Not even Steven Spielberg could get the rights to Star Wars for Ready Player One

If the advance word from SXSW is accurate and Steven Spielberg has created a reminder for grumpy readers that yes, it is possible to make something decent out of something not so decent, then it may be fun watching Ready Player One after all. But even …

If the advance word from SXSW is accurate and Steven Spielberg has created a reminder for grumpy readers that yes, it is possible to make something decent out of something not so decent, then it may be fun watching Ready Player One after all. But even the king of popcorn movies has limits, it seems.

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VR is getting very, very good

Tech is playing a larger role at SXSW with every passing year, and despite the deeply irritating fact that some tech-bro says the word “disrupt” approximately every .42 seconds somewhere in Austin this week, there’s one arena that’s seen a marked leap forward: Virtual reality tech. Cost is still the biggest impediment…

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Tech is playing a larger role at SXSW with every passing year, and despite the deeply irritating fact that some tech-bro says the word “disrupt” approximately every .42 seconds somewhere in Austin this week, there’s one arena that’s seen a marked leap forward: Virtual reality tech. Cost is still the biggest impediment…

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Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block has set a new bar for terrifying TV depictions of mental illness

The first season of Channel Zero, Syfy’s horror anthology series, had some aesthetically cool and creepy elements—not surprising for a series based on creepypasta—but it failed to connect emotionally. (A “handsome disappointment,” said the headline of The A.V. Club’s review.) But in its third installment, which…

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The first season of Channel Zero, Syfy’s horror anthology series, had some aesthetically cool and creepy elements—not surprising for a series based on creepypasta—but it failed to connect emotionally. (A “handsome disappointment,” said the headline of The A.V. Club’s review.) But in its third installment, which…

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Pussy Riot brought Chelsea Manning out on stage with them at SXSW

In what surely qualifies as one of the more unexpected opening acts at this year’s SXSW, Russian radical political music collective Pussy Riot opened their set at the festival by revealing a surprise guest: former political prisoner and utter social-media delight Chelsea Manning, who took the stage to briefly talk…

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In what surely qualifies as one of the more unexpected opening acts at this year’s SXSW, Russian radical political music collective Pussy Riot opened their set at the festival by revealing a surprise guest: former political prisoner and utter social-media delight Chelsea Manning, who took the stage to briefly talk…

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Mark Hamill regrets ever making his debates with Rian Johnson about Luke Skywalker public

Star Wars fans turned out this morning at SXSW expecting to watch The Director And The Jedi, a documentary about the making of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What they did not expect was by far the best part of the event: The surprise arrival of Mark Hamill himself, joining director Rian Johnson and other members of the…

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Star Wars fans turned out this morning at SXSW expecting to watch The Director And The Jedi, a documentary about the making of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What they did not expect was by far the best part of the event: The surprise arrival of Mark Hamill himself, joining director Rian Johnson and other members of the…

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Believe the hype: Hereditary is scaring the shit out of everybody, including Elijah Wood

The trailer for A24's upcoming horror film Hereditary features the kind of pull quotes (including one from our own A.A. Dowd’s glowing assessment) that lead audiences to wonder if it could actually be as disturbing as it sounds. Judging by the spellbound audience at SXSW, you should maybe believe the hype.

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The trailer for A24's upcoming horror film Hereditary features the kind of pull quotes (including one from our own A.A. Dowd’s glowing assessment) that lead audiences to wonder if it could actually be as disturbing as it sounds. Judging by the spellbound audience at SXSW, you should maybe believe the hype.

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Roseanne’s Lecy Goranson didn’t believe the revival was happening “until I walked on set”

“I wanted to grab Sara and give her a kiss, because she brought us all back together.” That’s Lecy Goranson, who played Becky on Roseanne for the better part of a decade (give or take a couple of Sarah Chalkes filling in). The actor came to SXSW to promote the upcoming revival of the series, and was happy to share…

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“I wanted to grab Sara and give her a kiss, because she brought us all back together.” That’s Lecy Goranson, who played Becky on Roseanne for the better part of a decade (give or take a couple of Sarah Chalkes filling in). The actor came to SXSW to promote the upcoming revival of the series, and was happy to share…

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