Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar Mysteries

Yesterday, I told you how astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to CBS News and Twitter to praise the scientific accuracy of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. This surprised many people because Tyson was very critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, even narrating a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. But Neil deGrasse Tyson is not without questions, and has returned to list nine mysteries that have been bothering him. What logic holes keep Tyson up at night? Hit the jump.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar

Update: We have updated with video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the scientific accuracy of Interstellar.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been critical of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity in the past, and in particular, some of the film’s scientific inaccuracies. He even narrated a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. So what did Tyson think of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar? The Cosmos host took to twitter to praise some of the film’s ambitions and scientific accuracy. Hit the jump to read the Neil deGrasse Tyson Interstellar comments.

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You can now see Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar in theaters, but the movie was originally developed by Nolan’s brother Jonathan Nolan for director Steven Spielberg. In fact, I first reported on the project almost eight and a half years ago. As the story goes, Spielberg got the idea for the film after attending a Caltech workshop. There, physicist Kip S. Thorne, an expert on relativity known for his prolific contributions to the fields of gravitation physics and astrophysics, presented his controversial theories about wormholes. Jonathan Nolan was hired to develop the screenplay for Spielberg, which he originally hoped to direct after Lincoln. Of course, that didn’t happen. Christopher Nolan explained how he got involved during a press conference I attended in Beverly Hills:

[I] was talking to Jonah [Nolan] about the script he was working on with Steven Spielberg at the time. We’d bounce ideas off each other and it sounded incredibly exciting … I had the advantage of coming onto the project late and being able to look at what these guys [Jonah Nolan and Kip Thorne] had done. A lot of my contribution was ripping things out, because they put in more of these incredible mind blowing ideas that, I felt, I could absorb as an audience member. So I spent my time and my work on the script choosing the more emotive and tactile of these ideas to grab ahold of. … [Jonah] got very busy doing other things so I said, ‘Hey can I take this and combine it with some other ideas I’ve been working on’ — it was a bit more like him going ‘okay, take a shot, we’ll see what you do.’ So I showed him what I had done and he seemed reasonably happy with it.

The reason Christopher Nolan shares the screenwriting credit on the final film with Jonathan Nolan is because he reworked the original script with substantial changes. This left me wondering about the evolution of the project, and how different Steven Spielberg’s version of the film might have looked. Of course, we’ll never see Spielberg’s version but Jonathan Nolan’s 2008 draft of the screenplay has been floating around the tracking boards for some time. Investigating that draft gives us an opportunity to see how the story changed from when Jonathan Nolan was working on it under Spielberg to Christopher Nolan’s final film.

What are the biggest differences and changes? Find out the 15 biggest Interstellar script differences, after the jump.

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Interstellar Timeline Chart

/Film reader and artist Dogan Can Gundogdu created an infographic which visually explains the timeline of Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. While I’m not sure Interstellar needs a chart explaining the chronology of the story like Nolan’s earlier film Memento, that didn’t stop many artists from creating such infographics to explain the tired levels of Inception — which I still think is very easy to understand without additional aids. Gundogdu’s Interstellar Timeline is a well designed beautiful flowchart explaining how everything went down, taking into consideration Einstein’s theory of relativity and space-time distortion. Hit the jump now to check out Dogan Can Gundogdu’s Interstellar time-line for yourself.

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Iron Sky The Coming Race Trailer

I have to admit that the trailer for Iron Sky got me excited, but for some reason or another I have never actually seen the film. The concept looked so ridiculously fun and pulpy, with the Nazis setting up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and built a space fleet to return in 2018 and conquer Earth. But it doesn’t seem like I missed much as the 2012 Finnish-Australian-German film was not liked by both critics and moviegoers alike (6.0 user rating on IMDb and 36% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes). But the film was an international cult hit, spawning a comic book prequel (Iron Sky: Bad Moon Rising), a video game (Iron Sky: Invasion), a board game (Iron Sky: The Board Game), and a feature film sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race.

And now like the original film, the filmmakers have released the Iron Sky The Coming Race trailer, a promo trailer for a film which doesn’t yet exist. The sequel is hoping to film in 2015 with a budget of $15 million (about $5 million more than the first film) and the project is currently on Indiegogo trying to raise the $500,000 they need for pre-production. So you can now “make history” and pre-buy the 2016 movie now and help it get made.

The Iron Sky: The Coming Race trailer promises that “Nazis on the moon was just scraping the surface” and “the ugly truth about mankind is about to be revealed”. What could this truth world be?  Set twenty years after World War III, the survivors must fight against Adolf Hitler & his army of dinosaurs. Thats right, Hitler rides his own Tyrannosaurus Rex into battle in the new film. Watch the Iron Sky The Coming Race trailer now embedded after the jump.

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