'How about a nice game of chess?'

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July

Wargames

Hard to believe, but it's been 25 years since Matthew Broderick nearly triggered World War 3 in "WarGames."

The movie made stars out of Broderick and co-star Ally Sheedy. But it also made a lot of guys in Hollywood pretty rich. A surprise sucess, it cost only $12-million to make -- including a then-godly sum of $1-million to build a replica of NORAD -- but made more than $70-million during its run in theaters.

The anniversary is being marked around the country with a special screening of the movie, along with interviews of all the stars and a sneak preview of a sequel, "WarGames: The Dead Code."

In Tampa Bay, the screening is at the Citrus Park 20 theaters at Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa. The show is 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10.

Also, a special 25th anniversary edition DVD is set for release on July 29.

As for the "Dead Code" sequel (also set for release later this month), Wired.com says the new movie is going direct to DVD. The plot mirrors the original movie, but updates it for today's terrorism climate. A young hacker finds a way into a government super-computer (now called R.I.P.L.E.Y instead of W.O.P.R.) in order to play what he thinks is an online terrorist-attack simulation game. Click here to see a trailer.

Word has it that "Dead Code" is one of several direct-to-DVD sequels planned. And in true WarGames fashion, the entire movie was hacked and leaked onto the Internet exactly one month before its planned release date. "David Lightman" would be so proud.

TOP 5 LINES FROM 1983's WARGAMES:

5. "General, you are listening to a machine. Do the world a favor and don't act like one."

4. "Could we have pills and cook the corn?"

3. "I loved it when you nuked Las Vegas. Suitably biblical ending to the place, don't you think?"

2. "Nature knows when to give up, David."

1. "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:36pm]

    

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