Back to the Future

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Adele — who took home six awards at last night’s Grammy Awards — also gave her first public performance since having surgery on her vocal cords. Listen to her sing “Rolling in the Deep” here.

2. The Recording Academy has explained that Etta James and Don Cornelius were left off the In… Read More

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10 Inventions from Movies That We Wish Were Real

In the celluloid world, anything is possible, which is why it’s a haven for visionaries and inventors of all types. The laws of nature suspended, mad scientists can reign free, achieving success without the burden of proof, research, or failure. With these freedoms, they’ve actualized genius ideas, some of which our off-screen world could stand to adopt, whether to help us out when we’re too weak not to yield to the snooze button or to make the snooze button last another five years.

Of course, misuse of these powerful machines can lead to terrible things — and in many films have. But the luxuries they afford, both the culturally transformative ones and the ones that  just shave a little stress off an average day, are too major to ignore. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the the fictive weapons, trinkets, and tools we’re dying to test drive, below the jump — and even predicted if and when they’re likely to become a reality. Which would you most want to get your hands on? … Read More

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WTF: Famous Pop-Culture Duos and Casts with Merged Faces

Well, readers, it’s Friday. And frankly, we’re feeling a little bit punchy here at Flavorpill HQ. Perhaps that’s why we are so entertained by a bizarre project that originated on a Something Awful form. The folks at Thaeger clued us in about a thread called “Famous duos… MERGED!” that has Photoshoppers switching or merging the faces of pop-culture pairs and groups — Jay and Silent Bob, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. This is, without a doubt, a silly enterprise, yet some of the Photoshops are so well done as to be eerie and disorienting. Freak yourself out after the jump. … Read More

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Ranking Hollywood’s Elderly Makeovers from Best to Worst

Given the vast array of imaginative things that Hollywood is capable of crafting, it seems strange that moviemakers still struggle with some of the basics. Traditional makeup techniques that age actors stands as one of the biggest culprits and has often ruined entire films thanks to sloppy, weird, or unbelievable results. As many movies have proven, donning wrinkles and age spots doesn’t automatically equal a successful makeover. In the digital age, it’s easier for filmmakers to get a little help so that grandpa and grandma look more like live, actual people than a Halloween prop — but that’s what makes those who transform actors into senior stars old school-style so impressive. It’s an art form.

Leonardo DiCaprio underwent a dramatic transformation for the upcoming J. Edgar Hoover, and we definitely feel like it’s not one of his best-looking moments. The FBI’s first director didn’t win any beauty contests in his day, but DiCaprio appears to be drowning in his prosthetics, and the whole thing just seems awkward. This got us thinking about other cruddy elderly makeovers. Click past the break to see who made the leap to long in the tooth, in order from most convincing to least. Leave us your list in the comments. … Read More

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Clever Minimalist Movie Posters

We’re big fans of minimalist posters around here, which is why Matt Owen’s sleek and sharp minimalist movie posters caught the attention of our adoring peepers. The Arkansas designer felt inspired by the likes of Hitchcock’s finest and other cinematic greats to create these bold, yet somehow still subtle, interpretations of movies in glorious poster form. See if you agree with us past the break, where we highlight several minimal works of art that provide maximum satisfaction. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we teared up a little over this story of an old married couple who died holding hands after spending 72 years together. We were shocked to discover that a Matthew Perry sitcom that’s more than 20 years old correctly predicted Qaddafi’s death in 2011. We wanted to eat… Read More

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Own a ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean

The DeLorean Motor Company of Texas has partnered up with Epic EV to put into production their electric-powered DeLorean — yep, like the time traveling car from 1985′s Back to the Future. The DMC-12 will be loaded with 260 horsepower and travel at a max speed of 125 MPH. The whole thing will run you somewhere between $90,000 – 100,000, but don’t count on owning that Flux Capacitor you’ve always wanted — the heart of Doc’s time machine in the movie — because it’s not included in the price tag. You do get an iPhone dock and some nifty gullwing doors, so there’s no need to pout about it. The company plans on putting the vehicle into production by 2013. Until that day comes, travel back in time to meet Doc Brown’s iconic invention. … Read More

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Wanted: Marty McFly's 2015 Air Mags

Forget tales from Fashion’s Night Out, today brings us even bigger news — at last, Nike Air Mags are upon us! The light-up, powerlace kicks made their big-screen debut in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II, when Marty McFly found himself saving humanity in the year 2015. Now you can have your very own piece of Hill Valley four years ahead of schedule. The rules of the game are explained over at Nike’s eBay page — basically, we have ten days, 150 pairs of Mags auctioned off each day, and all proceeds go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The eBay site even has an accompanying video, starring Bill Hader and Kevin Durant, to answer the question we’ve all been wondering. … Read More

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Some of Film’s Oldest High Schoolers

Well readers, with Labor Day here, another new school year is upon us — and, frankly, it makes us feel old. Now that it’s been over a decade since our last first day of high school, we no longer have any excuse to stock up on pencils and notebooks or spend hours agonizing over the perfect outfit. So, to make ourselves feel a bit better about our lost teen years, we’re following up our roundup of TV’s oldest high schoolers with a list of film’s oldest high schoolers. To our great relief, some of them even have a few years on us. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Round in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we finally found out why Marty McFly was hanging around with Doc Brown in Back to the Future. We wondered why cool things like this impromptu Shakespeare performance never happen when we’re riding the subway. We wished that the baguette ATM would come stateside. We read… Read More

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