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Jan. 05, 2011 | 8:51 a.m.

‘Tron: Legacy’ director Joseph Kosinski: ‘The meaning of the movie has changed for me’

“Tron: Legacy” has pulled in $244 million in global box office since its Dec. 17 release, and as far as visual effects and design go,  it has been the most discussed and debated film of 2010. The visions of the movie were achieved by a massive team, but right at the top of that glowing pyramid was Joseph Kosinski, who made his feature-film debut with the movie.  We talked to the filmmaker about the movie’s heritage, modern digital life and those CG faces that left some moviegoers wandering the uncanny valley. GB: The original film was certainly a landmark moment on several levels, but — for someone new coming to it now in 2011 — it may be easier to respect than to actually enjoy. Or do you think that’s unfair to say? JK: Steven Lisberger [“Tron” director] told me, “You’ve […]
Dec. 26, 2010 | 7:59 a.m.

‘Tron: Legacy': Jeff Bridges face to face with CG issue

Jeff Bridges as Clu
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: The new Disney film “Tron: Legacy” picks up the story of the 1982 movie “Tron,” which was neither a critical nor a commercial success but somehow still echoes in pop culture as an early signpost of the digital era’s glowing frontier. “Tron” is remembered more for its ideas and images (and its namesake video game) than for its story or characters, and that is a challenge for this new film, which stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. Here, a chat with Bridges and a look at one of the shutterbug’s on-the-set photos… Jeff Bridges has three roles in “Tron: Legacy,” and for two of them — a flashback-era Kevin Flynn and a computer-world fascist named CLU – his visage was digitally altered to make the 61-year-old Oscar winner look decades younger. The transformation team was led […]
Dec. 23, 2010 | 8:20 p.m.

Daft Punk: We didn’t sell out for ‘Tron: Legacy’ soundtrack

Daft Punk. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
For a story in this Sunday’s Calendar, our sister blog Pop & Hiss scored a rare — well, let’s be real– a  just-this-side-of-impossible-to-land interview with Daft Punk to get the lowdown on how the Grammy-winning Parisian dance music duo went about creating the chart-topping soundtrack for the sci-fi epic “Tron: Legacy.” From the word go, almost everything about the process went counter-intuitively: band mates Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo didn’t want the job when it was first offered to them, they balked when Disney Studios asked them to collaborate with a bigger-name film score composer and then rejected the kind of music everyone expected them to record for “Tron” — rave-y, four-on-the-floor Big Beat electronica — in lieu of more symphonic compositions that forefront an 85-piece orchestra and back-burner electronic musical cues. “Especially in the beginning, [“Tron: Legacy” director] […]
Dec. 21, 2010 | 10:08 a.m.

‘Tron: Legacy’ is a heritage moment for Steven Lisberger

"Tron Legacy" producer Steven Lisberger. (Walt Disney Entertprises)
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: The new Disney film “Tron: Legacy” picks up the story of the 1982 movie “Tron,” which was neither a critical nor a commercial success but somehow still echoes in pop culture as an early signpost of the digital era’s glowing frontier. “Tron” is remembered more for its ideas and images (and its namesake video game) than for its story or characters, and that is a challenge presented to this new film, which stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. Here’s a look at Steven Lisberger and the heritage of “Legacy.” At Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, the power lunches are served in the Rotunda, the swanky, employees-only restaurant that has the Doric columns and frosty hush of a serious museum. On a recent afternoon, most of the eyes in the buttoned-down dining room were fixed on […]
Dec. 20, 2010 | 2:13 p.m.

Mad world? Original ‘Tron’ film as a study in schizophrenia

tron
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: The new Disney film “Tron: Legacy” picks up the story of the 1982 movie “Tron,” which was neither a critical nor a commercial success but somehow still echoes in pop culture as an early signpost of the digital era’s glowing frontier. “Tron” is remembered more for its ideas and images (and its namesake video game) than for its story or characters, and that is a challenge presented to this new film, which stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. The standard line about why the original “Tron” film failed at the box office back in 1982 is that it was a cinematic mess, a glorified video game that director Steven Lisberger failed to transform into a coherent movie.  I always felt there was more to it than that, which is why, three years after it […]
Dec. 18, 2010 | 4:20 p.m.

‘Tron: Legacy’ with laser light shows at El Capitan through Jan. 20

"Tron: Legacy" (Walt Disney Co.)
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. Daily screenings now underway: 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd. The engagement runs through Jan. 20. $16-$18. elcapitan.go.com. RECENT AND RELATED “Tron” glow-in-the-dark posters are retro visions “Tron: Legacy,” the Hollywood premiere REVIEW: “Tron: Legacy” glows […]
Dec. 18, 2010 | 1:38 p.m.

‘Tron: Legacy': Digital decor brings cool pulse to production design

Joseph Kosinski on "Tron: Legacy" set (Walt Disney Studios)
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: The new Disney film “Tron: Legacy” picks up the story of the 1982 movie “Tron,” which was neither a critical nor a commercial success but somehow still echoes in pop culture as an early signpost of the digital era’s glowing frontier. “Tron” is remembered more for its ideas and images (and its namesake video game) than for its story or characters, and that is a challenge presented to this new film, which stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. Today, David Keeps writes about the glowing production design of the film… They had me at the trailer. For weeks now, the previews for “Tron: Legacy” have offered a striking look at what digital-age decor could look like. Though the film, which opens this weekend, unfolds in a virtual landscape know as the Grid, it also […]
Dec. 16, 2010 | 5:31 p.m.

‘Tron: Legacy': Disney looks for bright opportunity in dim past

"Tron: Legacy" (Walt Disney Co.)
Disney has bet plenty on “Tron: Legacy” and the wager goes well beyond movie theaters. Here’s a longer version of a story that ran on the cover of today’s Los Angeles Times Business section.   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 […]
Dec. 15, 2010 | 4:42 p.m.

REVIEW: ‘Tron: Legacy’ glows bright but lacks life

Jeff Bridges
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: On Friday, the Disney film “Tron: Legacy” picks up the story of the 1982 movie “Tron,” which was neither a critical nor commercial success but somehow still echoes in pop culture as an early signpost of the digital era’s glowing frontier. “Tron” is remembered more for its ideas and images (and its namesake video game) than for its story or characters, and that is a challenge presented to this new film, which is directed by Joseph Kosinski and stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. We’re counting down to the release date and today’s post is an excerpt from the review by Los Angeles Times Film Critic Betsy Sharkey. “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 […]
Dec. 14, 2010 | 6:23 p.m.

Jon Favreau explains why he traded ‘Iron Man 3′ for Disneyland trip

Jon Favreau at work on "Iron Man 2." (Marvel Entertainment)
EXCLUSIVE Jon Favreau said Tuesday that he is walking away from the billion-dollar “Iron Man” franchise and will join Guillermo del Toro and David Fincher as part of a next wave of filmmakers making live-action feature films rooted in the imagery of Disney theme parks and classic characters. Favreau is set to direct “Magic Kingdom,” which the 44-year-old filmmaker described as a family fantasy adventure that will tap into the vintage Disney creations that “loomed so large in the imagination” of his generation. Favreau said that Fincher (expected by many to be a strong Oscar contender for “The Social Network“) will direct the studio’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” a Jules Verne bookshelf classic that is closely associated with Disney after the landmark 1954 film and the submarine theme-park ride, and Disney confirmed that to be the case. Del Toro had already been announced as director of a new “Haunted Mansion” film. […]
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