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Lights, camera, action as Russia shoots a world-first feature film in space



No special effects here – Russian actors will film on location as they make their way to the International Space Station.

The International Space Station is about to become a film set in what will be the world’s first feature film shot in space

Cameras are about to start rolling as Russian filmmakers shoot a feature film on a location that’s literally out of this world.

Veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actor Yulia Peresild and film producer Klim Shipenko will film part of their movie Challenge on set at the International Space Station.

The space age story line focuses on the life of a surgeon who travels to space to operate on a sick cosmonaut.

Because of his critical condition, the patient is unable to return to Earth to be treated.

Shkaplerov, Peresild and Shipenko will board the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4.55 am ET on Tuesday.

The trio will arrive in space following a less than four hour trip, before being greeted by the station’s current crew from the European Space Agency, NASA and Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The crew will then stay for 12 days to shoot segments for their film.

“The launch will mark the expansion of commercial space opportunities to include feature filmmaking.”


Space fans will have exclusive access to these events via NASA’s TV channel, app and website.

While the space station isn’t camera shy – having featured in a few short films before, Russia will be the first to capture a feature film out in space.

Unlike previous all-civilian flights, the two actors, along with their understudies underwent rigorous training, including centrifuge and vibration stand tests, training flights in zero gravity, and parachute training.

The crew also had to adapt to new filming and photography techniques that involved space-agency friendly equipment.

Shooting both fact and fiction

Roscosmos, Russia’s corporation for Space Activities says the film is part of a large-scale scientific and educational project.

This includes a series of documentaries to be shot about the rocket and space industry enterprises and specialists involved in the manufacturing of launch vehicles, spacecraft, and ground space infrastructure.

“The project will become a clear example of the fact that spaceflights are gradually becoming available not only for professionals, but also for an increasingly wider range of those interested,” Roscosmos says.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Streaming service shift and the award season snubs



Netflix Introduces Changes to Subscription Model, Academy Award Nominations Spark Cinematic Buzz, and the Doomsday Clock Continues its Ominous Ticking.

Netflix is set to discontinue its ad-free Basic subscription in select countries, commencing with Canada and the UK in Q2 2024.

This strategic shift introduces a significant price increase for the baseline entry, signalling potential adjustments to Netflix’s global pricing structure.

Simultaneously, the 96th edition of the Academy Award nominations has stirred cinematic debates, with the prevailing question being whether the upcoming season will be dominated by “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer.” These contrasting narratives set the stage for a fierce competition, highlighting the diverse and compelling offerings in this year’s film industry.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a human-made global catastrophe, continues its ominous countdown.

Maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock serves as a metaphor for threats arising from unchecked scientific and technological advances. As global tensions, environmental challenges, and technological risks persist, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address multifaceted threats to humanity.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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