I've not seen this yet, but the August issue of SoundOnSound magazine (UK magazine) has a 9 page article on Jeff Waynes War Of The Worlds. This looks to be a "proffesional" magazine on the music sound industry, so expect a pretty heavy article.
The House Of Representatives has passed approval on plans to return American astronauts to the Moon and Mars. The bill passed 383-15 but NASA still has to compete with other agencies for a slice of the budget pie.
A report published in the science journal Nature suggests that the planet never warmed up enough for life to have a chance. Scientists studied meteors ejected from the surface of Mars which then crashed to earth. Details here.
Aint It Cool News is reporting some news from a panel at the huge comic-con convention that featured behind the scenes material on the making of Speilbergs War Of The Worlds and word that the DVD will include a 3 minute sequence of Tripods in action that was dropped from the cinema release.
Nasa Administrator Michael Griffin is due to report his proposals to get man to Mars but is facing considerable opposition from those who believe NASA and space exploration would be best served with unmanned missions. More here at the ft.
Good question. The answer is a rather great looking short movie (just 19 minutes) that tells of a late night talk radio host confronted by the possibility that his broadcast is going to trigger the end of the world. You can download a trailer from the official site and buy the DVD which I hope to be reviewing in full at a later date.
Not a spielberg series I have to say, but something is in development (which means the chances are really slim it will ever happen) based on the Best Sellers illustrated comic. The series will take the series idea of a group of new yorkers fighting back against the Martians.
The Times is carrying a report that Russia is looking for volunteers to spend many long months locked in an isolation chamber in preperation for their planned mission to Mars. Reading this article, you have to wonder if its really a plot for an especially nasty reality TV show.
British film censors are coming under fire from a conservative member of Parliment for giving War Of The Worlds a 12a certification. This means that any age can see the movie, just that 12 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult. As I have already commented in my review, I certainly would not consider bringing my 7 year old daughter anywhere near this very disturbing (but quite brilliant) film. Conservative MP Mike Penning is asking the culture secretary to reveal the names of the censors involved in the decision. Loathe though I am to lend my support to a conservative politician, I have to admit I think this was a bad decision.
I love this concept. Set in the same period of the book, it follows the adventures of a soldier trying to get home to his wife. The artist has used computer graphics to create some stunning authentic looking photographs of the attack. Get a look at the fantastic images here.
Interesting news of a science fiction series in the works from the pen of Stephen Gallagher. Set on a Mars where a colonisation program has come to an abrupt end and is left unfinished, with a few scattered people left on the red planet. More here.