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Mack Chico


2010/12/20 at 12:00am

‘Tron: Legacy’ is #1 at the box office!

'Tron: Legacy' is #1 at the box office!

With an impressive per theater average of more than $12,000, “Tron: Legacy” was easily the number one movie at the box office, earning $43.60 million overall for distributor Buena Vista/Disney. The other three new titles were not as fortunate, however, as “How Do You Know,” “Yogi Bear” and “The Fighter” all made less than $5,000 per venue and struggled to reach their target demographics.

With Jeff Bridges leading the cast and a very strong marketing campaign from Buena Vista, “Tron: Legacy” seemed to be in great shape heading into the weekend. Without much competition for action audiences, the $170 million production had its target audience mostly to itself, which translated to a very nice opening for December.

Though a $43 million opening weekend isn’t close to the top blockbusters of the year, we’re also just entering a very lucrative holiday period for the box office. Last year, “Avatar,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “It’s Complicated” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel” all had very impressive runs over Christmas, which should be the case for “Tron: Legacy” as well. With a couple more strong weekends, “Tron: Legacy” should soar past $100 million domestically and post nice foreign totals as well.

1. Tron: Legacy (Buena Vista): $43.60 [$45]

2. Yogi Bear (Warner Brothers): $16.71 [$18]

3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Fox): $12.40 [$13]

4. The Fighter (Paramount): $12.20 [$14]

5. The Tourist (Sony/Columbia): $8.70 [$9]

6. Tangled (Buena Vista): $8.68 [$7.7]

7. Black Swan (Fox Searchlight): $8.30 [$10]

8. How Do You Know (Sony/Columbia): $7.60 [$13.5]

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (Warner Brothers): $4.85 [$4.7]

10. Unstoppable (Fox): $1.8

Karen Posada


2010/10/01 at 12:00am

4 questions with Garrett Hedlund from ‘Tron: Legacy’

4 questions with Garrett Hedlund from 'Tron: Legacy'

I got an EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes look at the upcoming movie from Disney’s Tron: Legacy, the sequel of the very successful movie Tron in the early 80’s. This one is said to be just as big as Avatar! In my visit to Digital Domain in Los Angeles, the star of the movie Garrett Hedlund was kind enough to give us a private interview and tell me a bit about the movie as well as his future projects. With his charisma, modesty and good looks, he’s a young Bratt Pitt in the making, and Tron: Legacy will surely be what will launch him into stardom! (SBC): How do you feel about being involved in such a big project?

Garrett Hedlund (GH): Well, before I was part of the cast I met up with Sean Bailey (producer) and Joseph Kosinski (director) they showed me the footage of the film [they had shown at Comic-Con that year] and I was driven to take this adventure. You step in[to the project] uncertain then get driven by something no-one else has seen and by seeing the blockbuster material there’s fear and nerves come up, because you know this is a big vehicle that a mass amount of people are going to see you as and formulate opinions on whether they like you or not; is a big way of throwing yourself out there. This is such a fantastic team and a hard family to pull away from [he goes on to list the whole cast and crew].

SBC: Can you tell us a little bit about your character Sam Flynn and how you prepared for it and your favorite scene in the film?

GH: Well you start with the script, this character is far from who I was, I grew up in a little farm and this kid has all the money in the world and is haunted by his father’s disappearance. It has been 20 years and he’s turned his back in ENCOM(his father’s company)and is living an individual, secluded life. When someone is very rich it’s easy to make this person dislikable, with money comes a certain attitude. [You are] trying to bring empathy to somebody that has to deal with abandonment who is driven by adventure and accomplishing crazy feats and is also technologically driven and savvy. For this character the wheels are always turning, he’s always trying to figure something out. For me I’m always happy to let be-be. The only thing I can say about my favorite scene is?the light jet, look out for it! (Laughs)

SBC: Talk to us about your upcoming projects.

GH: Earlier this year I did this film Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow where we play country singers and have a loving relationship and I got to work with Tim McGraw who plays her husband and Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl. I got to do 6 months of prep for guitar because I had never played before and I would go into the studio every two week to chart the progression? Along the progression you sing ”Song of the Birds” amongst others and then you acquire the songs that your character is going to sing and you start working on those [continuously]. That’s why it was great working with Jeff Bridges for this film because he had already finished Crazy Heart before Tron:Legacy and I’d be in his trailer and he’s be strumming the guitar and playing the songs he played for that and he would try to show me but I couldn’t play or sing for the life of me. So that is a very affecting film [Country Strong], very sad, that’s what I like to do. I gravitate towards the sad; I like sad songs and sad films. This morning I just arrived from the film adaptation of On the Road the Jack Kerouac novel, so we are in the process of that right now, so now I head down to Mexico City.

SBC: Right off the top of your head your top 3 movies.

GH: Wow? Being There with Peter Sellers, Five Easy Pieces from Jack Nicholson, so many great ones, well the one that i’ve seen the most in the theater: I Am Sam with Sean Penn.

He says goodbye with a huge smile and humbleness in his eyes.

Mack Chico


2008/12/24 at 12:00am

‘Tron 2.0’ is coming back for 2009

'Tron 2.0' is coming back for 2009

Bruce Boxleitner is in the sequel! Now if only they’d change that awful name.

Until they do change the name, the internet seems determined to ignore the one Disney has chosen. So we’ll follow Coming Soon’s lead in calling it Tron 2.0 even though that’s not what it’s called, but that’s what they boldly called it when breaking the story of Boxleitner’s involvement.

In the original Tron, Bruce played Tron. He’s the real star of the movie, a program created specifically to destroy the MCP and aided by a human named Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges. Now both Bridges and Boxleitner are back. In fact, Bruce is actually on set somewhere filming his role right now. Well maybe not right now, but somewhere around now.

No word on what part he’ll play in the sequel, just as we still don’t really know what Jeff Bridges is doing. Only that they’re both back. Now tell me they’re also bringing back Peter Jurasik and this little Tron nerd may digitally mess his pants. Oh my user!

CS does offer a couple of new plot details though regarding the parts played by other cast members and Tron newcomers Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett. Apparently Olivia is playing a worker in the virtual world who aids in the fight aga inst the Master Control Program (sounds a lot like the role played by Cindy Morgan in the original film) and Beau Garret will play some sort of virtual world “siren”.

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