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Did ‘Ready Player One’ Hype Translate to Box Office Success?

[Editor’s Note: This ‘Ready Player One’ piece comes to us from Bleeding Cool contributor Dana Han-Klein of The DHK who takes a look at the pre-theatrical release hype at WonderCon and how it showed at the weekend box office results.] Well the world has now seen Steven Spielberg’s interpretation of Ready Player One and the big question is did […]


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Ready Player One Screenwriter Tapped to Adapt ROM: The Spaceknight

Coming off the adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One for Steven Spielberg, writer Zak Penn has been tapped for the adaptation of ROM: The Spaceknight for Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Based on the Hasbro toy ROM (short for read-only memory) of the 1980s, it was then introduced to readers in […]

[#WonderCon] That Time George Lucas Visited the Ready Player One Set

WonderCon in Anaheim has steadily increased its major studio presence over the past few years, and in 2018 that meant Warner Bros. Specifically, at least from looking at how packed the area was during the presentation, Ready Player One. The film screened back at South by Southwest (SXSW) and was pretty much the main movie discussed […]

Watch: ‘Ready Player One’ Author Ernie Cline Thanks Fans in New Video

Six years ago, I somehow managed to nab an in-person interview with author Ernie Cline during a San Francisco stop on his book tour. Maybe you’ve heard of it, a little thing called Ready Player One. Ernie was doing the cross-country tour in his vintage vehicle of choice (also that of “RP1” main character Parzival), a […]

First Reactions for ‘Ready Player One’ Are in From #SXSW

Yeah so I personally am more than a little excited for Ready Player One, as you may have gathered from the numerous pieces I’ve done covering the ramp up to tonight’s premiere at South By Southwest (SXSW), and world opening on March 29th. It made sense for Warner Bros to premiere the film there, given author Ernie […]

Ready Player One LIVE at #SXSW Powered by Twitch And IMDB

Live from Bevos Hall at South By Southwest (SXSW), Ready Player One LIVE at SXSW presented by Twitch and IMDB, featuring interviews with the cast, creators, and more happening before the WORLD PREMIERE of RP1. Aisha Tyler introduced Alex Corea, the host for the event from the stage in the Ready Player One experience. Corea has been chatting with […]




Avatar Plug of the Week – HERO WORSHIP #6

The most original super hero series concludes its first arc today, by writers Zak Penn (Avengers, X-Men II & III movies, Alphas TV show) and Scott Murphy (Star Wars The Clone Wars TV show)! All of Adam’s life has lead up to this surreal moment – from worshiping the godly superhero Zenith to becoming the super-powered Apex to discovering the truth about his […]

Avatar Plug of the Week – HERO WORSHIP #5

This year’s most original super hero series continues today, by writers Zak Penn (Avengers, X-Men II & III movies, Alphas TV show) and Scott Murphy (Star Wars The Clone Wars TV show)!

Avatar Plug of the Week – HERO WORSHIP #4

Zak Penn (writer of the Avengers, X-Men II & III movies, and the Alphas TV show) and Scott Murphy (writer of Star Wars The Clone Wars) are delivering this year’s most original super hero series!

Avatar Plug of the Week – HERO WORSHIP #3

Are you reading this year’s most original super hero series? Hero Worship #3 flies into comic shops today! Sometimes when your dreams come true, they turn out to be nightmares. Zak Penn (writer of the Avengers movie, X-Men II & III movies, and the Alphas TV show) and Scott Murphy (writer of Star Wars The Clone […]

Swipe File: Alex Ross’ Superman And Hero Worship

Here’s a scene from Hero Worship, published by Avatar Press today, featuring an iconic superhero, Zenith. And here… is another iconic superhero. By Alex Ross. All he needs now is a cape.   In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic […]

REVIEW: Hero Worship #1 by Zak Penn and Michael DiPascale

It’s a comic book set in a world where superheroes really exist. Or, at least, one superhero. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Because, yes, it feels very very familiar. Even the name of the hero in question, Zenith, was the titular star of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s celebrity superhero of the eighties. […]

Avatar Plug of the Week: HERO WORSHIP #1

It’s going to be a huge week for Avatar fans. We have a whole bunch of new issues hitting stands, and plenty of previews to show off here at Bleeding Cool! First up, we are proud to share the preview for Hero Worship #1, a new comic miniseries written by Zak Penn and Scott Murphy, […]

Avatar Plug of SDCC: HERO WORSHIP #1 Signed Variant Edition Exclusive to Retailers

Zak Penn and Scott Murphy will join Avatar Press at San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the launch of Hero Worship #1, their new comic book miniseries of superheroes revered — and manipulated — as celebrity icons. Penn is Hollywood’s premiere superhero screenwriter, with numerous Marvel films under his belt (Avengers, Incredible Hulk, X2, X-Men: The […]

In-Depth with Michael DiPascale: Hero Worship

Michael DiPascale is a name that’s been on the periphery for the past few years, especially if you’ve been paying attention to Avatar Press and its sister company, Boundless Comics. He has a slick painted style that’s perfectly suited for pin-up artwork, which is why he’s so frequently contributing covers to the Lady Death and […]