudamel said in a statement that the recording was both an honor and a challenge because "as soon as you think of 'Zarathustra,' you think of the Berlin Philharmonic, and of [Herbert von]