Boston’s best April Fools news: Life of Pi 2, Downtown Crossing Abbey, late-night T service
Today is a day of Tom foolery, so it comes as no surprise that local groups and media outlets are getting in on the fun.
Here is a handful of Metro’s favorite Boston-area media pranks so far:
Headline: “Life of Pi Sequel to be Filmed at MIT”
Early this morning, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s alumni blog, Slice of MIT, sent out its daily email to let subscribers stay up-to-date with the campus buzz. For those still waking up, it may have taken a minute to remember it was April Fools’ Day. But alas, an MIT-filmed Life of Pi “squared” is too good to be true.
The blog’s author, Jay London, wrote:
As movies and television shows continue to film in and around Boston, it’s no surprise that MIT’s campus is one of the area’s most-requested filming locations. While the Institute has allowed on-campus filming only sparingly in the past, beginning in 2014, the presence of actors, cameras, and film crews will be a common sight at MIT.
The sequel to the fantasy adventure film, Life of Pi, will be set entirely on MIT campus. The proposed script, tentatively titled Life of Pi², describes the protagonist, Pi Patel, as a graduate student at a post-apocalyptic MIT where a failed climate-change experiment causes the Charles River to rise over its banks and engulf Cambridge.
Headline: Boston spin-off “Downtown Crossing Abbey” Tapes Pilot This April Fool’s Day
This one is sort of true – Urban Improv held a dress rehearsal for one of its “Banned in Boston” spoof skits. The annual comedy fundraiser is set for Friday at The House of Blues.
A press release sent out today said, “The scene spoofs PBS’ popular TV show “Downton Abbey” with familiar characters, Mary and Bates, and new additions such as Lady Allston-Brighton and Lord Dunkin Donuts. The show brings together the biggest names in Boston to ditch their suits and dress in drag; mock themselves and their day jobs along with the media’s biggest headlines and our great city.”
Headline: MBTA Approves Plan For Late-Night Service, T to Remain Open Until 3 a.m.
Bostinno.com unleashed a collective “lol” today when it reported that the MBTA listened to the demands of its riders by offering T service until 3 a.m.
A story posted on the website today said:
In an unprecedented move, officials from the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that they have approved a plan that allows the MBTA to operate until 3 a.m.
Officials worked tirelessly over the holiday weekend to reach a conclusion about the late-night service early Monday morning.
“It was certainly a tough decision. With a public transit system that’s facing a $5.2 billion debt, adding even more service hours and spending money we don’t have just didn’t seem palpable,” an MBTA spokesperson told BostInno.
“However, after listening to years and years of customer complaints,” he continued, “we finally just said to ourselves, ‘screw it – let’s give the people what they want.’”
Even the Boston Public Health Commission took a break from playing it safe: