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RIP Margot Kidder

Running a website/blog called Jimmy’s Daily Planet, the following news is tough to write and process.

Actress Margot Kidder died this past Sunday in Montana at the age of 69. Like her iconic ‘Superman’ co-star, Christopher Reeve, Ms. Kidder delivered an equally iconic performance that elevated her as the greatest Lois Lane in the storied superhero saga.

RIP Margot Kidder. 

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Ready to See the Future?

You’re not seeing things:

Steven Spielberg is now a hologram.

Part of the story in Ready Player One is the exploration of the line between reality and virtual reality (VR) in society in 2045, centered in Columbus, Ohio. Rest assured that this blog won’t just reveal spoilers for film and TV without a bold, unmistakable disclaimer. For this specific blog post, have no worries as there are no film or story spoilers here.

Having said that, the special hologram version of Mr. Spielberg is the latest spotlight of the continued blurring of lines between reality and virtual reality that’s existed in various forms for some time now. This cool tech in the video above–also utilized in the original Star Wars trilogy from back in the ’70s and ’80s with Princess Leia–is an example of VR that can live harmlessly in reality.

Bonus points coins would’ve been given to Steven Spielberg and the team at IMAX if they could’ve created and then broadcasted the beloved storyteller’s avatar that would live in the Oasis.

Oh well.

BTW – If you have not seen Ready Player One directed by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg in theaters on the biggest screen possible, then you should probably get on that ASAP with IMAX.

The Biggest Screening of the Future?

I’m ready already.

Yesterday’s Happy Monday kicked-off a week of blog posts leading up to the highly-anticipated science-fiction cinematic adventure Ready Player One. A film intertwined with VR-technology that may not be as far off into the future as we imagine has been described as “Pure Spielberg magic” by Empire Magazine’s movie critic Terri White.

The scenes in the real world look gritty and, well, real. The scenes in virtual reality look visually stunning and playfully immersive from an inactive audience perspective.

The making of this cinematic experience behind-the-scenes is equally engaging.

Could this be a modern attempt at Back to the Future-level nostalgia and visions of the future?

We’ll just have to see. Literally.

Virtual Reality’s Impending Prize

We’re one day closer to March 29, 2018, with a brand new trailer…

Ready Player One has the challenge of following a highly-acclaimed book, but with one minor advantage:

Its director is Steven Spielberg.

The VR-centric story set in a dystopian future in Columbus, OH-IO splits time between the real world and an imaginative pop culture-rich virtual reality. The latter is filled with familiar throwbacks to iconic video games, music, and cinematic masterpieces in their own rights (ie-Back to the Future and Jurassic Park, to name just a couple). While this virtual reality purposely appears surreal, VR’s increasing role in modern society seems inevitable once a few codes are cracked for taking this experience mainstream in the coming years and decades.

Is this good? Bad? Somewhere in between? Time will ultimately tell with our ever-evolving relationship and fluid connectivity with deeply personal customizable technology. Regardless, a monstrous, life-altering prize awaits in the third act of Ready Player One.

However, will virtual reality lead society to an equally grand and illustrious prize down the road? Will currently living in Columbus, Ohio offer an exclusive key to this future?

There are just so many real questions to ponder…

maybe this is where virtual answers come into play?