Ready Player One cover

In Ernest Cline‘s “Ready Player One,” there are several references to director Steven Spielberg‘s body of work, including many of the famous films he produced in the 1980s. In one part of the book, for example, Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) is driving a DeLorean in the OASIS — which is one reference Spielberg intends on keeping in his adaptation. He’s currently shooting Ready Player One, and a few of the sci-fi adventure movie’s references have been spotted on the set.

Below, check out some set photos showing a few Ready Player One references.

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harry potter video game ride

Major companies filing patents isn’t always news, because many major companies file patents just because they can. This is especially true in the theme park industry, where potential ride and show technology is patented so it can be utilized in a potential future attraction. You know – just in case. After this is a competitive business. Disney was supposedly planning to utilize Kuka arm technology to build a ride based on The Incredibles, only to watch Universal snatch the exclusive rights to this tech for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the headliner attraction at their The Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands in Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan.

So don’t look at Universal’s newest patent as solid confirmation for what we might see in a future Harry Potter ride – look at it as a suggestion of what Universal may be considering for a future attraction. And this patent centers around a “video game ride” that will allow riders to to interact with and change their experience.

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Justice League Dark Doug Liman

Justice League Dark is finally happening. Doug Liman has been set to direct Warner Bros.’ DC adaptation. Scott Rudin will produce, and Michael Gilio will write the screenplay. If you’ve got a bit of déjà vu that may be because Liman was recently linked to another superhero project, 20th Century Fox’s Gambit. As you’ve probably guessed, he’s not making that one anymore.

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Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders Trailer - The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler

About a week ago, the first promotional teaser arrived for an animated feature that would bring back Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin. The two actors played the live-action television iterations of the Caped Crusaders in a TV series that started back in 1996, and now we get to see (or rather hear) the duo back in action with the full trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

The animated feature is modeled after the 1966 series, complete with plenty of cheesy jokes, Robin’s signature “Holy ____, Batman” lines, and all of the key villains back to bring trouble to Gotham City all over again.

Watch the Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders trailer after the jump. Read More »

Middle Earth Film Collection

Last week, a limited collector’s edition release of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies was revealed on Amazon. The set features the extended editions of all six films from director Peter Jackson in an impressive display of faux leather-bound books with all the bonus features you’d ever want. At the time, we only had one image of the set, but now you can get a closer look at it.

Dominic Monaghan played Meriadoc Brandybuck (aka Merry) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it appears he was the cast member with an open enough schedule to be able to record an unboxing video that shows us just how cool a set this is. However, it still may not be worth the price tag, especially because this may not exactly be the set that Peter Jackson truly wants fans to have. Find out more below. Read More »

Beetlejuice Musical - Michael Keaton

If the Alamo Drafthouse’s upcoming celebration of Tim Burton next month, appropriately called Septemburton, wasn’t enough gothic circus fun for you folks, then we have some good news. Beetlejuice will be getting the musical treatment on Broadway.

Find out what we know about the Beetlejuice musical after the jump. Read More »

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In recent years, Tom Hanks has played a couple real life heroes. From his titular role in Captain Phillips to his turn as one hell of a lawyer in Bridge of Spies, Hanks is the perfect everyman to bring these men to life. This year he adds one more to his career in Sully, the latest drama from Clint Eastwood, based on the real life story of heroic pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard.

But while everyone knows about his heroic efforts that saved everyone on board that plane, most don’t know about the pesky investigation that followed which created plenty of trouble for Sully in both his life and career. Get a taste of the aftermath of The Miracle on the Hudson in the new Sully trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The CW has hired Veronica Mars/iZombie creator Rob Thomas to create a television series adaptation of the iconic 1987 Warner Bros horror comedy film The Lost Boys. Find out more details about The Lost Boys tv series, after the jump.

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War Dogs

Todd Phillips‘ War Dogs might become one of the summer’s few pleasant surprises. Critics are somewhat mixed on the film, but the reviews are far more positive than what we read for The Hangover sequels, and they’re about on par with the reviews for Phillips’ Old SchoolStarsky & Hutch, and Road Trip, his more well-liked movies. Jonah Hill is receiving praise for his performance as obnoxious gunrunner Efraim Diveroli, but originally, Shia LaBeouf was going to play the character.

Below, find out why LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg didn’t lead the War Dogs cast.

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