Listen to a captive killer whale named ‘Wikie’ mimic ‘hello’ back to scientists


In 2014, scientists hauled their recording equipment into Marineland, an aquatic theme park located in the French resort town of Antibes. They wanted to see if a 14-year old orca whale living there, named Wikie, could listen to a huge diversity of sounds — from humans, elephants, and whales — and then mimic these noises back.

The experiment was designed to test the hypothesis,  supported other studies, that killer whales and other cetaceans learn sounds in social settings. 

According to their research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Wikie successfully copied these sounds back to the researchers — although there’s certainly no evidence she was ever truly “talking.” Read more…

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Official Trailer for Wacky Horror Comedy ‘Attack of the Killer Donuts’

Attack of the Killer Donuts

“We’ve eaten them for years, now it’s their turn!” Level 33 Entertainment has dropped a trailer for a goofy new horror comedy film titled Attack of the Killer Donuts, which is indeed about donuts that become bloody thirsty killers. They’ve thought of everything, haven’t they? Maybe this is the perfect trailer to watch the day after Halloween, although it’ll probably give you the munchies for donuts (just make sure the ones you buy aren’t bloody thirsty killers). Attack of the Killer Donuts stars Justin Ray, Kayla Compton, Ben Heyman, Kassandra Voyagis, Michael Swan, and Aaron Groben. On one hand, it’s kind of cool that something this wacky still exists (with its own theme song?!). On the other, this looks as awful as it sounds. ›››

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Exclusive Black Rose Clip Reveals a Killer

Black Rose

Serial killer thriller Black Rose is directed by actor Alexander Nevsky and co-stars Terminator 3’s Kristanna Loken

Released in Russia back in 2014, director and star Alexander Nevsky’s serial killer thriller Black Rose is finally hitting theaters at the end of this month — April 28th to be exact — before stabbing onto VOD and DVD on May 2nd. The film stars Nevsky as a Russian police major enlisted by the LAPD to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic sociopathic killer on the mean streets of Hollywood. Can the Russian supercop and his American partner stop the mad murderer before he spills enough blood to stain the streets red?

The slick, violent chiller is written by Brent Huff (Chasing Beauty) and George Saunders (The Hunt for Red October) and is maybe most notable for starring the still badass Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3, BloodRayne) and Highlander TV series star Adrian Paul, along with the great Robert Davi (Showgirls) in key roles.

Check out the exclusive clip with have for you below and the high-octane trailer below that. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

Black Rose

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‘Fast & Furious’ in Space? Franchise Writer Won’t Rule It Out and Has a Killer Idea

Fast and Furious in Space

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its ridiculous action as much as its overuse of the word family. When the film series started as a street racing version of Point Break back in 2001, it was a little more grounded, but a few films later, that went completely out the window as Universal embraced the insanity of the action sequences cooked up by the filmmakers.

As the Fast and Furious films have continued and the action has escalated, fans have joked that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his de facto family will eventually have to head to space to up the ante. Writer Chris Morgan has heard this multiple times, and he surprisingly didn’t shoot down the prospect when asked about it recently. He even has one hell of an idea if it were to happen.

Uproxx sat down with Chris Morgan for an interview leading up to the release of The Fate of the Furious this coming week, and they flat out asked if we might ever see Fast and Furious in space, where there are no roads. Interestingly enough, Chris Morgan didn’t say no:

“Look, I get all versions of that question. I get, ‘Are you going to space?,’ and, ‘Please, God, tell me you’re not going to space because you’ll lose me if you do.’ … The only way I’d go to space is if I had something so good.”

Since this is the Fast and Furious franchise we’re talking about, the meaning of “something so good” doesn’t necessarily hold a lot of weight. Still, it would have to be something that makes somewhat logical sense. But Chris Morgan has an idea that is so awesome that I’d be willing to throw all logic out the window. Morgan says:

“What if Dom’s long lost brother, Richard B. Riddick showed up?”

That sound you hear is of minds being blown around the world. Could you imagine having a movie where the Fast and Furious cast not only goes to space, but they end up meeting Richard B. Riddick? For those who don’t know, that’s the character that Vin Diesel has played in Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick and the most recently released Riddick. Could audiences handle two bad ass versions of Vin Diesel in one movie? It just might be too much to handle.

As crazy as it sounds, the story would be the hardest thing to crack. Riddick just so happens to be a franchise that is situated at Universal Pictures, the same studio behind the Fast and Furious franchise. However, if we’re going to have a crossover that gives us two Vin Diesels, there’s one that makes a little more sense.

What audiences really need to see is a crossover that blends the xXx franchise with Fast and Furious. The blend of extreme sports action, heists and fast car chases just makes sense. But the problem there is that Paramount Pictures owns the rights to xXx, so it’s about as likely to happen as Fast and Furious going to space.

Though James Bond and Jason Voorhees both went to space, I personally can’t see this ever happening, but I’d be first in line to see what they movie would be like. We’ll just have to take solace in the fact that there’s no shortage of crazy ideas to continue the Fast and Furious franchise in the most ludicrous way possible if it ever came down to it.

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