This week has been full of announcements big and small all across geekdom, so let’s get the ball rolling!
Presidential Candidate Channels Inner Simpson in Odd BuzzFeed Video
There are a lot of different things that Ted Cruz, Republican presidential hopeful, is known for, but impressions aren’t one of them.
Well, now Cruz’s list of bad impressions has increased nearly tenfold. Taking the phrase “strange bedfellows” to new heights in video from BuzzFeed, Cruz has decided to offer up a series of pretty terrible Simpson’s impressions in a fake “audition” tape.
At the beginning he makes it pretty clear he’ll take “any part [he] can get,” so at least this means he’s keeping his post-election options open.
SpaceX epitomizes “try, try again” mentality in reusable space travel
When NASA announced that finances required putting an end to current space exploration endeavors, the geek community wept. Then SpaceX came along, and has been trying to use the private market to revitalize space travel and exploration in a number of different ways.
Fans of fireworks and pyrotechnics have been enjoying at least one of those ways, as nearly every attempt SpaceX has attempted at creating a reusable rocket has met with disaster. Fiery, explosive disaster.
Therefore, news was to be as expected at the launch of their latest Falcon 9 rocket out of Cape Canaveral this week, which exploded less than 3 minutes after takeoff. The rocket, the first Falcon 9 to meet such a fate, was carrying supplies to the International Space Station and had no people on board, so luckily any injuries were avoided. However, the dragon capsule on board was carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of food, and two Microsoft HoloLenses…so, ouch.
Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk says that pressurized oxygen tanks may have been the cause of the explosion.
Fla.-based ChronoPoints digitally re-creating JFK TWA Terminal for preservation
A pinnacle in 1960s construction, the TWA Terminal at JFK International in NYC has been shuttered to the public for some time now. A lot of speculation had been swirling concerning what would become of the iconic location as the area went under ‘redevelopment’.
Luckily, it seems as though the terminal is set to become a stylized hotel, preserving Eeno Saarinen’s posthumous work. Even cooler, while the hotel will make some changes to the overall layout of the terminal, ChronoPoints, a tech firm out of Florida, has digitally rebuilt the original architecture, for free viewing online.
Hasbro and Lionsgate join forces to produce another iconic boardgame-based movie
In the world of movies based on actual boardgames and toys, there have been very few winners. In fact, the only successful titles to come to mind were 2013’s The LEGO Movie, and 1985’s Clue, which was met with mixed reviews at release, but has since seen a huge revival thanks to its cult following.
In the disaster category are such wonderful titles as 2012’s Liam Neeson vehicle (pun not intended) Battleship and the recently announced Hasbro/Lionsgate project, Monopoly.
Yes, you read that right, the game that brought out the despotic tenement slumlord in all of us and destroyed the strongest of relationships is going to be produced into a live-action film.
“Hasbro is a partner with…a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig in a press release. “Andrew Niccol is…responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as The Truman Show, Gattaca, and The Terminal. He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”
Crowd-pleasing? Anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game likely doesn’t speak to their kids or families anymore, let alone see movies with them.
Bruce Campbell lends Starz network a ‘hand’ in reviving Ash and The Evil Dead
Ash is coming back ladies and gentleman, and he’s bringing the apocalypse back with him!
In what can only be an attempt by Starz to leverage back some fans from the every growing Netflix gargantuan and their seemingly endless new series and revivals, they plan to revive the nearly 25-year-old movie trilogy as a TV series. In Ash vs. The Evil Dead, Ash, played again by Campbell, will assemble a team to help defeat a revolving door of evil after he accidentally causes the apocalypse yet again.
The first image of the now much older, Burn Notice veteran, donning the iconic chainsaw hand debuted this week and can be seen above.
Telltale Games reveals Minecraft: Story Mode trailer and more at MineCon
When Telltale announced that their next project to follow up Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands was going to be Minecraft: Story Mode the gaming community was just a little skeptical. Technically speaking, Minecraft already has a loose story mode, and based on its overall mechanic, imagining Telltale’s signature point-and-click working with Mojang’s brick-builder seemed difficult.
But, with MineCon being this week, Telltale debuted the first trailer for the upcoming new collaboration, and believe it or not, it works. Telltale has really mastered the art of diving head first into other company’s franchises, and giving them a completely new direction using an age-old mechanic.
The voice cast for this series is outstanding, featuring Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy and Corey Feldmen, just to name a few. Oh, and lest we forget Billy “Every Voice Ever” West, and Paul “I’m Pee Wee Friggin’ Herman” Reubens.
Check out the trailer above, and odds are you’ll be itching to download Episode One when it launches later this year.
That’s it for this week! Be sure to stay tuned to The Grown-Up Geek for more coverage on these stories and more!