Actor Jeff Bridges will have his original painting inspired by the world of TRON auctioned off in order to benefit Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.
The painting, which is acrylic on Plexiglas, measures 46.5″ x 70.5″ and will be available for bidding beginning April 20 from Disney Fine Art. In addition to the auction, a limited edition serigraph, hand numbered and signed by Bridges, will be available for sale in order to benefit the charity, which is receiving 100% of the proceeds from the auction.
As a dedicated artist across various mediums, Bridges has been praised for his eclectic work of fine art, photography and music in addition to his acclaimed film career.
‘As the national spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Jeff Bridges’ commitment to others is exemplary,’ said Bill Shore, founder and executive director of the hunger non-profit. ‘This donation is another example of how important the work of ending childhood hunger is to Jeff and one of the many reasons we feel honored to be working with him.’
In this clip recently released by Walt Disney Studios, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is reunited with his father, decades after Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has disappeared. Also shown during ‘TRON Night,’ it takes place shortly after Quorra delivers Sam from the game grid. Although there is quite a bit of footage between the two clips, this one jumps to the point where the two actually connect after being apart for so many years which have taken their toll hard on Kevin.
TRON: Legacy will debut in theaters nationwide in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17. For more news and information on the film, follow this live bookmark.
TRON is, I say with no shame to speak of, one of my all-time favorite films (it’s so me and Al Gore will always have something to discuss). So when Walt Disney Studios decided to revive its viral campaign a second time (the first being San Diego Comic-Con’s reincarnation of Flynn’s Arcade) and combine it with my hometown, I was at the ready.
It all started when Flynn Lives, a grassroots campaign of members unknown, published what was almost immediately identified as a binary clock counting down to February 24 at 11 am ET. Apparently ENCOM CEO Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) had gone missing twenty years ago and hadn’t been heard of since, but the organization is certain Flynn is alive and is doing whatever it can to bring his cause to the nation’s attention.
As the countdown continued, a list of 25 cities worldwide appeared below the clock. Then at 11 AM ET on February 24, the cities were each listed alongside a numbered grid and — throughout the day — cities would become active, requesting than a volunteer operative go to a designated location revealed only when the city opened up (an arcade) and be the first to locate a contact in a FLYNN LIVES tshirt and pass along the secret phrase. In return, the operative received a nylon TRON wallet containing newspaper clippings about the campaign, three TRON trading cards (which then translated into the numbered mosaic of a new image from the film) and a Flynn’s Arcade token.
It was then revealed that a special IMAX event would be taking place earlier today with limited tickets simultaneously becoming available at 9 PM GMT for five cities: Los Angeles and New York in the United States, Toronto, London and Sydney. Based on the audience size, I suspect no more than 50-75 tickets were available (each being a +1), so I was fortunate enough to secure one.
Entering the IMAX theatre (the 8-story tall one in New York), we were handed our 3D Glasses and a free FLYNN LIVES tshirt and found our seats. Shortly after 10 am ET, the lights dimmed and the trailer unceremoniously began. And now, the review/spoilers:
Earlier today, The Recording Academy announced a first-round list of celebrities who will act as presenters during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place January 31 in Los Angeles.
Disney stars are overwhelmingly represented by way of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Additionally, Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel of the upcoming film When in Rome are included on the list. Even TRON (Legacy) veteran Jeff Bridges is getting in on the act. Other presenters named include Justin Bieber, Norah Jones, Ke$ha, LL Cool J, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana and Ringo Starr.
AKA the bootlegged trailer from last year’s Comic-Con, here’s the official release, all nice and clean with quality sound and the new title at the end. Enjoy!
In celebration of Tron Legacy, Walt Disney Studios has re-created Flynn’s Arcade off-site in San Diego, complete with ’80s arcade classics and a few other surprises. The campaign started off when Disney mailed tokens to Flynn’s Arcade to attendees with a coded message to visit the site Flynn Lives, a site purported to have been created by a group of unknowns who have followed the disappearance of Kevin Flynn some 27 years ago, claiming him to still be alive. The site gave the message to its visitors to go to a specific location in San Diego at a specific time and there attendees found themselves inside Flynn’s Arcade.
Standing alone in the back of the arcade was the game Tron itself, with an added surprise. The brick wall behind the game opened up to reveal an actual full-size light cycle on a revolving table.
Below is a photo gallery highlighting the arcade along with the cast and crew of Tron Legacy. All photos are © Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage and are provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Unfortunately we couldn’t be there, but Disney sends us their best, or presented them anyway. The first ever 3D panel at Comic-Con featured emcee Patton Oswald (voice of Remy), directors Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis and Joe Kosinski (pictured, left) as well as a host of surprise guests, footage and more.
In addition to the current projects, Burton offered that he’ll be working on his take of the supernatural cult-classic soap opera, Dark Shadows. Robert Zemeckis, having expressed interest in a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in the past, was unable to either confirm or deny if it’ll be on his plate any time soon.
Much to the delight of New Moon-stalking tweens everywhere, Johnny Depp the actor made an appearance at the panel too. At least they tell me it’s Johnny Depp. Something tells me there’s a Madame Tussauds somewhere missing something, based on this photo. Johnny would also like you to know that while Tim directs, Depp will be taking on the lead role of Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows.
While still vaguely on the topic of Alice in Wonderland, Disney fans at Comic-Con have been instructed to follow @importantdate on Twitter. I don’t know if that account will do anything beyond the convention, but it might be worth a follow.
Shifting a little focus to Tron, the big news is its name: Tron Legacy (subject to change at any time of course). It appears Kevin Flynn has been living inside the mainframe for the past 25 years (evidently no one’s considered an upgrade in that time) and it’s up to now-adult son Sam to go in and locate his father.
We showed you the title treatment earlier, so here’s a sample of something else the fans at Comic-Con got to see. A little bit of concept art along with the cast of the new ‘stand-alone sequel.’ I know a lot has been made of this fascinating anti-aging technology they’re using to show a very young Kevin Flynn, but if you ask me, he doesn’t look like he’s aged all that much in 27 years.
As part of a viral campaign (evidently the mainframe doesn’t have any anti-virus software installed either), Disney has been sending out Flynn’s Arcade tokens and messages inviting folks to check out this website which currently very blatantly tells folks to meet up somewhere in San Diego in a couple of hours. So we’ll see what comes of that (well, I won’t).
Also in Tron Legacy related news, it’s being reported that Daft Punk will be touring in support of the new movie as they will exclusively be composing the music as we mentioned several months ago.
Fresh from Walt Disney Studios, a couple more images from the upcoming films.