E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial

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Original E.T. Movie Poster Sells for Nearly $400K

That could buy a lot of Reese's Pieces

(Newser) - The original painting for the movie poster for E.T. The Extraterrestrial has sold for almost $400,000 at auction, the AP reports. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the painting sold for $394,000 on Wednesday. The image was used on the standard initial release poster for the 1982 film. It... More »

Woman Who Wrote ET Screenplay Is Dead

Melissa Mathison was once married to Harrison Ford

(Newser) - Melissa Mathison never wrote down to her audiences. Known for her family-friendly films like ET the Extra Terrestrial and the elegant The Black Stallion, Mathison's stories were rich with symbolism, adventure, depth, and darkness. With their intricate plots and grown-up themes of loneliness and loss, her films enchanted a... More »

Atari Games Delivered From Landfill to eBay

Asking prices for the excavated games are as high as $600

(Newser) - It may be widely considered the worst video game ever made —so bad it's tied to the eventual demise of Atari—but still, not everybody owns "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," especially a copy straight from the famous "Atari Dump" with a property tag, certificate of... More »

Landfill Dig Finds Hundreds of Copies of 'Worst Game Ever'

Crews reveal truth behind legend

(Newser) - Gaming lore holds that huge quantities of the supposed worst video game of all time—Atari's ET—were buried in a New Mexico landfill . Turns out, those who believed the story were right. In a dig in the southeastern city of Alamogordo, crews found hundreds of copies of the... More »

Landfill Search for 'Worst Video Game Ever' Halted

Atari's ET will continue to slumber untouched for now

(Newser) - Truckloads of Atari's 1983 ET game—often listed as the worst video game in history—are believed to be entombed in a New Mexico landfill , and it doesn't look like they'll be unearthed any time soon. The New Mexico Environment Department has nixed a film production company'... More »

Crew to Dig Up Tomb of Worst Video Game Ever

Vast trove of ET Atari games supposedly buried in landfill

(Newser) - ET left an indelible mark on video game history—as the protagonist of its worst game ever. The game was so terrible that some say it nearly destroyed the industry, which was in big trouble in 1983, the year after the launch of ET for the Atari 2600. Millions of... More »

100 Top Sci-Fi Flicks

(Newser) - Science fiction movies run the gamut from cerebral to "joyful space opera." The writers at Total Sci-Fi run down the 100 best; here's the top 10:
  1. Blade Runner: This "masterpiece," with standout performances from Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is "backed up by a real
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Box Office Records Are Bunk

Measuring a film's success in dollars is misleading

(Newser) - Not a year seems to go by without a film breaking a box-office records: Dark Knight a contender for biggest all-time earner! Bourne Ultimatum the top August opener! But that’s not because the films actually draw more viewers than the previous record-holders; it's because the figures are in dollars,... More »

Spielberg Strikes Huge Universal Deal

Universal Studios to distribute up to 6 films a year

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg is returning to the Hollywood studio where he made his classic blockbusters Jaws and ET.  Spielberg's DreamWorks, backed with $1.4 billion in new financing, has struck a seven-year distribution deal with Universal for as many as six new releases a year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.... More »

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