By its very nature, the world of Tron has always been about the visuals. It’s a franchise set inside a video game where programs live on a digital grid, compete in games and get around on cycles that leave bright, beaming trails of light in their wake. The original 1982 film was a milestone of special effects and its 2010 sequel pushed the bar of what 3D and digital effects could be. However, in live action, that kind of visual aesthetic can be expensive so taking Tron into the animated world, where anything is possible, seems like a perfect marriage.
Tron: Uprising, a new animated show on Disney XD, takes place between the two films and tells a new story with familiar characters. It also happens to be everything the Tron movies always wanted to be but never were. At least, that seems to be the case from its pilot episode/prequel, Beck’s Beginning, which fans can see on May 18 on Disney Channel and May 21 on Disney XD before the show premiere June 7.
Or you can watch the entire first episode, in full, after the jump as well as read more about what Tron: Uprising has in store.
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We’ve been following the development of the independent documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster for some time. And why not? We love posters, we love documentaries and we love Drew Struzan, arguably the greatest poster artist of all time.
Director Erik P. Sharkey has completed the film but, in the middle of sound mixing, ran out of money. Up to this point, everything was out of pocket but now, for the first time, they turn to the fans. The filmmakers are hoping to raise $8,000 over the next few weeks to put the final touches on the movie, which features interviews with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Guillermo Del Toro, Steven Spielberg and many more.
Read more about the current situation, watch a new Back to the Future centric clip and find out how to help after the break. Read More »
Guillermo Del Toro has been north of the border shooting his massive mech vs. monster sci-fi action film Pacific Rim for many months now but little to nothing has leaked. Most likely, that’s because Del Toro and company – including stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day – have been shooting on soundstages.
It seems that’s about to change very soon, though, as the production has begun to outfit some Toronto, Canada streets to look like Tokyo after a massive monster battle and a Canadian News team got to walk around the set. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Community‘s Dan Harmon is very sorry you had to witness that nasty drama between him and Chevy Chase. Also after the jump:
- The first three minutes of Falling Skies‘ second season
- Target’s “Little Avengers” ad is pretty cute, if you like kids
- HBO releases another trailer for its politica satire Veep
- Robert Redford will produce a Watergate doc for Discovery
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse, a.k.a. McLovin, heads to CBS
- Watch a preview for Ricky Gervais’ new comedy-drama Derek
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Music, release dates, expanded roles, clips and interviews. It’s all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:
- Pitbull, not Will Smith, will be doing the theme song to Men in Black III. A nation weeps.
- Liam Hemsworth talks about how his expanded role in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, didn’t change this performance plus Expendables 2.
- A new clip has been released from Wrath of the Titans featuring Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
- Kermit the Frog and Walter discuss Jason Segel‘s departure from The Muppets 2.
- Warner Bros. gives official Summer 2013 release dates to The Hangover Part III and 300: Battle of Artemisia.
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Today is a joyous, joyous day for fanboys everywhere. We have footage from what will be the final Twilight movie ever. (Maybe.) Which means The Twilight Saga, in every way, is nearing its end and that’s something all of us have one reason or another to celebrate.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 picks up where last year’s film left off, with heroine Bella Swan (Kirsten Stewart) having finally been turned into a vampire. She’s married to the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson), has a baby, and that baby is forever loved by Bella’s former suitor Jacob the werewolf (Taylor Lautner). Oh, and the vampire mafia is about to strike down upon them with great vengeance and furious anger.
The film is scheduled for release on November 16 and the trailer will be attached to next weekend’s The Hunger Games. But, thanks to the magic of the internet, you can a see featurette and clip from the film now. Read More »
Animated family films are at their best when the main story is saying something more. Think about all the films Pixar has made in recent years. Is Wall-E just about a robot cleaning a planet? Is Up really just about a flying house? Of course not. These stories are used to teach us all some of life’s valuable lessons.
Other films use their stories to push agendas and ideologies. Michael Moore’s documentaries immediately come to mind. But no matter what the filmmaker’s intention with a movie is, the great thing about film is that we can all read whatever we want into it.
So when Lou Dobbs came on Fox News recently and suggested that The Secret World of Arrietty and The Lorax were liberal attempts to indoctrinate America’s youth into advocating the Occupy movement and enviromental issues, he has every right to say that. And we have every right to laugh at his insinuations. Check out the clip below. Read More »
There’s a running joke amongst comedians that people get into stand-up just so they can be TV stars. It works for some but for others, it seems like stand-up might be a better route to get into film directing. It worked for Woody Allen, Louis CK and now it’s worked for Mike Birbiglia, a successful touring comedian who turned his one man autobiographical off-Broadway show Sleepwalk With Me into a feature film. The movie just had its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Birbiglia stars as Matt, a struggling stand-up comedian who has been with his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) for eight years. When the couple begins to have problems, Matt uses that to finally find his voice, which in turn makes the relationship even more difficult. Then there’s the tiny matter of Matt dangerously sleepwalking every night, all of which actually happened in Birbiglia’s life.
Co-starring James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Marc Maron and produced by Ira Glass (This American Life), Sleepwalk With Me is incredibly clever, well-directed and laugh out loud hilarious. The message isn’t all that new, but the journey there definitely is.
Watch a clip from the movie as well as a video blog featuring myself and Jordan Raup from The Film Stage after the jump. Read More »
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