Anjelica Huston Birthday July 8

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an American actress. Huston became the third generation of her family to win an Academy Award, for her performance in 1985′s Prizzi’s Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston. She later was nominated in 1989 and 1990 for her acting in Enemies, a Love Story and The Grifters respectively. Among her roles, she starred as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), receiving Golden Globe nominations for both. More recently, she is known for her frequent collaborations with director Wes Anderson.

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

 

Trivia:

Daughter of John Huston and Ricki Soma.

She was born under the astrological sign of Cancer.

Lived in Ireland when young.

Younger sister of Tony Huston.

She had a brief career as a model.

She currently lives in Venice, California.

Third generation of Oscar winners.

Although they never lived together, her on-and-off relationship with Jack Nicholson spanned 16 years, from 1973 to 1989.

Attended Kylemore Abbey High School in Connemara, Ireland.

Granddaughter of Walter Huston.

 

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams

 

Cat lover — during an appearance on the “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (1996), she divulged that she has 8 outdoor cats and 3 indoor cats at her Venice, California, home.

Was offered the part of Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990), but turned it down. The role went to Kathy Bates.

In Blood Work (2002), she works with Clint Eastwood. In White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Eastwood plays a movie director based on her father, John Huston, in a story about his experiences making The African Queen (1951).

Her husband was a famous sculptor.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.

Sister-in-law of Pat Delaney.

Former sister-in-law of Virginia Madsen.

Older half-sister of Danny Huston and Allegra Huston.

Was President of the International Jury of the 53rd San Sebastian Film Festival (2005). Other members of the jury were actress ‘Verónica Forqué’, actor Enrico Lo Verso, directors Lone Scherfig and Claude Miller, production designer Dean Tavoularis and writer Antonio Skármeta.

9/05: President of the Jury at San Sebastián International Film Festival. She decided the Silver Shell for the Best Actor: Juan José Ballesta.

Her father, John Huston, directed The African Queen (1951) with Katharine Hepburn and played Gandalf in The Return of the King (1980) (TV). Anjelica herself later worked with her father’s successor, Ian McKellen, in And the Band Played On (1993) (TV) and with Cate Blanchett, who appeared in the trilogy, as well as playing Hepburn in The Aviator (2004), in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Also appearing in The Aviator (2004) was her brother, Danny Huston.

In Addams Family Values (1993), Wednesday and Pugsley are forced to watch children’s videos. Among them is Annie (1982), which was directed by her father, John Huston.

There are three generations of Oscar winners in the Huston family: Anjelica, her grandfather Walter Huston and her father John Huston. They are the first family to do so, the second family were the Coppolas – Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage and Carmine Coppola.

Her performance as Lilly Dillon in The Grifters (1990) is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1996.

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in Material Girls (2006); however, she failed to receive a nomination.

She is an avid reader and will read anything she can get her hands on.

Was chosen for the role of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991) (1991) above singer-actress Cher.

Was named one of Barbara Walters’ Ten Most Fascinating People of 1991.

Speaks French.

Born at 6:29 PM (PDT).

Was born while her father was in Africa shooting The African Queen (1951).

When she got her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the 22nd of January 2010, she became the third in the Huston family to do so after her father, John Huston, and her grandfather, Walter Huston.

Named after her biological maternal grandmother Angelica Soma, who died when Anjelicas mother Ricki was a child.

The name Anjelica is the same of her Sicilian grandmother, originally Angelica.

Her mother was 19 and her father was 43 when they married. They separated when Anjelica was ten. Afterwards, her father had a son, Danny Huston, from his relationship with Zoe Sallis; and her mother had a daughter, Allegra Huston, from her relationship with John Julius Norwich. However, Anjelica’s parents never divorced and remained legally married until her mother died in a car accident when Anjelica was 18.

Kevin Bacon Birthday July 8

 

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor whose notable roles include Animal House, Diner, Footloose, Flatliners, Wild Things, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Mystic River, The Woodsman, Trapped, Friday the 13th, Hollow Man, Tremors, Death Sentence, Frost/Nixon, Crazy, Stupid, Love and X-Men: First Class.

Bacon has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and was named by The Guardian as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

In 2003, Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Trade Mark

Often appears in large ensemble pieces, leading to the ease of many “six degrees” games

Frequently plays anti-heroic protagonists

His deep voice

 

Trivia

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#61). [1995]

Dated Tracy Pollan.

Attended the prestigious Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia with his brother, Michael.

Inspired a game called “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, whereby people have to link any given actor to him by no more than six steps. For instance, to do Fred MacMurray, you could observe that MacMurray worked with Lee Marvin in The Caine Mutiny (1954), which is one step; and Marvin worked with Jane Fonda in Cat Ballou (1965), which is two steps; and Fonda worked with Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome (1979), which is three steps; and Lemmon worked with Bacon in JFK (1991), which completes the link in four steps. Harder versions of the game exist, limiting the player to five, four or even three steps. The original version of this game existed for numerous years and the pivot-person was then Paul Erdös, a mathematician (one’s Erdös number measures the number of people a scientist is away from having authored a paper with Dr. Erdös). A very few people, mostly scientists who have appeared in documentaries (such as Carl Sagan), or actors who have also co-authored scientific papers (such as Danica McKellar and Natalie Portman), have both Erdös AND Bacon numbers.

 

 über fan of Kevin Bacon in Google TV ad

Kevin Bacon plays über fan of Kevin Bacon in Google TV ad

 

Attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.

He was the first choice for the Charlie Sheen part in Being John Malkovich (1999).

Is part of The Bacon Brothers, with his older brother Michael Bacon. The band has released three albums: “Forosoco” (1997), “Getting There” (1999) and “Can’t Complain” (2001).

He sang with brother Michael Bacon (who played guitar) in New York in a small club/coffee shop.

His father Edmund Bacon, a famous Philadelphia city planner, was featured on the Nov. 6, 1964 cover of Time magazine. His mother was Ruth Bacon, a teacher and liberal political activist.

Son, Travis Bacon (born June 23, 1989), with wife Kyra Sedgwick.

Daughter, Sosie Bacon, was born on March 15, 1992, with wife Kyra Sedgwick.

Has never lived in Hollywood or Los Angeles.

The family dog, a mutt, is called Paulie.

Met wife Kyra Sedgwick on the set of Lemon Sky (1988) (TV).

Lives in NY with wife Kyra Sedgwick and their 2 kids.

Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th

Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th

In preparation for his role in Telling Lies in America (1997), he “hung out” in the radio studio with and based his on-air banter on his friend Jerry Blavat, the celebrated oldies DJ from Philadelphia and an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; aka the “Geator with the Heater”.

Brother-in-law of Robert Sedgwick and Betsy Bacon.

His father was a seventh cousin of President Richard Nixon.

Is a fifth cousin of William Thomas Hamill Jr., married to Virginia Suzanne Johnson, the parents of Mark Hamill.

Kevin Bacon in Tremors 1990

Kevin Bacon in Tremors

American-born Canadian actor Philip Nozuka, George Nozuka and Justin Nozuka, are his nephews through his wife, Kyra Sedgwick’s side of the family.

His line, “I am a Goddamn genius”, is quoted in both Hollow Man (2000) and Trapped (2002).

In Quicksilver (1986) and A Few Good Men (1992), his characters are both nicknamed “Smiling Jack”.

Actor Girard Swan worked as his stand-in on the new Ron Howard film Frost/Nixon (2008).

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kevin Bacon was the last interview of PARADE’s “In Step With…” columnist James Brady, who passed away on January 26, 2009. The interview of Kevin Bacon appeared in the February 15, 2009 issue of PARADE magazine.

Lost an undisclosed amount of money in the Bernard Madoff scandal.

Has a vacation farmhouse in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut.

Uncle of Neal Bacon.

Vacationed with his family in Punta del Este, Uruguay. [December 2009]

 

Claudia Wells Birthday July 5

 

Claudia Wells

Claudia Wells

 

Claudia Grace Wells (born July 5, 1966) is an Malaysian-born American actress.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she spent her early childhood years growing up in Punto Fijo, Cariubana, Falcón, a Venezuelan city, later graduating from high school in San Francisco, California, where she was also raised. After appearances in TV shows, Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend, on the 1985 film Back to the Future. However, after her mother had been diagnosed with cancer while BTTF was filming, Wells was not available to reprise the role for the two sequels; actress Elisabeth Shue replaced her.

Claudia Wells in Back to the Future

Michael J. Fox, Claudia Wells, and Christopher Lloyd

That same year, 1985, Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes. The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies and the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the popular 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Wells played Linda Barrett, portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film). Following Fast Times, she did not again appear on-screen until the 1996 independent film Still Waters Burn (released on DVD February 12, 2008).

In 2011, Wells finally had the opportunity to reprise her role from Back to the Future, 26 years after her last appearance in the series. She provided the voice of Jennifer Parker for Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games.

Claudia Wells poses with DeLorean

Claudia Wells

 

Trivia:

Is probably best remembered as Jennifer, the girlfriend of Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly, in Back to the Future (1985). She was replaced in the sequels by Elisabeth Shue.

Was unable to reprise the role of Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend in the sequels to Back to the Future (1985) because her mother had been diagnosed with cancer.

Has a trained operatic voice.

Has a son named Sebastian

 

Patrick Wilson Birthday July 3

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson

 

Patrick Joseph Wilson (born July 3, 1973) is an American actor and singer. Wilson has spent years singing lead roles in major Broadway musicals, beginning in 1996. In 2003, he appeared in the HBO mini-series Angels in America. Wilson has appeared in more than 18 feature films, including The Alamo (2004 film), The Phantom of the Opera (2004 film) with Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler, 2006′s Little Children (opposite Kate Winslet), the 2009 film of Watchmen, the 2010 film The A-Team, the 2011 film The Ledge,and his most recent film Insidious among others. He has been nominated for several acting awards (see below: Filmography).

He is scheduled to star in the CBS drama A Gifted Man in the 2011–12 season.

Trivia

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A. in drama (1995).

2002: Nominated for a Tony award for his role of Curly in Oklahoma.

His father, John, and his brother Mark, are both TV anchormen at WTVT in Tampa, Florida. His mother Mary K. is a professional singer and voice teacher.

He was awarded the Charles Willard Memorial Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Music Theatre while studying at Carnegie-Mellon.

Was a soloist with the Mostly Pops Orchestra and Canton Symphony Orchestra.

He was offered the Oklahoma lead after he sang Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ in an audition for director Trevor Nunn.

His college roommate, Matthew Stocke, was later his understudy in The Full Monty.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson

He named his horse from The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Frodo.

Was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for The Full Monty in 2001 and in 2002 for the role of Curly in Oklahoma.

Son, Kalin Patrick Wilson, born 23 June 2006. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Brother-in-law of Marika Dominczyk and her husband Scott Foley.

Plays on the Broadway Show League.

His grandmother Carol, resides in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Wilson has a tattoo of the letters KPW on his arm for the initials of his son.

Before being cast in Watchmen (2009), he auditioned for roles in two other comic book movies, Fantastic Four (2005) and Daredevil (2003).

His wife, Dagmara Dominczyk, gave birth to their second son, Kassian McCarrell Wilson, on August 9th, 2009.

Claims that Tom Hanks was his inspiration for becoming an actor.

Sang “God Bless America” a Capella during the seventh inning stretch at Yankee Stadium in the 2010 playoffs.

 

Back to the Future released July 3, 1985

Back to the Future

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science-fiction comedy film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. The film tells the story of Marty McFly, a teenager who is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955. He meets his future-parents in high school and accidentally attracts his future-mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of scientist Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, he must find a way to return to 1985.

Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended his father if they attended school together. Various film studios rejected the script until the financial success of Zemeckis’ Romancing the Stone, after which the project was set up at Universal Pictures with Spielberg as an executive producer. Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly when Michael J. Fox was busy filming the TV series Family Ties. However, during filming, Stoltz and the filmmakers decided that he was miscast, so Fox was approached again and he managed to work out a timetable in which he could give enough time and commitment to both; the subsequent recasting meant the crew had to race through reshoots and post-production to complete the film for its July 3, 1985 release date.

When released, Back to the Future became the most successful film of the year, grossing more than $380 million worldwide and receiving critical acclaim. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, as well as Academy Awards, and Golden Globe nominations among others. Ronald Reagan even quoted the film in his 1986 State of the Union Address. In 2007, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, and in June 2008 the American Film Institute’s special AFI’s 10 Top 10 acknowledged the film as the 10th-best film in the science fiction genre. The film marked the beginning of a franchise, with sequels Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III released in 1989 and 1990, as well as an animated series, theme park ride, and several video games.

Trivia:

Michael J. Fox had always been the first choice for Marty, but he was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with his work on “Family Ties” (1982). As “Family Ties” co-star Meredith Baxter was pregnant at the time, Fox was carrying a lot more of the show than usual. The show’s producer Gary David Goldberg simply couldn’t afford to let Fox go. Zemeckis and Gale then cast Eric Stoltz as Marty based on his performance in Mask (1985). After four weeks of filming Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale felt that Stoltz wasn’t right for the part and Stoltz agreed. By this stage, Baxter was back fully on the show and Goldberg agreed to let Fox go off to make the film. Fox worked out a schedule to fulfill his commitment to both projects. Every day during production, he drove straight to the movie set after taping of the show was finished every day and averaged about five hours of sleep. The bulk of the production was filmed from 6pm to 6am, with the daylight scenes filmed on weekends. Reshooting Stoltz’s scenes added $3 million dollars to the budget.

 

Musician Mark Campbell did all of Michael J. Fox’s singing. He’s credited as “Marty McFly”.

 

Michael J. Fox was allowed by the producer of “Family Ties” (1982) to film this movie on the condition that he kept his full schedule on the TV show – meaning no write-outs or missing episodes – and filmed most of the movie at night. He was not allowed to go on Back to the Future (1985) promotional tours.

 

A persistent myth is that Michael J. Fox had to learn to skateboard for the film. In fact, he was a reasonably skilled skateboarder, having ridden throughout high school. However, Per Welinder acted as a skateboarding double for the complex scenes, Per Welinder also choreographed and coordinated the skateboarding action together with Robert Schmelzer.

 

The “Back to the Future” series (including Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), and Back to the Future Part III (1990)) ranked at #9 on IGN’s Top 25 Movie Franchises of All Time (2006).

 

Was the top grossing release of 1985.

 

The picture of Mayor Red Thomas on the election car in 1955 is set decorator Hal Gausman.

 

Michael J. Fox is only ten days younger than Lea Thompson who plays his mother, and is almost three years older than his on-screen dad, Crispin Glover. This is not very surprising, since most of their scenes take place in 1955. They were cast to match their younger self’s ages.

 

The time machine has been through several variations. In the first draft of the screenplay the time machine was a laser device that was housed in a room. At the end of the first draft the device was attached to a refrigerator and taken to an atomic bomb test. Robert Zemeckis said in an interview that the idea was scrapped because he and Steven Spielberg did not want children to start climbing into refrigerators and getting trapped inside. (See also Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).) The Nevada desert bomb test was left out in order to reduce the budget. In the third draft of the film the time machine was a DeLorean, but in order to send Marty back to the future the vehicle had to drive the DeLorean into an atomic bomb test.

 

The DeLorean was deliberately selected for its general appearance and gull wing doors, in order to make it plausible that people in 1955 would presume it to be an alien spacecraft.

 

The script never called for Marty to repeatedly bang his head on the gull-wing door of the DeLorean; this was improvised during filming as the door mechanism became faulty.

 

The school that served as Hill Valley High was Whittier High School in Whittier, California just outside of Los Angeles. It’s Richard Nixon’s alma mater. Also just beyond the school is where Strickland’s home is, as seen later in Back to the Future Part II (1989). The back side of the school can be seen as Marty jogs up to the porch.

 

The Twin Pines Mall is, in fact, the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California. Today, JCPenney is no longer an anchor there.

 

A marketer hoped to get a prominent placement for California Raisins somewhere in the film. He suggested putting a bowl of raisins on a table at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. He had also told the California Raisins board that this would do for raisins what E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) did for Reese’s Pieces. Bob Gale informed him that a bowl of raisins would photograph like a bowl of dirt. The only thing that appears in the film is Marty jumping over Red, sleeping on a bench that is advertising California Raisins.

 

Wendie Jo Sperber, who played Linda McFly, was in fact three years older than Lea Thompson who played her mother, and six years older than Crispin Glover who played her father.

 

The license plate on a car outside the band audition (which says “FOR MARY”) is a tribute to Mary T. Radford, personal assistant to second unit director Frank Marshall.

 

Another deleted scene shows Marty peeking in on a class in 1955 and seeing his mother cheating on a test.

 

When Doc Brown first sends Einstein “one minute” into the future, the time elapsed between when the DeLorean disappears and reappears is actually 1 minute 21 seconds, just as the reappearance occurred at 1:21am, and the flux capacitor required 1.21 jigowatts of electricity.

 

The DeLorean time machine is a licensed, registered vehicle in the state of California. While the vanity license plate used in the film says “OUTATIME”, the DeLorean’s actual license plate reads 3CZV657

 

The space alien gag first appeared in the screenplay’s third draft, with the primary difference being that it was to be done to Biff.

 

When Robert Zemeckis was trying to sell the idea of this film, one of the companies he approached was Disney, who turned it down because they thought that the story of a mother falling in love with her son (albeit by a twist of time travel) was too risqué for a film under their banner. In fact, Disney was the only company to think the first was risqué. All other companies said that the film was not risqué enough, compared to other teen comedies at the time (e.g. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), etc).

 

Character name of Emmett comes from the word “time,” spelled backwards and pronounced as syllables (em-it). His middle name is “Lathrop,” which is “portal” backwards, with an extra “h” inserted in the middle.

 

A very brief scene was cut in-between the scenes of the McFly family dinner and Marty being woken up by Doc’s phone call. It involved Marty preparing to send his demo tape to a record company. Marty decides not to do it, and leaves the empty manila envelope on his desk. In a scene that remains in the film, he goes to breakfast with the manila envelope sealed, suggesting he decided to send it in.

 

The house used for Doc Brown’s home is the Gamble House at 3 Westmoreland Ave., Pasadena, California. It was the home of the Gamble family until 1966, when it was turned over to the University of Southern California. It is now a historical museum.

 

Canadian pop singer Corey Hart was asked to screen test for the part of Marty.

 

The DeLorean used in the trilogy was a 1981 DMC-12 model, with a 6-cylinder PRV (Peugeot/Renault/Volvo) engine. The base for the nuclear-reactor was made from the hubcap from a Dodge Polaris. In the 2002 Special-Edition DVD of the BTTF Trilogy, it is incorrectly stated that the DeLorean had a standard 4-cylinder engine.

 

C. Thomas Howell was considered to play the role of Marty McFly.

 

Apparently Ronald Reagan was amused by Doc Brown’s disbelief that an actor like him could become president, so much so that he had the projectionist stop and replay the scene. He also seemed to enjoy it so much that he even made a direct reference of the film in his 1986 State of the Union address: “As they said in the film Back to the Future (1985), ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’”

 

In the opening sequence, all of Doc’s clocks read 7:53 (25 minutes slow) except for one clock. It is on the floor next to the case of plutonium and it reads 8:20.

 

Alan Silvestri’s orchestra for the score of the film was the largest ever assembled at that time (85 musicians).

 

When Lorraine follows Marty back to Doc’s house, she and Doc exchange an awkward greeting. This marks the only on-screen dialogue that Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson ever have, though they have appeared together in five movies and one TV movie.

 

Billy Zane makes his first on-screen appearance in this film as “Match”, one of Biff’s cronies.

 

When Claudia Wells temporarily dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, Melora Hardin was briefly cast as Jennifer, but had to be replaced when it was discovered she was taller than Michael J. Fox.

 

When this movie was previewed for a test audience, Industrial Light and Magic had not completed the final DeLorean-in-flight shot, and the last several minutes of the movie were previewed in black and white. It didn’t matter, as the audience roared in approval of the final scene anyway.

 

Universal Pictures head Sid Sheinberg did not like the title “Back to the Future”, insisting that nobody would see a movie with “future” in the title. In a memo to Robert Zemeckis, he said that the title should be changed to “Spaceman From Pluto”, tying in with the Marty-as-alien jokes in the film, and also suggested further changes like replacing the “I’m Darth Vader from planet Vulcan” line with “I am a spaceman from Pluto!” Sheinberg was persuaded to change his mind by a response memo from Steven Spielberg, which thanked him for sending a wonderful “joke memo”, and that everyone got a kick out of it. Sheinberg, too proud to admit he was serious, gave in to letting the film retain its title.

 

John Lithgow, Dudley Moore and Jeff Goldblum were all considered for the role of Doc Brown.

 

The two red labels on the flux capacitor say “Disconnect Capacitor Drive Before Opening” (at the top) and “Shield Eyes From Light”.

 

When Marty pretends to be Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan, he plays a tape labeled “Van Halen” to scare George out of his sleep. It is an untitled Edward Van Halen original written for a movie called The Wild Life (1984) which featured Lea Thompson.

 

Voted number 7 in channel 4′s (UK) “Greatest Family Films”

 

The inspiration for the film largely stems from Bob Gale discovering his father’s high school yearbook and wondering whether he would have been friends with his father as a teenager. Gale also said that if he had the chance to go back in time he would really go back and see if they would have been friends.

 

There are only about 32 special effects shots in the entire film.

 

The production ultimately used three real DeLoreans.

 

It took three hours in make-up to turn the 23-year-old Lea Thompson into the 47-year-old Lorraine.

 

The “Tales From Space” comic book reappeared in at least two episodes of the television series “Oliver Beene” (2003) and in a commercial for McDonald’s Mighty Kids Meals.

 

Though the film Marty (1955) won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1955, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale say in the DVD QandA session that they were not aware of this fact when they named their main character Marty. Both films also have a diner owner name Lou.

 

The lion statues in front of the Lyon Estates subdivisions were inspired by two like statues in the University City Loop in St. Louis, where writer Bob Gale grew up.

 

Sid Sheinberg, the head of Universal Pictures, requested many changes to be made throughout the movie. Most of these he got, such as having “Professor Brown” changed to “Doc Brown” and his chimp Shemp changed to a dog named Einstein. Marty’s mother’s name had previously been Meg and then Eileen, but Sheinberg insisted that she be named Lorraine after his wife Lorraine Gary.

 

Marty’s guitars used throughout the movie: – Erlewine Chiquita (“big amp” sequence) – Ibanez black Strat copy (scenes of Marty’s band performing in the 80s) – Gibson 1963 ES-345TD (Marty performing at the dance)

 

Doc’s phone number in 1955 is Klondike 54385. The letters “K” and “L” are both on the digit 5; thus, the number still begins with the 555- prefix, indicating a fictional number.

 

When the McFly family is sitting down for dinner before Marty travels back in time (early in the movie), Michael J. Fox is seen drinking a can of Pepsi. Fox was a major endorser of Pepsi in 1985, and some viewers criticized this scene as being a thinly-disguised commercial.

 

Christopher Lloyd based his performance as Doc Brown on a combination of physicist Albert Einstein and conductor Leopold Stokowski. Brown’s pronunciation of gigawatts as “jigowatts”, is based on the way a physicist whom Zemeckis and Gale met with for research said the word.

 

The main setting, 1955, is the year that Albert Einstein, the dog’s namesake, died.

 

When Marty is being judged at the band auditions at the beginning, the judge who stands up to say he is “just too darn loud” is Huey Lewis, whose songs, “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” are featured on the movie’s soundtrack, and also wrote Marty’s audition song (which is a re-orchestrated version of “The Power of Love.”)

 

Ron Cobb was originally hired to design the DeLorean time machine but left for another project and was replaced by Andrew Probert.

 

Doc’s distinctive hunched-over look developed when the filmmakers realized the extreme difference in height between Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox; Fox is 5′ 4½” while Lloyd is 6′ 1″. To compensate for the height difference, director Robert Zemeckis used specific blocking where the two often stood far apart at different camera depths. For close ups, Lloyd would have to hunch over to appear in frame with Fox. The same approach was used in the two sequels.

 

When Marty McFly leaves Doc Brown’s garage because he is late for school, co-writer Bob Gale mentioned in a commentary that the Garage was actually a flat put next to a Burger King restaurant in Burbank. As part of their agreement with Burger King, the studio wasn’t given any money from the restaurant for their cameo, but Burger King did allow the crew to film their scenes for free and allowed them to park there.

 

Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Sci-Fi” in June 2008.

 

When 1955 Doc Brown sees the videotape of himself explaining the need for 1.21 GW of power, he goes to an adjacent room and is seen talking to a picture frame that he refers to as “Tom”. When he returns the picture to the mantle we can see that is was Thomas A. Edison he was speaking with. To Edison’s left on the mantle are Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin, to his right is Albert Einstein, Doc’s inspiration for time machine invention.

 

Executive producer Steven Spielberg initially had some reservations about hiring composer Alan Silvestri, having been unimpressed by Silvestri’s score for Romancing the Stone (1984). During a preview screening in which the film was accompanied by a temp track that only used part of Silvestri’s score, Spielberg commented to Robert Zemeckis that a particularly grand cue was ‘the sort of music the film needed’, unaware that it was indeed one of Silvestri’s cues.

 

The set for Hill Valley is the same one used for Gremlins (1984). Both movies were filmed in the Universal Studios backlot.

 

In the original script, Doc Brown and Marty sell bootleg videos in order to fund the time machine.

 

The man driving the jeep that Marty hangs on to at the beginning of the movie is stunt coordinator Walter Scott.

 

After the film’s release, body kits were made for DeLoreans to make them look like the time machine.

 

Leonard Nimoy was considered for the job as director before Robert Zemeckis took the job. Nimoy was unable to direct Back to the Future (1985), because he was starting work on the story for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), another time travel movie.

 

On June 2, 2008 a massive fire broke out in the back-lot destroying two archive video vaults and the New York set used for Spider-Man 3 (2007), which is right across from the Hill Valley Clock tower, which was minorly scorched by the time the fire was out.

 

According to Marty’s supposed age of 47 (by 2015), he was born in 1968; thirteen years after his first adventure in the past.

 

While filming the “parking” scene with Marty and young Lorraine in the car, the production crew decided to play a practical joke at Michael J. Fox’s expense. The scene called for Fox to drink from a prop liquor bottle filled with water and do a spit take when he sees Lorraine with a cigarette. For a specific take however, the prop liquor bottle was switched for one which contained real alcohol inside. Fox, unaware of this, performed the scene and drank from the bottle, only to discover the switch after-the-fact. The full gag is featured on the “Outtakes” section of the DVD.

 

Christopher Lloyd always wanted to do one more movie, in which Marty and Doc Brown time-travel back to Ancient Rome.

 

Doc Brown refers to “jigawatts” of electricity. This is the now-obscure but once-standard pronunciation of the word “gigawatt”, one billion watts. Nowadays it is usually pronounced with a hard “g” as in “gander” and “gold”.

 

Ralph Macchio turned down the role of Marty McFly, thinking the movie was about “A kid, a car and plutonium pills.”

 

Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s Oscar-nominated screenplay was actually written just after they’d made Used Cars (1980).

 

Another of the numerous notes sent to Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale from Universal studio head Sid Sheinberg were to change Doc Brown’s original sidekick from a chimpanzee to a dog (Sheinberg argued that no film with a monkey in it ever made money, disregarding the recent Clint Eastwood hits Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980)).

 

The gas-powered struts that hold the De Lorean’s gullwing doors open would fail during the course of filming a take, so crew members had to be on stand-by with hairdryers to warm them up to stop the doors from drooping.

 

From the day the film wrapped to the day it was released was a mere 9 and a half weeks, an unprecedentedly short lead time for a major movie release.

 

Biff Tanen is named in homage to Ned Tanen, one-time head of Universal, who threw Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis’s script for I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) on the floor in a heated meeting, accusing it of being anti-Semitic. Despite the fact that Bob Gale is Jewish.

 

Writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis actually received a fan letter from John DeLorean after the film’s release, thanking them for using his car in the movie.

 

Despite Marty and Jennifer crediting Doc as the origin of the repeated line “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything” (Jennifer claims it is something he always says), Doc never says the line once in any of the Back to the Future movies.

 

Christopher Cundey’s scenes as Lorraine’s Classmate was deleted from the final print.

 

While it was planned to use the date, November 5th in the film, which happens to be Bob Gale’s birthday as well as Mary Steenburgen’s, interestingly enough, based on accurate calenders, November 12, 1955 actually did occur on Saturday.

 

The “present day” date that the initial time travel occurs on is October 26, 1985. However, the film actually debuted *before* that date (the US premiere was July 5, 1985). This means that, from the film’s perspective, audiences who saw the film during its initial release in some markets (US, Australia, West Germany, and Italy) were actually seeing the “future” — which is ironic considering the film’s subject.

 

Lea Thompson was cast as Lorraine McFly because she had acted opposite Eric Stoltz, the original actor cast as Marty, in The Wild Life (1984).

 

Producer Neil Canton offered the role of Doc Brown to Christopher Lloyd after having worked together on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Lloyd originally turned it down, but changed his mind after his wife convinced him to take the role. He improvised some of his lines.

 

J.J. Cohen originally considered for the role of Biff after Eric Stoltz was cast as Marty. He was replaced by Thomas F. Wilson because Cohen was considered not physically imposing enough next to the six-foot-tall Stoltz. Cohen was cast as one of Biff’s gang. According to Bob Gale, had Michael J. Fox been cast from the beginning, Cohen would have probably won the part because he was much taller than the five-foot-four Fox.

 

The film was almost titled “Spaceman from Pluto”.

 

A Texaco gas station is shown in both 1955 and 1985. Interestingly, Christopher Lloyd’s maternal grandfather was one of the founders of the Texaco oil company.

 

The 1985 version of Doc’s home is the garage that Marty and Doc hide the DeLorean in in 1955. In the opening scene an article shows that the mansion burned down years before, either for insurance money or due to an explosive experiment. The presence of the commercial development also implies that Doc sold the land surrounding the house for more money to fund his project. After all, he does state later that it took “many years and his entire family fortune” to build the time machine.

 

Alan Silvestri’s musical score first appears 18 minutes into the movie.

 

In the entire Back To The Future trilogy, the “present” date is October 26, 1985 (2015 is the future, 1885 and 1955 are the past). Exactly 25 years later on October 26, 2010 the entire Back To The Future trilogy was released on Blu-ray in a 25th Anniversary Edition.

 

The donning of a Burger King uniform by Marty’s brother, Dave, may have been a tribute to Lea Thompson’s early acting gigs as a Burger King spokesperson.

 

From November 5, 2010 to November 12, 2010 week-long events were planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary that was for the fans and by the fans. The web page that hosted this was weregoingback.com. Since the ending of the events, the web page will be devoted to the pictures and videos taken during the course of that week.

 

On November 10th, 2010, Bob Gale received a plaque from the principal of Whitter High School, aka Hill Valley High School in dedication of the film. This plaque can be seen by the students of the school near the front end of the building stating that the Back To The Future film had been shot there.

 

On November 12, 2010 the Hollywood Methodist Church, where the Enchantment Under The Sea dance was filmed, was opened for the fans along with J.J. Cohen, Claudia Wells, Jeffrey Weissman, Bob Gale, Courtney Gains and a few other members of the cast and crew.

 

The owner of the home where the tree that George Mcfly dangles from is a small time producer who does documentaries and biographies. Just recently he put together a fifteen minute documentary on the tree on Bushnell Avenue that was used in the film, which featured never before seen footage.

 

On November 5, 2010, a large number of fans gathered at the Puente Hills Mall to kick off a week long series of events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Back To The Future. It was here that the city mayor declared October 26, 2010 officially Back To The Future Day for the city.

 

Doc’s van says, “Dr. E. Brown Enterprises 24 Hr. Scientific Services”.

 

According to the documentary on the Blu-ray, the two cat sculptures standing beside the clock were originally created for the film Cat People (1982).

 

Steven Spielberg gives a nod to ‘Stanley Kubrick’ in the first few minutes of the film. When Marty is first over at Doc’s house looking for him and doesn’t find him, he hooks up his guitar to Doc’s electrical equipment. The first dial he turns up is labeled CRM 114, which Kubrick used as a reference throughout many of his films.

 

After the dog travels into the future, Doc compares his watch to Einstein’s watch to show the difference. Physicist Albert Einstein described a stationary clock versus a moving one in order to illustrate Relativity (the latter clock moving more slowly).

 

The comic book “Tales from Space” pays homage to EC Comics, a controversial and influential line of 1950s comics. If you look carefully at the cover of the comic you can see the EC logo in the upper left. Although there was no “Tales from Space” by EC (Their science fiction titles were “Weird Science” and “Weird Fantasy”), there was a comic entitled “Tales from the Crypt.” Robert Zemeckis is a fan of the now defunct EC and served as an executive producer of “Tales from the Crypt” (1989).

 

After 1955 Doc Brown scoffs at the notion of Ronald Reagan becoming the President, he says “I suppose Jack Benny is the Secretary of the Treasury!” This is a reference to Benny’s stage/screen persona as a “tightwad” with money.

 

According to Bob Gale, on October 26th, 1985, a group of people showed up at the mall used to film the Twin Pines Mall location to see if Marty would arrive in the DeLorean. He, of course, did not.

 

During Doc’s demo of the time machine, just before he is about to leave for the future, he tells Marty “I’ll get to see who wins the next twenty-five World Series.” At the time the scene was written and shot, no one was thinking there would be a sequel, let alone one where the hook of Part II would be Marty wanting to get a hold of a “sports almanac” so he could bet on games.

 

According to ‘Michael J. Fox’ on the updated DVD/Blu-Ray interviews, the interior of the DeLorean was so tight due to the added props, that every time he had to shift gears, he would repeatedly hit his forearm on the handle that turns on the time circuits and he would also rap his knuckles hard against the time display board. If you pay attention during the car chase with the terrorists, you can hear these hits every time Marty uses the shifter.

 

According to Bob Gale, when the movie was shown recently on broadcast television, the lines about “Lybian terrorists” were altered for “political correctness”. This is similar to the issues Gale and Robert Zemeckis had with a terrorist scene in Used Cars (1980) (See IMDb trivia on that film).

 

As of 2011, the Hill Valley clock tower set has been through three different fires. The first one happened shortly after the finishing of Back To The Future Part II where all the original surrounding buildings burned to the ground by lightning. The second fire in 1994 almost destroyed the structure. In 2008, the fire that destroyed the nearby King Kong ride/set, along with two archive vaults and the New York street, slightly scorched the tower.

 

The name ‘D. Jones’ appears on the side of the manure truck. This is a reference to the film’s unit production manager Dennis E. Jones.

 

According to Bob Gale, in one of the early drafts of the script, Marty’s original last name was McDermott, but it was thought to have too many syllables. It was Robert Zemeckis who then came up with naming him McFly.

 

The set for Kingston Falls in Gremlins (1984) is the same one used for Back to the Future (1985). Both movies were filmed in the Universal Studios backlot.

 

Cameo

Deborah Harmon, star of Used Cars (1980) newscaster on TV in the opening sequence.

 

Huey Lewis A judge in the Battle of the bands tryouts.

 

May is Zombie Awareness Month

Dawn of the Dead

May is the official Zombie Awareness Month of the Zombie Research Society.

Many films important to the evolution of the modern Zombie are set in the month of May, from the original Night of the Living Dead, 1968, to the well received Dawn of The Dead remake of 2004.

Also, because Spring naturally brings with it a sense of renewal and hopefulness, May is the perfect month to emphasize continued vigilance in the face of the coming Zombie Pandemic.

zombie awareness month gray ribbonSupporters of Zombie Awareness Month wear a gray ribbon to signify the undead shadows that lurk behind our modern light of day.  From May 1 through May 31, Zombie Research Society Members and friends take this small step to acknowledge the coming danger.

Despite common misconceptions, Zombies – and the threat they represent – are not connected with the late October pagan tradition of Halloween.  Witches, ghouls and monsters, all Halloween staples, are otherworldly creatures of old, filled with mysticism and superstition.

Zombies, on the other hand, are biological entities, made of flesh and blood, and functioning under the same laws of science and reason that all worldly beings must.

- Zombie Research Society

Star Wars Day May 4


Star Wars Saga poster

 


Star Wars Day may refer to one of several dates or events honoring or involving Star Wars.

This day is considered an unofficial holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and remember the films.

May 4 is called Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” on this day.

Despite efforts to start a Jediism Church with May 4 as its Star Wars Day, and despite the Catholic origin of the phrase, as of 4 May 2010 (2010 -05-04) there is no religion-supporting organization that promotes May 4 as Star Wars Day apart from the Church of Jediism.

The joke has been recorded in the UK parliament’s Hansard.

In 2005 German news TV channel N24 interviewed George Lucas and asked him to say his famous sentence, “May the Force be with you.” The translator simultaneously translated to German: “Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen”. (We shall be with you on May 4). This was captured by comedy show TV Total and aired on May 18, 2005. However, the “May the 4th be with you” joke was already a known yearly joke to many before 2005.

On social networks like Twitter and Facebook the hashtag #starwarsday is used for this day.

The Los Angeles City Council declared May 25, 2007 as Star Wars Day, in honor of the May 25, 1977 release date of Star Wars: A New Hope.

A countdown to May 4, 2011 was started on maythe4th.starwars.com with a message stating that “all will be revealed”. This was an “official” announcement since it was stated on starwars.com. After reaching zero, the site crashed due to high levels of traffic. This also affected FoxMovies.com, from which the site was initially directed to.

It had been announced that the entire saga will be released in a 9-disc blu-ray edition set in September 2011.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (born April 17, 1987 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actress perhaps best known for her role as Steffy Forrester on the long-running American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She is also known for her role in the Disney XD television movie Skyrunners and is set to appear in the upcoming thriller Final Destination 5.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

 

Trivia:

French, Native American, Scottish and Brazilian ancestry.

Sister in-law to ex NHL player Bob Probert.

She is a DJ. Goes under the name of DJ JacquiMac.

Is and avid motorcyclist. Used to own Ducati 848.

 

Conor McCullagh Syfy Face Off Winner

Conor McCullagh is Syfy Channel's first Face Off Winner

FROM:  Florida Sentinal

Conor McCullagh, 40, of Apopka, Florida says he knew he had a good chance to win “Face Off,” the Syfy contest for special-effects makeup artists.

And yet, he was tense. “I can say when we were in the competition, there were so many things I didn’t expect,” McCullagh says. “I didn’t always know what the judges were going to say. It played with my head. Right up to end, I was nervous.”

He is nervous no more. He triumphed and collected $100,000.

faceoff winner Conor McCullagh

Conor McCullagh reacts to winning Face Off's first season

 

“I feel great that I can finally break my silence,” he says. “It does weigh on you if you can keep a secret for four months. I’m relieved, even though I knew how the competition went.”

He knows what he’ll do with that money. “I’m going to clear up all my debt, and I’m way overdue for a car,” he says. “I’m also overdue for a real vacation. Beyond that, I’m going to save some money.”

His credits range from “The Vampire Diaries” to “Seed of Chucky” to “Adaptation.” He recently stopped teaching at Joe Blasco Makeup School in Orlando and is weighing career options. “I’m not just sitting back,” he says. “I have my feelers out. I’ve talked to people involved in the show.”

Another bonus: He was happy with the way he was edited. “I can’t complain. Overall, they were very fair,” McCullagh says.

Zach Galligan Birthday February 14

Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan

Zachary Wolfe “Zach” Galligan (born February 14, 1964) is an American actor.  Galligan’s breakthrough role was as the lead actor in the Gremlins and Waxwork movies.

Trivia

Parents divorced when Zach was 3 years old. Father is a lawyer.

Ironically, he and his character Eric Rhodes from Cupid (1997) had February 14 (Valentine’s Day) as their birthday.

He’s the second of four children.

Auditioned for parts in both “Taps” and “Tempest,” but didn’t get hired for either film.

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