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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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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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