Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity landed with a huge splash this weekend, earning near-unanimous critical praise and exceeding all box office predictions to become the biggest October opening in history. Much of the appeal lay in the film’s verisimilitude. As several reviewers put it, Gravity is the closest that most of us non-astronauts will ever get to space.

But wowing general audiences who don’t know the first thing about actual space travel is one thing. Passing muster with experts is quite another. While astronaut Buzz Aldrin wrote that he was “extravagantly impressed,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to point out everything the movie got wrong. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

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After Earth has been slammed by critics for many reasons, from Jaden Smith‘s lackluster performance to the plodding pace to the shoddy CG work. But Buzz Aldrin has to be one of the few folks whose grievances stem from personal experience with outer space travel.

While the astronaut stated that he enjoyed the M. Night Shyamalan-directed adventure overall, he complained that its space scenes were unrealistic. That shouldn’t come as a shocker to anyone — Hollywood films, sci-fi or otherwise, are rarely accurate depictions of real life — but if you’re curious to find out exactly what his point of contention is, hit the jump to keep reading.

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The first teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon hit earlier this week (if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it here — it’s actually pretty awesome). The trailer reveals “a secret hidden for 40 years” — that the Apollo 11 mission to the moon was actually a cover-up for NASA’s investigation into a possible alien landing on the dark side of the moon. The trailer (and film) presents a storyline where US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin used the 21 minutes of radio/video silence while on the far side of the moon, to investigate a crashed alien ship a couple football fields away from their lander.

Of course, none of this is true or even possible but NPR’s Robert Krulwich wondered why Armstrong and Aldrin barely crossed 90 yards of moon on that first trip. The article gives some perspective, adding that “Armstrong’s longest, boldest walk took him about as far as Joe DiMaggio used to jog every inning — from home plate to about mid-center field.” Seems a bit strange, right?

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, actually responded to the NPR column and explained in detail why they didn’t stray far from the lunar lander (and in result — why the scene in the Transformers 3 teaser trailer wouldn’t have been possible).
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More ‘Transformers 3′ Details Revealed

Michael Bay sat down with a couple journalists to screen an early cut of the “announcement piece” or teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (which will premiere later tonight online). After the screening, he answered a bunch questions. We have compiled a few interesting excerpts below from Collider‘s transcript.
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