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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. »
The Minions are back and ready for more action! In celebration of the upcoming Despicable Me spin-off movie Minions, we thought it would be fun to conjure up a fun personality quiz filled with famous movie and TV sidekicks. Our new game will figure out whether you're more like Emily Blunt's character from The Devil Wears Prada or if you lean towards a Batman and Robin type right-hand man (or woman). But wait, perhaps you're dark and dangerous like Scandal's infamous henchman Huck! Take out personality quiz to find out and don't forget to share your answers on Facebook and Twitter! And watch Minions on July 10. (E! and Universal Pictures are both part of the »
After the Batman film franchise fizzled out with "Batman and Robin" in 1997, Warner Bros. Pictures tried to revive the property with several different attempts, each of which would've taken the Caped Crusader back in a darker direction.
One was Joel Schumacher's "Batman Triumphant" which was reported about extensively on this site back in its earliest days. Another was Darren Aronofsky's "Batman: Year One" project, and a third was a live action take on the animated series "Batman Beyond" which "Remember The Titans" helmer Boaz Yakin was attached to.
The one least talked about was the latter as the project didn't move very far along. In a new interview with IGN, Yakin has briefly spoken about his early ambitions for it and how he ultimately opted out of the project:
"I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmakers often like to give us an origin story of the main character(s), especially if they are hoping to build a franchise. But that’s not always the case. With the rumor the Doctor Strange movie, as well as the Spider-Man reboot, will not include any origin for the characters, Cinelinx asks the question…are origin stories necessary?
When you go to see a super hero/comic book film, unless it’s a sequel, you probably expect to see an origin story regarding how the character(s) got his/her/their power(s) and the reason he/she/they fight the bad guys. It makes sense from a story-telling perspective. It’s essentially the first chapter of a longer story arc, particularly if the film is planned to be the beginning of a film franchise. But is it always necessary?
Rumors were spreading last year that the Doctor Strange »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Warner Bros. Pictures
After Batman And Robin, the Batman franchise was as good as dead. Several attempts were made to resurrect the franchise (including a Batman: Year One movie from Darren Aronofsky and a early attempt at Batman vs. Superman), but it was Christopher Nolan who ended up being the Caped Crusader’s saviour with his critically acclaimed Batman Begins reboot in 2005.
The trilogy concluded with The Dark Knight Rises seven years later, and while the way it ended was certainly divisive with fans, it capped things off nicely. Of course, that didn’t stop rumours swirling about Christian Bale possibly reprising the role of Batman, but now that Ben Affleck has been cast in Batman V Superman, The Dark Knight series is officially over. Although it’s far from forgotten.
Just like when the comic books turned their back on the camp stories of the ’50s and ’60s and »
- Josh Wilding
Ricky Church reviews Batman #41…
A new era of Batman has begun thanks to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s work on one of DC’s flagship superheroes. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this new status quo given the new look of the character as well as the identity of who is wearing the mask now. Batman #41 offers readers an intriguing look at this shake up and how its characters are coping in the wake of Endgame.
Snyder plays with the narrative as he jumps back and forth between time periods, showing us the events leading up to the new Batman’s debut. Its interesting to see how Commissioner Gordon, one of the lasting characters throughout the Batman mythos, decides to don the high tech Batsuit. A lot of emphasis was made on his knowledge of the police department and Gotham City itself, making him the perfect candidate to take up the mantle. »
- Ricky Church
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is introducing a major expansion to the studio’s popular tour opening July 16, 2015, anchored by the addition of the brand new feature “Stage 48: Script to Screen” (a brand new interactive journey behind-the-scenes of the production process). The announcement was made May 27, 2015 by Danny Kahn, Executive Director, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Additional features of the expansion will include significant enhancements throughout the popular backlot tour.
“These new enhancements will allow our guests to go even further behind-the scenes of the production world and enjoy an insider’s view of Hollywood in a fun, interactive way,” said Kahn. “Stage 48: Script to Screen brings a completely new dimension to the Studio Tour and offers guests an opportunity to see how their favorite movies and TV shows were made – right on the studio lot where so many of them were created.”
This innovative new addition to the Studio Tour, »
- Mike Tyrkus
Jupiter’s Circle #3
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Wilfredo Torres, Davide Gianfelice, Francesco Mortarino
Colors by Ive Svorcina
Published by Image Comics
Since 2007, when Joe Quesada and Marvel editorial broke up the marriage of Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson in “One More Day”, superhero marriages (happy or unhappy) have become exceedingly rare with initiatives, like the New 52, bringing in younger, unattached versions of iconic characters, like Superman, The Flash, and Green Arrow. In Jupiter’s Circle #3, writer Mark Millar and artist Wilfredo Torres (with help from artists Davide Gianfelice and Francesco Mortarino) say, “To hell with this” and tell the story of Flare, a superhero with a wife and kids who love him. But he meets a blonde, 19 year old grocery clerk’ wannabe crime fighter named April Kelly, who turns his world upside down. The tension in this issue isn’t between superheroes and the government, like in the previous two issues, »
- Logan Dalton
Warner Bros. Pictures/20th Century Fox
People like to debate movies on the internet. That’s kinda why you’re here, after all – it’s just a lot of fun to chew over cinematic worth and tear apart minutiae with a bunch of likeminded people (even if things can get pretty out of hand when you bring a polarising superhero flick into the mix).
Through all the discussion-cum-argument, however, it’s easy to forget that cinema is an inherently subjective medium – it’s an art form and thus by its very nature will be read and appreciated by different people in different ways. There are, of course, ways to create objective measures of success – box office takings, award success – but everybody knows they don’t really equate to actual quality.
And, with that in mind, there’s naturally few movies everyone can agree on. Sure, nobody would object to calling »
- Alex Leadbeater
Casey prepares for a final showdown with Hun as the Purple Dragons run amok. Meanwhile the Tmnt struggle to reunite as a family while a greater threat looms… what is The Stockman Swarm?
That’s more like it. After my disappointment with last month’s #45, Tmnt is back in my good books. Though there may not be much action, #46 is gorgeous, with some amazing use of colour, plus a series of well written dialogue scenes.
What must it be like to have an out of body experience? It must be even stranger if you also find yourself in a robot body of your own design. It would freak me out for sure, but I’ve always been more emotional than logical. Donatello is the opposite, having already proven he’s capable of making the big calls. It’s hardly surprising that his response »
- Chris Cooper
You don't need to be a Time Lord to enjoy the 200,000 square feet of anime, panels, photo ops, workshops, and star sightings happening at this year's Dallas Comic Con. But it does help to follow a few simple rules to get the most out of your time on the floor. Leave Ego BehindAlso, don't worry about how your behind looks in tights. Strap on that cape and stand tall, and don't let any Iron Man make you feel otherwise.Talk to the ArtistsGetting your picture taken with Nathan Fillion will indeed do wonders for your Instagram account. But don't forget the tons of writers and inkers who will be there as well. So now is the time to take advantage of what they have to say—especially those of you looking to break into the biz. Talk to the CelebsThe list is, ahem, out of this world—Batman And Robin »
A new collection of short stories from Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, will debut on November 3rd. Until then, the official cover art from the upcoming release provides us with a haunting look at what's to come in King's next batch of short works.
Synopsis: "A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.
There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, »
- Derek Anderson
Batman and Robin. Like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it's a movie only idiots or children enjoyed*. Too mean? Anyway, in the video below, George Clooney talks in detail about his experience filming that movie and why he regrets being the one to nearly destroy the Batman franchise. It's hard not to feel a little sorry for Clooney when he talks about how he thought at the time it would be a smart career move (he's still done well though, so it's not that big of a deal). It sounds like filming Batman and Robin was a unique few months anyway, so check out the video below for his comments. *in My opinion, anyway. You know what else sucks? Pacific Rim! »
Looking back at the great actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood – the stars like Clarke Gable and Spencer Tracey – and it’s apparent how few A-list actors working today have quite the same sense of style and gravitas. George Clooney is one of the few who follows in their illustrious footsteps and brings a degree of class to his films.
Clooney’s effortless suave and sophistication is apparent in many of the films he’s starred in – from the mediocre rom-coms all actors of his stature appear to be obliged to star in through to the textbook Ocean’s heist movie franchise, few other actors quite manage to exude cool as well as Clooney.
- Andrew Dilks
"I got the call while on my honeymoon and was told it was really important that I fly in," Clooney said. "First I had to explain that to my wife, which didn't play well.
"And then, the whole idea of spending part of your honeymoon with people dressed up like Captain Kirk and Star Wars characters somehow wasn't easy to explain to my new bride. But, I showed up and it was actually fun."
Clooney, who is well known for pranking his famous co-stars, also told Norton about his »
Villains are everything to a story, and especially in the comic book medium, a hero is only as good as the villains that they thwart. Batman has the most recognizable, most iconic, and overall best rogue’s gallery in all of comics. From classics such as Two-Face, Catwoman, and the Riddler to relative newcomers like Bane, The Court of Owls, and Hush, all of these villains, and are strongly ingrained in comic book lore to a degree unmatched by other comic book villains. There are some heroes like Superman, Shazam, and the Hulk who have such a shallow crop of villains to draw from that it works against a creator’s ability to tell quality stories. Batman doesn’t have this problem; in fact, one of the greatest comic book villains calls the Dark Knight his archenemy.
What makes the Joker such an exciting villain isn’t just his diabolical deeds, »
- Andrew Doscas
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. At a certain point, you cannot think of one without the other. Action icons of the 80s, they are as synonymous with 80spop culture as the side ponytail, hair metal and New Coke. For action fans they are yin and yang, the flip sides of the same sweaty bicep. While they bear some superficial similarities, their star personas are actually quite different.
Stallone - The Underdog
Though he boasts a bulky physique comparable to the former Mr Universe, the essence of Stallone’s appeal is that he is inherently an underdog — this is why he is perfect for Rocky Balboa, and miscast in Cobra and Judge Dredd. »
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
Hot Pursuit has opened to critical panning and unfavorable audience reactions today. The $35 million Action-Comedy’s 6% rottentomatoes score, lack of persistent marketing and generally-unfunny jokes in its major trailer all point at a financial loss for Warner Bros. But there lies the hope for women filmmakers in this article: this movie was still released amidst all the panning, the negativity generally-aimed at female filmmakers, and the recent backlash from the leaked emails between Marvel CEOs concerning the perceived lack of appeal for female superhero films.
The leaked emails remind us of the general sexist attitude towards female filmmakers, specifically directors. The major studios, including Warner Bros, nowadays produce and distribute just a few dozen films a year with an average budget of over $100 million. All those superhero and mega-expensive films we’ve come to love, hate, and blog about are the proof. By now, we’ve all noticed that a »
- Christopher Ortiz
Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to talk about his latest movie Maggie and his upcoming blockbuster sequel Terminator Genisys. But while there was serious promotion on the cards, Schwarzenegger also had some fun with his host by acting out his entire career in six minutes.
See Also: Read Our Review Of Maggie Here
- Scott J. Davis
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