Tomorrow is the big day! After waiting over 50 years, the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey can finally be yours. We will be launching our Indiegogo campaign tomorrow, July 31st, at 9:00 AM EST. The HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker Edition retails at $599 and The HAL 9000 with Command Console retails at $1,199, BUT, there will be substantial discounts available on the campaign page. The earlier you order the more savings you will get so we recommend that you place your order as early as possible!
Below is a link to our Indiegogo preview page. You can use the same link tomorrow to go straight to our campaign page once it is live.
We also wanted to remind everyone that the HAL 9000 with Command Console is limited to 2001 units. The HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker Edition is unlimited.
MRG Indiegogo Page
Just a friendly reminder that on July 31st at 9:00 AM EST, MRG will be launching our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo where you can pre-order your very own HAL 9000! We will be offering two different versions/price-points: “HAL 9000” and “HAL 9000 with Command Console”.
If you sign up on our HAL 9000 page by 11:00 PM Sunday, July 29, you will receive a secret perk!
Sign up here; HAL9000
“2001: A Space Odyssey” celebrated its 50th anniversary at a panel with stars Gary Lockwood (“Frank Poole”), Keir Dullea (“Commander David Bowman”), several authors, futurists, technologists and educators about how the film both aligned and diverged from our own 21st century.
Gary Lockwood & Keir Dullea told some great anecdotes about their time making the movie, including Lockwood’s suggestion to director Stanley Kubrick about moving Frank and Dave’s meeting concerning the fate of the HAL 9000 supercomputer into the pod set to give the actors a sense of isolation/paranoia. Dullea also did a hilarious imitation of the heavily Cockney-accented assistant director who fed the actors HAL’s lines before Kubrick eventually dubbed in the velveteen voice of actor Douglas Rain.
Two of the panelists including visiting Chinese writer/educator Wu Yan, and sci-fi novelist/futurist David Brin (the “Uplift” book series).
Source: Musings of a Middle Aged Geek
We are rapidly coming up on the pinnacle of the current Mars apparition, when it arrives at opposition to the sun and its closest point to the Earth. But will the weather cooperate for you to get a good look at Mars at its best?
First, be aware that the very best views of Mars will not be confined to a single night. Mars will arrive at opposition to the sun — when it will rise at sunset, reach its highest point in the sky during the middle of the night and set at sunrise — on Friday (July 27). However, because Earth and Mars follow elliptical orbits around the sun, Mars' closest approach to Earth usually occurs either several days before or after opposition. In this case, Mars will come within 35,784,481 miles (57,589,547 kilometers) of Earth four days after opposition, at 3:50 a.m. EDT (0750 GMT) on Tuesday (July 31). It will then take a light beam just 3 minutes and 12 seconds to cross the interplanetary gulf between Earth and Mars.
So, you will have a stretch of five nights, from Friday through Tuesday, to get your very best views. [Mars at Opposition 2018: How to See It and What to Expect]
Read more at Space.com HERE
Check out our Limited Edition Mars Olympus Mons Space Terrains HERE
In 1968, actor Douglas Rain put on one of the most iconic voice performances of all time. I am, of course, referring to the voice of HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, as Rain's creepily calm and unwavering tone has been disturbing audiences for decades, and is nothing short of iconic. It's an amazing touch for a genius film, but as recently described by co-star Gary Lockwood, that touch very much wasn't part of the experience making the film:
"Kubrick had a hard time making up his mind about [the voice of HAL 9000]. He had several actors, and he changed his mind, finally he said, 'I'll worry about it in post-production.' So he just turns to his assistant director, and said, 'Derek, you do the voice.' This was the voice of HAL for the rest of the thing: [in a super thick cockney accent] 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do."
Read more from CinemaBlend HERE
Over 4,200 photographs were submitted to this year’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, but only these 25 images made it to the shortlist.
This annual competition, organized by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is now in its tenth year. Shortlisted entries from this year include a wide variety of subjects, from the sprawling Milky Way and storms on Saturn through to glacial tongues and the Northern Lights. If it’s got something to do with space, it’s all good. This year’s contest features nine different categories, and two special prizes. The winners will be announced on October 23, 2018.
See all of these amazing images at Gizmodo.com here: Spectacular Astronomy Images
"Holding Due North" Image: Jake Mosher
Space.com provided a great list of all the space-related events at Comic-Con. If you are lucky enough to be there, don't miss the 2001: A Space Odyssey panel today!
"2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel"
Panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey," which will be released in 4K Ultra High Definition this fall. The stars of the film, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, and an impressive array of scholars will give attendees a glimpse at the remastered footage and host a lively discussion of this landmark movie.
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: Room 6A
To see the complete list of events, please click here: Space Fans Guide to Comic-Con
In 1968, the motion picture, 2001: A Space Odyssey introduced us to one of the most incredible electronic characters ever featured on film; the HAL 9000 computer. It is amazing to think that it has been 50 years since this visionary film premiered. And still, the concept of HAL as both a computer and as an actual, living intellect has endured all of those decades...
Sadly, collectors and film-fans across the world have had to wait all of that time for this iconic movie character to become a reality. But now, in 2018, the wait is finally over!
Master Replicas Group is proud to announce that HAL 9000, the red-eyed computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey can now be yours. And best of all, HAL is fully licensed and authorized by Warner Bros. Consumer Products!
On July 31st at 9:00 AM EST, MRG will be launching our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo where you can pre-order your very own HAL 9000. We will be offering two different versions/price-points: “HAL 9000” and “HAL 9000 with Command Console”.
We will be updating you throughout the next two weeks with additional info before the campaign starts so stay tuned! If you haven't done so already, please sign up for our HAL 9000 updates here:
A screenplay by the mastermind behind film classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange has been uncovered after 60 years.
The script to an unmade film by the late Stanley Kubrick was discovered by a film professor researching a book about the director's last project.
Burning Secret was ditched in the late 1950s, amid suggestions it was too controversial for studio bosses.
Bangor University's Nathan Abrams said the new find was "fantastic".
Prof Abrams was researching Kubrick's last film Eyes Wide Shut, when he came across the missing screenplay.
Read more at BBC here: Kubrick Screeenplay Found