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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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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BTTF Kimmel reunion

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 »

Eric Stoltz Back to the Future footage

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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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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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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Back to the Future Part III set video

Yesterday brought a lot of fun updates for fans of Back to the Future, from the forthcoming arrival of Pepsi Perfect (in a very limited supply) to a trailer for Jaws 19 to the arrival of skateboards modeled after the iconic hoverboards from the film, just as the word for the floating device has been recognized by the dictionary.

And now we bring some unique footage from a Back to the Future Part III set video, shot by someone who just happened to live next door to the house that was used as the McFly residence. She’s a peeping tom! It’s nothing too revealing, but it gives you a good idea of the vibe on a film set, which usually requires a lot of standing around. Read More »

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 »

Back in Time trailer

Robert Zemeckis has never talked much about recasting Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future. The actor was completely wrong for the movie, and after a few weeks of shooting, Zemeckis decided to recast the role. To see the director of this weekend’s The Walk discuss the casting change, check out the video after the jump.

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