Ready Player One Book Sequel In The Works

In the wake of Warner Bros. Pictures releasing the second trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming ’80s nostalgia odyssey Ready Player One, author Ernest Cline has confirmed during a trailer launch event that he is writing a Ready Player One book sequel with Steven Spielberg’s input! Those that have read the first book know that while that story gets tied up nicely, there’s certainly more directions Cline can go with the characters.

“It is true,” Cline confirmed of the sequel. “I can’t talk about it too much, but I can tell you there’s no better inspiration for a writer returning to a world they’ve already worked on when they’re seeing Steven Spielberg bringing that world to life. To get to talk to him and get his input, one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and a storyteller that had a direct influence on my first novel, ‘Ready Player One.’ Wade carries a grail diary through the whole story to collect his clues about the Easter Egg hunt, and that’s because of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’ It would have been a different story if I had not grown up watching Steven’s movies. So to get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life but to bounce ideas off of him for the sequel is the most gratifying thing that’s ever happened to me in my life.”

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen and Ben Mendelsohn.

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 created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger..

A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, the Ready Player One movie is being directed by Spielberg, who is also producing alongside Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Bruce Berman will serve as executive producer. Based on Ernest Cline’s novel, the screenplay is by Cline, Zak Penn and Eric Eason. Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future trilogy) will compose the music.

Ready Player One gets its game on when it opens on March 30, 2018.

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Matt Shakman To Direct The Phantom Tollbooth For TriStar

Matt Shakman (Game of Thrones, Fargo) is set to direct TriStar’s adaptation of the classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, according to Deadline. The book was written by Norton Juster in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Pfeiffer. Shakman was the executive producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Fargo. The script was written by Michael Vukadinovich, with the current draft by Phil Johnston (writer and director of Wreck-It Ralph 2). Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell will produce.

Here is a description for The Phantom Tollbooth from Amazon: “For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams…”

The Phantom Tollbooth will reportedly be a hybrid/live action film. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar. There was a live-action/animated film version of The Phantom Tollbooth in 1970 that starred Butch Patrick as Milo and the voices of Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Candy Candido, Hans Conried, June Foray, Patti Gilbert, Shepard Menken, Cliff Norton, Larry Thor, and Les Tremayne. The film was directed and produced by Chuck Jones, though the live-action scenes at the beginning and the end of the film were directed by Dave Monahan.

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Watch The New Ready Player One Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the second trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming ’80s nostalgia odyssey Ready Player One.

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen and Ben Mendelsohn.

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 created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, the Ready Player One movie is being directed by Spielberg, who is also producing alongside Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Bruce Berman will serve as executive producer. Based on Ernest Cline’s novel, the screenplay is by Cline, Zak Penn and Eric Eason. Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future trilogy) will compose the music.

Ready Player One gets its game on when it opens on March 30, 2018.

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Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer

Netflix announced that the second season of Jessica Jones will premiere on March 8, 2018. The award winning show will premiere with 13 one-hour episodes.

The Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones was the second of four epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist), which all led to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders. All series premiered only on Netflix. Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade, as she faces demons from within and without. In its first season, Marvel’s Jessica Jones was the recipient of a prestigious Peabody Award.

New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by a returning cast that includes Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse) and new cast members Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez, among others.

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure To Debut On ABC December 14

Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ Olaf’s Frozen Adventure makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television Group’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on Thursday, December 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The airing follows Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’s recently-completed limited theatrical run in front of Disney Pixar’s hit feature Coco. The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar-winning feature Frozen, the top-grossing animated film of all time. Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special Prep & Landing airs 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.

In Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”

Academy Award-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6) says: “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities. While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past. It’s a dream come true for all of us.”

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (Marshall, Book of Mormon); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (Frozen, Bad Moms); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s Glee); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s Mindhunter).

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Prep & Landing) and is produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (Big Hero 6). The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Teaser Trailer

Sony Pictures Animation today revealed the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Shameik Moore, star of The Get Down and Dope, voices Miles Morales in the film, and he is joined by Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, and Brian Tyree Henry.

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. The script was written by Phil Lord. The producers are Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.

The animated feature will swing into theaters on December 14, 2018.

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Incredibles 2 First Plot Details Revealed

The Incredible Parr family is heading back to the big screen next summer but it looks as though they will have a new leader taking them into battle.

Along with the first photo from Incredibles 2, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first plot details from the highly-anticipated Pixar sequel. In the new film, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) will be the at the forefront of the adventure while Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is keeping things closer to home, spending time with the kids at the family’s new headquarters.

Director Brad Bird didn’t say much about the shift in leadership this time around, as he didn’t want to share too many details about the film’s plot. However, he did say that the sequel will pick up right where the first movie ended.

“Incredibles 2 picks up, literally, where the first film left off, with Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl battling The Underminer, while Violet and Dash are stuck with babysitting Jack-Jack. “That’s all we’re saying for now,” Bird continues, “but rest assured, there are a lot more superheroics in store for our ‘family dynamic.’”

Speaking of family dynamic, star Holly Hunter went on to explain how Elastigirl’s role will be expanding in the second adventure.

“Helen’s appetite for adventure comes to the fore,” the Oscar-winning actress said. “Whereas before, she was driven to become Mrs. Incredible out of necessity, where she went into it to save her husband, I think this time she really meets her own ambition head-on. The ambition of being an adventure is something that we get to explore.”

Hunter also explained that Elastigirl would have “a real incredible sense of competitiveness and ambition,” in this film. “She throws down the gauntlet in this one. It’s so much fun to see a woman luxuriating in those two arenas, because women have for so many generations been brought up to not be ambitious or to not be competitive, and it’s fun to see Helen basking in those two arenas in much the same way that we give men license to do.”

The actress gives Bird full credit for writing such an exciting arc for Elastigirl and really bringing her into the spotlight this time around.

“It’s always interesting when you have a storyteller who can take off the way that Brad can, and in a way, I feel that his storytelling abilities acquired a different kind of lift-off with this movie,” she explained. “This time was so much fun because I know Brad so much better, and the way the story unfolded for me in the recording sessions has been kind of stratospheric. Brad’s imagination veers off into intensely funny stuff, and I find that so fresh. And of course, that also includes the character development of Helen throughout this second movie. It just feels really rich, and like… this guy is a true feminist.”

Incredibles 2 is set to hit theaters on June 15, 2018.

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The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Art Scale 1/10  Statue By Frank Miller

Announced at Comic Con Experience in Brazil is this amazing Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Art Scale 1/10 statue by Frank Miller created in partnership with Iron Studios and Chiaroscuro Studios.

The statue will be released globally in 2018. Two versions will be available; a numbered edition limited to only 250 pieces with art signed by Frank Miller and a regular version without art.

No word on the release date or pricing.

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Watch The Alita: Battle Angel Trailer

20th Century Fox has released the first Alita: Battle Angel trailer.

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

Alita: Battle Angel also stars Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the July 20, 2018 release features a screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Rodriguez. Based on the graphic novel series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel is produced by Cameron and Jon Landau.

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Dan Mumford Art Show To Open At Gallery 1988 On December 8, 2017

Join Gallery 1988 Friday night, December 8th, for a show of prints that is not to be missed. Dan Mumford has retuned to Gallery1988 with a brand new collection of visual movie references that has to be seen to be believed.

His work has recently been seen in our Star Wars Force Awakens campaign, as well as amongst official Pottermore merchandise, and he is outdoing himself with every new release.

This show is no different. Join G1988 from 7-9 PM, where Dan will be in attendance, and take advantage of your first chance to purchase work. The remaining prints will go online the following afternoon, Saturday, at gallery1988.com. This show will be on display through the end of the year at Gallery1988.

Image credit i09

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