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Alternate Mac and Me Ending Unearthed and It's Insane

Alternate Mac and Me Ending Unearthed and It's Insane
Mac and Me is famous for all the wrong reasons; released in 1988, it's an obvious rip-off of Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial filled with so many references to McDonald's it's barely more than a 90-minute commercial with campy, sci-fi window dressing. Indeed, Mac and Me is often regarded as the worst movie ever made-and that's really saying something! Still, the film might have been infamous for a completely different reason, had the original ending of the film remained intact. Before proceeding further, be warned that we're now entering Spoiler Territory! Here's the film's synopsis:

"A young extraterrestrial, separated from his family and stranded on Earth, finds friendship with a handicapped youth."

In the original ending of Mac and Me (which you can see in Shout! Factory's recent Blu-ray re-release) young protagonist Eric (played by Jade Calegory) is blown up in an explosion before being resurrected by his faithful extraterrestrial pal.
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Film Academy Challenges Fans to Sum Up Movies in Five Words, Succinct Hilarity Ensues

  • The Wrap
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a call for five-word movie summaries on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. And thousands of people responded — including “Terminator” star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Share the plot of your favorite movie in five words.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 31, 2018

It’s a refreshingly off-brand idea from the Academy, being a hell of a lot more succinct than the typical Oscar acceptance speech, and the responses have been pretty fun and often very clever. For instance, Schwarzenegger, who not surprisingly picked the plot of his career-defining hits “The Terminator” and “Terminator 2.”

Machine sent back to save.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 31, 2018

Also Read: 'Billionaire Boys Club' Film Review: Kevin Spacey Stuck in Convoluted True-Crime Remake

CNN anchor Bill Weir picked Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir “Chinatown,” though his contribution is less a summary of the plot and more just a recitation
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Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner

  • Deadline
Judge Dismisses ‘Shape Of Water’ Lawsuit Waged During Final Oscar Voting Against Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Picture Winner
Exclusive: A federal judge has dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the estate of playwright Paul Zindel accusing filmmaker Guillermo del Toro of appropriating plot elements from Let Me Hear You Whisper in his Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water. The suit was filed and fanned for maximum publicity on the day that Academy voters began filling out their final ballots for major category nominees, this after an ask for a settlement was rebuffed by Fox Searchlight. The film won four Oscars anyway, including Best Picture and Best Director for del Toro.

Judge Percy Anderson issued a brief ruling yesterday dismissing the suit and saying that del Toro and Fox Searchlight are entitled to recover the costs of defending against the legal claim.

The copyright infringement claim, filed in February in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges del Toro “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes
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Without Kenny and Company, 80s Teen Movies Wouldn't Be the Same [Rewind]

Without Kenny and Company, 80s Teen Movies Wouldn't Be the Same [Rewind]
When Kenny & Company came out in 1976, it barely registered at the box office. However, it would soon usher in a host of other "kids" films, namely E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Stand By Me (1986) and all of the John Hughes movies from that era as well. These films had bigger budgets, studio muscle behind them, and they were able to stick around long enough to find their audience. Kenny & Company didn't have this luxury. And, while it did have a nice DVD release via Anchor Bay (remember them?) in 2005, the film has essentially been forgotten.

I first watched Don Coscarelli's Kenny & Company on a Sunday evening. I don't recall what grade I was in or how old I was, but something about this tale of 3 friends (Kenny (Dan McCann), Doug (A. Michael Baldwin) and Sherman (Jeff Roth)) hanging out around Halloween stayed with me. It would be many years later but
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New Trailer Arrives For Eli Roth’s ‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’

eOne has just debuted a new trailer for the Eli Roth-directed The House With A Clock In Its Walls, a new film which will arrive in cinemas this coming September. The film comes to the screen from horror icon Roth – though this is an obvious departure for him – and the people who brought you iconic classics such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Back to the Future and The Bfg.

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches
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Henry Thomas on Life After 'E.T.' — "It's Hard When You're Remembered for an Iconic Role" (Exclusive)

Childhood star Henry Thomas has come full circle. When he wasn't becoming famous as Elliott in the 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and other films, he grew up quietly on a farm in South Texas. Nearly four decades later, he moved to a farm of his own, this time in Oregon with his third wife, Anna, 46, and three kids: Hazel, 14, Evelyn, 9, and Henry III, 8. "That was always my goal. We have horses, and apples, and horse apples," Henry, 46, exclusively tells Closer Weekly, laughing. He's also achieved adult success with films like Legends of the Fall. "It's hard when you’re remembered for an iconic role," he says. "But I’m in an industry where in order to get a job, I have to go into a room and get either rejected or accepted. If you have a thin skin, you just won’t last very long." Henry in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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Fox Searchlight Defends ‘Shape of Water’ From Plagiarism Suit

  • Variety
Fox Searchlight has fired back against a lawsuit that claims “The Shape of Water” is based on a 1969 play about a janitor who befriends a captive dolphin.

The studio’s attorneys argue in a motion to dismiss that the differences between the best picture winner and the play, titled “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” are so great as to make the lawsuit without merit. They also contend that any thematic similarities are also shared with a number of other films, and are not protected by copyright.

“Any ‘similarity’ between these vastly different works derives from the nonprotectible idea of a relationship between a person and an animal (in the case of the Play) or mythical humanoid creature (in the case of the Film) that scientists wish to kill and/or study and experiment on — an idea that has previously been the subject of numerous films, including ‘Free Willy,’ ‘Starman,’ ‘Splash!
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Steven Spielberg Reveals That E.T. Started as a Story About His Parents' Divorce

Steven Spielberg Reveals That E.T. Started as a Story About His Parents' Divorce
James Cameron is taking viewers behind some of the world’s most famous science fiction stories.

The Avatar director’s upcoming six-part television series, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, will explore the genre’s roots through interviews with A-list actors and storytellers who have defined the field. In a clip shared exclusively with People, Cameron sits down with director Steven Spielberg to talk the origins of his hit film, 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] led to E.T., which I think of as Close Encounters 2,” Cameron, 63, says in the clip before Spielberg, 71, interjects, “I think of it the same way.
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‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

  • The Wrap
‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. announced Saturday.

Domestically, the film has hit $120.6 million to date since its opening on March 29. Internationally, the film has grossed $379.5 million, earning more than $200 million in China alone.

Also Read: Steven Spielberg Is Back! 'Ready Player One' Scores His Best Box Office Debut in a Decade

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

Spielberg directed “Ready Player One” from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the latter’s novel of the same name. Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Dan Farah and Spielberg produced. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

Also Read: Steven Spielberg Becomes First Director to Top $10 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

The film follows a young man who lives in a dystopian future where almost everyone escapes their horrid reality through a virtual world called the Oasis. With the help of his friends, he sets out to complete a quest created by the Oasis’ late creator before the head of an evil corporation can finish it and take over the virtual system.

Earlier this week, Spielberg became the first director to ever gross more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office, with “Ready Player One” becoming his highest-grossing film in the last decade and nudging him into eight figures in all-time career grosses.

Spielberg’s all-time top performer was 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” which grossed $983.8 million worldwide. That was followed by 2008’s critically reviled “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” ($786.6 million) and the 1982 classic “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which earned $717 million — without adjusting for inflation.

Read original story ‘Ready Player One’ Surpasses $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office At TheWrap
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Steven Spielberg Is First Director to Cross $10B at the Box Office

Steven Spielberg Is First Director to Cross $10B at the Box Office
Steven Spielberg is far and away, financially speaking, the most successful director of all time. Thanks to the success of Ready Player One at the box office, Spielberg's movies have now grossed over $10 billion worldwide. He's the first director to accomplish this feat and nobody else is even close. So, not only is he one of the most beloved and respected directors to ever do it, he's quantifiably one of the most successful.

Ready Player One, which is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, has grossed $474.8 million worldwide so far. That has helped push Steven Spielberg's body of work to $10.009 billion. In total, there are 27 movies that make up this impressive figure, dating back to 1989's Always, which is his lowest-grossing effort to date with $74.1 million. Spielberg also has his recent Oscar-favorite The Post to thank for pushing him past this landmark, as that movie brought in $174.4 million worldwide.
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Review: Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' is a World of Pure Imagination

In a legendary career spanning more than four decades, Steven Spielberg changed the film industry with his influential science fiction and adventure movies. Timeless films, such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), are revered as archetypes of contemporary Hollywood escapist cinema. Along with other pop culture touchstones of the era, like Star Wars (1977) and Superman: The Motion Picture (1978), Spielberg's movies paved the way for the massive blockbusters that now dominate the box office year-round. With his new film, the unabashedly entertaining Ready Player One, Spielberg adapts author Ernie Cline's NY Times bestseller, a love letter to the 1980s that would not exist without the director's unparalleled output. Set in the year 2045 - the world is a harsh place, beset by unemployment, poverty, overcrowding, and utter hopelessness. 18-year-old Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan of Mud and X-Men: Apocalypse) lives
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Steven Spielberg Says He Will Never Digitally Enhance or Change His Old Movies Again

Remember that time when Steven Spielberg digitally altered E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the re-release of the film? And while you were watching it you noticed that he had digitally removed the guns from the FBI a replaced them with walkie-talkies? Yeah... he'll never do that again!

During the Ready Player One press event, someone asked Spielberg if he would ever consider going back to one of his old movies and digitally alter it again. As you know, this is something George Lucas loved to do with his original Star Wars films. You don't have to worry about Spielberg ever doing it again, though. He learned his lesson. This is what he had to say thanks to /Film:

"When E.T. was re-released, I actually digitized five shots where E.T. went from being a puppet to a digital puppet. And I also replaced the gun when the FBI runs up
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Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Daughters Want to Be Actresses: "They've Got the Barrymore Gene!"

Just like their mama! In a new interview, Drew Barrymore revealed her two young daughters, Olive, 5, and Frankie, 3, already want to become actresses. "All they want to do is get onstage. They’ve got the Barrymore gene! We went to The Sound of Music, they’re like, 'I just want up on the stage.' We go to the Amazing Bubble Show, they’re like, 'I just want on the stage,'" Drew, 43, gushed. Drew herself comes from a Hollywood dynasty family and has been acting her entire life — her first major film role was in 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was seven years old — but that doesn't mean she wants her girls to be performers, too. "As of today, I would say Olive is a vet and Frankie’s a ballerina," the proud mom told Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday, March 20's Today broadcast. #sisters #myhappyplace #mywholeworld A post
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‘I Can Only Imagine’ Directors Join Spielberg, Zemeckis, and More as Filmmakers With Two A+ CinemaScores

Hollywood is still bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes to freshen up, IMDb stars to earn, Metacritic rankings to top, and the audience-friendly classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s designed to be as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. By their own admission, they measure “movie appeal,” and high grades often reflect canny marketing or audiences already primed to enjoy a certain film.

This weekend, moviegoers rated two new openers, the gay teen romance “Love, Simon” and the faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine,” the highest CinemaScore possible: a sterling A+. And while it’s telling that this weekend spawned such high marks for such very different films, it also speaks to what happens when Hollywood churns out the films that certain audiences are so eager to see.
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Oscars 2018: Will ‘Dunkirk’ be the 17th film to sweep the sound categories?

Oscars 2018: Will ‘Dunkirk’ be the 17th film to sweep the sound categories?
In the audio categories at the Oscars, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, typically the loudest film wins. So there’s one film this year that was almost tailor-made to sweep those prizes: Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama “Dunkirk.” Should the film sweep it would be the second Nolan film to do so and the 17th overall.

The Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing categories have gone through a lot of transformations at the Oscars over the years, at least in how they’re classified. The Oscars first started handing out one award for a film’s audio, Best Sound Recording, in 1929 with “The Big House” taking the inaugural award. Then the category became Best Sound in 1958 with the musical “South Pacific” becoming the first winner under that name. And finally it became Best Sound Mixing in 2003 with “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” taking home the first prize.
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Drew Barrymore Opens Up About Motherhood And Growing Up In Show Business

Drew Barrymore is looking back at her time growing up in Hollywood and becoming a mother. Related: Drew Barrymore And Timothy Olyphant Help Pull Off Romantic Netflix Proposal The 43-year-old actress had her first breakout role at only age 7 in 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”. And in a new interview with InStyle, Barrymore recalls her youth in show business, including being legally emancipated from […]
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"Lost In Space: The Complete John Williams Collection" On Vinyl

  • CinemaRetro
By Darren Allison

Before inheriting the title "Master of Disaster", a perfectly justified honour for his reputation of creating some of the greatest disaster movies of the 1970s, Irwin Allen was also the man responsible for some of the classic TV shows to emerge in the 1960’s. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants have all survived the test of time and become immortalised among the best in terms of cultural importance. However, above all others, Lost in Space (1965-1968) is arguably the series that endured. Very loosely inspired by Johan David Wyss's classic 1812 adventure novel “Swiss Family Robinson”, the premise for the show was fairly uncomplicated and followed the adventures of the Robinson family, a crew of space colonists who encounter a number of strange and otherworldly situations after their ship is sabotaged and thrown off its original course. A great
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection

'Close Encounters' at 40: How Spielberg Made Sci-Fi's Mothership Connection
How do you follow up a record-breaking blockbuster about a killer shark? For starters, you get out of the ocean. And then maybe you look up.

A longtime watcher of the skies, young Steven Spielberg had already been kicking around an idea involving alien visitation, spacecraft "sightings" and government cover-ups – some sort of story, in the gentleman's own words, about "UFOs and Watergate" – before he had started turning Peter Benchley's novel Jaws into a movie. One three-men-and-an-apex-predator hit later, he was a hot Hollywood director who had folks ready
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Steven Spielberg Saved Gizmo, Got Yelled at by Kathleen Kennedy Over ‘E.T.’

  • Slash Film
Steven Spielberg Saved Gizmo, Got Yelled at by Kathleen Kennedy Over ‘E.T.’
Steven Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down. The 70-year-old filmmaker will be delivering the excellent The Post to theaters this month and releasing his pop culture extravaganza Ready Player One in 2018. But just because Spielberg seems to be constantly plowing ahead into the future, that doesn’t mean we can’t stop and reflect on his past. […]

The post Steven Spielberg Saved Gizmo, Got Yelled at by Kathleen Kennedy Over ‘E.T.’ appeared first on /Film.
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