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Bugs Bunny officially turns 75 today. The snickering rabbit made his first credited appearance in Tex Avery's 1940 animated short "A Wild Hare," and he remains a cultural icon three quarters of a century later. Here's why he could still use more respect. 1. He's an Academy Award winner. Not only was Bugs Oscar-nominated for his official debut in "A Wild Hare," but he picked up an Academy Award for 1958's "Knighty Knight Bugs" in the category of Best Cartoon Short Subject. Look, he even received it from Tony Curtis and his first wife (of six) Janet Leigh. 2. He stars in one of the great sports video games of the '90s. The Super Nintendo gave us plenty of classic sports games, including John Madden's football cartridges and the yearly NBA/NHL/Mlb releases. "Looney Tunes B-Ball," meanwhile, was one of the few fantastic video games not associated with a major sports organization. »
- Louis Virtel
The Back to the Future legend will be among the stars who will tell naughty tales in the third series of the Dave comedy.
A full list of the show's 12 stars will be announced by Dave in the coming weeks.
Crackanory will air on Dave later this year. Watch a promo for the show below: »
As part of our coverage of the Back To The Future cast reunion at the London Film and Comic Con, I was able to speak with stars Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, and, of course, I harassed them with Bttf-related questions. Ok, so "harassed" may be too strong of a word to describe it, but considering it's been thirty years since the first movie was released, I'm sure... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, William Traylor, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli | Written by Earl Mac Rauch | Directed by W.D. Richter
Arrow Video know their cult movies, you just have to look at the ones they’ve released to see that. If you were to ask the question, how crazy can a cult movie be? I think you just have to look at their latest release for that. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is probably one of the strangest (yet still good) Eighties movies you’ll ever see.
When Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), the brilliant physicist-neurosurgeon-martial arts master-secret-rock star manages to use the Oscillation Overthruster to travel to the 8th dimension he draws the attention of the Red Lectroids (an alien race obviously.) Working with Banzai’s »
- Paul Metcalf
What's the real reason why lead actor Michael J Fox won't return to Back to the Future? Surely it can't be the super-cool time-travelling DeLorean...
Well, apparently not everyone loved the classic car.
Speaking at the Back to the Future 30th anniversary reunion at London Film and Comic Con, Fox revealed the (literally) painstaking job of working with the DeLorean.
"It was the worst thing to drive," the Radio Times quotes the actor as saying.
"It had two gears and I slammed the door, and my hand would smash into the flux capacitor. My hand would be bleeding, my head would be bleeding.
He continued: "I wish I had a video, a gag reel of how many times I was hit by that freakin' door, the DeLorean door.
"Take after take, it would go, »
While it's not quite as big as San Diego Comic-Con, London did hold it's own Film and Comic-Con this past weekend. And they manages to nab a special Q&A panel reunion that the States missed out on. Yes, over the weekend, over 2,000 fans gathered to celebrate the Back to The Future 30th Anniversary with a Cast Reunion that included both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, along with leading lady Lea Thompson. The iconic Marvin Berry (Harry Waters Jr.) of Marvin Berry and the Starlighters was also on hand to sing a few verses of Earth Angel. Universal has promised video of the panel is coming later in the week. Today, we have photos from the cast reunion.
In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to The Future »
In a world where the Jurassic Park franchise churned out another installment, Arnold Schwarzenegger is playing the Terminator again, and the Star Wars saga is coming back with both the old and a new cast, might there be hope for more Back to the Future? The classic film featured time travel, a nutty professor and Michael J. Fox. It has a massive fan base and seems ripe for the same treatment, if not now then a decade from now. But even if you.re secretly holding out hope for a sequel of some sort, Fox doesn.t want you to hold your breath. According to Radio Times, Fox joined fellow cast mates, such as Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, Marc McClure, Frances Lee McCain, James Tolkan, Donald Fullilove and Harry Waters Jr., for a Back to the Future retrospective at London Film & Comic-Con this past weekend. While reflecting on »
Directed by W.D. Richter.
Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.
The 80’s film Buckaroo Banzai (I’ll dispense with the full unwieldy title for convenience’s sake) has got a pretty strong case for being one of the last truly ‘cult’ movies. The film, conceived by old college roommates W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch, was dreamed up with ideas of being a full on box office smash. Back in 1984, this never happened, with mainstream audiences not really ‘getting’ the non-conformist storyline and often downright weird segments of anarchic action comedy.
Pre-internet word of mouth about the film mostly centred on midnight screenings, »
- Robert W Monk
Marty McFly isn't ready to jump back into his DeLorean any time soon. Michael J. Fox revealed it would take "a lot" of money to get him back inside the iconic time-traveling car, not least because during filming he frequently hit himself with the gull-wing door. Speaking at a Back to the Future 30th anniversary reunion at the London Film and Comic-Con, which also featured Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines) and Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown), the Radio Times reports Fox saying that "the money it would take to get me back into the DeLorean again is a lot." Although the star was
- Abid Rahman
We are just a few short months away from that October 2015 date that featured in time-travel classic Back to the Future Part II. The film showed us what people living in the 1980’s thought the world would look like in what, to them, was the future. Sadly, although we don’t have true hoverboards, we do still have a very special occasion to mark.
Way back in the year 1985 Robert Zemeckis, with help from Steven Spielberg, created Back to the Future, a wonderful science fiction movie that featured a time-travelling Delorean. The film captured the imagination of a generation and subsequent generations thanks to its ‘outta time’ feel and tone.
This weekend sees London’s Olympia Hall taken over by comic book and movie fanatics for the annual London Film and Comic Con, »
- Kat Smith
It was a joyous atmosphere as the cast of Back to the Future reunited in London today (July 17).
Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson were all present as the stars of the classic 1985 film shared the stage at London Film & Comic Con to commemorate Back to the Future's 30th anniversary.
— michaeljfox.org (@MichaelJFoxOrg) July 17, 2015
"It's [Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's] fault. They created a really interesting character," Fox explained. "What [Christopher Lloyd] does in the movie that people don't really appreciate is that he lays all the exposition… All the stuff that's brilliant is also serving the story.
"With Marty, it's the same thing. »
Great Scott! In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to The Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history. In 1989, the filmmakers gave us a glimpse of the future in Back to the Future Part II as Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to 2015...or, if our calculations are correct, October 21, 2015, to be exact. "The Future" has finally arrived. Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates this once-in-a-lifetime date, as well as the 30th Anniversary of the groundbreaking first film, with three new releases debuting on October 20, 2015.
Available on Blu-ray & DVD, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy will include all three movies plus a new bonus disc with more two hours of content. Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series will be »
Universal Pictures has announced a brand-new Blu-ray release for the legendary film series Back to the Future, which will celebrate the original’s 30th anniversary, and will be release on October 20th, 2015 – the exact date that characters Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to in Back to the Future: Part II. You can check out all the details, artwork and a special trailer for the release below!
The ground-breaking film was first released in 1985, created by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale under the executive producing tutelage of Steven Spielberg, and was followed up by two back-to-back sequels in 1989 and 1990, making eternal stars of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson.
And to celebrate the influence and impact the film series has had over the last three decades, three new releases will debut this fall on Blu-ray and DVD. The Back to the Future 30th Anniversary »
- Scott J. Davis
"We're descending toward Hill Valley, California, at 4:29 pm, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015."
We're now just three months away from that momentous date, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will celebrate with a massive treat for Bttf fans.
Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on October 20 will be the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy, Back to the Future: The Complete Animated Series on DVD for the first time ever and Back to the Future: The Complete Adventures, a combo of the trilogy and animated series with Flux Capacitor packaging.
Further details on each release are below:
Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray & DVD)
Comprising all three movies, »
To celebrate Back To The Future's 30th anniversary, three commemorative box sets are coming out in October. Here are all the details...
Thirty years after the release of the original Back To The Future, the series remains evergreen. And to commemorate its original appearance back in 1985, Universal's preparing to bring out a new Blu-ray and DVD box set, which will come with a booklet and a bonus disc full of extras.
In addition to that set, there'll also be a DVD release of Back To The Future: The Complete Animated Series. But for those who want both the movies and the animated series, a third release will package everything together in a special edition modelled after the Flux Capacitor in Doc Brown's DeLorean. It lights up and everything.
From the press release, here's what you'll find on each disc. Note that the Animated Series is DVD only. All »
Producers have launched a $650,000 Kickstarter campaign for a documentary on science educator Bill Nye, best known as “The Science Guy.”
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, who teamed on the documentary “The Immortalists,” will direct, with Seth Gordon and Nick Pampenella producing. Gordon won the Academy Award for best documentary for “Undefeated.”
Nye is the CEO of the Planetary Society, where he’s leading a mission to launch a solar-powered satellite into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, technology and discovery.
Donation incentives include a sneak peek of the film, in which Nye witnesses the launch of his solar sail into space, his handwritten notes from the evolution vs. creationism debate, one of his bow ties and an associate producer credit for $10,000.
- Dave McNary
Is the man who sang “We Saw Your Boobs” at the Oscars one to give us a touching story about civil rights and human dignity? Take a guess.. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first movie…
I’m “biast” (con): …but it was a MacFarlane fluke
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I admit it: Seth MacFarlane had me fooled. I thought he intended Ted as a sly commentary on extended male adolescence. That was certainly the way it played. But I was wrong. What I saw in Ted was accidental. Not deliberate. The proof is here in Ted 2, which obliterates everything that was smart and clever in the first film by actually negating it, as if it were entirely beside the point. Which I see now that it was.
Or else MacFarlane — writer (one of three credited), director, and voice of Ted — simply »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Read this if you dare, Guignol Book One is set to arrive in September, and we have a piece of exclusive artwork from the series. Also featured in this round-up: casting details from House of Monsters as well as a release date for the Dollface DVD.
Guignol Artwork: "Obscurity Publishing recently announced the debut of Guignol - A Tale of Escalating Horror, an all-new illustrated horror adventure series from New Orleans indie creators Brett Schwaner and Keith Hogan.
Guignol is the tale of an ordinary children's Halloween play gone horribly wrong.
Guignol - Book One, the debut First Printing, is available only by pre-order through July 31st via www.readguignol.com.
Guignol debuts September 2015, just in time for Halloween."
"From the darkness! From the eternal night! The theater students of the art academy of Sainte Jeanne d’Arc present, for the first time ever. Guignol! A Tale of Escalating Horror! »
- Tamika Jones
“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
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
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