Dec. 13, 2010 | 4:05 a.m.
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 […]
Oct. 20, 2010 | 6:00 a.m.
The 1982 film “Tron” was not a major commercial success but it became a pivot point in Hollywood history as the first feature film to use computer-generated animation in a big way. The movie holds a special (and quirky) spot in pop culture history and there are passionate fans of its legacy. One of them is Jay West who has written a series of guest columns on Disney’s elaborate promotions for the sequel, “Tron: Legacy,” which is due out Dec. 17. Here’s his latest dispatch. In both “Tron” and its upcoming sequel “Tron: Legacy,” characters are transported into a computer generated reality, an alternate digital realm. It’s fitting, then, that the company creating the high-tech visuals for “Tron: Legacy” is Digital Domain, the Venice, Calif.-based visual effects production outfit that won Academy Awards for its work on “Titanic,” “What Dreams May Come” […]