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Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd Visiting Fox’s Raising Hope For A Back To The Future Episode

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Much as I am a fan of Fox’s dysfunctional family comedy, Raising Hope, it’s not a show I ever expected to be writing about for GFR. But Raising Hope is not content to be a regular DVR stopover for my lovely wife and I, oh no. They’ve decided to bait me not only with the prospect of an episode paying tribute to the Back to the Future films, they’ve made the prospect irresistible by announcing that Doc Brown himself, actor Christopher Lloyd, will be putting in an appearance.

Entertainment Weekly first broke the news of Lloyd’s upcoming visit to Raising Hope, but there are no hints as to when the episode will air. They do have some details as to how Lloyd’s role will play out. He’ll be in the role of a loan collector named Dennis Powers. He crosses paths with the Raising Hope characters when Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) try to buy a new car on credit. Unfortunately this attracts the attention of Powers, who comes a’calling to collect on an old debt. Supposedly Lloyd will climb behind the wheel of a DeLorean at least once during the episode, which is as it should be.

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Back To The Future, Now With Skrillex

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You know what the Back to the Future movies really needed? Skrillex. That’s the sort of thing that no one has ever, ever said before now. And that trend would have continued to reside firmly within the sphere of common sense if not for the sadists over at College Humor. For some reason — we presume because they are acolytes of some Clive Barker-esque pain god — they decided to show the world what one of Back to the Future’s most iconic scenes would look like had Marty McFly been more into dubstep than that whole heavy metal thing. That’s right, people: we have discovered the Darkest Timeline. Here it is, something that really cooks…

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Back To The Future Mod For Grand Theft Auto IV

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We’re one step closer to owning a good Back to the Future video game. Reddit user SeedyOne has created a very convincing BTTF video game mod of Grand Theft Auto IV for the PC. The user is calling the mod Grand Theft Auto IV: Hill Valley, and the developers at Rockstar Games need to pay attention to this!

SeedyOne’s mod comes complete with a playable Marty McFly skin and a fully functional DeLorean time machine. When you need to get away from the cops, just turn on the time circuits, make sure you have plutonium in the tank (sorry no Mr. Fusion), and get this baby up to 88 mph to see some serious shit! It’s really impressive to watch, although it would’ve been even cooler to see the DeLorean actually travel to a different time period. Check out the video below:

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Back To The Future Infographic Charts The Trilogy’s Timelines

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Time travel can be a jumbled, confusing experience. You bounce back and forth from the present to the future to the past, changing seemingly trivial things that ripple forward through the years, making drastic alterations to the landscape. Multiply that by three movies, and you amplify those problems exponentially. Thus is the dilemma for fans of Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future trilogy.

Fortunately for you, there’s this new infographic that will help you keep track of all of the adventures of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) as they jump around in time between the years 1885 and 2015.

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Want A Hoverboard? Here’s A (Fake) Commercial For Them!

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Have you ever wanted your own working hover board? With only three more years until the promise of hoverboards are realized (at least according to the Back to the Future movies), a team of young filmmakers has made a commercial that we may watch on our portrait TVs in the future. Check out the ad:

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Back To The Future Test Footage Makes Hoverboarding Look Like A Blast

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Even 22 years after their first appearance in Back to the Future II, hoverboards remain one of the most iconic film gadgets of all time. And sadly, even though we’re only three years away from the future Marty traveled to, we still don’t have real, functional hoverboards available on toy store shelves. So while we won’t be skimming around on them anytime soon, we can take a look back and marvel at just how well the hoverboarding footage holds up all these years later. Check out this early test footage from the production of Back to the Future II.

It’s no surprise that the hoverboarders were being dangled from cranes, but even knowing that, and even being able to see the cables in this footage, it’s still amazing to see how well the hoverboards sequences worked. You can see in this clip that it takes a little getting used to, learning how to balance your body and so on. In this day and age when damn near everything is done using CGI, it’s great to watch how a simple bit of Hollywood sleight-of-hand was able to produce effects that still hold up two decades later.