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Steven Spielberg Set to Direct Ready Player One

Ready_Player_One_cover(PCM) Work has long been in progress to take Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s highly popular 2011 dystopian sci-fi novel, to the big screen, and now that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have announced that Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg is attached to direct, the project should have no trouble being greenlit.

Deadline broke news that Spielberg will helm Ready Player One from an adapted screenplay by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) earlier today.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steven back to Warner Bros,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production. “We had an historic series of collaborations in the 1980s and 1990s and have wanted to bring him back for years.”

 

Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film back in June of 2010, more than a year before the novel’s publication. Ready Player One, now a New York Times bestseller, won both the Alex Award and the Prometheus Award in 2012 and has been published in over 40 countries.

Loaded with pop culture references, including Steven Spielberg’s work, Ready Player One won geeks, nerds, pop culture enthusiasts, and book lovers over with its fun adventurous story.

The book is aptly summarized on its official site as:

Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

“It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

“And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

“And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

“Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

Stay tuned for more updates on Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One!

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Playing Hide-and-Seek Is A Big No-No In IKEA Stores

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(PCM) The fact that furniture and housewares retailer IKEA even had to issue a statement in regards to customers playing hide-and-seek in their stores is utterly ridiculous, but the company is done “playing games” and has made a new rule, telling their customers : No more hide-and-seek in the store!

It seems that online groups have been popping online in order organize massive games of hide-and-seek that take place inside IKEA stores across the country. It seems that the trend is currently only occurring in Europe, but could soon make its’ way over to The States.

In the Netherlands, over 30,000 people signed up via Facebook for a massive hide-and-seek game that was supposed to take place in a store in Eindhoven, which possible could have broken the World Record for the largest game of hide-and-seek ever, but alas, the organizers were not permitted to play and the massive game failed to take place.

A spokesperson for IKEA says that the new trend is hard to control and that the company’s main focus is the safety of customers in their stores, which is hard to do if those customers can’t be located.

IKEA goes on to claim that they are thrilled that customers want to gather together with friends and family to have some fun, but the massive hide-and-seek games in the stores need to cease, as they have gotten so out of control the company can no longer guarantee the safety of both the customers and their own employees.

We certainly understand the safety concern, but admit it … a massive game of hide-and-seek at IKEA does seem a little appealing, right?

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It’s a Race to Save the Future in the New Trailer for Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland(PCM) Walt Disney Pictures released a new trailer for Tomorrowland, Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure/mystery, opening in theaters nationwide this summer, May 22.

The new trailer reveals more details about the actual plot of Tomorrowland, a film that Disney promises will “take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.”

Written and directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and co-writer Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z) from the story by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jansen, Tomorrowland follows Casey Newton, a teen who discovers a portal to the future after receiving a mysterious token in her possessions upon getting out of juvey.

Tomorrowland also stars Judy Greer, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Tim McGraw, Thomas Robinson, Raffey Cassidy, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Watch the new trailer after the official synopsis and visit Disney.com/Tomorrowland and Facebook for more info!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures in the New Trailer for Big Game Starring Samuel L. Jackson

BigGame(PCM) EuropaCorp and Relativity Media released a new action packed trailer for Big Game, starring Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States and Onni Tommila as his rescuer, via Yahoo! today.

The trailer reveals a scene where Jackson and Tommila are forced to plummet several hundred feet from the air into the churning waters below in order to escape the men hunting the president.

Watch the new trailer for Big Game, opening in select theaters across the U.S. starting June 26, 2015 below!

The action flick tells the story of Oskari (Onni Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest. Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself.

But this is no ordinary night; Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President of the United States in an escape pod. Now the fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in his hands. With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Ray Stevenson, Onni Tommila, and Mehmet Kurtulus, Big Game comes from Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander (Ukkonen, Rare Exports, Inc.) and opens in Finland starting March 25, 2015.

Here’s a fun fact about Big Game: with a budget of $500,000, Big Game is the most expensive Finnish film ever made.

Visit the official Big Game Facebook page for more info and updates!

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The Great Mount Everest Poop Problem

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(PCM) It is a fact of life and there has even been a creative children’s book that teaches us that yes, indeed, everybody poops, however never did we imagine that human excrement would be such a major problem facing something as great and majestic as Mount Everest.

Mount Everest has a peak climbing season of only two months and during that time over 700 explorers take their chances at scaling the world’s tallest mountain which soars over 29,035 feet in the air. While many of these explorers are highly praised for their efforts at taking on the incredible feat of making such as climb, they are not receiving very much praise for much of what they leave behind on the mountainside.

It appears that many of these explorers are failing to properly dispose of their trash, urine and feces and it is beginning to create a problem that is threatening to cause pollution and the spread of disease throughout the region.

It seems that the four base camps situated at about 17,380 feet on Mount Everest have just about everything you would need including tents, equipment, supplies, food and even cooks, but guess what? No toilet!

There is a toilet tent where the human excrement is collected in drum and then taken to a lower altitude to be disposed of at at later time. Many explorers do not even bother using the facilities anyway, as most tend to dig a hole and leave their waste on the side of the mountain while others carry disposable toilet bags.

Either way it is is a situation that has many concerned and in fact the government of Nepal imposed a law last year that now requires each explorer to bring down about 18 pounds of trash from the base camp. According to Mashable, human waste isn’t the only thing that has been left on the side of the mountain. There are also about 200 dead bodies which remain frozen on the mountainside, many which are used as landmarks to guide explorers on their quest. How gruesome!

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Looking To Own A Rather Large Piece Of Walking Dead Memorabilia?

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(PCM) Fans of AMC’s hit TV series that just so happen to have a spare $680,000 can hop on over to Ebay to place their bids on the historic town of Grantville, Georgia which is currently up for sale. The town in located approximately 35 miles outside of Atlanta.

The town was heavily featured during season three of “The Walking Dead” and has also been the set of several other films such as “Lawless” and “Dumb and Dumber To”.  Television and film studios are attracted to the town’s rustic and old-fashioned feel and there are even four additional films that are currently in the works. It has great historic appeal, as most of the buildings were built back in the 1880’s and there is even a railroad that runs right through the heart of town.

Jim Sells, the former mayor of Grantville says that he would love a movie studio or commercial developer to purchase the town. The current price is only asking approximately $30 per square inch and much of it has already been renovated.

It is also Sell’s hope that many of the buildings can be turned in to loft apartments, retail spaces, restaurants and more. Revenue is also earned from the “Walking Dead” tours that take place in the town, as well as, residuals on recent and upcoming film projects.

Thus far there have been no bids on town, but there are 885 people currently watching the auction.

 

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