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Just as statistics show that half of all marriages — or at least those in the U.S. and Western Europe — now end in divorce, there’s definitely a 50 percent chance that the sequel to a hit comedy will be worse than its predecessor. So for every 22 Jump Street, Christmas Vacation or Back to the Future Part II, there will always be The Hangover Part II, Zoolander 2 or Evan Almighty to prove that the numbers rarely if ever lie.
- Jordan Mintzer
Last year, fans celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the iconic classic Back to the Future, with Universal Pictures bringing the hit movie back to theaters for a limited time. In this day and age of countless reboots and remakes, fans were reassured that Back to the Future will not get rebooted, at least not for many years. Last June, director Robert Zemeckis revealed that it was impossible for Universal Pictures to reboot the franchise without the approval of the director and writer Bob Gale, but today we have word that producer Frank Marshall won't let it happen either.
The original contracts both Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale signed with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment give the director and writer final say on any Back to the Future movies until they die. While it seems unlikely that either filmmaker will die anytime soon, at least fans can be assured that Frank Marshall »
Frank Marshall is something of a Hollywood legend. Aside from being one half of a super-producing duo with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars), his name graces such titles as the Indiana Jones franchise, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Color Purple, Empire Of The Sun, Cape Fear, The Sixth Sense, War Horse and Jurassic World. He was also executive producer on the Back To The Future franchise, and it is his comments about that film series that gained the most attention when he recently spoke to Yahoo! Movies.
The purpose of the interview was actually to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Jason Bourne, but when the subject of Hollywood’s obsession with re-visiting old material arose, the conversation inevitably turned to Back To The Future – one of the most popular film franchises of the 1980s.
“Yeah [we won’t reboot Back To The Future], as long as I have my say. No, that one exists just like »
- Sarah Myles
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to »
- Lanford Beard
Last year marked the 30th Anniversary of the enduring classic Back to the Future, with a number of companies capitalizing on the even. A number of products inspired by its sequel Back to the Future Part 2 where introduced to the marketplace. Nike unveiled plans for self-lacing sneakers, while Pepsi Cola sold Pepsi Perfect and Lexus even showed-off a working hoverboard. Today, we have word that another product from Back to the Future Part 2 has become a reality, with a University of Central Florida scientist developing solar-powered clothing.
Tech Times reports that University of Central Florida scientist Jayan Thomas developed new filaments that could store solar energy while being sewn into various textiles. The scientist published a study in the journal Nature Communications, where he revealed that any piece of clothing could use solar-powered batteries that will never need to be plugged in. Here's what he had to say, confirming that »
The Cubs’ 108-year-drought-erasing World Series win not only made history, it’s also had deep ramifications on the future—specifically, Back To The Future Part II, whose prediction of a Cubs championship was once every bit as outlandish as the idea of a bloated, bullying casino magnate achieving autocratic rule. Last year, as the film’s actual date of Oct. 21, 2015 arrived and the Cubs edged closer to the playoffs—and Donald Trump was still just an entertaining shit-show—co-screenwriter Bob Gale shrugged off the eerie parallels, believing no matter what came to pass in the real world, “the joke will still be funny” in the film. But here we are in 2016, and Gale’s not so certain anymore that anyone will laugh. (At the Cubs joke, anyway; we’re still four days away from deciding the latter.)
“Bob [Zemeckis] and I have been talking about this since ...
- Sean O'Neal
Last year, who could've guessed the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series? Apparently, Parks and Recreation. The Wrap reports the NBC sitcom predicted the team's win during its final season.In the season seven episode "Back to the Future Part II," Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Andy (Chris Pratt) visit Chicago in a hypothetical 2017 where the Cubs have just won the World Series.Read More… »
Last year, there was a lot of buzz surrounding “Back To The Future Part II” and its prediction that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series in 2015. But while that prediction ended up being just one year off, “Parks and Recreation” managed to prognosticate the Cubbies’ World Series victory right on the nose. In the second episode of the NBC comedy’s final season, which aired January 2015, Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Andy (Chris Pratt) travel to Chicago to find Tom’s ex-girlfriend, Lucy, in the spring of 2017. They meet up with Lucy pretending that Tom’s thinking about moving. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Director Jeremy Haccoun felt nostalgic for the early Spielberg era and films with character driven stories, childlike excitement and edge-of-your-seat actions scenes. He missed those types of movies so much that he decided to make his own, “Beyond.”
The 10-minute short film, written and directed by Haccoun, follows a family on a desert road trip. When a rock fall traps his parents inside their car, the 7 year-old boy must find a way to save them before it’s too late.
The film stars Aidan Flynn, Jolene Kay and Michael Dane and features a “golden age score à la John Williams,” as described by Haccoun. “Beyond” was produced by Violetta Ekpe, cinematography by Sergio Arguello and music is by Siddhartha Barnhoorn.
Back in 2012, when the film was in pre-production and raising funds, it was featured in IndieWire’s Project of the Day. »
- Liz Calvario
Simon Brew Oct 26, 2016
Spoilers, inevitably: why the ending of Marvel's latest, Doctor Strange, feels just a little different.
This article contains big, stonking, massive spoilers for Doctor Strange.
In the run up the release of Marvel Studios' 14th film, Doctor Strange, much has been made about how this one feels like a bit of a gamble. After all, Doctor Strange isn't your average - whatever that is - Marvel hero. There’s no huge in-built audience here, outside of those following the Marvel cinematic universe religiously. Furthermore, Strange isn't someone who puts on a suit, he's someone who relies on magic, the metaphysical world, and the kind of powers that we've only seen glimpses of in the Marvel cinematic universe to date.
And, to a degree, the film lives up to that risky billing. There's a horror-ish undercurrent to the movie. There's a lesser reliance on zingers to bring »
Even though Back to the Future Part II predicted 2015 as the year the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, the team didn’t make it to the Major League Baseball championship game until this year. Over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs won the pennant, and they’re headed to the World Series to face the Cleveland […]
- Ethan Anderton
Back to the Future 2 gave us a lot of very iconic imagery and took on the idea of what the year 2015 might look like. While many of those things never came to pass, Nike has finally made the iconic self-lacing shoes a reality. Yes, the Nike Mag with actual working self-lacing technology will be made available this month, but those who want a pair will have to win them, not buy them.
Nike CEO Mike Parker announced in a YouTube video recently that the company has made a limited quantity of the Nike Mag shoes featured in Back to the Future 2. The shoes are going to be raffled off, meaning that getting your hands on a pair of these shoes will be left entirely up to chance. The good news is that anyone who wants to buy an entry can do so for $10. The 89 lucky winners are going to be »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Shoes of the Day: Nike is raffling off a limited amount of Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers inspired by the iconic shoes in Back to the Future Part II to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (via USA Today): Short Film of the Day: Speaking of things from the 1980s, see how many movie and TV references from the decade you can spot in this animated short titled Mall 84 (via Geek Tyrant): Character Introduction of the Day: Get ready for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with the debut and origin of Wedge Antilles in a clip from the upcoming Gary Whitta-scripted episode of Star Wars...
- Christopher Campbell
Back To The Future Part II promised us many novelties for this second decade of the 21st century, but, until recently, the only ones science really made good on were flatscreen TVs, omnipresent drones, and Pepsi Perfect. However, we can now cross one more item off our list of things to complain about not having yet. See that one just below hoverboards and above Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactors? Power-lacing Nikes? Cross it off.
The Oregon-based athletic apparel manufacturer announced that the Led-lit, self-fastening sneakers are available in a limited-edition run starting today, according to Bleacher Report. Less than 100 are available for purchase, so if you want to make these a prize piece of your silly shoe collection, you’ll need to make a small charitable donation and enter The Draw for a chance to buy them. All proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
The self-lacing Nike Mag shoes from “Back To The Future Part II” are officially here. In a video released today, Nike CEO Mark Parker announced that the popular footwear brand would be raffling off limited-edition Nike Mag shoes, equipped with individually responsive “power laces,” which were first imagined nearly 30 years ago with the release […] »
- Cat Williams
There are few movies that could generate enough interest to justify a massive, annual fan event, but Back to the Future is apparently one of them. This year will mark the first annual Back to the Future Fan Celebration in California, which will be celebrating all things related to DeLorean time traveling goodness. What is perhaps most exciting about the event is that it will be taking place at Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, which is the real life location used for the Twin Pines Mall in the first movie.
HitFix reported about the event on Tuesday, revealing that it will be taking place on October 25, 2016. What is fun about that for Back to the Future fans is that it will mark the 31st anniversary of the first time that the DeLorean traveled back in time. The significance of that day specifically appears to be why the event »
Your days to stream all these movies on Netflix are dwindling, people! Classics like Back to the Future and The Exorcist are disappearing, along with Oscar favorites like Erin Brockovich. This is your last chance to watch Honey 2, you guys! Here's the full list of movies and shows expiring in the coming month, and check out all the new movies coming in October! Expiring Oct. 1 10.0 Earthquake Back to the Future Back to the Future Part II Back to the Future Part III Beverly Hills Cop II Congo Deep Impact Erin Brockovich The Exorcist Heroes, seasons 1-4 Honey Honey 2 Insomnia Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Mr. Deeds My Girl Nick of Time The Phantom Psych, seasons 1-8 The Running Man Saturday Night Live, season 38 Timeline Uncommon Valor The Warriors Expiring Oct. 2 The Big Green Expiring Oct. 15 Ivan the Incredible Expiring Oct. 16 Devil Estranged Expiring Oct. 20 Marvel's Avengers Assemble Expiring Oct. 21 The Taking of Deborah Logan »
- Maggie Pehanick
Simon Brew Sep 23, 2016
Is the Back To The Future trilogy something of a storytelling palindrome?
This article contains spoilers for the Back To The Future trilogy.
Here’s something to wrap your head around at the end of a long week. A new theory about Back To The Future has sprung up, and there might just be something to it. Whats more, the author of said theory has provided his working too, if you want to dig into it in detail.
It’s come from writer Robert Lockard, and with a hat tip to Mental Floss, it suggests that the Back To The Future trilogy is actually a chiasmus.
A chiasmus is effectively a storytelling palindrome. That when a story hits its half way point, the narrative is then repeated again, but in reverse order. It is said that this can apply to the three Back To The Future films. »
You might recall that late last year on Back to the Future Day (October 22nd 2015) it was revealed that Nike’s Tinker Hatfield was hard at work making sure at least one of Back to the Future Part II‘s predictions came true. The shoe designer hand-delivered a prototype of self-tying Nike Mags to Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox […]
The post Video: Nike’s Self-Lacing Shoes Revealed, Inspired By ‘Back to the Future’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
In Case Of has launched an Indiegogo campaign for their emergency cabinets. For, you know, when the great zombie-pocalypse strikes. Also in today's Highlights: filming finishing details for Psycho Therapy, The Devil's Woods UK and Ireland DVD / VOD release details, the launch of Screamli.com, and a teaser trailer for Birthday.
In Case of... Cabinets: Press Release: "In Case Of, makers of handmade emergency cabinets modified with the "necessary" equipment and defence objects against supernatural, “fantastic”, humorous disasters, launched its “Protection Against the Ordinary” Indiegogo campaign!
In Case Of campaign is really important because every time that our Cabinets have been displayed, either physically or online, our return has been profound. But being a small company, we cannot handle increased demand. That's where you come in! Join our journey and support our project here!
13 thrilling perk categories are there for you to grab: Limited Edition Zombie Cabinets exclusively designed and offered for The Indiegogo campaign, »
- Tamika Jones
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