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Mike Fenton, Famed Casting Director on ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘E.T.’ and Many Other Movies, Dies at 85

Mike Fenton, the legendary casting director who worked on the “Back to the Future” franchise, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and scores of other classic movies and TV shows, has died. He was 85.Fenton co-founded what is now known as Casting Society of America in 1982. He was a prominent casting director […]

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‘The Empty Man’ Opens at Empty Theaters as Weekend Box Office Grosses Less Than $10 Million

This week has been one of the year’s strongest for new film releases. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon) is the most talked-about movie in months. “On the Rocks” (Apple) reunites the director and star of “Lost in Translation.” The director of “Cast Away” and the “Back To the Future” franchise adapted Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (HBO […]

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Ron Cobb, ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean Designer, Dies at 83

Film designer and cartoonist Ron Cobb died Thursday of Lewy body dementia at the age of 83. Cobb was a significant influence on the look and aesthetics of films including “Alien,” “Star Wars” and “Back to the Future.”Cobb died on his birthday, Monday, after an illustrious career contributing to production design in Hollywood. He served […]

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Why so serious? Tenet and the new wave of ‘science-based’ time travel movies

Films like Back to the Future and The Terminator never thought too deeply about time travel; so is Christopher Nolan draining all the fun out of it?Spoiler alert: This article contains plot details about TenetBack in the good old days, time travel in the movies was a strictly no-strings-attached affair, a straightforward plot device to […]

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Tribeca Film Festival and Walmart Partner for Free Nationwide Drive-In Screening Series

Tribeca and Walmart Drive-In ScreeningsThe Tribeca Film Festival is teaming up with Walmart for a new drive-in series that will take place at 160 Walmart stores across the country. Store parking lots will be turned into outdoor theaters Aug. 14 to Oct. 21 for free screenings of family-friendly films, including classics such as “The Karate […]

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Tom Pollock, Risk-Taking Ex-Universal Chairman, Dies at 77

Tom Pollock was not your ordinary studio chief. Trained as a lawyer, Pollock chaired Universal Pictures for nine years (1986 to 1996) and went on to partner with Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Picture Company, chair the Board of Trustees at the American Film Institute, and teach at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pollock steered Universal […]

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“Cool” Stuff: ‘Back to the Future’ Joins the Chia Pet Line-Up with a Doc Brown Planter

Though Chia Pets feel like a relic of the 1980s and 1990s, they’ve consistently sold hundreds of thousands of different decorative planters each and every year. More recently, Chia Pets have really started to lean into pop culture themed planters, including Groot, Predator, Dustin from Stranger Things, and even all four of the Golden Girls. […]

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Water Cooler: Capone, Back to the Future, Dave, Cinema Paradiso, Itaewon Class, The Perfection, Deliverance, Bad Times at the El Royale, Z, Not Another Teen Movie

On the May 15, 2020 Episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. At The Water Cooler: What we’ve been Doing: […]

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