Stock in Tron — elevated in value over the years thanks to the forgiving nature of nostalgia — took a dive after the release of Tron: Legacy. But Disney isn’t giving up on the property, and is moving full speed ahead with an animated series that explores the Grid, aka the digital world at the core of the two films. A good idea, as animation could turn out to be the ideal medium in which to explore the hidden corners of the Grid.
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Part of the whole plan with Tron: Legacy was to launch a multi-platform new franchise which would span the movies, potential sequels, video games, animated television projects and maybe even a theme park attraction.
The animated series Tron: Uprising voice cast includes Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen and Tron himself Bruce Boxleitner. It is directed by Charlie Bean, Joseph Kosinski and Sean Bailey, and is written by Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The story is set between the original Tron and before Tron: Legacy.
The first trailer is included on the new Tron Legacy DVD/Blu-ray set. Watch it now embedded after the jump and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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South By Southwest have announced the 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two key conversations with Todd Phillips (director of The Hangover), Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), the cast and crew of Super (James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson) and filmmaker Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon). Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times are live at: http://schedule.sxsw.com. You can read the full press release after the jump.
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Over the past few years Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, has been talking up multiple new film projects. One now has Judd Apatow on board as producer, and a script is actively being crafted. It leaps off from the bright, child-like ideas of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and is meant to be very much in the spirit of Tim Burton’s film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The other movie was talked up as a darker, more adult Pee-Wee Herman film, but we haven’t heard anything about that in some time. Now, according to the actor, it isn’t going to happen any time soon. He also provides a brief update on the film being produced by Judd Apatow. Read More »
I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988′s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.
The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.
Briefly: Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick, wasn’t a runaway hit when it originally opened. But in the years since, the picture has become a perennial cash cow for Disney, with a massive merchandising component and a semi-regular theatrical re-release pattern that is unusual in today’s film climate. So it is surprising that a theatrical sequel has never materialized.
Rumors have flown for years that we might see another film featuring Jack Skellington (a CGI sequel was once on the boards) and now Dread Central says that Paul Reubens mentioned that tim Burton is developing a sequel. At this point this is essentially hearsay from someone not involved in the production (Mr. Reubens mentioned the project as one that is part of Tim Burton’s busy slate by way of explaining why the two won’t work together any time soon) and we don’t have a direct link to the interview source. So don’t take this as any source of gospel just yet, but it’s something for which we’ll try to dig up more reliable info. In the meantime we’ll wonder if Reubens was mistakenly referring to the Frankenweenie feature revamp.
UPDATE: Derek Frey of Tim Burton Productions told The Playlist that “there is no truth to the rumor.”
Unless you live in New York or Los Angeles, chances are you weren’t able to see Pee-wee Herman return to the theater. No, not THAT theater. “The theater” as in Broadway. Paul Reubens brought back his famous Pee-wee character in 2010 for The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, which premiered last January in Los Angeles and will conclude its New York Broadway run on January 2. HBO announced Tuesday that, immediately following the end of the run, they’ll shoot the production to air sometime in 2011. So if you weren’t able to go out and see Pee-wee, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Chairy, Jambi and the rest, you’ll soon get your chance. Check out a montage from the show, read the press release and more after the break. Read More »