Back to the Future Part II - Great Showdown

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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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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Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History

The holy grail for most movie geeks is J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars and Indiana Jones books, which offer in-depth looks at the making of some of the greatest films of all time. But it’s rare for films to get this kind of treatment, which is why it’s so great to see that Michael Klastorin‘s Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History does just that.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, this book will blow you away. I’m a hardcore obsessive who thought I knew and saw everything having to do with the film, but almost every other page of this book had a quote or an image that I had never seen before. To help promote the book’s release this week, I thought I’d take a look at the 11 coolest things I found in this book. Hit the jump to go 88mph and see some never-before-seen photos from behind the scenes of Back to the Future. And by the way, you can order the book now on Amazon.
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On /Film, we have Superhero Bits daily, Star Wars Bits and Sequel Bits a few times a week, and occasionally we’ll run a TV Bits. Today we add a new one to the line, Back to the Future Bits. No, don’t expect to see this round-up as a regular column, but with Back to the Future Day coming up next week (remember Marty and Doc arrived on October 21st, 2015) there are just too many news stories, announcements, and fun tidbits not to share with you. So today I present to you the first (and possibly only) edition of Back to the Future Bits. Here is what you can expect:

  • Writer/producer Bob Gale answers fan questions.
  • We get an update on Back to the Future: The Musical.
  • Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox tease a big announcement from Toyota coming on October 21st 2015.
  • Find out where you can get a Back to the Future Day t-shirt.
  • Claudia Wells reprises her role as Jennifer Parker for a Back to the Future short film showing what happened the night of October 26th 1985.
  • Find out how to recreate the Flux Capacitor cheaply with everyday materials.
  • Back to the Future series director Robert Zemeckis admits the movie wouldn’t have been made today.
  • Bob Gale talks about what he got right and wrong about his Back to the Future Part II predictions, including the Cubs going to the 2015 World Series.
  • Listen/watch a rocking remix of Back to the Future by Eclectic Method.
  • And the header image is of a Back to the Future DeLorean time machine golf cart created for The Red Deer College 30th Annual Golf Classic.

All that and more, in Back to the Future bits. Hit the jump to 88 miles an hour to see some serious shit.

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mondo back to the future vinyl

Mondo is announcing a beautiful 6-LP vinyl box set for the Back to the Future trilogy, in addition to individual album releases. The vinyls feature fully restored music from original master recordings under the supervision of composer Alan Silvestri, never-before-released tracks from the sequels, exclusive liner notes contributed by series screenwriter Bob Gale, and incredible artwork by DKNG Studios and Matt Taylor. The box set and individual vinyls will both go on sale on Back to the Future Day, October 21st 2015. Find out a lot more information about the Mondo Back to the Future vinyl set and see some images of the fantastic art, after the jump.

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AMC Theatres Back to the Future

As we heard previously, AMC Theatres was hosting a marathon of the Back to the Future trilogy at a bunch of their cineplex locations, but we hadn’t yet heard any details about times or ticketing. Thankfully that changes today as we’ve just confirmed what time the trilogy will start playing on October 21st (which has been dubbed Back to the Future Day), and how much it’s going to cost you to attend the AMC Theatres Back to the Future marathon. Read More »

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Back to the Future Day

There’s a whole Back to the Future day coming up next month, on October 21st, 2015. As fans of the time traveling franchise will tell you, that’s an important date in the movies as it’s the exact day and year that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to in the future in Back to the Future Part II.

Soon that date will no longer be in the future, and fans will celebrate our arrival on this date in the real world with a whole slew of Back to the Future celebrations and memorabilia. There’s going to be a lot happening on October 21st, 2015, and Back to the Future writer Bob Gale has a guide to a bunch of Back to the Future day events to attend and items to get your hands on. Read More »

Back in Time trailer

Doc Brown doesn’t drive a f*cking Mustang.” That’s just one of the great tidbits that comes to light in Back in Time, a new documentary that takes a nostalgic look at the classic time travel adventure Back to the Future.

With almost all the talking heads you could ever want, this documentary chronicles the inception of Back to the Future, from writer Bob Gale‘s thoughts of what it would be like if he went to high school with his father, talks about how the iconic DeLorean time machine came to be (and was almost a refrigerator or a Ford Mustang), and looks at the enduring legacy of the film franchise.

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Back to the Future props

Getting ahold of authentic movie props is no easy feat, though it’s infinitely easier to get your hands on items from your favorite movie sets if you’ve got a truckload of extra cash lying around. Or in this case, if you’re the writer of a certain iconic movie franchise.

Writer Bob Gale is responsible for scripting and producing Robert Zemeckis‘ iconic time traveling trilogy Back to the Future, so it should come as no surprise that he has some of the most coveted props from the series of films starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Trust me when I say that he has the key Back to the Future props that you would want, or at least the ones that will fit on your shelf. Read More »