These guys are very excited about the new Disney film shooting in IMAX

These guys are very excited about the new Disney film shooting in IMAX

Disney’s getting ready to shoot a movie in space.

With IMAX cameras.

According to James Neihouse, who has trained all the astronauts to operate IMAX cameras since Ham the chimp in 1959, IMAX cameras will be shipped to the International Space Station in April for an IMAX/Disney co-production with the working title of Earth 2.0.

When I first heard the title, I was hoping it was the long awaited feature length film adaptation of the failed Tim Curry/Debrah Farentino NBC sci-fi series.  Alas, it’s just another documentary about Earth and space.

This will be the seventh film IMAX has shot in space in conjunction with NASA.  Technically, it’ll be Disney’s second IMAX film shot in space if you consider that portions of Roving Mars were shot on the red planet by the Mars rovers at resolution equal or superior to IMAX’s 5 million pixel range.

Back here on Earth, Disney’s Marvel division is planning to hit a town near you in a major way.  Now, there is the Marvel Live arena tour from Feld Entertainment, but I’m talking about The Marvel Experience, which will be touring the country under a portable dome the size of two football fields.  If you’re a comic nut and you didn’t hear about this, don’t be too worried.  Its announcement was trumped the very same day by Warner Bros. announcing that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman.  It’s just bad timing.

Not much is known about it.  It’s being produced by the team behind Broadway’s Spider-man musical.  Which means that it’ll feature costumes by Julie Taymor and music by U2.  We also know it will feature virtual adventures and 3D and 4D experiences.  Judy Rubin of InPark Magazine was able to get an exclusive interview with George Wiktor about the project.

George Wiktor

George Wiktor

Wiktor is an evil genius.  I know he’s a genious because I’m familiar with the work he’s done.  I know he’s evil because he attempted to push me out of a speeding car into sub-freezing temperatures.  Having an evil genius on the team could only result in one thing – an amazing, groundbreaking attraction.

Since we’re on the topic of evil geniuses, let’s talk George Lucas and his Star Wars universe.  Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is now at the final stop of its seven year tour – the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA.  The exhibit places hundreds of props, costumes, and models from the six Star Wars films on display and then compares them to current innovations in science and technology.  I had an opportunity to visit the exhibit this past weekend.  Here’s a sampling of what’s on display:

That's me in front a large scale mockup of my 1977 Luke Skywalker Landspeeder from Kenner.  Unlike the writers of The Big Bang Theory, I know that Mattel never had the license on Star Wars toys.  They went for the less lucrative Battlestar Galactica instead.

That’s me in front a large scale mockup of my 1977 Luke Skywalker Landspeeder from Kenner. Unlike the writers of The Big Bang Theory, I know that Mattel never had the license on Star Wars toys. They went for the less lucrative Battlestar Galactica instead.

The Force can be a real pain in the ass.

The Force can be a real pain in the ass.

Rick Rothschild and Gary Goddard visit the exhibit

Rick Rothschild and Gary Goddard visit the exhibit

In this close up of Darth Vader's chest plate, that's  not Bocce.  It's upside down Hebrew!

In this close up of Darth Vader’s chest plate, that’s not Bocce. It’s upside down Hebrew!

According the PETA, the wampa is being confined to a space far too small for it to exhibit its natural behaviors.  You'll note in this photo that as it attempts to defecate, it has no room to maneuver, obviously wallowing in its own excrement.  If you're a free the orcas fan who came across this post thinking I only write about orcas, that one's for you.

According to PETA, the wampa is being confined to a space far too small for it to exhibit its natural behaviors. You’ll note in this photo that as it attempts to defecate, it has no room to maneuver, obviously wallowing in its own excrement.   Unfortunately, the creature’s not cute enough to warrant a public protest.

If you're a fan of Chewbacca, you only have until Jan 20 to see the original costume from Episode IV.  After that, the federal government is taking it for reasons of national security.

If you’re a fan of Chewbacca, you only have until Jan 20 to see the original costume from Episode IV. After that, the federal government is taking it for reasons of national security.

To find out more about the exhibit, visit www.thetech.org/plan-your-visit/special-exhibitions/STAR-WARS

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