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Video Game Review – Battlezone Gold Edition

Scott Watson reviews Battlezone Gold Edition…

Talk about making you feel old… doing a bit of research and back history into Battlezone, and Rebellion’s repackaging and Gold Edition release, has made me feel positively archaic! I remember summer holidays to Scarborough, Bridlington, and the North East coast of England in my youth, chucking ten pence pieces into games like this. Can the original and grand daddy of this bright, bold and beautifully coloured re-imagining really be almost forty years old… excuse me while I take a moment!

Yes, Rebellion did a brilliant job about 18 months ago when they released this as a Psvr exclusive, but they’ve gone one better now with a general release that includes all the Dlc and more without the requirements of virtual reality headset!

Think a rogue-like tanks of Tron meets Blockbusters table top battle map and you get the idea of a game
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Chaz Ebert on 20th Anniversary of Ebertfest, Where Roger Was Like Beyonce (Guest Column)

When Roger was asked to start a film festival by Kim Rotzoll, the dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, we had no idea it would exist 20 years later. The idea was to do a one-time festival as a follow up to the successful Cyberfest, the birthday party for Hal 9000, the computer in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who says in the movie that he was born in Urbana, Illinois. Roger had something in common with Hal 9000, he too was born in Urbana. And so Roger agreed to undertake the task. Besides, Roger was a proponent of the civilizing effect that watching movies communally could have. He said that movies are a giant machine that generates empathy, letting us know about the different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears of others and helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.
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10 Pop Culture Connections In Gravity Falls That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

We love “Gravity Falls” for its sense of humor, but what this cartoon does really well is make pop culture connections, references, and Easter eggs to some of the best movies, musicians, dance moves, and other cartoons. Check out these crazy connections to “Steven Universe,” The Spice Girls, “Tron,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and more. We bet you didn’t even know some of them were there!
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Video: Virtual Reality in Movies

Virtual reality is a dividing subject that has half of the population excited and the other half droning on about how it is going to come and go, ‘just like 3D did’. Like it or not, the hype around Ready Player One is proof that virtual reality is captivating the public’s imagination. However, Ready Player One is adding to a rich history of virtual reality in cinema which has developed drastically as our technology has advanced. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the most wonderful, imaginative and craziest depictions of Vr in film and how it will change our future…

Tron (1982)

It might look old to us now as one of an early examples of Vr in movies, but Tron was way ahead of its time back in 1982 – both visually and imaginatively. In fact, Tron portrayed the mental experience of ‘Virtual Reality’ five years
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Ready Player One – Review

Well, if ya’ can’t beat em’, join em’. Or exploit em’. And “piggy-back” on em’. An old adage, but that’s been the thinking of the movie studios whenever they’re threatened by other forms of entertainment. Too many folks are staying at home, listening to the radio, rather than filling the movie houses? Turn some of the big radio stars into movie stars (as with Jack Benny and Bob Hope) and make some films based on the popular radio series (as Columbia did with Blondie, which was based on the still-running newspaper comic strip). And what supplanted the radio as the preferred home-based entertainment? Television, adding visuals to keep the “bijou” neighborhood theatres empty. This time the studios offered gimmicks and enhancements that the then tiny screens couldn’t match: 3D, stereophonic sound, and Cinemascope, which lead to Cinerama, not to mention the tricks and tools spearheaded by
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Lego Ideas Tron: Legacy Light Cycle set officially unveiled

Lego has released a batch of promotional images for the Lego Ideas Tron: Legacy Light Cycle set (21314) which goes on sale March 31st, priced at $34.99/£29.99; check it out here…

21314 Lego® Ideas Tron: Legacy

Ages 10+. 230pieces.

Us $34.99- CA $44.99 – De 34.99€ – Fr 34.99€ – UK £29.99 – Dk 300Dkk

*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.Lego.com for regional pricing.

Reimagine Disney’s Tron: Legacy movie scenes with Lego® bricks!

Build Disney’s Tron: Legacy with this Lego® Ideas set, featuring 2 Light Cycles, 3 minifigures and a Tron grid/display base to recreate the movie chase scene and Identity Disc battle.

Build, play and display with this futuristic Lego® Ideas 21314 Tron: Legacy set from Disney, featuring 2 Light Cycles, each with minifigure seats and translucent-colored light-style elements, plus a divisible Tron grid with attachment points for the vehicles. Use the grid as a display base for the Light Cycles or split it in 2 to recreate the
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Fight for the Users With Lego's Official Tron: Legacy Set

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Inspired by the Lego Ideas crowdsourcing platform, the world of Tron: Legacy is getting a special set featuring the iconic Light Cycles at the end of this month! Come inside to get your first look at the upcoming set.

At the end of this month, March 31st, Lego is entering the grid with their first ever building set based on Disney's Tron: Legacy. Originally conceived on their Lego Ideas platform, the concept got enough support to make something officially happen. While they've teased it already, today brings the formal reveal in all it's blocky glory. With two Light Cycles and three minifigs from the film (Sam Flynn, Quorra, and Rinzler (who's actually Tron) you'll be able to play and display to your heart’s content. Check out all the reveal images below in high resolution:

Build, play and display with this futuristic Lego Ideas 21314 Tron: Legacy set from Disney,
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Lego Is Releasing A Lego Set For Tron: Legacy

The dream of more Tron films may be dead, but Lego is keeping Tron: Legacy alive with an upcoming Lightcycle set from the Lego Ideas program! This 230 piece set willl include figures of Sam, Rinzler, and Quorra as well as two light cycles that look pretty slick. The set goes on sale March 31st and will cost $34.99. Check out more pictures of the set below, and let us know if you'll be picking this set up!
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Here’s The Next Lego Ideas Set – Tron: Legacy!

Nearly eight years after the release of Tron: Legacy, fans have mostly given up on the chances of seeing another chapter in the cyberpunk saga, but the Tron franchise lives on, albeit on life support. The underrated and little-seen animated spin-off series, Tron: Uprising, originally aired in 2012, is currently streaming on Hulu. Meanwhile, the computer setting of The Grid made a show-stopping appearance in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, which was recently re-released for PlayStation 4. There has been talk of a franchise relaunch starring Jared Leto, but time will tell if the project ever makes it off the ground.
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‘Ready Player One’ Review

Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller | Written by Zak Penn, Ernest Cline | Directed by Steven Spielberg

An affectionate ode to ‘70s and ‘80s pop culture wrapped in a bold vision of a future where reality and unreality are no longer binary concepts, or an insufferable procession of cultural name-drops revelling unquestioningly in the echo-chamber of nostalgia? However you view Ernest Cline’s 2011 debut novel Ready Player One, it’s undoubtedly an impressive piece of world-building. And if you’re going to choose a filmmaker to realise that vision, you could do worse than Steven Spielberg. (I mean, he already tarted up a pretty limited novel by the name of Jaws…)

Cline’s text doesn’t admit to much of ‘80s produce being tacky and/or downright terrible, but that’s the point: the kids of 2044 are atavistically absorbing the inner joy of an old,
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Watch Andy Serkis Portray Supreme Leader Snoke Without The CGI

Andy Serkis portraying Snoke without the CGI is hilarious. Watching Rey listen to a dude who looks like an extra in Tron as opposed to a gross looking force-user with a bad fashion sense changes the tone of this scene completely, but it's still cool to watch. Mainly, I like seeing how emotive Serkis is with his face and how you can still see Snoke in there beneath all the dots and ping pong balls. Check out the scene below (via Comicbook), and jump into your rant about how Snoke sucked, below:
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New Ready Player One Poster Is Packed with 80s Easter Eggs

Warner Bros. has released a new poster for the highly-anticipated Ready Player One, which is shaping up to be one of this spring's biggest box office hits. Like the previously-released footage before it, this poster offers a taste of 80s nostalgia, featuring the iconic DeLorean, best known for its use in the 1985 classic Back to the Future, along with a number of robots, creatures, out-of-this-world spaceships and several of the main characters that inhabit this futuristic world. With the countdown continuing towards the March 30 release date, it remains to be seen if any more footage will be released.

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's bestseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the Oasis, an expansive virtual reality universe
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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Light Up Neon Fan Posters For Avengers: Infinity War

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have never looked better than in this series of Tron-like fan posters for Avengers: Infinity War.

Featuring Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Bucky Barnes, the man formerly known as the Winter Soldier, this artwork comes to us by way of Aniket Jatav, a digital artist whose Instagram feed is filled with pure, beautifully rendered nerdom.

The Avengers are his latest subjects, and it’s fair to say that Jatav’s neon-tinged portraits ought to be enclosed within a nice black frame and proudly displayed on the wall of any self-respecting Marvel fan. If you’re curious, the Captain America piece has also been printed on a t-shirt, and can be purchased anytime before Monday, February 19th via Teespring.

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Hard Sun episode 5 review

Louisa Mellor Feb 5, 2018

Hard Sun’s continues to be, for want of a more sensitive description, off its trolley. Spoilers ahead in our review…

This review contains spoilers.

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In Greek mythology, Cronus (father of thunder god Zeus, brother of pastry god Cronut) castrated his father with a sickle and cast his testicles into the sea. In episode five of Hard Sun, young Daniel took an ice-pick to the winkle of his father Noah Underhill - rapist, night-time jogger and, judging by his running gear, extra from 1982’s Tron. We don’t know whether Daniel had any plans for his dad’s testicles, but I wouldn’t put it past him. The child, as Hicks put it with characteristic sensitivity,
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Culture Dump #23: 4 Actors who won Oscars for Roles that Weren’t their Best

2018’s Oscar nominations arrived earlier this week, offering a hopeful change of pace to shake up what most of us have come to expect from Academy voters. While an Oscar statuette is considered the highest praise an actor can receive, they’re not always awarded for the best performance on a star’s resume. Let’s take a look…

Gary Oldman

Let’s not bury the lead here – 2018 is shaping up to be Gary Oldman’s year, with the screen-vet and twice Academy nominated star looking likely to take home an Oscar for his immersive turn as UK Prime Minister and friendliest person you’re ever (not) likely to see on the tube, Winston Churchill. If he does win big, it’ll be no big surprise. Oldman’s made going to the cinema worthwhile for the better part of twenty-five years and while his take on Churchill is impressive, it
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How Tomorrowland affected Tron 3

Simon Brew Jan 26, 2018

The commercial disappointment of Tomorrowland had a knock-on effect for Tron 3 plans, it seems...

There’s a school of through that suggests moviegoers shouldn’t be concerned with box office totals, and should instead just enjoy the movies. Let those in Hollywood with posh jobs and stuff worry about the business side, and we can get on with just watching the films.

Only it’s not as straightforward as that. As most movie fans know, a box office hit or failure has ramifications for other projects. And it turns out that was very much the case with Tomorrowland.

Whatever you think of the movie, it was an expensive production that didn’t make the cash Disney was hoping for and expecting. And the knock-on effect? It ended the hopes of Tron 3 happening, it seemed.

Garrett Hedlund, the star of Tron: Legacy, admitted this to the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
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Garrett Hedlund: Tron 3 Fell Through Because Of Tomorrowland

Garrett Hedlund admits that Tomorrowland‘s poor box office performance affected Tron 3‘s chances of happening. Long-awaited sequels can be hits or misses; there’s no guarantee that a film which was successful in one year can have a sequel release years later and be equally successful, especially if studios wait decades to release the next installment. A clear example of this is Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy, which released 28 years after Steven Lisberger’s Tron and takes place 27 years after the events of that first film.
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The Hilarious and Dumb Reason the Original Tron Movie Won No Special Effects Awards

There’s a very hilarious and essentially dumb reason why the original Tron movie didn’t even get a nod for visual effects at the Oscars when it came to Special Effects Awards. The academy thought that by using computers that the film cheated. Just so we’re clear this is the original Tron we’re talking about, not the sequel that came out just a little while ago. The original Tron got straight up snubbed for this award because it used the computer-generated landscape as a means of telling the story and unlike E.T. and Blade Runner, which were up for nominations that

The Hilarious and Dumb Reason the Original Tron Movie Won No Special Effects Awards
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Ready Player One: breaking down the new trailer

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Ready Player One: breaking down the new trailerReady Player One: breaking down the new trailerGarry Murdock12/11/2017 1:28:00 Pm

In case you missed it this weekend, we got a brand-new full-length trailer for Ready Player One, and we’ve been watching it on repeat since it dropped. Yeah, we might be just a little excited for this movie!

Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, it’s set in 2045, and apparently the real world has so little hope and opportunity that people regularly escape to a virtual world called “The Oasis”. Protagonist Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is no different, except that he’s about to find out that the Oasis is, in fact, not just a game. Here’s our deep dive on the latest trailer:

There’s an endless amount of pop culture references in here, and no doubt there will be more in the movie. I can only
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Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’

Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’
Steven Spielberg wasn’t sure he was the right director for “Ready Player One,” his upcoming science-fiction epic.

During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”

Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.

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