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Lego Version Of Knight Rider’s KITT Is Silent But Deadly

I like the growing consensus of artists who are saying, “Anything you can do, I can do better. And with Legos.” In the next 10 years, I see an influx of Lego builders who will recreate everything the world has ever seen, using solely the multi-colored building blocks. And only then will we find out where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

“You can play with me, Michael, but I am not a toy.” That’s a made-up line of dialogue I just gave to this snazzy Lego rendition of that most badass of talking vehicles, KITT from the TV show Knight Rider. (Sorry, Speed Buggy.) We just recently oohed and ahhed over Lego architecture artist Orion Pax — real name: Alex Jones — who recreated the Ghostbusters firehouse and the Ninja Turtles Party Wagon, and even though KITT isn’t boasting the same amount of insane detail, it’s still a project worthy of more than a few impressed stares.

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Star Trek’s Redshirts Aren’t Necessarily As Doomed As We Thought

It’s a long-running joke amongst Trekkies and sci-fi fans in general. If you’re in the Star Trek universe, you’re wearing red, and you’re not a recurring character, you’re almost certainly going to die horribly when you beam down to that unexplored alien world to investigate that mysterious distress signal. It’s just the way things are.

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Fan-Made Blade Runner Magazine Introduces That New Voight-Kampff Test

One of the reasons Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner still holds up amazingly well 30 years later is the layered, incredibly detailed world it created, from Tyrell’s gleaming skyscraper to the filthy alley markets cluttered with shady characters. Hell, the movie’s art department even mocked up fake magazines to fill out newsstand shelves. It’s a shame they didn’t have artist Tim Anderson around at the time, because his work on the image below suggests he would have fit right in.

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Godzilla Reboot May Add Juliette Bincohe

It’s rare for a big Hollywood blockbuster to include many actors who are mostly known for their indie and art-house movie work. You have to hand it to director Gareth Edwards for making Godzilla classy, and now he’s looking to add another well-respected talent.

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The Sixth Gun TV Pilot Adds Laura Ramsey To The Growing Cast

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NBC has started casting for The Sixth Gun TV pilot. It looks like the TV drama based on the Oni Press graphic novel has found its lead in Laura Ramsey (The Ruins). Actors W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit), and Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will join Ramsey in the growing cast.

According to Deadline.com, Laura Ramsey would play the character of Becky Montcrief, a farmer’s daughter who comes into possession of a mysterious pistol that has awakened dark and evil forces. Drake Sinclair, a shadowy gunfighter who has sworn to protect the innocent girl, accompanies Becky throughout her journey.

Laura Ramsey appeared in the 2008 horror film The Ruins opposite Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, and Shawn Ashmore. She also appeared on the very short-lived My Generation TV series for NBC in 2010.

Also added to The Sixth Gun TV pilot will be W. Earl Brown, who will play General Oliander Hume, a foul-mouthed undead Confederate War General who has been imprisoned for 18 years in a mysterious coffin. Graham McTavish will play the character of Silas Hedgepeth, General Hume’s most loyal lieutenant, and the maker of the Fourth Gun. Lastly, Aldis Hodge will play a private investigator looking for the missing guns.

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Smartphone Satellite Will Listen For Screams In Space

There have definitely been times over the last few years when I’ve wanted to take my cell phone and throw it as hard as I possibly could. But my phone definitely would not have made it into Earth’s orbit. Probably due to something scientific and not just weak upper arms.

The Indian Space Research Organization and French Space Agency sent the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle hurtling up into the sky on Monday, carrying a load of seven satellites of different shapes, sizes, and functions. Included among the cargo: a smartphone with the mission of testing that old adage that in space no one can hear you scream.

Challenge accepted.

Challenge accepted.

For instance, a Google Nexus phone will be used for a satellite developed by the University of Surrey’s Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL). Though it will be controlled by a standard computer initially, the phone and its wealth of apps will soon take fate into its own hand apps to do things such as record its own magnetic field while orbiting the Earth, which it will do for the next six months.

But the real mouth-hugging part about it is Cambridge University Space Flight’s “Scream in Space” app, which will take user-submitted screams and play videos of them while in space to see if the onboard microphone picks it up. Ridley Scott lied to us about Prometheus. Don’t let Alien be a lie, too! Images and updates for the satellite can be found on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

To recap the other groundbreaking devices onboard, the SARAL satellite will monitor all oceanic properties; the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) will look for giant asteroids lurking around our planet; and Canada’s Sapphire is the nation’s first military satellite, which will track space debris and other satellites. We’ll let you know if this motley squad of overachievers sends anything positive back our way. But I ask you this: would a black hole be more or less frightening if it also screamed nonstop?