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Watch: Crispin Glover Discusses The Morally Questionable Ending Of ‘Back To The Future’ (Again)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2014 5:43 PM
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Back To The Future
It’s become practically mythic folklore at this point and arguably old hat. A famous lawsuit went along with it too. Crispin Glover was so “difficult” on the set of “Back To The Future,” or so the story goes anyhow, that director Robert Zemeckis and the producers decided to replace him for the two sequels. As you probably know by now, said film execs made the poor decision of “replacing” Glover with actors who wore prosthetics to look like him and interspliced that with old footage to create the illusion that it was still Crispin Glover (SAG rules now call this a no-no because of the lawsuit, which Glover filed and won).

Joseph Gordon-Levitt 'To Reach The Clouds' With Robert Zemeckis, Garrett Hedlund Hooks 'Pan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 9:02 AM
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To Reach The Clouds Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Did you like the Oscar winning documentary "Man On Wire"? Do you want to see a feature film retelling? Well, it looks like it's happening.

Robert Zemeckis Is Going On A 'Miraculous Journey'; D.J. Caruso Enters 'Disappointments Room'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2013 10:23 AM
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Robert Zemeckis Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane
This morning we have news regarding two very different projects—one children’s book adaptation, the other a horror film—from a couple of certified Steven Spielberg acolytes.

Robert Zemeckis Tapped For Narrative Retelling Of Documentary 'Marwencol'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 25, 2013 10:24 AM
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Last year's "Flight" proved that director Robert Zemeckis could safely transition back from his self-imposed, multi-film exercise in motion capture animation technologies and make compelling, real world, human dramas. Thankfully, this looks to continue, as Universal is lining up the filmmaker for "Marwencol," an adaptation of an acclaimed 2010 documentary about a man who suffers severe memory loss after being attacked and beaten, and his recovery via a miniaturized model of a World War II Belgian village. You know: that old story.

Robert Zemeckis Courted For Charlie Kaufman-Penned YA Adaptation 'Chaos Walking'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 6:00 PM
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Last year Robert Zemeckis made his long overdue return to live-action filmmaking with "Flight," a drama that had something of a bumpy ride creatively, but wound up making a whole lot of money on a very small budget (especially for the director of elaborate, effects-driven rollercoasters like "Back to the Future" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"). Now, Zemeckis looks like he's being pulled back into the world of mega-budget fantasy, as Lionsgate is lining up the director for "Chaos Walking," a new YA adaptation being penned by "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2013 1:05 PM
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Late last year, Disney released CGI animation "Wreck-It Ralph," and thanks to its wide selection of cameos from videogame legends, barely a review passed without comparison to another Disney film from the past -- 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," which included dozens of brief appearances from classic cartoon characters. Sadly, for all of the charms of "Wreck-It Ralph," the comparison didn't do it many favors. On Blu-Ray this week, ahead of its 25th anniversary later in the year, Robert Zemeckis' 'Roger Rabbit' is a loving, beautifully crafted and inventive picture that's barely aged a day since its release.

Robert Zemeckis Puts The Kibosh On His 'Yellow Submarine' Remake

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 28, 2012 10:24 AM
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With his return to live-action filmmaking a financial and critical success, it seems like Robert Zemeckis isn’t in a hurry to return to the cold and creepy embrace of mo-cap. The “Flight” director was originally set to helm a mo-cap remake of the landmark Beatles animated film “Yellow Submarine” before Disney put the kibosh on the project in the wake of the dismal showing of “Mars Needs Moms” and now hit seems e’s cooled on the idea of ever returning to the project.

'Flight' Director Robert Zemeckis Talks Denzel Washington's Moral Ambiguity, The Future of 'Roger Rabbit 2' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 5, 2012 3:03 PM
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His storied career brimming with underdog personalities faced with extreme spectacle, director Robert Zemeckis has seemingly found his fireworks this time in the recognizable face of one man: Denzel Washington. In his just-released drama, “Flight” -- which secured a fantastic opening this past weekend to the tune of $25 million -- the actor plays William “Whip” Whitaker, an alcoholic airline pilot responsible for expertly crash-landing a damaged aircraft mid-flight, and it is Zemeckis' choice of cinematic focus that marks his altered approach.

Review: Promising Alcoholism Drama ‘Flight’ Often Hits Rock Bottom

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 1, 2012 2:56 PM
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After 12 years immersed (lost?) in the world of motion capture, Robert Zemeckis re-emerges into live-action filmmaking for “Flight,” an engaging and initially very promising drama about alcoholism, redemption and forgiveness that grows uneven and long-winded as it progresses, eventually clocking in at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Featuring a thrilling, terrifying opening, plus many of the potent, moving elements that a conventional but admirable morality drama might boast, “Flight" is often undone by its very unsubtle choices and its problematic, strained last act.

Robert Zemeckis Says 'Roger Rabbit' Sequel Will Still Go On Despite Bob Hoskins' Retirement

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 15, 2012 12:25 PM
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Director Robert Zemeckis made his long-belated return to live-action filmmaking this weekend after a 12-year stint in the world of motion-capture with his latest drama, "Flight,” starring Denzel Washington as a commercial airline pilot struggling with alcohol (read our review here). It’s about as far away as you can get from the mo-cap world of "A Christmas Carol" with Jim Carrey. But with 300-some digital shots in the drama to pull off some of its dazzling aerial sequences, it’s not like Zemeckis has completely abandoned technology. A pioneer in the field of motion capture with "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf,” Zemeckis also blazed trails in the late ‘80s with his now-classic live-action animation hybrid, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

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