Mars One Plans To Build Practice Facilities To Simulate Life On The Red Planet

Mars OneMars One is the non-profit organization based in the Netherlands that wants to jumpstart civilization on Mars by sending a group of colonizers on a one-way jaunt to the Red Planet. In order to help the participants prepare for their deep space adventure, the group recently announced that they plan to build multiple practice facilities to give the potential pioneers just a small dose of what they’re in for along the way. If you’re like us, you can’t help but imagine this as playing out something like the plot of Bio-Dome, only with less Baldwin, probably, and certainly less Pauly Shore. I can’t imagine anyone signing on to spend the rest of their natural life in close quarters with the Weasel.

At the present time, there has been no specific location selected for any of these faux-Martian environments, but Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement, “We are very eager to get started constructing actual hardware for our mission that is important for training future Mars One crews and preparing them for their life on Mars…We are going from theory to practice.”


Snowpiercer Will Storm The LA Film Festival

snowpiercerAfter months and months of bickering back and forth, North America recently got a concrete release date for director Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut, the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer. The film hits a limited number of theaters, and presumably the video on demand market, on June 27. A select few viewers will get to lay eyes on it a few weeks earlier, since the film has been selected to open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 11.

Based on the French graphic novel La Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in a futuristic world where attempts to reverse global warming have kicked off a new ice age—in the comics a war causes this catastrophe. The only survivors live inside of a train powered by a perpetual motion engine that endlessly circles the frozen wastes. Inside, the remaining passengers are divided by a rigid caste system—the wealthy elite living a life of leisure up front while the poor starve at the back—and resentment and rebellion bubbles and festers until it erupts in violence.


MIT Joins In The Search For Bigfoot, Sort Of

bigfootWe haven’t had a Bigfoot post in a while, so it’s high time to catch up with that mythological beast, or at least, the folks who believe it exists and that they have evidence of it’s real. Recently, the search for Sasquatch has gained both new life and credibility with MIT joining in the hunt. Or more accurately, some of their technology has.

True believer Matt Knapp, who runs the Bigfoot Crossroads blog, is frustrated at the slow pace and loose ends of current research. Technology has hindered the search more than helped, given the number of fraudulent photos and videos available online, as well as the ease with which misinformation spreads. Knapp now requests that all those in pursuit of the truth use technology created by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).


Futurama And The Mass Effect Trilogy Are On Sale Cheap Today

Futurama concluded its long, brilliant, but troubled run last September, after multiple deaths, multiple networks, and multiple resurrections. While it was sad to see the show take its final bow, it is cool to now have the entire run available in convenient, binge-friendly form. If you’ve always been meaning to add Futurama to your home-video collection, today is the day! Amazon has the complete series DVD box set on sale for only $85.49, marked down 57% off its normal $199.98 list price.



Extant Teaser Introduces Halle Berry’s Knocked-Up Astronaut

Astronauts were hot commodities last year, at least they were if they looked like Sandra Bullock and they were in a movie that made $273 million. Well, I don’t know if CBS’s Extant will be able to match Alfonso Cuaron’s epic display of space carnage, but the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series does feature a female astronaut getting into peculiar trouble during a mission into space. But whereas Sandy was dodging debris, Extant’s Molly Watts comes back to Earth carrying more than she left with. In her womb, I mean.

After a year-long solo mission into space, Molly returns home and begins trying to reconnect with her husband John (Goran Visnjic) and son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). They’re already an unusual family, as Ethan is, in fact, a highly advanced android prototype. (I’m sure somebody somewhere will scream about that being a threat to traditional family values.) But things are definitely going to get a bit more stressful, since the new teaser reveals that Molly — who is unable to conceive, hence the android kid — has a seemingly impossible a bun in the oven. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but…


Godzilla Can’t Be Stopped In Latest TV Spot And Viral Images

We already knew that it was going to be tough as hell to take down Godzilla when he stomps into movie theaters this May. After all, you don’t earn a keen nickname like King of the Monsters for being a pushover. But according to this newest TV spot, he can’t be stopped. Well if that’s true, humanity is in a rather tough spot, but it doesn’t make this clip any less fantastic. There’s also a collection of “classified” photos, just as an added bonus.

This video from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures may be short, but there is enough new footage that it is certainly worth your while to take a look. That bit with the flaming train at the very beginning is one hell of an attention grabber, let alone once the monster smashed though the train trestle.