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Bruce Boxleitner enters Syfy’s 51

Posted by LiveFor on April 24, 2010

Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, Tron Legacy) will star as a military hero nearing retirement in the upcoming Syfy Saturday Original Movie, 51. The movie is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in 2011.

A co-production with After Dark Films, 51, co-starring John Shea (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) chronicles what happens after political pressure from the American public forces the Air Force to allow a few well-known reporters limited access to the most secretive base on the planet: Area 51, the rumored repository of captured alien technology and extra-terrestrial beings. When one of the base’s hidden “long term visitors” exploits this unprecedented visit as a chance to liberate himself and his fellow alien captives, Area 51 turns from a secure military installation to a horrifying destination of terror. Directed by Jason Connery (The Devil’s Tomb).

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

After Dark Films, an Independent motion picture studio, was formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. The Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For brand was launched in 2006, creating the first festival of its kind, a week-long nationwide theatrical event that gives horror fans the chance to enjoy 8 new films that push the envelope and span across the genre from supernatural to psychological to creature features.

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Tron Legacy – ENCOM’s Tech Consultant Alan Bradley speaks

Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2010

Alan Bradley was a computer programmer who wrote the computer program Tron. He was also COO of ENCOM until the 1990s.

Alan Bradley was a programmer at ENCOM in 1982, when he wrote Tron, a security program that was able to shut down the MCP, the administrative program that was controlling ENCOM’s mainframe system.

In an exclusive interview with IGN, Alan talks about the company and the mysterious disappearance of Kevin Flynn.

He looks an awful lot like the Commander of Babylon 5. Anyone else with me on that?

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Tron Legacy – Trailer and screenshots

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010

Finally, the trailer is out for one of my most anticipated movies this year. A great trailer, full of mystery and cool imagery. Jeff Bridges as the younger, evil Clu (above). Olivia Wilde as the woman of the piece. Michael Sheen is the nightclub owner clad in white and we see Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley – his counterpart, Tron is meant to be in the film so I am assuming he will have been youngified for the role as Bridges was.

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Now you have seen it what do you think of the trailer? Have you seen it in 3D yet? Can you wait until December to see the film?

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Tron Legacy – Description of the new trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 1, 2010

A few days ago there was a surprise screening of the trailer for the new Tron Legacy film. Unfortunatley I didn’t get to see it but Sci-Fi Wire had this description of what many of us missed. The trailer will debut in front of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland when it opens on Friday.

The 3-D trailer opens with Sam (Garrett Hedlund) speaking with an older Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner – you can see what he looks like in the film here) atop the Encom Building. Alan says he received a text from Sam’s missing father, Kevin Flynn, from a number that was disconnected 20 years ago. Bradley says Kevin was on the cusp of a technological breakthrough when he went missing and that he would never have left that behind or left Sam behind. Bradley then gives Sam keys to Flynn’s Arcade. Sam speeds off on his motorcycle and arrives at the arcade, which we see has been closed for years.

Sam opens up the arcade, discovers a secret door behind a “Tron” game machine and discovers Kevin’s lab. He wipes dust from a black-and-white screen, which is still active. The shot cuts to the glowing laser we remember from the first movie—the one that digitized Kevin Flynn the first time he entered the virtual world—and the screen goes black.

We are then in a fully realized- 3-D black-and-neon Tron world, with a giant lighted new-generation Recognizer, before which stand three tiny figures in lighted black suits.

We see Sam in a light suit ascending in some kind of round illuminated platform, then quick cuts of

♦Olivia Wilde’s Quorra in a black light suit, reclining on a divan;
♦a light cycle speeding toward the horizon, with a massive lit-up Tron city in the distance;
♦a young-looking black-clad Jeff Bridges as Clu emerging onto a platform, accompanied by Jarvis and other programs;
♦combatants, including Sam, in light suits, flinging white-lighted discs at each other;
♦a skidding light vehicle (did it have four wheels??);
♦Michael Sheen as Castor in a white jumpsuit with a shock of white hair, playing air guitar on an illuminated white cane, standing atop a platform – Sheen talks more about his character and the club here;
♦a white-suited combatant with two illuminated discs;
♦a blond woman in a tight white light suit (a siren?);
♦Sam walking up a ramp toward a bright light (a new Tron arena? Click on the image below for a larger version).

We hear Sam’s voice:


Kevin/Bridges’ voice: “Sam.”

“Long time.”

“You have no idea.”

At the end, we see two light cycles smashing into each other at high speed, ending with a closeup of Sam’s face as he speeds directly toward the camera.

The trailer was backed by electronic music composed by Daft Punk just for the 3-D teaser trailer

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Tron Legacy – Encom news and first look at Bruce Boxleitner

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Things are shaping up in the world of Tron Legacy. There was a world wide race to find clues to open a site which brought us the photo from earlier today and now which has lots of things on it including links to other Tron related sites.

One such site is for Encom, which as you’ll all know, is the company from the first Tron movie. Bruce Boxleitner’s character Alan Bradley worked there and it was he who developed the Tron program.

The Encom site has this photo of Bruce as Alan Bradley who is now Executive Consultant for the company. He’s looking well.

The Encom catalogue shows a number of games they have been working on. Tron and Space Paranoids were in the original film and that gave us the flying tank things, so the names of the other games may have give us a clue as to what we can expect in the sequel – Laser Maximus, Arc Wars, Vice Squad, Astro Gunner, Code Wars, Kras Bot, Matrix Blaster and more.

Encom also say that Verbisware 7.1 OS is almost ready for the market and it will soon become the new gold standard in computing.

There is some mention of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) in the timeline of the company becoming CEO of Encom. It says he disappeared on 26th July 1989. Alan Bradley then took over as CEO.

It is a great site and I love it when they spend time on these viral sites. Looks like Encom is doing well and has spread all over the World. What that means for the world in Tron Legacy I have no idea.

The future is Encom.

Lots to see on that site and many others from the FlynnLives forum – let me know what you find.

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Tron: Legacy – Director talks about the story, soundtrack and 3D

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

Tron: Legacy is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund – Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges – The Dude), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Quorra (Olivia Wilde – House), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.


Greetings, Program! MTV News spoke to director Joseph Kosinski, about his work on the sequel to one of my faves, the Disney’s 1982 cult classic, Tron. The first film starred Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, a software engineer who is digitized and imprisoned in a computer mainframe by an evil computer program and compelled, along with a number of other programs, to do battle with this evil program and its minions for control of the computer system.

It is so good that Tron: Legacy is a sequel and not just a reboot to that classic film. It is going to be in 3D, but not in the same way that Avatar was:

Our approach is not like “Avatar,” which I think is 3-D from the first shot to the last. Ours is sort of a “Wizard of Oz” approach. Ninety-eight percent of the 3-D is in the world of “Tron.” The 3-D really starts once we get into the Tron world.

It’s a combination of technologies that Zemeckis has been using in terms of the completely digital motion-capture of a character and for the live-action camera system. We used a camera developed by James Cameron’s company. We used a newer generation of camera than the one used on “Avatar.” They built it specifically for us.

I love the fact that they are using technology based on James Cameron’s stuff, but the next generation. That fits in with the whole premise of the sequel as well. The other big movie thing at the moment is IMAX. However, as this is a digital film then the usual IMAX cameras would not be suitable.

We did not shoot anything with an IMAX camera, because it uses film, and since we were shooting in 3-D, we used two digital cameras. That being said, we are doing an IMAX version. What I am considering doing now is finishing four or five sections of the film in a tall format – not letterbox – and in an IMAX theater, the black bars at the top and bottom of the frame will disappear and it will become a full-screen sequence, which should be really cool. I think IMAX will be the way to see this movie.

It is a pity that there are not more IMAX cinemas around. The most important aspect for fans of the original is of course the plot to the sequel. The fact that Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner (he was TRON in the original) have returned for it hopefully means that it is going to be something special.

The focus was always to serve the story we are telling. To include Bruce Boxleitner is not at all a cameo or stunt casting. He is integral to the story we’re trying to tell, which is why he’s in it. We’ve taken the events of the first movie as historical facts. In our story, Kevin Flynn emerged from his first experience as CEO of ENCOM and actually released the Tron video game based on his experiences in the first movie. ENCOM has become the most innovative, most successful, most forward-thinking digital company in the world as of 1989. There are fun references to parts of the first film. Sam Flynn [Garrett Hedlund], in searching for his father, has to retrace his steps and comes upon clues and places that we visited in the first film, like Flynn’s Arcade. Even in the world of Tron itself, a lot of vehicles and sequences have evolved. We’ll get to see how the disc game has changed, how the light cycle battle has changed. We get to see the new version of these iconic sequences. Things have gotten bigger and a bit out of control.

Jeff is playing two characters. He’s playing Kevin Flynn, the character from the original film, and he’s playing Clu, the avatar that Kevin Flynn created in the 1980s. I’d say he’s Clu 2. There was a Clu in the first film who looked like Jeff but was very simple in terms of his abilities. He’s very stiff. Clu 2 is a second incarnation of Kevin’s avatar. He doesn’t only look like Jeff, but he can think like him too. So it’s a whole new level of artificial intelligence.

All in all it sounds like it should be one hell of an adventure and it is going to look absolutely stunning.

Finally Kosinski chatted about getting Daft Punk to do the soundtrack for the film

Rather than going with a traditional film composer, I wanted to try something fresh and different. I set up a meeting with Daft Punk. We met for pancakes at the 101 Coffee Shop in L.A. one morning. These guys take “Tron” very seriously. Obviously, “Tron” was a huge influence on them. It was almost like they were interviewing me to make sure that I was going to hold up to the “Tron” legacy. But the more we talked, we realized that creatively, we were totally synced up. I’ve been working on it with them for over a year and a half. I don’t know of a movie where you’re working on the soundtrack months before you start filming. The level of integration between the music and the film is incredibly strong.


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Daft Punk to make Tron 2.0 Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2009

French electronica duo Daft Punk has been signed to write the original music score for Tron 2.0, Walt Disney’s upcoming sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 animation cult hit which was scored by electronic music icon Wendy Carlos. Daft Punk’s members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been involved in various films before, but Tron 2.0 will be their first complete feature film score. The film is helmed by Joseph Kosinski and will feature Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett. According to industry news reports, Tron 2.0 will play as the “next chapter” after the first film, with Wilde starring as one of the heroes trying to help fighting the Master Control Program, the evil intelligence protocol that was the nemesis in the 1982 film. The assignment of Daft Punk to score Tron 2.0 has been confirmed to Upcoming Film Scores by Walt Disney Pictures.

Source: Upcoming Film Scores

Is Daft Punk a good choice for the Tron 2 soundtrack?

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Tron 2 Plot details

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2009

Hungry for more info on Tron 2? Well AICN have a very reliable source who have provided them with some information about what we can expect. Spoilers Ahoy!

The title will almost certainly NOT be TRON 2 or TR2N. Possibly something with a colon – TRON: ________.

The story takes place approximately 25 years after the original.

The movie starts in 1989. Kevin Flynn (Bridges) has created some of the world’s top selling games based on his Game Grid challenges in the first film, and has marketed the hell out of what he saw there (action figures, Recognizer night lights, yadda yadda yadda).

Flynn has a seven year old son named Sean.

Flynn disappears, leaving behind his son.

Alan Bradley (Boxleitner) takes over Flynn’s company (ENCOM).

Jump forward in time: Sean is now twenty something.

Alan Bradley has info that leads Sean to look for Flynn.

Search takes Sean to Flynn’s old arcade – mothballed.

Into the computer world goes Sean.

There’s a CLU character (Flynn’s computer alter-ego from the first film).

Flynn has programmed CLU to run around and make a better computer world, but CLU’s gone corrupt and is creating his own interpretation of that perfect world. This is why CLU (young Bridges) is being such a punk-ass in that Comic Con footage we saw.

CLU has it out for a kind of program called ISOs & wants to eradicate them.

The ISOs believe Sean Flynn is the one who will free them from CLU’s belligerence.

Somewhere in the computer world, the real Kevin Flynn is whizzing around in a classic Light Cycle. Will he help in the battle against CLU?

Light Jets have jet walls, too.

Light Cycles versus Light Jets.

Big Disc battle!

Bridges going all out for this role. Embracing it. Fans will go gaa gaa.


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Garrett Hedlund is the lead in Tron 2. Olivia Wilde talks about the sets

Posted by LiveFor on January 7, 2009

Disney has announced the lead star for their upcoming Tron sequel. Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights, Eragon, Georgia Rule, and Death Sentence). Plus everyone seems to be calling it Tron 2.0 so not sure if the Tr2n name has gone.

Disney is keeping a tight grasp on the film’s story details and won’t even reveal the name of Garrett’s character. All that is known is that Hedlund plays a man who is sucked into the computer program and finds himself “retracing the steps of a character from the original movie named Kevin Flynn”, who was played by Jeff Bridges. Bridges has signed on to return for the sequel, as has Bruce Boxleitner. I’m still waiting for an official trailer to be released instead of the footage that was caught at the Comic Con last year.
Sci-Fi Wire caught up with Olivia Wilde and asked her about the sequel.
“The film will be just as impressive for our time as it was in 1982 for the original. The technological advances have, of course, been enormous, and the effects that we have access to have been so revolutionary,” Wilde told SciFi. “And I think that it’s really going to please people that it’s going to be just as kind of huge and shocking and just as much of a new movie-watching experience as the first one was.”

Plus director Joseph Kosinski is going to be using sets as well as CGI which should make it even better.
“They’re going to build a huge amount of the set. [Joseph Kosinski is] a really big fan of using as much sets as you can, because he’s an architect as well, so he likes to build these worlds. And with something like Tron, I think it helps to create the environment as much as possible without too much green screen so that these characters can exist within this world.”

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Tron is returning to Tr2n – Bruce Boxleitner is back

Posted by LiveFor on December 24, 2008

ComingSoon have learned today that Bruce Boxleitner, who played Tron in the original, will return for Tr2n. Details on his role were not revealed, except that he is currently shooting and also joins fellow cast members Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, and Beau Garrett. Boxleitner, now 58 years old, last appeared on a few episodes of Chuck and Heroes and was also ace in Babylon 5.

This is getting to sound so cool. Brilliant news that Bruce us back for the sequel.

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