Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Bob Gale will be on hand for the 35th anniversary screening April 16.
A remastered 35th anniversary screening of Back to the Future, with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and screenwriter-producer Bob Gale set to attend, will kick off the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival, it was announced Wednesday.
The fan-friendly festival returns to Hollywood April 16-19 with the theme "Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film."
Directed and co-written by Robert Zemeckis and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures' Back to the Future 1985 grossed $381 million in its original release $911 million today and spawned two sequels, theme park attractions and a stage musical that will debut in England in February. The screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre will mark the world premiere of a 4k remaster of the classic movie.
"Like virtually everyone else of my generation, I saw Back to the Future when it was released in 1985, and within an instant, the story, the characters, the music and the car, of course, became critical touchstones in my personal cinematic universe," Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and host of the festival, said in a statement.
"And those actors — Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Christopher Lloyd — forever carved themselves into an '80s-movie version of Mount Rushmore. Step aside John McClane; move over Ferris Bueller; Marty McFly — the brainchild of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale — is the definitive character of the decade."
Screenings and events during the TCM fest will be held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, the Legion Theater at Hollywood Post 43 and other venues in addition to the TCL Chinese. For more information, click here.
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out how to make Harley Quinn‘s beloved egg sandwich from the man who made it in Birds of Prey. Plus, watch as a fan recreates the Back to the Future theme park ride from Universal Studios at home., and listen to a Star Wars story read by Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein, better known as Ahsoka Tano.
First up, Variety had Bruno Oliver, who plays the cook Sal in Birds of Prey, reveal how to make the eff sandwich that Harley Quinn loves so much in the movie. Now is the perfect time to give yourself the perfect breakfast from the comfort of your home without having to worry about other criminals or police officers ruining it.
Next up, since Disney and Universal theme parks are closed, some fans are taking matters into their own hands by recreating theme park rides from the comfort of their home. In this case, Kevin Bosch recreated Back to the Future: The Ride, a now-defunct attraction from Universal Studios. It’s basically a sweded version of the ride, and it’s a lot of fun. There’s even a gift shop!
Finally, give your kids some storytime with Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein, who reads from the Star Wars children’s book The Galaxy Needs You. Not only is it a wonderful way for kids to connect with Star Wars who may be too young for the movies, but it also has a good message in it.
Everything is delayed, canceled, or on hold at the moment due to the coronavirus COVID-19, which means that film festivals are having to make some tough choices. Cannes is postponed. SXSW was canceled, but they recently announced they would try to put together an online film festival with Amazon Prime Video. TIFF has yet to make a decision one way or another, but festival runners Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey mentioned last week that they were considering a potential digital festival. Digital film festivals are a distinct possibility in several locations, but there’s one fest that has flat-out refused to go digital: the Venice Film Festival.
With the coronavirus continuing to upend film festivals across the globe, some are wondering if virtual, online film festivals might be the solution for the time being. And while some fests – SXSW, TIFF – are open to this idea, the Venice Film Festival isn’t having it. Speaking with Variety, a Venice spokesperson said: “The Venice Film Festival cannot be replaced by an online event,” adding that “there is obviously the possibility that we use technology for some initiatives, [but] it’s too early for this to be decided.”
The Venice Film Festival is supposed to run in September, and as of now, everyone involved with the fest is still operating under the assumption that the festival is still on. Organizers have put out a call for “projects for its Final Cut in Venice co-production workshop dedicated to supporting works from the Middle East and Africa, currently scheduled to be held during the fest.”
Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera was quoted as saying he and his team “are working just the same as in past years” and that they “cannot provide specifics about the future.” The only thing they can confirm is that no matter what happens, the festival will not go digital. While some are more than happy to accept the idea of a digital festival – no travel fees! – not everyone is okay with the idea. For one thing, if a film without distribution were to debut digitally and then immediately be pirated, it would hurt its chances at eventual purchase. Plus, many filmmakers and producers long for that festival buzz that can only be achieved by screening titles for a live audience.
But we remain in uncharted territory for the moment, and it’s unclear just when the coronavirus situation will end. As of now, Italy remains in strict lockdown, and if that continues into the fall, there’s very little chance the Venice Film Festival will go off as planned.