‘Ready Player One’ World Premiere Screening Stopped Twice for Technical Troubles



Austin, we have a problem.
The world premiere sneak screening of Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi epic “Ready Player One” at SXSW on Sunday night stopped not once, but twice, due to technical difficulties.
The new film was more than an hour and a half in when the sound went silent — which the audience initially thought was intentional (perhaps shades of Rian Johnson’s recent “Star Wars” movie?) until the picture froze and audiences moaned that they couldn’t continue to watch the movie that was getting positive responses from the audience thus far.
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The film soon resumed — and then stopped again in the exact same spot, prompting outbursts of laughter from lucky filmgoers who managed to snag a ticket to the sneak peek screening of a project based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel.
Fans clamored onto their armrests as the picture resumed for a third time, and when the film managed to move past the problematic part of the movie, the audience erupted in loud applause and jumped up from their seats.
One fan was overheard saying that this was the best moment of his career in the entertainment industry — and during the Q&A after the screening, star Tye Sheridan commented that perhaps the glitch elevated the film — which was met with strong applause yet again from the lucky filmgoers. And somehow, the impromptu silence fit perfectly to what was happening in the film at that exact time.
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When the film concluded and the cast and Spielberg himself came onto the stage, fans got up in a standing ovation and chanted the filmmaker’s name.
The technical snafus prompted an almost immediate online response — including from fans far from Texas who were awaiting first-hand reactions on the eagerly anticipated film.
Others suggested that the throwback nature of the film — which references classic ’80s and ’90s pop culture — might provide the seeds to solving the troubles. “If Ready Player One is so ’80s authentic then the projectionist should take it out and blow into it,” one commenter tweeted.

WTF IS GOING ON ITD PANDAMONIUM HERE AT #ReadyPlayerOne #SXSW Screening https://t.co/rHM3328bgS
— William Rowe (@WilliamRowe20) March 12, 2018

the film had to be restarted. TWICE.#readyplayerone #rp1 #sxsw https://t.co/WRz2pe45wc
— Mab (@MabIsTink) March 12, 2018
https://twitter.com/igor_s__/status/973054302158770176

when ready player one’s premier screener loses its audio and freezes meaning that it only delays the first reactions even further pic.twitter.com/wkmTUvC08Q
— Samantha (@Arielrocks5) March 12, 2018

If Ready Player One is so ‘80s authentic then the projectionist should take it out and blow into it. https://t.co/vuYaRR2CPP
— Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) March 12, 2018

Ernest Cline’s sci-fi bestseller “Ready Player One” is a love letter to the 1980s wrapped around a plot. Easter eggs and pop culture references abound throughout the novel, and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster adaptation appears to have ripped a couple of pages from the book. Here are all the easter eggs we were able to spot in the new trailer.
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Remember Madballs? If not, you aren’t alone. The rubber bouncing balls were popular throughout the 1980s, continuing into the next decade. As the audience sees this bleak new world, we encounter a trailer with one of these objects as graffiti art.
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There’s definitely a huge race taking place, if the number of cars, bikes, and other vehicles are to be trusted. Among what we’ve been seen include Mach 5 from “Speed Racer,” the original Batmobile from the “Batman” TV series, as well as Ryu from the “Street Fighter” video games. Some spotted Mad Max’s Interceptor from “Fury Road,” as well.
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Protagonist Wade Watts, aka Parzival (Tye Sheridan), will drive the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” in the race. Fans were caught off-guard with the brief glimpse of the iconic vehicle in the original trailer, and now it’s getting the attention it deserves.
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There was some confusion over whether Parzival’s competitor/love interest, Art3mis (Oliva Cooke), was driving a Light Cycle from “TRON” or Kaneda’s futuristic bike from “Akira” in the first trailer. Now we can call it: that is definitely the “Akira” bike.
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During the race, King Kong appears perched above his own Empire State Building with biplanes circling overhead.
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We see a newspaper that references “Oasis Coin,” a clear reference to Bitcoin, that shows the movie goes beyond the 1980s for its cultural knowledge.
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During a party scene where we get our first good look at Art3mis, we’re treated to a cameo appearance by Commander Shepard from “Mass Effect” and Blanka from “Street Fighter” (nope, we’re not done with those yet).
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There’s too much going on in the aforementioned shot for just one slide. On the other side of the screen, a bartender wearing a Devo hat is seen to be taking an order from Lara Croft.
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Fans quickly noticed Harley Quinn in the Comic-Con trailer, and now we’ve gotten a look at this rather dapper version of her beau, the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
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One of the classic vintage relics of the era that “RP1” cherishes, this boombox also calls to mind a certain movie…
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Here’s Parzival, pulling a full John Cusack from “Say Anything…” as DC supervillain Deadshot and Sagat from “Street Fighter” lead the charge into the final battle between Oasis users and the sinister IOI corporation.
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As part of the final battle, we notice the early-1990s video game characters Battletoads as well as a flying ostrich from the arcade game “Joust.”
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The battle is going to be massive.  In this shot, we can see Tracer from “Overwatch,” Chun-Li from “Street Fighter,” FemShep from “Mass Effect” and Lara Croft (again).
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Yes, you really saw iconic horror villain Chucky pulling a full-on, CGI Yoda and kicking some serious IOI butt in the process.
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One of the most popular franchises in Japan, “Gundam” plays a vital role in the book, and we’re glad to see that Spielberg kept the giant hero robot.
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Arguably the biggest surprise from the Comic-Con trailer was the inclusion of Iron Giant.  Spielberg was quick to note that the robot was not just to make fans feel good, but he would be an important part of the story. Here he is now, diving headlong into the final battle.
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Just when you think the trailer has offered plenty, there’s one final treat: the instantly recognizable musical twinkle from “Back to the Future.”  March 30 can not come soon enough.
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New fan favorites and Bitcoin are introduced to screen version of the sci-fi bestseller

Ernest Cline’s sci-fi bestseller “Ready Player One” is a love letter to the 1980s wrapped around a plot. Easter eggs and pop culture references abound throughout the novel, and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster adaptation appears to have ripped a couple of pages from the book. Here are all the easter eggs we were able to spot in the new trailer.

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