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When Will Player 2 Be Ready?

‘Ready Player One’ was an awesome movie experience–in 2D and 3D–visualized for the silver screen by legendary director Steven Spielberg from the literary imagination of Spielbergian author Ernest Cline. And the critical success, as well as the box office success, naturally sparks the question:

Will there be a ‘Ready Player Two’ film?

The comprehensive success of the film supports the notion of a sequel. Yes. But it’s the Oasis and what this wildly imaginative virtual world has become since the events of the first film or book (insert your storytelling preference here) that really justifies the necessity for an IMAX-sized sequel.

‘Ready Player Two’ with a bonanza of nineties pop-culture references?

The virtual world needs the Carlton dance and Kelly Kapowski.

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Winnie: The New Story

When you hear the name Winnie, what comes to mind? The Wonder Years? Hocus Pocus? Tuck Everlasting?

Actually, the most popular answer is unquestionably Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jimmy’s Daily Planet covers a myriad of topics and subjects, one of which being the latest movie trailers for films that appear to have a special “it” factor.

Enter Disney’s current project.

Considering the eternal connection between captivating books and Hollywood filmmakers, it should be no surprise that literary favorites from childhood for several generations–like Winnie-the-Pooh–receive its due in the form of silver screen treatments. Last year, the Fox Searchlight major motion picture Goodbye Christopher Robin hit theaters and received positive reviews. This year, Disney is preparing its take on the popular heartwarming character and accompanying story with the more succinct title Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as the lead character.

We’ll never say goodbye to Christopher Robin or Winnie-the-Pooh as they continue to renew our childlike wonder and imagination.

P.S. I’m sensing a nieces-and-nephews day at the theater later this year…

I’d Kill to Ride the Orient-Express

“Flashback Friday” is a thing in American culture.

But what about “Flash-Forward Friday”?

Murder on the Orient Express was a very well-received 20th century novel by Agatha Christie. In part, that praise may be the result of the stunning views and luxurious cabins that make up a train ride on and along the Orient-Express.

Breathtakingly beautiful.

Returning to Ms. Christie’s literary prowess, some may argue that her engaging mystery is a giant in the realm of crime fiction. And the reason the aforementioned category “crime fiction” is not limited to books in the previous sentence is because, as it’s turning out, Murder on the Orient Express is looking more and more like a thrilling cinematic ride in its own right.

Slated for theatrical release on November 10, 2017, the film’s cast (Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Willem Dafoe) is preparing audiences for unrestrained (ironic, yes, I know) chaos this November that can only be matched by our own wild and crazy Thanksgiving dinners.

Here’s an early Thanksgiving treat: A second helping of sorts for Murder on the Orient Express in the form of its second (and recently released) trailer.  

Should I read the book or just wait and see the movie?

Reading is fun, that’s true. However, if I read the book before seeing the film and, thereby, discover all the entertaining spoilers, would I go mental? To that I might say, duh.

That never-ending, fundamental conundrum continues to (metaphorically) kill book and movie lovers. The back-and-forth book vs. movie debate will never reveal its definitive killer and victim (of sorts) to the end of providing a standardized answer in every person’s case…

unlike a certain train full of fascinatingly suspicious passengers.

Our Puzzling Future

Have you pulled the blanket down from over your head? Yes, that presidential debate last night was real and wasn’t an SNL sketch…yet.

The always entertaining and insightful author and essayist Christopher Buckley’s rationale for relieving himself the responsibility of satirizing high-stakes political circumstances was, once again, effortlessly reaffirmed during yesterday’s presidential debate. His imaginatively shrewd writing that amusingly paints the politically powerful with shades of absurdity and twinkling nonsense now needs no outside author, as the starring characters from both sides have willingly taken on his role as penman and penwoman.

Mr. Buckley can’t believe he used to make this stuff up.

On a completely alternative, and therefore happy note, the only spectacle being promoted on television more than the presidential debate is the new Dan Brown book adapted for the silver screen. Skipping the slightly underwhelming 2009 “The Lost Symbol,” Mr. Brown’s 2013 thriller “Inferno” was chosen for grand cinematic treatment. Having read “Inferno,” the excited anticipation for the movie is warranted. Get ready for a fun, thought-provoking ride! Incredibly, from the little shown in the trailer, every one of the scenes look precisely as I pictured them with my imagination from just words on a page.

A testament to the brilliant vision of both Dan Brown and Ron Howard.

Favoring suspense over information, the engrossing plot and pulse-racing sequences won’t be disclosed. The spectacular reveals and intellectual twists-and-turns deserve genuine shock and awe, coupled with unnerving curiosity and reality.

And who better to preview and hype Robert Langdon’s adventures than, well, Robert Langdon himself.

October 28th cannot arrive soon enough. As surprising as this will read, readers and audiences will learn more and feel better equipped to confront the complexities of the world (past, present and future) from a Dan Brown novel and/or film than from a modern presidential debate.

And Dan Brown’s “Inferno” deals with hell…