NASA Tells Congress A Lack Of Funding Could Lead To Future Asteroid Apocalypse


Everywhere you look, there are similarities to be found. For instance, who’d have thought that the problem holding NASA back from identifying and tracking large near-Earth objects (NEOs) in space is the same problem keeping me from opening my line of Beer and Bacon eateries? It all comes down to Congress not footing the bill, really, but at least I don’t have Congress on my back about it.

It’s been a little over a month since the double-billed meteor strike in Russia and the fly-by of the DA14 asteroid, so Congress gathered officials from NASA, the White House, and the Air Force and asked what’s being done to squash future NEO threats. After some agreement that last month’s episodes were purely coincidental, the seriousness of such an imposing disaster guided the rest of the conversation, which could seemingly be summarized as: No money, no progress.

In 2005, Congress gave NASA the explicit directive of NEO classification, with a goal of identifying 90 percent of these Armageddon-bringers, rocks larger than 459 feet across (140 m). But NASA’s chief, Charles Bolden, had few encouraging words for the space rock-headed governing body.


Godzilla’s Wrath On Display In Set Photos And Videos

It’s good to see things going smoothly, at least for one day. Production began yesterday on Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla reboot, and director Gareth Edwards has officially made the leap from small-budget independent filmmaking to big Hollywood directing. To commemorate this milestone in Edwards’ career, the 37-year-old British director made a special video on the set of Godzilla. Watch the video below:


M. Night Shyamalan’s Name Isn’t On These International After Earth Character Posters

As problematic as both M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith movies can be at times, their new joint venture, After Earth, looks promising, and is getting a decent amount of positive advanced buzz. We’ll have to wait until June 7, 2013 to find out for ourselves, but a couple of new international character posters have arrived on the scene to tease the release.



Jean-Claude Van Damme Wants To Spin Kick The Avengers 2

Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Marvel’s The Avengers was a pretty damn good time. Part of the ever-expanding Marvel movie universe, the film raked in absurd amounts of cash across the world, so a sequel was inevitable. Hell, it was a foregone conclusion we’d see more big-screen Avengers before the movie even opened. One thing the movie was missing, however, was a Belgian dude doing the splits and spin-kicking bad guys. It’s a possibility, though slim and unlikely, that The Avengers 2 could rectify this situation, that is, if Jean-Claude Van Damme has anything to do with it.



New Pacific Rim Shot Reveals That Kaiju Blood Is Viscous And Gross

Pacific Rim is coming and bringing with it a ton of giant robots versus giant monsters action. Over the weekend a photo of a footprint surfaced, teasing the massive scale of the creatures in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film. Now Legendary Picture has unleashed yet another new photo that reveals a little more about the monsters, called Kaiju, that emerge from the ocean to cause all sorts of ruckus.



Harrison Ford Talks About Returning To Star Wars


With Star Wars: Episode VII scheduled for release in 2015, we are only two years away from returning to a galaxy far, far away. A few weeks ago, George Lucas all but confirmed the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher to the Star Wars universe, and it seems like they are all excited to be back in the fold.

As reported on Chicago’s WGN, actor Harrison Ford opened up about returning to Star Wars. It sounds like the 70-year-old actor is happy to jump back into the Star Wars universe. Ford says,

“I think it’s almost true, I’m looking forward to it. It’s not in the bag yet, but I think it’s happening.”

That is a far cry from how he felt about returning to Star Wars after the release of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. It’s no secret that Harrison Ford didn’t want to be in Return of the Jedi in 1983. He felt the best way for his character Han Solo to exit the film series was at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, which led to Ford’s performance as Han Solo suffering in Return of the Jedi.

Perhaps Han Solo will get the proper exit or the death scene Harrison Ford always wanted for the character in Star Wars: Episode VII. If screenwriter Michael Arndt and J.J. Abrams were smart, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher would only have extended cameos in the new Star Wars movie. Their appearance in the movie should serve as a bridge between the original trilogy and the new sequel trilogy, instead of being the focal point.