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Great Scott! Did you know that 28 years ago this weekend Back to the Future was released in cinemas in the Us?
One of the finest films of the 1980s, it made a star out of its DeLorean and shot Michael J Fox to fame as time-travelling teenager Marty McFly. To mark this birthday for one of our all-time favourites, here are 28 reasons why Digital Spy hearts Back to the Future.
1. The opening scene
After an intricate camera sweep across ticking clocks, the film literally explodes into life as wannabe rock star Marty strums a Dolby-exploding guitar chord.
2. The DeLorean
This gull-winged sports car - modified by Doc Brown for temporal displacement - became the iconic image of the series. Production on the Dmc-12 stopped in 1982 as the company went into liquidation, but the vehicle lives on in pop culture thanks to Robert Zemeckis's movie.
3. The Flux Capacitor
"You were »
Billy Zane, best known for slipping a blue diamond onto Kate Winslet in Titanic and slipping himself into a purple onesie in The Phantom, has spent the last 15 years slowly and successfully slipping into the art world.
This weekend his paintings will be included in Fresh Canvas' latest benefit, in support of The Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center, as Comedy Central's Jack Herrguth is honored with the 2nd Annual Gilda Award. Zane spoke with ETonline about the important event, the double-edged sword of being a hyphenate and living his best life.
ETonline: How did you come to partner with Fresh Canvas?
Billy Zane: It came through a dear friend of mine, a wonderful artist named Janet Roberts, a four-time cancer survivor. We co-created and collaborated on this idea of Fresh Canvas and did a joint show together last year -- now we're expanding to include more artists. I'm so happy to be a part of it because »
By Todd Garbarini
Rarely has distributor exploitation been as blatant as in the case of Simon Wincer’s The Day After Halloween (1980), a ludicrously-named Australian outing originally optioned under the name of Centerfold, then changed to Snapshot after the producers were unable to secure that title, and was eventually released as One More Minute. It appeared on video shelves here in the U.S. on VHS both in 1983 from Catalina Home Video under the title of The Day After Halloween and in 1985 as The Night After Halloween on Magnum Home Entertainment. The film came on the heels of the John Carpenter-scripted Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) which was set against the milieu of the fashion industry. Filmed in 1978 and released in Australia the following year, The Day After Halloween has absolutely nothing to do with John Carpenter’s seminal holiday suspense yarn, and isn’t even a slasher film. It isn’t even a thriller. »
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This week at Trailers from Hell, B-horror director Joe Dante introduces W. Lee Wilder's "Phantom from Space" (1953). "From the files of the Central Bureau" comes this terminally uneventful, stock footage-laden docu-style alien invader film, one of a series of on-location sci fi cheapies from director W. Lee Wilder. Insomniacs might try double billing this with "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues" for a restful night. »
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Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Mar 2013 - 06:48
With Robot & Frank out this week in the UK, here’s a look at a few of cinema’s other great robot butlers...
It’s telling that the word ‘robot’ - coined by Josef Capek and first appearing in print in his brother Karel’s play Rossum’s Universal Robots in 1920 - is derived from the Czech word for ‘labour’. Stories of artificial people and automata have appeared in stories for centuries, and it’s often the case that these inhuman constructs are given tasks that their human masters wouldn’t want to do themselves. From the factory-produced workers of Capek’s Rur mentioned above to the eerily blank David in Prometheus, the notion of the robotic servant is a familiar one in science fiction.
It’s a theme touched on in this year’s Robot & Frank, a moving sci-fi drama about an »
Defenders of the Earth - The Complete Series, 1986.
When the planet comes under threat from the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon teams up with fellow heroes The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician and Lothar to form the Defenders of the Earth (Defenders!).
Following the blockbuster success of Marvel's The Avengers last summer, it seems that superhero teams are all the rage. Warner Bros. is not-so-secretly working on a Justice League adaptation, Fox has the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four, and Marvel Studios' upcoming slate includes Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. So, in an effort to satisfy our cravings for superhero teams, FremantleMedia Enterprises has dug deep into »
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