In “Back to the Future “ news, there’s a LEGO version of the clocktower scene. While I loved the LEGO movie, these things leave me cold. You may enjoy it. As a technical accomplishment, it’s remarkable.
One of the comments notes that there’s no way the remake could be as good as the original, and that’s true. The 1985 version had a certain charm that HOLD ON WAIT, WHAT?
Googling around, the nightmare begins:
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber will soon take on his first dramatic acting gig in a motion picture, after landing the supporting role of high school bully Biff Tannen in the 2016 remake of the classic 1985 comedy sci-fi film “Back to the Future.” The film will begin shooting in April 2015, and is aiming for a fall 2016 release date.
The reboot was written by Apatow, and is being produced by Apatow, JJ Abrams, and original trilogy co-producer Neil Canton. “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig will direct the first film in the trilogy, but hasn’t signed on for the two sequels yet.
But: clicking on the main banner takes you back to the home page, where the lead item is FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA TO PROPOSE NATIONAL HUG A MUSLIM DAY, so . . . one of those. One of those Onion-type sites that runs fake stories drained of all humor, the point of which seems to be to troll the credulous who populate the comments.
THERE IS NO BTTF SEQUEL in the works. There is no reboot in the works. There will never be either. The writer and producer said this a few years ago:
Let’s face it, we’ve seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don’t think I can name one that’s any good [or] that lives up to the originals. I don’t think you can recapture it.
You could argue that BTTF 2 and 3 were sequels that don’t live up to the original. In fact, if you want a lesson in how Hollywood changed in the 80s, note the differences between the first and second BTTF films. The first is damned near perfect, for a mass-audience action / comedy. It’s a delight. The second one turns everything up to 11, and while it’s fun, I remember thinking at the time it didn’t have the heart of the first one, and seemed to be trying too hard. The third - well. Great Scott!was funny at first, but eventually it was just something Doc had to say because the script called for him to goggle at something with his mouth open.
TECH Here’s a new robbery-enabling device from Sony; it lets you walk around big cities wearing an expensive device that reduces your peripheral vision to Zero.
Not a prototype. Sony says its available in selected countries this year. $840. Unreadable green text and a blurry view that makes you walk into trees? I'll take two!
SCIENCE! The Discover mag headline invites you to get to know Earth's other moon.
We all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name. It is the brightest object in the night sky, and amateur astronomers take great delight in mapping its craters and seas. To date, it is the only other heavenly body with human footprints.
What you might not know is that the moon is not the Earth’s only natural satellite. As recently as 1997, we discovered that another body, 3753 Cruithne, is what’s called a quasi-orbital satellite of Earth. This simply means that Cruithne doesn’t loop around the Earth in a nice ellipse in the same way as the moon, or indeed the artificial satellites we loft into orbit.
Nerd war breaks out in the comments, where it’s noted that it isn’t really a moon at all. One says there’s no evidence it even exists. But we have a computer simulation of the orbit:
The author called it a “messy” orbit, but it has a rather drunken-spirographc charm.
Point is, the article goes from EARTH HAS A SECOND MOON to comments that note it has ne it has no such thing.
The internet in a nutshell!