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Review: Ready Player One is Pure Nostalgia for Pop Culture Fans

In the corner of my 10-year-old bedroom was an autographed picture of Freddy Krueger, a die-cast metal Voltron, and an overused Nintendo that could only be started when the right combination of maneuvers was conducted. That connection to the past continues to engage my participation in old-school video arcades, museums that recreate the mom-and-pop video stores of my childhood, and retro toy companies that reconstruct the characters I had epic battles with in the sandbox. Nostalgia is a powerful tool.

Steven Spielberg is solely responsible for many childhood memories for numerous film fans. It’s undeniable how much influence the director had on novelist Ernest Cline, who fashioned the book Ready Player One as an ode to popular culture and ultimately an ode to nostalgia.

The film adaptation of Ready Player One is composed to the edges with pop culture everything, literally everything you might possibly imagine from the video
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A 'Willy Wonka' Star Just Competed on 'Jeopardy!' and Mike Teevee Would Be So Proud

He tried to play it cool — calling himself an "entrepreneur" instead of a "former child actor" — but TV viewers still recognized Paris Themmen, one of the contestants on the March 13 episode of Jeopardy!. As many fans excitedly tweeted, Mike played the television-addicted Mike Teevee in the beloved 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The 58-year-old didn't even mention his claim to fame when Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek asked him for a fun fact. Instead, he talked about his love for backpacking, saying he has trekked through six of seven continents. And fans were confounded, to say the least. "@ParisThemmen, why talk about backpacking?" asked one Twitter user. "Why wouldn't you mention that when you were 11, you got invited to a chocolate factory in Germany and got split up in a million pieces then shrunk down to the size of a chocolate bar. Total missed opportunity if you ask me.
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'Ready Player One' Trailer Is "War for Control of the Future"

'Ready Player One' Trailer Is
Ready Player One is 1980s nostalgia to the extreme, but the latest trailer gets an assist from something a decade earlier.

The trailer is set to a cover of "Pure Imagination," from 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It's a fitting pairing for a film about entering the all-encompassing video game Oasis and the battle that ensues for control of it. 

Steven Spielberg directs future-set adaptation of Ernie Cline's novel and follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teen on a treasure hunt to become master of Oasis following the death of its creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance). But an evil corporation led by Nolan Sorrento...
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Exclusive Clip: ‘Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Arrives on Boomerang

If you missed Warner Bros.' mash-up of the classic cartoon Tom and Jerry with the beloved musical movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, you're in luck because the reimagined story is headed to Boomerang tomorrow! To celebrate that fact, we have an exclusive clip from the pic to share with you. In it, viewers will get to revisit the classic "Candy Shop" sequence and sing along with the "Candy Man" song, all while Tom and Jerry get up to their usual antics. It's a fun way to revisit two familiar franchises and watch their stories unfold …
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Another Willy Wonka Remake Is on the Way, and We're Over Here Thinking, "K"

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Decades after the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was released - and 12 years since the remake starring Johnny Depp - yet another movie inspired by the children's book is reportedly on its way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is finalizing a deal to revamp the story with Paul King, the director behind the considerably successful Paddington movies. Much like Tim Burton's surreal and slightly strange remake with Depp, Willy Wonka will reportedly take the story in a new artistic direction. It's also possible that the new movie will generate a whole franchise with potentially several sequels. In other words, yet another classic story has fallen victim to Hollywood's recent reboot obsession. In addition to King, David Heyman has signed on to produce the movie. Heyman produced the entire Harry Potter film franchise, so at least that makes us feel pretty good about this prospective remake.
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Willy Wonka Movie & Guillermo del Toro’s The Witches Attract Directors

Paddington 1 & 2 helmsman Paul King is in final negotiations to direct a Willy Wonka movie for Warner Bros. Pictures, with the studio’s Guillermo del Toro penned The Witches script similarly attracting interest from directors. Both projects are of course based on children’s novels by the beloved author Roald Dahl, and have been adapted to film in the past. Eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka in particular was famously portrayed by the late Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, before Johnny Depp played him thirty-four years later in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation.
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John Cena Returns as Kids’ Choice Host, Expands Nickelodeon Partnership

John Cena Returns as Kids’ Choice Host, Expands Nickelodeon Partnership
John Cena is set to return as host of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, part of an expanded partnership between the WWE star and the cable channel.

In addition to signing on as Kids’ Choice host for a second straight year, Cena is joining the voice cast of the Nickelodeon’s new animated series “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and executive producing new gameshow “Keep it Spotless” for the channel.

“He’s just one of those people who kids love, so why wouldn’t we want to be in business with him?” Nickelodeon Group president Cyma Zarghami said of Cena.

“Nickelodeon and I, we share the same looking glass,” said Cena. “We like to make kids laugh and we like kids to have fun. Nickelodeon doesn’t do programming that doesn’t have comedy in it, that doesn’t have smiles in it. I really enjoy putting smiles on faces.”

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Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’ Returning to Theaters

Gene Wilder’s ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Blazing Saddles’ Returning to Theaters
AMC theaters and Warner Bros. are bringing back a pair of Gene Wilder films — “Blazing Saddles” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” — in honor of the late actor this weekend.

The two films will screen Saturday and Sunday at 55 AMC locations nationwide, with tickets for each costing $5.

“Willy Wonka,” released in 1971, stars Wilder as a candy mogul. “Blazing Saddles,” released in 1974, is a collaboration between Wilder and director Mel Brooks.

Wilder died on Monday at the age of 83.

“Willy Wonka” will screen at 5 p.m. and “Blazing Saddles” will follow at 7:30 p.m. on both days.

The full list of locations is below:

Atlanta: AMC Barrett Commons 24, AMC Southlake Pavilion 24

Baltimore: AMC Owings Mills 17

Baton Rouge: AMC Baton Rouge 16

Boston: AMC Loews Boston Common 19

Charlotte: AMC Concord Mills 24

Chicago: AMC River East 21, AMC Streets of Woodfield 20

Cincinnati: AMC Newport on the Levee 20

Columbus: AMC Lennox 24

Dallas: AMC
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Actor Who Played Charlie in ‘Willy Wonka’ on Gene Wilder Death: ‘It’s Like Losing a Parent’

Actor Who Played Charlie in ‘Willy Wonka’ on Gene Wilder Death: ‘It’s Like Losing a Parent’
Peter Ostrum had never set foot on a film set when he was cast as Charlie Buckett in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” It fell to Gene Wilder to show him the ropes.

“He was the pro and I was a rookie,” said Ostrum, who left the acting business and became a veterinarian.

Wilder died Monday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Ostrum said he had not seen Wilder since the film ended production, but he still took the news hard.

“It’s kind of like losing a parent,” said Ostrum. “You know it’s going to happen, but it’s still a shock. He was not in good health at the end and it was not unexpected by any means, but when it happens it hits you like, ‘Gene is gone and there will never be anyone like him again.'”

“He was a gentle man,
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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ Star, Dies at 83

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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Blazing Saddles’ Star, Dies at 83
Gene Wilder, the actor known for roles in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died at age 83. According to the Associated Press, Wilder died earlier this month due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He had all but retired from the industry at the time of his death, with his last credited on-screen role coming in a few episodes of “Will & Grace” back in 2003. He also lent his voice to an episode of “Yo Gabba Gabba” in 2015. Wilder’s onscreen career began back in the 1960’s, when he appeared on a number of TV shows...
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Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Director, Dead at 83

Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Director, Dead at 83
Mel Stuart definitely made our childhoods a little bit sweeter. The veteran director, who helmed the 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, passed away on Thursday. He was 83. Per the BBC, Stuart died from cancer at his Beverly Hills home. Born in New York, Stuart spent much of his more than 50-year career creating documentaries and earned an Oscar nomination in 1965 for his John F. Kennedy-assassination film, Four Days in November. And while he made more than 180 films, Stuart will undoubtedly be best remembered for bringing Roald Dahl's novel to life with Gene Wilder starring as the famous candy maker. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, and three children.
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'Roots' producer David Wolper dies at 82

'Roots' producer David Wolper dies at 82
David L. Wolper, the groundbreaking producer who made television history with the miniseries "Roots" as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics, died at his home in Beverly Hills on Tuesday of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 82.

Wolper won two Emmy Awards for 1977’s "Roots" and its 1979 "Roots: The Next Generations," the two miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel about his African-American ancestors pioneered the docudrama genre. Broadcast in one-and-two hour segments over an eight-day period in early 1977, the first series won huge ratings, despite initial reservations that its focus on the history of African-Americans would not have wide appeal. It won a 44.9 Nielsen rating and garnered a 66% share of the national audience, becoming one of the most-watched programs in TV history.

Although he primarily turned out documentaries for TV and films, Wolper also produced several theatrical movies, including 1971's
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Hallmark on film 'March' with acquisitions

Hallmark on film 'March' with acquisitions
Hallmark Channel said Monday that it has acquired a slate of 39 feature films, including the network TV premiere of the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins, from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. The acquisition deal, which Hallmark called its most ambitious ever, gives the channel a group of more contemporary titles to air alongside such acquired series as Walker, Texas Ranger, M*A*S*H and Diagnosis Murder and original movies including the Mystery Movie franchises. In addition to Penguins, the deal includes the network television premieres of Troy and The Phantom of the Opera as well as rights to Miss Congeniality, The In-Laws, Hearts in Atlantis, Kangaroo Jack, New York Minute, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. Other titles in the package include The Bridges of Madison County, Michael, Jack Frost, City Slickers, Forever Young, Little Giants and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Wilder Retracts Depp Criticism

Movie funnyman Gene Wilder has hailed Johnny Depp as a "magical" choice to play Willy Wonka in upcoming film Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - weeks after attacking Depp's casting in the movie remake. Wilder, who played Wonka in the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, recently accused director Tim Burton of remaking the Roald Dahl fantasy for "pointless" financial gain. And despite complaining Depp would not be able to improve upon his portrayal of Wonka, Wilder has now declared Depp is the perfect choice for the film. He says, "If I were going to cast the movie, I would cast Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka because I think he is wonderful. Mysterious - always - and magical."

Wilder: "Wonka Remake Is All About Money"

Movie funnyman Gene Wilder has attacked Tim Burton's choice of Johnny Depp to play Willy Wonka in upcoming film Charlie And The Chocolate Factory as a money-making ploy. Wilder, who played Wonka in the original 1971 film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, is suspicious of movie moguls' motives for remaking the Roald Dahl fantasy, and sees it as "pointless". He says, "It's all about money. It's just some people sitting around thinking 'How can we make some more money?' Why else would you remake Willy Wonka? I don't see the point of going back and doing it all over again. I like Johnny Depp, and I appreciate that he has said on record that my shoes will be hard to fill. But I don't know how it will all turn out." Despite Wilder's reservations, Burton insists his film will be closer to the original Dahl novel, than Wilder's musical version.

'Charlie' Filming Halted As Lens Gets Chocolate Treatment

'Charlie' Filming Halted As Lens Gets Chocolate Treatment
The remake of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when a worker dropped a $540,000 camera lens in a vat of chocolate. The clumsy technician had failed to properly secure his wire-held camera, and watched aghast as it plunged into the three foot deep tank. According to insiders, the delay the incident caused could cost director Tim Burton's project up to $900,000. One source on the English set says, "When the camera fell it was like a slap-stick scene straight from the movie. A team of riggers had come in specially from the States to set it up over the vat of synthetic chocolate. But someone made a mistake and it wasn't secured properly. The production team didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The camera is probably beyond repair." A film spokesperson adds, "Technical tests were being carried out to see how close the camera could be moved to the chocolate. A camera did go into the liquid owing to a mechanical fault." Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is an adaptation of the best-selling Roald Dahl novel of the same name, which was first filmed in 1971 under the name Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Grandpa Kelly will tour 'Chocolate'

Grandpa Kelly will tour 'Chocolate'
David Kelly has nabbed the role of Grandpa Joe in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Warner Bros. Pictures. The project is based on the celebrated Roald Dahl book, in which a young boy named Charlie and his grandfather tour a candy factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka. The book was made into a film in 1971, with the screenplay by Dahl, but titled Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. According to Warners, Burton's take, with a screenplay by John August, will skew more closely toward the book than the 1971 version. Kelly, who starred in Waking Ned Devine, joins Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as Charlie. Kevin McCormick is overseeing for the studio. Producing are Brad Grey and Richard D. Zanuck, while Liccy Dahl, Michael Siegal and McCormick are executive producers. Kelly's other recent credits include Laws of Attraction and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

August bakes new 'Charlie' for Burton, WB

John August, who penned the current Tim Burton release Big Fish, is reteaming with the director to write the script for Warner Bros. Pictures' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Johnny Depp is attached to star in the redo of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Warners is keen on getting the project before cameras early next year. August, who is said to have enjoyed an extremely positive working relationship with Burton on Big Fish, isn't the first writer hired to help Warners mount the update. Scott Frank, Gwyn Lurie and Pamela Pettler have previously handled writing chores but August is starting from scratch, sources said, by heading back to the original source material, the Roald Dahl classic novel. Charlie is being produced by Brad Grey, Richard Zanuck and Matt Baer. Michael Siegel is executive producing. August is repped by UTA. He previously penned Charlie's Angels and it's followup, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, for Columbia Pictures. His other credits include scripting and co-producing Doug Liman's Go.

Aniston and Pitt To Revive 'The Chocolate Factory'

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are bringing a new version of Roald Dahl's classic novel Charlie And The Chocolate Factory to movie screens. The Hollywood couple will serve as producers of the Warner Bros. film through their company Plan B - the newly formed partnership of Aniston, Pitt, Brad Grey and Michael Siegel, who manages the interests of the Dahl estate. Meanwhile, Planet Of The Apes director Tim Burton is in talks to helm the production. Although the film-maker has yet to sign a deal, the Dahl estate has already approved Burton as the director they wanted most. In the next few days, he will meet with the family in London, where he's putting the finishing touches to the movie Big Fish. Signing Burton will cap a long campaign to get the film under way with the blessing of the Dahl estate, which was reluctant to make a deal because the author didn't like the first screen adaptation - 1971's Gene Wilder flick Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

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