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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. […]
Dec. 13, 2010 | 4:05 a.m.

‘Tron: Legacy’ premiere lights it up in Hollywood

Sirens at premiere of "Tron: Legacy" (Dan Steinberg/AP)
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: On Dec. 17, 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, a look at the Saturday premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Free “Tron: Legacy” screening on Dec. 15 ‘Tron’ creator on ‘arcane, dark cinema voodoo′ Daft Punk gives “Tron: Legacy” a pulse and power Daft […]
Dec. 07, 2010 | 2:48 p.m.

‘Toy Story 3′ director on new beginnings and perfect endings

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Glenn Whipp wrote about the challenge of crafting the screenplay for “Toy Story 3” for The Envelope. “Toy Story 2” had the perfect ending. Woody accepts the idea that his beloved boy owner Andy will grow up someday, but “it will be fun while it lasts.” Besides, he tells pal Buzz, when it ends, the toys will have each other. So, when John Lasseter, who directed the first two “Toy Story” movies and now runs Pixar and Disney Animation, gathered his creative team to the same remote Tomales Bay cabin north of San Francisco to hash out ideas for the third “Toy Story” movie, he started with one basic question: How do you reopen a story that resolved itself so beautifully? The first day, no answers came, even after the crew — which included such Pixar stars as Andrew Stanton […]
Dec. 06, 2010 | 1:52 p.m.

‘Tron’ creator: ‘We employed arcane, dark cinema voodoo’ in 1982

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WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: On Dec. 17, 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 a snapshot memory from “Tron” creator Steven Lisberger. Steven Lisberger, the writer and director of the 1982 film “Tron,” is something of a prophet figure in the realm of computer animation for feature films as well as in digital-era frontier iconography. But even […]
Dec. 05, 2010 | 9:13 a.m.

Oswald the Rabbit returns: Walt Disney’s lost bunny hops into 21st century

Epic Mickey paint wide
Entertainment icon Walt Disney was born 109 years ago Sunday, and one of his early creations is back on the scene in a surprising way. Susan King and Geoff Boucher take a look at the unlikely 21st century revival of Oswald the Rabbit. Epic Mickey, the much-anticipated new video game from Disney, has two venerable characters sharing the spotlight — Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Rabbit. That first little guy needs no introduction, of course, but who exactly is Oswald, and what is his history with Walt Disney, the American entertainment icon who was born 109 years ago Sunday? The answer to that question leads back to the early Hollywood days of Disney, not long after he headed west to Los Angeles from Kansas City, Mo., and brought along the family of a young star named Virginia Davis, who starred in his silent-film “Alice” comedy shorts, which were distributed […]
Dec. 01, 2010 | 3:00 a.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4′ event (and stars?) at Disneyland on Dec. 13

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EXCLUSIVE “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” won’t hoist its sails at theaters until next summer but Disney has a lot riding on its flagship film franchise. The first trailer for the film will premiere on Dec. 13 with a promotional event in Anaheim that will bring lucky fans in for a 3-D screening of the trailer at Downtown Disney, special admission to the Disneyland theme park, an after-party and commemorative prizes. The event promoting the fourth film in “Pirates” franchise will be announced Wednesday morning — Southern California residents will be able to tune in to KIIS-FM (102.7) to hear the news, but fans anywhere can enter to win a vacation for four to the event by “liking” Yahoo! Movies on Facebook or entering the sweepstakes via Disney Movie Rewards. Will any of the stars be on hand? Disney sources […]
Nov. 24, 2010 | 10:10 a.m.

REVIEW: ‘Tangled’ has bumpy start but soars by the end

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Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan says “Tangled” isn’t perfect, but delivers in the end. Here’s an excerpt from his review. For “Tangled,” the studio’s 50th feature-length cartoon, the team at Disney has taken a deep breath and tried to be all things to all animation-loving people. There are some hiccups along the way, but by the end there is success. Whether you like stirring adventure or sentimental romance, traditional fairy tales or stories of modern families, musicals or comedies, even blonds or brunets, “Tangled” has something for you. Sampling so many animation touchstones has its risks, but once “Tangled” calms down and accepts the essential sweetness of its better nature the rewards are clear. As directed by Nathan Greno and “Bolt” co-director Byron Howard, one of those rewards is a gorgeous computer-animated look that features rich landscapes and […]
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