Photos from the ‘Hollywood In Space’ Red Carpet Sizzle Reel Debut!

We’ve uploaded some of the photos from last week’s Hollywood In Space Red Carpet Sizzle Reel Debut to Facebook! Check them out and stay tuned for videos and more photos to come!

Thank you to the fans and sold out crowd who made the night so special and exciting for everyone!

‘Hollywood In Space’ Sci-Fi Meets Aerospace Engineers Show Will Debut Feb. 26th To Sold Out Crest Theater In Westwood, CA

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

Robin Berg and Gregory Markel, Vizual>NOW production company partners and co-creators of Hollywood In Space, today announced that the Hollywood In Space red carpet sizzle real debut at the historic Crest Theater in Westwood, CA this Thursday, February 26th, has sold out with all available tickets now downloaded.


Hollywood In Space is a new "TV" show concept that stars real-life rockstar aerospace engineers Mike Paul Hughes, (Orion, Osiris Rex, Deep Impact), Steve Lee, (Mars Curiosity Rover Team, Hubble Space Telescope), and Dr. Aline Zimmer, (Orbital Mechanics & Spacecraft Systems), who use their day job skills to analyze the fantastic spacecraft and technology of Hollywood science fiction movies and TV shows to ask and answer such theoretical questions as; Could the Star Wars Millennium Falcon really fly? Is Star Trek's Warp Speed scientifically possible? Did Interstellar‘s shuttle craft use anti-gravity? Was the Space Station scene in Gravity realistic? What would it take for Dr. Who's TARDIS time machine phone booth to work?, and many more.

Hollywood In Space is a show lovingly conceived and created by sci-fi and space exploration fans for sci-fi fans, movie fans, space exploration fans, technology and science fans and will include integrated school and museum educational materials and an annual Hollywood In Space science fiction events, cosplay and vender convention.

February 26th, the Hollywood In Space cast and crew will walk the red carpet and interact with the sold out venue audience to:

  • Introduce themselves, talk about their backgrounds, their aerospace projects and their love of sci-fi
  • Debut the Hollywood In Space sizzle reel on the big screen of the historic Crest Theater
  • Share a sneak peek at what the inside of the Hollywood In Space show spacecraft set looks like
  • Talk about the goals for Hollywood In Space and the making of the sizzle reel with Director Robin Berg, Kevin Ryniker (Technical Direction, for Durland Productions), and Executive Producer Gregory Markel
  • Answer audience questions about the reel, Hollywood sci-fi and space exploration
  • Have cast pictures taken with Mike, Steve and Aline and the Hollywood In Space fans

Find more event and cast information here or on the official Hollywood In Space site, at

About Hollywood In Space

Hollywood In Space stars noted aerospace engineers Mike Paul Hughes, Steve Lee and Dr. Aline Zimmer who use their real-life engineering skills to theoretically analyze the science fiction spacecraft and technology of Hollywood movies in hyper-energized and CG driven entertaining, educating and inspiring ways. Come aboard via the official page.

About Vizual>NOW

Vizual>NOW was founded by partners Gregory Markel and Robin Berg to conceive and create the "TV", VOIP, mobile, OTT and Social content of today and tomorrow. Entertainment and community at the speed of now. Learn more at

Will this be the opening scene from ‘Star Wars‬: The Force Awakens’?

What?!?!? Will this be the opening scene from Star Wars‬: The Force Awakens? We can’t WAIT for Mike, Steve and Aline to analyze the first trailer!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yes, even more Star Wars rumors — this time, we apparently have a description of the movie’s opening sequences. Allegedly, the film opens on a lightsaber floating in space, before it plummets to the planet below, where a native farmer takes it to someone codenamed ‘The Vicar’ (this is apparently Max Von Sydow’s character), who in turn contacts the Rebel Alliance about the weapon.

This brings Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) to the planet, but the Empire arrive soon after – including John Boyega’s Finn, who attack the village looking for the Rebels. Dameron is captured by the Imperials, Finn is imprisoned by Kylo Ren for allowing villagers to flee during the fight. Poe and Finn bond while being held in the brig of a Star Destroyer, before hatching a plan to escape together in a TIE Fighter.

As ever, take this all with a pinch of salt. [Making Star Wars]

Or don’t! JJ Abrams, speaking to the BBC, had this to say about the process of making The Force Awakens and the bevy of rumors around the film:

We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work.

There are a ton of rumors — some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie.

So somewhere out there is a true spoiler for Episode VII. Somewhere. [BBC]

It’s official that Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, has a role in The Force Awakens. And apparently it’s a big enough part that it impressed J.J. Abrams. He told E! Online: "I’ve known Billie since she was six or something… So to see her…I can’t believe that she’s this young woman who’s clearly going into the stratosphere." [E! Online]

via io9

What Astronauts Really Look Like When They Return from the Moon

We’ve all seen “return from space” scenes in a zillion Hollywood ‪‎Sc-iFi‬ films, but this pic below, from legendary astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is the real deal…THIS is what it REALLY looks like when astronauts return from the ‪Moon‬! Here’s what Buzz had to say about this pic: “Yep – Neil, Mike and I had to go through customs returning from the moon after our Apollo 11 mission. Thankfully we had “nothing to declare”. We left some things on the moon to save weight – our boots, backpacks, Hasselblad camera, a bag of trash. In retrospect it would have been a good idea to have brought the boots and camera home to Earth but we needed to make the spacecraft lighter.”


‘Hollywood in Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes awarded Orion Program Manager’s Commendation

Mike Paul Hughes Orion Program Manager
In a post on the Hollywood in Space Facebook page yesterday, Mike Paul Hughes announced he has been awarded the NASA Orion MPCV Program Manager’s Commendation for his contribution to the first integrated forward bay cover tent on the 10th engineering development unit airdrop cluster development test of the capsule parachute assembly system. The award was presented by Mark Geyer, Orion/MPCV Program Manager.

Congratulations, Mike!

Mike Paul Hughes will join fellow co-hosts of Hollywood in Space Aline Zimmer and Steve Lee at the red carpet premiere of the Hollywood in Space sizzle reel on February 26 in Los Angeles. A limited number of tickets are still available.

Mike Paul Hughes: From ‘Asteroids’ Video Game To Real Life Asteroids and Lasers!

'Hollywood In Space' host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year's Eve, 2014.
‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes, New Year’s Eve, 2014.

When I was 16, I pumped a lot of quarters into the “Asteroids” video game at the pizza shop on Saxer Ave. Loved blasting asteroids with lasers. Now I’m in Santa Barbara to visit our laser imaging system vendor. These lasers will fly to asteroid Bennu on our ‪#‎NASA‬ Osiris-Rex mission. So I will get to shoot a laser at an asteroid for real. – Mike Paul Hughes ‪#‎truth‬ asteroids arcade game‪#‎Irony‬. P.S. You can play a simulation of the original ‘Asteroids’ game at Working with real lasers and asteroids is optional, but recommended.;)

Would Oblivion’s ‘Bubbleship’ Actually Fly If Built In Real-Life?

Mike Paul HughesCheck out the real-life flight physics for the ‘Oblivion’ ‘Bubbleship’ that our ‘Hollywood In Space’ host Mike Paul Hughes calculated for!

Mike was so intrigued and inspired by the ‘Bubbleship’ when he saw ‘Oblivion’ that he took it upon himself to do the math to see if a real-life Bubbleship could actually fly!

Mike thought…

So for grins I derived the linearized dynamic equations of motion for the Oblivion bubble ship. Very feasible system given ultra high Isp rocket engines and very sporty adaptive control techniques, perhaps H-infinity…”

And guess what?

Mike concluded that the flight physics/math (see below) says that a REAL Bubbleship could be built TODAY! It really will fly! (The only limitation would be the rocket engines…today’s technology limitations would only allow them to burn for about 15-30mins at the scale depicted on the Bubbleship, but still! Wouldn’t it be awesome to fly a real Bubbleship?)

– See more at:

Oblivion Bubbleship flight physics.

Where Aerospace Rockstars Mike Paul Hughes, Steve Lee & Aline Zimmer Boldly Go Where No Engineer Has Gone Before To Analyze Hollywood Movie Spacecraft and Tech!