So far for Senior Week, we’ve already well established that I’m a freak. Cold Han Solo, waiting in lines for hours, but this is where I go over the edge. The fact that, as a compulsive poster collector, I have more posters in my flat file than I have on my walls. So I figured it was time to give some of those posters…
Yes, that is an E.T. wax sculpture surrounded by weird interpretations of Star Wars characters. Yes, it’s really there. No, we don’t know why.
As Lego Dimensions, the video game that mashes up all of your favorite pop-culture franchises, moves into its second year, the toymaker is pulling out all the stops when it comes to introducing new characters, worlds, and vehicles. If you thought you could give your credit card a rest after the first series, you’re so…
We all know that there are archetypes in fiction that seem to pop up again and again. But sometimes, characters seem a little too similar to something else for it to be entirely coincidence. Thus, Alex Solis’ “Icons Unmasked” series, which shows us what lurks beneath.
There are few films out there that have had as much an impact on the movie-going public as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. On Wednesday, Melissa Mathison, who authored the screenplay passed away at the age of 65 due to complications from cancer.
Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 50 must-watch science fiction films.
Making aliens look cute is a tricky thing to get right in kids’ entertainment. Make them too weird-looking, and you could freak out your audience. Make them too adorable, and you run the risk of them looking more like plush toys than creatures from another planet. And then sometimes you make them look cute... but…
The A.V. Club has unearthed this summer movie preview piece from Entertainment Tonight. In addition to containing some fairly absurd descriptions of classics, it also makes a pretty strong case for 1982 being the best year for science fiction film.
For nearly a decade, astronomers have puzzled over powerful bursts of radio energy that seem to be hailing from billions of light years away. Recently, we received reports of a new wrinkle to this mystery: The bursts appear to follow a mathematical pattern, one that doesn’t line up with anything we know about cosmic…
Another debate popped again this week, one that's been talked about and argued over for years now—whether we should be actively seeking out and sending messages to habitable planets in the search for life beyond Earth.
These days, product placement is an accepted part of science fiction. We're used to seeing big brands splashed all over every TV show and movie about aliens or the future. But it wasn't always this way. Here's the quick-and-very-dirty history of how on-screen advertising became a science fiction mainstay.
Steven Spielberg called the alien puppet for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial "something that only a mother could love." And a good deal of concept art went into creating that cute and ugly creature and getting its expressions just right.
If there is other life in the universe, it could have evolved look like almost anything. And yet, as our movies and TV shows have proven, a disproportionate amount of them end up looking like cocks and balls. Here are a dozen extra-phallic terrestrials science fiction has dropped trou and revealed to us.
If you're an old-school gaming aficionado, here's your chance to own a piece of (infamous) gaming history. The Alamogordo City Council in New Mexico is auctioning off half the recovered E. T. cartridges that were found buried in a landfill.
Not all child characters are terrible annoyances. Some kids are actually awesome in their roles and we would totally pay cash money to get a follow-up grown-up feature—no matter how dark. What child character deserves their own grown up movie?
And speaking of a movie that terrified me as a child and I loathe to this very day, special effect guru Rick Baker has just apparently released some of the early designs of the aliens from Night Skies, an unmade Steven Spielberg movie whose designs led directly to E.T.
Today, diggers unearthed a cache of Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have told the urban legend around the buried games for decades. Now I'm wondering: in a world of digital-only media, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think?
In 1983, the failing Atari video game company allegedly dumped millions of unsold E.T. the Extra Terrestrial cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Ever since, game nostalgists have tried to track them down. Today, screenwriter Zak Penn's documentary crew begin digging, and our friends at Wired got a sneak peek at the…