December 26, 2010 |
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)
December 19, 2010 |
The merchandise collaborations for "Tron: Legacy," which opened in theaters Friday, may seem like they're all over the grid ? with the movie's distinctive look and name turning up on everything from $30 backpacks to $15,000 hand-finished designer armchairs. But the range of wares has actually been carefully calculated to appeal to a variety of demographics, whether fan boy or fashionista, following the same strategy Disney Consumer Products used to leverage "Alice in Wonderland" this year.
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December 18, 2010 |
They had fans at the trailer. For weeks, the previews for "Tron: Legacy" have offered a striking look at what digital-age décor could look like. Though the film, which opened Friday, unfolds in a virtual landscape known as the Grid, it also features the midcentury childhood home of hero Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) and a modern house made from shipping containers where Flynn's son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), lives. The most dazzling interior by far, however, is the Safehouse, a glowing hideout at the edge of the "Tron" universe.
December 20, 2010 |
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...
December 15, 2010 |
Hollywood is obsessed with producing reboots and sequels to its hit movies. But Walt Disney Co. is trying something more audacious this week ? releasing a sequel to a 1982 sci-fi fantasy film that was a box office disappointment and that most of today's moviegoers have never seen. On Friday, "Tron: Legacy" will arrive in theaters as one of most intensely marketed films of 2010, but it represents an investment that goes well beyond the box office. The movie sits at the center of a massive multiplatform push with high stakes for Disney, which is counting on the mercury-glow of the film to light up toy and apparel sales, spark purchases of related video games and lure viewers to an upcoming animated series on cable television.
June 12, 1989 |
Ken Sakamura dreams of a future in which billions of compatible computers link together the world's people, creating understanding and peace. But the U.S. government says his new basic computer design, named Tron, may be an unfair trade barrier that restricts American access to the Japanese market. Sakamura, a 37-year-old computer scientist at the University of Tokyo, says such charges are a misunderstanding. "In the current climate of trade friction, anything new and Japanese is considered an economic threat by people in other countries," he says.
December 17, 2010 |
The legacy of this weekend's box office seems certain to be a victory for a visual effects-heavy event movie over a sophisticated adult comedy and a children's animated tale. "Tron: Legacy," Walt Disney Studios' big-budget resurrection of the 1982 cult favorite, is strongly expected to be the most popular movie this weekend in the U.S. and Canada. People who have seen pre-release audience surveys say it should take in about $50 million, a solid but not spectacular start for such a highly anticipated movie.
January 3, 2011 |
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.
January 26, 2011 |
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.
January 12, 2011 |
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")