SciFi Hit "District 9" & the Aliens of Andromeda: Was Star-Trek an Influence? (VIDEO)

2713180426_5ec719012c Maybe the world's astronomy community should give "District 9" producer Peter Jackson a call. He might know something they don't. At Comic-Con, Jackson protege, "District 9" director, Neill Blomkamp revealed  that the aliens who landed on Earth 28 years prior in South Africa came from a planet in the Andromeda Galaxy. The editorial team at the Daily Galaxy thinks this is a perfect, spot-on choice. But, did Blomkamp unwittingly mimic the home galaxy of evil Kelvans in an early Star Trek episode?

An image of the Andromeda Galaxy was on display on one of the large bridge monitors aboard the USS Enterprise and in the briefing room when the crew was reviewing star charts to search for the origin of an unknown buoy in  "The Corbomite Maneuver." But unlike the peaceful "Prawns" in District 9, the Kelvan Empire  dispatched expeditions of multi-generational starships to explore neighboring galaxies for territories suitable for conquest and occupation. 

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Peter Jackson's "District 9": The SciFi Hit's High-Tech Anti-Apartheid Message

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At Diego's Comic-Con, "District 9" wowed its fanboy premiere and set Twitter afire with reports that the movie is one of the most original sci-fi films to come along in years. Filmed in a quasi-documentary style by South African newcomer Neill Blomkamp and produced by Oscar-winning genre-master Peter Jackson, the movie follows the social and geo-political repercussions of aliens crash-landing in Johannesburg where they are sequestered in an apartheid-style homeland, treated like refugees and forced to work for humans. They soon find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

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Director Peter Jackson on "District 9" -The Next Big SciFi Hit? (VIDEO Interview)

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District 9," filmed in a quasi-documentary style, the $30-million special-effects-heavy film from newcomer Neill Blomkamp, produced by genre-master Peter Jackson, follows the social and geo-political repercussions of aliens crash-landing in Johannesburg where they are sequestered in an apartheid-style homeland, treated like refugees and forced to work for humans. They soon find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

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"District 9" Summer SciFi Hit (VIDEO): The Social and Geo-political Repercussions of an Alien Landing

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District 9," filmed in a quasi-documentary style, the $30-million special-effects-heavy film from newcomer Neill Blomkamp, produced by genre-master Peter Jackson, follows the social and geo-political repercussions of aliens crash-landing in Johannesburg where they are sequestered in an apartheid-style homeland, treated like refugees and forced to work for humans. They soon find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.

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Snag Films -The Planet's Documentary Indie Film Widget (VIDEO)

Film If Snag Films fulfills its promise, it will spawn millions of virtual movie theaters streaming documentaries. Independent documentary films are experiencing a creative boom, yet theatrical distribution channels have gone bust, Snag could solve the bottleneck in distribution for quality documentaries that has left many great films unable to reach their potential audience or to provide a viable financial return. It also offers established media companies with deep libraries a way of getting “long-tail” documentaries out of the vaults and before a worldwide, on-demand audience.

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"MOON" -The Movie- A Prelude to a Future of Lunar Conflict? (VIDEO)

Moon_sam One of the more interesting films due to be released this summer is a stirring, character-driven movie called Moon, staring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. Moon, directed by Duncan Jones, the son of the musician David Bowie, is a hardcore science fiction thriller about a lonely helium 3 miner ending a three year stint on the lunar surface.

The Sam Rockwell character is named Sam Bell, the operator of a nearly totally automated helium 3 mining facility on the lunar surface later this century. Helium 3 is an isotope not found in nature on Earth and is deposited on the lunar surface by billions of years of solar wind.

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Anti-Matter: The 21st Century's Energy Salvation or Ulimate Weapon?

AionAntimatter destroys any matter that it touches in a pyrotechnic flash, an explosion that releases all the energy that had been locked inside for billions of years. Antimatter thus could become a wonderful source of power, the technology of the 21st century. Or instead, its potential to consign matter to oblivion could make it the ultimate weapon,

Frank Close, University of Oxford, author of Antimatter

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New Star Trek Beams Into 21st Century (VIDEO)

95b2acc798857ebdc0cade3b6402b4ff The new Star Trek 2009 launches tomorrow starring James Tiberius  Kirk, legendary starship captain,  modeled in part  on C.S. Forester's heroic Admiral Horatio Hornblower and partly on Alexander the Great played by the peerless William Shatner (though only after Jack Lord demanded too much money), and conqueror of the infamous "no-win" Kobayashi Maru test though, as critic Dave Bushman points out, only after cheating by reprogramming the computer.

This 11th  movie in the Star Wars epic explores the backstories of James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), before they unite aboard the USS Enterprise to combat Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from the future who threatens the United Federation of Planets.

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Stanley Kubrick on the Mythology of Extraterrestrial Life -A Galaxy Classic

Monolith "If the film stirs the emotions and penetrates the subconscious of the viewer, if it stimulates, however inchoately, his mythological and religious yearnings and impulses, then it has succeeded."

Stanley Kubrick, Legendary Director of Dr Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssesy

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