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Former E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Child Star Henry Thomas Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in Oregon

Former E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Child Star Henry Thomas Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in Oregon
Henry Thomas, the child star who played Elliott in the classic 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, was arrested on suspicion of D.U.I., People confirms.

The former child actor, now 48, was arrested in Tualatin, Oregon on Monday night after another driver called 911 to report someone was stopped in the middle of a residential intersection, according to TMZ. He’s been booked for misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Thomas was reportedly asleep at the wheel, forcing the Tualatin Police Department to wake him up, per the outlet. While there was no sign of alcohol in his car, police took
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Films That Reached Further Than The Silver Screen: The Good, The Bad And The Downright Ugly

We don’t often see outlandish movie tie-ins nowadays, and it truly is a crying shame. Long gone are the glory days of the mid-eighties and nineties when movies transcended the silver screen.

During what was undoubtedly a golden era for questionable merchandising you could walk straight out of the cinema into your local supermarket and pick up your Gremlins breakfast cereal that even included a pack of stickers with stills from the 1984 blockbuster.

What’s more, those brainy marketing execs at Warner Bros. also ingeniously invented an incredibly catchy jingle for their television ads that I’m sure remains in the back of everyone who grew up in the eighties collective minds: “Gremlins, Gremlins, bite after bite. What a tasty way to satisfy your Gremlin appetite”

Of course, Steven Spielberg’s Gremlins wasn’t the first and only media property to take an unceremonious step into another domain in
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John Williams on the Evolution of the Musical Themes of Star Wars

John Williams is the composer behind the iconic music from movies that include Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the Harry Potter films, and so many more, but maybe the most recognizable and beloved are the themes to the Star Wars film franchise. He’s been composing the musical scores since the first film in 1977, and is composing the music for the final film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

As he closes the book on this final chapter, he spoke with CBSNews about the evolution of the music and how the twist that took the fans by surprise also necessitated Williams change his musical trajectory for the films. But he’s such a pro, he took it in stride and made it work. Although when he created the score for the first film,
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Peter Coyote Riffs on ‘Country Music’ and How He Admires and Challenges Ken Burns

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Peter Coyote Riffs on ‘Country Music’ and How He Admires and Challenges Ken Burns
Though an instantly recognizable face from films such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Erin Brockovich,” it is Peter Coyote’s voice — a coolly authoritative baritone with a Zen master’s holy roll — that has endeared him to documentary lovers and makers. Alrhough director-writer Alex Gibney used Coyote’s wisened narration for “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and “The Pacific Century,” it is Ken Burns’ work where Coyote’s tones are most welcomed. In a collaboration that started with the 1992 documentary “The West,” Coyote has gone on to narrate 11 of Burns’ PBS film series, becoming almost a DeNiro to the documentarian’s Scorsese.

Being a musician and musical collector since his adolescence made Coyote an apt choice to narrate Burns’ epic new “Country Music” series. But it is the actor-writer’s activist past in the 1960s, cofounding the Diggers — the anarchist communal group that sought
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What’s Coming to Hulu in September 2019

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If the Summer Scaries are beginning to creep in, it may be time to start binging a new show to distract yourself from the impending end of vacation season. Luckily, Hulu is among the streaming services with a fresh slate of new content coming next month.

Beginning Sept. 1, you’ll be able to stream older franchise favorites, including the first three “Ocean’s Eleven” movies, all four “Lethal Weapons” films and all three installments of “The Matrix.”

There are other options if you’re in the mood to catch up on the latest TV. Check in with the Johnson family in the sixth season of “black-ish,” or get your tissues ready for the emotional fourth season of “This is Us,” both available on the streamer Sept. 25. And if you’re looking for a laugh from a comedy, new seasons of “American Dad,” Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons
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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Score Length May Hint at Film’s Runtime

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Score Length May Hint at Film’s Runtime
John Williams is probably the most well-known composer and conductor of motion picture scores. With credits under his belt like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, and plenty more, he’s crafted some of the most famous movie themes of all time. But John Williams also has a brother with some […]

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Fright-Rags Celebrates 20 Years of The Blair Witch Project with New Apparel Collection

Although it may be hard to believe, this month marks 20 years since moviegoers got to embark on a doomed trip into the Maryland woods with the wide theatrical release of The Blair Witch Project. To commemorate the groundbreaking found footage film, Fright-Rags released a new apparel collection that includes new shirt designs and creepy socks featuring the movie's iconic stick figures.

You can view The Blair Witch Project collection below, along with Fright-Rags' recent releases for Splatter University, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jaws. To learn more, be sure to visit Fright-Rags' website.

Press Release: The Blair Witch Project's 20th anniversary is this weekend, and Fright-Rags is honoring the occasion with its first collection of apparel from the film. The company also has new tees from Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Splatter University.

Celebrate 20 years of The Blair Witch Project with Fright-Rags' collection dedicated to the genre-defining film. The line features five shirts,
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Review: Child’S Play (2019) is a Viciously Fun and Clever Remake

When it comes to remakes these days, I feel like I’ve softened on my stance regarding their existence because simply, like death and taxes, they are just an inevitability. And when it was announced last year that we were going to be getting a new iteration of Child’s Play, of course I had some concerns, considering we had a Chucky franchise that was still doing its thing, and the original Child’s Play played a massive role in the formative years of my childhood.

So, going into Child’s Play (2019), I wasn't exactly sure how the remake would land with me, but I'll be the first to admit that I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it. Not only does it deliver up a viciously entertaining time, but it also does what every great remake should do—find a way to bring something new to the table
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Exclusive Interview: Scream Queen Dee Wallace Talks Iconic Career, Dolls And More

A scream queen in every sense of the words, Dee Wallace’s name has become synonymous with the horror genre. With leading roles in Stephen King adaptation Cujo, cult classics Critters and The Howling, as well as a career-defining role as the mother in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Wallace has been combining shrieks of fear with buckets of blood and tons of fun for years.

Her latest film, Dolls, jumps in on the summer of the killer toys and follows an alcoholic writer (Thomas Downey) and his rebellious daughter (Trinity Simpson) as they isolate themselves in an attempt to recover after the mother’s (Elise Muller) extra marital affair. But what they don’t know is that the three dolls staying in the attack have a sinister – and murderous – past.

I recently had the chance to speak with Ms. Wallace about her upcoming film, as well as her iconic career, and
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Kathleen Kennedy Elected Chair of AFI Board of Trustees

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has been elected Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees, the American Film Institute announced Thursday.

Kennedy succeeds Sir Howard Stringer, who served in the role since 1999.

“More than 50 years ago, the AFI was created to advance and elevate the art of film, and it has been my privilege to uphold that mission for two decades,” said Stringer in a statement. “I pass the torch to Kathleen Kennedy with great confidence, for she is a visionary who has not only long served as an AFI Trustee, but will also lead the Institute into the future with her signature taste, talent and intellect.”

Also Read: Keri Russell, Richard E Grant's 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' Characters Revealed in New Photos

“It is a distinct honor to be elected as Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees,” responded Kennedy. “AFI’s commitment to the power of storytelling — coupled
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Get ready for a Radical Summer with Rocket League

Get ready for an ’80s themed summer on Rocket League as Psyonix announce the start of the Radical Summer event on the 10th June. This new ‘80s themed in-game event will take place over nine weeks and celebrates iconic movies, television and culture of that decade with the addition of limited-time game modes, new items, and two Premium Dlc car packs: Ghostbusters and Knight Rider.

There will be three sections to the Radical Summer event, these are:

80s Blockbusters – runs from 10th June to 1st July. Franchises featured during this celebration are Back to the Future, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies and Karate Kid and kicks off with Ghostbusters and the limited time game mode, Ghost Hunt. This game mode will be a 3v3 game that sees players fire a proton stream to capture the ball and carry it to the opposing team’s Containment Zone to score.80s Culture
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Steven Spielberg On Sidney Sheinberg’s Death: “I Have No Concept About How To Accept That Sid Is Gone”

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Steven Spielberg On Sidney Sheinberg’s Death: “I Have No Concept About How To Accept That Sid Is Gone”
Sidney Sheinberg, who died Thursday at the age of 84, was not just a movie mogul who teamed with Lew Wasserman to build McA/Universal into a Hollywood powerhouse. He also gave Steven Spielberg his first directing job. It launched a lifetime partnership that included the highest-grossing films of the last three decades of the 20th century: Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park.

The list of collaborations between Hollywood mentor and mentee also includes Schindler’s List, which won seven Oscars in 1994 including the first of Spielberg’s two Best Director statuettes.

Spielberg reacted to tonight’s news of Sheinberg’s passing in a statement through Spielberg’s Amblin Partners:

“My heart is broken at this news,” he said. “For now let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart. He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth
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Sidney Sheinberg, Universal Exec Credited With Discovering Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84

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Sidney Sheinberg, Universal Exec Credited With Discovering Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84
Sid Sheinberg, the longtime president and chief operating officer of McA and Universal Studios who is also credited for discovering Stephen Spielberg, died Thursday. He was 84.

His son, producer and director Jon Sheinberg, made the news public on Instagram. A cause of death was not disclosed.

“Sadly my dad (Sid Sheinberg) died today,” Jonathan Sheinberg wrote. “He was an amazing man and will be missed very much. We loved him tremendously and will forever miss him.”

Also Read: Marshall Brodien, Who Played Wizzo the Wizard on 'The Bozo Show,' Dies at 84

“My heart is broken at this news. For now let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart,” Spielberg said in a statement through Amblin Entertainment late Thursday. “He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home.

“He gave me ‘Jaws,
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Sid Sheinberg Dies: Former McA/Universal President And COO Was Hollywood Giant

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Sid Sheinberg Dies: Former McA/Universal President And COO Was Hollywood Giant
Sidney Sheinberg, who with Lew Wasserman built McA Inc. and Universal Studios into Hollywood powers, died Thursday at age 84. His death was announced in an Instagram post by his son, producer-director Jon Sheinberg. No cause of death was immediately revealed.

“We are all saddened by the passing of Sid Sheinberg and our thoughts are with his family and friends,” said a statement from Ron Meyer, NBCUniversal ‘s vice chairman. “He will be forever a part of Universal Studios’ legacy and his contributions to the industry will never be forgotten.”

Casey Wasserman, the grandson of Lew Wasserman, also issued a statement. “Sid was a giant, in stature, business and heart. He was a true partner to my grandfather and the industry, and will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine, Jon and Bill. “

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Oscars flashback 25 years: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks both win for the 1st time while Whoopi Goldberg makes history

Oscars flashback 25 years: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks both win for the 1st time while Whoopi Goldberg makes history
For this year’s Oscars ceremony on Sunday, “Black Panther” is the first motion picture based on a comic book to receive a nomination in the Best Picture category. “Roma” could very well become the first foreign-language film to win in that same category. And as the years go by, it’ll be difficult to remember that there was ever a time that these things weren’t part of the norm. Remember a time when Tom Hanks had never won an Oscar and was more well-known for his comedy roles? When people didn’t like to speak about AIDS, much less make a feature film about it? Or a time when the great Steven Spielberg had yet to hold the gold statue in his hand? And when a woman or an African-American person had never hosted the annual telecast solo? It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since
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Gwyneth Paltrow Wishes 'Angel' Drew Barrymore a Happy Birthday with Joke About 'Giant Underpants'

Gwyneth Paltrow Wishes 'Angel' Drew Barrymore a Happy Birthday with Joke About 'Giant Underpants'
Friendship goals!

Gwyneth Paltrow paid tribute to Bff Drew Barrymore on Barrymore’s 44th birthday on Friday, sharing a photo of the two pals along with their famous friend group — which includes Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie and Lake Bell.

“The angel all in white… it’s her birthday!!!!!!!” Paltrow, 46, captioned the image. “@drewbarrymore we love you dearly. Your immense brain, the way you so perfectly articulate your unique thoughts, your propensity for giant underpants and the deep love and loyalty you have for your friends and daughters fill us with joy and inspiration!!”

The photo shows Paltrow, Barrymore, Diaz, Richie,
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Vote for Birthday Girl Drew Barrymore's Best Role From E.T. to Santa Clarita Diet

Vote for Birthday Girl Drew Barrymore's Best Role From E.T. to Santa Clarita Diet
Happy birthday, Drew Barrymore! Today the California native turns 44 years old and boy does time fly. Barrymore has been acting since she was a child beginning in the late '70s and officially winning over hearts as Gertie in 1982's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and now she's in her 40s? Seriously, we can barely wrap our heads around this one. After four decades in the entertainment industry the birthday girl has also managed to make a name for herself as a producer and director. Plus, she has her own beauty brand and is raising two adorable little girls.  Even though Barrymore is basically a modern-day superhero and entertainment guru, it's her acting gigs that continue to hold a special...
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Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-nominated live-action short ‘Skin’ goes beyond the surface of white supremacy [Exclusive Video Interview]

Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-nominated live-action short ‘Skin’ goes beyond the surface of white supremacy [Exclusive Video Interview]
For whatever reason, four out of the five Oscar-nominated live-action shorts focus on young boys in peril. The lone outlier is French-Canadian “Marguerite,” about an elderly woman whose bond with a nurse allows her to re-assess her own life.

The Irish short “Detainment,” which has gotten some pushback in Britain, digs into the real-life 1973 murder of toddler at the hands of two 10-year-old boys. The Quebec-made “Fauve” is about children trapped in a salt mine. “Mother” from Spain is about a 6-year-old child who calls to say his father left him alone on a beach and that a strange man is coming near him. “

But “Skin,” directed by Israeli-born Guy Nattiv, will likely resonate at a time when white supremacy, anti-Semitism and fear of immigrants seeking asylum in the States has become part of our national conversation. The story focuses on a family of skinheads, particularly a heavily tattooed father
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Vintage Star Wars Video Explains the Sounds Behind the Millennium Falcon

Vintage Star Wars Video Explains the Sounds Behind the Millennium Falcon
The Star Wars franchise is full of some of the most recognizable sound effects to ever grace the big screen. Now, thanks to an unearthed video from 1980, the sounds that make up the Millennium Falcon failing to make it to hyperspace have been revealed. As is the case with nearly all other sound effects, the iconic ship's sounds are made up of from more than one source and then mixed together to create something brand-new and unique. Hardcore Star Wars fans can probably already hear the iconic sound in their heads and don't even need to pop in The Empire Strikes Back for reference.

A New Hope sound engineer Ben Burtt demystifies the Millennium Falcon failed hyperspace sound in a quick two-minute video. To make the noise, Burtt relied on five different sounds to achieve what he was hearing in his head. The inertia starter of an old 1928 biplane, an
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Weird Elm Street Meets E.T. Mashup Turns Freddy Into an Extra-Terrestrial

Weird Elm Street Meets E.T. Mashup Turns Freddy Into an Extra-Terrestrial
A new mashup video combines the brilliance of Steven Spielberg's E.T. with Wes Craven's horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street to deliver something that is the best of both worlds. Both of these movies, in their own very different ways, are certifiable 80s classics in their own right. The former remains one of the finest works ever from one of cinema's most respected directors, while the other birthed a horror icon who remains a fixture in the pop culture landscape to this day. So what happens when two diametrically opposed things such as these are thrown in a blender together? This video provides an answer.

The result is titled E.T.K: The Extra-Terrestrial Krueger, as it swaps out the titular character from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in favor of making Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger an alien from space, as opposed to a former pervert who
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