Inside The 25th Anniversary Celebration of “Back To The Future”

Reunited in the future (L to R):
Neil Canton, Huey Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd,
Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Robert Zemeckis and Robert Gale.
(Photo credit: Diane Bondareff for Universal Studios Home Entertainment.)


Yesterday in New York City, key cast and crew from the Back To The Future trilogy celebrated both the 25th anniversary of the first film and the release of the three movies on Blu-ray by gathering at a press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria (photo above) and then at an evening party at Guastavino’s on the Upper East Side. I covered the press event for MTV’s Next Movie site and also attended the festive celebration that night. The assembly of stars Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Mary Steenburgen (from Part 3), co-writer/director Robert Zemeckis, songwriter/singer Huey Lewis, co-writer/producer Robert Gale and producer Neil Canton was quite the blast from the past. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since the movie came out, and it’s impressive how well it holds up today, both in terms of story and effects. Even in the high-definition Blu-ray format, which exposes so many flaws in older movies, the Back To The Future trilogy still looks great. Needless to say, all of the aforementioned talent involved continue to have active careers.

Moment of the evening: As I waited to enter Guastavino’s, Lea Thompson strolled by, patted me on the shoulder and asked how I was doing. She remembered me from the press conference, which was sweet. I later saw her for a few seconds and simply asked, “Is it not great that you and Michael J. Fox look better at your age now than the way you were depicted in the films?” She smiled in agreement and relief. (Because really, they look great.)

Following is a photo gallery from the party. Be on the lookout for another post or two from the press conference as well as a giveaway!


Outside Guastavino's. Is that a DeLorean with working flux capacitor I spy?
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Why, yes it is!
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Christopher Lloyd and Robert Gale sync up their watches.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Channeling Doc Brown, Lloyd prepares for a new trip.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Alas, we still do not have a real hoverboard. Yet.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

OUTATME, yet timeless.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mary Steenburgen poses for the paparazzi.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Michael J. Fox enjoying the limelight again.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Lea Thompson shares a warm moment with a fan.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Huey Lewis talks to the news.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

This party isn't out of time. It's just getting started.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

The stage is set for the cast's public panel appearance.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

United before the throng.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

A lively discussion.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

A rare photo op!
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Media feeding frenzy: Getting ready to cut a special cake.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

A real feeding frenzy: Enjoying the cake!
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

A time traveling DeLorean cake...
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

...with working flux capacitor!
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

We're lucky it didn't race off at 88 MPH.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

It's Mayor Goldie Wilson III!
Ok, it's Donald Fullilove. Either way, he looks good.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Makeup artist Angelina Avallone with Christopher Lloyd.
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Hanging out with Robert Gale (l) and Neil Canton (c).
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mmm, more DeLorean cake...
(We hear that Ace of Cakes created this.)
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

Mr. Fusion returns!
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)

I'll be heading back to the future...hope it's a good one!
(Photo ©2010 by Bryan Reesman.)



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4 Responses

  1. Fatih

    Hello Bryan, I used some of your photos (with your name) on our Facebook page. You have a superb blog to read. Thanx<

    Reply
    • Bryan Reesman

      Thanks. It was nice meeting you at the event. Glad you got to make it all the way from Istanbul!

      Reply
  2. Design That Rocks

    I agree….what an amazing experience to be a part of! I don’t know if I am more jealous that you actually spoke to Lea or that you sat in the DeLorean…..yeah, its both 🙂

    Great post!

    Reply

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