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We Can’t Wait for the Intense Action in ‘Ready Player One’

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We love books about the future – even if that future happens to be bleak. And that’s definitely the case with Ernest Cline’s beloved 2011 novel, Ready Player One, which imagines a crowded 2044 where global warming has wrecked havoc and most places on earth have become overpopulated slums. Because reality is so uninviting, many people prefer to live in a virtual reality called OASIS. The book follows Wade Watts, a teen living in Columbus, Ohio, who’s obsessed with old video games and ‘80s pop culture, and who navigates OASIS as the avatar Parzival. Wade becomes determined to find a series of keys that will lead him to a hidden Easter egg, a game that was set in motion when…

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Hanks for the Memories: Bridge of Spies and the Best of Tom Hanks’ Movies

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Bridge of Spies, which opens Friday, has been getting more buzz than a hive full of yellow jackets, and even the film’s trailers are gripping and intense. On top of that, throw in the fact that it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, and we’ll be in line with our popcorn ready by about, oh, Friday morning. But for us, the real draw of this movie might be its leading man, Tom Hanks. The Spencer Tracy of his era, Hanks places amongst the top Hollywood stars of any era. Eminently likeable, tremendously charismatic and one of the most genuinely gifted performers in show business, Hanks has left a trail of Oscar-winning and Oscar-worthy performances in his wake. And even as he approaches 60…

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Carol Memmott Reviews: Ernest Cline Scores with Armada

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In 2011, pop culture enthusiasts were tripping over their lightsabers as they rushed to praise Ernest Cline’s geekfest debut novel, Ready Player One. The novel’s futuristic/retro mash-up of a plot about the hunt for a lottery ticket hidden in a virtual world is as much an epic adventure story as it is a cautionary tale about the future of humankind. If you loved Ready Player One’s hundreds of references to the nostalgia-inducing entertainment brands and gadgets of the 1980s, grab your game controller and get ready to do it all over again. Cline’s Armada (Crown) is a rollicking space cowboy adventure set in two iconic worlds: video gaming and our endless fascination with science fiction books, television shows and movies.…

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Celebrate Shark Week with Media Star Mary Lee the Great White Shark

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It was 1975 and I was 12 years old when, along with millions of other recreational swimmers, I developed a lifelong and near-paralyzing fear of sharks. Thanks, Steven Spielberg! The summer of 1975 was when the classic thriller Jaws surfaced in movie theaters around the country. Suddenly, the nation was terrorized by a giant mechanical shark named Bruce, who became the star of what would go on to become the first true summer blockbuster. I had been swimming since literally before I could remember, but it only took one viewing of Jaws to convince me that the waters all around me were brimming with sharks. They were in the murky waters of Long Island Sound. They were surrounding the beaches…

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