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Happy birthday, “Back To The Future” - which was released thirty years ago today. One of the most legendary stories of the now-iconic blockbuster, and perhaps one of the biggest what-ifs in the history of mainstream cinema, is obviously the chronicle of Eric Stoltz and the movies casting. The tale is well storied: while Michael J. Fox ultimately went on to play the seminal role of Marty McFly, it was then up-and-comer Stoltz who was originally cast in the lead part. And it’s not like they suddenly changed their mind. Robert Zemeckis and crew shot for five weeks on “Back To the Future” with Stoltz as Marty McFly, only to make the incredibly tough decision to recast the lead role and reshoot the entire movie over again with Fox (who was the director’s first choice, but they couldn’t get him at the time due to the shooting »
- Edward Davis
Aimed at movie buffs, “Profiles” co-hosts Alicia Malone (Movie Juice) and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) are two admitted ardent film geeks who take deep online video dives on filmmakers and movie stars. A cross between “Biography,” “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “At the Movies," "Profiles" aims to entertain and inform with trivia, a countdown of their subject's best movies, and an interview with either the subject or someone close to them, on the phone or on-camera. Talking about Jack Nicholson for example, was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" producer Michael Douglas. So far the enthusiastic duo has profiled Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, John Williams, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Lynch, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, The Beatles, Cameron Crowe, Pixar »
- Anne Thompson
By Alex Simon
They say that clothes make the man. They also make the man in the movie and, sometimes, even make the movie itself live on in the annals of classic filmdom. With that in mind, here is a list (in no particular order) of ten gents and the characters they played who changed our sartorial habits forever.
1. Michael Douglas/Gordon Gecko—Wall Street
Arguably the movie that set the style for second half of the 1980s, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street featured Michael Douglas’ Oscar-winning turn as corporate raider Gordon Gecko, whose ruthlessness in the boardroom was only matched by his sense of style. Douglas is all clean lines in his pinstripe suits, suspenders and slicked-back hair, creating an iconic look that screamed “power” and “go fuck yourself” simultaneously.
Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian sci-fi allegory is one of cinema’s great dark satires, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
“Back to the Future” has become beloved by people of all generations in the 30 years since its release. It’s a favorite, fun, feel-good movie that we turn to again and again on TV or on DVD. The film has made its way into movie-making history books and into Hollywood legend. Some movies do that slowly over their first three decades or with new popularity thanks to DVD releases. “Back to the Future” isn’t one of those movies. It was a hit from the start. “Back to the Future,” which opened in theaters 30 years ago today, was the blockbuster king of 1985. The movie was #1 at the box office for 11 weekends and went on to make more than any other film in 1985. Audiences loved it. Critics loved it. At least most of them did. The biggest slam came for the scene at the end of the film in which Marty »
- Emily Rome
Back to the Future is having its 30th Anniversary this month, and the film is on such a high in 2015 as one of simply the most beloved, classic, and near perfect blockbusters so rare today. It has something to do with the fact that the sequel had a portion set in today’s 2015 and even got a few of those predictions correct (still holding out for that Cubs World Series though). But it also has to do with the fact that as we’ve turned every started reading every show and movie as though it were filled with all the little clues and Easter Eggs of Lost, we’ve come to realize just how well constructed a screenplay Back to the Future truly is.
So it seems like now would be a great time to talk remake. Think about it: 2015 movie in which a new Marty McFly with a Justin Bieber »
- Brian Welk
With Jurassic World now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Ty Simpkins. He talked about how he landed the role, working in the Gyrosphere, if the script changed during production, getting to work with Shane Black on The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3, video games, future projects, and more. If you didn’t know, executive producer Steven Spielberg personally oversaw the Jurassic World story development, as Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly fine-tuned the existing screenplay penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), which for the first time takes place within a functioning Jurassic Park. The film also stars Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, and Judy Greer. For more on the film, read Perri’s review. Question: Let me start by saying congratulations on the movie, really good. Ty Simpkins: Thank you. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Directed by Chuck Workman
A documentary exploring the life and work of Orson Welles…
Vincent van Gogh, famously, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Leonardo Da Vinci struggled to finish many of the commissions he was given – his Last Supper is technically unfinished as he intended to include a roof on the mural. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles lifts the widely-respected filmmaker to such heights. Akin to van Gogh and Da Vinci, his canon of films includes multiple financial losses, alongside incomplete masterpieces that, even now, are rumoured to be lost in the deepest depths of Southern America. From Citizen Kane to F for Fake, his history is fascinating, and director Chuck Workman, takes us on the bumpy journey through his life.
Split into small, bite size chunks such as ‘The Boy Wonder’ and ‘The »
- Simon Columb
Chris Pratt - raptor wrangler, assistant to Parks Director, owner of an uncanny Towie accent and now it seems, a psychic.
A new video has emerged which shows how the Jurassic World actor seemingly predicted his role in the summer blockbuster - years before winning it.
In a behind-the-scenes clip from 2009/10 on the DVD bonus features of Parks & Recreation Season 2, Pratt jokes that he's on the phone to Steven Spielberg who will have to wait for an answer on Jurassic Park 4:
Reading aloud as he types out a text to the director, Pratt says: "Sorry Steven, I was asked by Parks & Rec/NBC to do behind the scenes.
"Which is to say, everyone else was asked and said no.
"But I have no shame as you know by the endless gift baskets. I'll have to get back to you later about Jurassic Park 4."
Fortune-telling is just another »
Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.
Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."
1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.
2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, »
- Gary Susman
Welcome to July folks. Much like I said last year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions to see what folks like myself think will happen at the end of the year, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know which films will be in contention. To that end, once a week (or maybe twice a week) for the next month or so I’ll be running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls. Consider this a sort of pre awards season cheat sheet for you all. Today I’m beginning with the big one, of course…Best Picture. Here are the ten films that I »
- Joey Magidson
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
The super Pac supporting Hillary Clinton has raised $15.6 million in six months. The numbers, which will be disclosed when the group Priorities USA Action files its statements, include donations from billionaire financier George Soros and Hollywood luminaries Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The group’s chief strategist and co-chairman Guy Cecil said on Twitter that $12.5 million of that amount was raised in the last four weeks. Also Read: Hillary Clinton Raises $45 Million Since Campaign Launch, Breaks Obama Record Other donors include former Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who runs a foundation devoted to women in elected office, and longtime Clinton friend, »
- Itay Hod
Chris Pratt is a hunk, talented actor and now he can see into the future! Back in 2010 Pratt shared a glimpse of his future. The 36-year-old actor recorded a video for a Parks and Recreation behind-the-scenes look where he predicted that he would be in the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series. In the video he texts his alleged buddy Steven Spielberg, "Sorry Steven, was asked by Parks and Recs/NBC to do behind the scenes, which is to say everyone else was asked and said no. But, I have no shame, as you know by the endless gift baskets. I'll have to get back to you later about Jurassic Park 4." Pratt was a bit off with the title, but we'll give it to him »
The production is an adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play, which also starred Cranston. It focuses on President Johnson’s first year as Commander in Chief. Jay Roach is directing. Earlier this week, it was announced that Anthony Mackie would play Mlk in the production.
“All the Way” is produced for HBO by Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey, Schenkkan and Cranston executive producing. James Degus is co-executive producing.
Deadline Hollywood first broke the casting news.
- Whitney Friedlander
If the sequel was a late 20th century phenomenon, ushered into being thanks to the likes of James Bond, The Godfather and Planet Of The Apes, then the soft reboot is a peculiar product of the 21st.
Unlike a conventional remake or reboot, which often abandon characters, plots and settings in favour of an entirely new approach, the soft reboot is less drastic. Jj Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie is a prime example; it casts new actors in the roles of the Original Series’ famous roster of characters - Chris Pine replacing William Shatner as Kirk, Zachary Quinto replacing Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and so on - and sends them »
Melissa Leo will star opposite Bryan Cranston in All The Way, HBO’s adaptation of the Tony-winning Robert Schenkkan play. Directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film covers Lbj (Cranston) from the moment the assassination of John F. Kennedy made Johnson the 36th president of the United States, and through a turbulent first year that included leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress, up to his landslide re-election… »
B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their July Retro Night on Thursday, July 9. They are showing the original summer blockbuster, Jaws. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the way audiences experience movies.
When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.
Tickets are only $5!!! Get yours today at bbtheatres.com
Wamg is giving away free pass vouchers for the show to 5 lucky readers. »
- Movie Geeks
In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.
If Back to the Future, with its 30th anniversary this week and much Secret Cinema loving of late, has become one of the most celebrated '80s movies, it's fair to say, ahem, time hasn't been as kind to its second sequel, released at the turn of the '90s.
Back to the Future Part III, wisdom suggests, is where Marty and Doc limped out of their time travels. Filmed at the same time as Back to the Future Part II, and released the following year after a big cinema teaser trailer at the end of the sequel, it's often seen as a cash-in - the original "let's make every franchise a trilogy" misstep.
Just look at those collective review scores: a shabby 55 compared to the first's 86 on Metacritic. »
If you’re looking at TV trends right now, there are none more popular than adapting films for television and launching event series, both of which are advantageous to networks since movies are familiar properties with built-in audiences, and event series need only last one season but also have the opportunity to continue on if they receive good ratings. Fox, which is already debuting Minority Report, inspired by Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film of the same name, has decided to double up and embrace both of TV’s most popular trends by potentially bringing a Fatal Attraction event series to television. That’s right—this show would be an adaptation of the iconic 1987 thriller, which starred Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher, an unfaithful Manhattan attorney, and Glenn Close as Alexandra “Alex” Forrest, an editor for a publishing company that becomes Dan’s psychotic mistress. According to Deadline, which first broke the Fatal Attraction news, »
- Chris King
It’s not unusual for a show to make tweaks between seasons, but CBS’ summer sci-fi series “Extant” underwent an extreme makeover for Wednesday’s second season premiere.
Only three of last season’s seven full-time regulars are still with the show (leading lady Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods, Pierce Gagnon as her robo-son, Ethan, and Grace Gummer as partially robotic scientist Julie Gelineau), while season one’s male lead, Goran Visnjic, has been replaced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Entire subplots have been dropped, and the show’s perspective is shifting away from the realm of science, to a pulpier, more action-driven, vibe.
There’s no doubt many of these changes are the result of underwhelming ratings — after bowing to 9.6 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, the first season averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 1.1 in 18-49.
They’re also the vision of new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger »
- Geoff Berkshire
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