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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page B6

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
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NEWYORK It’s been three decades since he went Back to the Future as kooky scientist “Doc” Emmett Brown, but Christopher Lloyd still can’t lose the lab coat. After se- q uels in 1989 a nd 1990, Lloyd voiced Doc in an animated TV spino of t he same name and Adult Swim’s R obot Chicken , and made a char- a cter cameo in last year’s A Million Ways to Die in the West . Even now, he’ll call up famous lines for fans on the street. “People always want to hear ‘Great Scott!’ and ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads,’” Lloyd, 77, says with a smile. “I’m happy to do it.” N ot only is this year the sci-fi trilogy’s 30th anniversary, it also m arks a prophetic milestone for fans. In Back to the Future Part II , Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) time-travels to Oct. 21, 2015, where sneakers tie themselves, moviegoers devour Jaws 19 and the Chicago Cubs win their first W orld Series since 1908.In one scene, a bully’s “hoverboard rampage” is the top headline on a f uturistic Oct. 22 edition of USA TODAY, which uses a drone to s nap photos. Of all the movie’s seemingly u nattainable gadgets, “hover- boards seem to be on the edge of a ctually becoming a reality,” Lloyd says. “Flying cars? I don’t know — that’s complicated.” Fans certainly shouldn’t cross t heir fingers for a dimension- bending coupe like Doc’s DeLo- r ean, which was introduced in Robert Zemeckis’ first Back to the Future on July 3, 1985. Making a star of Fox and becoming the highest-grossing film of that year ($210.6 million to date), the rip- roaring trilogy has remained a p op-culture touchstone ever since and was re-released as a DVD/Blu-ray box set this week. Future has endured because it’s “entertaining, funny and crazy,” b ut also because of its relatable themes and emotional resonance, s ays Lea Thompson, who played Marty’s mother, Lorraine. “ I really do believe the central c onstruct is that one moment of courage can change your entire life,” Thompson says. “The idea of doing the right thing, to protect someone you love. To kiss someone and know that they are not right for you. To put an end to bullying. Whatever it is that happens in the movie, it’s a powerful l esson to teach your children.” As for the possibility of a f ourth Future , Lloyd says he would consider it — but only if the original cast and creative team returned, and there was a story worth telling. “There’s always the danger of sequels not living up to t he original, so it’d have to be momentous and current: dealing with ISIS or climate change o r something radical and have a real urgency to it. I d on’t know what that would be.” Contributing: Bryan Alexander BACK TO THE FUTURE MICHAEL MONDAY FOR USA TODAY CHRISTOPHER LLOYD DIDN’T ANTICIPATE THIS ‘FUTURE’ 6B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE THURSDAY,OCTOBER22,2015 LIFELINE MONEY AUTOS TRAVEL SPORTS LIFE USA SNAPSHOTS © Source Nielsen SoundScan for week ending Oct. 15 MAEVE MCDERMOTT AND VERONICA BRAVO, USA TODAY Top music downloads The Hills The Weeknd 189,000 What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber 72,500 Stitches Shawn Mendes 84,000 Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift 93,000 Hotline Bling Drake 118,800 What else was huge in 198 5? USA TODAY’s Patrick Ryan and Eli Blumenthal recall other pop culture milestones from the year that ‘Back to the Future’ hit theaters: MOVIES ‘Back to the Future’ was the year’s highest-grossing film, earning $189.8 million ($210.6 million total) and spending nearly 40 weeks in theaters. When ‘Future’ opened July 3, 1985, it went up against Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fantasy flop ‘Red Sonja.’ MUSIC The first week of July, Phil Collins ’ ‘Sussidio’ unseated Bryan Adams’ ‘Heaven’ for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Other chart-toppers that summer included Duran Dur an’s ‘ A View to a Kill,’ Tears for Fears’ ‘Shout’ and Huey Lewis’ ‘The Po w er of Lo ve,’ which was written for ‘Back to the Future.’ TV New and notable T V included the debuts of ‘MacGyver, ’ ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘ Gro wing Pains’ and ‘Larry King Live.’ Top-rated returning shows included ‘The Cosby Sho w, ’ ‘Family Ties ’ and ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ ‘Future’ arrived the week that ‘The Jeffersons’ ended its run,having tallied 11 seasons and more than 250 episodes. BOOKS Stephen King notched three books on ‘The New York Times’ fiction best-sellers list in 1985: ‘The Talisman’ ( co-written with Peter Straub), ‘Thinner’ (under the pseudonym Richard Bachman) and ‘Skeleton Cr ew. ’ TECHNOLOGY In July, Commodore released its Amiga personal computer. It cost $1,595 and featured 256 KB of RAM — .0001% of what is in Apple’s iPhone 6S. Later that year, Microsoft released Windows 1.0 ($99), which was poorly received for being slow. In its review, ‘The New York Times’ likened it to “pouring molasses in the Arctic.” PRODUCTS In July, Coca-Cola Classic returned after consumers overwhelmingly rejected New Coke, which changed the soda’s formula. That September , Nintendo r eleased ‘Super Mario Bros.’ In its recent list of the top 100 games of all time, video- game site IGN ranked it fourth. MORE CULTURE HITS FROM ‘FUTURE’ TIMES UNIVERSAL PICTURES/ GETTY IMAGES NINTENDO OF AMERICA GARY NULL, NBC The Golden Girls had just started to shine. “Hoverboards seem to be on the edge of actually becoming a reality. Flying cars? I don’t know — that’s complicated.” Patrick Ryan @PatRyanWrites USA TODAY UNIVERSAL Christopher Lloyd’s brilliant “Doc” Brown and his tricked-out DeLorean were a highlight in all three Future films. THE ‘FUTURE’ IS HERE FUTURE.USATODAY.COM Videos, photos and more celebrate USA TODAY’s role in Part II . No high str eet f ashions for Duchess Kate today! She looked fabulous in a lacy plum Dolc e & Gabbana dress at a creative industry event Wednesday in London to c elebrate cultur al collaboration between the U.K. and China . ST YLE STAR SAMIR HUSSEIN, WIREIMAGE Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars for a second time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. Rock, who hosted the 77th Osc ar s telecast in 2005, tweeted the news, writing, “Look who is back. #Oscars.” The 88th Academy A war ds will be broadcast Feb. 28. AWARD TRACKER OSCARS HOST KEVIN WINTER, GETTY IMAGES GOOD DAY ADELE F ANS The singer has posted a note on her Facebook page c onfirming she has a new album coming out. Adele writes that her last record, 2011’s ‘21,’ was a “break-up r ecord,” and the new collection of songs is a “make-up record.” Possibly hinting at the title, she wr ote , “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.” No official title or release date was specified. HOW WAS YOUR DAY? BAD DAY ‘MYTHBUSTERS’ FANS Discovery Channel has announced its longest-running series, which features the testing, proving and debunking of myths and hypotheses, will end its run with its upcoming season. Season 14 premier es Jan. 9 . FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/GETTY IMAGES STUART COVE’S UNDERWATER PRODUCTIONS

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