Twitter tributes to Gerry Anderson, Duncan Jones’ live Moon commentary and much, much, much more in our bumper Tweets Of The Week
Too busy gorging on Mince Pies and leftover turkey sandwiches over the festive period to keep a constant eye on Twitter? Don’t worry, Tweets of the Week has you covered with a bumper round-up of science fiction’s very best 140-character thought bubbles!
Of the fine science fiction programming to air over Christmas, one of the highlights was Duncan Jones’ Moon , which screened at prime time on BBC2 in the phantom zone between Christmas and New Year, so no-one actually knows what day it was. What made this an extra special screening was that director Duncan Jones, concept artist/VFX supervisor @ GavRov and composer @ iamclintmansell all tweeted along in real time. Duncan Jones in particular dropped some intriguing fact-grenades (WARNING: spoilers if you haven’t seen Moon , which you really should have by now because it’s ace):
We actually werent able to convince KS to be Gerty until after the film was completed & he saw Sam Rockwells performance #MoonBbc2
If Sam R decided last minute not to do the film, & that was a very real possibility, we were seeing if Paddy Considine would do it #Moonbbc2
In other news, SFX was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gerry Anderson last month. His work will live forever in our hearts. Unsurprisingly, there was an outpouring of heartfelt condolences for the Supermarionation maestro all across Twitter, here is a small selection:
@THEBRYANHITCH Gerry Anderson was a huge figure in my childhood. Another legend passes into history. Joe 90 would be a great live action TV show though.
@edgarwright Space 1999, Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlett, Terrahawks, Joe 90, UFO. My whole childhood just died. Rest In Peace Gerry Anderson.
@jamesmoran Aw, farewell Gerry Anderson. He was a lovely gent, and brought me much TV joy.
@philfordesq Met so many people inspired by Gerry to go into film biz or science, engineering, NASA. His influence goes way beyond a Saturday teatime,
@wossy Sad news. Gerry Anderson RIP. For men of my age his work made childhood an incredible place to be.
@OldRoberts953 Sad to hear about Gerry Anderson. Love Space:1999 so much!
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@DamonLindelof My resolution is to be less ambiguous and also horse ghost core of human sadness.
@charltonbrooker In this year's Doctor Who Xmas Special, he goes back to the 70s and hangs Savile with a barbed wire noose. Most populist episode ever.
@pattonoswalt Mary Todd Lincoln AND Peter Parker's beloved Aunt May -- props to Sally Field for playing TWO historical figures in one year.
@bdgrabinski Imagine if Disney put out a press release days before SIXTH SENSE came out saying "Bruce Willis is dead the whole time!" That's comics.
@RealReeceShears Lunch with Pemberton. We talked through all the ideas we had for Psychoville 3. It would have been really good! Only exists in our minds tho
@edgarwright And... [Posted 13 September]
...that's a wrap. [Posted 21 December]
@nickjfrost I'm officially wrapped on The Worlds End. Wow. What a trip!
@radiomaru Movie premise: everyone who ever smelled febreze turns into a zombie one day. Title DEAD FRESH
@SethMacFarlane Ted 2 will be broken up into 5 films, but I swear it won't feel at all padded or overstuffed.
@WstonesOxfordSt We'd like to thank Buffy and the gang for, apparently, stopping another apocalypse. Thank you.
@KarenGillan2 Might put 'melancholia' in my eyes again in honour of today.
@WilliamShatner You want to stop the world from ending? Don't wear a red shirt tomorrow! MBB
@radiomaru The 30 year Shanghai sequence in Looper is like the best thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. By the way.
@emmacaulfield Seriously, if any of you disagree with "Han shot first", please unfollow me. No hard feelings. Sincerely, I'm right and you're just wrong.
@JamesGunn It's 2013 and I still don't have my consumer-use Jet Pack even though I saw one on Gilligan's Island when I was 3. THE FUTURE IS BULLSHIT.
@DamonLindelof Walking Dead is to showrunners as Spinal Tap is to drummers.
@neveldinetaylor ok, hobbit HFR: my brain hates it, my eyeballs love it
@NoelClarke I've played computer games my whole life and never stolen a car, GTA'd, COD'd, Creeded, or taken mushrooms and run around punching bricks.