• Back To The Future II technology that came true

    By Mark Lankester

    The Internet nearly broke this week when a short film fronted by ‘Back To The Future’ star Christopher Lloyd claimed to have invented the Hoverboard – probably the coolest movie gadget ever. It’s up there with the Lightsaber.

    Sadly, the ad was a spoof. And we’re still years away from the gravity-defying gadget that made us yearn for 2015 – the year the sci-fi sequences in ‘Back to the Future II’ were set.

    [Back To The Future hoverboard promoted by Christopher Lloyd in spoof ad]

    There is some hope for us Futureheads though, with a surprising number of innovations predicted in the film now almost a reality.

    2015 is just nine months away, let’s see the technology of ‘Back To The Future II’ that came true...

    (Credit: Universal Pictures)
    The gadget: Marty’s “power lacing” Nike MAGs
    The reality: After Nike producing a limited look-a-like range in 2011, designer Tinker Hatfield recently announced the company would put out real-life “automatic lacing trainers” in 2015, just in time for the anniversary. We

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  • Jared Leto (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
    Jared Leto reckons that Jennifer Lawrence's habit of falling over at public events might all be a big act.

    Lawrence has managed to fall over twice at the Oscars now, once when she was collecting her Best Actress gong last year, and again on the red carpet at this year's event.

    “You know, I'm starting to wonder if this is a bit of an act,” he told Access Hollywood.

    [Jennifer Lawrence not taking a break from acting]

    The rock star-turned-actor made the remarks after J-Law called him and his family out for laughing just before she was about to present him with his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club.

    J-Law... Falls over (again) at the Oscars (Credit: Giphy)

    Lawrence was heard to say' Why are you laughing? What, is this funny? I'm still watching you!' at the time.

    Speaking about it, Leto said: “What [Jennifer] didn't know was that Ellen [DeGeneres] was on the side…making, pantomiming [motions like], 'Don't fall, don't fall!', and my mom and brother are all cracking up.

    [Jennifer Lawrence's best red carpet dresses]

    “I guess we don't have

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  • Shailene Woodley (Getty Images)No one ever accused Shailene Woodley of being your typical Hollywood starlet.

    From her breakout role in the hit series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" to holding her own opposite George Clooney in "The Descendants," Woodley has proven she's more than a pretty face (though she certainly has that too). But when you launch to stardom at an age when most of your peers' biggest worries revolve around zits and the prom, it can be difficult to grow into young adulthood with any grip on reality. Unless you happen to be Shailene, that is.

    The now-22-year-old star seems to have escaped the fate of so many child actors, and — despite her fame, which is only set to become even more all-encompassing with the release of "Divergent" this month and "The Fault in Our Stars" in June — she's somehow managed to do the impossible: keep it real. As her latest interview with The Hollywood Reporter reveals, with Woodley, what you see is what you get. Here are just a few reasons she's (in our humble

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  • Summit Entertainment

    Trying to recommend a movie to someone without actually having seen the film is a bit like telling a person to buy a car without driving it first. You can’t really vouch for the quality of something unless you’ve experienced it for yourself.

    Now, you’d think that the people responsible for choosing the Best Picture winner at the Oscars (essentially the ultimate movie recommendation) would have seen all the films they were nominating for the prize before voting. But it seem that that assumption would be wrong.

    Two anonymous members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) recently confessed to the Los Angeles TImes they didn’t actually see Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” despite voting for the film to win the coveted Oscar. The two AMPAS members said they avoided seeing director Steve McQueen’s harrowing slavery drama because they feared it would be upsetting. (You think?) The pair said they felt obligated to vote for the film based simply on its “social

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  • Despite being killed during the bloody finale of “300,” King Leonidas (the fearsome Spartan ruler in Zack Snyder’s 2007 film) was originally meant to have a big part in the upcoming “300: Rise of an Empire.” However, when "300" star Gerard Butler turned down an offer to reprise the role, the producers of the sword and sandals sequel had a dilemma on their hands: Do they recast Leonidas or try to find another solution?

    They opted for the latter.

    Whether he chose to be in the film or not, Gerard Butler appears in the “300: Rise of an Empire” by way of re-used footage from the first movie. The events of “300” and “Rise of an Empire” overlap, with parts of the sequel taking place before, during, and after the original film. Though they may not have been able to get Butler back, this convenient arrangement allows “Rise” to ride the proverbial coattails of the hugely popular “300,” despite being a sequel that not a whole lot of people were really asking for.

    The producers likely feared that

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  • What if you discovered that somewhere out in the world you had an exact double? Same face, same voice, different person, different life. Would you want to meet them? What would you do when you did? How would they react?

    That’s precisely the unlikely situation that Toronto man Adam Bell finds himself in “Enemy,” a mind-bending psychological thriller from “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve.

    After spotting an actor in a rented movie who appears to be his exact double, meek college professor Adam (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes obsessed with finding his lookalike. Adam’s double is Anthony Clair (also played by Gyllenhaal), a fiery Mississauga-based actor who, save for their appearance, is the professor’s opposite in almost every way. The pair’s eventual meeting ultimately sends both them and their loved ones down a very dark and dangerous path.

    The best way to categorize “Enemy” would be to call it a mash-up of David Fincher, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg movies. It has the intensity of

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  • Just when you thought the insanely catchy music from Disney’s Oscar-winning animated adventure “Frozen” couldn’t get any catchier, along comes star Idina Menzel, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, and the legendary Roots crew. The group delighted viewers with a version of the Academy Award-winning ballad “Let It Go” that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

    Menzel stopped by “The Tonight Show” this week and joined Fallon and house band The Roots for a very special version of "Let It Go" -- one accompanied by what can only be described as kid instruments like kazoos, triangles, toy blocks, and xylophones.

    Menzel provides the much needed “Let It Go” vocals (along with not-so-essential triangle dings), Fallon clops toy blocks together and jams on a Casio keyboard, Questlove toots on a kazoo, Black Thought plays the tambourine, and the rest of the Roots add xylophone, melodica, ukulele, lemon shaker, and bongos to the musical mix. It’s a far cry from the orchestrated version that

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  • Theo James Is the 'Perfect Warrior' in 'Divergent'

    If excitement could be measured numerically, we'd need to start counting now to measure ours for the release of "Divergent" on March 21. But, then again, we can pretty much guarantee we'd get stuck once we reached four.

    Four, in case you haven't heard, is one of the main characters of the bestselling novel series by Veronica Roth and is played by the undeniably handsome Theo James. In this exclusive featurette introducing them both, you can see why such a count might be distracting.

    Theo James in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    Theo James in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    Theo James in 'Divergent' (Summit Entertainment)

    "Four is the perfect Dauntless warrior, but he also has his own secrets that he has to hide, so he's incredibly guarded and wary of anybody trying to get close to him," director Neil Burger explains.

    What's not a secret is the chemistry between James and his co-star, Shailene Woodley. "Theo's reactions are amazing, his capability of listening is incredible, but he's also tough on screen and a really strong person," she gushes.

    Oh, and did we mention he did all of his own fighting? Because he did.

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  • How Bill Murray Won Oscar Night: A Photo Essay

    by Christopher Wilson

    While it's hard to argue anyone had a better weekend than Lupita Nyong'o (birthday, No. 1 movie at the box office, Oscar, Spirit Award, getting in on the world’s most famous selfie along with your brother), it seems unlikely anyone had more fun on Oscar night than Bill Murray.

    He started off with a tribute to his friend Harold Ramis, ad-libbed during Murray's presentation of the Best Cinematography award alongside Amy Adams.

    (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

    Ramis, who passed away last month, worked with Murray on some of the best comedies in American film history. After the official nominees were announced, Murray added: "Oh, and we forgot one: Harold Ramis, for 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Groundhog Day.'"

    The legend was just getting started. He hit the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, where he joined Selena Gomez on the red carpet for perhaps the best photobomb in a night full of great

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  • "12 Years a Slave" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Can Toronto International Film Festival audiences pick ‘em or what? As industry watchers predicted back in September, Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” became the fifth TIFF People’s Choice award winner in the festival’s history to go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The slavery drama is also the twelfth winner of the People’s Choice overall to be nominated for Oscar’s top prize.

    Past Best Picture nominees that began their Academy Awards run in Toronto include “Chariots of Fire” (1981), “The Big Chill” (1983), “Places in the Heart” (1984), “Shine” (1996), “Life Is Beautiful” (1998), “American Beauty” (1999), “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Precious” (2009), “The King's Speech” (2010), and “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). Of those nominated films, “Chariots of Fire,” “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” and now “12 Years a Slave” have gone on to win Best Picture.

    The "12 Years a Slave" cast at TIFF 2013. (Getty Images)

    Although TIFF’s People’s Choice award is no

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