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Watch: 10-Year-Old Henry Thomas Books the Job in ‘E.T.’

25 September 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

One advantage child actors may have over their adult counterparts is the ability to believe extraordinary circumstances. Take the audition tape below; a grown-up may have a hard time imagining their best friend is an alien being taken away by the government, but for 10-year-old actor Henry Thomas, the world of “E.T.” immediately becomes a reality. After his off-screen scene partner explains what’s going on in the scene, Thomas begins reacting, staring at the reader with unwavering focus. You can tell he’s immersed in the scene’s conflict even before the tears start falling down his face. It’s such a tour de force display of emotion—(Thomas later revealed he drew on a painful real-life memory to capture his young character’s trauma)—that in the final few seconds of the video, someone (probably director Steven Spielberg!) declares, “Ok kid, you got the job.” And deservedly so! »

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E.T. star Henry Thomas phones home for Ouija 2 role

21 September 2015 5:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Upcoming horror sequel Ouija 2 has been bolstered by two new additions to its cast, with E.T. leading man Henry Thomas set to star as well as young performer Lulu Wilson (Deliver us From Evil).

See Also: Ouija 2 gets a director and female lead

See Also: Universal Pictures sets Ouija 2 for October 2016

Thomas and Wilson will join the already announced cast of Annalise Basso (Oculus) and Elizabeth Reaser (True Detective) for the sequel, co-produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse, Hasbro and Universal.

Oculus filmmaker Mike Flanagan is set to step into the director’s chair, taking the place of the first film’s helmsman Stiles White (The Possession).

The original film was a success at the box office, reaching a worldwide gross of $102m from a small budget of only $5m.

Ouija 2 is set for release on October 21st 2016.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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25 Things You Didn't Know About Drew Barrymore

19 September 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Drew Barrymore first entered our lives as Gertie in 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and has since made a name for herself as one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. Despite hitting some hard times as a teenager, Drew picked herself up and has come a pretty long way since her days as a child actress, rebellious teen, and '90s romantic-comedy icon. Even though Drew has lived her life in the spotlight, there are probably still some things you don't know about her. Scroll down as we go over some of her most interesting facts. »

- Brittney Stephens

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25 Things You Didn't Know About Drew Barrymore

19 September 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Drew Barrymore first entered our lives as Gertie in 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and has since made a name for herself as one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. Despite hitting some hard times as a teenager, Drew picked herself up and has come a pretty long way since her days as a child actress, rebellious teen, and '90s romantic-comedy icon. Even though Drew has lived her life in the spotlight, there are probably still some things you don't know about her. Scroll down as we go over some of her most interesting facts. »

- Brittney Stephens

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E.T. Star Henry Thomas to Phone Ghosts in Ouija 2

18 September 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Henry Thomas and child star Lulu Wilson have joined the cast of Ouija 2 Universal Pictures is quickly gearing up for Ouija 2, the sequel to last year’s low-budget smash, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has added a leading man to the roster with Henry Thomas, best known as the lead in…

The post E.T. Star Henry Thomas to Phone Ghosts in Ouija 2 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Max Evry

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Casting: Close, Thomas, Banquero, Paxton, Brody

18 September 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Glenn Close is in final negotiations to join J.K. Simmons, Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Terry Bradshaw and Ving Rhames in Lawrence Sher's comedy "Bastards".

Wilson and Helms play brothers whose eccentric and one-time wild party girl in the 1970s mother (Close) fabricates a story that their father died when they were young. When they find out the story is false, they set out to find their real father. [Source: Deadline]

Ouija 2

Henry Thomas ("E.T.") and Lulu Wilson ("Deliver Us From Evil") have signed on to Mike Flanagan's upcoming sequel to the supernatural thriller "Ouija" for Universal, Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro.

Annalise Basso and Elizabeth Reaser also star in the film which once again revolves around the ancient spirit board. It is currently targeting an October 2016 release. [Source: THR]

Sister of Mine

Ivana Baquero ("Pan's Labyrinth") and Julio Perillan ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") are set to head up Pedro Aguilera's »

- Garth Franklin

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The Black Stallion

15 September 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It was a winner right out of the starting gate, an instant classic that's still a pleasure for the eyes and ears. Carroll Ballard and Caleb Deschanel's marvel of a storybook movie has yet to be surpassed, with a boy-horse story that seems to be taking place in The Garden of Eden. The Black Stallion Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 765 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 14, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, John Karlsen, Leopoldo Trieste, Marne Maitland, Cass-Olé. Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Film Editor Robert Dalva Supervising Sound Editor Alan Splet Original Music Carmine Coppola Written by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff from the novel by Walter Farley Produced by Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg Directed by Carroll Ballard

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Francis Coppola divided audiences with his war epic Apocalypse Now, but in the same »

- Glenn Erickson

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1984

8 September 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...

It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.

This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »

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Tubaist returns to the music of ‘E.T.’ after performing for the soundtrack in 1982

5 September 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

John Williams has been making movie magic with his music for decades, transporting audiences on emotional cinematic journeys to a galaxy far far away, to a school for young witches and wizards, to an island where dinosaurs can once again walk the Earth, and back to the wonders of our childhoods. Tuba player Norman Pearson performed Williams’ music early in his career, as a freelancer just out of college, when he played on the soundtrack for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982. Thirty-three years later, he’s performing the film’s heartwarming, awe-inspiring score for an audience at Hollywood Bowl. The L.A. Philharmonic is performing the score live in sync with HD screenings of the film at the Los Angeles venue for three nights over Labor Day weekend. Pearson recalls being “quite nervous” when he got to the MGM soundstage to record the score with Williams conducting. That recording session was »

- Emily Rome

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Why You Shouldn't Expect 'Jaws' or 'Back to the Future' Remakes Any Time Soon

3 September 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter ran a story about the movie production company DreamWorks (founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen) and its pending need to find a new distribution partner. It's a fairly standard industry story, but it generated some misleading headlines thanks to some big name Spielberg movies. So let's look at what is actually happening. - DreamWorks' current contracts with Disney will be ending next year. - DreamWorks is expected to not renew with Disney, but instead seek a partnership elsewhere. - One of the companies DreamWorks may partner with is Universal Studios. Here's the part where speculation got a bit rampant: Universal Studios is where Spielberg directed not just Jurassic Park, but E.T. and...

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- Peter Hall

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Review: 'Mr. Robot' wraps up season 1 with triumph, tragedy, and brilliance

2 September 2015 8:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Mr. Robot" just concluded its first season. I spoke with creator Sam Esmail about it at length, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as we use a dead puppy oven... "Come on!!!! I need to know what happened!" -Elliot What a fascinating, off-kilter, 100% "Mr. Robot" way to end this season. Everything about this show has always been off: the way characters so often are marginalized in the corner of a frame, or how we're so much inside Elliot's head that we feel like we're losing time right along with him. So it feels right — even if it may be frustrating for some — that the finale skips right past whatever Elliot and Tyrell did at the arcade, keeps Tyrell missing in action entirely, and just jumps us into the strange new world where fsociety has seemingly won and plunged the world into financial chaos. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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DreamWorks Deal at Disney Soured as Conglomerate Focused on Bigger Fish

2 September 2015 3:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When DreamWorks signed a deal in 2009 for its films to be distributed and partly funded by Disney, it appeared to be a victory for both sides. The addition of Steven Spielberg’s studio would give a then stripped-down Disney film slate a considerable boost, and DreamWorks would have a strong partner to help promote its brand worldwide.

Within just seven months, though, the Disney executive who drove the deal was gone, the Mouse House had made the second of three big deals that would put it firmly in the tentpole business, and one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors felt like he was nowhere near a top priority for the entertainment conglomerate.

That reversal of allegiances comes front and center now, as sources confirm that Disney will not renew the pact with DreamWorks. Although several studios are discussing the possibility of bringing DreamWorks into the fold, insiders say that Universal »

- James Rainey and Brent Lang

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Classic Movies Find Fresh Fans at Live Music Events

2 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Giantscreens are almost as common as string sections in classical orchestras these days, as live movie concerts become an increasingly regular (and increasingly profitable) piece of programming around the country. And when you go to one of those concerts in Hollywood, you might just find the orchestra is conducted by one of the film’s original musicians.

That’s the case with “E.T.” when the concert screening of the film plays Sept. 4-6 at the Hollywood Bowl. Conducting the L.A. Philharmonic will be David Newman, a film composer (“Ice Age”) who was in the orchestra that recorded the John Williams score for Steven Spielberg’s 1982 favorite.

In New York, meanwhile, an October film concert of “Back to the Future” — produced, like “E.T.,” by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of performing arts management company Img Artists and music talent agency Gorfaine/Schwartz — will feature some 20 minutes of new music that the film’s composer, »

- Gordon Cox

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9 Wes Craven Movies You Must See

31 August 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday was a tragic day for horror fans around the world, as we reported the unfortunate news of Wes Craven passing at the age of 76 in his Los Angeles home. Wes Craven left an indelible mark on the horror movie genre almost immediately with his first feature film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and his influence will be felt for years to come, in the filmmakers that follow and carry on his legacy. As we continue to mourn the loss of this legend, we're revisiting his best work with nine of his best films.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family, although his father died when he was just five years old. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. »

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‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ is ready to light up concert halls

27 August 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What would “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” be without John Williams’ heartwarming, awe-inspiring score? Not the same movie, for sure. That Oscar-winning music for the beloved 1982 Steven Spielberg film will be spotlighted when “E.T.” is screened at concert halls around the world, beginning next week. Orchestras will perform the score live in sync with HD screenings of the film about a 10-year-old boy named Elliott and the lost little alien he befriends. The screening series is part of Film Concerts Live!, which has given a similar big screen, big live music treatment to “Back to the Future” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek.” Jamie Richardson, one of the producers of the concert screening series, told HitFix that watching recording sessions of movie scores is an experience he’s thoroughly enjoyed, and that’s partially what inspired him to start Film Concerts Live! “To hear [film scores] come to life with a 90-piece orchestra and see »

- Emily Rome

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Pattinson to Play E.T. Spaceman in Mystery Sci-Fier for Veteran Auteur Denis

26 August 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »

- Zac Gille

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7 Sweet Photos of Drew Barrymore and Her Adorable Daughters

26 August 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Drew Barrymore has been a Hollywood mainstay since she was a baby - and has seemed to live about a million lives since then - which is why it's so heartwarming to see her settle into the role of wife and mother. Drew married art adviser Will Kopelman in June 2012, three months before the couple welcomed their first daughter, Olive. Their second baby girl, Frankie, was born in April 2014, and the little ones quickly started to bear a resemblance to their famous mom - seriously, Olive is almost identical to a young Drew in her E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial days. Though Drew hasn't given us a ton of glimpses of her girls, we've gotten a few peeks at Frankie and Olive on social media, at charity events, and in People magazine. We've rounded up some of Drew's most adorable moments with her kids; keep reading to see them all now, then »

- Brittney-Stephens

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Alamo Drafthouse Is Celebrating Steven Spielberg This Fall with ‘Septemberg’ Screenings

24 August 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There’s no doubt that Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential and iconic directors working today. Spielberg has dabbled in everything from war dramas like Saving Private Ryan, historical dramas like The Color Purple, thrillers like Jaws, sci-fi classics like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and […]

The post Alamo Drafthouse Is Celebrating Steven Spielberg This Fall with ‘Septemberg’ Screenings appeared first on /Film. »

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Alamo Drafthouse Hosting 'Septemberg' Spielberg Month Screenings

24 August 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real." Get ready for Steven Spielberg mania all-September-long at your local Alamo Drafthouse! Drafthouse has officially announced a new screening series they're hosting called Septemberg, in honor of the upcoming release of Spielberg's newest movie Bridge of Spies (in theaters October 16th). Many of my friends grew up watching Spielberg movies, whether it was E.T. or Indiana Jones or Jaws or Hook or Close Encounters. He's a one-of-a-kind, masterful filmmaker even today, and it's always exciting to revisit his past work. The Drafthouse also put together a fun video teaser for the "Septemberg" series, along with info and locations around the country. Teaser video below - the screening series runs all month during September at various Drafthouse cinemas. "Steven Spielberg has to be the most populist of all the great American filmmakers. His main strength has been being a master storyteller, »

- Alex Billington

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Steven Spielberg Movie?

21 August 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

We're just a couple of months away from the release of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. The Cold War–era thriller — which stars Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda — is the first movie directed by Spielberg since Lincoln in 2012. It was written by Ethan and Joel Coen, and early buzz has been quite positive.

Now we have a question for you: What is the best Steven Spielberg movie? We're going to count any film he directed. Feel free to vote for a 1970s classic like Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, »

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