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ACK!!! What Is Happening At 10am having to do with the new TRON film in Austin & 24 other Globally Cool Spots?

Hey folks, Harry here -- I'm done with my Olympic following for the night... Watching that Korean skater perform to John Barry's Bond themework - well, that was the simple perfection I needed on which to call it a night. Besides, I have to set my alarm to get up in a few hours to see what the fuck is going on HERE in Austin - and 24 other cities you see noted beneath that damn confusing binary symbol thingamagig. Well, I'm told that it reaches zero at 10am Central time. And that the city name of AUSTIN appears along with 24 other cities all of whom have the capacity to screen 3D IMAX... and because IMAX's twitter retweeted a link to the countdown page... is this going to be an AVATAR like IMAXian presentation for the hardcore TRON geeks? Will I be donning my TRON shoes at dawn to launch into gear to beat ass somewhere - or will this just be a ticket registration? Well, if you've nothing better to do, just stare at the countdown... I bet you won't even have to refresh. All of a sudden, LASERS will dart out of your laptop chopping you up into a grid... sucking us into Disney's mainframe. You see, they've decided that artificial intelligent extras animated in some program are out of date. However, if they throw us onto the gamegrid... We'll realistically not know what the fuck we're doing, thus being awesome fodder for the cool badass characters they'll be feeding us to. But man, I've been waiting for decades to get on the game grid and when the computer digitizes my essence... I'll de-res first! I'll beat you all!!!

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  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST


    by thinboyslim.

    BAFTA rundown please

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by LordAcoustic

    I wondering if they've made the entry into the grid compatible with a mac...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST

    10 am Central is what in UK?

    by ilander66

    no matter. no where near london but still could be a cool thing.....or a lame thing. who's going to be able to get out to an IMAX in the middle of the day to watch some preview. Just the jobless who spend too much time on the net.......oh hang about targetting your dempgraphic...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

    noooo more coffee harry.

    by mojination

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    FLYNN'S ARCADE chain finally happening?


    Man, I remember when Chuck-E-Cheese used to be a dark, hard core place where you could play the latest cool videogames with Cheap Trick, Devo or Journey blasting away.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST



    so maybe Chuck-E was hard core for a 7 year old.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    we dont have chucky Cheeses

    by emeraldboy

    in Europe.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    nor do we have..

    by emeraldboy

    big boys restaurant chains. I remember big boys fudge cake. mmm...fudgeulicious.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    hes back in reality at the end of the first one aint he??

    by Ashs_Right_Hand

    soo what did he disappear in between movies

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    10AM Central is 4AM in UK

    by MrInsidious


  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Miami not good enough?

    by girugamesh

    For some TRON loving? Raleigh, Pheonix, Nashville make the cut?? Jebus!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by originalmemflix

    Who structured the grammar having to do with that headline on this website!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    4 am..

    by emeraldboy

    that is the time that people working in celtic tiger ireland got up at to spend the 5 hours in a traffic jam in kildare on thier way to work. they clocked off at 5pm to spend the next 4 in a traffic jam in kildare on thier way home.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    4pm in the UK.

    by Gabba-UK

    IMAX presentation of the new trailer is my bet.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by John Maddening

    My office is two blocks away from one of those fake AMC "Imax" auditoriums, so I might "have an offsite meeting".

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST


    by Anesthesia_man

    Miami must not have a 3D IMAX. That's why your city isn't on the list.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Isn't it a preview with Alice in Wonderland??

    by orcus

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Probably right

    by Anesthesia_man

    It probably is a 3D preview out with Alice.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by girugamesh

    Re: IMAX 3D theaters.. We have 2 in Miami, 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, 1 in Palm beach.. But Nashville? NASHVILLE???? Nice move Disney..

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by Anesthesia_man

    knock another city just because it isn't your city.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    Fucking scroll down already. Fucking link says whats gonna happen.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    That. Was. Stupid.

    by Unscripted

    They'll have to do better than that.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Gentlemen, start your engines!

    by vic twenty

    Go find those gamers in the FLYNN Lives t-shirts! Wish I could join you!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Anesthesia_man

    That was the lamest viral marketing I think I have ever seen!The studio can't do better than that??

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Adobe acrobat?!

    by Dreamfasting

    Acrobat == virus vector *runs away from the promotion fast*

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Link doesn't work for me...

    by D.Vader

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    sigh gues sthey have not upgraded hardware since the 1st movie

    by Cajunsblues

    completely down i guess.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    only three cities from where I sit.

    by Fade_1977

    I guess more come on as the day progresses...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Here in Chicago....

    by spohlso

    ...Looks like I'm supposed to go to Union STation and finds some guy in a Tron Lives t-shirt and tell him 'Easter Egg.' I'm going under the assumption that he would give me a code I'm supposed to enter on the site. Problem is, I was at Union Station 2 hours ago. I'm at work now.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    3 cities from the list

    by waiden

    They hype up info on all these different cities and then just have information about a select 3? Lame.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    yeah pdf not d/ling...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...nevermind i'm in rural england, just wanted to have a look :-)

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by CHUDfucker

    So, after signing up and updating all profile info with the site, only Chicago, Orlando, and Paris are active? Is this going to be in waves?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    RALEIGH gets it but not Charlotte?

    by D.Vader

    Charlotte's the bigger city you jerks!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Nothing happen?

    by Xionsmith

    Did I miss something?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    ha, glad I got up early to see my city not active yet.

    by Kraken

    So what am I expected to do here? Click refresh all morning waiting for my city to pop up? That doesn't seem very organized to me. Sigh. But, I'll probably do it because I love Tron. Damn it Disney.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    In certain parts of Atlanta

    by TheSplinter

    People walk around wearing Tron shirts all the time. So- which geek are we supposed to stop and accost? Is this like the Joker promotion where people met up, put on make up, and had pictures made?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    My guess..

    by Xionsmith

    That once all the codes from all the cities are entered it will revel a new poster or perhaps a trailer.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    VERY ODD...

    by Mr.Stiggs

    If I click on the "Flynn Lives" icon from the site I get linked to the original page wich now has an update that reads "UPDATE - THE MEET UP IS TONIGHT. 9:30PM SHARP. AT THE CUL DE SAC NEAR 1st AND J STREETS.". There is a link to google maps which then gives the adress of the location. If you click on the address it changes the map to a nondescript suburban neighborhood in Hull, MA which is situated approximately 10 min. from my house. This is a very strange place to set up a viral marketing scheme as it is in the middle of nowhere.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Clarify my error

    by Mr.Stiggs

    I guess Google maps has the wrong info posted in the "Get directions" portion as the original map does include a "J St." which is in San Diego. My bad...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Well..the site is working..

    by Xionsmith

    because Chicago and Paris are check off.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    If anyone cares

    by Series7

    Tron is on HD Net next week...umm in HD.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    3 more cities opened up

    by LaneDobler

    Atlanta, Boston and Madrid. Still no Seattle though

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    This is going to take forever...

    by Xionsmith

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    So at this rate...

    by JackLucas

    All cities will be revealed by 6pm central tonight.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Ya..3 cities every hour looks like

    by Xionsmith

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    This could be a mass mugging.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    "Go to the bowling alley and into the alley in the back. Look for a guy in a dark hoodie with his pants on the ground. Tell him, 'Space Paranoids is out of order.' Bring at least l00 dollars for 'Tron' goodies."

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    And it looks like I was right...

    by Xionsmith

    Its all going to be for a new screen shot or poster...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Vintage Tron Cards!

    by JackLucas

    I have them.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by LaneDobler

    On the site, 3 thumbnail looking pictures have popped up to the right of the list of cities and if you click on the pictures they flip over to what looks like 3 pieces of a picture puzzle

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    who got atlanta?

    by TheJudger

    I called that bolwing alley up and they acted like i was nuts.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    The pictures...

    by JackLucas

    are the old vintage Tron cards from the first film. Much like old stickers, the backs will most likely reveal a large picture. You younguns won't know what I am talking about.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    The Tron Mainframe helped create Cameron's N'avi..they could sho

    by Vulcan_CSC_Rep

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by LaneDobler

    I didn't see your post until after I posted, my bad

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    There has GOT to be porn somewhere in that mainframe...

    by Vulcan_CSC_Rep

    New User: Hey my handlebar for my light cycle doesn't work. Every time I go use it -it just vibrates. Flynn:That's not a handlebar!!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Will old Flynn say thing like "You got Pwned!!!!"

    by Vulcan_CSC_Rep

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Flynn: My Light Cycle is bigger than yours!!!

    by Vulcan_CSC_Rep

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by nether

    This is a poster reveal?!? LAME.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Harry it's a bolwing alley man- send your peeps

    by TheJudger

    to all the alleys in your area and keep refreshing until the passcode comes up. I want to know what the prize is

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    bowling i mean

    by TheJudger

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Wonder if...

    by Xionsmith

    You get any swag for going to the locations?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    yes gthere is a prize

    by TheJudger

    one of the workers at one of locations told me so, but the atlanta guy is a prick for real. I called him up as soon as the atlanta one broke- his name is dan. and i told him find the guy in the flynn lives shirt and give him this code, and he told me there was no one in there wearing the shirt- and he totally knew there was because the managers of these bowling rinks are in on it. I'm about a half hour away. What a prick

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Detroit area has several IMAX screens.

    by Clavius

    Yet no love for The D on this promo....Fuckers.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by rastusog

    So, did anyone see the short track speed skater with a Tron speedo?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Movie Store in Austin

    by TheJudger

    4301 Guadalupe Street Austin, TX 78751-3678 Get Directions (512) 453-1237

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Hurry Harry- get it man

    by TheJudger

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    That is an inside job

    by hanswatson

    Isn't that the video store owned by one of Harry's relatives?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The prize is Bit!!!!!

    by TheJudger <P> Fucking cool!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Bit is not the prize...

    by JackLucas

    That is from last week. The folks now are getting a phone, a wallet with Tron cards in it, Flynn's Arcade tokens, codes and articles.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Damn you!


    Toronto, Vancouver kicks your trendy mother fuckin ass! :P

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Atlanta bowling alley

    by TheSplinter

    I was the second person to get there, dammit. The dude was playing a video game and looked at me. He then said, "the package has been deployed. Sorry." Then he went back to his game. So- what's worse than being a geek and chasing this viral campaign? Being the second geek who doesn't even get his package deployed. Dammit.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Wow. I mean, I'm a consumer whore, too,

    by frozen01

    but this is a tad ridiculous.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Very upset....

    by spohlso

    ....that "reindeer flotilla" was not a recognized code.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    rastusog, I think that is the Australian team

    by jim

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I feel your pain, Splinter

    by high fidelity

    I felt like an idiot being the only white kid in this Chinatown arcade, and when I found him, it was also too late. Part of me wants to try and race to the other New York location, but I think I'll just let others do the work.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by high fidelity

    And now I also know that the dude who won was standing on the street right next to me. I was wondering why he was rifling through his blue wallet so intensely. God damnit

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by dckilljoy

    The address was for a building that takes up an entire block and I had to go through and look in all of the attached stores. I was there withing six minutes and somebody found them before I did. Damn...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    WTF Madrid?

    by Rando Calrisian

    Get ON IT!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    They need to cancel Madrid...

    by JackLucas

    They've been up for three hours and NOTHING. Lazy bastards.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    this is gonna lead to the trailer

    by MonsterKilledThePilot

    it has to. Its way too early for a "Tron Day" a la Avatar. I bet this game will lead to the online release of the trailer. Probably a day before Alice in Wonderland premieres.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by kurtisaurus

    The Portland PDF just popped up with a Minneapolis address. WTF

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Portland's fixed now

    by kurtisaurus

    Ground Kontrol, I kinda figured they'd do it there.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    If you know what I mean.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    This had better be the trailer

    by TheSplinter

    All this work and expense for a poster? I think not. We need to see more than just The Dude looking down in his white silk pajamas and then a younger Dude in a suit playing the game. Let's get some real action and some sense of the movie. Please.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I can feel the 1990s LAUGHING HISTERICALLY at us

    by ricarleite2

    "What? You are solving internet puzzles on your netscape browser to see a 3D trailer of a TRON sequel? TRON? Is everyone in 2010 this retarded?"

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by Rando Calrisian

    I could have flown to Madrid by now.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by sgtcsgrove

    COME ON MADRID, I need phoenix to open!!!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    hahaha they just gave Spain a time limit

    by Series7

    Not getting a preimiere in Spain...Tron 2.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by StephenHawkingDiarrhea

    is screwing this for everyone too lazy to do anything but refresh their screen.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Looks like they just gave up on Madrid

    by spohlso

    It just says 'cancelled' now.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    by chucky609

    Has anybody figured out what this website contains?

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I think /derez lead to concept video

    by VanGoghX

    Pretty sure the /derez page lead to the Tron Legacy video at:

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Remove the space in /media/

    by VanGoghX

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    i won Philly

    by elziard

    check out the score:

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    by DewMan89

    Congrats elziard! That's pretty cool. The Salt Lake City location was too far away from my office so I couldn't duck out for a quick break and get there.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    thanks for sharing those pics man

    by TheJudger

    Very cool, and it looks like it went to a real fan.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    LAST 3

    by Foomas

    Hurry up!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by Foomas

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    2nd place in San Diego

    by popculturesymphony

    I raced to the Boomers Arcade in San Diego (with my 4 year old in tow!) and got there just after the guy who won. I guess he guessed it might be there and just hung out there most of the day! So, I took my son mini-golfing. Does anyone know if any of the latecomers were thrown a bone anywhere? I couldn't even get the tshirt guy to respond to me.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by high fidelity

    ..and there you go. The Tron version of Avatar day.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by Rando Calrisian

    At least they could do one in each of the cities they had listed here.

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Come On Sydney!

    by Rando Calrisian

    You can DO IT!

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Anyone else click on one of the spikes?

    by Lord Elric

    I did, and it sent me to a page where there's the list of cities playing...ermmmm...the preview I'm assuming? And on the top right a place to enter codes. Ummm....

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Either the Spaniards were on siesta...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    or the guy was ambushed by Gypsies, who took his prize... Que Sera...

  • Feb. 24, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Damn, who got Orlando? Fess up!

    by Lord Elric

    Foiled again!

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    so are these events just for the...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...trailer on saturday?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    There's a clue about the plot of "Legacy"

    by Ray Gamma

    The reference to cameras and recording devices as "THEY", might be a clue to the plot of this movie.

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by ominus

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    How did folks get these kits?

    by orcus

    They are soo cool. And has anyone put in any of the codes? In face what codes are there?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    face? fact

    by orcus

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Got my tix

    by BubbaScruggs

    Got tickets for the Toronto show this saturday at What the heck is going on?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Got tix for NY

    by Yellow_Like_A_Banana

    Maybe a preview of a 3D IMAX teaser trailer? or *fingers crossed* a 3D showing of the original movie?

  • Feb. 25, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Talked to the Toronto theatre...

    by batphantom

    It looks like it's just the trailer since the screen is only booked for 15 minutes. I was hoping against hope there was a 70MM print of TRON as well, or at least an advance screening of Alice, but 'twas not to be. Maybe there'll be some swag.

  • Feb. 26, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    trailer makes the most sense

    by BubbaScruggs

    The trailer alone probably isn't worth the subway fare but I'm going to go for the hope of getting some swag too.

  • Feb. 27, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Saw the trailer, got the t-shirt

    by BubbaScruggs

    trailer was cool, but really wasn't worth going out of my way to see. But I was happy to get a "Flynn Lives" t-shirt.