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'Back to the Future': 30 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Time-Travel Classic

3 July 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.

Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."

1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.

2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, »

- Gary Susman

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What do the cast of Back to the Future look like now? Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, more

3 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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! Has it really been 30 years? Back to the Future celebrates a landmark anniversary this week, so to mark the occasion we take a look back at the film to find out what the cast were doing then and where they are now.

We get all misty-eyed and nostalgic about Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and their Bttf cast-mates below!

Michael J Fox

A huge teen idol thanks to his role in sitcom Family Ties, Fox initially wasn't able to play Marty McFly due to a scheduling conflict with his TV show. The part of Marty went to Eric Stoltz, he was fired five weeks into filming, then Fox jumped on board as a last-minute replacement. The schedule was gruelling (10am-6pm on Family Ties, »

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Marion Cotillard Joins Brad Pitt In Robert Zemeckis’ WWII Thriller

8 June 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Is Robert Zemeckis ready to tap his human side again? The filmmaker seems to have been distracted and sidetracked by filmmaking toys in his last few years. There was the run of early pioneering motion capture work ("The Polar Express," "A Christmas Carol," "Beowulf"), but even with his “return” to live-action filmmaking, “Flight” with Denzel Washington, the most convincing sequence in the entire movie was the dynamic and horrifying plane crash. Even “The Walk,” which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as young quixotic dreamer with an ambition to wire walk between the World Trade Center towers looks like an excuse to induce vertigo with 3D technology. So, what will Zemeckis hide behind in an upcoming untitled World War II thriller with romantic dimensions? Considering his cast, we hope nothing. Zemeckis’ latest already stars Brad Pitt, and Marion Cotillard has just joined the cast as his love interest. Penned by Steve Knight ("Peaky. »

- Edward Davis

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3D in the 21st Century. "Beowulf": Who’s Afraid of The Volume?

4 May 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The difference between traditional and technical images, then, would be this: the first are observations of objects, the second computations of concepts. The first arise through depiction, the second through a peculiar hallucinatory power that has lost its faith in rules." —Vilém Flusser, "Into the Universe of Technical Images" Lately I often find myself, usually in squalid municipal airport bars in Douglas, Arizona or Butte, Montana, having the following exchange:q: “Is there anything you don’t hate about the movies?”A: “Yeah. Bob Zemeckis.”  Which seems like, I guess, an indefensible position, now that he’s burned through the brave sordid purgatory of his infamous mo-cap period and not quite gnawed his way out. Ah, the thankless fate of the pioneer. History will absolve you, Robert. But, alas, here’s Beowulf. The most interesting filmmaker of his time, Zemeckis’s 2007 fulminant data explosion & puppet show got some stupid mixed reviews when it came out. »

- Uncas Blythe

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12 landmark performance capture turns: From Ahmed Best to Andy Serkis

7 March 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As VFX technology marches on at speed, more and more of our favourite movie characters are being brought to life by actors driving a performance capture digital creation.

Though Andy Serkis's Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Sharlto Copley's Chappie sit at the cutting edge today, in its current form it actually stretches back nearly 20 years to Star Wars's much-maligned Jar Jar Binks.

Go back even further and take into account rotoscoping - animators drawing over an actors' performance frame-by-frame - it's possible to mark Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a landmark film in 1937. There, an actress was used as the basis for the titular princess.

Fast forward to 2015, and we're now at a point where many in the industry are calling for an 'Assisted Performance' Oscars category to recognise the work done by actors and VFX artists.

"I think the technology is relatively new, »

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ITV previews 2015 dramas with Sheridan Smith and Christopher Eccleston

7 January 2015 7:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

ITV has offered a first-look at its slate of dramas for 2015.

The minute-long trailer offers a first glimpse of Christopher Eccleston's Safe House and Sheridan Smith's Black Work.

It also teases the drama coming up during the second series of Broadchurch, which began on Monday (January 5).

Footage from Code of a Killer, Home Fires, Arthur & George and the third series of Mr Selfridge is also included. Jeremy Piven's period drama will return to screens later this month.

The Trials of Jimmy Rose - which will star Ray Winstone and Tom Cullen - is also featured in the 2015 preview.

The new series follows notorious armed robber Jimmy Rose, who is released from prison only to find that his family have moved on with their lives.

ITV recently ordered a 13-part adaptation of Old English epic poem Beowulf, with production set to begin in County Durham and Northumberland in April. »

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