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 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.
December 16, 2010
MOVIES In lieu of the French duo Daft Punk playing live during "Tron: Legacy" with a 100-piece orchestra, Hollywood's legendary El Capitan Theatre will give us the next best thing: a laser light show before each screening. OK, so it's not vocoders or spacesuits from the band that scored the Jeff Bridges vehicle, but we have a feeling that lasers shooting around the theater will delight even the most steely of robot hearts. To further entice your electronic soul: One person will win a pair of tickets to Disney California Adventure Park before every showing.
December 16, 2010 |
"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.
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
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.
December 18, 2009 |
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!
July 8, 2009 |
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, some Hollywood stars are going online to be very, very sincere. In short videos, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Channing Tatum, Will Arnett and Cheech and Chong, among others, are re-imagining some of the films they love, with a twist and shout-out. "It's kind of like watching a movie and having it derail in your own head," says Kashy Khaledi, whose Mean magazine has joined with Microsoft's Zune to put together the new Web series "Cinemash."
February 25, 2007 |
Those who plan their lives according to pocket schedules, homestands and tipoff times might be surprised to learn that Oscar night is here. For them, Briefing offers a quick rundown of some of the films up for major honors tonight: * "The Departed" -- A harrowing look at the World Series success of St. Louis Cardinals David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds and Jeff Weaver through the eyes of Angels fans. * "The Devil Wears Prada" -- Shocking expose about Mike Krzyzewski's other shoe contract.