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Back to the Future: The Musical?

According to Deadline, Back to the Future may be headed to Broadway: “I’m told that [Robert] Zemeckis is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to explore a stage transfer. A stage musical would be an intriguing way to reintroduce a franchise which, over three films, grossed nearly $1 [...]

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

This Day in (Fake) History: Doc Brown Invented Time Travel

On this date in 1955, Doc Brown hit his head on the edge of his sink and invented time travel. See Also: Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends; Dear Slate: Bob Gale Is Locked in Our Basement; The Back to the Future Quiz

Things You Learned the Hard Way

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Under Colin’s post about items you shouldn’t microwave, regular _flosser Bert left this comment: “My brothers once tried to make a [...]

Dear Slate: Bob Gale Is Locked in Our Basement

As surprised as I was that Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale actually responded to our question about the origin of Marty and Doc’s friendship, I could not have imagined the splash his explanation would make. This “scoop” was covered by New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, MTV, and Slate, among others. [...]

How Marty McFly Met Doc Brown

One of the authors at mental_floss asked managing editor Jason English a question he couldn’t answer, so he asked the readers. “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start the movie and it’s just implied that they’re good friends.” — Brett Savage Among the many comments at that [...]

Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends

Yesterday I posted a question mental_floss contributor Brett Savage had asked me via text — “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown?” Many people weighed in with theories. Good theories. Then someone with inside info chimed in — Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale! Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m [...]

Movie Trivia: Back to the Future

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since we first went back in time? Well, maybe you can if you’ve seen all of the press coverage recently. With the trilogy just released on Blu-Ray, we thought it was a good time to do a little time-traveling back to 1985 ourselves to do a little trivia [...]