Friday, May 27, 2005

New War Of The Worlds trailer

The last and biggest theatrical trailer is available now. Lots more tripod action, though it still does not give much away. Becoming more and more obvious that this is going to be (hopefully) a character driven movie rather than a massive effects fest.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

New War Of The Worlds clip from Oprah Winfrey

They are coming thick and fast now. The Oprah Winfrey show recently guested Tom Cruise and here's a link to an exclusive clip that was broadcast during the interview. As suits Oprah, it's a quiet moment, the lull before the storm.

Steven Spielberg interviewed by Wired Magazine

Wired magazine has a detailed interview with Steven Spielberg which goes into considerable detail on the computer generated effects and features a number of new images.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

New trailer on the way

A big new trailer for the Spielberg War Of The Worlds movie will premiere online at 12:01 AM Eastern Time on Friday May 27, 2005 on

Another War Of The Worlds clip

A long clip from War Of The Worlds is online at MSN, featuring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning fleeing the oncoming alien assault.

War Of The Worlds clip at Yahoo

A new clip has appeared online at It features Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning getting a serious case of the creeps in a basement

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Cool speculation on Spielberg aliens

Aint It Cool news has posted a set of cool illustrations of the War Of The Worlds invaders, but take note, these are not "official" images, but rather a flight of imagination based on the brief glimpses we have thus far been afforded in the trailers.

Mobile Phone game for War Of The Worlds

Some details on a mobile phone game based on Spielbergs War Of The Worlds have been released. It seems you control a tripod, which is certainly an interesting approach seeing that you are in charge of destroying the earth. Details here.

Mars orbiting spacecraft snaps neighbour

For the first time ever, a spacecraft orbiting another world has snapped a picture of another spacecraft. On 21 April 2005, NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor, which has orbited the Red Planet since 1997, caught the Mars Odyssey orbiter on camera from 90 kilometres away.

Spielberg War Of The Worlds site updated

The War Of The Worlds site for the new Spielberg/Cruise movie has been updated with a revised homepage, 7 new wallpapers and additional images. Click here for the site.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

New trailer! Tripods Tripods Tripods

That needed saying three times. The newest teaser trailer to the War Of The Worlds has hit and we finally get to see Tripods (well, their legs) in a breathtaking attack scene on the helpless survivors of an assault on a ship. Think swooping tentacles, think people plucked from the water. On top of that, we get some first hand evidence that Cruise is going to go man on alien with one of the creatures in what looks increasingly like the house beneath the cynlinder chapter in the original book. Check out this amazing trailer at AOL.

Mars Opportunity rover inching out of crater

The Opportunity Rover has been trapped in a crater on Mars for some time now due to it's wheels failing to gain the necesary traction to climb out. NASA scientists are now beginning a painfully slow inch by inch escape plan. More details from the BBC here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

New Asylum War Of The Worlds trailer

The newest trailer for the direct to video version of War Of The Worlds from Asylum is up on their website and you can find some good looking screen grabs at War Of The Worlds Invasion. It looks far from high art, but it certainly delivers the goods in terms of big bangs and a commendable looking reverance for the original material.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Ane Robinson and Gene Barry in Spielberg movie

Ane Robinson, star of the very first War Of The Worlds movie (George Pal, 1953) has been talking about her brief role in the new Spielberg production alongside her original co-star Gene Barry. Robinson explains that they play Dakota Fanning's grandmother and grandfather, though they are not reprising their roles from the original movie. The interview was carried on SCI FI Wire

War Of The Worlds set report, part 2 at AICN

AICN columist Quint has posted the second part of an amazing set report from The War Of The Worlds. The conversation ranges over a lot of films, but there are some choice morsels of information on the WOTWs, specifically insights into the way Spielberg is shooting the movie and several great behind the scenes photographs.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

New War Of The Worlds Wallpapers

The official site for the Spielberg/Cruise movie of War Of The Worlds has added 9 new wallpapers.

Martian Icecaps Investigated

A new study form Oregon State University is shedding light on the Martian polar caps. The report has been published in the latest issue of Nature but details can be be found here.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Mars Express first boom deployed

After considerable problems with locking the first of the three Marsis (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding) booms into place, mission scientists have reported sucess by swinging the probe round to warm the boom. After at least a weeks analysis of the problem, the other 2 booms (two 20 metre poles and one 7 metre pole) will be released. The booms will send low-frequency radio waves to the surface where they will be used to search for water reserves.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches in Aug

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is due for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on August 10th. The probe carries six instruments, including the most powerful telescopic camera ever flown to another world. Details as small as a kitchen table will be resolved and these sent back to earth at a rate 10 times faster than any previous mission to Mars. This is the next step in identifying landing sites for future probes and possibly humans.

On set report from Spielberg's War Of The Worlds

Aint It Cool news regular Quint has been lucky enough to get to visit the War Of The Worlds set. A great report is up on AICN, but in a nutshell, several fantastic on set photographs and a lot of incidental detail can be found here. Expect fighter jets attacking tripods and lots of battle scarred refugees. You can read the full report here.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

A novel trailer for a graphic novel

Best Sellers Illustrated have launched an interesting idea at their web site to promote a new graphic novel interpretation of The War Of The Worlds. It's a promotion in movie trailer style, with voice over, sound effects and featuring snippets from the novel. Nice idea and an interesting looking modern take on the War Of The Worlds. Written by Stephen Stern, writer/creator of the cult comic-book, Zen Intergalactic Ninja, and illustrated by Arne Starr, longtime Star Trek artist for DC Comics, with a cover by legendary artist Frank Brunner View the trailer here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Opportunity spinning its wheels

The Opportuntity rover on Mars has been stuck in a crater since 26th April. NASA engineers are running simulations to try and find a way out. The rover has far exceeded it's expected lifetime and returned a wealth of data from the red planet.

Mars Express radar boom deployment delayed

A problem has been detected with one of the 13 segments of the MARSIS radar on Mars Express. It will allow Mars Express to map the subsurface of the Red Planet, searching for underground reservoirs of water. Until the problem with the 10th segment of the boom, the second boom deployment will be delayed.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Detail on the Hitachi/War Of The Worlds promo campaign

Hitachi is teaming up with the Spielberg War Of The Worlds movie to promote their plasma tvs. Details here.

New behind the scenes features from Spielberg War Of The Worlds.

The LA Times Calender Live site has a great feature with behind the scenes footage, new images and an interview with Spielberg.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

It's All Alien To Me

It appears that the next war of the worlds poster will be in an alien script, which perhaps ties in with the mysterious text spotted on the sidewalk outside a recent science fiction convention that in turn let to a holding page for a site owned by Paramount. I wonder if Paramount are laying down a challenge to clue solvers to try and translate the text?

Mars Polar Lander found?

Michael Malin, president and chief scientist of Malin Space Science Systems, which operates the camera aboard Global Surveyor, believes he and his team have identified the remains of the missing Mars Polar Lander. More details here.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Jeff Wayne web site up

Jeff Wayne has his website up in anticipation of the re-release of his seminal musical version of War Of The Worlds, and a CGI movie version.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

What is the alien glyph?

A visitor to a science fiction convention spotted some odd markings on a sidewalk in Denver Colorado. A website address was included and thus the mystery deepened. The site has keywords in its meta tags for War Of The Worlds and other enterprising detectives found the site is registered to Paramount. A viral marketing campaign in the making perhaps? Is there a secret message in the symbols? Check it out here (and try refreshing the page to see the colours change). And the sidewalk image can be seen here.

Monday, May 02, 2005

The search for water on Mars

The European Mars Express spacecraft in orbit around Mars is soon to deploy a radar boom that will search for signs of water miles below the surface. The boom has been stowed away since the craft reached Mars orbit because mission controllers feared it might swing from its release position too fast and damage the spacecraft. Full story here.