Greetings Programs! The excruciating wait is over and the sequel to the 1983 Disney cult classic Tron is finally opening, in eye-exploding 3-D. We’re again transported to the Grid, guided by computer guru Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is reunited with his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) after a mysterious 20-year separation to defeat Flynn’s creation, the fascist perfectionist Clu (though he looks like he should be a conductor on the Polar Express). Over the top visuals and performances (hello Michael Sheen) and tried-and-true storyline make for a mixed bag but none the less worthy sequel. Fans should not be disappointed.
“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), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and scored by Grammy® Award-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, “TRON: Legacy” hits U.S. theaters on Dec. 17, 2010, in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.
Opens December 17, 2010.
Garrett Hedlund. \”Who?\” you ask. But most certainly not for long.
He\’s been around. You probably didn\’t catch him when he worked as a Christmas tree salesman, and you likely missed him during that stint at the turkey farm, but if you saw, and managed to watch, Troy, he was Patroculus. That was a role he landed just one short month after moving from Arizona to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. His performance in Troy was nominated for Choice Breakout Movie Star-Male in the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
Garrett was born September 3, 1984 in Roseau, Minnesota. He is the 3rd of the 3 children, with an older brother Nathaniel and an older sister, Amanda. When Garrett was 9, the family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he attended and graduated a semester early from Horizon High School, where he has been quoted as saying he was the annoying high school yearbook photographer, as well as a participant in football, wrestling and ice skating.
Garrett started out in supporting roles like high school football player Don Billingsley opposite Tim McGraw and Billy Bob Thorton in Friday Night Lights, Murtagh in the fantasy Eragon and Jack Mercer in Four Brothers opposite Mark Wahlberg.
However, for his first solo starring role, he picked a little upcoming movie you may have heard of: Tron:Legacy. Garret plays Sam Flynn, the 27-year old son of Kevin Flynn, a familiar name from Tron. To say more would ruin the fun. He is supported by Olivia Wilde (best known up until now for her role as \”13\”, Dr. Remy Hadley on House MD), Jeff Bridges (Tron, Crazy Heart) and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). Tron:Legacy opens in the US on December 17, following 3 years of anticipation that began at Comic-Con in 2008. Garrett has mentioned in interviews that he still has he action figure of himself that he was given a Comic-Con (photo below).
Garrett will next be seen in Country Strong opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in which he plays up and coming country singer Beau Hutton. Garrett spent his early years on a farm in Minnesota, and they only had one radio station, a country station. But preparing for Country Strong was his first experience both singing country music and playing the guitar. Immediately upon completing filming for Tron, Garrett began guitar training, 4-5 days a week, from August to January, working his way up to being able to play and sing a the same time. He moved to Nashville a month before the start of filming for Country Strong and lived on Tim McGraw\’s ranch, in an effort to make sure that he was as true to Nashville and to country music, as possible. Country Strong is set for limited release on December 22, 2010 and a nationwide release on January 7, 2011.
Garrett is currently filming On The Road, (2012) based on the book by Jack Kerouac and co-starring Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart.
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ENCOM, CREATOR OF TRON, TO MAKE MAJOR NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO ON APRIL 2ND
WHAT: Newly-minted Encom Executive Consultant Alan Bradley will introduce the latest addition to the Encom International product library.
WHERE: Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market Street [at The Embarcadero]
San Francisco, CA 94101
WHEN: Friday, April 2nd – 8:00pm/PST
Newly-minted Executive Consultant Alan Bradley will introduce the latest addition to the Encom International product library on April 2 in San Francisco.
Software giant Encom ushered in the digital age with an unrivaled library of gaming titles, including \”Space Paranoids\” and \”Tron\”. Now, Encom International circles the globe with advanced software systems that include communications, sports, entertainment, navigation, agricultural, health care, construction, weather, military and governmental applications on every continent.
Bradley began his career with Encom as a security systems engineer and rose through the ranks to be named CEO in the early 1990s. When he exited the executive suite, he took on a far greater role. His visionary research turned Encom into the industry leader in sustainable production and distribution methods — methods which are now the best practices for technology companies around the world. \”Whether the challenge is to establish communications in a national disaster, or keep kids engaged as they battle Recognizers, I love what I do. Encom will always be my home. \”
CEO Kurt Hardington sums it up this way: \”Alan\’s new title and role reflect his unique position as part of the Encom story. He keeps us grounded, yet he\’s the first to move forward when technology takes us in a new direction. That\’s why he\’s perfect to present our newest product – it\’s where we\’ve come from and where we\’re going.\”
Alan Bradley will take the stage at 8pm in Justin Herman Plaza on April 2 to unveil the next generation in Encom innovation.
About Alan Bradley:
Alan Bradley began his career as a computer programmer for Encom International back in 1979. He quickly rose through the ranks and forged a brilliant collaboration with legendary video game designer Kevin Flynn (TRON, Space Paranoids). After Flynn\’s mysterious disappearance in 1989, Bradley took over as CEO of Encom for a brief stint. He then transitioned into his current role as an advocate for corporate environmental responsibility, and was recently named Executive Consultant at Encom. Mr. Bradley recently sat down for an interview with IGN\’s Editor-in-Chief, Eric Moro – watch the video here.