Dead Island Adaptation Returns From Beyond The Grave

Dead IslandZombie fans and gamers alike got some good news recently: the often talked about film adaptation of the popular video game Dead Island has, well, it’s come back from the dead.

It’s been some time since we heard even a peep from the project, but Deadline reports that the film version of the wildly popular video game could hit theaters as early as next year. Dead Island first appeared in 2011, and now Occupant Entertainment has teamed up with publisher Deep Silver to finance and produce the picture.


Vanilla Ice Weighs In On The Latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Soundtrack

Vanilla IceSince he appeared in 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Vanilla Ice has been indelibly linked to the Heroes in a Half Shell. Who among us can forget that iconic scene when Ice, lines shaved into his head and all, busts out an impromptu rap about ninjas who also happen to be turtles? That is, after all, a completely natural reaction to seeing a bunch of human-sized amphibians running around, talking, and fighting evil henchmen. We recently got our first taste of the soundtrack for Jonathan Liebesman’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, and Ice has some definite thoughts on the matter.

Notable hip-hop artists Juicy J., Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign got together with Madsonik and Kill the Noise to deliver the song “Shell Shocked.” This is the first track off of the Atlantic Records soundtrack, and we can only assume it will be the hot song of the summer. It’s not exactly my cup of tea, or particularly original, but what the hell. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly expecting a stellar audio experience. Let’s just say, this ain’t no “Batdance.” Apparently Mr. Ice has similar feelings.


Marvel President Kevin Feige Compares Thanos To The Emperor From Star Wars

Possible minor SPOILERS about Guardians of the Galaxy. This isn’t really anything that you wouldn’t know from watching trailers, but if you’re trying to avoid everything about GotG before you go in, you might want to sit this one out.



Boston Debuts Smart Benches

smart benchIt’s been a while since I’ve done a post about a new smart gadget. It’s not because they’re not emerging in droves—they most definitely are—but I find myself getting desensitized to smart news. If everything’s smart these days, then doesn’t the word and quality lose some of its meaning? Regardless, this one caught my eye because hey, I live in the city where these nifty solar-powered, phone-charging smart benches can now be found.

Changing Environments, which is unsurprisingly an offspring of MIT’s Media Lab, is the brains behind the “soofa” bench. The company consists of three women, a Harvard-educated designer, an MIT Media Lab-affiliated marketing professional, and an electrical engineering and IT student.


Sharknado 2 Infests Movie Theaters For One Night Of Swirling Terror

Sharkndo 2Did you miss last week’s premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One, the inexplicably popular Syfy creature feature? Did you also miss one of the numerous subsequent rebroadcasts? Perhaps you just really, really want to see former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering wielding a chainsaw Bruce Campbell-style on the big screen. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, because that’s going to happen. The made-for-TV Sharknado 2 will get a turn in movie theaters, but if you’re interested in this, you can’t rest on your laurels, because it’s only for one night.

The Wrap reports that Fathom Events will bring the schlocky, social media-driven hit to theaters for a single night on August 21, screening at 8pm local time across the country. Fathom are the folks who are responsible for bringing all kinds of live events into movie theaters, including stage performances and concerts, as well as big ticket MMA and boxing matches. They’ve also recently staged events with the likes of Riff Trax and even showed the Monty Python reunion performances.


Outlander Blends Time Travel, Romance, And Men In Kilts: This Week’s Sci-Fi TV

OutlanderFans have been eagerly awaiting Ronald D. Moore’s return to television for years now. Regardless of how you felt about the show’s ending, there’s no question that Moore and company accomplished something amazing with the Battlestar Galactica reboot, proving once again that there is an audience out there for smart, complex science fiction drama…if only the powers that be will actually greenlight it (and not put it on Fox). But of all the shows Moore could have chosen for his return to the small screen, I never would have guessed he would pick a time-traveling romance series about a World War I nurse dropped into 18th century Scotland. Yet here comes Outlander.

Based on author Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series, Outlander is the tale of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who passes out near some mysterious standing stones, only to awaken, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court-style, two centuries earlier in “an unknown world where her freedom and very life are at risk.” Soon she finds her loyalty to her 20th-century husband strained when she’s force to marry a strapping Scottish warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Even if Claire can find a way back to her native time, will she still want to return when that would mean giving up the hot dude in the kilt? Time will tell.