‘Ready Player One’ trailer powers on at Comic-Con

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Put on your haptic gloves and strap on your VR goggles – it’s time for a futuristic trip down memory lane.

Let us explain: Ready Player One is set in the year 2040s, but in a 2040s that’s really obsessed with the 1980s. (In that sense, I guess the future’s not that unlike the present.) 

Tye Sheridan stars as Parzival, a young man who escapes his drab, depressing reality by logging into an ’80s-influenced virtual reality paradise known as OASIS. When its mysterious creator dies, he leaves behind a puzzle that promises his entire fortune to the first person to find a solution. 

What gives Parzival an edge in the game is that he knows ’80s pop culture better than just about anyone. And what gives Ready Player One an edge in theaters is that it’s being directed an ’80s pop culture legend – Steven Spielberg. Read more…

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31-pound stray cat named Mr. Handsome is my favorite celebrity

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Here’s a good situation: a 31-pound stray cat who goes by “Mr. Handsome” has received so much interest at a Pittsboro, North Carolina animal shelter that his new home will be determined by a literal raffle.

Mr. Handsome, a flawless celebrity, has been winning hearts all week after being brought into the Chatham County Animal Shelter as a stray. Since then, there’s been such an influx of prospective adopters to the shelter that parking and traffic have become strained. 

Now, those who’d like to adopt Mr. Handsome can fill out an application, which must be emailed to the shelter by July 26. If your name is drawn from the raffle, you’ll be vetted further before the greatest cat to ever live is yours to keep. Read more…

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A Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson murders is a disgusting idea

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What I’m about to do is gross and wrong — to judge a work of art before it’s even been made — but there’s something about Quentin Tarantino tackling the Manson family murders that feels … well, gross and wrong.

The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday reported that Tarantino’s next project would be a “unique take on the Manson family murders,” and that “script details are fuzzy but one of the stories centers on Sharon Tate.”

Tarantino’s sensibilities and true crime? These things go together like chocolate and onions.

Tate was eight months pregnant in 1969 when she and four other people were stabbed and beaten to the point of mutilation by four individuals at the direction of Charles Manson, who is still in prison for that and other grisly crimes. It ranks among the most ghastly and upsetting murders in American history, and the grief it caused still lingers. Read more…

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People bought a ton of Amazon gadgetry for Prime Day

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Amazon’s marathon holiday of discount deals is coming to an end, but it’s already earned the company a permanent place in a lot more people’s living rooms.

The e-commerce giant said the Amazon Echo, its cylindrical digital assistant for the home, was the top-selling item of Prime Day in the United States as of Tuesday morning, according to CNBC. Amazon had halved the gadget’s price to $90 for the occasion.

The performance isn’t much of a surprise considering how aggressively Amazon discounts and promotes its own electronic products each time the contrived date rolls around. Other big sellers this year included its miniature cousin, the Echo Dot, and Amazon’s Fire 7 tablet. Read more…

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