This Friday, July 3rd, will mark the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, the time-traveling hit from director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight) that made Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Casualties of War) an instant superstar and became an instant classic in American cinema. Co-written by Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale (1941, Used Cars), Back to the Future was a huge hit among fans and critics alike, receiving an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing/Effects and another 3 nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Music (Original Song); Huey Lewis even received a Grammy in 1986 for The Power of Love, which he wrote specifically for the film’s soundtrack. I think many fans would agree that Christopher Lloyd (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Angels in the Outfield) deserved a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but that aside Back to the Future proved a great success. Since 1985 the film has been followed by two sequels, and although Zemeckis has said that a remake is definitely not happening, he is currently working to adapt the movie into a new musical due out in the next year or two. Either way, I’m sure there will be no shortage of marathons on TV this weekend, but if you happen to have your own copy be sure to watch Back to the Future this weekend to celebrate the anniversary…and Independence Day too!!
Last November, actor Paul Walker was killed in a single-car accident in Santa Clarita, California at the age of 40, along with his long-time friend Roger Rodas. Rodas was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at a speed of about 90mph, which was the cause for the crash, but before the investigation could be carried out to determine the official cause of death, a panel from the roof of the crashed vehicle was stolen by two bystanders, who were apparently warned by police officers on the scene that they were not permitted to remove anything from the car or accident site. That being said, the two men, Anthony Edward Janow and Jameson Brooks, proceeded to steal the roof panel while the tow truck hauling the vehicle was stopped at a light. The two suspects pleaded no contest on Tuesday evening to felony and misdemeanor counts of grand theft, destruction of evidence, and obstructing, resisting, and delaying a police officer. LA County Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash has stated that both men are expected to receive 180 days in the county jail, with Witty scheduled to be sentenced in August and Janow to be sentenced in October. Moral of the story: you can’t fix stupid.
The new trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For from directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez is now on the big screen, and fans of Miller and his graphic novel are definitely in for a treat. Featuring a good portion of the original cast, including Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, and Dennis Haysbert, the movie also features new-comers Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, and Eva Green, and is also rumored to feature cameos of Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Lady Gaga. Director Frank Miller adapted the screenplay from his graphic novel that was the inspiration for the original Sin City film back in 2005. We should see this one in theaters by the end of the summer, so you’ll have to sit tight just a little while longer.
The hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys will be taking a break from the stage to appear on the big screen this summer with director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film adaptation that follows Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from their early roots on the New Jersey streets to their critical success. John Lloyd Young, who starred in the original Broadway show, will appear in the film as Valli, as well as Christopher Walken and Freya Tingley from a screenplay written by original writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and John Logan. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and will be hitting theaters on June 20. You can catch the new trailer here on MADE.
After almost five years of delays and postponements, a film adaptation of the HBO series Entourage is finally underway and shooting began earlier this week in Los Angeles with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferarra and Jeremy Pivon reuniting in their respective roles. The script was written and is being directed by Doug Ellen, who originally created the series, and picks up several years after the series ended, with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) shooting an adaptation of Dracula. The film has Billy Bob Thornton joining the cast as the Dracula financier, whose son, played by Haley Joel Osment, is sent to LA to oversee the project. Series producer Mark Wahlberg will be joining Ellen for the film’s production responsibilities, along with Stephen Levinson and Wayne Carmona. Supporting cast members also returning for the film include Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan), Rhys Coiro (Billy Walsh), Rex Lee (Ari’s assistant Lloyd), Perrey Reeves (Ari’s wife), and Debi Mazar (Vince’s publicist). Stay tuned for more news.
As the Entourage movie finally gets rolling, news has broke that Kid Cudi will be playing as “Lloyd”; Ari’s oft-abused assistant. It’s no secret that Mark Wahlberg has a good relationship with Cudder so it’s cool to see him get the role. Cudi is no Denzel Washington, but if you’ve ever seen How To Make It In America; then you know he can probably get the job done. Keep an eye out for Kid Cudi in the new Need For Speed movie and be on the look out for more info about Entourage.
Save Money youngin Caleb James has dropped the video for his stand out track “6AM” off of his last project “The Jones”. Caleb has been riding a pretty decent wave since the release of his mix tape and we hope he continues his roll. As suspected the video takes on a house party vibe with a few cameos from some well known Chicagoans and was styled by none other than Vic Lloyd of Leaders. Take a look at the above video and keep an eye out for more from Caleb and the guys over at Save Money.