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‘Pokemon Go’ becomes latest craze in Hollywood


Michael Young, dressed as Pokemon character Ash Ketchum, plays Pokemon Go, in Springfield, Missouri. Pokemon Go, a free mobile app partly owned by Nintendo, allows people to collect and battle Pokemon in the real world. [AP/NEWSIS]

LOS ANGELES - Pokemon Go has caught the public’s attention - and Hollywood is no exception.

Actors, athletes and musicians are alongside the millions of fans searching for Pokemon creatures. Ellen DeGeneres, Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato, Steve Aoki and Soulja Boy are among the celebrities who have posted about the augmented reality sensation on social media.

NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns had to resist the urge to pull out his smartphone at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards to hunt for one of the cutesy pocket monsters.

“I played it coming here, and I haven’t taken my phone out to play it yet, but I’ll be very upset if I missed a Pikachu around here,” said Towns on the award ceremony’s red carpet.

The addictive, location-aware smartphone game from Niantic Inc. blends the Pokemon universe with the real world, providing digital incentives for players to visit landmarks and capture creatures depicted on screen.

“I’m killing it,” said professional snowboarder Chloe Kim, who is also a first-generation Korean American, at the ESPYs.

“I was in Oregon recently, and we stayed in a really small town, spent the whole day walking around catching Pokemon because it was raining, so we couldn’t do anything. It was so fun.”

While celebrating his supporting actor’s Emmy nomination for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Andre Braugher lamented that he hasn’t been able to log into Pokemon Go since downloading it.

“I think it’s because billions of other people around the world are trying to do the same thing and they just don’t have the capacity,” said Braugher.

“My son was able to get on and is catching Pokemon right now. I’m a little jealous.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” filmmaker J.J. Abrams called the craze “fascinating,” but he’s not addicted to tracking down Ponyta or Charmander.

“I’m not actively playing,” said Abrams, who also produced the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond.”

“I had to try it out because I’m a human being who has kids.”


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