The first Australian-built satellites to be launched in 15 years are set to take off this week from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Unlike the enormous satellites Australia uses for telecommunications, each of these new satellites (or cubesats) is the size of a loaf of bread. But although small, they may provide a key step in enabling Australia’s entry into the global satellite market.
Three types of are the Australian contribution to the international mission, in which 36 satellites from different institutions around the world will carry instruments provided by the Von Karman Institute () to examine the lower . This is a very interesting part of the for several reasons, such as the way it disturbs GPS measurements. Read more…
New Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster brings back a legend!
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have debuted a new theatrical poster for the highly-anticipated sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring the return of Luke Skywalker. Check out the Last Jedi poster in the gallery below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in regular and IMAX theaters on December 15, 2017.
What did you think of the Last Jedi poster? Will you be hanging this up on your wall? Let us know in the comments below!
Calista Flockhart is back as Cat Grant for the end of Supergirl season 2
Calista Flockhart (Brothers & Sisters, Ally McBeal) will return as Cat Grant for the final episodes of Supergirl season 2, according to TVLine. This news comes after this morning’s info about Tyler Hoechlin returning as Superman in the season finale of The CW show.
There is no information about why Cat is back at CatCo, or even if that’s where she’ll be. As you know, Cat Grant is the head of CatCo, the huge media conglomerate in the DCTV universe. Kara Danvers, a.k.a. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is currently employed as a reporter there, after working as Cat Grant’s assistant in season 1. Flockhart appeared in the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2, then left to pursue other interests. She left James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) in charge in the meantime. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg stated back in October that he hoped Flockhart would return, though it was a matter of scheduling.
Supergirl is still on hiatus but will return April 24 with an all-new episode. Titled “Ace Reporter,” the episode is officially described as follows:
“Lena’s (guest star Katie McGarth) ex-boyfriend, Jack Spheer (guest star Rahul Kohli), comes to National City to unveil his big breakthrough in nano-technology, which has the potential to eradicate all diseases. Lena asks Kara to attend Jack’s conference with her for support. When Kara sees Snapper (guest Star Ian Gomez) in attendance she’s inspired to tap back into her reporter skills and questions Jack on his discovery, which ultimately leads to a bigger investigation that puts everyone in danger.”
What do you guys think about the return of Cat Grant? Are you happy to see Calista Flockhart back on the show? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
I’m a huge fan of just about everything Lana and Lilly Wachowski have touched (yes, even the Matrix sequels), but I never got around to watching Sense8, the science fiction series they co-created with J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix. However, the arrival of the trailer for the second season may be the kick in the butt I need to get around to this one. This show looks goofy and thoughtful and action-packed and honest and silly and visually dynamic…well, it looks in line with past work by both the Wachowskis and Straczynski.
The trailer for the 10-epsode second season comes with a release date – the new batch of episodes will be available to stream on May 5, 2017. However, the first episodes of the season will premiere at the Series Mania festival in Paris later this month before screening at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre a few days later. So we’ll be hearing some early buzz soon enough.
I remember the first season of Sense8 dividing people all over the internet, with passionate fans sticking up for it in the face of critics who couldn’t stop rolling their eyes in its general direction. With the new season arriving in under a month, I suppose it’s time for me to get around to having an opinion on this one.
Here’s the official synopsis:
From renowned creative geniuses Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, World War Z), Sense8 is centered around eight characters, from different parts of the world, who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by the experience. They become connected, able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, with access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must the eight adapt to this new ability and to each other, they must figure out why their lives are now in jeopardy. In Season 2, dark forces continue to track the cluster of eight connected characters. The sensates will learn more about BPO, the secret organization searching for their cluster and others like them, and will work to protect themselves from this organization that is out to hunt and kill them.
The Sense8 cast includes Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Terrence Mann, Naveen Andrews, and Daryl Hannah. If you’re like me and have been planning to catch up with the the first season at some point, this may be the best window to do so.
Last year, Hollywood was hit hard with the death of Carrie Fisher, leaving Star Wars fans mourning for the loss of Princess Leia. After grief had passed, many wondered how the saga would proceed without Carrie Fisher able to return to the franchise. The actress had already completed her shooting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but what would happen to Leia without Carrie Fisher around to give her a proper send-off?
Lucasfilm and Disney have already confirmed that visual effects will not be used to bring Carrie Fisher to life on the big screen again, even though they recently achieved the feat of bringing Peter Cushing back as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Instead, it turns out we’ll see Carrie Fisher returning for Star Wars Episode 9 thanks to existing footage of the actress.
The latest update on how the Star Wars saga will handle the passing of Carrie Fisher’s comes from the actress’ brother Todd Fisher. He spoke with The New York Daily News recently and revealed that he and Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd (who also has a small supporting role in the new Star Wars movies), granted Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use existing footage that was shot for The Last Jedi, as well as The Force Awakens, in order to allow General Leia to appear in Star Wars Episode 9. Here’s what he had to say:
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue… To me, Star Wars is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”
The biggest question is what will happen to General Leia in order for us to say farewell to the character in the Star Wars saga? We know that Star Wars: The Last Jedihasn’t been altered to account for the passing of Carrie Fisher, but since we don’t know what happens with her character in that movie, it’s tough to predict how we might see her appear in Star Wars Episode 9.
Though visual effects won’t be employed to create new “footage” of Carrie Fisher in the same way that Peter Cushing was brought back to life for Rogue One, the footage from The Last Jedi will need to be repurposed for use in Episode 9. So it’s likely visual effects may be used to digitally place General Leia in different scenes, or to have a stand-in appear and have dialogue from previously shot footage come from off-screen. It all depends on what kind of scenes we’re talking about. Hopefully the final moments fans get to spend with General Leia will be satisfying.
The second season of the TNT series Good Behavior will begin filming in Wilmington, NC later this month and extras are needed. Stand-ins, photo-doubles and extras will all be needed beginning on Monday, April 10. According to a recent casting call on TW Casting’s Facebook Page, they are looking for cars, too: WILMINGTON, NC: Got a car? Want some extra cash? Why not let your car work while you sit back and relax? Throughout this season I will be casting some background actors with their cars (when this is the case I will always include the extra rate and the bump rate in the post). That being said, our Picture Car Coordinator also wants to be able to put your cars to work EVEN when we don’t have the need for background actors. See below for more info. ~”Good Behavior” is looking for folks who are interested in having their cars appear in the show. All makes and models, old to new, dirty to clean, little cars to big trucks, motorcycles, tractor trailers, whatever you’ve got! If you’re close to Wilmington and want to make a little easy money, email a picture of your vehicle and your contact info to..
With the MK line, Fujinon has a true parfocal lens series at a budget indies will love.
Filmmakers took parfocal lenses (zooms that hold focus) for granted for many years, but the DSLR revolution meant many got used to living without the zoom feature (varifocal). Finally, parfocals are back with the new Fujinon MK line at affordable prices for filmmakers.
For filmmakers on a budget, here are two main takeaways about parfocal, and the MK in particular, to remember.
Parfocals maintain focus
When learning to use a motion camera, the practice of “zoom in, check focus, zoom out” is often the first habit ingrained in the operating process. For any busy shoot where you aren’t working with a 1st AC, the ability for operators to grab their own focus with a quick zoom check is a real lifesaver. Even when working with focus assistants, doing a slow zoom out requires a lens that keeps its focus through the zoom range.
A sequel to Terminator: Genisys is dead. But James Cameron and Deadpool director Tim Millerare supposedly teaming up for a Terminator 6, so the franchise itself hasn’t been terminated yet. Genisys star Emilia Clarkewon’t be coming back for more, and even Jai Courtneysays it’s time to hang it up, but now original series star Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’s not finished making Terminator movies. Man, I’m starting to feel like Sarah Connor trapped in an insane asylum over here. Come with me if you want to learn the latest about this on-again, off-again franchise.
Schwarzenegger spoke with Fandango and told them straight up, “I’m looking forward to doing another Terminator movie, yes.” When he was asked about recent reports indicating that the franchise was over, he responded:
“I don’t want to call it, like, fake news, like the president calls it, but I think people just write things – I have no idea why. Just because Paramount doesn’t want to pick up the Terminator franchise, you have 15 other studios willing to do it – that doesn’t mean the Terminator franchise is finished, right? It just means they are on their way to negotiate with another studio, but I can’t give you the details of that. They’ll announce that. But, yes, the Terminator franchise is never finished. And remember that after 2018, James Cameron is getting it back, and then it will continue on!”
As far as I can tell, Schwarzenegger is railing against a report from The New York Daily News that came out back in March, which claimed Arnold was done with the franchise and it was coming to an end. But as Schwarzenegger correctly points out, the only thing that’s up in the air right now is Paramount’s continued involvement moving forward. That studio is apparently finished making these movies, but Skydance CEO David Ellison, who produced Genisys, says the franchise has “an incredibly bright future” and teased an announcement coming later this year which will hopefully sort out all of this confusion.
Will Skydance stay on as a producer while another studio scoops up the distribution rights? Possibly 20th Century Fox, who has been in the James Cameron business since Titanic? Sounds like they’d be smart to angle for that deal if they can get it. While many people have written off the franchise’s potential since there hasn’t been a great Terminator movie since T2, Cameron sounded optimistic about making a relevant entry for modern audiences when he spoke about the idea earlier this year:
“In a time when people are being absorbed by their virtual-social world, I mean, just look around. I always say: if Terminator was about the war between the humans and the machines, look around any restaurant or airport lounge and tell me the machines haven’t won when every human you see is enslaved to their device. So could you make a relevant Terminator film now? Absolutely.”
What do you think? Do you want to see another Terminator movie with Arnold (who’s currently 69 years old, by the way) reprising his role?
There’s a reason over 60,000 filmmakers are expected to attend the 2017 CineSummit event—it’s online, it’s free, and it’s got 8 world-class DPs ready to dispense their cinematic wisdom.
If you’re a cinematographer looking to take your skills to the next level, you might want to attend this year’s CineSummit event. For those who have never heard of it before, CineSummit is a 2-day online event that gives filmmakers a chance to learn from 8 distinguished cinematographers about many different aspects of the craft. Oh, and it’s 100% free!
The idea behind CineSummit is to offer filmmakers practical advice on everything from how to light a scene to moving your camera so that when the event is over you can hit the ground running with your newly learned skills. A total of 8 experts will be offering their expertise at CS6 in a series of online workshops. Here’s the full list: