As soon as Apple introduced their latest voice recognition system Siri for iOS 5 yesterday, it drew immediate comparisons with the AI assistants present in Sci-Fi films.
HAL from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey‘ was an obvious one, with some commenting that each request to the new iPhone 4S could be greeted with “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
But by far the most popular request I noticed, was to get Kevin Spacey to voice Siri, reprising his role as GERTY from Duncan Jones’ MOON. What would it look like? What would he say? You don’t have to wait too long on the internet to find out, we just got this brilliant mock up from Twitter friend @morguendor 🙂
Source Code opens in China today, one of only 20 foreign films to open on the Chinese mainland due to a quota system currently in place. Things may change in the future, with up to 1,600 new cinema screens being added per year to service a growing appetite for both local, and foreign films (1). Even GERTY has seen the potential, with actor Kevin Spacey starring in entirely locally funded feature ‘Inseparable‘, where 50% of the dialogue will be in Mandarin (2).
So it seems, for the moment, Source Code is lucky to be one of the 20 foreign films screening this year, and thanks to meeting new friends on Twitter, it may be that Chinese fans have had something to do with it’s selection, and one fan in particular, who has been supporting Duncan Jones work since the 2009 release of MOON… Continue reading Chinese Fan Helps Spread The Word On MOON & Source Code→
The key date from our point of view is obviously a screening on August 3rd at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax of Duncan Jones’ MOON starring Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, isolated employee of Lunar Industries, alone on the Moon with only the company of his robotic assistant GERTY (Kevin Spacey) to see him through his three year contract mining valuable Helium 3 to provide energy to the people of Earth. As Sam approaches the end of his contract, with thoughts of home providing hope, things take a turn for the worse, and Sam discovers not all is as it seems.
Always great to see some of you getting the opportunity to see Duncan’s award winning debut on the big screen, as for many, their first experience of MOON may have been home viewing due to the limited original theatrical release.
An added bonus with this Sci-Fi Film Series screening is a post-film discussion with Ka Chun Yu, PhD, curator of space sciences at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
As well as MOON, the Sci-Fi series will also be screening classics of the genre such as Stanley Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyessy, Ridely Scott’s Alien & Alfonso Cuaron’s Children Of Men, most screenings also include a post film discussion with Denver Museum Of Nature & Science staff.
Well it’s taken a while, but our friends in Germany can celebrate and have all sorts of ‘MOON’ fun next week, when Duncan Jones’ multi award winning first feature ‘MOON’ is released on DVD & Blu-Ray on Friday 28th January.
Distributed by Koch Media, MOON is released in both single & double disc special edition, on both formats. The difference between the two being the addition on the special edition of the original UK release bonus material (Duncan’s short ‘Whistle’, ‘The Making of Moon’, Special Effects Feature, & interviews) and now for our german viewers.
Top 10 in den deutschen Kinocharts
Überwältigende Presse- und Zuschauerresonanz zum Kinostart – jetzt schon ein Klassiker des Genres!
Mit Sam Rockwell (“Iron Man 2”, “Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis”) sowie Kevin Spacey (“21”, “Superman Returns”) prominent besetzt.
Astronaut Sam Bell ist alleine auf dem Mond “Selene”, wo er als Mechaniker den Abbau von Helium-3 überwacht. Das kostbare Gas könnte die Energiekrise auf der Erde beenden. Zwei Wochen vor seiner Abreise beginnt Sam seltsame Dinge zu sehen und zu hören. Nachdem eine Routinekontrolle katastrophal schief geht, entdeckt er, dass Lunar ganz eigene Vorstellungen von seinem Verbleib hat. Als dann noch ein Doppelgänger auftaucht und die Firma einen bewaffneten Aufklärungstrupp schickt, wird Sam klar, dass seine Rückkehr zur Erde in Frage steht.
“Mit einem großartigen Science-Fiction-Drama gibt David Bowies Sohn Duncan Jones ein aufsehenerregendes Regiedebüt. Befeuert von einem spektakulären Auftritt von Sam Rockwell in einer Doppelrolle, ist ihm eine exzellente designte Produktion gelungen.” (Blickpunkt Film)
So for all you lovely people in Deutschland (or MOON collectors) you can order through Koch now:
The October issue of Empire magazine dates release for Duncan Jones 2nd feature ‘Source Code’ as March 11th 2011.
Featured in the magazine’s list of the ’10 Movies We Want to See Right Now’ Duncan tells Empire when comparing casts on MOON & Source Code.
It was just me & Sam Rockwell and half a day with Kevin Spacey. On this one I’ve got four really talented actors – Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. It’s a new test, a new experience…
Although still playing his cards close to his chest with regards details (as mentioned in our previous interview when questioned on promotion) Duncan does reveal that Coulter Stevens, played by Gyllenhaal is…
a military man who wakes up on a train not knowing how he got there. Before he gets a chance to work it out, things change in such a dramatic way, he doesn’t know whether the train is real or not.
Duncan goes on to talk about adding humour to the script, and again on the incredible experience of working with legendary editor Paul Hirsch.
MOON Director Duncan Jones and the voice of GERTY Kevin Spacey were re-united in late October 2009 to film television advertisements for the new Olympus EP-1, here are two adverts currently running, and check link after the vids for a cool making of feature from Olympus User Magazine
And HERE is the making of feature from Olympus User Magazine.