Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
The cosmos is a big place. Like terrifyingly, staggeringly big. Really too big to be comprehended, and certainly too big to fit into one measly TV season. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the people behind Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey are considering a second. Hit the jump for more on the possible Cosmos Season 2. Read More »
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Major Spoilers For Interstellar
The finale of Interstellar has been quite a point of contention among film fans. Some intrinsically understand and decipher what Matthew McConaughey‘s character, Coop, experiences. Others are just totally in the dark and can’t grasp what’s happening once he goes into the black hole. And a very few actually know exactly what’s going on. No matter what, it would be nice to understand exactly what is happening once Coop begins floating around at the end of the film.
Enter Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has already had lots of interesting things to say about Christopher Nolan‘s film. In a new video, he explains how the five dimensions needed to understand the ending of Interstellar work in very plain, simple English. Watch the Interstellar ending explained by Neil deGrasse Tyson below. Read More »
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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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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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. For the latest edition of their insanely popular “Everything Wrong With Movies” feature, CinemaSins was able to get Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson to narrate a 9-minute long Everything Wrong With the movie Gravity video. Yes, this is really Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating this video, and not a stupid parody. Tyson participated in the fun video to help promote his podcast Star Talk Radio. You can watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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If the revival of Cosmos turns out well, it will go a long way to offsetting any other perceived sins committed by producer Seth MacFarlane. Given free reign by Fox, the Family Guy creator has overseen an effects-heavy new edition of Carl Sagan’s pioneering science show. This 2014 edition is hosted by the most prominent current bridge between pop culture and science, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and features input from many of the scientists and thinkers who contribute to Sagan’s original series more than 30 years ago. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey appears to span the gulf between the smallest Earthly existence and the far reaches of the universe — simply put, this new trailer makes it look spectacular. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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In 1980 Carl Sagan‘s 13-episode PBS series Cosmos became a defining televised document of scientific inquiry and conversation, thanks in part to its unique emphasis on the intersection of big scientific questions and personal experience. Now Fox is creating a new version of Cosmos, from a seemingly unlikely source.
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) wanted to reboot the show, and has worked with original Cosmos writer and producer Ann Druyan (also Sagan’s widow) on a new 13-episode series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The first new Cosmos trailer was released at Comic Con — for the show which bears the full title Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — and it looks fantastic. Check out the footage below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Some of the science fiction in superhero tales really seems more like pure fantasy — the Hulk and Spider-Man’s origin stories come to mind — but then there are other aspects of the stories that seem more believably rooted in reality. That’s the idea, anyway.
After the jump, read about two attempts to introduce a little more science into the fiction: In an upcoming issue of Action Comics, real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shows up to help Superman find his home planet Krypton, and in an episode of the webseries Fact or Fictional, Veronica Belmont discusses the plausibility of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from The Avengers.
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