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Book Review: Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History
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Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History title

Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Michael Klastorin with Randal Atamaniuk
Foreword by Michael J. Fox
Preface by Christopher Lloyd
Introduction by Bob Gale
Afterword by Robert Zemeckis
Harper Design | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: October 20, 2015

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Back To The Future, the Robert Zemeckis-directed Steven Spielberg-produced film that went on to become one of the greatest and most beloved movies of our time, spawning two sequels that were equally enjoyed. In conjunction with this milestone, Insight Editions has released Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History, a coffee table-sized full-cover hardcover packed with details about the film trilogy, highlighted with behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, storyboards, and a host of removable collectible-type items.

Though Back to the Future was an instant hit when Universal Pictures released it back in 1985, it was a long road from concept to screen for director/screenwriter Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale. Though the filmmakers had a great idea for a film about a time-travel, their initial draft of the script was rejected by over 40 movie studios. A tidbit like that is hard to believe today when we see how deeply rooted the film is in today’s pop culture, but The Ultimate Visual History reveals their lengthy struggle, which also included their multiple attempts to get Michael J. Fox, who was locked in at the time to his schedule on the popular TV sitcom Family Ties, as the lead.

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‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’: A Look At Robert Zemeckis’ 1978 Beatlemania Romp
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Robert Zemeckis I Wanna Hold Your Hand

With all the recent hoopla and hullabaloo surrounding the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, it’s easy to forget that the cinematic creative genius dynamic team of Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, and Steven Spielberg made some pretty adventurous films prior to it, films that in a way set the stage for this timeless classic.

There was Used Cars, the 1980 comedic quilt of craziness which starred Kurt Russell, and 1979’s notoriously panned 1941. But, before that was debut of the team and their glorious work with 1978’s I Wanna Hold Your Hand. The film — executive produced by Spielberg, and directed by Zemekis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gale — was a love letter to not only The Beatles, but the American milieu and craziness that surrounded Beatlemania circa 1964, when the British foursome first landed on New York soil and played The Ed Sullivan Show.

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‘Back To The Future’: 9 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know (Video)
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Back to the Future

We’ve seen some amusing and educational “Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know” videos from CineFix for movies such as Terminator, Fight Club, and Home Alone.

So when we saw that they were offering up some fun facts on one of the greatest movies ever made, Robert Zemeckis‘s 1985 time travel classic Back to the Future in celebration of the movie’s 30th anniversary this year, we of course had to share it.

Some of these fun facts are pretty well known, such as Eric Stoltz originally playing Marty McFly, but there’s plenty of bits many of you likely had no idea about. I know I had never heard of a few of them. Click on over to the other side to watch the video and find out how many Back to the Future fun facts are new to you.

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‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Mega Box Set Coming This Fall
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Back to the Future

Should have seen this one coming. In October, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will re-release the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-ray in a box set in celebration of its 30th anniversary that will include the three films, every bonus feature from the previous Blu-ray set, and a host of new bonuses. Among them will be some new shorts starring Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown and other exclusive extras.

You can check out the official press release, packaging art, and a trailer for the 30th Anniversary Trilogy set here below.

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Robert Zemeckis Says ‘Back To The Future’ Remake Will Not Happen While He’s Alive
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Back to the Future

In a movie world dominated by sequels and reboots and remakes, director Robert Zemeckis has made something very clear: you will not see his beloved 1985 time travel classic Back to the Future getting the remake treatment. At least not while he still lives and breathes.

Back in 1984, the contract signed by Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale with Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment included their right to deny any future sequels or other related movies. When asked whether he would ever agree to a remake by The Telegraph, Zemeckis replied “Oh, God no.”

Continue reading to see what else he had to say.

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‘The Walk’ Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Takes A Walk On A High-Wire
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The Walk Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Towards the end of 2014, we got our very first look at The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is a telling of the 1970 event when Philippe Petit and a team of conspirators strung a wire between the World Trade Center towers in New York City so that Petit could perform a high-wire walk hundreds of feet above ground. The highly illegal act makes for a promising movie since there is drama, heist, and death-defying stunt elements in the film. Check out the trailer below.

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‘The Walk’ Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Stars As ‘Man On Wire’ High-Wire Daredevil
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The Walk Movie Trailer

If you’ve seen the 2008 documentary Man on Wire, then you’re familiar with French daredevil Philippe Petit‘s high-wire walk from one of the Twin Towers in New York City to the other one morning in 1974. The stunt was unbelievable to witness, insanely dangerous, and also so very much illegal. The documentary was based on Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds.

Now Hollywood is ready to take its turn in telling this remarkable story. The first trailer has been released for The Walk, which is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Flight) and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit.

You can read a synopsis and watch the trailer below.

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A Look At The ‘Roger Rabbit’ Voiced By Pee-Wee Herman You Didn’t Know Existed (Video)
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Early Who Framed Roger Rabbit Image

As you know, a lot goes into making a movie. Many of them are developed for many years, seeing various writers and directors and other talent come and go as the best strategy for making the movie is figured out.

1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit was no different. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring the late Bob Hoskins, the movie would go on to become an unforgettable fusion of live-action film noir and cartoon comedy. But Disney was trying to make the movie happen years before that destiny was realized. They acquired the rights to the Gary K. Wolf novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? not long after its publication in 1981, and at one point in 1983 had an adaptation in the works with Paul Reubens as Roger Rabbit (around the time he was becoming known as Pee-Wee Herman).

You can see a behind-the-scenes video of this very different version of Roger Rabbit below.

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‘Forrest Gump’ To Get 20th Anniversary Re-Release In IMAX
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Forrest Gump, so in celebration, the film will be re-released in IMAX for one week only this September.

The Paramount Pictures film, originally released in theaters on July 6, 1994, won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for star Tom Hanks (who played the titular character) and Best Director for Robert Zemeckis.

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Rare Images Of Eric Stoltz As Marty McFly In ‘Back To The Future’
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Back to the Future

This might not exactly a breaking news story automatically worthy of your attention, but it’s Back to the Future-related and we here at Geeks of Doom don’t need any more excuse than that.

io9 has published an extensive collection of candid production photos from the Back to the Future trilogy culled from various sources and fans of the Robert Zemeckis-directed movies. If you scroll down to the end of the article you’ll notice a trio of stills from the early days of filming on the original, back when Eric Stoltz was the first actor cast as Marty McFly.

You can check out those pics – along with a few I included just for fun – here below.

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