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Robert Pearlman
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Warner Brothers has released the main trailer for Gravity:

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Silly question but if you look at the Sun while in space, wouldn't you go blind for good? Or put otherwise, were the gold visors only used on the Moon to mitigate the luminosity of the Sun on the Moon's surface?

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The gold coating, which is present on the modern EMU visor as well, provides protection against light and reduces heat gain within the helmet.

Astronauts don't go blind if they glance at the sun with the visor up, but just as on Earth, if they stare at the sun, they will suffer damage to their eyesight.

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So I guess that when Sandra Bullock is spinning out of control, her gold-plated visor isn't down otherwise we wouldn't see her face and thus her expressions. When you look at EVA pictures, unless the astronauts are in the shuttle's cargo bay or close to the station (or when it's dark!), the gold visor seems to be always down.

I always thought that light was much brighter in space than on Earth since there's no atmosphere.

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Official preview to the soundtrack from "Gravity":

Steven Price's score will be released for sale on Oct. 1. (The track listings include possible spoilers.)

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Last night "Gravity" made an appearance at the Toronto International film festival and solid reviews continue.

George Clooney was unable to attend the premiere however Chris Hadfield continues his world wind schedule of appearances and was there.

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The cover art on that soundtrack looks like it was lifted right from the old Apollo 13 movie poster with Tom Hanks.

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Astronaut gave 'Gravity' advice to Sandra Bullock from space

Cady Coleman had just finished watching Sandra Bullock in the "The Blind Side" when the actress reached out to her for advice.

Coleman, a self-described fan, had never met or spoken to Bullock before and so the contact in the spring of 2011 came out of the blue, or more appropriately, the blackness of outer space.

A veteran NASA astronaut, Coleman was about two-thirds of her way through a 5-month stay aboard the International Space Station at the time. Bullock, meanwhile, was set to portray an astronaut in director Alfonso Cuarón's movie, "Gravity" (opening in theaters on Oct. 4).

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First thought I had when I saw the trailer was already said NO SAFER? - What's Hubble doing at the ISS? Imagine the kind of trouble Sandra would be in if there was water in her helmet! Maybe in GRAVITY 2!

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For those who may be thinking that this flick will somehow raise public interest in manned space exploration, let's don't get our hopes up. Apparently it's no "Star Wars," "2001: A Space Odyssey," or even a "Total Recall."

Sure, there are some fast-action teaser scenes in the trailers but much of the movie was filmed in a 9'x9' box focusing on Clooney and Bullock.

From the opening at Toronto last weekend Clooney said "Sandy and I did a lot of Bikram yoga together, I just mostly drank my way into the job."

And apparently neither movie star is much interested in space travel. Also from the Toronto showing Bullock said "I had no expectations. I had no idea what to look for. Nothing. I just wanted to work with Alfonso Cuaron. And um, I got it."

Will reserve judgement until after it's opening on "Sputnik Day"; but have low expectations at this point.

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Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
Apparently it's no "Star Wars," "2001: A Space Odyssey," or even a "Total Recall."
Those movies raised public interest in manned space exploration!?!?!

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sigh

This is why we can't have nice things.

From the opening at Toronto last weekend Clooney said "Sandy and I did a lot of Bikram yoga together, I just mostly drank my way into the job." That's movie star George Clooney deadpanning.

I haven't seen this movie yet, and I have no idea whether it will "raise public interest in manned space exploration." I do know that it's a passion project by one of the most talented directors working in film today, and that it's been almost universally praised as both a technical triumph of cinema and as a showcase of two A-list actors performing at their best.

Yes, we know that the ISS and Hubble aren't in simultaneously achievable orbits. Well, that kills it for me. When does the next superhero movie come out?

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Originally posted by cspg:
Those movies raised public interest in manned space exploration!?!?!
Many space program workers credit the original "Star Wars" (and "Star Trek" TV series) with inspiring them to pursue studies and ultimately careers in aerospace. The same with "2001: A Space Odyssey." (I've never heard anyone attribute such to "Total Recall").

"The Right Stuff" is credited with reigniting an interest in the early space program, as "Apollo 13" did a generation later.

But the effects those films had on their audiences wasn't known until years later. So to try to predict now how any particular film is going to resonate with its viewers is premature at best.

That all said, those who have seen "Gravity" have had almost universal praise for it. James Cameron called it the best space movie ever made.

What our friend here knocks as simply a 9x9 box is actually a tremendous feat in cinematographic technology. The box isn't what is important; it is the carefully orchestrated, high velocity robotic arms that were circling it.

In any case, enjoy the movie, don't enjoy the movie, to each their own. This isn't a religion, it is meant to be entertainment.

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Personally, I can't wait to see it! Let the countdown begin...

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I too am looking forward to this film. And I'm not expecting a documentary.

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The stills and trailer look beautifully photographed. As the top question on many geeks' minds is "what's it like up there" I'm looking forward to this aspect as much as any.

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Last night, I attended a press screening of "Gravity." As I wrote immediately afterwards on Twitter and Facebook, "Wow."

There will be many more words to come, but that was my first utterance leaving the theater. Suffice to say, I am looking forward to seeing it again.

Astronauts Cady Coleman and Mike Massimino attended the screening and afterwards I had a chance to briefly interview them. Look for that short video feature to come soon...

Today, I'll be interviewing Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón.

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Well?.....We're all waiting for your review Robert!

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I will most certainly be sharing my thoughts on the film, as well as the product of my interviews with Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón, before the film opens on Oct. 4 (with articles beginning later this week).

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I was looking forward to this film already, but if it made Robert go "Wow", I can't wait!!

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Here's a teaser for features coming to cS next week...

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Got an autograph?

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No autograph, but a genuine expression of gratitude for the gift I left her with (to be revealed in due time).

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posted 09-20-2013 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interviewing Sandra...Now it's my turn to say WOW!

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Interviewing Sandra... Now it's my turn to say WOW!
When Robert said that he'd be interviewing Ms. Bullock and Alfonso Cuaron, I assumed he meant via phone and/or email. A sit-down face-to-face chat seems like something of a coup. Very nice "get", Robert!

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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
When Robert said that he'd be interviewing Ms. Bullock and Alfonso Cuaron, I assumed he meant via phone and/or email. A sit-down face-to-face chat seems like something of a coup. Very nice "get", Robert!

I'm guessing this interview was done as part of a typical media junket, where multiple interviewers are each given about 5 minutes of face-to-face time with the actor or director to ask their questions. I wouldn't be surprised if Bullock conducted about 10-20 of these interviews at the same session.

But still, it's nice to see Robert given an opportunity to participate, especially since he'll likely have a different perspective than the average Hollywood reporter would. If Robert had some unique questions that Bullock might not have gotten from other interviewers, then his interview will likely stand out. (This recent infamous interview with Mila Kunis shows just how much some celebrities like talking about something different.)

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Yes, this was Warner Bros. Pictures' "press junket" for "Gravity." The press was split into two groups — TV and print — and though I can't speak to the latter, among the earlier collectSPACE and SPACE.com (working together) were the only non-entertainment news organizations represented. We had four minutes each with Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón.

I can say with some certainty that there was one very unique interaction as part of my interviews with Bullock and Cuarón that had some of the other press asking what it was I had done.

Part one of my interview with Bullock and Cuarón will appear on this site this week.

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Okay, so maybe it wasn't that much of a coup. Still looking forward to the "Gravity" posts this week.

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Defining 'Gravity': Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuarón talk pull behind film's title (video)

In director Alfonso Cuarón's new movie, actress Sandra Bullock stars as an astronaut who suddenly finds herself floating uncontrollably in space. So why title the film "Gravity," the clear opposite of what the majority of people think of when they imagine life off of the planet Earth?

collectSPACE posed that question to Cuarón and Bullock in a recent interview, where the director and actress gave their impressions of the meaning behind "Gravity."

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Interviewing Sandra Bullock! How come you get all the cool gigs Robert?

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Great question Robert. I suggest you get Buzz to talk to Sandra and Alfonso about orbital mechanics and gravity.

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The media blitz is on! You can't watch ANY kind of show (situation comedy, talk show, sports) without seeing a commercial.

I admit that I can't wait to see it to begin World Space Week, but have a cringing emotion when I see the station destroyed. Most of us have watched it grow a piece at a time, shuttle mission after shuttle mission, EVA after EVA, year after year. Seeing it bite it that suddenly is probably going to affect me!

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Nice interview Robert! I would have guessed that either of them would have responded to your question with gravity being the dire situation she's in as in Grave.

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Astronaut Mike Massimino says the movie is a "bunch of bull" after viewing Gravity with a New York Times reporter in an article posted on the Gizmodo website. It's only Hollywood doing its thing. Warning spoilers in article.

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It's the New York Times columnist, not Massimino, who raises the issues with the orbital inclinations.

However, this isn't some great secret. Alfonso Cuarón openly admits to such in his interview with me, which I'll be running later this week in an article about the fact and fiction of "Gravity." Here's a snippet (warning: spoilers):

...the orbital position — they are in different orbital planes, the Hubble Space Telescope, the space station and the Chinese station, and we had to put them in a similar orbital plane because otherwise we would not be able to tell the story.
For what's it worth, Massimino raved about the accuracy of "Gravity" down to the smallest detail, and while he acknowledged it could never happen in real life (for the reasons stated and others), it didn't take anything away from his — or my — enjoyment of the picture. As Cuarón is quick to point out...
This is not a documentary, it is a fiction.

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'Gravity' reality check: Alfonso Cuarón and Sandra Bullock talk fact vs. fiction (video)

In the new movie "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it's possible to forget you are watching a film and not NASA footage.

That is because director Alfonso Cuarón chose to set his story about astronauts stranded on a spacewalk within the setting of real spaceflight, recreating, often in painstaking detail, modern day spacecraft and hardware.

But Cuarón is clear about what "Gravity" is, and what it is not. Warning: Minor spoilers follow.

"This is not a documentary," the director said in a recent interview with collectSPACE.com. "It is a piece of fiction."

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Buzz Aldrin reviewed "Gravity" for The Hollywood Reporter.
We're in a very precarious position of losing all the advancements we've made in space that we did 40 years ago, 50 years ago. From my perspective, this movie couldn't have come at a better time to really stimulate the public. I was very, very impressed with it.

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So, has George Clooney given any interviews or other media for this movie? I have not seen or heard anything from him on the project.

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He gave interviews at the world premiere in Venice and was at the Toronto and New York premieres. He did not attend the press junket as he was off filming.

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I got back from a preview screening tonight. I echo Robert's comment... "wow". It wrapped me up in a LOT of emotions seeing what I was watching on the screen.

I felt the alone-ness of Dr. Stone in her battle of the elements. I felt twinges of sadness seeing space machines I've looked at and enjoyed for years get demolished on screen. Even though it was a work of fiction, it really felt like a sucker punch to the gut in spots because of just how good it looked visually. I don't want to necessarily reveal too much though as it is something to be experienced. I felt like tearing up in a couple spots.

In my case, I only watched it in 2D, but visually it was a feast for the eyes as it looked like the producers and effects guys got things VERY right. The shuttle visuals looked right down to the tiles and AFRSI materials (and the flight deck). The ISS had a nice layer of clutter in it and you could tell where you were in it by the type of clutter (i.e. Russian labels as opposed to American ones in the service module).

The Soyuz was very impressive both internally and externally. I've never seen such attention to detail in a Soyuz before, complete with the flip down RCS control grips.

The Chinese station, it was clearly a more evolved station based on the building block philosophy as opposed to a single Tiangong module, but the Shenzhou seemed to look pretty good (one could tell it was a bit of a redress of the Soyuz set, but they really went to town to make it look different, yet similar).

Then you've also got other little touches, such as the first attempt I've ever seen to duplicate flame balls in zero-g in a movie.

One thing I really appreciated though is this film did NOT use a shaky cam at all. I watched it from the second row and my eyeballs didn't jump up and down from the overused jump cut "war documentary" film style that has been way overused of late.

As for "accuracy". I do admit they did play a little fast and loose with some elements as the EMU had something of a visor based heads up display in it and no LCG. Clooney's character was testing out a Mk2 based MMU as it were and the Russian suit wasn't strictly a Sokol, but rather something that had Sokol and Orlan elements. I suppose one might consider it an evolved Sokol perhaps (with some very good thermal protection in it).

That being said though, it didn't detract much from my enjoyment of the finished product. I would probably rank this one up there with "Marooned," "Space Camp" and "Mission to Mars". Maybe a little bit of "Apollo 18" as well, although I have not seen that movie. There were also a couple cliche elements that seemed based on actual events. I'm not saying which ones of course though since I don't want to spoil it. There is even at least one rather ironically humorous moment as well in the middle of visual turmoil. In any event, well done to the cast and crew of this film.


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