Everything You Never Knew About The Making Of Last Starfighter

For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story. » 7/10/14 11:16am 7/10/14 11:16am

Earth To Echo Makes Those Old-School Spielberg Films Feel New Again

The influence of classic Spielberg movies is all over Earth to Echo. The plot is lifted from E.T., but the movie also borrows heavily from Goonies and other 80s movies about kids hanging out. But stylistically, this movie borrows nothing. In fact, it shows how to conjure the "80s kid movie" vibe without wallowing in… » 7/02/14 9:00am 7/02/14 9:00am

12 Excellent Movies That Use VFX To Tell A Story

It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool. » 5/07/14 10:36am 5/07/14 10:36am

12 Beloved Movies That Were Originally About Something Very Different

Our favorite science fiction and fantasy films seem to have burst into existence fully formed, already perfect. So it's weird when you realize that a lot of the best movies had the biggest false starts and dead ends. Here are 12 much-loved movies that had very different storylines early on in their creation. » 4/24/14 11:00am 4/24/14 11:00am

Earth to Echo's First Full-Length Trailer Shows How It'll Channel E.T.

Here's the first full-length trailer for Earth to Echo, a low-budget "found footage" movie about a group of kids who meet an alien who's stranded on Earth. Yup, it's E.T. with camcorders. But judging from this trailer, it has a lot of heart as these four friends have to stick together and grow up. And the alien is… » 3/19/14 3:56pm 3/19/14 3:56pm

The Mind-Blowing Hungarian Posters for All Your Favorite Movies

Can you name all of the famous science fiction films represented by these beautiful and bizarre posters from Hungary? You've seen Star Wars posters from all over the world and the wild paintings used on Ghana's movie posters. But nothing is more intense and wonderful than Hungarian posters for imported science… » 2/26/14 3:35pm 2/26/14 3:35pm

10 Forgotten Secrets of Great Movie-making From The 80s

Everybody wants to recapture the glory days of 80s movies these days. Everywhere you look, they're remaking 80s classics or paying homage to the motifs of the Reagan era. But there's still something about the 80s that remains unique and special. Here are 10 things movies were good at in the 80s that they struggle at… » 2/11/14 10:10am 2/11/14 10:10am

The Very Best Dick Jokes from Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies

The new apocalyptic comedy This Is The End is a treasure trove of dick jokes. But science fiction and fantasy have a long and proud history of wang-based humor. Here are the greatest dick jokes (intentional or unintentional) from throughout the history of science fiction and fantasy movies. » 6/13/13 3:22pm 6/13/13 3:22pm

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,… » 10/10/12 12:51pm 10/10/12 12:51pm

E.T. sequel would have featured evil mutant aliens

Movie sequels can be tricky things. Sometimes, movie number two is better than the original, but sequels can threaten to undermine the self-contained perfection of the first film. That's ultimately why we never saw a sequel to E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, although that doesn't mean Steven Spielberg never thought about… » 6/16/12 1:00pm 6/16/12 1:00pm

10 Ways Steven Spielberg Has Made the World a Better Place

This has been a big year for Steven Spielberg — he's launched two TV shows, including last night's Terra Nova, and produced countless movies. The Spielberg tribute Super-8 was a surprise hit, and it's become fashionable for other film-makers to claim they're paying tribute to early Spielberg. Still ahead this year:… » 9/27/11 10:00am 9/27/11 10:00am