ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

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Henry Thomas on life after ET: ‘We got a lot of weird visitors – some people were fanatical’
The actor shot to fame as Elliott in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 hit. Now a father himself, he talks about why he almost quit acting, being recognised and whether he’d let his kids act

Sian Cain

03, Jul, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Steven Spielberg: ‘No film should be revised’ based on modern sensitivity
Director has criticised the practice of re-editing older films while expressing remorse over removing guns in a later edition of ET

Benjamin Lee

26, Apr, 2023 @1:43 PM

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TV tonight: seven celebrity pilgrims take a hugely emotional trip
The intrepid trekkers travel through Portugal. Plus: snowmobiles and shootouts in the Bavarian Alps. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hollie Richardson, Ali Catterall, Danielle De Wolfe, Ellen E Jones, Graeme Virtue, Hannah Verdier and Simon Wardell

07, Apr, 2023 @5:20 AM

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ET model from 1982 film expected to fetch $3m at auction
Mechanical model to go on sale in auction that also includes items from Harry Potter films

Jamie Grierson

01, Nov, 2022 @2:00 PM

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From satanic panic to billion-dollar business: how Dungeons & Dragons conquered the world
A role-playing game born half a century ago in a Wisconsin basement has spawned an empire spanning film, TV and YouTube. How did it leave its mark on Stranger Things, ET and everyone from Stephen King to Elon Musk?

Stuart Jeffries

29, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Thinking the unthinkable: is Hollywood really going to make a sequel to ET?
Comments this week from Henry Thomas, who played Elliott in the 1982 hit, indicated that ET, wherever he is, just might be getting a call …

Ben Child

01, Jul, 2022 @10:49 AM

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Where the heart is: the music, film and more about feeling homesick
From vintage Spielberg to some affecting Adele, there’s no place like those evoked by our critics’ recommendations

Miriam Gillinson, Sam Jordison, Danny Leigh, Jason Okundaye and Jenessa Williams

13, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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ET the Extra-Terrestrial at 40: Spielberg’s sci-fi smash remains a wonder
The director’s lauded 1982 hit is a film about childhood empathy –four decades later, it’s still one of his most complete experiences

Scott Tobias

11, Jun, 2022 @6:05 AM

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ET go home: why Spielberg’s alien shouldn’t be flogging wifi
‘The audience is going to get everything they want out of a sequel without the messy bits,’ say bosses, as they casually destroy your childhood memories to sell a cable TV and internet subscription

Ryan Gilbey

02, Dec, 2019 @12:07 PM

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'I didn't sleep well for months': the films that terrified our writers as kids
For Halloween, Guardian writers discuss their most horrifying childhood cinematic experiences, from Arachnophobia to Freddy vs Jason

Pamela Hutchinson, Peter Bradshaw, André Wheeler, Benjamin Lee, Gretchen Smail, Andrew Pulver, Gwilym Mumford, Charles Bramesco, Catherine Shoard and Adrian Horton

31, Oct, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Mark Kermode chooses 25 of the best films for children
From early animation to foreign-language gems via all-time classics, a range of movies to whet budding cinematic appetites

Mark Kermode

21, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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From the archive: the world according to Spielberg as ET is launched, 1982
Martin Amis interviews the director – and is grief-stricken by the film

Chris Hall

28, Apr, 2019 @4:59 AM

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