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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 [...]

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 [...]

The Late Movie: Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly

A while back I wrote about lost performances, and referenced the fact that Eric Stoltz was the original Marty McFly. After several weeks of shooting, the film’s creators decided that they’d made a casting mistake – ultimately giving the role to Michael J. Fox. Now Back to the Future fans who’ve clamored for years to see [...]

Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back to the Future

(Video Link) The lead role in the movie Back to the Future was originally played by actor Eric Stoltz. After five weeks of filming, director Robert Zemeckis decided that it wasn’t working, and replaced him with Michael J. Fox. The above video shows Stoltz in scenes that will be familiar to fans of the movie. via blastr

Movie Trivia: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a staple in our household, which is funny, because I remember being quite scared of the steamroller scene near the end when I was a kid. Now that I’m older, I appreciate it more from standpoint of how much work it took to get such a groundbreaking movie made – [...]

How to Make A Motion Capture Movie For Cheap!

I’m sure you’ve heard about Avatar, the technical marvel that reinvented the digital wheel and recently took the movie world by storm. It’s a motion capture movie. Last year, some animator friends and I made a motion capture movie called Be Amazing for Mental Floss — and while we were operating on a much, much, [...]

You Better Watch Out: 7 Evil Santas in TV and Film

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus…and chances are he’s evil. Hollywood has tried to explain away the cheeriness and unending generosity of Santa to meet all sorts of sordid and disturbing plotlines with varying degrees of success and failure—but mostly failure. These are the Santa Clauses who never knew the meaning of the word [...]