Oct. 12, 2010 | 6:31 p.m.
With Hollywood classics, the almost-could-have-happened casting game is always fun to think about. John Travolta auditioned for “Star Wars,” Clint Eastwood was pursued as a replacement for Sean Connery in the 007 films and and Tom Selleck, the poor fella, actually turned down the chance to wear the hat in the Indiana Jones films. Then there’s the rare star that actually gets the job and then loses it — and yes, today we’re talking about Eric Stoltz and the Marty McFly gig in “Back to the Future.” The film is hitting home video in a lavish new 25th anniversary edition and here’s a clip from the bonus features that illuminates the way Stoltz was erased from a major moment of movie history. — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Singer: “First Class” has to be about Prof X & Magneto Cameron vs. Zemeckis? […]
April 27, 2010 | 9:39 p.m.
The great thing about time-travel movies is you can always go back and do it all over again. This weekend, the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre does just that with a series of time-jumping double-features — “Planet of the Apes” with “Escape From the Planet of the Apes” on Thursday; “Star Trek: First Contact” with “T2: Judgment Day” on Friday; and “The Time Machine” (1960) and the cult-film “Beyond the Barrier” on Sunday. And on Saturday it’s an all-McFly marathon with “Back to the Future,” “Back to the Future II” and “Back to the Future III.” This is the 25th anniversary of the first film in the Robert Zemeckis-directed franchise that starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. Marty McFly (Fox) travels back and forth through time thanks to his pal Doc Brown (Lloyd) and a very special DeLorean. The first film […]
Nov. 26, 2009 | 9:38 p.m.
“AVATAR” COUNTDOWN: 23 DAYS Our countdown coverage of “Avatar” continues with the conclusion of our two-part interview with the film’s production designer, Rick Carter, whose credits include “Forrest Gump,” “Jurassic Park” “War of the Worlds” and “The Polar Express.” The Oscar-nominated Carter has been one of the key members of director James Cameron’s “Avatar” team (that’s the pair working together in the photo below, with Carter on the left), and he has worked as production designer on six films directed by Robert Zemeckis. That résumé gives him an interesting vantage point on the two filmmakers as competitors on the motion-capture and 3-D frontiers. This is Part 2 of the Carter interview; you can read Part 1 right here. Geoff Boucher: James Cameron says you were the one that brought up “The Wizard of Oz,” a film that became a sort of touchstone for “Avatar” and even lent some of its dialogue […]
May 26, 2009 | 11:47 a.m.
This holiday weekend, it seemed as though Union Station in downtown Los Angeles had been transformed into Disneyland. Hundreds lined up inside one of the station’s tunnels. Snacks being unwrapped and empty water bottles being crunched created the soundtrack. And impatient children were tugging on their equally impatient parents. And the wait time? About three hours. And it was all brought to you by — fittingly — Disney. “A Christmas Carol,” a 3-D version of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 6, but that didn’t stop the well-oiled Disney marketing machine from literally pulling into town. Apparently, even this revered yuletide tale needs a publicity tour as the entertainment giant embarks on one of its most elaborate nationwide marketing schemes — by train. The six-month train tour will hit 40 cities with a multi-car exhibit highlighting […]