Back to the Future

Robert Zemeckis‘ classic 1985 film Back to the Future is almost 30 years old. That is, the same amount of time that passed in the time travel period in the movie, from 1955 to 1985. To make the jump believable, makeup was used to add thirty years to actors like Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas Wilson as they played their characters in 1985.

Now, since nearly thirty actual years have passed since the film’s release, we can finally see how well the makeup department did. Do Thompson, Glover and Wilson look younger or older in reality than their fictional older versions in the film? Check out the photo below. Read More »

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VOTD: ‘Back to the Future’ Screen Tests

/Film reader Ed C pointed me towards a couple videos which contains the original screen tests for Back to the Future. In this rare low resolution video test you can see Lea Thompson (Loraine Baines McFly), Crispin Glover (George McFly) and Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen) try out lines and improv with an unknown Marty McFly stand-in. In a sequence filled with improv, George tries to get Marty to convince his mother to try out for a game show. The two videos add up to be over 18-minutes in total and can be watched now after the jump.

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Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer #2

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MGM has released a second green band movie trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, a new sci-fi comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase. The film follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives:

“Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!”

Directed by Steve Pink, the director of Accepted and screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. I love the concept, I like the cast, and I even digg the screenwriter, but something about these trailers just isn’t doing it for me. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Hot Tub Time Machine

There were a couple of big questions raised by the first trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine. Not “how do these guys get back in time?” (Duh. They use a hot tub time machine.) More important stuff like: “is Clark Duke really meant to be the same age as John Cusack?” And does one of the guys get it on with Gregg’s character’s mom? Serious, deep questions. We need answers.

The new red-band trailer for the film addresses some of those burning issues. It also has naked people, so mark this one NSFW. Then watch it, after the break. Read More »

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer

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MGM has released the official movie trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, a new sci-fi comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase. The film follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement.

“After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!”

Directed by Steve Pink, the director of Accepted and screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. This trailer will be attached to prints of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. But you can watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Alice in Wonderland Movie Trailer #3

Alice in Wonderland

Disney has released a third trailer for Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, which is scheduled to be projected in 3D in front of prints of James Cameron’s Avatar. The trailer gives us a glimpse at some of the characters that have been, until now, kept in the background or off screen. There are so many wonderful visuals in this trailer, that I’ve compiled a collection of 40 screenshots so that you can see everything (click here to see the gallery). Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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9 Movie Trailer

9 is a computer animated film produced by Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch), directed by former WETA Digital artist Shane Acker, and featuring the music of Danny Elfman. Based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short (watch it on YouTube), 9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. The official plot synopsis follows:

“When 9 (Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.”

The group includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior. I like Acker’s unique art style which could be described as a darker/post apocalyptic version of what Tim Burton use to do, with a touch of LittleBigPlanet. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. 9 hits theaters on 9.9.09.

Crispin Glover in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

If I were to create a list of five people that should be in Tim Burton‘s 3D adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Crispin Glover would probably top the list. So it comes as no surprise that Burton has cast Glover to play the Knave of Hearts.

In the original Lewis Carroll book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Knave of Hearts is put on trial for robbery after he supposedly stole the Queen of Harts’ tarts “and took them quite away”. Alice eventually defends him after the evidence becomes more and more absurd.

This will be the second time that Glover uses Performance-capture technology in a big screen role, as he played Grendel in Robert Zemeckis’ 2007 film Beowulf. Clover joins Mia Wasikowska (Alice), Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee/Tweedledum), Anne Hathaway (The White Queen) and Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen).

source: THR

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