Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
James Franco is about to star in his first big-budget movie since 2011, “Oz the Great and Powerful.” And in order to promote the expensive Disney fantasy about a Wizard of Oz, he’s going to end up in some unfamiliar places.
He’s set to appear as the grand marshal of the Daytona 500 later in the month; his last big live appearance, you may recall, ended poorly, with Franco criticized for his utter lack of energy or interest in his Oscar-hosting gig.
If James Franco wants to continue being a very famous actor (and though “Oz” was greenlighted years ago, and his feelings may have changed, the sort of tiny-scale documentaries Franco likes to make depend upon and refer to his fame), he’ll have to do embarrassing things like host the Oscars and appear at car racing events and get interviewed by E! and all the rest. The degree to which he’s allowed to be “too cool” erodes when a multimillion-dollar-movie rests on his shoulders — and making tiny independent films because it’s the only thing he can book, rather than as a break from big-budget fare, is much less fun.
In a press release, Daytona International Speedway’s president says, “We’re looking forward to hearing James’ enthusiastic starting command to kick off the Daytona 500.” It sounds like a warning — be enthusiastic or else.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.