Today is October 21, 2015, which is when Marty McFly and Doc Brown went into the future in Back To The Future II. How do we celebrate? Well if you were around in the 80’s you could post a photo. You could also watch the movie. Major theatre chains are showing the whole trilogy today if you want to take the day off and go watch some movies. Or you can see Michael J Fox on Jimmy Kimmel tonight!
If it was up to Marty McFly himself, he wants you to take this day to donate. He has been hosting many events recently and using the press to help out the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Things the film got right:
– Flat Screen TVs: Televisions have definitely changed a lot since the ’80s and in 2015 we’ll see even more innovative versions of flat screen TVs. We can expect more 4k televisions and the world’s first see-through television.
– Video conference technology: Marty really did see the future with this one. We have Skype, Face Time, Oovoo, Snap Chat and a whole array of video real-time conference programs.
– Biometric identification: We already have biometric technology on our phones and in 2015 we can expect to see more of it. Soon people won’t just be able to unlock phones and computers with their finger print, they’ll also be able to open doors by using their heartbeats with the Nymi band. Consumers will probably get to see other similar innovations as well.
– 3D: Just like it was depicted in the film, everything seems to be in 3D nowadays. We see it in movie theatres, video games, home TV and even in comic books.
– Holographic displays: Sharks may not be popping up randomly to advertise movies, but remember Tupac’s resurrection at Coachella back in 2012? Holograms have been around for a while, but in 2015 we can definitely expect more use of that technology.
– Drones: They are everywhere! In 2015 drones will keep making national headlines and will also be more prominent in the consumer market. The movie definitely got this right.
Things the film got wrong:
– Rejuvenation masks/clinics: A whole lot of people would appreciate these rejuvenating masks and clinics, but unfortunately the technology for that is not here yet. We won’t be able to peel of our face and look young and beautiful like Doc did in the movie.
– Hover board: Although several people have attempted creating a hover board, there still isn’t one like the red anti-gravity board Marty uses in the movie to soar the sky. We’ll have to wait for virtual reality consoles to hit the market and see if someone makes a hoverboard simulation game.
– Self-lacing shoes: If these existed, the lives of every child would be so much easier. Actually, the lives of everyone would be much easier. Although self-lacing shoes do not exist yet, they might in a near future. Nike is reportedly working on self-tying sneakers.
– Stationary exercise bicycles at Cafes: It’d be a bit ridiculous if these existed. Let’s hope that throughout the year 2015 gyms and cafes remain separated.
– Fax machines and phone booths: This is one of the biggest predictions the movie got wrong. In the movie everywhere the protagonist went there would be fax machines. Although they are still used, they are not as prominent as the movie depicted them to be. Phone booths are also seldom. Those two are definitely technology of the past.
– Flying cars: It’d be amazing to have air highways and flying cars, better yet, time traveling cars. However, cars aren’t like the rest of the technology that is rapidly growing and changing. There have been people who’ve invented flying cars, but none that look like the DeLorean DMC-12.
–Pepsi Perfect: In October, Pepsi unveiled a limited edition version of their soft drink made to resemble the brand of cola Marty orders in a diner in 2015.
"BACK TO THE FUTURE" FACTS
Check out these "Back to the Future" facts.
Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, but he can still be seen very quickly in the film in a couple of shots.
Universal chief Sid Sheinberg wanted it to be renamed Spaceman from Pluto. He also changed Professor to Doc, and a chimp named Shemp to Einstein the dog.
People actually arrived at Twin Pines Mall in October 1985 to see if Marty arrived. Sadly, he didn’t.
Johnny Depp auditioned for Marty, while John Lithgow, Dudley Moore and Jeff Goldblum were considered for Doc.
We never find out how Marty and Doc met and became friends. In 2011, writer Bob Gale said that Marty snuck into Doc’s lab when he was 13 and was given a part-time job after he thought Doc’s experiments were cool.
Marty turns a dial that is labelled CRM 114, which is a nod to Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove.
The original script had Marty arriving back to 1985 to find a 1950s conception of the decade with flying cars, and that rock and roll had never been invented.
Hill Valley’s town set is located at a backlot at Universal Studios, and has been used for many films and TV shows including To Kill a Mockingbird, Knight Rider, Gremlins, Batman and Robin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Bruce Almighty.
Billy Zane made his first film appearance in Back to the Future, while Elijah Wood debuted in Part II.
A newspaper in Part II reveals there is a female President and that Queen Diana will be visiting Washington, while the alternative 1985 says that Nixon is still President and the Vietnam War is still rumbling on.
Bob Barker is on the mend after a bloody fall near his home in Los Angeles yesterday. The former The Price Is Right host, 91, was walking around his neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills when he tripped on an uneven sidewalk. Los Angeles Police Department officers were already in the vicinity after responding to a nearby incident, and saw Barker as he fell and immediately administered first aid while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
Bob Barker turns 92 in December. He reportedly suffered a cut on the right side of his forehead, and also injured his knee. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment, but he has since been released and is at home resting.
Taylor Swift donated $50,000 to her backup dancer’s infant nephew who is battling cancer. The donation was made yesterday, shortly after a GoFundMe page for the child went live. Taylor signed the donation and left a message for the 13-month-old named Ayden. “Baby Ayden, I’m lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour,” the message reads. “All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way.” According to the GoFundMe page, Ayden was diagnosed with cancer three days ago. Donations are being collected in order to provide the baby’s mother with financial support. Taylor’s dancer, Kim Toshi Davidson, posted an Instagram photo of his nephew and directed people to the donation page. Thanks to Taylor’s contribution, the fundraiser has now far surpassed its initial goal of $20,000.
Millions of traditional James Bond fans will be shaken and stirred when their hero orders a Dirty vodka Martini in “Spectre.” Daniel Craig, will see a dramatic break with the past as 007 shares a cocktail with French beauty Lea Seydoux, who plays a character called Madeleine Swann. As they enjoy dinner together, Bond switches his preference from a Vesper Martini with a twist of lemon to a “Dirty” – combining Belvedere vodka, dry vermouth, a muddled Sicilian green olive, and a measure of the olive’s brine. “You can see the olives in the glass,” said an insider on Spectre. “Bond is clearly going for a Dirty Martini to impress his dining companion – it’s all very sensual. Traditionalists might find it a bit strange, but the Dirty is in fact a great choice for a licensed killer who can’t stop seducing women.”