2016 Back to the Future Fan Celebration

UPDATE: The creators of this event have reached out to let us know that this event has been postponed until 2017. The even’ts spokesperson said:

“We want to make this event the best it can be in order to not taint the BTTF brand at all, and things were not coming together to make that possible, so we made the tough, but necessary, decision to postpone the event.”

Our original article from September 27, 2016 follows below.

Last year brought endless amounts of celebration revolving around Back to the Future. Not only did it mark the 30th anniversary of the original time travel film from director Robert Zemeckis, but it also marked the year in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled into the future in Back to the Future Part II. There were endless screenings, fan gatherings, and tons of new memorabilia released. But just because those milestones are passed us doesn’t mean fans are done celebrating.

The first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration is coming next month, and the festivities will be happening at a location that will be very familiar to fans of the time travel franchise: Twin Pines Mall. Get the details on the 2016 Back to the Future Fan Celebration after the jump. Read More »

Allied trailer

All relationships have secrets, but any problems you have with your significant other will surely pale in comparison to Brad Pitt‘s issues with Marion Cotillard in the new trailer for AlliedRobert Zemeckis‘ romantic thriller stars Pitt as Max, an intelligence officer who meets French resistance fighter Marianne (Cotillard) during World War II. They’re assigned to pose as a couple for a mission, but begin to fall in love for real. So far, so good; Allied sounds like a star-crossed romance set against the dramatic backdrop of war.

But when Max and Marianne return to London and start to build a home, a shocking revelation threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built. Max gets word that Marianne is under suspicion of working for the enemy, and finds himself tasked with killing the woman he’s come to love. Told you their problems were more serious than yours. Watch the Allied trailer below.

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Allied teaser trailer

Robert Zemeckis‘ last movie, The Walk, sank down and disappeared without a trace, but maybe his next one will have better luck staying afloat. It surely helps that Allied boasts the combined beauty and star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, who play spies in World War II. They’re assigned to work together as pretend husband and wife, but as invariably happens with these situations in the movies, they start to fall in love for real. Watch the first

Watch the first Allied teaser trailer below.

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Allied first look pic

We’re only three months away from seeing another Robert Zemeckis film. Allied has an Awards-friendly release date and stars Brad PittMarion Cotillard, Lizzy CaplanMatthew Goode, and Jared Harris. Making the WWII drama all the more promising, it’s also written by Steven Knight (Locke), whose new showTaboo, comes to FX next year.

Below, check out the full Allied first look.

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The Walk Visual Effects

Hot on the heels of a visual effects reel that showed how pretty much an entire city was created in post-production for Deadpool, the geniuses at the digital effects company Atomic Fiction have revealed another showcase of even more impressive work. This time a visual effects reel takes a look at how the company created the crux of Robert Zemeckis‘ vertigo-inducing true story The Walk.

See how the now-fallen Twin Towers of New York City (and basically the city itself as seen from on top of the buildings) were recreated pretty much entirely with visual effects so that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could appear to be suspended between them on a high wire.

Watch The Walk VFX breakdown after the jump. Read More »

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2

Director Robert Zemeckis has been considering a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 2 for years now. We’ve never heard much regarding the sequel, since the director usually remains tightlipped about the project, but every once in a while we get an update. This isn’t news on its current status, but instead a cool little piece of movie history.

In the late ’80s, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had a discussion with producer Steven Spielberg about possibly writing the sequel.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Book

Nearly 28 years after hitting theaters, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? remains an impressive marvel of motion picture as a groundbreaking mesh of live-action and animation in a way that nobody had ever really seen before. But did you know that the film was actually based on a book that was drastically different from what we see in the movie?

Robert Zemeckis‘ film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? was based on a 1981 novel called Who Censored Robert Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf (you can pick it up right here if you’re curious), and when you compare the movie to the book, you’ll see quite a number of changes, including a lack of Judge Doom and his weasels and the presence of a much more conniving Jessica Rabbit. A 13-minute video essay dives deep into the differences between the Who Framed Roger Rabbit book and movie, and you can watch it below. Read More »

WWII Film Release Date

Robert Zemeckis is coming off of one of the rare bombs in his career. The Walk, which cost a reported $35 million, has made under $40 million worldwide. The director of Back to the FutureForrest GumpCast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? hasn’t made too many financial duds in his career, but The Walk is now amongst them. Zemeckis is quickly moving forward, though, as his next project, a WWII romantic thriller, begins principal photography soon for release in 2016.

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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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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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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