Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the UK release of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction opus 2001: A Space Odyssey, considered by many to be the great director’s finest film. Kubrick, despite making just 13 full-length films in a near 50-year career, excelled in so many genres: horror, film noir, comedy of the pitch-black type, historical romance, war and more. It’s just a shame he couldn’t rub along better with Marlon Brando on One-Eyed Jacks (1961) from which he was fired, just to see what he would have made of a western. Read more Fifty years on, what 2001: A Space Odyssey got right about AI Painstakingly meticulous to the nth degree, and a true auteur, Kubrick had a well deserved reputation as a perfectionist, insisting on multiple takes, selecting the ideal music to illustrate scenes and building expansive sets while enjoying a huge degree of artistic freedom like few directors before or since. Controversy … [Read more...] about 2001: A Space Odyssey at 50: Stanley Kubrick’s masterful body of work revisited
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I’m walking towards 12 Grafton Street in Mayfair to meet Achille Salvagni at his atelier, certain of what to expect from the Italian architect, designer and artist. He’s the man who crafted a 24ct-gold, bronze and onyx table lamp for Jeff Koons in 2013, and has since become the go-to name for art-loving sophisticates such as historian Susan Weber and entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg. But on entering his establishment, I find his discreetly glamorous gallery has been transformed into something entirely unexpected: a space shuttle – immaculately furnished, but definitely a spacecraft. There’s even a pair of portholes offering a view of the stars (on closer inspection the twinkling galaxy moves subtly, a shimmering cosmic spectacle). “Welcome to Apollo,” says Salvagni, smiling broadly. It turns out that Salvagni regards his London outpost (he is also represented by Maison Gerard in New York) as a stage set for exhibitions of his creative flights of … [Read more...] about Achille Salvagni: star of the design world
Russian characters are usually portrayed as villians in big films, but when it comes to movies about space - this is not always the case. Perhaps it has something to do with the lasting image of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, who was famous the world over. Feodor Orloff in ‘12 to the Moon’ (1960) In this science fiction movie an international group of cosmonauts conducts the first manned landing on the Moon, where they discover a mystical civilization of Moon-beings. One of the crew members is a Soviet cosmonaut called Dr. Feodor Orloff, portrayed by Tom Conway. Surprisingly, he’s s a “good” Russian character in an American Cold War-era movie. When French cosmonaut Etienne Martel, a secret communist, gets an opportunity to destroy the U.S. with an alien weapon, Orloff not only refuses to support him, but actively fights him. Soviet space capsule’s crew in ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967) James Bond is sent to Japan after U.S. and … [Read more...] about Why don’t Russian cosmonauts appear as ‘bad guys’ in Hollywood blockbusters?
People were frequently surprised to learn that Arthur Clarke and I were good friends. He is considered the doyen of optimistic, technical, Space Age speculative writers, believing our species’ salvation to lie entirely in scientific discovery and engineering invention, his fiction full of detailed explication, sometimes virtually indistinguishable from fact. I am usually portrayed as the iconoclast of the SF “New Wave”, rejecting physics for psychology and favouring social themes over space stories, tending to examine the downside of technology. Yet actually we shared similar ideals. Much of our early work anticipated advances in astrophysics while dealing with the psychic future of mankind. Many years after our first meeting I gave a party where I introduced Arthur to William Burroughs, the Beat author of Naked Lunch. No one expected them to have a lot in common, but they spent the next few hours together, sipping orange juice, occasionally asking for the music to … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight “Close to tears, he left at the intermission”: how Stanley Kubrick upset Arthur C Clarke Ouzo, raki, absinthe and pastis – many nations have their strange, divisive aniseed drink
Ready Player One is jam packed full of Easter Eggs...even ones that Spielberg worked to keep out. The idea of Ready Player One was to adapt the book for the big screen, pulling on the 80s nostalgia to create something that kids and adults would both want to watch. But the director didn't want his own movies referenced, but a few got by him - including the little Gremlins. We've gathered as many references and Easter Eggs as we can - there's more being found everyday - covering homages, nods in dialogue and characters appearances. With so many, you, and even Spielberg, would be forgiven for not catching them all. The Gremlin reference was all thanks to the effects and production design team who, despite Spielberg's instructions, popped in a nod to his movie. Jurassic Park also makes an appearance, though the director told EW that it was OK as his ban was for his 80s movies specifically. There are, of course, other exceptions, like the DeLorean, but The Goonies restaurant was a no-go. … [Read more...] about Pretty much all the Ready Player One Easter Eggs, even the ones Spielberg missed