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See Neverland Like Never Before in The Art of Pan

The Art of Pan (Insight Editions / $45.00 / September 2015) provides a visually rich, behind-the-scenes look at this thrilling new take on the timeless story of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

This beautifully illustrated book will grant a comprehensive inside tour of director Joe Wright’s Pan. Featuring a dazzling selection of never-before-seen concept illustrations, sketches, storyboards, and other preproduction materials, The Art of Pan reveals how Wright and his artistic teams have reimagined the classic characters and world. Insightful interviews with the director and key members of the cast and crew, including Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, and Amanda Seyfried, with additional commentary included from Adeel Akhtar and Levi Miller, make this book a must-have for anyone who has ever longed to revisit this world with Peter Pan as their guide. The Art of Pan was developed under license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes, Pan, a live-action Peter Pan feature directed by Joe Wright (Atonement,Pride & Prejudice). Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis) as Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables) as Mary.

Wright directed Pan from a screenplay written by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Paul Webster producted the film, with Tim Lewis serving as executive producer. Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Pan is set for a worldwide release in 3D and 2D and IMAX® on October 9, 2015.

Christopher Grove is a Los Angeles–based journalist whose articles about the art and technology of filmmaking have appeared in VarietyThe Hollywood Reporter, and The L.A. Business Journal. In addition, he penned a monthly column about the changing world of visual effects for Animation Magazine.

British director Joe Wright is best known for directing award-winning and highly acclaimed dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), the action thriller Hanna (2011), and the 2012 adaptation of the classic Anna KareninaPan is his first action drama targeting a family audience.

Born in Roseau, MN, Garrett Hedlund moved to Los Angeles right after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career. One month later, he landed the role of Achilles’ cousin Patroclus in the movie Troy (2004) opposite Brad Pitt. His other major film credits include Friday Night Lights (2004), Four Brothers (2005), Eragon(2006), Georgia Rule (2007), TRON: Legacy (2010), Country Strong (2010), On the Road (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Unbroken (2014). In addition to starring as Hook in the 2015 release Pan, he will appear in the movies Mojave, War on Everyone, and the yet-untitled TRON: Legacy sequel.

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How is everyone this morning?  A little hungover from St. Patty’s day or the pre-C2E2 partying?  Well, I am, so we’ll make this intro short and too the point…. enjoy.

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Review – Tron: Legacy

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Tron LegacyIt’s been months of anticipation leading up to my viewing last night of Tron: Legacy.  I decided to opt for the late showing in 3D fully expecting a pack theater and probably immature and rowdy crowd.  Instead, I had a subdued viewing audience and a theater that was mostly empty.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski and written by numerous folks the movie picks up 20 years after the original cult hit.  It’s updated for a digital age, but at the same time doesn’t quite blow our minds with the possible, instead reveling on how integrated offline and online society has become.  The movie hopes to be philosophical like the Matrix about the mixing of digital and physical but instead is a cheap knock-off of Star Wars.

Jeff Bridges picks up his role of Kevin Flynn and digital alter-ego of Clu using some technology in an attempt to de-age the actor.  At times it works, but even Kosinkski says the scenes with the digitally enhanced Bridges were hit and miss.  Garrett Hedlund plays Bridge’s son Sam who’s be adrift since his father’s disappearance and accidentally winds up in the same digital world.  He’s not bad giving a head strong and at time skeptical performance but nothing blows me away.  Olivia Wilde rounds up the main three characters and she plays a clueless program quite well.  But lets be realistic she could stand on screen and do nothing and I’d be fine with her (so, so sexy).

In the second tier of characters, there’s few and far between but the great Michael Sheen is drastically underused and is given a pithy part instead of being the over the top showman he should have been.

The 3D was understated and really enhanced the film.  Wasn’t it vital, but it added some depth (no I don’t mean it in a pun sort of way).  Scenes were deeper but there wasn’t over the top “objects flying at you moments.”  It’s used well, but not a main draw.

Overall the movie was entertaining.  Not original at all and clearly an attempt to build a franchise for Disney, the movie is worth the $10, but soon after you’ll quickly forget what you watched.

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