Tron: Legacy Sequel On The Way!

I’ve been saying that there would be a sequel to Tron: Legacy for the longest time–despite the fact that the Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel to 1979’s Tron was pretty uneven and didn’t actually make all that much money, relatively speaking.

It earned $400 million on a $170 million budget, which isn’t by any means a failure, but hardly Transformers money.  Then again, it must have been enough, because we’re getting a sequel!

Supposedly, the title is going to be Tron: Ascension, and while at the moment it remains hidden who’s going to be doing the ascending, I think it works much, much better than the title of the prior filming the series.

Though what I hope it brings back–besides Wendy Carlos–is the sense of innovation that the original film possessed.

And speaking of the original, it was a remarkable film in many ways, though like its sequel it had a storyline that was not nearly as interesting as its special effects.

Here’s to hoping that the third time around is the charm.

Tron 3 Shooting This Fall?

I’ll believe it when I see it.

Take this with a huge grain of salt, for two reasons.  First, the last I heard Joseph Kosinski was aiming to shoot Gran Turismo (a racing video game), which means that that if the sequel to Tron: Legacy is indeed shooting this fall, the likelihood that he would be helming the sequel is a bit unlikely (though the article does say he’s in “early negotiations,” in reference to Gran Turismo, whatever that means).

Then there’s the fact that there’s been no news on the Tron: Legacy sequel front for years now, and if production were gearing up, why has it taken so long for anyone to hear about it?  I understand that there are some massive movies coming out, such as The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and so on but that doesn’t explain how this has managed to sneak under the radar.

And I don’t mean to sound like a hater because I am a HUGE fan of Steven Lisberger’s Tron, and enjoyed the sequel, but I don’t want to get my hopes up till I hear something more concrete.

Though what I am slightly more concerned about is if Wendy Carlos will return to score the sequel.  Daft Punk’s music for Tron: Legacy was okay, but it lacked the gravitas, the impact, the joyousness, of Carlos’s music.

Ending TitlesTron (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jersey Boys Trailers 1 & 2

Here are the latest trailers from Clint Eastwood‘s film, Jersey Boys, purportedly the story of Frankie Valli (considering his original name was Francesco Stephen Castelluccio ‘Frankie Valli’ rolls off the tongue much, much easier) and The Four Seasons.  It’s not the type of movie I am typically drawn to, but if it happened to be on television I’d probably watch it, which I admit doesn’t exactly help the film’s box office.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You is probably my favorite song from the band, though My Eyes Adored You is pretty close.

‘Mummy Calls,’ To My Surprise, Is A Real Band

A large part of my enjoyment of Joel Schumacher‘s The Lost Boys came from the music it featured.  Schumacher always had an eye, or should I say an ear, for matching popular music to his productions, and The Lost Boys was no different.  The soundtrack contained some great songs by artists like Gerald McMann, Echo And The Bunnymen (terrible name, great band), Inxs and Jimmy Barnes, among others.

Though one of my favorite songs was Beauty Has Her Way, by Mummy Calls.  I had always assumed that they were a novelty act, created just for the movie, like The Monkees (who began life as a novelty band–essentially an Americanized version of The Beatles–that became real).

Though Mummy Calls were always the real deal.  They were active in the mid-Eighties, though they broke up after one album.

They’re also a bit glam, with some really huge hair and mullets, but the song is awesome.

‘Pacific Rim’ Effects Video

The visuals of this clip are provided by Mirada Studios, about the making of the prologue from Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.  Those effects are pretty impressive, though what seems to be lost amongst all that visual wizardry is the music behind the trailer, which is provided by Ramin Djawadi (pronounced Java-dee).

The track is called “Gipsy Danger,” and it’s on the ‘Pacific Rim’ soundtrack.

It’s an awesome piece of music.

A ‘Horse’s Mouth’ Worth Looking Into

The Horse’s MouthThe old proverb says “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” though Cy Curnin’s latest solo release “The Horses’s Mouth” is well worth closer inspection.

The album, produced by Curnin and Nick Jackson, is thematically more optimistic than 2012’s “Solar Minimum.”

Though I don’t imply that “The Horse’s Mouth” is the first time that I have praised Cy Curnin’s hypnotic vocals, since I have been a fan of his band, The Fixx, since I saw the video for “The Shuttered Room” in the 80’s.

Though this time Curnin is less nuanced about his feelings, trading metaphor for stating his feelings outright, and it’s an interesting change.

I tend to repeat “Karma Mama” (which at times feels similar to Nenah Cherry’s “Woman”), “The Good In You” (which has Jann Arden, of 1994’s “Living Under June” and 1997’s “Happy,” which was anything but, on backing vocals).

Though it’s not all goodness and light.  “Been There, Done That,” while not necessarily pessimistic, does hint at darker times, via the ennui implied by its repetitive spoken word refrain of “I’ve Been There, Done That.”

The Fixx’s song “Fatal Shore” was under consideration for the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and it seems that Curnin has a natural propensity for creating potential Bond themes, which “All Over” would be perfect for.

While different from his solo albums and work with The Fixx, “The Horses’s Mouth” is evocative of both, and well worth buying (Please do not steal this album.  This isn’t a release from a big conglomerate, but from Cy himself.)

NPR: The Austin 100 At SXSW

I am a huge music fan, though I have noticed that I tend to get somewhat set in my ways, which makes it hard for me to discover new music.  That’s why I am thankful for NPR offering the opportunity to download–FREE–100 mp3’s from artists that are headlining at this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

At the moment I am listening Tyagaraja with “We Will Meet Again,” and I have to say that I really like their country-flavored rock stylings.  In fact, it reminds me a bit of Patty Griffin.  The next track “Among The Grey” by Cheyenne Mize, reminds me of “The Breeders,” mixed with a dash of  “Romeo Void” at their most atmospheric and “Big Country” for the guitar bombast.