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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-25-2012 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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'Men in Black 3' blasts into NASA's past

In "Men in Black 3," opening in theaters Friday (May 25), agents "J" (Will Smith) and "K" (Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, portraying Jones' younger self) reunite to protect the Earth from aliens once again. This time — and time being a key plot point here — a few more letters get involved: N-A-S-A.

"It's a key piece of the film," visual effects supervisor Jay Redd told collectSPACE.

WARNING: There will be no flash from a memory-wiping Neuralyzer at the end of this story. The following contains spoilers...

MattJL
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posted 05-27-2012 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MattJL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it me, or does that LET look a little too close for comfort?

randy
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posted 05-27-2012 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It does to me, too. Definitely way too close.

MattJL
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posted 05-27-2012 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MattJL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also noticed the lack of a BPC on the LET as well.

p51
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posted 05-28-2012 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Either Aldrin or Collins: "If we report that, they'll probably scrub the launch"
Armstrong: "I didn't hear a thing."

I'm still snickering over that, just got back from seeing it. Good movie, lots of good jokes about the 60s.

Only two points that really stuck in my craw:

  1. In modern time, Apollo 11's landing site is protected by a rope on the moon, but the entire LM is intact? What'd they do, find it from the crash site and return it to the base of the LM after restoring it?

  2. US Army personnel guarding the Pad 39 area. I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think there were Army soldiers at the Cape doing that duty. The Colonel in a dress uniform? Nah, I don't think so, not in that situation and certainly not in Florida in the summertime! And note he has 1st Cav division insignia on his uniform. No way you'd have seen that, the Divisional HQ was in Vietnam at the time.

Jay Chladek
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posted 05-29-2012 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Come on, it is stereotypical Hollywood that when an Army officer of Major or higher in a dress uniform gets flashed up they HAVE to wear a 1st Cav patch. It has almost become a running joke for the past three decades it seems.

Of course, I find it a bit ironic that KSC is one of the few places left in the country that one can see single engine UH-1H helicopters (which for all intents and purposes look like their Vietnam era UH-1D counterparts) operating in a normal capacity for the US Government. The last few guard units have almost completely gotten rid of theirs. So for me, when I hear that characteristic "thump thump thump" of the rotor blades, I almost expect to hear a Martin Sheen naration or hear "Flight of the Valkyries" blast from a PA system.

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posted 05-29-2012 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
Come on, it is stereotypical Hollywood that when an Army officer of Major or higher in a dress uniform gets flashed up they HAVE to wear a 1st Cav patch. It has almost become a running joke for the past three decades it seems.
True, just like all USAF officers have to have missileer and command pilot wings (yes, there have bene a few who have had both, but not very likely), and all Army officers have to have Combat Infantry Badges and jump wings.

I also forgot to point out that Colonel is wearing brown leather gear. No way you'd have seen that in 1969, all leather gear went to black in the late 1950s. He's also wearing a WW2 era General's issued belt. You'd NEVER see that in any timeframe, that specific belt and buckle is a point of pride among Generals, it's a big deal for them the day they get fitted for theirs.

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