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April 17, 2013 | 6:52 p.m.

‘R.I.P.D.’ trailer: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges hunt undead bad guys

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And the big summer movie trailers just keep coming. The latest addition to the lineup? “R.I.P.D.,” the supernatural 3-D buddy-cop action comedy adapted from the Dark Horse Comics title created by Peter M. Lenkov. Due in theaters from Universal on July 19, the movie sees Ryan Reynolds play Nick Walker, a rising-star officer killed in the line of duty who finds himself policing paranormal activity from beyond the grave. He’s now tasked with catching bad souls that have escaped judgment — the film’s title stands for “Rest in Peace Department” —  a mission made more interesting when he’s partnered with Jeff Bridges’ outrageous veteran sheriff, Roy Pulsifer. Directed by Robert Schwentke (“Red”), “R.I.P.D.” also stars Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary Louise-Parker and Mike O’Malley. The clip suggests no shortage of deadpan humor, much of which appears likely to come courtesy […]
Nov. 27, 2011 | 8:03 p.m.

Terry Gilliam, the heir of Fellini and the enemy of God?

Terry Gilliam (featured image)
The late Ted Demme once approached Terry Gilliam and asked for the secret of his cinema sorcery. Demme wanted to know how the director of “Brazil,” “Twelve Monkeys” and “The Fisher King” approached those magical transition moments in his movies where reality lurches and gives way to fantasy swirl and fever dream. The elder director, with a toothy grin, explained that he just wasn’t qualified to answer because, well, he wouldn’t know reality if he saw it. “I never quite understand what the real world is,” Gilliam said during a recent visit to Los Angeles. “I told Ted I shoot reality and fantasy the same way because it’s all the same to me. I don’t know how to distinguish between the two, they flow into each other all the time. That’s the autobiographical part in my movies…in Hollywood, everyone takes characters and puts them into action sequences […]
Aug. 13, 2011 | 5:01 p.m.

‘R.I.P.D.’ star Jeff Bridges: ‘This movie is really out there’

Bo, left, from the Rest In Peace Department comic series (Dark Horse Comics), and actor Jeff Bridges, right, who will play the character in the film adaptation of "R.I.P.D." (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. If Sigourney Weaver is the big-screen queen of sci-fi, who would be the rightful reigning king? Harrison Ford springs to mind (three “Star Wars” films, “Blade Runner” and now “Cowboys & Aliens”) as does Bruce Willis (“Twelve Monkeys,” “The Fifth Element” as well as genre films like “The Sixth Sense” and “Sin City”), but it’s hard to argue against Arnold Schwarzenegger (three “Terminator” movies, “Predator,” “Total Recall,” “The Running Man,” “True Lies,” etc.). But here’s another graybeard nominee: The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges. Consider his film credits: “Tron,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Starman,” “King Kong,” “Iron Man” and  “K-PAX,” as well as the Terry Gilliam fantasy films “The Fisher King” and “Tideland.” Coming up, he will star opposite Ryan Reynolds in the comic-book adaptation “R.I.P.D.” before going into fantasy-epic mode in Sergey Bodrov’s dark take on “The Seventh Son,” adapted from Joseph Delaney’s “The […]
July 22, 2011 | 4:52 p.m.

Comic-Con 2011: Bradley Cooper is the devil

Bradley Cooper (Brian Vander Brug/Los Angeles Times)
If you’re like most people, Bradley Cooper is not necessarily the first actor you might choose to play Lucifer in a grand, epic cinematic telling of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Even Cooper, the handsome leading man perhaps best known for his starring role in the “Hangover” movies, conceded as much during the Legendary Pictures Comic-Con International panel Friday afternoon. But the actor explained that he was excited by the opportunity to depict Lucifer as a sympathetic character — having studied “Paradise Lost” in college, he sees it as an “intimate family story” about two brothers and a father. Of course, that father just happens to be God. Granted, there was not a lot of thinking small on display during the presentation, which, in addition to “Paradise Lost” showcased Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming “Pacific Rim” and Sergei Bodrov’s “The Seventh Son.” Casts […]
May 13, 2011 | 2:31 p.m.

‘Tron’ auction: Jeff Bridges hopes his Grid painting lights it up for charity

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges is a truly restless artist — beyond acting he’s a musician, a photographer, a ceramics artist and a painter. “The painting isn’t something I’ve done as much of — compared to the acting, the music and the ceramics — but when I do get into it, it’s like hanging out with an old friend,” Bridges said. “It’s a wonderful thing using everything you have, and you do that with art. It all comes out and not always in the way you expect. I’ve been painting ever since I was a little kid, and it always surprises me a little.” The 61-year-old Oscar winner called up the other day to talk about one his paintings, which is now being auctioned off for a very worthy cause. More on the cause in a moment, but first a bit about the piece itself: The painting is white […]
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. 22, 2010 | 12:17 p.m.

GAME REVIEW: Tron: Evolution adds to the legacy of The Grid

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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 review of the game from our “Tron” expert, Jay West. “Games? You want games? I’ll give you games.” – Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn in “Tron” Movies with video game tie-ins seem to have been around forever, however, it all started with the movie “Tron”:  the 1982 classic Bally/Midway arcade game was the first major […]
Dec. 20, 2010 | 2:13 p.m.

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

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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. 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 […]
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