a million ways to die in the west doc brown

Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West has fun with lots of Western archetypes: the humble farmer, the gun-toting outlaw, the hooker with the heart of gold… the time-traveling mad scientist? Yes, Back to the Future‘s Doc Brown makes a cameo in the new comedy, as you’ll see after the jump.

And of course, MacFarlane isn’t the only one eager to pay homage to the classic trilogy. Elsewhere, Gillian Jacobs spills the details on the Community-Back to the Future crossover that never was. Hit the jump to get the details and watch Doc Brown’s A Million Ways to Die in the West appearance.

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Million Ways To Die In The West

Seth MacFarlane might be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but he’s still a nerd at heart. His works are filled with pop culture references and his latest movie is supposedly no different. While the trailers for A Million Ways To Die In the West haven’t shown many of those trademark MacFarlane references, a new trailer reportedly reveals a major cameo.

Even though this will likely be revealed in the latest trailer (currently seen in theaters with Neighbors), I still consider this a spoiler so proceed with caution. Read More »

Real Back to the Future II Hoverboard

Is the hoverboard now real? Well, no.

A company called HUVr claims to have made one, however. Its website says “Our team consists of materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who’ve solved an important part of one of science’s mysteries: the key to antigravity.” And, let’s face it, when someone comes up with the key to antigravity the first thing they’ll do with it will probably not be to create a working version of the hoverboard from Back to the Future II.

So what is this company really doing? Spending a lot of cash, for one, as they’ve put together an expensive “commercial” that claims to be for a working hoverboard. They recruited Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, and others to pitch it. Watch below.

Update: Looks like this was probably the product of Funny or Die. A cached version of one crew member’s resume lists a November 2013 shoot for a FoD piece featuring this concept and talent.

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Back to the Future

Briefly: Marty and Doc are spending time together again. The core cast of Back to the Future is going to reunite, but not in a film. The Michael J. Fox Show has booked Christopher Lloyd to appear in an episode as “the eccentric principal at the high school where Annie (Betsy Brandt) teaches and will go toe-to-toe with Mike (Michael J. Fox).” In other words, he’s playing the James Tolkan role.

Sadly, this isn’t meant to be an ongoing thing; the guest appearance is currently only scheduled to be a one-off, in spring 2014. The episode is shooting this week.

More details emerge on that Boy Meets World sequel, and you may be surprised to learn what Cory’s up to these days. Also after the jump:

  • Christopher Lloyd brings his DeLorean to Raising Hope
  • SpongeBob gets stop-motioned for a holiday special
  • See the sexy first trailer for Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons
  • James Cameron is producing a climate-change doc
  • Diablo Cody sells a Millenial/GenX comedy to ABC
  • Elementary lands the plum post-Super Bowl slot
  • Luther is getting a third season with four episodes
  • 24‘s Jack and Renee will reunite on Fox’s Touch
  • Fringe sets an early 2013 date for its series finale

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Bloodthirsty fish, show-offy zebras, superpowered brothers, and overgrown manchildren run wild in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Josh Trank still not sure on Chronicle 2
  • Similarly, Joss Whedon undecided on Avengers 2
  • More Grown Ups 2 shooting news in New England
  • MIB3‘s viral campaign concludes with a final video
  • Chris Rock rocks out in a new Madagascar 3 clip
  • The Hoff features prominently in clips from Piranha 3DD
  • Chris Hemsworth spills about Thor and Loki’s relationship

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Lots of good news on the TV front broke over the weekend so, after the jump, read about the following:

  • Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange are coming back for American Horror Story season 2 along with Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.
  • Creator Ryan Murphy offers hints about the show’s return and a surprising twist with the casting.
  • Check out the teaser art for the second season of AMC’s The Killing.
  • A new trailer for Game of Thrones season two has been released.
  • Animated promos for NBC’s Community come online this week
  • Well-known actors like Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, Mira Sorvino and many others are heading to TV.

I think it’s fair to say that we at /Film have been pretty thorough in our coverage of Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful, reporting on every last Bruce Campbell cameo and black-and-white prologue. But in our excitement over that film, we’ve apparently overlooked another, unrelated project that also takes inspiration from L. Frank Baum‘s much-loved fantasy world.

Titled Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, Leigh Scott‘s low-budget sorta-sequel stars Paulie Rojas as successful NYC-based children’s author Dorothy Gale, who learns that her Oz adventures weren’t imagined, but real. Christopher Lloyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, and Billy Boyd also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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