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Cast Reunions, ‘The Hobbit’ and Dress Like Luke Skywalker

I apologize to all my fans or the two that I have (mom and dad) for not updating very much over the past couple of months. Summer was crazy and Fall has proven even more maddening. But a few things caught my eye today.

Entertainment Weekly came out with a “Reunions” issue this week and posted some fun video of the casts talking about their films and tv shows. Some of the noteworthy clips include “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, the guys from “Lord of the Rings” and Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber talking “Alias.” The “Scream” trio is currently working on the fourth edition in that film series, they also spoke to the magazine about the slasher films.

Check out the videos below:

Can’t embed “Alias” but here’s the link.

EW also reunited several other casts “Will & Grace”, “The West Wing”, “Roots”, “Married…With Children” and “Pretty in Pink.” More on information on those can be found here.

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And on the topic of “Lord of the Rings”, it appears its prequel will finally start shooting next year. The Wrap reports “The Hobbit” has finally got the green light to begin principal photography in February 2011. The site also mentions that Peter Jackson (initially just an executive producer on the project) will indeed direct both installments after Guillermo Del Toro dropped out earlier this year. The first movie is expected to hit theaters in late December 2012. Not a lot of time to get it done, hopefully it won’t affect the quality of the production.

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And if you’ve been thinking you don’t have enough Rebel Alliance apparel in your closet, StarWars.com has a deal for you…for the low, low price of just $274.99 you could wear the same jacket as Luke Skywalker during the medal ceremony at the end of “A New Hope.” I’m a fan, but I don’t think I would buy that thing if it was $10, let alone nearly $300. Well, maybe $10.

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I Wonder If This Will Keep Happening?

Is there a market for nostalgia? I’ve always thought so and it appears many are starting to go along with that thinking.

A few weeks back, I wrote about going to see “Back to the Future” at a one night showing in Rochester. Well now, they are actually re-releasing the 1985 movie for its 25th anniversary in theaters! Don’t rush to your local multiplex just yet though. It’s only happening in the UK. Interesting move, not sure if they’re trying to appeal to a younger generation or the older crowd, but it’s still pretty cool.

Check out the trailer for the re-release below:

On another nostalgic note, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline is showing “Jaws” next Monday. And I have every intention of going, because just like “Back to the Future” I have never seen it at a movie theater. It’s an experience that’s tough to beat. So, I’ll be back next week with a report on that jaunt.

This also got me wondering what other movies would you like to see re-released in theaters? “Jaws” has definitely been on my checklist for a while. Others that I would deem theater worthy “The Shining”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, any of the Indiana Jones movies and maybe the original “King Kong.”

I’m really hoping this trend continues, especially since most movies put out by the studios aren’t worthy of your iphone, let alone the big screen.

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1.21 ‘JigaWatts’!!! A Film Trip Back In Time.

When it comes to movie theaters, I would say I’m something of an old soul. When most are clamoring to catch a glimpse of the latest 3D technology, digital projection or plush, reclining chairs that can hold a tub of Cherry Coke, I would leave that all behind for a one-hundred seat, single-screen cinema with sticky floors and a bit of character.

On a recent trip to Rochester, New York, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House. Built in 1951, the theatre is used by the museum for a plethora of events, showing everything from contemporary movies to foreign to classics and hosting a film festival every spring. George Eastman was the founder of Kodak and today, the museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of photography and film.

The experience at the Dryden was a memorable one. Outside, you’re greeted by a stately-looking structure that reminded me of the building at the center of that night’s movie; the clock tower from “Back to the Future.”


Yep, we were about to go back in time. And, upon entering the theatre it actually felt like we had gone in reverse a few decades. The walls were adorned with a variety of movie posters, showcasing films they had previously shown and some that were coming soon. You could smell the popcorn bursting forth from the vintage popper and excitement in the air. “Back to the Future” came out 25 years ago, but to these moviegoers it was like a brand new film. The line, featuring more than one person sporting a Delorean shirt, was literally out the door and my father had to ask a worker if seats were still available. Thankfully, they were.


The inside of theatre was more than I expected. It wasn’t overly ornate, but it had maybe fifty to sixty seats on the first tier in front of the screen. Most viewers, like myself and my Marty McFly-loving crew, were sitting in the balcony area. The seats themselves were old school. The upholstery was blue and comfortable, although the backs were a bit stiff; not anything that bugged me certainly. As the anticipation for the time-traveling adventure built, I took in the scenery. There was plenty of people watching with eclectic film buffs everywhere and I even took this snapshot of the curtain covering the screen. As the movie started it was raised into the rafters. A nice little topping on this “throwback sundae.”


But before Doc Brown got shot for stealing plutonium from Libyan terrorists, there was a special treat for fans of the film. A speaker dressed as Marty McFly, complete with his reddish orange “life vest” and jean shirt, gave a brief history of the production.


Many of the details, I already knew, but they are still noteworthy. Mainly, that writer Bob Gale came up with the idea after looking at his father’s High School yearbook and wondering what it would have been like to be friends with his dad as a young man. The other: the studio initially wanted Michael J. Fox for the part, but his scheduling conflicts with “Family Ties” prevented him from taking it. So, they cast Eric Stoltz instead. However, director Robert Zemeckis did not think Stoltz provided enough humor in the role. He was dropped after six weeks of filming and Zemeckis was able to convince Fox to work a grueling day-night schedule between the movie and his TV sitcom. I thought this history lesson presentation was a nice touch by the Dryden theatre. It serves as both educational and entertaining and gives moviegoers something more than they would find at an overpriced multiplex.

And then it was “Back to the Future.” Except for me, it was back to the past. The film was not just some dvd that was threw in and projected at 35mm. This was the real film celluloid, complete with “cigarette burns” or cue marks at the top right hand corner. The audience was ready for a great movie and they got it. They laughed at parts that were funny (Doc Brown screaming in horror at the thought of producing 1.21 “Jigawatts” of energy) and cheered when George slugged Biff to win Lorraine at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance.

It was a great night, for the movie-going experience and the great company who saw it with me. It was a trip back in time, one that I wish I could take more often.

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Are We Actually Living Back to the Future 2? This is Heavy.

Den of Geek came up with an interesting list of what Back to the Future 2 (released in 1989) actually predicted correctly. That future took place in 2015, so another five years for us. But it hit the nail on the head for most things, excluding the flying cars and hover boards. And may I say totally got lucky with the resurgence of 3D!

And one thing it left off, the atrocity channel watched by Marty McFly Jr. TLC, MTV, Bravo. I think any of those would qualify.

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