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How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?
Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation
Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.
2. Mighty Ducks
Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.
The gem in the cartoon adaptation crown, »
Production is now underway on location in New York City on the New Line Cinema comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff (“Garden State”) and starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”).
Freeman, Caine and Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
- Michelle McCue
Finally, Mma fighting champ Ronda Rousey was recently asked which superhero she would like to play in a film during a Reddit Ama and her response was: "Well... a lot of the good ones have been taken, but I'd like to vie for Miss Marvel" which refers to Captain Marvel. At last report, Emily Blunt has been strongly linked to the role for the character's upcoming solo movie.
Angelina Jolie Pitt is set to produce "The Breadwinner," an animated feature based on the best-selling young adult novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis. Nora Twomey ("The Secret of Kells") will direct from a screenplay by Anita Doron.
The story follows an Afghani girl living under Taliban rule who disguises herself as a boy to become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. A cut of the film will be produced in Dari in »
- Garth Franklin
Read More: Gravitas Ventures Acquires Award-Winning Adventure Doc 'Unbranded' "Back in Time," which revisits Hollywood's iconic "Back to the Future" trilogy, has found a home with Gravitas Ventures. The distribution company will give the documentary a limited theatrical and VOD release in October and provide "Back to the Future" fans with an in-depth look at the mechanisms behind the time-travel hit. The synopsis reads: "In "Back in Time," cast, crew, and fans explore the classic time-travel trilogy's resonance throughout pop culture. As the project evolved, it took the filmmakers from the joyous nostalgia at a massive London fan event to the living rooms of Michael J. Fox, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Bob Gale, Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd. Nothing is overlooked as they explore everything from Eric Stoltz's casting to the invention of the hover-board.""Iconic documentaries, like a »
- Sarah Choi
Star Wars may be the main exponent of sci-fi nostalgia these days, but it’s not the only celebrated example out there. In fact, for many (myself included) Robert Zemeckis’ time-travel comedy Back to the Future is the real mac-daddy when it comes to joyous 80s escapism (yes, Star Wars was released in ’77, but that’s not where we’re going with this). So it’s exciting to see Deadline’s report that we’ll be getting a documentary devoted to Back to the Future and its sequels this autumn, with contributions from some of the major names attached to the beloved work.
Documentarian and presumed pop-culture enthusiast Jason Aron’s Back in Time will play as a caring excavation of Back to the Future’s long-standing appeal, delving into the project’s genesis and subsequent impact on film-making, film-going and everything in-between. The prospect is made all »
- Daniel Kelly
The Kickstarter campaign for a film about science educator Bill Nye has become the most-funded documentary in the site’s history with more than $680,000 pledged from nearly 14,000 backers.
The campaign launched July 13 with a goal of $650,000 and will conclude Aug. 13.
The film about Nye, best known as “the Science Guy,” is directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, who teamed on the documentary “The Immortalists.” Seth Gordon and Nick Pampenella are producing. Gordon won the Academy Award for best documentary for “Undefeated.”
Nye is 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 »
- Dave McNary
After getting funding through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Deadline reports that Gravitas Ventures has acquired distribution for the Back to The Future documentary Back in Time. The studio has set an October 21 release date for release in theaters, VOD, Blu-ray and DVD. As Back to The Future fans know, October 21, 2015 is a very important date in franchise history, since it's when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) arrives in the future in the 1989 sequel Back to the Future Part II. Here's what director Jason Aron and producer Lee Leshen had to say about Gravitas distributing his film.
"As fans of the trilogy and filmmakers, it was extremely important for us to have this documentary seen by as many people as possible. (We) knew within minutes that the team at Gravitas would make that dream a possibility."
What was once a little idea that spawned a tightly-focused documentary has grown into something »
Exclusive: So maybe we’ll finally learn the truth about Robert Zemeckis’ stash of hoverboards. In October, Gravitas Ventures will release Back In Time, director Jason Aron’s documentary about the Back To The Future trilogy and its pop culture acolytes. Featuring interviews with Future-ites Michael J. Fox, director Zemeckis, producer Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Bob Gale and actors Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd, Back In Time chronicles the trilogy’s still-thriving… »
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 »
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