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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
Are you ready for some Red Room scoop? E L James is making the publicity rounds for her latest book, Grey, a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian's perspective. The latest stop? A Twitter Q&A with fans, which got a little out of hand when Twitter users questioned her ability to write and the series's possible promotion of sexual abuse. The author waded though tons of questions and answered some good ones about the books, what she would have done differently, and what she's working on now. (Two romance novels!) Instead of deciphering the Q&A yourself, just read our summary of the most important parts below. Source: Getty If she could change anything about the books, she would have split up Ana and Christian for longer at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey. Her favorite part of Grey is Christian's relationship with Elliot; it was »
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.
Great Scott! This week marks 30 years since Marty McFly travelled back to 1955 to kick off a trilogy of classic Back to the Future movies.
Back to the Future and its two sequels remain hugely popular to this day, but there are plenty of facts and Easter eggs that even the biggest fans may not have noticed. Here are 30 geeky pieces of trivia to mark 30 years of time-travelling.
1. Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, but he can still be seen very quickly in the film in a couple of shots. »
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
Harper Lee’s fans were stunned — and then thrilled — by recent news that a rumored early manuscript by the beloved To Kill a Mockingbird scribe was unearthed and being readied for publication. With Go Set a Watchman set for release on July 14 (and in celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird‘s 55th anniversary on July 11), PBS will present an updated edition of Mary McDonagh Murphy’s glorious documentary Harper Lee: Hey Boo, which aired on the network in 2012. American Masters: Harper Lee will premiere July 10 at 9/8Ct (check your local listings to confirm the air time in your area). According to the book’s publisher, HarperCollins, Watchman takes … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
Fifty-five years after Harper Lee published her first novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was later adapted into the iconic American film starring Gregory Peck as unshakably decent attorney Atticus Finch, PBS docuseries "American Masters" will celebrate the release of her second by presenting an updated version of filmmaker Mary Murphy's "Hey, Boo." The re-airing comes as part of a 13-day slate of on air, online and community programming by New York PBS affiliate Thirteen, which produces "American Masters." Murphy, who updated the film after receiving advance access to Lee's second novel, "Go Set a Watchman" (to be published by HarperCollins July 14), also plans to live tweet the premiere, set for July 10 at 9pm on PBS. The highly anticipated novel, which is the most preordered book in the history of the HarperCollins, according to the publisher, arrives under a cloud of. »
- Matt Brennan
You don’t have to be a fan of blues legend Bessie Smith — or the musical genre in general — to fall in love with HBO’s Bessie. But oh, the experience that awaits you if you are. Twenty-two years in the making, the project was first brought to a young Queen Latifah — then a successful singer and burgeoning actress — by the prolific producing team Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, who had tapped To Kill a Mockingbird screenwriter Horton Foote to pen the script. Progress on the film ebbed and flowed until it landed in the hands of writer/director … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
The highly anticipated brand new ten-part Cbbc period drama series Hetty Feather, adapted from the best-selling book by Jacqueline Wilson will start on Monday 11th May on Cbbc.
Set in London in 1887, the series centres around the story of our indomitable heroine Hetty Feather as she is returned to the awe-inspiring institution of the Foundling Hospital, the place where she was deposited as an infant and which she is to now call home.
13-year-old Isabel Clifton (represented by Sandra Singer Associates) stars as Hetty in her first professional screen role. Isabel trains at Singer Stage School in Essex . Isabel said “Sandra told me the news I had been made an offer to play ‘Hetty’ while I was helping at »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Little has been revealed up until this point about Harper Lee's soon-to-be released second novel, Go Set a Watchman, but one of Hollywood's most famous faces is now linked to the highly anticipated project. Reese Witherspoon will lend her voice to the audio version of the To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up. The Oscar-winning actress spoke about the exciting news to USA Today, saying, "as a Southerner, it is an honor and a privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired a childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch." The mother of three added that she's "eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Lee's »
The Austin Film Society's "French Noir" series continues tonight with a Free Member Friday screening at The Marchesa of Henri Verneuil's The Burglars, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, and Dyan Cannon. Based on the pulp novel by David Goodis, tonight's digital screening is free for all Afs members, and the movie will also screen on Sunday afternoon at The Marchesa.
Monday night, SXSW alumni Above All Else (Don's review) is presented by The Texas Observer. Austin filmmaker John Fiege and two subjects from the documentary about the Keystone Xl pipeline protests in East Texas will be on hand for a post-film panel discussion with Forrest Wilder, associate editor of The Texas Observer. The current Essential Cinema series, "Songs Of The South," continues this week on Tuesday night with a screening of To Kill A Mockingbird. Richard Linklater is taking the week off from the new installment of "Jewels In The Wasteland, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
By Alex Simon
Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
HBO released the official trailer for its stunning Bessie Smith biopic, Bessie, which will debut Saturday, May 16 at 8/7Ct on the network. Twenty-two years in the making, the project was first brought to a young Queen Latifah — then a successful singer and burgeoning actress — by producers Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, who had optioned a script from To Kill a Mockingbird screenwriter Horton Foote and director Bruce Beresford. Progress on the film ebbed and flowed until it landed in the hands of writer/director Dee Rees, who was gaining good notices for her coming-of-age story Pariah and leapt at the chance … Continue reading →
The post HBO debuts Bessie trailer [Video] appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Lori Acken
Allison Jones, favorite casting director of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, is the subject of Stephen Rodrick's profile in the April 6 issue of The New Yorker — just ahead of Feig's new Yahoo sci-fi comedy, Other Space, which Jones cast. Jones has been at the forefront of comedy's new "dude humor" wave (as the piece describes it), assembling all-star casts for Freaks and Geeks (for which she won an Emmy), The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Office, and many of the best comedies on TV and film of the last decade. In her new profile, she reveals some behind-the-scenes facts spanning her entire 30-plus-year career. 1. Christopher Mintz-Plasse won his role in Superbad by sending in a camera-phone head shot. "She called the director, Greg Mottola, and excitedly said, 'I think I found McLovin; he’s like Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird.' Jones told me, 'You could tell he was a »
- Dee Lockett
HarperCollins has released the cover art for Harper Lee’s highly anticipated second novel “Go Set a Watchman.” The cover features a black tree with yellow leaves standing starkly over train tracks as a train approaches. The book will open with Scout, who was the protagonist in Lee’s first novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” taking a train from New York back to Alabama to visit her father, Atticus Finch. In a statement, Lee said: “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman.’ It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a. »
- Joe Otterson
Harper Lee's next novel, Go Set a Watchman, now has a cover! The book, which was announced in February, was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird and features the characters from the story 20 years later. Here's the official synopsis from HarperCollins: "Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch - Scout - struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her." The 288-page novel is due out on June 14! »
Harper Lee's second book Go Set a Watchman, seen as a sequel to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird, which is her only published novel, has gotten a throwback cover. The author, now 88, had written Go Set a Watchman and submitted the story to her publishers first. The cover design was revealed on Wednesday and shows a dark oak tree and a train approaching on tracks, possibly at dusk. Several covers of To Kill a Mockingbird features trees. An oak tree plays a key part in the plot of the classic, popular novel, which is set in the '30s and focuses on racism in the South. "There are so many wonderful parts of Go Set a Watchman hat it was hard to »
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967.
Directed by Stanley Kramer.
Mr and Mrs Drayton are in for a shock when their daughter brings home her new fiance – Dr. John Prentice Jr, an African-American…
At one point in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Sidney Poitier, the African-American husband-to-be, tells Spencer Tracy, the father-of-the-bride, how their potential children may become Presidents of the United States. Poitier, lightening the mood, acknowledges that he’ll accept Secretary of State – of course, his wife-to-be is possibly too ambitious. Made in 1967, it seems the filmmakers weren’t too ambitious, and only six years prior to the cinema release date, in Kapiʻolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barack Hussein Obama II was born. It is difficult to imagine the era in fact. We know the horror stories and the necessity of the civil rights movement, »
- Simon Columb
- Sasha Stone
One of the state agencies looking at elder abuse claims tied to Harper Lee has finished its job, the New York Times reports. Joseph Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission, told the paper Thursday that the author "has opinions and seems to be aware of what is going on with her book and the book deal." After news broke of the To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up last month, friends, fans, and acquaintances in Monroeville, Alabama, and beyond began worrying that the 88-year-old author had been hoodwinked into publishing Go Set a Watchman. Another set of investigators, for the Alabama Department of Human Resources, are reportedly still trying to figure out if that's the case here and were continuing interviews this week. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Is it possible that Harper Lee still doesn't want to publish the now hotly anticipated follow-up to her 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird? The state of Alabama is investigating the quality of the iconic author's care at the assisted-living facility where she resides in the wake of ongoing concern over whether the 88-year-old Lee was capable of consenting to the publication of Go Set a Watchman, which she worked on before Mockingbird and which ended up giving rise to the classic tale of Scout, Jem and their lawyer father Atticus Finch, one of the most upright men in all of fiction. Since Lee only published the one novel, the eyebrow-raising announcement that No. 2 was on the way also gave rise to »
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