Water Cooler 3.9.12

Assistant Features Editor, Savannah Sawyer compiles the Water Cooler.

‘Terra Nova’ axed after only one season

“Terra Nova,” which aired on Fox, was a sci-fi series about a family and their journey to prehistoric earth.

Fox officals announced on Monday that they would drop the program after one season.

The show brought an average of only 8 million viewers a week.

Designer of ‘Star Wars’ look dies at 82

Ralph McQuarrie, the artist behind the looks of the first “Star Wars” trilogy’s characters and setpieces, died Saturday in his Califorina home.

According to John Scoleri, co-author of a book of McQuarrie’s, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Some of his most recgonizable looks were Darth Vader, C-3P0, R2-D2, the Stormtroopers and the lightsaber.

 Apple reveals new iPad model

Apple revealed a new iPad model Wednesday, titled the New iPad.

The new model will have a sharper screen and faster wireless broadband.

It will also include a voice dictation sytem similar to that of Siri on Apple’s iPhone 4S along with a plethora of other updated features.

Apple still is at the top of the charts of tablets sold with 15.4 million iPads sold in the fourth quarter of last year, with the Amazon Kindle Fire coming in second with 5.5 million sold.

The Apple iPad has sold 55 million units to date.

 Brooks joins Country Music Hall of Fame

Country singer Garth Brooks will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as one of the youngest living inductees.

Brooks, along with singer Connie Smith and keyboard player “Pig” Robbins, will be inducted during a formal ceremony planned for later this year.

Obama campaign to put out documentary

President Obama’s campaign will be releasing a new 17-minute documentary next week about the President’s first week in office.

According to Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, the short film was directed by Davis Guggenheim who also directed Al Gore’s “An Inconvient Truth.”

Messina said the documentary will “put into perspective the enormous challenges that the nation faced when the president took office and the strides we’ve made together.”

 Raven-Symone to star in ‘Sister Act’

Later this month, former child star Raven-Symone will take over the lead role in Broadway’s musical, “Sister Act.”

She will take over the role from Tony Award nominated actress Patina Miller, whose final performance will be March 18.

Whoopi?Goldberg, who played Deloris Van?Cartier in the 1992 film, is producing the musical.

 KONY 2012 effort targets Joseph Kony

A 29-minute viral video hit the web Monday targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army and their leader, Joseph Kony who is wanted by International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

The video, made by the same American filmmakers who made a 50-minute video called “Invisible Children,” release the KONY?2012 video on their website, www.kony2012.com.