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December 16, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Tron: Legacy" is as much legacy as Tron. You can feel the deep imprint left by the 1982 cult classic with every flip of a light disc, every zoom of a Lightcycle, every wrinkle-resistant smile on Jeff Bridges' computer-sanitized face. With a homage around every corner, heavy hangs the crown. As it was in the beginning, "Tron: Legacy" takes us into a glow-stick world inside computers where the games are lethal and the mind can get lost, albeit with new players, a new story line, a new director and nearly three decades of improved technology including all the whiz-bang-wow the latest 3-D has to offer.
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October 19, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay
While L.A style might seem to be synonymous with denim and the contemporary clothing market, several Southern California-based, high-end footwear labels are creating lines that preserve the art and quality of luxury shoes. Newbark Created by sisters and renowned stylists Marjan (the Dixie Chicks) and Maryam (Heidi Klum, the Rolling Stones) Malakpour, Newbark refers to the phrase "my dogs are barking" - meaning tired feet. The women created the line as an alternative to the standard ballet flat, infusing inspiration from Moroccan flats and 1920s men's slippers.
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December 18, 2009 | Dan Neil
Picture this: Elon Musk and Henrik Fisker -- impresarios of the electric Tesla Roadster and the soon-to-be, sort-of-electric Fisker Karma, respectively -- are running for their lives through a cave. Rolling behind them, gathering momentum, thundering ever closer, is an enormous boulder. "Look out, Henrik!" "Save yourself, Elon!" Cue the John Williams soundtrack. Can Elon get out of the cave in time? Will Henrik manage . . . Splat! Oh no! Look at the blood! There's rich guy everywhere!
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A small slice of Audi's future recently began testing on U.S. roads around the country, but if you look too hard for these prototypes, they'll probably drive right under your nose. That's because rather than spend precious development dollars on a uniquely-designed body that's more science experiment than it is a practical application, Audi went and hid an all-electric drivetrain under the skin of its well-known A3 hatchback. Jeff Curry, the head of Audi's electric vehicle strategy in the U.S., brought one of the 17 A3 e-tron prototypes to Santa Monica this week for a few hours of driving.
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April 3, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tron: Legacy Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 The 1982 sci-fi adventure "Tron" was a dry piece of computer geek philosophizing elevated by trippy special effects; the belated sequel "Tron: Legacy" is much the same. Jeff Bridges returns as idealistic computer-programmer Kevin Flynn, while Garrett Hedlund plays his son Sam, who gets sucked into the computer grid and finds himself drafted into gladiatorial games and rebelling against the system, just like his pop. The technological explanations are wonky and the "fight the power" plot is pat, but aside from the creepy de-aging effects used on Bridges, the visuals in "Tron: Legacy" pop like a psychedelic light show, and the Daft Punk score is appropriately futuristic.
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January 19, 1985 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Films by acknowledged masters of symbolism and surrealism like Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini are always ripe subjects for psychological interpretation. So it's no surprise that Bergman's "Wild Strawberries" and Fellini's "Satyricon" are included in a lecture series entitled "Psychoanalytic Investigation of the Creative Process in Film, Art, Literature and Music" being offered by the UCI Psychiatry Service.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1990 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked away in one of Tokyo's most fashionable neighborhoods, a house thinks, senses and acts on its own. It can tell when to snap on the lights by sensing your body heat. It knows when to open the windows, air-condition the room and water the plants. It will flush the toilet, flip on the faucet and air-dry your hands, all without human help. If the phone rings, it mutes the stereo.
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March 11, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Jean Giraud, an enduring figure in European comics whose fantasy and sci-fi work — which he signed with his alias, Moebius — deeply influenced alien-world imagery throughout pop culture, has died. He was 73. Giraud died Friday night or Saturday morning after a battle with cancer, according to a statement from his publishing house, Dargaud, which went on to say the comics world had lost "one of its greatest masters. " In his native France, where for decades comics have attracted an older readership, Giraud is considered his country's most important figure in cartooning.
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November 18, 1994
A Newt-tron bomb was dropped on Washington Nov. 8. The buildings were left standing, but the Democrats are gone! TRACY LOTZ Manhattan Beach
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October 19, 2013 | By Melissa Magsaysay
While L.A style might seem to be synonymous with denim and the contemporary clothing market, several Southern California-based, high-end footwear labels are creating lines that preserve the art and quality of luxury shoes. Newbark Created by sisters and renowned stylists Marjan (the Dixie Chicks) and Maryam (Heidi Klum, the Rolling Stones) Malakpour, Newbark refers to the phrase "my dogs are barking" - meaning tired feet. The women created the line as an alternative to the standard ballet flat, infusing inspiration from Moroccan flats and 1920s men's slippers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Jean Giraud, an enduring figure in European comics whose fantasy and sci-fi work — which he signed with his alias, Moebius — deeply influenced alien-world imagery throughout pop culture, has died. He was 73. Giraud died Friday night or Saturday morning after a battle with cancer, according to a statement from his publishing house, Dargaud, which went on to say the comics world had lost "one of its greatest masters. " In his native France, where for decades comics have attracted an older readership, Giraud is considered his country's most important figure in cartooning.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tron: Legacy Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 The 1982 sci-fi adventure "Tron" was a dry piece of computer geek philosophizing elevated by trippy special effects; the belated sequel "Tron: Legacy" is much the same. Jeff Bridges returns as idealistic computer-programmer Kevin Flynn, while Garrett Hedlund plays his son Sam, who gets sucked into the computer grid and finds himself drafted into gladiatorial games and rebelling against the system, just like his pop. The technological explanations are wonky and the "fight the power" plot is pat, but aside from the creepy de-aging effects used on Bridges, the visuals in "Tron: Legacy" pop like a psychedelic light show, and the Daft Punk score is appropriately futuristic.
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January 26, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The list of 2010 best picture nominations didn't offer a whole lot of surprises this year; but elsewhere ? in other, perhaps less glamorous, below-the-line categories ? there are some, well, counterintuitive titles in the mix. The poorly reviewed "The Wolfman," directed by Joe Johnston, might not be the first picture that springs to mind as an Oscar contender. But the dark and hairy horror movie starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins won raves from academy voters for its achievement in makeup, executed by Oscar winner Rick Baker and Oscar nominee Dave Elsey.
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January 12, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
If Hollywood had a leading-man factory, Garrett Hedlund would be forged from its golden-boy mold. It's the template that produces the kind of easy-on-the-eyes, blond-haired, blue-eyed actors like Robert Redford and Brad Pitt who seem genetically predestined for roles throwing footballs, wearing cowboy hats and curling the leading lady's toes. Hedlund has done all of that in his eight years in Los Angeles, but as far as Hollywood is concerned, he is just arriving. In the last month, he's starred in a Disney tent pole ( "Tron: Legacy")
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January 3, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The 2010 holidays brought big-budget action movies, 3-D family adventures and star-driven comedies, but the season's only undisputed hit is an old-fashioned, guns-blazing western. "True Grit" sold a studio-estimated $24.5-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada on its second weekend, just short of the $26.3 million taken in by the more expensive and hyped "Little Fockers. " The last week was one of the most critical of the year at the box office, even though no new movies opened.
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December 26, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Played in the denouement to a gripping shootout between digital warriors on rocket-propelled hang-gliders, the musical passage "Adagio for Tron" arrives about two-thirds through the $170-million sci-fi thriller "Tron: Legacy" (which hit multiplexes Dec. 17). It's an elegiac movement recorded by a symphony orchestra that features desolate violins swelling around a barely there synthesizer pulse. Scoring aces such as Hans Zimmer ("The Dark Knight," "Pirates of the Caribbean") and John Williams (the "Star Wars" and " Harry Potter" franchises)
MAGAZINE
June 6, 1999 | Ed Leibowitz
For "Tarzan," this summer's would-be animated blockbuster, Disney has commissioned a version of the breast-thumping, vine-swinging hero's cry. We can only imagine that to achieve the perfect holler, you would have to create the acoustic equivalent of the house blend at your favorite coffee bar: not one voice, but a hearty and satisfying admixture of noise.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
'Tron: Legacy' MPAA rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language Running time: 2 hours, 7 minutes Playing: In general release
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December 20, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The weekend before Christmas is not the time when box-office hits are made, but it is when the early holiday flops are established. Among the trio of new movies that opened just ahead of the two most important moviegoing weeks of the year outside of summer, the big-budget sequel "Tron: Legacy" appears to have a solid chance at turning into a hit, while the kids' cartoon adaptation "Yogi Bear" is a long shot, and the pricey adult dramedy "How Do...
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December 19, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times fashion critic
From the lava-like raw-linen tunic inspired by avant-garde Japanese design in "The Tempest" to the Rodarte-designed twisted tutus in "Black Swan," the fashion in this holiday season's "prestige" films is notable for historical references and inventive approaches to traditional costuming. Here we talk to costume designers about the inspirations ( Grace Kelly and Comme des Garçons), headaches (1930s vintage styles and dense, 32-ounce wools) and triumphs (delicate wings and illumination technology)
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