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The Len Wiseman-helmed remake of the 1990 so-bad-it’s-good Sci-Fi film Total Recall is set to start filming in March. For those of you looking forward to this film, this is good news. For those of us who are still unsure how to feel about this remake, it's one step closer to forcing us to have an opinion on the project.
The original film is a loose adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. When I say loose, I really mean loose. It’s more like “inspired by.” The original film has six different writers credited to the screenplay, was directed by Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. There’s little word yet as to whether this new film will be a reinterpretation of the original story or a straight-up remake of Verhoeven’s film.
I can’t decide whether »
After making Stripes in 1981 and Blade Runner the next year, Sean Young was considered one of tinseltown's rising actresses. Through the 80s she had several parts in major releases such as David Lynch's failed but visually striking adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune and a brief part in Oliver Stone's Wall Street.
But back in 1988 Young's career begin to take an unexpected detour. She had won the role of Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's Batman but a couple of weeks before shooting was scheduled to begin Young injured her shoulder in a riding accident. The injury was bad enough that her part needed to be recast, and that's how Kim Basinger got the part in the movie.
Two years later, the world was hungry for another Batman movie, and Young wanted to be a part of it. She knew that Catwoman was set to be introduced in »
- Patrick Sauriol
Remaking classic Paul Verhoeven sci-fi adventure 'Total Recall' is total madness in this one guys opinion, but in spite of my reservations 'Underworld' helmer Len Wiseman (and Kate Beckinsale's hubby) still insists on doing it...rude! Wiseman will shoot from a script by Kurt Wimmer, who has certainly tried his hand at action sci-fi before with the likes of 'Sphere', 'Equilibrium' and the Milla Jovovich starrer 'Ultraviolet' already under his scribing belt. 'Total Recall' is based on the story by Philip K. Dick ('Blade Runner') and Torontonians are super excited at the decision for the action sci-fi and hopefully more scenes of three breasted mutants (below) to be shot there. Read more details below. »
It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
[Editor's Note: We're trying out a new column on Coming Attractions that serves as a general interest way point into the world of video games. The column, "Immersion", is written by longtime CA reader msunyata, a.k.a. Marc N. Kleinhenz. Marc will be writing three articles for Immersion and, depending on how well they're received, go on from there. Feedback is appreciated. -- Patrick]
Film has plenty of them: Citizen Kane (1941), Vertigo (1958), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Chinatown (1974), Blade Runner (1982), The Matrix (1999), Memento (2000). For videogames, the newest of the art forms, however, the idea of a classic is still very much tentative and constantly under revision.
Sure, there are many an example of timeless gameplay (any entry from, say, either the Super Mario Bros. [1985-present] or Legend of Zelda [1986-present] series is the paragon of control, level design, and balance), impeccable music (Metal Gear Solid , Braid , and Silent Hill 2  deliver cinema-caliber aural experiences), and striking visuals (Jet Set Radio Future  and Limbo  chief among them), but these are all fractious elements, isolated qualities strewn about a densely populated field. To find one singular title that not only encompasses them all but also embodies the very essence of the medium, just as the image of the Starchild floating over a suddenly fragile Earth simultaneously reaffirms yet blows open »
- Patrick Sauriol
After directing the incredible debut feature Moon and with the strong-looking Source Code on the way, Duncan Jones seems to have a good future ahead of him. And now what he does with that future seems to be dependent on which of the two projects he has planned.
According to ThePlaylist (via Collider), one of those is not actioner Escape from the Deep, the World War II submarine film, as he tweeted he’s no longer “on the sub movie”, and even though that’s not naming names, we’ll just have to assume it’s the previously mentioned project.
One of the movies he has planned is Mute, something we’ve heard about since Moon came out last summer. It’s been described by Jones himself as being heavily inspired by Blade Runner, it’s set in a future Berlin as a mute bartender must find his girlfriend who has been kidnapped by gangsters. »
- Nick Newman
British design studio's adverts for new Darren Aronofsky film echo Polish and Czech posters of the 60s and ballet advertisements of the early 20th century – to impressive effect
I'm looking forward to seeing Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, the ballet thriller that the director views as a companion piece to his last film, the gripping and compassionate drama The Wrestler. But I'm also hoping to see the film's beautiful and striking posters on buses and bus shelters around the country. These are some of the most interesting and arresting movie posters I've seen for a long time.
The adverts were created by the British design studio Laboca and are influenced by Polish and Czech posters of the 60s and 70s, as well as ballet advertisements of the early 20th century. You can see the full set here. Three of the four take as their starting point some kind of dual »
- Paul Owen
Back in 1982, Disney's ground-breaking hi-tech Sf movie Tron opened in the same week as the epoch-making decision at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University to order its students to abandon pen and paper and work entirely on computers. In that film the 43-year-old Jeff Bridges played Kevin Flynn, a brilliant designer of computer games. Crossing a vital boundary, he actually entered a video game, moving from being a "user" to becoming a "programme", his aim being to frustrate an arch rival. Now, 28 years and several quantum leaps in technology later, there is a sequel, Tron: Legacy – not quite a record as Return to Oz came 46 years after The Wizard of Oz.
It's 2010, the 61-year-old Jeff Bridges is again Flynn. He's been missing for over 20 years, during which time his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) has grown up inheriting his father's gifts and multibillion-dollar business. It transpires that the grizzled Flynn had gone back »
- Philip French
An homage to a decade. That’s the mantra that kept running through my mind while I watched Joseph Kosinski’s directorial debut, Tron: Legacy. The film cannot be divorced from its incredibly ‘80s-drenched source material: a fact that leads to Tron: Legacy's greatest achievements and most disappointing failures.
Tron: Legacy was obviously made by people who were enamored with the original Tron. The problem there is that the original Tron is not a good film. Was it visually stunning? Sure. Did it have a profound effect on the next generation of science fiction films? Inarguably. But was it a well-paced, well-written, well-put-together piece of cinema? Nuh uh. I know, I know. Lambast me all you want, but you go back and watch that movie today and tell me if it’s as good as you remember it. Spoilers: it’s not.
Many of the same attributes that endeared »
With Tron Legacy set for release this month, Trevor Hogg explores the evolution of Disney's cult sci-fi franchise...
“The first one had a lukewarm response critically and box-office wise because it was a great year,” recalled actor Bruce Boxleitner (Snakehead Terror) who played the title character in the original Tron (1982). “You had The Thing, Poltergeist, E.T., and Blade Runner. You had some classic movies. There are three movies in that group that have some of the best science fiction in film. So we came out in that block and I don't know who said it, but he said it was the kids who saw Tron. They got it as opposed to the adults.” Recognizing the fact that the adolescent fans over the past twenty-eight years have become adults, Boxleitner added, “Technology has now become intergenerational.” One of those childhood admirers was given the responsibility of helming the long rumoured sequel by studio executives at Disney. »
I love Twitter. There are countless interesting people to follow for any movie geek and one of my absolute favorites is Duncan Jones (follow him here), director of the instant sci-fi classic Moon, one of my favorite movies from the last couple years and the upcoming (and great looking) Source Code. Jones is one of the most down to earth, genuine people on Twitter and he regularly responds to tweets directed at him, so today I took a chance and asked him when we will hear about his next picture and if would be the previously announced Escape From The Deep or his intriguing original script Mute, a future noir in the style of Blade Runner. Jones was kind enough to reply: “not on the sub movie anymore, but trying hard to get one of two things made next. Mute is one of those 2”. Continue reading for a refresher on Mute. »
- Jake Lasker
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
(Now that a sequel to Tron after 28 long years of waiting is finally in theatres – what did you make of the expensive production? Make sure you leave your thoughts about the film, and even the reasons why you may not be seeing it, in the comments section!!! Tron Legacy: Success or Failure? We want to know!)
Tron Legacy must be the most indecisive film ever made. Not only has it taken nearly thirty years to follow the original Tron, but now it has finally surfaced it displays all the consistency of Frankenstein’s monster as it groaned under the weight of pastiche, mimicry, aspiration, nostalgia and just plain old theft.
The opening act is an exercise in looking as much like a Christopher Nolan film as possible. As an identikit Inception soundtrack booms deep bass into the faces of the audience, we are introduced to our »
- Michael Edwards
This weekend, five movies enter nationwide release: Tron: Legacy rides onto over 5,500 screens at 3,451 locations, Yogi Bear snatches more than 5,000 screens at 3,515 locations, The Fighter enters approximately 3,000 screens at 2,503 locations, How Do You Know opens on close to 2,800 screens at 2,483 locations, and Black Swan expands to around 1,150 screens at 959 locations. Tron Legacy is the most hyped release of the weekend, and its studio, Walt Disney Pictures, is betting that its visual effects and adventure in a striking new world will make it an event akin to Avatar, which debuted to $77 million on the same weekend last year. Early midnight launch numbers for Tron Legacy were similar to Avatar at an estimated $3.5 million, and it would be phenomenal if Legacy wound up anywhere near Avatar's opening, considering its origin. The first Tron was deemed a disappointment back in 1982 and more famous as an arcade video game than as a movie. A »
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Critics call Disney's reboot/sequel a 'catchy popcorn pleasure' that is 'destined to split audiences.'
By Eric Ditzian
It's been a good year for studios that waited three decades to update old-school flicks. In April, Warner Bros. gave 1981's "Clash of the Titans" a coat of CGI splendor and ended up with a film that grossed almost $500 million worldwide. Can Disney, which has resurrected 1982's computer-world-based adventure film "Tron" for a new generation, mirror the success of "Clash"?
At this point, at least, "Tron Legacy" is receiving far kinder reviews than "Clash." That doesn't mean, of course, that "Tron" can top the $61 million domestic opening of the latter. Disney's 3-D film is predicted to land somewhere in the $40-45 million range. Will it defy expectations? Will positive word of mouth spread? Is the movie worth a trip to the theater on opening weekend? »
Tron: Legacy (2010)
Directed by Joseph Kosinkski
Indebted to the 1982 film for its staggering aesthetic, it has been a long time since a mainstream Hollywood release has been as visually dynamic. Avatar’s humoid creatures and pastel coloured flower world cannot even begin to compete with the stark modernism of the monochromic Tron design. Further enhance by Daft Punk’s energetic and pulsating score, Tron:Legacy is without a doubt the cinematic experience of the year.
As an experience, it is purely one of the senses. The film will not necessarily tug at your heart strings, though it certainly has a few interesting, if not shallowly developed ideas. It is completely invasive and immersive and to not give credit to first time filmmaker Joseph Kosinki would be a crime. There are many films in recent years that reach for similar science fiction aesthetics and all of them have fallen short. They »
Joseph Kosinski tells MTV News, 'There's some stuff in this film that people maybe aren't expecting.'
By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: MTV News
For those "Tron" fans who've been waiting patiently for the release of "Tron Legacy" — a semi-sequel more than 20 years in the making — the day has arrived! Starting Friday (December 17), Jeff Bridges (playing two roles, no less) can now be seen in theaters nationwide.
Given the original film's storied and groundbreaking history, MTV News asked first-time director Joseph Kosinski what reactions he hopes "Legacy" viewers will have.
"Hopefully, people will have the same reaction I did when I saw the first 'Tron,' " Kosinski said. "It looked different than anything else out there; it sounded different than anything else out there; it was bold in its concept and in the technology, the way it pushed technology," he recalled. "So hopefully, »
There are some things in life that you absolutely need to survive; food, shelter, and fire could be counted among them. There are also things that seem to mock the very idea of survivalist necessity, and Special Edition DVDs fall squarely into that category. As Christmas comes but once a year (and a few select, rare people even have birthdays), there’s only so much time that can really be devoted to even thinking about laying down the money to buy one of these things, but this is one of them. In alphabetical order, the following things should probably be considered if you’re buying something for anyone who is of the opinion that a movie is definitely not over once the final credits finish.
We’ve pontificated at length as to how this is probably the most complete Blu-Ray set yet packaged, »
- JPP Staff
A scene from Tron: Legacy
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures I would say the original Tron was a product of its time. Considering I was only five-years-old when it came out, you may say I'm a product of Tron's time. Yet, I hadn't seen Tron until two years ago and suffice to say, I wasn't impressed. However, ever since first getting a look at test footage for Tron: Legacy back in 2008, it was clear this film was going to attempt to be as visually revolutionary as the first film. But, while Tron: Legacy is visually impressive, it's narratively impaired. The story is overly melodramatic and features dialogue you'd expect from a rough draft, not to mention it feels like more of a "History of Science Fiction" stew than an original product.
While watching, it was impossible not to begin listing films director Joseph Kosinski and his team either purposely emulated »
- Brad Brevet
I remember the summer of 1982 quite fondly. That was a very good summer for cinema, well at least for a 9-year old boy. Because my parents rarely ventured to the cinema -- that was an event saved for New Years Eve and Summer vacation -- I can easily list the eleven films that I watched in movie theaters prior to that summer: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Elephant Man, The Black Hole, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Chariots of Fire, Popeye, Superman, Superman II, Moonraker, and The Muppet Movie. I saw every one of those films with my parents (or at least my mother). The summer of 1982 marked when I started going to the cinema with friends (though usually with a parental chaperon) -- which was a different viewing experience altogether! As I remember it, I was in the local movie theater every week that summer; though that is probably an exaggeration, »
- Don Simpson
To be brutally honest, Tron never connected with me. Having seen it theatrically in 1982 and occasionally on DVD in the following years, the original has always remained an impressive looking movie, but emotionally cold and at times, plodding. Nearly thirty years later, the sequel, Tron: Legacy, continues the story with even more incredible visual effects, though ultimately to the same end result.
Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is the rebellious son of the long-disappeared game programmer Kevin Flynn (reprised by Jeff Bridges). When Kevin’s old friend Alan (Bruce Boxleitner) sends Sam to investigate a mysterious pager message, Sam discovers his father’s secret hard drive, is shot with a laser beam, and sucked into The Grid.
There, he must rescue his father and escape the virtual world through a portal, while avoiding a rogue program named Clu — a younger, digitized Bridges — determined to find Kevin and steal his “identity disc »
- Glenn Kay
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