What does The Martian have in common with The Man in the High Castle?
The short answer is Sir Ridley Scott who directed the film, The Martian, and he is the Executive Producer for The Man in the High Castle, an original series from Amazon.
The 73 rd Golden Globe Awards will honor the best in film and American Television of 2015 and will be broadcast live on January 10, 2016 by NBC. The nominations were announced on December 10, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and Ricky Gervais will host the show for the fourth time.
The Martian, a sci-fi film, is nominated for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Other nominees in the same category include The Big Short, Joy, Spy, and Trainwreck. The drama category nominees are Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight.
Matt Damon, as Mark Watney, is nominated for Best Actor Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Sir Ridley Scott is nominated for the Best Director – The Martian. The movie reached total lifetime worldwide gross sales of $595,975,402 as of January 1 2016.
The total number of hours spent reading The Martian by Andy Weir in 2015 on Kindle is equivalent to more than 1,000 trips to Mars on the Curiosity rover according to Amazon. The story of The Martian is about the first human being, an astronaut, Mark Watney stranded on Mars and he is sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering and botany skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? The Martian, film is available as Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download), DVD and Blu Ray or you can listen to an audiobook or read the book.
Over the festive season binge watching got a thumbs up as The Man in the High Castle has been streamed more than any other original series from Amazon. Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Sir Ridley Scott (The Martian, Gladiator, Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).
This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.
Get ready for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards as Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle! are nominated for 3 and 2 awards, respectively. Both Amazon Original Series nominations include Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor and Mozart in the Jungle’s Gael Garcia Bernal are nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
Other Television Best Series, Musical or Comedy nominees include Casual, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Veep.
Nominations for best series in drama are Empire, Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot, Narcos and Outlander.
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