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11 items from 2008


Lloyd Vists The Rubble Of His Home

17 November 2008 5:51 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Back To The Future star Christopher Lloyd has opted not to rebuild the home he was trying to sell after it was destroyed by fire at the weekend.

The actor was shooting on location in Canada when he heard his $11 million (GBP7.3 million) Montecito, California home had been lost to wildfires, which began last Thursday night.

Lloyd revisited the rubble and ruins of the famous adobe-brick property with Good Morning America cameras on Sunday, and spoke about the devastation.

In the news segment, which aired on Monday morning, Lloyd said, "All this happened in minutes... It's all just sinking in.

"You watch TV, you see these kinds of incidents happening here and there, but you look with a kind of detachment because it's happening elsewhere. But suddenly, to be in the midst of it, it's a very different awareness.

"I kept delaying to go through and store (memorabilia)... Kind of don't have to worry about that now... It's just gone." »

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Lloyd's home destroyed by wildfire

17 November 2008 1:38 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christopher Lloyd's home has reportedly been razed to the ground by wild fires which broke out in California. The 70-year-old actor, who played Doc Brown in Back To The Future, was filming in Vancouver when the fire reached his property to the north of Los Angeles, reports the Daily Mail. His $$6 million (£4 million) home was one of about 100 affected by the blaze, which started in (more) »

- By Sarah Rollo

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Lloyd's Home Damaged By Montecito Fire

15 November 2008 7:23 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Back To The Future star Christopher Lloyd is fighting to save his home in the Montecito wildfire raging through California.

Buildings on Lloyd's property sustained major fire damage on Thursday night and through Friday, with part of the estate turned to ruins.

The actor, who played zany professor Doc Brown in the Back To The Future trilogy, was alerted to the sad news by phone - he's currently shooting a movie on location in Canada.

Lloyd attempted to sell the property early last year but later pulled his home off the market.

The main house is a local landmark - it was built in 1972 from adobe bricks made on-site, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

Lloyd is due to return to California later this month to prepare for his stint as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Kodak Theatre.

As WENN went to press, Lloyd is the only Montecito celebrity whose home has been hit by the blaze, but others are on high alert, including Rob Lowe - him and his family have fled their property.

The actor phoned into neighbour Oprah Winfrey's TV show on Friday to describe the chaos in the celebrity community.

He said, "We got in the car, pulled out of the driveway and the entire mountain behind us was flames, 200 feet high, shooting into the air...This thing came on so fast, you just can't believe it. I've watched 12 or 13 homes burn to the ground. It's so tragic. It was Armageddon."

Other celebrities with properties at risk include Kevin Costner, Jeff Bridges and Ellen DeGeneres.

At press time, more than 100 houses had burned to the ground. »

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Lloyd To Play Scrooge

9 November 2008 5:27 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Back To The Future star Christopher Lloyd is the latest star to play 'humbug' onstage as Ebenezer Scrooge in an all-star version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

The actor will play the Victorian miser in a production that will also feature Gene Wilder, John Goodman, Jane Seymour and former Frasier star Jane Leeves.

Lloyd joins the likes of Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, Alistair Sim and Albert Finney among the big name actors who have portrayed Scrooge on stage and screen.

The beloved festive story will be acted out onstage at Los Angeles' home of the Oscars, the Kodak Theatre, for 14 performances, beginning 22 December. »

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Spielberg's first film

24 October 2008 7:46 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

If you call yourself a movie fan at all, your no doubt familiar with the logo above. It's Amblin Entertainment, the production company started by Steven Spielberg that has produced many of the most successful movies of all time (including Jurassic Park, Back To The Future, Goonies, Men In Black, the Indiana Jones movies, Terminator 2 and E.T.). Well if you ever wondered where the hell Amblin came from, wonder no longer. The company is named after "Amblin'," a 1968 short film »

- Mike Sampson

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Reynolds To Run New York City Marathon

9 October 2008 7:08 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Newlywed actor Ryan Reynolds has joined the long list of serious celebrity runners after signing up to take on the gruelling New York City Marathon.

The actor will join the ranks of Katie Holmes and Sean 'Diddy' Combs when he competes in the 26-mile challenge on 2 November.

He admits he was inspired to commit to the personal challenge after witnessing his father's personal battle with Parkinson's disease over the past 15 years.

In a column for online blog The Huffington Post, Reynolds, who recently wed actress Scarlett Johansson, writes, "I am a running joke... I've watched my father - a strong and proud person who successfully raised four arguably insane children - slowly, cruelly stripped of his independence.

"Witnessing my Dad suffer over the years galvanised my need to step up. On November 2nd, I'll join thousands of other men and women to march in lockstep solidarity toward searing psychic pain and physical humiliation."

Reynolds adds he will also be running in support of actor Michael J. Fox, another Parkinson's sufferer.

He adds: "Like so many before me, I found it impossible not to be touched by his story of overwhelming strength, passion and relentless commitment to help those afflicted with this insidious disease.

"The man is inspiration exemplified. Plus, he was in Back To The Future." »

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List: Subbing In - Strange Moments in Replacement Actor History

15 July 2008 4:56 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer

When adventurous treasure hunters Rick and Evelyn O'Connell return for their third film, this summer's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," one of them will look a bit different than they had previously. That's because Evelyn was once played by Rachel Weisz, who passed on this sequel and was replaced by Maria Bello. Likewise, the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Rachel Dawes from "Batman Begins" continues in this summer's "The Dark Knight," without Katie Holmes; Maggie Gyllenhaal fills in there.

It's a busy year for actors replacing other actors in sequels . we've already had a new Hulk (Edward Norton) and this fall, we'll have a new Punisher to match (Ray Stevenson) . so it's a good time to look back at some of the most notable substitutes. Sometimes new actors in old roles can make a huge impact; Antonio Banderas broke through with American audiences with "Desperado, »

- Matt Singer

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Fox To Join Rescue Me Cast

8 July 2008 5:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael J. Fox is in talks to return to TV as a regular in hit firefighter drama Rescue Me.

The actor, who suffers from nervous disorder Parkinson's Disease, is slated to play Denis Leary's love rival on the show.

If negotiations go as planned, the Back To The Future star will appear in several episodes of the show's upcoming fifth season, according to America's Entertainment Weekly.

Fox has largely turned his back on acting to become a Parkinson's Disease research advocate. »

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Studio Fire Destroys Movie History

1 June 2008 6:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Latest: A King Kong exhibit and the set from the Back To The Future movies were among the film gems destroyed by the fire that raged through Universal Studios in California on Sunday (1June08).

The fire also destroyed a huge video archive of Universal movies and TV shows, but bosses insist the film is replaceable.

Studio boss Ron Meyer says, "We have duplicates of everything. Nothing is lost forever."

Investigators have yet to establish the cause of the inferno, which has caused damage worth millions of dollars.

It's the second blaze at Universal Studios in 18 years. The last one, in 1990, was started by a security guard and caused $25 million (GBP12.5 million) in damage. »

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Fire burns at Universal Studios

1 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

An early morning fire broke out on the Universal Studios backlot Sunday, destroying important cityscape but no soundstages.

The fire was contained within a few hours, and the nearby Universal theme park and other studio facilities were spared any serious fallout. But the lot's famous Court House Square -- used in films including "Back to the Future" -- and its New York Street cityscape were destroyed.

A backlot attraction based on the film "King Kong" also was destroyed, but no tour tram lines were damaged.

Little production had been taking place on the backlot, in part because Universal and other Hollywood studios have been going slow on greenlighting new projects while management negotiators hammer out a new SAG contract.

The blaze started on the huge backlot at about 4:45 a.m., fire officials said. At least three firefighters were injured in the blaze, the cause of which was under investigation.

The MTV Movie Awards were allowed to proceed at the nearby Universal Amphitheater on Sunday night, and most studio employees were expected to report to work as usual Monday. »

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'Back To The Future' writer rules out sequel

27 May 2008 4:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Back To The Future creator Bob Gale has ruled out the possibility of a fourth instalment in the franchise. Gale, who produced and co-wrote the first three movies, said no sequel would go ahead without star Michael J. Fox. He is quoted as saying: "As I'm sure you all know, Michael is not in the best of shape with (more) »

- By Beth Hilton

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