Yes, we’re aware that we’ve been going pretty crazy with all the Back to the Future coverage here at /Film, but that’s because we’re all such genuine fans of the entire film franchise from director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale. That made Back to the Future Day last week a lot of fun to experience, but there was so much going on that it was difficult to keep up with all the festivities, promotions and celebrations.
That’s why we rounded up another slew of stories to check out on Back to the Future Day this past Wednesday, and that’s why we’re delivering this final Back to the Future Bits round-up full of facts, news, goods and celebrations you might have missed in all the commotion that happened on October 21st, 2015.
The final installment of Back to the Future Bits includes these stories:
- Huge sales for USA Today‘s Back to the Future Part II issue
- Back to the Future was the highest grossing film in theaters on October 21st
- An awesome Halloween costume with a hovering Marty McFly
- Brick Forge has custom LEGO Back to the Future accessories that need to be Kickstarted
- Some folks at Stanford created a self-driving, electric DeLorean
- Tom Wilson talks about real bullies inspiring Biff Tannen
- Check out some Back to the Future cafes open in Japan
- A lost 1989 commercial for Mattel’s hoverboard
- CommitStrip explains why Doc and Marty didn’t arrive in 2015
- Experience Back to the Future Day on the Universal Pictures lot
- How the DeLorean was saved by the legacy of Back to the Future
- 11 secrets about the making of Back to the Future
- How many people celebrated Back to the Future Day on Facebook?
- Bob Gale reminisces about the making of Back to the Future
- A remake of Back to the Future still isn’t in the cards
- How Reagan-era economics impacted characters of Back to the Future
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It’s two days after Back to the Future Day, and there was so much excitement that we’re still catching up on some of the cool stories and goodies that came out of the woodwork for the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future as well as the iconic day in the future from Back to the Future Part II.
One such fun detail that came to the surface seems just as topical as the day in time itself as franchise writer Bob Gale revealed what many fans noticed upon revisiting Back to the Future Part II in our current political climate. The nightmarish alternate 1985 version of Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) was based on Donald Trump, long before he decided to run for President of the United States of America. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: If you weren’t able to pick up one of these commemorative USA Today issues at your local newsstand, gas station or wherever you buy newspapers, you can still get your hands on it. USA Today is selling the Back to the Future Part II edition of yesterday’s paper for $4.95 plus shipping and tax. Just head over to the newspaper’s online store and snag your copy now. Thanks to Collider for the heads up. Our original story from October 21st, 2015 follows.
We’re not sure if you know this, but we happen to be pretty big fans of Back to the Future here at /Film. Really. It’s okay if you didn’t pick up on that. So today is a special day, a day that will enthrall the initiated and make everyone else grow steadily numb until they quietly curse Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It is October 21, 2015, aka, the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the future during the opening moments of Back to the Future Part II. But surely you already knew this. You’re on the internet, after all.
However, it’s not just the fans celebrating this 30-years-in-the-making day. USA Today is joining in the fun by recreating the futuristic front page that plays a key role in the film. What was once a prop, a cute little piece of product placement, is now something that you can actually own.
Check out the Back to the Future newspaper for yourself after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
While we were busy whining on Twitter about the sad lack of hoverboards and flying cars in the real 2015, Tinker Hatfield was hard at work making sure at least one of Back to the Future Part II‘s predictions came true. The shoe designer promised last year that self-tying Nike Mags would become a reality in 2015, and as of today — Back to the Future Day, in case you some how hadn’t heard — he’s made good on his word.
See Michael J. Fox with the very first pair of Back to the Future sneakers with self tying laces after the jump. Or, if your tastes run a little more retro, find out where you can get 1985 Nike Bruins like the ones Marty McFly sports before he upgrades to the Mags.
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: After the jump you can now watch Michael J. Fox try on Nike’s self-lacing sneakers for the first time, and then later in the day, demonstrate them on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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Yesterday, one of the cool releases that Back to the Future fans were desperate to get their hands on (in addition to Mondo’s new vinyl set of the entire trilogy soundtrack and a bunch of other goodies) was a bottle of Pepsi Perfect. As announced earlier this month, Pepsi was releasing only 6,500 of the bottles for the entire continental United States. And some of those were given away at New York Comic-Con previously, so it was always going to be a mad rush to get them.
However, when the time came for fans to actually pick up a Pepsi perfect for $20.15 on Amazon (or $19.85 on Wal-Mart.com), it was even more difficult to get than initially believed, causing quite the outrage on social media. But since Pepsi is a merciful soda pop overlord, they’re giving fans another chance to get one, and it sounds like it’s going to be much easier this time to get a Back to the Future Pepsi Perfect. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Jimmy Kimmel may have had the best Back to the Future Day of any of us. Because his, you see, ended with an actual visit from Marty McFly and Doc Brown. The pair dropped by the Brooklyn stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in their DeLorean last night, and Jimmy got to be the one to break all the bad news about 2015 to them: no, we don’t have flying cards, hoverboards, or peace in the Middle East, and Johnny Carson has long since passed away.
On the bright side, though, we do have smartphones, selfies, and cronuts. And real Nike Mag shoes with power laces, as demonstrated by one Michael J. Fox (“Teen Wolf!” Marty exclaims excitedly). See the Back to the Future Jimmy Kimmel show after the jump. Read More »
Sick of Back to the Future yet? I hope not, but Back to the Future Day, which celebrated the date Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) traveled 30 years into the future at the end of the first film, is now over. It’s a well known fact it was originally going to be Eric Stoltz (Mask) going on adventures with Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), but the actor was recast four weeks into the shoot. After all these years, we might finally see his performance. Learn more after the jump.
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The celebration that was Back to the Future Day has come and gone, and after all the love and nostalgia that came out for the time traveling franchise yesterday, it’s only fair to follow it up with some lighthearted jabs by way of an Honest Trailer for the entire trilogy.
The first Back to the Future is a perfect movie, so Honest Trailers doesn’t really have much to nitpick on the filmmaking side of things. Instead, they turn their focus on how the sequels are just a repeat of the same formula and point out some of the uncomfortable racism that exists in the past, not to mention the incestuous plot point between Marty McFly and his mom. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Everyone is talking about Back to the Future today, and it’s no surprise. Yes, today is October 21st, 2015, the exact date in the future that Doc Brown took Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. I have a collection of announcements, news, videos, and art that are just too good to go to waste, so I present to you the second-ever edition of Back to the Future Bits. Here is what you can find in today’s edition of the Hill Valley Telegraph:
- Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as Doc Brown to send us a message on BTTF day.
- Bob Gale shows off and tells the story behind iconic props from the franchise.
- Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunite to help launch a new Toyota car featuring Part II tech.
- FringeFocus’s awesome “From the Desk of Doc Brown” print.
- Pepsi Perfect sells out and angers many fans.
- Back to the Future beer announced.
- Toyota releases a new edition of Marty McFly’s dream truck.
- Lyft launches DeLorean rides on BTTF Day.
- See a beautiful new Back to the Future painting by artist Paul Shipper.
- Bob Gale and Michael Klastorin reveal the story behind the making of Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History.
- The first issue of the Back to the Future comic book has already gone into a second printing with a special new BTTF Day cover.
- A Back to the Future filming location music video.
- Stars Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd play “Save or Kill”.
- How Back to the Future 2 Should Have Started.
- Watch a teaser trailer for the upcoming BTTF porn parody Fap to the Future. Or don’t.
- Bottleneck Gallery releases hoverboard pins.
All that and more. Hit the jump to hit 88 miles per hour to see some “serious shit.”
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Hopefully many of you will be taking a trip back in time and to the future with celebratory screenings of Back to the Future. Whether it’s just Back to the Future Part II or the whole damn trilogy, Back to the Future Day is the perfect time to relive Robert Zemeckis’ classic sci-fi adventure. And now that we’re officially in the future, why not dress in style?
No, we’re not saying you need to wear your pockets inside out, double up on neckties, or get bionic implants (though the latter could be awesome). Instead, why not have your feet do some time traveling with Rock ‘Em Apparel‘s new Back to the Future socks collection? The way I see it, if you’re gonna wear socks, you might as well have some fun with them. Read More »