Vintage Cars Ads For Back To The Future, Knight Rider And Mad Max

Cool alternate artwork inspired by classic movies is nothing new, but these are some of the best vintage sci-fi ads we’ve seen in awhile.

The first three posters come from artist Justin Van Genderen, who has created three vintage car ads for classic, sci-fi vehicles. Below you’ll see dealer ads for the BTTF DeLorean, Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T., and Mad Max’s Pursuit Special. Take a look and don’t accept the sticker price…

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Crispin Glover Wasn’t In Back To The Future II Because He Didn’t Like Its Capitalist Message

In 1985, Crispin Glover played Michael J. Fox’s dorky dad George McFly in Back to the Future.  You may remember him in the 1989 sequel, but you’d be wrong.  McFly’s face does appear in Back to the Future II, but that’s only because Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis used it (alongside an actor in prosthetics) without Glover’s permission.  Crispin won a landmark court case over the infringement, but the story behind why Glover himself didn’t appear in the film has remained a bit vague.  

Gale has held it that Glover exited the franchise because of unsuccessful negotiations to have his salary raised, but Glover himself has been fairly silent on the topic. Until now, that is.  At the tail end of a lengthy interview with The A.V. Club about his independent, avant garde filmmaking and multimedia shows, Glover explains his side of story.

As Glover explains it, salary for the sequel was a part of his decision, but the root of the issue goes back much farther.  While they were still shooting footage with Eric Stoltz, Glover raised some qualms about the film’s very Reagan-esque endings: “I had a conversation with Robert Zemeckis about it and I said, ‘I think if the characters have money [in the updated timeline at the end of the film], if our characters are rich, it’s a bad message. That reward should not be in there.'”  Zemeckis did not take kindly to being questioned and, after Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox, Glover says he felt afraid for his own job and followed Zemeckis’s to the word.  Zemeckis held a grudge, though, which Glover says was apparent come negotiation time for the sequel.

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Melora Hardin Talks About Being Cut Out Of Back To The Future

Over the course of three movies, the Back to the Future movies played around with lots of variables – parallel timelines created by the smallest change in the past, characters whose entire nature flipped to their polar opposite, and sometimes back again. But while the films explored multiple Biffs and the perils of Marty McFly almost hooking up with his own mother, the character of Marty underwent some equally dramatic changes in the real world. By now most fans have heard the stories (and seen the footage) about how Eric Stoltz was hired to play Marty, and was then replaced by Michael J. Fox after five weeks of filming.

What you might not have heard is that the Marty-That-Wasn’t also had a Jen-That-Wasn’t. Actress Melora Hardin (Monk) was originally cast as Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer Parker. When Stoltz was replaced, they decided to pair Fox with a different gal-pal as well, and Hardin was let go…without ever having filmed a single scene. The role of Jennifer was eventually played by Claudia Wells in the first film, and Elisabeth Shue in Parts II and III. Hardin’s brush with the trilogy may have become just another interesting cinematic footnote, but the actress provides a few insights into the experience in a new interview with Wired.



Sci-Fi In Real Life: Hoverboards On The Way With Advancements In Quantum Locking

If you were asked what piece of awesome fictional tech you’d love to see find its way into the realm of the real, 99% of respondents would, without even thinking about it, say the Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part 2. The idea of floating around smoothly on a board that hovers six inches above the ground is awesome. Maybe even more awesome and affordable than flying cars. Well, the gap between fiction and reality may have just closed significantly.

Geniuses from the Tel-Aviv University demonstrated “quantum locking”, which allows superconductive metals to be suspended above a magnetic field. The process involves freezing the metal down to where the electrical resistivity is zero, allowing it to be locked in space above a proper magnet. That’s the best I can do to explain it, but check out the video after the jump and have your mind blown by seeing it actually in action.

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Doc Brown’s Back To The Future Relationship With Marty Explained At Last

Here’s the answer to question more than 25 years in the making: Just why did Marty spend so much time hanging out with some crazy old scientist anyway?

At the start of the original Back to the Future, Doc Brown and Marty McFly are already friends. When we first meet Marty he’s hanging out in the Doc’s lab, feeding the dog, playing with the elderly scientist’s instruments. This might make seem natural if Marty were some sort of science geek, but he’s not. Instead he’s kind of a black sheep, rebel, wannabe. Not the type you usually see hanging around in labs.

The question of just why Marty spent so much time hanging around with Doc Brown in the first place was raised on Mental Floss and not only did they find an answer, but they found an official answer from one of the co-creators of the entire Back to the Future franchise, Bob Gale.

Gale says that even though it isn’t in the movie, he and director Robert Zemeckis had worked out a back story for the two and they all understood how Doc and Marty’s relationship came about. Here’s how Gale explains it:

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. when Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc. And that’s the origin of their relationship.



Back To The Future Gets A Poster To Celebrate Its Re-Release

If you live in the UK, you’re very lucky. Back to the Future is getting a theatrical re-release in the Queen’s country, to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. BTTF returns to theaters on October 1st to be followed by the release of the entire Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-ray October 25th. The new theatrical version will be digital and beautiful, and better than ever before. And because it’s Back to the Future and it deserves it, they’ve put together a poster and a trailer to celebrate the occasion. They should look familiar. Why mess with a good thing? Take a look: