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Come Visit Westworld...

... at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

HBO's big new drama series WESTWORLD debuts on Sunday, October 2... but we'll be showing it a day early at the Jean Cocteau.

That's right. We have a special Santa Fe PREMIERE scheduled for Saturday, October 1, with three showings of the first episode. A morning showing in Spanish, an afternoon screening in English, both open to the general public on a first come, first seated basis, and a special invitation-only (sorry) VIP screening in the evening.

All showings will be completely FREE.

WESTWORLD is based on the classic 1973 film of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton and starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, and James Brolin. It's a science fiction thriller in Western clothes, about a futuristic theme park where patrons can live out their six-gun fantasies, gunning down robot outlaws and frolicking with robot dance hall girls... until something goes wrong.

HBO's version has been completely reimagined and redeveloped by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, however (hey, it's not 1973 any more), and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, and Evan Rachel Wood. Everything I've heard about it sounds terrific; I can't wait to see it.

Here's a taste.

We're planning to have some gunslingers and dance hall girls of our own on site to help with the festivities. Whether they will be robots ot not... well, you'll need to puzzle that one out on your own. Come join the fun!


David Sidebottom
Sep. 27th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
Spanish Version 3pm
English Version 5pm
Keith Russell Dulak
Sep. 27th, 2016 01:06 am (UTC)
Looking very much forward to this premiere. Cant wait!
Sep. 27th, 2016 04:20 am (UTC)
How great are Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins as actors... and how great is HBO!!! I'm really looking forward to this.
Sep. 27th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
What did you think of the original from 1973?
I've yet to see the movie, hopefully HBO airs it this week or puts the movie ONDEMAND. I'm very excited for the series, I LOVE the idea of Ed Harris being on an HBO series.
Sep. 27th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
I would love...
... to visit the Jean Cocteau in general but it'll still take some years until we have saved up enough money to fly out to our family in the States with all our kids (I wouldn't go alone) - BUT: then a visit is definately planned!! :D
Sep. 27th, 2016 11:46 am (UTC)
consider the following line of through.

if you follow the premise and execution of the original Westworld/Futureworld movies, its very much a physical theme park with robots, etc.
However technology today is on the verge of a Virtual Reality revolution with new additions from Oculus, Sony and Google just around the corner.
my question is simple. are the 'theme-parks' of the future likely to be physical or virtual? my guess is they will be largely virtual and so the whole premise of the Westworld TV series is destroyed.
It may be interesting to emanine the ramifations of AI on society but as a theme-park the premise is surely outdated and defunct.
Sep. 27th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Theme parks may be going the "virtual reality" route in the future. Currently neither Universal Studios nor Disney uses Virtual Reality though (except horribly in the defunct Disney Quest). What comes after computerized "virtual reality"... A.I. robots do. Physically tangible things will always trump computerized "virtual reality". There is nothing more real than holding something in your hand. It is more expensive to make things physically tangible though, so yes "virtual reality" is the near future. A.I. robots will be the far future when the cost is no longer prohibitive. Also, having crap hanging on your face sucks. I like 3D movies but there is a reason why home 3D never took off and the same may happen with virtual reality. Have you ever played paintball? It sucks renting a disgusting mask that hundreds of other people have worn; I'm not looking forward to wearing some sweaty VR headset. It's all hype at the moment.
Sep. 28th, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Virtual...
imagine the VR that was used in the movie Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger way back in 1990. The tech was largely unimportant (implants i think), but the experience was completely real. with such technology surely the idea of physical locations and bots would become unnecessary as the VR experience would be indistinguishable from 'reality'.
Sep. 30th, 2016 06:44 am (UTC)
Re: Virtual...
Well, that kind of mental and biological Virtual Reality is farther off than A.I. robots are. Interfacing human biology with machines is super science fiction.

Nanny robots in the Guardian today.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/29/ipal-robot-childcare-robobusiness-san-jose
Sep. 28th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
How do we know it's not all really VR?
That could end up being one of the series' big shockers:)

Sep. 30th, 2016 06:57 am (UTC)
Could be I suppose.
Sep. 27th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Mucho Thanko for that!
The original WW was one of my favorite films growing up.
I used to dream that one day I'd actually be able to go to such a place, technical difficulties be damned!
There is so much great sci-fi from that era that demands re-imagining/re-booting, and this WestWorld looks like a winner.
"There's something wrong with this world." is the new "Nothing can possibly go wrong...go wrong...go wrong..."
Sep. 27th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
If this was only real, and set in Westeros.

Take my money...all of it!!!
Keith Russell Dulak
Sep. 27th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Looking very much forward to this premiere. Cant wait!
Sep. 28th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
I've been waiting for this for years. This show is a real test for me -- I'm starting to think the younger, softer audiences don't really like the deep and dark, anti-hero stuff that HBO is known for. During Vinyl, I heard so many comments like "there is no one to root for!". We'll see how this goes I guess, I'm definitely looking forward to it.
Stephen Richter
Sep. 28th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
Keep this up and I am moving to Santa Fe.
Sep. 28th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
10 Things You Need To Know About HBOs Westworld
Sep. 28th, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
if indeed he surprise is VR, i imagine its not something that'll be revealed until the very final episode. if revealed any earlier , viewers would switch off in their droves.
Keith Russell Dulak
Sep. 29th, 2016 12:18 am (UTC)
Described as a western in a sci fi world. Sick. Seriously bern talking about this show for months at work. "School called today. They said you havent been there in months. MONTHS!"
Sep. 29th, 2016 05:04 pm (UTC)
Are you deliberately choosing to remain quiet on politics this election cycle, George, outside of standing in solidarity with immigrants?

Sorry to ask this here, but I don't know when your next blog post will be or what the topic will be, so I'm not sure when the appropriate time will come to bring it up. Given that we're a little over a month out from either Hillary or Trump being the new President, there's only so much time left to discuss it.

I know you're left leaning, as am I. And for the left, and I suspect for the saner elements on the right, there is a general feeling of standing on the edge of catastrophe as we contemplate four years of President Trump. I'm slightly surprised to see it passed mostly unmentioned here, not that your mentioning it would be more likely than anyone else mentioning it to change anything.
Sep. 29th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've almost posted about a hundred times... most recently after the debate... but it would take time and energy, and at the moment I am very short on both. So much stuff on my plate.

Also, after the last few election cycles, I have begun to wonder whether my political posts... indeed, ANYONE's political posts... have any effects whatsoever. If Monday's debate did not convince the nation that Trump is massively unfit to be president, would anything I might say sway anyone? Even laying out bare naked facts does not seem to work. Trump's fans simply deny said facts, shouting "wrong" or "no," like their leader.

Which is not to say I won't post on politics soon. Maybe next week, maybe tomorrow, maybe a month from now, maybe all of the above.

Not today, though. Today I've got a new Wild Cards edit to complete.
Sep. 29th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling. A friend of mine linked me a YouTube clip of the Bush-Clinton-Perot debate from 1992, in which three adults with differing political views engaged in a relatively civil argument over how best to manage the government, and suggested I view it after watching Trump 'debate' by interrupting constantly and call things 'terrible' and 'the worst ever.' It makes for a depressing comparison, especially when you realize many people think he won by doing this.

For the first time in my life, I'm genuinely terrified by an election. Because even if Trump loses, the willful blindness, the lack of interest in substance, the approval of overt bullying tactics, the willingness to embrace a 'strong man' figure more befitting a banana republic than a first world democracy...all of the things his candidacy represents will still be there in the modern American electorate.

God help us.
Sep. 30th, 2016 07:16 am (UTC)
Trump ;(
As an immigrant as a 4 year old from the UK and being mixed race and kind of ambiguous looking this support for Trump is terrifying. I'm an American citizen, a life long atheist, half Celtic genetically and for most of my life a person that thought of themselves as white (until I had it pointed out to me a dozen times that I wasn't). My family employs thousands of Americans in high paying skilled work and my mother is a medical professional who only came here because she was heavily recruited and even lied to. My first memories are of gun shots while walking with my parents, something unheard of in Hampstead were I was born. We took nothing from the county and gave everything. Mr. Martin's embrace of immigrants is heart warming and has really cheered my spirits during this disappointing time. I don't think that he can sway Trump supporters but he certainly gave me some peace last week.
Sep. 29th, 2016 07:06 pm (UTC)
just come here to say hello
Hi,George,I'm a big fan of yours,and i come from China.i only read five books this year for two times ,haha,you know their names.You are so smart,knowledgeable and charming,i'm so crazy about your books and you.i wish you are my father or grandpa,haha,is that stupid?my father never reads,and he never cares me.i won't ask you any questions about The winds of Winter,just wish you can live a happy life.don't be stressful,ok?you have millions of fans in China,we all love you.Forgive my poor English,i can't write more,bye, and have a good day
Sep. 30th, 2016 02:28 am (UTC)
just come here to say hello
Hi,George,I'm a big fan of yours,and i come from China.i only read five books this year for two times ,haha,you know their names.You are so smart,knowledgeable and charming,i'm so crazy about your books and you.i wish you are my father or grandpa,haha,is that stupid?my father never reads,and he never cares me.i won't ask you any questions about The winds of Winter,just wish you can live a happy life.don't be stressful,ok?you have millions of fans in China,we all love you.Forgive my poor English,i can't write more,bye, and have a good day
Brad Thomas
Oct. 3rd, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
Hey George. What did you think of the Westworld pilot/first episode? What were the reactions like at the theatre? To me it's like The Matrix meets Tombstone meets Groundhog day. What a great cast as well, looking forward to the series.
Aaron Huffman
Oct. 6th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
What are your thoughts on the premiere?
Oct. 6th, 2016 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Westworld
Loved the episode. Can't wait to see the next one.

And our premiere event was a great success. Lots of people, lots of fun.


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