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I love when Mondo does sci-fi. Especially Tron. Mondo Tees has announced two more new posters today on SlashFilm, one for Tron (1982) and one for Tron Legacy (2010), both designed by artist Martin Ansin (of the recent Dracula posters and Star Wars/Star Trek, too). This is the third series of Tron posters they've had, following Eric Tan's set and Brad Klausen's work, and they're both stunning posters, I think. Obviously not everyone will love them, but I quite like what Martin has done with each and the detail that he's put into the characters. I'd love to own a set of these, but I'm sure they're going to be very hard to get. Check ’em out!
Despite the fact that the 83rd annual Academy Awards honored some spectacular composers and their scores for the five films The Social Network, 127 Hours, The King's Speech, Inception and How to Train Your Dragon, one exclusion seemed almost offensive. Daft Punk and their phenomenal score for Tron Legacy was not nominated for an Oscar, and while plenty of people have praised the electronic and orchestral fusion of music, big accolades just haven't lived up to expectations. Thankfully, outside of the realm of cinema awards, the Grammys have nominated them for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.
"Before you ask yourself if you can build your next brainchild, ask yourself if you should." As always, there's many great videos out there to feature, but one that's worth watching is a fan-made teaser trailer called TRON: Destiny that was found by SlashFilm and Topless Robot today. TRON: Destiny is basically another re-imagined Tron sequel with a new set of young characters who break into Encom the other way. This video looks like it was made by a bunch of students, but it has fantastic production values and visual effects, despite some otherwise mediocre dialogue (skip the middle). Another stellar Tron Legacy follow-up video.
"Flynn came back… just a little bit younger." Get it while it's hot! We were tipped by @CoreyMPAnderson that the full 10-minute secret "epilogue" to Tron Legacy that's supposed to be on the upcoming DVDs, out in about a month, was uploaded in high def on YouTube. The video is titled TRON: The Next Day - Flynn Lives Revealed and is sort of a viral continuation past the events that occurred in Tron Legacy, which also links into the Flynn Lives viral and the events that occurred in our world as well (so awesome). It's long and goes over a lot of history in the middle, but at the end everything is revealed - with spoilers. Check it out!
Can you believe it's been exactly… 76 days since Tron Legacy first hit theaters? Well to keep your spirits up, we've got some exciting Tron-related news to feature this morning, as quite a bit of it has been hitting the web recently. First up, SlashFilm has details on the Tron Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D album full of remixed versions of Daft Punk's songs from the original soundtrack. Artists include Moby, M83, Crystal Method, Oakenfold, Sander Kleinenberg, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Release is April 5th, not too long of a wait. Hit the official site to pre-order. There's also a teaser for the new animated Tron TV series!
Whether we walk away from 2010 remembering Tron Legacy as the worthy sequel we thought we'd never see, or one big let down, I know we'll never forget the jaw-dropping visuals that director Joseph Kosinski and a hell of a team at Digital Domain brought us. Visual News posted an exhilarating eight-minute long making of video that plays sort of as a long demo reel. They cover everything from the lightcycles to a young Kevin Flynn and all the amazing digital environments that make that movie so awesome to watch in IMAX 3D. Tron also made it to the next round for VFX at the Oscars, they definitely deserve the acclaim. Enjoy!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It is time. We've been waiting 2 years, 4 months and 23 days for this day; or for some, they've been waiting 28 years. Tron Legacy, the highly anticipated sequel to Steve Lisberger's techno-classic Tron from 1982, directed by first-time filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, finally hits theaters today in Disney Digital and IMAX 3D. How is it? Was it worth the wait and did it live up to all of your expectations? How is Daft Punk's score? How is Jeff Bridges back as Flynn (and CLU!)? How are the visuals and fight scenes? If you've seen it leave a comment and tell us what you thought of Tron Legacy!
No matter what happens this weekend he's going to be known forever as the man who brought back Tron 28 years later. Not only did he bring back Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, he created a stunning new world, just like Steve Lisberger did in 1982, then he brought on Daft Punk for a score unlike anything we've ever heard. His name is Joseph Kosinski (above) and believe it or not, this 36-year-old filmmaker is directing his first feature-length film, and it's called Tron Legacy. After three years of waiting, I finally got to speak with Joe, as he's known, on phone about all things Tron Legacy. This is a good one guys, you must read on!
On this week's very special Tron-themed episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by our editor Alex Billington to conduct a Q&A with Tron himself - actor Bruce Boxleitner. As we all know, Tron Legacy (watch the trailer!) hits theaters on Friday, and Boxleitner returns after 28 years to play Alan Bradley again. Listen in as the guys go over the phenomenon that is Tron and hear a few of Bruce's stories of the making of the first and second movies. Due to a small technical glitch, this episode is simply just the talk with Boxleitner this time, but it's 56 minutes long and definitely worth listening to, so check it out below!
Just in case you need anything else to hype you up for Tron Legacy, hitting theaters at midnight tomorrow night, we've got three amazing posters you have to check out. The first was tweeted to us earlier and is just a gritty fan-made poster on deviantART (via tumblr) that looks amazing as an alternate take on the marketing for this. Next, Hero Complex has unveiled two posters created by designer Eric Tan for Mondo Tees. These glow-in-the-dark limited posters are gorgeous and I'll be buying one of each when they go on sale tomorrow. "To me, those films are amazing examples of visual 'candy,' and I hope I was able to capture that," Tan said.
"Your gaming acumen has brought us to the brink of success - it's now or never!" We're coming down to the last few weeks (there's only 16 days left!) before Joseph Kosinski's Tron Legacy hits theaters and that means the two-year-long viral game is working towards its epic conclusion. The website FlynnLives.com just updated with a big new message and a link, stating that "The Final Countdown" has begun and the search is on to find Kevin Flynn. The new post links to a big viral puzzle involving some 12 cryptic pentagon pieces that must be put together. Help us figure this out! "The time has come - we will find Kevin Flynn!"
Briefly: There's a lot going on with Tron Legacy right now, but one aspect we're happy to always mention is the soundtrack, created by Daft Punk. There have been a couple recent updates related to Daft Punk and the Tron Legacy score worth mentioning, so here we go. First, MySpace has a massive 21-minute preview of the soundtrack, but I say stick it out and listen to the whole on December 7th. Next, LA-based radio station KCRW interviewed director Joe Kosinski and talked at length about the score and choosing/working with Daft Punk. I've featured one of the videos, but all of them can be found on SlashFilm or KCRW.com. Enjoy!