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“Back to the Future” Returning in Video Game Form

“Back to the Future” Returning in Video Game Form (photo)

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The time-traveling adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown in Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future” movies happened just as home video game consoles were in their ascendancy. Tie-in games based on the trilogy appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sega Master System and the Sega Genesis but none of them set the world on fire. There wasn’t anyway to infuse the copycat game design and crude graphics with the wry humor and punchy style the movies were known for.

Now, Marty and the Doc get another chance to captivate the button-pressing set in a new series of episodic games from developer Telltale Games. Unlike other movie-to-game translations, it’s the involvement of Telltale that makes the imminent playability of this back catalog classic worth noting. Telltale’s been behind some of the funniest games in the games medium, including the wacky “Sam & Max” adventures and modern versions of the beloved “Monkey Island” games. Bob Gale-the screenwriter who worked on all three movies and a “BTTF” cartoon series-will be serving as storytelling and characterization consultant on the games and Christopher Lloyd will be reprising the role of Doc Brown. It’s not yet known if the gameplay will be in the point-and-click style of Telltale’s other games.

The remastered 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of the “Back to the Future” trilogy hits on October 26th and the five-episode game is scheduled to be start releasing this winter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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