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10 Back to the Future Facts You Never Knew

10 Back to the Future Facts You Never Knew
1.21 Gigawatts! Run for it, Marty! It's one of the most quotable movies from the 1980s, filled with comedy, action, history, rock n' roll, and science. He's trapped in 1955 and he needs to get back to 1985, the year of Huey Lewis and the News and Pepsi Free. And only Doctor Emmett Brown can help him get Back... to the Future! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Back to The Future.

The Original Marty McFly.

It's arguably the best-known part of the Back to the Future lore. Director Robert Zemeckis wanted Michael J. Fox to play the lead, but the young actor was simply too tied up with the hit sitcom Family Ties. So the acclaimed star of the movie Mask, Eric Stoltz, was cast as Marty McFly instead. What's lesser known is exactly how much of the movie was shot with Stoltz, who learned to skateboard and play guitar for the part.
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James L. Brooks To Receive WGA West’s Laurel Award For Screenwriting

James L. Brooks To Receive WGA West’s Laurel Award For Screenwriting
James L. Brooks, the three-time Oscar winner with writing credits including Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets, and the Emmy-winning co-creator behind TV series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi, will receive WGA West's 2018 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. The career film honor will be bestowed February 11 at the WGA Awards’ Los Angeles ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. "James L. Brooks looms large for writers in our business,&#8221…
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Donnelly Rhodes Dead at 81

Donnelly Rhodes, a Canadian-born character actor best remembered by daytime drama fans for his portrayal of Phillip Chancellor II on The Young and the Restless, died on Monday at a hospice facility near his home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. He was 81.

The cause was cancer, his agent, Lisa King, said.

Rhodes's television career began with westerns like Maverick and Bonanza in the early 1960s and continued until 2016. Over the decades he appeared in practically every televised genre, from sitcoms to soap operas.

Although he did not originate the role of Phillip Chancellor II on The Young and the Restless, his portrayal from 1974 to the character's death in 1975 would resonate with viewers and in the storyline, for many years to come. Phillip's wife, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper), was a messy drunk so he turned his attention to the young and beautiful Jill Foster (Brenda Dickson). Phillip and Jill began an affair
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Why Lucy DeVito Doesn’t Reveal Her Last Name on First Dates (Exclusive)

Why Lucy DeVito Doesn’t Reveal Her Last Name on First Dates (Exclusive)
Just like her famous parents, Lucy DeVito enjoys making people laugh. “It’s not easy, but I love it,” the 34-year-old tells Et from her dressing room at the Jerry Orbach Theater in New York City.

Daughter to Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Lucy has appeared opposite her father on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and in the 2016 film The Comedian, as well as on HBO’s Girls and Speech & Debate. Following her 2009 Off-Broadway debut alongside her mother in Love, Loss and What I Wore, the actress is back on the New York stage with the romantic comedy Hot Mess, playing Elanor, a quirky aspiring magician from Los Angeles who falls for a Jewish recovering alcoholic (Max Crumm) with a secret he can’t seem to confess.

Backstage, the actress talks about the blessing and curse of being a DeVito, the lessons her parents taught her about being successful in the entertainment industry and what’s next
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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’: Inside the Life of Andy Kaufman and his Spiritual Connection With Jim Carrey

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’: Inside the Life of Andy Kaufman and his Spiritual Connection With Jim Carrey
For two people whose paths never crossed, Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman have a fascinatingly strong connection. Some might even call it cosmic.

Carrey has famously idolized Kaufman, whose remarkable career included a stint on the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” the role of Latka Gravas on “Taxi” and a standing invitation to appear on “Late Night With David Letterman.” And because no eccentric career would be complete without a good feud, Kaufman also had a running bone to pick with pro-wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Audiences first had this connection spelled out for them in 1999, when Carrey portrayed his idol in Universal Pictures’ “Man on the Moon,” a powerful retelling of Kaufman’s life — his rise to stardom in 1970s New York City, his fatal battle with lung cancer in the 1980s, and the veritable circus of highs and lows in between. Kaufman was well known as a
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Marilu Henner Knew Failure Was 'Not an Option' After Husband's Bladder & Lung Cancer Diagnosis

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Marilu Henner Knew Failure Was 'Not an Option' After Husband's Bladder & Lung Cancer Diagnosis
In honor of lung cancer awareness month, Marilu Henner and her husband are sharing his inspiring battle.

Henner, former star of the hit sitcom Taxi, and her husband Michael Brown appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Tuesday, when they discussed his 2003 diagnosis with bladder cancer — followed by a lung cancer diagnosis two months later.

“You know you’re in the cancer swirl when I found out he had a spot on his lung and I’m driving to his house that night going, ‘Just be lung cancer, please just be lung cancer,’ ” recalled Henner, 65, explaining that at first they thought
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Jim Carrey Becomes Andy Kaufman in Jim & Andy

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The film Man On The Moon apparently was not just about Andy Kaufman, but it truly featured Andy Kaufman, and I am contractually obligated to mention Tony Clifton as well.

In 1999 the world got to see Jim Carrey portray his hero Andy Kaufman in Man On The Moon about the life of legendary comic. What was never told was the intense behind the scenes happenings that went on during the filming of the biopic. Now Netflix has released the first look at their documentary entitled Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. Check out the Trailer below

Personally I am not much of a documentary fan. But this has my interest peaked beyond belief. With footage the studio never wanted to be released, to see the entire true story of Jim Carrey becoming Andy Kaufman. Carrey not known for being a method
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TVLine Items: Party of Five Reboot With Twist, Big Brother Duo to Race and More

TVLine Items: Party of Five Reboot With Twist, Big Brother Duo to Race and More
Salinger’s might be opening back up for business.

Party of Five creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman are developing a reboot of the ’90s Fox drama, but there’s a twist:The project is centered around a first-generation Latino family who have immigrated to the U.S., per The Hollywood Reporter.

While the original series, which ran from 1994-2000, was about the Salinger siblings’ struggles after their parents’ deaths in a car crash, the new Party of Five would chronicle a Latino clan’s highs and lows as they learn to make it in a new country. (No word on
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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Tiff 2017: Tony Clifton To Head To Toronto To Support Jim Carrey Doc

Tony Clifton is coming to Tiff. According to an official press release, comedian Clifton is making the trek to Toronto this week to support his appearance in the highly anticipated Tiff documentary Jim & Andy & Tony Clifton: The Great Beyond. The film, directed by Chris Smith, produced by Spike Jonze and featuring Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman, makes its debut at Toronto on September 11th.

Clifton is a key character in the doc, and is looking forward to supporting its debut in the Festival. Clifton will be making the rounds at events taking place in, and surrounding, the Festival.

Tony’s Festival expedition comes ahead of Clifton’s triumphant return to Broadway at the Iridium Jazz Club at 1650 Broadway on November 1st in New York City.

Tony Clifton is shrouded in mystery and rightfully so, as the late great comedian Andy Kaufman wanted it that way.

According to Kaufman himself,
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‘There’s… Johnny!’ Won’t Premiere This Month, As Seeso Winds Down and Producers Shop For a New Home

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‘There’s… Johnny!’ Won’t Premiere This Month, As Seeso Winds Down and Producers Shop For a New Home
As Seeso further winds down operations, insiders have confirmed that upcoming comedy “There’s…Johnny!” won’t launch at the end of the month as originally planned.

“There’s… Johnny!” was originally set to debut on August 24, but according to insiders close to the show, producers are now looking to find a new home for the period comedy, set in the world of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” circa 1972.

The decision at Seeso to shelve “There’s… Johnny!” comes after other shows also haven’t premiered as planned, including Season 2 of Dan Harmon’s “HarmonQuest,” which was supposed to return at the end of July.

Created by Paul Reiser and his “Mad About You” producer David Steven Simon, “There’s… Johnny” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
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Tony Danza Gets New Netflix Series

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2017-06-19T12:17:26-07:00Tony Danza Gets New Netflix Series

After two broadcast pilot seasons in which he fielded multiple offers, Tony Danza is officially making his TV return.

The Who's the Boss favorite has been tapped to star in and produce Netflix's The Good Cop, a straight-to-series dramedy from the creator of Monk.

Based on Israeli format of the same name, the 10-episode hourlong series stars Danza as Tony Sr., a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr. (uncast), an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. The "odd couple" become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women. Danza, who lives in New York, also has a personal connection to the NYPD as a member of
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Tonys 2017: The Standout Performances on Broadway

Each season of Broadway brings about a slate of unexpected performances and plenty of unforgettable moments. While the 2016-2017 season didn’t see any new show rise to Hamilton-like popularity -- it’s hard for any TV show, film or stage production to reach that level of pop culture zeitgeist -- there are plenty of standout showcases of what fans have come to know and love about the New York City theater scene.

Perhaps the biggest breakout of the season is Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the musical adaptation of a section from Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace that earned 12 Tony Award nominations, including nods for Best Musical as well as for its cast (Josh Groban, UnREAL breakout Denée Benton and Lucas Steele). “I always dreamed of playing roles like Natasha,” says Benton, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, who plays the titular hopelessly romantic ingénue.

It certainly is the only show to exhibit
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Exclusive: How ‘Taxi’ Informed Danny DeVito’s Tony-Nominated Broadway Debut

Exclusive: How ‘Taxi’ Informed Danny DeVito’s Tony-Nominated Broadway Debut
It may seem odd that an actor as firmly associated with New Yawk as Danny DeVito would wait till his early 70s to make his Broadway debut, in this year’s revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price. Mind you, DeVito -- who’s actually a Jersey boy, born in Neptune Township and raised in Asbury Park -- initially prepared for a stage career, graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and performing at major regionals and off-Broadway before landing the TV role, as dispatcher Louie De Palma on Taxi, that made him a star.

“I’d come close to doing Broadway a couple of times a while ago, but it didn’t work out,” says DeVito. “As an actor, you go where the work is” -- and DeVito’s had no shortage, between his seemingly endless film credits (as a producer and director as well) and his numerous television projects, among them the
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Marilu Henner on Fighting to Save Her Husband After Bladder Cancer Misdiagnosis: ‘He’s the Love of My Life!’

Marilu Henner on Fighting to Save Her Husband After Bladder Cancer Misdiagnosis: ‘He’s the Love of My Life!’
Marilu Henner had only been dating Michael Brown for two months when the two decided to take a trip together in 2003 — but little did they know, that vacation would change their lives forever.

Henner, former star of the hit sitcom Taxi, went to fix her hair in the bathroom when she noticed a faint trail of blood inside the toilet. She immediately asked Brown about it, but he shrugged it off — only to find out months later that the blood that had been appearing in his urine was actually a sign that he was suffering from bladder cancer.

Fourteen years later,
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Hold the phone!! Jeff Goldblum and Danny DeVito are teaming up for Amazon show

Author: Scott Davis

Well this is very exciting! In what could be a match made in heaven, Amazon has acquired the acting talents of Jeff Goldblum and Danny DeVito to star in a new half-hour series for the streaming service. And if that wasn’t enough, the show is created by Tim Long, the writer-producer of The Simpsons, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

In the new show, the actors will play an “iconic music duo from the past” who reunite despite the fact that over the years they have come to hate each other. DeVito and Goldblum will executive produce the show with legendary producer Brian Grazer (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) with Imagine TV’s Jon Radler overseeing the show.

The duo has been enjoying a new renaissance in recent years: DeVito, who shot to fame on Taxi back in the 1970s, has recently been seen in cult-comedy series It
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The Best Sitcoms That Need a Revival Now — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Sitcoms That Need a Revival Now — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of the recent “Roseanne” revival news, which sitcom would you like to see a revival of? (Let’s assume this is feasible from a network, talent, production, etc. standpoint.)

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

So many great sitcoms are personality driven, which makes it hard to remember great premises worth reviving. (And also, when I think about some of my ‘90s favorites, like “Step by Step” or “Friends,” it’s like… Oh, maybe there’s nothing new under the sun.)

But, beyond my eternal wish that someone would remake “Almost Human” as an adorable rom-com about Karl Urban and Robot Michael Ealy falling in
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Newswire: Christopher Lloyd and William Shatner are having a Senior Moment

Variety reports that the sci-fi star crossover of our dreams is finally happening—albeit not in the way we might have expected when we were mashing our Star Trek and Back To The Future action figures together when we were kids. Christopher Lloyd has signed on for William Shatner’s romantic comedy Senior Moment, playing a buddy of Shatner’s hotshot former test pilot who gets busted by a program designed to get “dangerous” senior drivers off the road. (We can only hope that Lloyd’s test to keep his license doesn’t include the dreaded question, “What does a yellow light mean?”)

The former Taxi star has been keeping busy in recent years, with appearances in everything from The Big Bang Theory to The Simpsons. In film, he just appeared in Morgan Freeman’s “old dudes partying” flick Going In Style, and as a suspected murderer in last year
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Christopher Lloyd to join William Shatner in comedy Senior Moment

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Who doesn't love Back To The Future? While Michael J. Fox is fun, and the script tight, it's really Christopher Lloyd's eccentric performance that elevates the film to classic. And, honestly, he's pretty much good in everything - stealing scenes as the stoner in Taxi and even showing real pathos for a nothing villain role in Santa Buddies (a movie, yes, I saw). So... Read More...
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Christopher Lloyd Joins William Shatner in Comedy ‘Senior Moment’ (Exclusive)

Christopher Lloyd Joins William Shatner in Comedy ‘Senior Moment’ (Exclusive)
Christopher Lloyd is joining William Shatner in the romantic comedy “Senior Moment,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Giorgio Serafini is directing the movie from a screenplay by Kurt Brungardt and Christopher Momenee. Rene Sheridan and Gina G. Goff are producing the film, which begins shooting this spring in Palm Springs, Calif.

Shatner plays a retired Top Gun Navy pilot who used to test aircraft for Nasa. After speeding around town in his vintage convertible hot rod with his best friend (played by Lloyd) in tow, he gets caught in a major crackdown to get dangerous senior drivers off the road, resulting in his car being impounded and his license revoked.

Lloyd can be seen in the New Line comedy “Going in Style” with Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. He’s best known for his roles as Emmett “Doc” Brown in the “Back to the Future” trilogy and as Jim
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