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Culture Dump #29: ‘Ready Player One’ & the Art of Meta Filmmaking

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is like a pick and mix bag full of sweets aimed squarely at hungry pop-culture fans. Adapting Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, the film takes us to a not-too-distant future where humanity has dropped out and plugged into the Oasis, an online Vr simulation where anything is possible. Its creator was an 80s-obsessed tech nerd who – shortly before his death – left the keys to his digital kingdom hidden within three geeky Easter eggs, igniting a frantic race-to-the-finish that’ll impact the future of Earth’s digital utopia.

That’s the hook although to be honest, it’s almost secondary. In Ready Player One’s photo-real pixel world 80s pop-culture is the main currency, and for viewers it’s also probably the main reason why you’ll be buying a ticket. From Marty’s DeLorean to the Iron Giant himself, the film
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Rom: Spaceknight Movie Gets Ready Player One Writer

Hasbro is further expanding into the cinematic space by finally bringing Rom: Spaceknight to the big screen. Zak Penn, who most recently adapted Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One for director Steven Spielberg, has been tapped to write the screenplay for the movie. The project is being produced by Allspark Pictures, which was recently set up to turn Hasbro properties into live-action entertainment. Hasbro has been working with Paramount Pictures for years on the Transformers franchise and Rom will be no different.

Rom, which stands for read-only memory, is much like other Hasbro properties in that, it started life out as a toy and later was made into a series of comic books. Rom: Spaceknight was published by Marvel Comics from 1979 to 1986. In 2015, Idw began publishing a new series of Rom comics. The toy was a cyborg action figure released in the late 1970s, but wasn't a big success at the time.
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Movie Review – Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One, 2018

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Lena Waithe, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Mckenna Grace, Letitia Wright.

Synopsis:

The year is 2045, and the future is a baron wasteland of class disparity, yet for the likes of Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) there is the escape of the Oasis. A virtual reality world where the user can be everything they’re not in the real world, and go anywhere their imagination will take them. Hidden within this digital landscape is an Easter Egg, planted by the late James Halliday (Mark Rylance), that will grant whoever finds it the keys to the kingdom. When Wade solves the first riddle, it triggers a universe-expanding contest, pitting him against millions of other users, as well as corporate bad guy, Nolan Serrento (Ben Mendelsohn).

Ready Player One has been booted up on the
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New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Is the Most Immersive and Coherent Yet

In Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, Arnold Schwarzenegger's underrated Last Action Hero has become a bona fide feature franchise ... at least in the Oasis where everything and anything is possible. We know this because a movie theater marquee in a brand new trailer for the highly anticipated film reads simply, "Schwarzenegger - Jack Slater III." This is a world I want to live in now and it makes our own world, where Jack Slater is a once-and-done action hero, pale in comparison. Oh and if it's Easter eggs like this you like--or nods to popular …
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Si Swimsuit Model Angie Everhart Files for Divorce

  • TMZ
Angie Everhart has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned. Everhart cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending her marriage to Carl Ferro. The couple married in 2014.  Sources tell us there is no prenup, so community property laws apply, which provides a 50/50 of assets acquired during the marriage. Angie, a model who also appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including "Last Action Hero," also wants spousal support from Ferro, who owns Sunfare, a meal delivery service.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Cast of Amazon Drama Series: Get the Details!

Amazon has locked in a big star for its latest original series.

Per Deadline, Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in, and executive produce Outrider.

The official description reads "Outrider is a mystery set in the Oklahoma Indian Territory in the late 1800s."

"It tells the dark and dangerous tale of a deputy who is not only tasked by a notoriously brutal judge with apprehending a legendary outlaw in the wilderness – but must also partner with a ruthless Federal Marshall to make sure justice is properly served."

"And as the story unfolds, not only will enemies become allies, but a series of unpredictable surprises will blur the line between good guys and bad."

The series will be co-written by Trey Calloway and Mark Montgomery, who will join Schwarzenegger and Mace Neufeld as executive producers.

Schwarzenegger will play a Federal Marshal who moved to the U.S. from Europe as a child.

Arnold
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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Eliza Dushku’s Molestation Claim Has ‘Awakened Us’ to ‘Horrific Reality’

Jamie Lee Curtis Says Eliza Dushku’s Molestation Claim Has ‘Awakened Us’ to ‘Horrific Reality’
Jamie Lee Curtis says Eliza Dushku opened up to her a few years ago about being allegedly molested by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer while filming True Lies when she was 12 years old.

In an essay published by the Huffington Post titled “Truth and Lies,” Curtis — who played Dushku’s mother in the 1994 film — said Dushku had previously “shared that story with me privately a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened then and still am today.”

“Eliza’s story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children,” she added.

Kramer has denied Dushku’s claims,
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True Lies Stuntman Dropped by Agency After Eliza Dushku Allegations

True Lies Stuntman Dropped by Agency After Eliza Dushku Allegations
Just days after Eliza Dushku opened up and accused True Lies stunt coordinator Joel Kramer of sexual assault, his agency has dropped him. The Worldwide Production Agency released a statement this morning revealing they have parted ways with the stunt coordinator after the allegations surfaced. Take a look at Wpa's brief statement below from the agency's president and general counsel Richard Caleel.

"Wpa has elected to part ways with Joel Kramer based on the allegations of misconduct now being reported. Such behavior is unacceptable and entirely at odds with the the standards of conduct we demand of ourselves, and expect from our clients."

While Joel Kramer has denied these claims, first revealed by Eliza Dushku on a lengthy Facebook post, they have since been backed up by her mother, brother, her legal guardian on the set, and her former agent. Director James Cameron also showed his support for the actress,
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Eliza Dushku's On-Set Legal Guardian Calls Joe Kramer a 'Pedophile' After Backing Molestation Claim

Eliza Dushku's On-Set Legal Guardian Calls Joe Kramer a 'Pedophile' After Backing Molestation Claim
Eliza Dushku‘s legal guardian on the set True Lies has come forward to corroborate the actress’ claims that she was molested by stunt coordinator Joel Kramer while filming the movie when she was just 12 years old.

“Eliza Dushku is telling the truth,” Sue Booth-Forbes, who was assigned to protect the child actor when Dushku’s mother was not able to come to the action film set due to work, said in a statement to Deadline.

Booth-Forbes claimed that she reported Kramer’s inappropriate sexual behavior to someone “in authority,” but no action was taken.

“I was met
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Eliza Dushku's Mother Says She Was Afraid of Her Daughter's Alleged Abuser Too

Eliza Dushku's Mother Says She Was Afraid of Her Daughter's Alleged Abuser Too
A woman claiming to be Eliza Dushku‘s mother said on Facebook that she wished she had been brave enough to stand up to her daughters’s alleged abuser.

In an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, Eliza alleged that stunt coordinator Joel Kramer sexually molested her during the filming of 1994’s True Lies when she was just 12 years old — an incident that she claims she told her a handful of people about including her mother, but that no one, including herself, “seemed ready to confront taboo subject” at the time. (Kramer did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment,
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Eliza Dushku Alleges True Lies Stuntman Molested Her When She Was Just 12

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Eliza Dushku Alleges True Lies Stuntman Molested Her When She Was Just 12
Eliza Dushku has alleged that one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators sexually molested her during the filming of 1994’s True Lies when she was just 12 years old.

The actress, 37, was starring in the James Cameron-directed film alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis when she met Joel Kramer — who has worked on many of Schwarzenegger’s films including Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, Last Action Hero, Eraser, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

He was put in charge of her safety on the film, rigging her on wires and harnesses for the action movie’s then-groundbreaking stunts. But while
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Ten Terrible Movie Promotions

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Beyond just the standard trailer(s) and poster, many films have an entire promotional campaign designed to spark interest. Here’s a look at ten film promotional campaigns which should have stayed on the drawing board.

Selling a movie is not an easy task, and over the years it has not gotten any easier. Promotional campaigns have to be very creative and persistent in order to capture people’s attention amid the sea of advertising we are flooded with on a daily basis. Common tactics include giveaways, publicity stunts, viral marketing techniques, sponsorships, and product tie-ins. Many films try to push the boundaries of traditional promotional campaigns in an effort to get an edge on the competition. Below is a brief look at ten campaigns (in no particular order) which definitely pushed the envelope, but doing so did more harm than good for the films they were trying to promote.
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AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Passes Away at 64
For those about to rock, we salute you. Malcolm Young, founding member of AC/DC and brother to lead guitarist Angus Young, has passed away at the age of 64. Malcolm suffered through dementia and cancer for the last years of his life and has not toured or recorded with the band since 2008's Black Ice. Malcolm Young was the band's rhythm guitar player and is responsible for many of AC/DC's best-known songs that have topped the charts as well as helped launch movies into the top of the box office with his contributions to soundtracks.

In a statement on the Malcolm Young's Facebook, his family said, "Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many." While the statement is accurate, it also underscores just how amazing Malcolm Young really was. Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Action Hero was a box office bomb,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Blames Bill Clinton For ‘Last Action Hero’ Bombing

On paper, “Last Action Hero” is actually a pretty clever idea. A satire and fantasy rolled into one, it tells the story of a young kid who is magically dropped into the upcoming movie starring his hero Jack Slater (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger). And with an in-his-prime John McTiernan (“Die Hard,” “The Hunt For Red October“) behind the camera, the ingredients were there for success.

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Daily Podcast: Stranger Things, Thor, Star Trek, Justice League, Phantom Thread, Geostorm & More

Daily Podcast: Stranger Things, Thor, Star Trek, Justice League, Phantom Thread, Geostorm & More
On the October 23, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson and Jacob Hall to talk about the latest news, including the first reviews for Stranger Things 2, the reasons Last Action Hero bombed, Star Trek Discovery gets a second season, the Justice League run-time is much shorter than expected, […]

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The Surprising Reason Why ‘Last Action Hero’ Bombed, According to Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Surprising Reason Why ‘Last Action Hero’ Bombed, According to Arnold Schwarzenegger
Remember Last Action Hero? Of course you do. The 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger action/fantasy was one of the biggest critical and financial bombs of its decade before finding a cult following on home video. As a member of that cult following, the film’s initial reception can’t help but feel like a badge of honor 24 years […]

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Last Action Hero’s failure: Schwarzenegger argues Clinton partly to blame

Simon Brew Oct 23, 2017

Last Action Hero failed partly because of a change in politics, argues Arnold Schwarzenegger...

When Arnold Schwarzenneger’s first big action vehicle following Terminator 2 – 1993’s Last Action Hero – went head to head with Jurassic Park at the box office, you don’t need us to tell you that the dinosaurs won. Arnie’s box office power never hit the same heights again either, although True Lies had a go, and in the aftermath of Last Action Hero’s disappointing takings, several reasons were cited.

But the election of Bill Clinton wasn’t one of them.

However, in a new interview, Schwarzengger has reflected on Last Action Hero’s underwhelming box office performance, and part-concluded that new politics had its place in the mix.

“It was one of those things where President Clinton was elected and the press somehow made the whole thing kind of political where they thought,
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Angie Everhart Recalls ‘Frightening’ Encounter With Harvey Weinstein

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Angie Everhart Recalls ‘Frightening’ Encounter With Harvey Weinstein
Angie Everhart has joined the growing ranks of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. “Last Action Hero” actress Everhart called into the “Frosty, Heidi and Frank” morning radio show on Los Angeles’ Klos Friday morning to detail an encounter with the disgraced film mogul, recounting how he pleasured himself in front of her during a trip to the Venice Film Festival. “I went to the Venice Film Festival and iI was on somebody’s boat, and I had just arrived, and I was sleeping. It was in my bed, and you know boats aren’t very big spaces sometimes,
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Ghostbusters table arrives for Stern Pinball Arcade on Xbox One

Fans of Stern Pinball Arcade will be excited to hear that the Ghostbusters table is now available on the Xbox One, we’re talking about a table based on the good Ghostbusters not the dodgy remake. This latest table adds to the already long list of table for Stern Pinball Arcade that includes tables such as Starship Troopers, Last Action Hero, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The new Ghostbusters table features lots of elements from the original two films and sees players become the newest member of the Ghostbusters team. Players will be able to chase down Slimer, Battle the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man, capture the Scoleri Brothers and much more busting.

Players will be treated to custom speech from Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore) as they perform skill shots like ‘paranormal’ magnetic slingshots and get rewarded with unique multiball modes such as the flipper reversing Mass Hysteria multiball.
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Robert Patrick interview: Terminator 2, James Cameron

Ryan Lambie Aug 25, 2017

We talk to the actor behind one of cinema's great villains - Terminator 2's Robert Patrick...

It's more than 25 years since Terminator 2: Judgment Day first emerged, but actor Robert Patrick still carries the same cool, shark-like look of his shape-shifting villain, the T-1000. When Patrick fixes me with his sharp blue eyes, I can almost imagine his right arm quietly morphing into a sharp, chrome spear... and then he smiles, lets out a raucous laugh and the illusion is, thankfully, broken.

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In London to promote the 3D re-release of T2, and it's testament to how well-made James Cameron's sci-fi sequel is that it holds up so well all these years later. For his part, Robert Patrick doesn't appear to have tired being
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