STAR WARS FRANCHISE LAUNCHES LOCATION-BASED VR OFFSHOOT: The expensive equipment required to indulge in VR at home has prevented virtual reality from going mainstream. Now, location-based VR experiences are seen as the route to success. The Star Wars franchise is the latest to opt-in, launching Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. The hyper-reality attraction is the fruit of a collaboration between The Void and ILMxLAB (part of Lucasfilm), allowing participants outfitted with VR goggles, headphones and a haptic feedback vest to battle storm troopers, lava monsters and infiltrate enemy outposts. The Void Experience Centers at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, London and Anaheim, CA will be opening in the coming weeks. Other locations around the country will open soon after. The admission will be $29.95. Would you bite at that price?
PITCH PERFECT 3 STARS JOIN THE VOICE CONTESTANTS FOR MUSIC VIDEO CROSSOVER: The stars of Pitch Perfect 3 and the Top 12 contestants on this seasons The Voice are set to appear in a full-length music video. It will be a mash-up of “Cups” from the original Pitch Perfect and George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90.” The video will make its debut today (Tuesday) during The Voice on NBC.
U.K. CAMERAMAN DIES FILMING STUNT FOR BBC, NETFLIX DRAMA: Mark Milsome has died filming a stunt scene for the upcoming BBC and Netflix drama The Forgiving Earth. “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news,” the BBC said in a statement. “Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.” Milsome, 54, reportedly died during a night shoot for a car stunt scene in Ghana. The show focuses on the prosecution of international war crimes. It is set to air sometime in 2018.
BEN SILVERMAN SNAGS POISON FOR TV: Ben Silverman is giving Poison, a thinly veiled account of author Galt Niederhoffer’s relationship with her high-profile ex, the TV treatment. In a case that gripped New York media, the indie director-writer-producer (The Romantics) accused her ex, lawyer Jonathan Gordon, of trying to poison her with arsenic. She sued him, and the $180 million suit was later settled. Poison is being published by St. Martin’s Press on November 21st.
PALM SPRINGS TO HONOR GARY OLDMAN WITH DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Gary Oldman will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for his role in Darkest Hour at the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. “Gary Oldman brings to screen one of the most powerful performances of this year as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Portraying Britain’s steadfast leader during the tumultuous era of World War II, he has already earned rave reviews from critics and is sure to garner awards attention this season,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. He’ll accept the award at a gala on Tuesday, January 2nd. The Festival runs January 4th-15th, 2018.