The Infamous Atari Landfill Dig Is Finally Happening

Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly… » 4/10/14 3:45pm 4/10/14 3:45pm

​12 Aliens Who Came to Earth to Save Humanity

What with wars, destroying the environment, and general imbecility, humanity is constantly getting itself into trouble. More than a few kindly aliens have come to Earth trying to help us change our ways, and for the most part, we've tried to kill them. Here are a dozen aliens that, directly or indirectly, tried to save … » 2/24/14 10:07am 2/24/14 10:07am

The Secret Connection between Dr. Seuss and E.T.

We know lots of little details about Steven Spielberg's E.T.'s (like the fact that E.T. the creature is neither male or female). But we never knew about the connection between E.T. and Dr. Seuss — until we got a glimpse of this vintage concept art. » 9/18/13 12:24pm 9/18/13 12:24pm

When is a flop truly a flop?

Greetings, fellow denizens of the post-apocalypse! The ol' mailbag was full before people had recovered from Comic-Con, so I expect to have plenty of questions about what went down (hint hint). Meanwhile, let's talk about Hollywood's perception of failure, the greatest superhero football team of all time and why I want … » 7/24/13 8:20am 7/24/13 8:20am

Stunning Behind-the-Scenes Photos Show Iconic Movies in a New Light


We love the magic of the movies, that trickery that lets us believe in beautiful robots, time-traveling scientists, wolf men, and flying superheroes. But sometimes it's fun to peek behind the curtain, and see the secrets and candid faces behind our favorite films. » 6/09/13 1:00pm 6/09/13 1:00pm

Someone's Going to Dig Up Atari's Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains. » 6/02/13 1:23pm 6/02/13 1:23pm

This life-size E.T. puppet is the creepiest thing that has ever existed

Do you like E.T. ? Do you enjoy aliens who try to abduct young children and look like scrotums? Do you hate yourself with the passion of a thousand dying suns? Then you might want to order yourself NECA's new 1:1-scale E.T. replica! This puppet stands nearly three feet tall, can be pre-ordered for $250, and has an… » 4/08/13 7:00am 4/08/13 7:00am

12 Aliens That Were Supposed to Be Cute But Are Actually Terrifying

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… » 3/01/13 10:00am 3/01/13 10:00am

Weird Facts That You Didn't Know About E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

It's the 30th anniversary of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the groundbreaking "boy and his alien" movie. And a brand new book illuminates everything about the making of the film. We pored over E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: from Concept to Classic, and while we were admiring the gorgeous art and behind-the-scenes photos, we … » 10/10/12 12:51pm 10/10/12 12:51pm

Stoned Polish E.T. and twenty more insane old European movie posters

Back in the day, Eastern European posters for English-language science fiction films sometimes rearranged the movies' plots, jigsaw-style. For example, the Hungarian posters for the Star Wars trilogy transformed Darth Vader's helmet into an unusually nefarious bundt cake pan. » 8/28/12 5:45pm 8/28/12 5:45pm

Rejected Pitches for E.T.: Let's kill the little brown turd

The Rejected Pitches crew has already made us feel a little uncomfortable about the relationship between Doc Brown and Marty McFly, and now they're back to ruin more of our favorite movies. Here, they offer their note to Steven Spielberg about E.T.: The Extraterrestrial: the little turd should die at the end. » 8/12/12 8:30am 8/12/12 8:30am

R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi, the Special Effects Wizard Who Brought E.T. and …

This week, we reflected on movies that gave us a sense of wonder, and Carlo Rambaldi was a big part of creating science fiction movie wonder. The practical special effects artist, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86, brought E.T., the original Alien xenomorph, the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Greys, and… » 8/11/12 8:00am 8/11/12 8:00am

100 Wonderful and Terrible Movies That Never Existed

For every movie that makes it to your local cineplex, there are dozens that never come into existence. In another universe, Mel Gibson directed Fahrenheit 451, Terry Gilliam directed Watchmen, and Batman fought Godzilla. The history of movies is crammed full of weird almost-weres and could-have-beens. A lot of people… » 8/10/12 1:48pm 8/10/12 1:48pm