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Robert Pearlman
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Dangerous Films news releases

Moon Shot - New major docudrama co-production announced

Following the success of 9/11 The Twin Towers and Diana - The Last Days of a Princess, Dangerous Films are proud to announce their latest major special, Moon Shot.

This thrilling, glossy drama follows our journey to the moon, revealing the untold inside story behind the heroism and the technology. For the first time in the history of our species, we walked upon another celestial body. With pin-sharp factual accuracy, Dangerous Films will take audiences there once more.

This major international co-production between Discovery Channel, ProSieben and TF1 is in preproduction, and will film in the new year. Featuring a witty and dynamic script from a major drama writer, stunning access and intelligent direction, MOON SHOT will be one of the landmark television events of 2009.

ITV confirmed as co-producer on factual drama Moon Shot
With the factual drama Moon Shot, Dangerous Films have secured their first ITV1 commission. Controller of Popular Factual, Jo Clinton-Davis has confirmed the UK broadcaster will join partners ProSieben and TF1.

Drawing on the pioneering special effects techniques and lavish production values of 9/11: The Twin Towers and D-Day 9.9.1944, the feature-length programme celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Moon landing. The special uses powerful reconstruction written by award-winning writer Tony Basgallop, state of the art CGI, incisive interviews, breath-taking HD archive, and an established relationship with NASA.

Dangerous Films' highly respected track record for landmark event television lends itself perfectly to this project. With a primetime Emmy nomination and Grierson & RTS shortlisting for 9/11: The Twin Towers, Moon Shot looks set to be one of the most talked-about specials of 2009.

History Channel on board for Moon Shot drama
History Channel has been confirmed as the US partners for the major drama special, Moon Shot. Head of Creative Content at Dangerous, Richard Dale, said, "The Apollo 11 moon landing is one of America's greatest triumphs. It is thrilling therefore to have an American partner on board. The History Channel with its excellent reputation in dealing with recent historical events is a perfect home for this project."

"The History Channel is delighted to join Dangerous Films on this exciting project celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing", said Susan Werbe, Vice President, Programming, The History Channel. "In 1969, the whole world watched this dramatic and courageous feat. In 2009, we expect the world to watch again as we dazzle viewers with newly enhanced HD images and enlighten viewers as to the inside story of Moon Shot."

Mike Kemp, Dangerous Films' Managing Director, added: "It has been our ambition to partner with History Channel for a long time. It is great news that Moon Shot has provided the opportunity to bring together our two respected factual brands."

The special is currently in pre-production, and will shoot in 2008.

For more information, see Dangerous Films' Moon Shot website.

Dangerous Films is the same production company behind the upcoming NASA 50th anniversary HD series for Discovery Channel, When We Left Earth.

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James Marsters, perhaps best known for his role of "Spike" in the TV series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and its spin-off "Angel", will appear as Buzz Aldrin in "Moon Shot", according to his official website:
James is happy to announce that he will be starring in the forthcoming ITV / History Channel / ProSieben movie "Moonshot." "Moonshot" is a dramatization of the days leading up to the Apollo 11 launch to the moon. James will portray American astronaut Buzz Aldrin. "Moonshot" is expected to air in 2009 but no specific date is yet scheduled.

Marsters has more recently appeared as "Braniac" in the Superman-inspired series "Smallville".

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Guessing TBS & The Lone Wolf Documentary Group are aware and has granted clearance for the title?

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Originally posted by SCE to AUX:
...has granted clearance for the title?
U.S. copyright laws do not protect "names, titles, slogans, or short phrases." Further, U.S. trademark protection is only extended to series titles (e.g. "Harry Potter", "Indiana Jones", "Star Wars", etc.); single-work titles are prohibited from trademarking.

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The Baltic Course:
British cinematographs shoot the feature film "Moonshot" in Lithuania
British cinematographs are finishing the shooting of the feature film "Moonshot" in Lithuania. This film recreates the event which mesmerized the world decades ago, when three American astronauts landed on the Moon by spaceship Apollo 11 in 1969, and the human foot touched the surface of this planet for the first time, informs ELTA.

Director Richard Dale and his creative team are working in our country not for the first time. The film "9/11: The Twin Towers" about the tragic events of 11 September 2001 in New York was filmed in Lithuania. This time the film's creators chose the company Baltic Film Services as their partner again.

"We perfectly recreated New York in Lithuania and we managed to recreate the Moon too," Gary Tuck, head of Baltic Film Services, said smiling.

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"Moon Shot" is now in post-production.

The cast, as identified by the Internet Movie Database includes:

  • James Marsters - Buzz Aldrin
  • Andrew Lincoln - Michael Collins
  • Anna Maxwell Martin - Janet Armstrong
  • Daniel Lapaine - Neil Armstrong
  • William Hope - Psychologist
  • Colin Stinton - Bob Gilruth
  • Ursula Burton - Marilyn Lovell
  • Michael J. Reynolds - Gene Aldrin
  • Richard Dillane - Tom Stafford
  • Trevor White - Alan Shepard
  • Ian Porter - Bill Anders
  • Martin McDougall - Frank Boreman
  • Nigel Whitmey - Deke Slayton
  • Kosha Engler - Pat Collins
  • Jennifer Woodward - Faye Stafford
  • Kelli Kerslake - Joan Aldrin
  • Gabija Jaraminaite - Pat White
  • Patrick Poletti - Chris Kraft
  • Callum Marullo - Rick Armstrong
Dangerous Films' website describes the actor playing Armstrong as follows:
Australian actor Daniel Lapaine made his film debut as an expatriate Olympic swimmer with comedy hit Muriel's Wedding.

After this performance, Daniel returned to a successful stage career having previously starred in productions of Hamlet, Richard III and the one man show Island.

A playwright as well as an actor, he also saw several of his writings produced on the stage, including Cloud Cuckooland and The White Room. A few years later Lapaine returned to the big screen, including parts in period pieces Dangerous Beauty and 54 (both 1998).

After playing Claire Danes' older brother in Polish Wedding (1998), Lapaine re-teamed with the actress, this time as her betrayer, in the drama Brokedown Palace (1999). Lapaine was also featured in the action thriller Double Jeopardy, starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones.

And similarly, for Collins:
Lincoln made his first on-screen appearance in an episode of Drop the Dead Donkey but he rose to fame as an actor in the popular British series This Life, playing Edgar "Egg" Cook, before going on to star in the hit comedy drama Teachers (of which he directed two episodes in the third series).

He also has a lead role as university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge in afterlife next to Lesley Sharp.

Lincoln appears on the big screen with roles in Human Traffic, Love Actually, Enduring Love and Scenes of a Sexual Nature.

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I love the History Channel, so this sounds exciting. I'm a bigger fan of documentaries than docudramas, but I will certainly be watching this when it airs.

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ITV will be screening "'Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11" on July 20 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 - not sure what time it is on yet but will find out closer to the date!

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The History Channel will also be debuting "Moonshot" on July 20, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

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So what did you all think?

I was disappointed in the quality of the wardrobes and when Armstrong takes his first steps, in the movie it appeared he went far, far, away from the LM.

Were they not granted permission to use the mission emblem or NASA patch?

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The spacesuits really looked like they were made by amateurs. Also, when Armstrong left the LM Aldrin was standing to his left. Wrong! Buzz would wish that that was true...

I don't understand why this film was made, as it has already been done (and better) by Tom Hanks in "From the Earth to the Moon".

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I agree the space suits looked pretty bad. The movie came across as a typical low budget made for TV movie.

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I thought it was terrible, hands down. From the launch sequence at the beginning, where they were dressed in horrible spacesuit replicas (did they get them in the KSC gift shop?!?) and sitting in what looked like not much more than lawn chairs, to the guy playing Armstrong who looked more like an axe murderer, to the guy playing Aldrin lip-syncing his communion remembrance just after landing, to... oh, never mind. It was bad. Really, really bad.

Other than that, I kinda like the show!

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I was not overly impressed. I noticed the suits as well, which did look a lot like the replicas you can purchase online. I thought the performances were okay and the actors fairly well cast (although the actor that played Deke Slayton looks to be a lot younger than he was at the time). A lot of the incidents were more or less true based on what I've read, but they seemed to be strung together and not connected well. It's hard for someone like me to view this as simply a film without bringing what I know about the program into it. I wonder how people who know little to nothing about the mission viewed it. I would have asked my wife, but she was suffering space overload from our trip to NASM this weekend, and was reading a book.

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Well, since you are asking for our opinion....

This movie took liberty after liberty on what actual footage was used and even what they made with actors and sets for the show were completely wrong. I found myself laughing at the mistakes after awhile. The best one was Neil saying "that looks like a good place to land" and they were showing an extremely rocky and cratered region. Then suddenly it was back to flat mare again. It was just so far off base on every item I lost count after awhile. It was one of those "based on a true story" type of movies. It seemed the producers made very little effort to research the details. Luckily, no one that could NOT tell the difference will ever remember this movie anyway. No harm no foul I guess.

However, I did find that I could not stop watching it. Strange.

The History Channel has turned so far off base recently with their shows. It is more about entertaining than presenting history now.

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The best one was Neil saying "that looks like a good place to land" and they were showing an extremely rocky and cratered region. Then suddenly it was back to flat mare again...
That first shot was of the Apollo 17 landing area. Looked good while they were in editing, I guess.

It was a low-budget made for TV movie, but I liked it. They didn't have a lot of money for costumes or special effects, hence the reliance on not always appropriate stock footage. Putting my inner space geek aside, I thought it did a fine job of dramatizing the human aspect of the men and women of the Apollo program.

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It was a low-budget made for TV movie, but I liked it.
Agreed, I saw it last night and I thought they did a very good job considering their budget. Some parts were quite unrealistic but it was still very enjoyable!

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Low budget, full of inaccuracies, lackluster acting, strange editing, odd focal points... but I still enjoyed every minute of it.

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Oh yeah! Also, when they were doing a Go/No Go call out scene they showed Gene Kranz as being one of the engineers saying "go". To me at least, that was very funny.

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And what was with the "Princess Leia" brown and white "Snoopy caps"?

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Did anyone else get the feeling that some scenes were copied from the Apollo 11 episode of 'From The Earth To The Moon'?

In particular the scene in the simulator where Neil deliberately crashes the LM, because he was waiting for Mission Control to call abort. Also the next scene at night in the crew quarters, where an angry Buzz is drinking and wakes up Armstrong.

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Moon Shot was sort of fun. But a weird fun. Like riding a moped. A moped is fun to ride but you would not want any of your friends to know that you did ride one and that you did enjoy it.

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My opinion was the TV movie just plain sucked. The Neil character was completely unbelievable. Neil's first wife was great, and Buzz character was thought provoking but otherwise, junk.

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Does anyone know if this film will be repeated soon? I recorded so many of the recent Apollo programmes on my Sky Plus that I THOUGHT I had recorded this one, but actually hadn't! Doh!

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Does anyone know if this film will be repeated soon?
10:00 p.m. Eastern Saturday on The History Channel.

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Saturday, July 25th at 4pm on ITV1.

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I just watched the film. Allowing for the fact that a script is written, a director chooses how to shoot it (after taking into account the advice of a technical advisor) and post-production does its stuff, all of which is done on a small budget, then in my humble opinion it was a laudible effort in that Dangerous tried to tell it as it was.

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I was all set for a 40th anniversary blockbuster production on July 20th. I had spent the morning doing Apollo 11 cut-ins at Sportsradio 610. Admittedly, I came up with the programming idea. It was great going over fun facts, sound bytes and explaining Apollo 11 to those who weren't around. We tied it all to a celebration of the life of Walter Cronkite as well!

But when "Moonshot" finally appeared I though I was looking at the project Robert Downey Jr. had described in the movie "Tropic Thunder!" I could barely watch. The acting was stale and technically it was just bad.

I didn't stay for the credits to see if there were advisors, but I know any one of us could have done better. For those that endured and counted the mistakes, you have my admiration. Any thoughts?

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Finally watched this last night. Yeah, I agree with the others, it kinda sucked if you looked too closely at the details. Buzz seemed to be kind of a bitter whiner in the movie, but otherwise it was kind of entertaining.

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I had a chance to watch Moonshot on the History Channel. Pretty bad in my opinion, several big mistakes in the timeline that a little basic research would have revealed. Plus too much soap-opera drama.

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Doesn't that just kill you? My biggest pet peeve is when they attempt to show Armstrong's first step, but instead show his jump from the ladder to the footpad (timed ridiculously enough to 'one giant leap'). I wonder just how many people today have never EVER seen the actual first step on the moon because of stupid editing.

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It's the little things that annoy me. for example, in December of 1966, Mrs. Aldrin say how nice the Bassetts have been to her and the family. As you know, unfortunately Charles was dead about 10 months by that time. I got the impression that Armstrong felt sorry for Aldrin and that was a factor in putting him on 11. If this was the first impression that someone got of the space program, help!!

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I was surprised earlier this evening to see that "Moonshot" had been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

It didn't win ("Temple Grandin" took the Emmy) but scenes from "Moonshot" were included in the broadcast's Movies and Miniseries 'Year in Review' montage as well.

According to IMDB, "Moonshot" was also nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, but lost to "The Pacific."

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