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Christopher Lloyd And Tony Hawk Celebrate The Arrival Of The Hoverboard In Faux Advert

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UPDATED: Well, that didn’t take long. After a bunch of people kept insisting the hoverboard video was the real deal, Funny or Die has finally come forward to take credit for it. You can see Christopher Llyod’s “apology” below, followed by the original viral video. But hey, at least we’re getting power laces

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Nike Plans To Make Back To The Future Shoes Complete With Power Laces

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marty's shoesBack to the Future has inspired all kinds of futuristic technology, including time-traveling DeLoreans, not to mention a serious yen for hoverboards and predictive sports almanacs. Nike harnessed all that Back to the Future love and in 2011 put it into a shoe: the futuristic Back to the Future II Air Mag. As awesome as those shoes were, they lacked one important detail: power laces. But Nike intends to rectify that situation that in 2015, the year Marty McFly wore those iconic kicks.

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Mad Science Is The Best Science: Our 14 Favorite Crackpot Geniuses

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WalterDr. Walter Bishop (Fringe)
By most, if not all definitions, Fringe’s Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) is a mad scientist. He experimented with sensory deprivation and LSD, spent decades in a mental institution, and even had pieces of his brain cut out at his own request. Oh, and he managed to tear a hole between two universes and generally disrupt the very fabric of reality as we know it. If that doesn’t earn him a place at the all-star table, I don’t know what does.

Walter has something that sets him apart from many of his mad kin, especially those who fall in the evil camp. Over the five years where Walter, his son Peter (Joshua Jackson), and FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) ran all over the globe, hopping dimensions left and right, saving the world more times than you can count, the elderly scientist formed the emotional core of the series. At times driven, power hungry, and neck-deep in a serious god complex, he is also fragile, sweet, loving, and afraid. The notion that he may be responsible for the end of multiple worlds, that he was once so blinded by ambition that he performed medical experiments on terrified children, absolutely haunts him. How do you cope with the fact that you may be responsible for the end of existence? That’s not an easy one to wrap your mind around, no matter how brilliant or crazy you may be.

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Back To The Future Musical In The Works

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johnny b. goode bttfGreat Scott! Almost 30 years after its release and Back to the Future is still a pop culture phenomenon. The trilogy that sparked the imagination of filmmakers, engineers, and fans is arguably the best film trilogy of all time, surpassing Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Matrix, and Lord of the Rings. While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get Back to the Future Part IV, or god forbid a remake, a new iteration of the time travel franchise will make its way to the London stage.

As reported on /Film, creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are working to bring Back to the Future to London’s West End as a musical. The two are reportedly working with Amblin Entertainment and Universal Stage Productions to bring Back to the Future to the stage. Universal Stage Productions previously worked on the musical adaptations of Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz and Billy Elliot, which debuted on Broadway and in the West End, respectively. From Bob Gale (via BTTF.com):

We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.

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Back To The Future II Infographic Charts What The Film Did And Didn’t Get Right

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Back to the Future IIIn 1989 Back to the Future II showed us a vision of a not-too-distant future where the world had become a strange place where things hover off of the ground much more often than they do in our own time. That particular imagining of the future is almost upon us—Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly flies his DeLorean into October of 2015—and because our sort obsess over this sort of thing, we keep comparing the reality of the film to the reality of our reality, to see how the two stack up against each other. This new inforgraphic does the same thing, listing out some of the inventions that the movie shows, and seeing which of those have come to pass over the last 25 years.

In this image, which popped up on T-shirts.com, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) himself—sort of—guides you through items that have and have not materialized since Robert Zemeckis’ second time going back to the…you get it. How prescient was the film? Like most predictions, it was way, way off about some things, but it did manage to hit the mark on a few. Overall it’s batting about .500, which, given the circumstances, isn’t bad. There’s still one still left to happen, and a couple inventions even Hollywood didn’t see coming.

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We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: Back To The Future Fan Demands 15 Jaws Sequels By 2015

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Back to the Future II JawsIn 1989, Back to the Future II showed us a great many things that we should expect in the coming years. While we’re not quite to the 2015 we saw in the movie, 2014 is pretty damn close, but most of the things that we saw in that movie still haven’t materialized. We may not get hoverboards by the deadline, but there’s a hover-bike in the works, which is close. One area that we’re pretty far off is in the Jaws department. You may remember that Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly sees and ad for Jaws 19. At the current count, there are only four Jaws in existence. One intrepid blogger, however, wants to rectify this situation. If movies lie to us, what else do we have?

Tumblrer Ctrayn has issued a challenge to the Internet, or more accurately, a call to arms to nerds and budding filmmakers across the World Wide Web. He seems to think that, collectively, we can crank out another 15 Jaws sequels in a year, in order to remedy this “enormous travesty.” Actually, we even have way more time than that. Marty doesn’t arrive in the future until October 21, 2015, so we have more than a year and a half to complete this task, should we choose to accept it. That’s less than one unofficial Jaws sequel a month. They don’t all have to be good, but I will still watch every single one of them.