Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Libertarian icon Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged” tells the story of a group of productive citizens going into hiding and refusing to support civilization any longer.
It’s likely a story that rings truer than ever for the team behind the film adaptation, who have seen a seemingly huge prospective audience of Rand readers refuse to come out and see their two-part opus. (“Atlas Shrugged: Part I” made $4.6 million, on a budget of $20 million, in 2011; “Part II” made $3.4 million in 2012.)
But the team behind the films, producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, have announced that they will be funding a third installment, scheduled for release in 2014. (Aglialoro is a CEO of the fitness-equipment company Cybex and a poker player; Kaslow is a producer of horror films including “Night Train,” “Autopsy” and “Boo.”)
In a video released by the production team, Kaslow asks, “How do we make this cinematic? Trying to understand … what is adapting this book? How do you adapt this book?”
“It has to have meaning. Everything has to have meaning to it,” he says, as music swells behind him.
Aglialoro adds, “We’re going to have a director who is collaborative. Who is intelligent, who knows the business[...] I don’t care if I’ve got to fire five directors — that’s fine. We’re going to get it right.” No director is currently attached.
Those who can’t wait for the film can purchase an official movie tie-in money clip or Vineyard Vines “Who Is John Galt?” tie, both sold by the production company for $79.95 — a nice stream of income for a movie franchise that hasn’t caught on in theaters yet.
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.