Whether you love or hate TRON: Legacy, few would argue it’s a beautiful movie. Every penny of the Disney sequel’s reported $170 million budget is undeniably on screen in the form of all kinds of different special effects.

Bradley Munkowitz, aka GMUNK, was the lead animated graphics artist on the film and led a team that created about 10 minutes of those special effects. But not some big action set piece like one usually thinks of when talking about special effects. He created the user interfaces and holograms found in various scenes. In the world of Tron, those visuals are some of the most important things on the Grid. GMunk has uploaded six videos highlighting his work from the film, in context. They play like etherial, effects heavy movie/music videos. Check them out below.

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Despite the relatively tepid financial and critical reception TRON: Legacy got in 2010, everyone who would potentially be involved in a sequel still believes it will happen. Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner, keeps giving potential start dates, Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has talked about the plot and the screenwriters of that film, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, handed the writing reigns for a third movie to Dave DiGilio.

At WonderCon, Kitsis and Horowitz – who were on hand to promote the show that took then away from Tron, Once Upon A Time, confirmed they’d read DiGilio’s first draft and couldn’t help be do a little teasing. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Jon Favreau Interviews Olivia Wilde

On his latest film Cowboys and Aliens, director Jon Favreau has decided to take the EPK interviews into his own hands and record conversations with the cast and crew.  I love that Favreau is doing this, but I have two complaints: 1. I wish he would release the interview in long form, not broken up into highlight clips and 2. I’m surprised that Favreau is releasing these things on the Huffington Post, an profitable online publication that doesn’t pay their bloggers (why would Favreau support this kind of site?). Moving on… We’ve previously posted Favreau’s sit-down interview with the film’s co-star Harrison Ford and another one with producers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Today we bring you Favreau’s interview with Olivia Wilde. Hit the jump to watch the video clips now.

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We’d all surmised that TRON 3, a sequel to 2010’s TRON: Legacy, was likely to happen. But with director Joseph Kosinski busy with one thing and writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis back working on TV, the project seemed frozen. That’s not the case anymore. Disney has just hired David DiGilio, whose only previous feature film credit was writing the Paul Walker dog movie Eight Below, to write the next chapter in the saga. But will it actually make it to production? Read more after the jump. Read More »

‘Tron: Destiny’ Fan Trailer

We probably won’t see a third Tron film go into production any time soon, nevermind see a traile (however, you never know with the kind of surprises Disney likes to drop at Comic-Con). Some Tron fans have created a movie trailer for a Tron: Legacy sequel titled Tron: Destiny. I would credit them by name, but they insisted on uploading the fake trailer to YouTube, trying to claim that it might be a leaked real deal. Of course, it isn’t. The short trailer, found by ToplessRobot, features a cast of unknowns, some horrible dialogue, but is surprisingly well produced and has a couple cool moments near the end. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Remember the good old days of 2010 when it seemed like we posted a story about TRON or TRON: Legacy every day? With the Blu-rays out now, it feels like a perfect time to go back those good old days, bask in the nostalgia, and talk about what’s next for the franchise, mainly TRON 3. Though TRON: Legacy‘s success was a point of contention, it ended up just about making back its reported $170 million budget in the United States and totaling about $400 million worldwide. Not a super crazy blockbuster, but not numbers Disney can ignore either. Rumors about a sequel began to spread.

Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has been out stomping for the Blu-ray and, in one interview, was pretty frank about where he thinks a sequel would start and what it would contain. He also confirmed that early story talks have begun. Read some of his quotes after the break. Read More »

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Will There Be a ‘Tron 3’?

Tron Legacy hit DVD and Blu-ray this week, and Disney had a few members of the cast and crew out at WonderCon last weekend to encourage people to take a dip in this leg of the Tron revenue stream. Through all the interviews that resulted, there is the looming question of another Tron sequel. No one answered the question definitively, though there were a lot of statements that started with “Well, if we make another one…”

Now Deadline reports that Disney has definitely started work on another Tron film, but that’s all anyone seems willing to say at the moment. Read More »

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I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS
I Love You Phillip Morris is a rare breed. When it comes to true story tales of brilliant-minded men against the law, there are only so many forms we can expect to see those stories take on the big screen — as a historical crime drama perhaps, or an upbeat caper thriller — but Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra & John Requa saw the potential for something different for their directorial debut, and opted for a campy romantic comedy instead. Their decision paid off wonders. The film still suffers a tad from formula fatigue, but by finding the humor in the absurd, the predictably of the proceedings is effortlessly overcome by the pic’s sheer good-natured charm. Much of that credit is owed to Jim Carrey and the bright-eyed Ewan McGregor, who are a perfect fit for the film’s playfully innocent tone. The true highlight of the film though is the subversive, darkly comedic edge that its directors inject during opportune moments to offset the saccharine sweetness, providing the film an underlying notion of reality that’s both hilarious and smartly demonstrative of how our circumstances in life are all about the outlook with which we choose to perceive them.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Audio commentary with producer Andrew Lazar and writers/directors John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, and a “The Making of I Love You Phillip Morris” featurette.

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A couple months back there was word that the DVD for Tron Legacy might feature a bit of footage that expands the Tron storyline and perhaps teases a third film in the series. A couple weeks ago we saw Tron: The Next Day, which fills in some of the backstory between the two Tron films. And now there is another leaked short clip, only about forty seconds in length, that certainly seems to suggest a continuation of the story. Check it out below. Read More »