E.T.'s Face Appears In Tree Stump

If the Virgin Mary can appear in a grilled cheese sandwich, and Jesus can grace a tortilla chip, there's really absolutely no reason why E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial shouldn't turn up in a tree stump. None whatsoever. » 1/21/15 2:40pm 1/21/15 2:40pm

Previously Unseen E.T. Concept Art Reveals The Alien's Alternate Faces

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. » 10/13/14 5:00pm 10/13/14 5:00pm

The Poster Artist Who Helped Define Your Favorite Movies

You may not know John Alvin's name, but you've admired his work. Along with Drew Struzan, he's one of a few great poster artists who've shaped your love of science fiction and fantasy movies with some indelible images. Check out an exclusive gallery from his new art book. » 8/08/14 2:40pm 8/08/14 2:40pm

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

What's The Absolute Worst Tie-In Video Game Of All Time?

Video games based on movies, TV shows and other media are notoriously terrible, as a rule. There's just something about a game based on a story from another medium that befuddles game designers. Or maybe it's the tight deadlines. But what's the worst tie-in game ever released? » 4/15/14 1:38pm 4/15/14 1:38pm

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

10 Best Science Fiction Stories Where Humans Are The Monsters

Humans are capable of immense greatness and largeness of spirit — but we can also be total horrible bastards, sometimes. And science fiction is full of stories where we terrorize and mistreat innocent creatures. Here are the 10 best stories where humans are the villains. » 9/26/13 10:36am 9/26/13 10:36am

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

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

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

What if E.T. was more like Alien?

Second-year students at the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, were asked to make a 30-second trailer based loosely on E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. Their response: take several of the heartwarming film's core images, such as the boy framed against the moon and E.T.'s glowing finger, and twist them into the… » 12/22/12 4:00pm 12/22/12 4:00pm

This tearful E.T. audition will make you fall in love with Elliott all…

After this emotional audition scene for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg knew he had found his Elliott. It's easy to see why; young Henry Thomas evokes his child's passion and frustration on command, and you could almost believe that he and E.T. truly were friends. » 10/21/12 10:00am 10/21/12 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,… » 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 Science Fiction Movies for People Who Think They Don't Like Science…

It's that time of year when you wind up watching a lot of DVDs with your loved ones. And you rediscover the grand art of compromise. It's hard to find movies that everybody wants to watch — especially if you want to watch something science fictional. » 12/27/11 10:00am 12/27/11 10:00am