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To the Moon

3 Jun 2009, 01:27 UTC
To the Moon
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Regular readers know that my day job is director of the National Academy of Sciences' Science and Entertainment Exchange, boldly connecting scientists with writers, producers and directors in Hollywood in hopes of fostering ever-more-creative collaborations. And the Exchange now has its very own blog, The X-Change Files (natch!), with contributions from yours truly, as well as an impressive roster of leaders in both science and entertainment: husband/wife producer/director team Janet and Jerry Zucker (the Airplane movies, Ghost); Matt Partney, a writer for C.S.I.: Miami; Lawrence Krauss (author of The Physics of Star Trek); and Sidney Perkowitz (author of Hollywood Science).We'll be covering all aspects of the intersection of science and entertainment -- aspects like a fantastic new film coming out June 12 called Moon. It's just the sort of quality filmmaking with a scientific bent that the Exchange hopes to promote even further. Written and directed by Duncan Jones (who also happens to be David Bowie's son), the film tells the story of Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a lonely lunar miner on the dark side of the moon, whose only companion is a robot named GERTY (sinisterly voiced by Kevin Spacey, with a nod to HAL). Sam is just finishing ...

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