It's hard to think of a movie that's built up more expectations than Tron Legacy. It was teased three Comic-Cons ago, which is like a century in nerd years, and the teaser made people stand up and cheer even then. Plus, the original movie came out 30 years ago which has given at least two generations of geeks time to elevate it to mythological status in their minds, collect the limited-edition action figures and gloss over any flaws. On top of that, the most popular electronic act in the world, who already dress and act like computer programs, are scoring the movie. It's pretty much guaranteed to disappoint, right? I know some were, but I couldn't pry my eyes off the screen for the entire running time of the movie, and of all the emotions I experienced in the theater, disappointment definitely wasn't one of them.
Like all Coen Brothers movies, True Grit is a solemn blend of comedy and murder, populated by more quirky, funny characters than you can fit in a woodchipper. Obviously, each of their movies is a unique snowflake, and has a slightly heavier balance of one than the other, but it's amazing how they consistently manage to deliver a similar mix of subject matter, or, rather, are drawn to material that has that mix. You could call it formulaic, but when the formula is so delicious, and you drink a big glass of it every time it's put in front of you, all you're doing is calling yourself a big baby. I must be such a baby.
Just when I think I can't get any more excited for Tron Legacy, I do. A new trailer for the 30-years-in-the-making sequel to Tron was unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con, and it's got a bunch of mind-blowing new imagery that makes the film look even more kick-ass, plus some more plot details get teased! It's getting to the point where I have to play Daft Punk on a loop just to keep myself from trying to climb inside my computer looking for adventure. Read on to see the trailer and read what stood out to me in it.
Are you in need of an Iron Man fix? It's been two months since the DVD came out and you've already found the Easter eggs and watched it often enough to make your significant other put Iron Man underpants on his or her Christmas shopping list. How else are you supposed to get your fix? Filming hasn't even started for the sequel! Have no fear, my jittery friend. Relief has come through in the form of Jeff Bridge's personal photo diary, Making Iron Man.
The greatest Marvel superhero movie ever made -- you heard me, Spider-Man -- is coming to DVD. On September 30, you'll be able to get your hands on three different versions of the Iron Man DVD, and like the three different armors he wears in the film, each has bigger and better features than the last. Let's call them Mark 1, 2 and 3. You know, because we're all big nerds. (Well, I am.)
Relative Hollywood newcomer Garrett Hedlund's IMDb page will now be bookended with similar credits, as the actor, who got his start in 2004's Troy, has just been cast as the lead in 2011's Tron. And yes, that whole Tron 2.0 - TR2N - Tron 2 business has finally been put to rest, as the sequel to the 1982 cult classic has finally settled on a title, which will be... the exact same as the original.
Last summer, a teaser trailer for Tron 2, spelled "TR2N," was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con. Shaky footage leaked onto the Web, showing an older, bearded Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) watching a deadly lightcycle race from his monklike home inside a mountain in cyberspace. (A fictional Website searching for the missing Flynn may be closer to his location than it realizes.) At this year's SDCC, an expanded version of that same clip was shown, and this time, the title was revealed as Tron Legacy. While the footage is certainly impressive, thanks to famed commercial director Joseph Kosinski, the new title, Tron Legacy, is not.
Way back in July, Comic-Con attendees got a taste of the long-rumored Tron sequel in the form of teaser footage showing Jeff Bridges as once-heroic Kevin Flynn, seemingly gone bad. There were special effects, even, and a Light Cycle chase! It seemed like things were well underway and on target for that 2010 release date. Now comes news that they've only just begun hiring the actors.
A remake of Disney's groundbreaking Tron has been rumored for a long time. As computer graphics improved by leaps and bounds in the years since 1982, it seemed natural to some that there'd be an effort to "reimagine" the original with spiffier animation. As far back as 1999, ZDNet cited an anonymous source as saying "[Pixar] was trying to decide whether to remake the original or create a sequel." This left some fans feeling a little uneasy. The possibility of a remake left a lot of room for capitalizing on nostalgia while paying it no respect. Last September, The Hollywood Reporter announced that a new movie was officially in the works, noting that it was being called "'the next chapter' of Disney's 1982 cult classic." Last night, Comic-Con attendees got confirmation: The new Tron is, indeed, a sequel. And even better, Jeff Bridges is back to star in it.