The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) has advised NASA to beware of the risks of going to Mars. MEPAG reported that, "The most significant risk identified is that associated with the possibility of transporting a replicating life form to Earth, where it is found to have a negative effect on some aspect of the Earth's ecosystem." A beautifully worded way of saying the entire human race may end up dying in terrible agony of some horrible Martian microbe.
A great looking comic book adaptation of The War Of The Worlds is been published online in regular weekly instalments at the Dark Horse Comics site. This freely available production is in support of several intriguing sounding sequels to The War Of The Worlds, the latest of which is due to be published soon. Scarlet Traces and The Great Game speculate what might have happened after the Martian invasion and how Victorian England might have reverse engineered the captured Martian technology left behind after their defeat. Check out the comic here.
The version of The War Of The Worlds directed by Timothy Hines is not doing too well in regard to reviews. I've yet to see it myself, but Amazon and other reviews sources are pretty uniformly negative, citing everything from poor effects to bad acting.
You can watch footage of Cruise at the UK premiere here at National Nine News in Australia. I don't mind the rich and famous getting wrong footed in the pursuit of humour when the joke is a good and sophisticated one, but this was pretty purile stuff and does nothing for the UK's reputation. Pretty sad really.
In what appears to be a joke perpertrated by members of a television comedy show, Tom Cruise was skirted with water from a fake microphone at the London premiere of War Of The Worlds. Four men were arrested for the alledged assault.
MSN has an amazing looking piece of concept art up for Spielberg's War Of The Worlds. Click here to see the scene where the Tripods attack the ship, much featured in the trailers but this may give us a clear indication of how cool this scene may be.
New Scientist magazine is reporting that the 2nd of two booms on the european Mars Express spacecraft has been deployed. Both booms (the first was deployed some time ago) have been a problem for mission managers because of worries that they might not deploy fully. If sucessful, the Mars orbiting craft may be able to start prospecting for signs of water within the next week.
Aint It Cool News has a first review of War Of The Worlds from the German premiere. This is pretty safe to read as it is not so much a review as a general impression, so you won't be getting any spoilers to speak of. (Paramount are not terribly keen on any reviews appearing prior to the release at the end of this month). As reviews go, this is a very positive one.
Spielberg's War Of The Worlds had it's German premiere last night. The German title is Krieg der Welten which is essentially War Of The Worlds. The German site Prosieben has a mass of material including video and photos from the premiere.
War Of The Worlds has had it's world premiere in Japan. The director and his stars were on hand for the event, at which Spielberg revealed "the first tripod is killed in Osaka." Here is a round up of links to pictures from the premiere. rediff.com News 24 BBC And a great selection here at eve of the war.
Spielbergs War Of The Worlds will premiere in the following cities and dates. Japan – June 13th in Tokyo Germany – June 14th in Berlin France – June 17th in Marseilles United Kingdom – June 19th in London Spain – June 21st in Madrid USA – June 23rd in New York
NASA has approved a new mission to Mars for 2007. Unlike recent missions, The Phoenix lander is a stationary device intended to land on the northern plains and conduct extensive investigations into the Martian soil with a long robotic arm. More info can be found here.
Paramount have released a statement clearing up the confusion at the reported cancellation of the Japansese premiere.
Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise will be having its world premiere in Tokyo, Japan on Monday 13 June, Stewart Till, Chairman and CEO of UIP confirmed today in London.
The cancellation mistakenly reported today was simply a change of venue. UIP Japan had originally planned the world premiere at the Budokhan however then decided sometime ago to relocate to the Virgin Roppongi given its more central and convenient location.
Paul Takaki, President of UIP Japan said today that he is extremely proud to be hosting the world premiere and looks forward greatly to welcoming Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning to Japan for this spectacular event on 13 June.
Tom Cruise will continue the promotion of War of the Worlds through Europe with premieres in Berlin, Marseille, London and Madrid. War of the Worlds opens worldwide on June 29.
After spending several months trapped in a crater, the Opportunity rover has inched it's way free of a dust filled crater. Controllers will spend several days accessing the rovers position before continuing the incredible trek across the Martian surface.
The Spielberg/Cruise War Of The Worlds movie was reported by ABC News to have been cancelled due to security considerations. Some 7000 people apparently won the right to see the movie several weeks ahead of it's western premiere. However, Paramount via their webmaster program for the movie are denying the cancellation and promise an update on the situation soon.
The final Pendragon trailer is out now on the How Stuff Works site. I can't say it fills me full of hope. The effects are extremely variable, and the acting has a desperately amateur feeling to it. Lets hope its just a bad trailer. They are really trying for period authenticity and perhaps disjointed scenes in isolation do not do it justice, but judge for yourself here.
Steven Spielberg has banned a British judge from a private advance screening of The War Of The Worlds. The Judge bought the opportunity at a charity aution for several thousand dollars, only to recieve a cease and desist order from UIP, who had given away the prize only to have it vetoed by Spielberg.