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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Back to the Future'

Imagine a twisted world in which Back to the Future, a zany fable starring Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly and John Lithgow as Doc Brown — a mad scientist with a pet chimpanzee — is released by Disney in May 1985. The film ends with Marty traveling to a nuclear test site in Nevada and escaping the past via time-traveling refrigerator.

Not to mix our references, but this would indeed be the darkest timeline.

Thankfully, script rewrites, casting changes, and the power of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment combined to transform that possible Back to the Future into the one that was actually released in July 1985 — featuring the pitch-perfect pair of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, as well as just the right mix of delightful sci-fi mumbo-jumbo (1.21 gigawatts of electricity!), instantly quotable dialogue (“So, why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here?”), and squicky edge (“You’re my ma….? But you’re so h… so… thin!“). From its clock-filled opening title sequence to that chills-inducing final frame — one of the best sequel setups of all time – Back to the Future is thoroughly enjoyable. But as a truly original popcorn flick with substance and style to spare? It’s damn near perfect. READ FULL STORY

'Back to the Future' musical in development for London run in 2015

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It’s going against every instinct of mine not to begin this post with “Great Scott!”

Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale announced the development of a stage musical version of their 1985 classic Back to the Future, which will eye an opening bow on London’s West End in 2015—coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the film.

30 years is also how far back in time Marty McFly travels in a souped-up DeLorean in the original film (the first in the franchise which has since banked over $1.8 billion, adjusted for inflation).

Most of the players from the original film are involved—screenwriters Zemeckis (who directed all three films) and Gale will pen the book with Jamie Lloyd, who will direct the production. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will produce with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot).

The show will include new music and lyrics by film composer Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, and additional music by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams (so you can rest easy, “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode” fans). And perhaps the greatest news of all: the show will include ‘skateboard consultant’ Andrew Willis.

Zemeckis had previously told EW in February 2012 that he, Gale, and Silvestri were in preliminary creative discussions to develop the project.

From 'Jurassic Park' to 'Back to the Future': Movies meant to be seen on the big screen

Lightning strikes the clock tower in Back to the Future. Panoramic helicopter shots sweep over the hills of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings. Jack and Rose hold each other on the bow of the Titanic. These are images that we may see over and over again on our living room TVs, but there’s nothing like seeing them on the big screen.

King of the world – or at least the box office – James Cameron has said that watching movies like Avatar on an iPhone “is dumb.” While I won’t totally discount the value of being able to consume entertainment on the go on a portable device, I do agree a massive screen and a quality sound system – not to mention viewing with an audience – is key to the full experience of epic blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars.

So as Jurassic Park heads back to theaters for its 20th anniversary this weekend (with an added dimension), let’s take a moment to celebrate a few of the movies built for a big screen and a big audience, starting with the 1993 dinosaur epic now playing in 3-D.

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Biff from 'Back to the Future' answers all your questions on one handy postcard

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and Crispin Glover are all nice. The hoverboards didn’t really fly. The Delorean was small and uncomfortable.

Now, can you please leave Tom Wilson alone?

Wilson — the actor who played Biff in all three Back to the Future movies — gets a lot of questions from a lot of fans. The trouble is, those fans always seem to ask the same things. So Wilson decided to start saving time by handing out 400-word postcards that list the answers to every fan FAQ. Shaun Usher from Letters of Note posted a photo of one on his Twitter today — and the Internet’s been buzzing about it ever since.

These missives are basically a longer, non-rhyming version of a musical comedy bit Wilson’s been doing for years — and according to Wilson’s manager Alex Murray, his client has been distributing them for about a decade. Wilson doesn’t bring a stack of cards everywhere he goes, but he does often carry around a few “just for fun,” Murray told EW.

Check out the full text of Biff’s note below:

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