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Though the HUVr tech hoverboards inspired by Back to the Future Part II turned out to be an obvious hoax, at least Nike's power laces are a real thing coming in 2015. The fact that we're able to talk about these things so commonly, and most of the general population knows what we're talking about, just goes to show you how engrained the Robert Zemeckis' time traveling trilogy has been on pop culture. In fact, the technology "created" to populate the year 2015 in the sequel has been referenced and used as inspiration for real science for decades. Now a new documentary aims to explore just how accurate the film's prediction of future technology turned out to be or how far we are from realizing Zemeckis' film vision of 2015. Read on! Film School Rejects called our attention to a documentary from unknown British director John Plaskett called Back to the Future »
- Ethan Anderton
Pretty soon, there’ll be a whole genre of documentaries just about or related to Back to the Future. Among the fandom-based projects that show up on crowdfunding sites, Robert Zemeckis’s time travel trilogy seems to be tied to the most. There are the successfully Kickstarter-funded DeLorean-focused films Back in Time and DeLorean: Living the Dream, and there are the less successful, such as the Indiegogo-hosted The Time Machinists. I’m sure I’ve spotted more out there, and yet we haven’t seen any show up as finished and released yet. Maybe they’re all waiting for 2015? The latest, titled Back to the Future Again,is also aiming for next year, specifically because it’s about the technology “promised” for 2015 by Back to the Future Part II. This one is on Kickstarter with a goal of £403,160 ($675,365.73), which is the highest amount for this lot. More than half of that budget, though »
- Christopher Campbell
If someone were to make a 20 Feet from Stardom-type documentary about actors, they'd be smart to talk to Jake Busey. We spoke with him earlier today about his role in Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk till Dawn: The Series and were surprised by how honest he was about how his career didn't exactly go the way he was expecting. After all, some of his earliest jobs were in high-profile films from directors like Robert Zemeckis, Paul Verhoeven, Tony Scott and Peter Jackson. Unfortunately those films were also high-profile disappointments, from a box office perspective at least. Movies like Contact, Starship Troopers and The Frighteners have gone on to live long, great lives on home video, but as Busey told us, being in a movie that takes a decade to become a cultural hit...
- Peter Hall
Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, Jim Gianopulos (“Avatar,” “Titanic”), is set to deliver the commencement address at the 2014 USC School of Cinematic Arts’s graduation ceremony. It will be held on May 16. Also during the ceremony, Marvel president Kevin Feige, who just oversaw the release of superhero hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” (not to mention juggernaut hits “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers,” which hold the second and first biggest all-time box office openings, respectively) will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award. He is a USC alum.Past recipients of the Mary Pickford award include the likes of Conrad Hall, Ray Harryhausen, Michelle Manning, Walter Murch, Robert Zemeckis, Laura Ziskin, Shonda Rhimes, Bryan Singer and Matthew Weiner. »
- Beth Hanna
Is Contact the best science fiction film that no one talks about? I had never seen Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film about mankind's first contact with extraterrestrial life, but after listening to Movies.com editor Peter Hall call it one of his favorite films of all time, I decided to rectify that. What I found was one of the most thoughtful and entertaining sci-fi movies ever made, a film that deserves to be in the same conversation as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 2001: A Space Odyssey. And then Peter and I sat down to talk about why a movie this good has been so overlooked. Jacob: Let's talk about Contact. The funny thing about this... I remember seeing the trailer when I was younger, but otherwise I knew nothing about Contact going in. I didn't...
- Jacob S. Hall
Imagine a twisted world in which Back to the Future, a zany fable starring Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly and John Lithgow as Doc Brown — a mad scientist with a pet chimpanzee — is released by Disney in May 1985. The film ends with Marty traveling to a nuclear test site in Nevada and escaping the past via time-traveling refrigerator.
Not to mix our references, but this would indeed be the darkest timeline.
- Hillary Busis
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and the dwarves are back for the second film in this Tolkien cycle. Bilbo goes toe to scaly toe with Smaug, a dragon voiced by Freeman's "Sherlock" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.
Why We're In: Even if you don't spring for the fancy Blu-ray set, you'll still get some goodies in this 2-disc package -- including the option to press pause while you take a bathroom break.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are Sailor and Lula, two crazy, star-crossed lovers in David Lynch's tribute to "The Wizard of Oz," Elvis, road movies, and much more. Sleazy, crazy, and sexy.
Why We're In: This Blu-ray is packed with extras that are sure to please everyone who's wild at heart. »
- Jenni Miller
After going on the market last week, Columbia TriStar is in talks to distribute and finance the Diablo Cody spec “Ricki and Flash,” a lucrative package that has Meryl Streep attached to star and Jonathan Demme set to direct.
Several studios, including Universal, Weinstein and Fox 2000, chased after it before TriStar finally won out on the bidding. TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman spearheaded the charge to get this package over to his company before it landed somewhere else.
“We feel lucky as hell to have been selected by such outstanding filmmakers to be the dive bar for Ricki and her band,” Rothman said. “We aspire to be the best roadies ever. I have been fortunate enough to have personally worked with each of the Fab Four talents involved here before and know well how supremely gifted they are. This is a great day in the life of our company.”
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions is closing a deal to finance and distribute Ricki And The Flash, a hot package that had several studios circling because it comes with Meryl Streep playing a hard rocking mama. Scripted by Juno‘s Diablo Cody, the film will be directed by Jonathan Demme, and produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick. This comes on the heels of TriStar’s deal with Robert Zemeckis to direct the 3-D experiential film To Walk the Clouds about the French aerialist Phillipe Petit who crossed between the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. The project is based on Petit’s memoirs To Reach The Clouds and is being produced by Zemeckis with his ImageMovers Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Rothman. Landing Ricki and The Flash is a coup for Rothman. Streep will play a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Feature Simon Brew 2 Apr 2014 - 06:05
Unfortunately, Piers Morgan has started popping up in a few movies now. Fortunately, we've figured out how you can avoid seeing him
For some reason, a growing number of American movies appear to be drafting in Piers Morgan to appear in small roles as a news reader/interviewer/general irritant. For those of us who really like movies, Morgan’s presence in them has not yet been a welcome one, and we’ve now heard that he’s recorded a scene or two for the upcoming Entourage film.
This article then is intended as a work of public service, and we’ll keep it up to date with Morgan’s appearances in film, should people continue to indulge him. So: here are the films to date that Morgan has appeared in, and the specific moments you need to skip if you want your viewing experience to be Morgan-free. »
Hardcore movie fans love to play the what-if game. What if Robert Zemeckis had kept Eric Stoltz in the part of Marty McFly? What if Molly Ringwald had taken the Vivian Ward role in Pretty Woman? And, of course, what if Lindsay Lohan had been cast in The Avengers? Oh, you haven.t spent a lot of time thinking about that last question? Well, Lindsay Lohan certainly has. The actress brought it up during the latest episode of her Own docu-series. She apparently told her manager to look into finding her a part in the mega-blockbuster comic adaptation. He did. She felt really good about getting it, but the role she wanted instead went to "an unknown" because the suit didn.t bother pushing her hard enough. Here.s a portion of the actual quote. "Every day I'm not on a film set, I'm wasting my talent because that's what »
Twenty years after "Pulp Fiction" exploded onto the scene, Bruce Willis's daughter, Rumer Willis, is tearing it up in a live Quentin Tarantino musical mash-up that pays homage to the indie blockbuster and every other Tarantino flick. And surprise, surprise, she's terrific.
As The Bride, Willis belts out "Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in bridal attire, fights O-Ren Ishii with a samurai sword and, as Mia, does a seductive dance as she sings "Son of a Preacher Man." She also recreates the famous dance contest from the film, move for retro move.
- Sharon Knolle
Blu-ray Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The movie stars Kurt Russell (Death Proof) as a charming/nefarious car salesman caught up in a war between feuding car-lot owners, the twin brothers Roy and Luke Fuchs (both played by Jack Warden of Escape from Zahrain). This satiric look at the American dream also stars Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon and Lenny & Squiggy themselves, Michael McKean and David L. Lander.
Special features on the Blu-ray edition of this cult hit include the following:
-Isolated Score Track – The Film Score
-Isolated Score Track – Unused Score
-Gag reel and outtakes
-Radio Interview & Radio Spots
-Liner notes by Julie Kirgo
With its blend of adventure, love story, and comedy, "Romancing the Stone" is remembered today as one of the quintessential hits of the 1980s. Nonetheless, at the time the movie was released (30 years ago this week, on March 30, 1984), no one expected much from it. Director Robert Zemeckis was seen as a failed whiz kid, star Kathleen Turner had never carried a picture, and co-star Michael Douglas had yet to prove himself as a leading man. Of course, the film ended up propelling all three of them onto the A-list and generated an equally successful sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."
As familiar as you are now with the story of Joan Wilder (the mousy romance novelist who blossoms during a real-life treasure hunt in Colombia) and Jack T. Colton (the unlikely guide who proves to be the romantic hero of Joan's fantasies), there's still a lot about "Romancing the Stone" you may not know, »
- Gary Susman
The opening thirty minutes of Robert Zemeckis’s Flight (2012) represents some of the most exhilarating studio filmmaking of recent years. When the movie begins, certain parameters have been suggested for the film: the poster comes bearing a reassuring subtitle (“from the Academy Award-winning director of Forrest Gump and Cast Away”); the trailer remains curiously elusive, but still proposes some sort of redemptive hero’s journey; and the 100th-anniversary Paramount logo, when combined with Alan Silvestri’s somber piano score, seems to promise an almost unrivaled level of year-end, November-release prestige. What Zemeckis gives us in the film’s first scene is mischievously, immeasurably different: a 7 a.m. cigarette, a swig of stale beer, a joint, a stark-naked Nadine Velazquez, a bitter phone call between a drowsy alcoholic and his off-screen ex-wife, and a line of cocaine (captured in a wicked, formidable Steadicam thrust).
The enormous gulf of difference between what »
- Danny King
Video game adaptation Need for Speed starts its engines this weekend, though it faces tough competition from holdovers 300: Rise of An Empire and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Don't count out Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, which could also factor in.Meanwhile, the Veronica Mars movie opens in nearly 300 theaters, and Jason Bateman's Bad Words debuts in six locations ahead of its nationwide release on March 28th.Need for Speed is the latest in a long line of video game adaptations, most of which have disappointed at the box office. Only one*2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider*has earned over $100 million domestically, and movies like Max Payne ($40.7 million), Hitman ($39.7 million) and Doom ($28.2 million) all failed to connect outside of the gamer audience.In what could be an acknowledgement of the limitations of the genre, Disney's marketing department has avoided making the video game connection with Need for Speed. »
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Interview Louisa Mellor 14 Mar 2014 - 07:00
In 1980, PBS aired the TV series that made Us cosmologist, astronomer and writer Carl Sagan's name. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was a thirteen-hour exploration of the universe, a wide-reaching, poetic tale of scientific discovery through the centuries, tracking the progress of life on Earth and the possibility of it elsewhere.
Cosmos returns to television this weekend as sequel A Spacetime Odyssey. Writer and producer Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original series with Sagan, is back driving thirteen new episodes of scientific storytelling for a new audience. Presenting the series is Us astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, supported this time around by the gloss and VFX of a blockbuster movie (The Matrix series and Spider-Man 2 cinematographer Bill Pope directs, »
Better call your agent. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul,” which centers on shady attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, will be cast by Sherry Thomas and Sharon Bialy, Backstage has learned. The Culver City-based casting directors also cast the original series. “Better Call Saul,” which was ordered straight to series by AMC, will focus on the evolution of Odenkirk’s character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer. “Breaking Bad” series regular Jonathan Banks will also appear in the spinoff. The show is scheduled to premiere in November 2014. Meanwhile, the Philippe Petit biopic, which will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French high-wire artist who walked between the Twin Towers in the 1970s, is set to be cast by Victoria Burrows and Scot Boland. Shooting on the Robert Zemeckis picture, titled "To Reach the Clouds," is slated to begin in May. »
From the arrival of cinema and a train steaming into La Ciotat Station cinema audiences have long been in love with both the fast and the furious. The adage ‘the car’s the star’ has long been evident in Hollywood’s annals with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Herbie, the Batmobile or the family of Minis (Minions?) in The Italian Job taking centre stage and linger in the memory.
In association with the people from Van Monster we stood atop our internet tower and gazed at the past, then plucked five of the most iconic vehicles to appear in movies.
5) 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
As featured in: Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
Registration plate: Ban One
Hired by Texan double-act Big Enos and his son Little Enos to transport then-prohibited Coors beer to Georgia in under 28 hours, Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville requests a fast car to act as a blocker – a distraction for »
- Simon Williams
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
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