Tag Archives: Hollywood

Go “Back to the Future” with Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Screenwriter Bob Gale

Back to the FutureToday it’s a permanent fixture in American popular culture, but the “Back to the Future” script was rejected over 40 times before it finally made it into production and, once it hit theaters in 1985, into our hearts.

In the first installment of the exciting new “Script to Screen” series from UC Santa Barbara’s esteemed Carsey-Wolf Center, legendary actor Christopher Lloyd, who so memorably portrayed flux capacitor inventor Dr. Emmett Brown, and “Back to the Future” screenwriter and producer Bob Gale sit down for an entertaining trip down memory lane as they share rare insights into the creation and enduring appeal of Marty McFly’s time travel adventures.

Watch “Script to Screen: Back to the Future,” online now. And stay tuned to UCTV for a conversation with “Dead Poets Society” screenwriter Tom Schulman and the hilarious Hollywood insider stories told by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz, writers of “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Legally Blonde,” and more.

If you’re into the business and creativity of the entertainment biz, then you’ll also want to check out all of our programs from the Carsey-Wolf Center, including a visit with “Modern Family” creator Steven Levitan and an assessment of the incomparable “Law & Order” franchise with its creator Dick Wolf and legendary TV producer Marcy Carsey (“Roseanne,” “The Cosby Show,” among many).

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Threading Film’s Next Reel: Dreamworks’ Stacey Snider

Daniel Day Lewis brings Abraham Lincoln to life in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” but it’s not just history buffs and movie mavens who are celebrating the big event.

In this edition of our terrific “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” series, Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios, joins James Fallows to talk about her role in helping to make the landmark film a reality, as well as her experiences bringing masterpieces like “The Help,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “Philadelphia” to the big screen. Ms. Snider also speculates on the future of the film industry and reveals what she looks for in deciding to “greenlight” new productions.

Get the inside scoop on the silver screen with “Threading Film’s Next Reel with Stacey Snider — The Atlantic Meets the Pacific,” online now.

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“Avatar” as Education

Plants have a lot to teach us about how our planet works, and movies like the blockbuster “Avatar,” in which plants play an important role, can inspire us to pay closer attention to them.


Jodie Holt, a professor of plant physiology at UC Riverside — and the botanical consultant on the James Cameron film– discusses what she taught Hollywood about plants and what Hollywood can teach us about our planet.

Watch What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet from UC Riverside’s Earth 101 series.

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