Today, October 25, is the day it all began. This morning 25 years ago, Marty McFly snuck into Dr. Emmett Brown’s lab and blew out the speakers at the start of Back to the Future. To celebrate the occasion, the film is screening at several AMC Theaters this evening, the trilogy comes out on Blu-ray Tuesday and several featurettes focusing on the upcoming Back to the Future game have appeared online. The first one includes brand new concept art, rough game footage and explains the story of the game, which starts six months after the end of Back to the Future Part III. The second video focuses on the man who was hired to play Marty McFly in the game: A.J. LoCascio and the third video about “building the game” goes into more detail about story with even more concept art including Young Doc Brown. You can see the videos, plus an awesome new piece of Back to the Future art, after the jump. Read More »
Twenty five years after the release of Back to the Future, co-stars Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson hang out for their Entertainment Weekly photo-shoot with the DeLorean time machine, and discuss their memories of shooting the film. Thompson even tears up when Fox praises her performance in the bedroom sequence. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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Next week, Spike TV will broadcast Scream 2010, an award show that honors “the best in sci-fi, fantasy, comics and horror.” In addition to the world premiere of footage from Scream 4, Paranormal Activity 2 and The Rite, the show will feature a 25th anniversary reunion of actors from Back to The Future. To promote this momentous occasion, they’ve released a video of Michael J. Fox re-imagining a famous teaser trailer released for the 1985 film. The event itself, which shoots on Oct. 16 but airs Oct. 19 at 9 p.m., will feature Fox, Lea Thompson and Elizabeth Shue but the tags on the below video also list Christopher Lloyd, so consider his involvement a rumor. Click below to see the new video, the original video, and read more about both Scream 2010 and the Back to the Future 25th anniversary. Read More »
One of the best known bits of trivia about Back to the Future is that Eric Stoltz not only almost played Marty McFly, but he actually filmed four weeks of the film as Marty before director Robert Zemeckis decided that he had been miscast. Footage of Stoltz has been under lock and key, never to be released to the public… until now.
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Most people know comedian Tom Wilson as the guy who played Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy, which probably explains why he is consistently questioned about his experience on the films wherever he goes. Wilson decided to turn the answers into a song as part of his comedy act, so that it might save him time next time you catch him walking down the street and get the urge to ask him about Michael J Fox.
The video was recorded at one of Wilson’s gigs a few years back, but we’re reaching into the archives as this is a slow week for content. Watch the video now, after the jump. You can read more about Tom and his upcoming appearances on TomWilsonUSA.com.
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The Pitch: The Summer of Tears sketch comedy troupe invade the classic 1980’s Michael J Fox high school sports werewolf comedy Teen Wolf.
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Robert Zemeckis has signed a bunch of new stars for his upcoming performance capture digital 3-D adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Robert Zemeckis revealed in the official Beowulf podcast that Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman have officially joined the cast. Robin Wright Penn also announced that she will also be involved in the project.
Hoskins, who will play Mr. Fezziwig, inadvertently and prematurely announced his involvement in the project before Zemeckis had made an official announcement, which I think pissed off some higher ups. And when the project was announced the studio denied that any deal had yet been made with him. But this is the first official confirmation of his involvement.
What we already know: Zemeckis wrote the script specifically for Jim Carrey, who stars as four different characters: Ebenezer Scrooge (at various different ages), the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Tom Hanks (Bob Cratchit), Christopher Lloyd (Marley’s Ghost) and Michael J. Fox (Tiny Tim) are also rumored to be involved in the film, but have yet to be officially confirmed.
And before you ask, I’m not sure if the teaser movie poster to the upper right is legit or fan made. The art makes me believe it’s legit, the lettering makes me think it might be a fan creation.
While I see the potential of performance capture technology, and admire Zemeckis for pioneering the new form of filmmaking, I’m still not sold on the result thus far. The animation feels stiff, the people look like zombies, and the action looks like a highly rendered video game cut scene. And while I loved Beowulf for the 3D, I totally don’t understand why someone would create a character (Angelina Jolie for instance) who looks exactly like the real actor. Doesn’t that negate most of the benefits of the technology?
In Beowulf, I found Ray Winstone and Chrispin Glover’s (who played Grendal) performances to be the most interesting. Maybe because the animators didn’t have to concern themselves with making the animated characters look and move exactly like the performance captured actors. After all, animation is all about exaggeration of movements, and that’s why it works.
Anyway, my point is that the performance capture technology has yet to deliver a product that couldn’t have been made faster, cheaper and better looking using traditional film methods.Â I think something like James Cameron’s Avatar might accomplish this feat. And while I like the gimmick of Jim Carrey playing four characters, one of the characters at different ages (taking full advantage of the technology), the rest of the book is mostly talking and walking. And while I’ll anxiously await anything Zemeckis will ever create, I just wish he would pick some more visual and cinematic stories for this new format.
A Christmas Carol will hit theaters on November 6th, 2009.