ATARI: GAME OVER Trailer Goes Behind the Scenes of the E.T. Video Game Failure

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Writer (and with this project, director) Zak Penn is best known for films such as The Incredible Hulk and X2 (along with the upcoming Pacific Rim 2), but with Atari: Game Over he turns his attention to a smaller-scale story about the demise of one of the world’s worst video games.  The game in question?  Atari’s E.T. tie-in, which was rushed on a 5-week production schedule in order to be ready for stores by Christmas.  Those in charge? Atari’s founder Nolan Bushnell and the designer of the E.T. game, Howard Scott Warshaw.

Now we have a look at the trailer for Atari: Game Over and it seems really compelling.  It’s a classic rise and fall story, the kind of narrative that occurs millions of times over in every culture of the world that we are eternally doomed to repeat.  It also just looks like a really fun documentary that expands nicely on that “games buried in the desert” story we’ve been hearing for a while now.  Hit the jump for the Atari: Game Over trailer. The film hits Xbox this fall, hopefully some other platforms are announced as well.  Also, check out our Comic-Con panel recap.

Zak Penn to Direct First Film for XBox Entertainment Studios and Lightbox Centering on Atari’s Great Burial of “E.T. the Video Game” Cartridges

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The first film in a series of documentaries from multi-platform media company Lightbox and Xbox Entertainment Studios will center on the 1983 oddity that saw The Atari Corporation bury unsold cartridges of “E.T. the Video Game” in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Each film in the series that explores the origins of the digital age will be directed by a new talent and will range from from one hour to feature length.  Zak Penn (The Grand) will direct the first untitled installment.  Hit the jump for more.

Cinemath: Adjusting Box Office for Inflation and the Problem with Comparing GONE WITH THE WIND to STAR WARS to THE AVENGERS

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The New York Times Best Seller list is based on the number of books sold.  Television ratings report how many people watched the program.  Broadway World posts the number of seats sold for each show each week alongside the gross.  Hell, you can see how many tickets each movie sold in Japan and France, yet in the domestic market (U.S. and Canada), we only get box office grosses.  Box office is a measure of profitability, not popularity.  Box office says the New Yorker who buys a $20 ticket for an IMAX 3D showing at the AMC Empire 25 is four times as important as the Illinoisian who buys a $5 ticket for a Sunday matinee at the AMC Mt Vernon 8.  Let the accountants worry about revenue—I only care about how many people saw the thing.

Eventually I’d like to find a better way to rank the highest-grossing movies of all time, but this edition of Cinemath will start where most other box office statisticians do: adjust for ticket price inflation.  More after the jump.

Toy Fair 2013: New NECA Toys for 60′s BATMAN, AFTER EARTH, ROBOCOP, GREMLINS, PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, IRON MAN, PREDATOR, and More

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For our final Toy Fair image article, we’re doing a huge roundup of NECA toy images.  While they’re making figures/toys for all the regular movies and TV shows you’d expect, the highlight of NECA’s 2013 lineup is the 60′s Batman featuring Adam West!  The reason it’s taken so long to get an Adam West Batman is lawyers.  From what I’ve been told, Warner Bros. owns Batman, while 20th Century Fox owns the show.  For years the two companies have been trying to work out an agreement to release DVDs/Blu-rays and new merchandise with little success.  However, late last year, the two companies finally worked out a deal and 2013 should see a lot of new toys and hopefully a home video release.  Which is great news for the fans.

In addition to checking out the first 60′s Batman toy in quite some time, you can also see new toys for Aliens, A Christmas Story, Captain America, Michael Keaton’s Batman, Carrie, Gremlins, E.T., Harry Potter, Hulk, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Predator, Prometheus, Scarface, Rambo, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Thor, and a lot more.

Limited Paper: Mondo Announces Brand New E.T. and JAWS Posters from Mike Mitchell and Laurent Durieux, Craig Drake Does THE THING

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Earlier today, the word started spreading, and soon enough we were all paying attention:  “sometime soon”, a Mondo-related announcement was going to drop via our friends over at Ain’t It Cool News, and…well, and nothing:  that was pretty much all we got by way of a hint.  Mercifully, the wait for AICN’s announcement didn’t last long, and now we all know what the big secret was:  this week, Mondo will drop a Steven Spielberg double-header—a poster based on Jaws (by Laurent Durieux) and another based on E.T. The Extraterrestrial (by Mike Mitchell).

Wanna see these new prints, find out where they’re dropping, when, and what each one’s gonna cost ya?  Meet me on the other side, folks.

Henry Thomas and Kathleen Kennedy Talk E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, JURASSIC PARK 4, LINCOLN, Steven Spielberg, and More

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Steven Spielberg’s cross-hitting family classic E.T. needs no introduction.  Do I need to summarize the plot? – How a lonely boy discovers an abandoned wide-eyed friendly alien and their resulting burgeoning friendship.  It’s the rare film that exceeds the barriers of twenty-four frames per second.  I can say Reese’s Pieces or bike or phone home without any sort of context and millions will know exactly what I’m talking about.  It’s a juggernaut – and it’s been so for over thirty years.  It’s a picture that wears its heart on its sleeve – and it remains the most true and personal of Steven Spielberg’s ridiculously compelling oeuvre.

So it’s crazy to think E.T. hasn’t yet been released on Blu-ray.  That slight will be corrected Tuesday October 9th, as the picture finally gets the Blu-ray treatment. And in honor of such an occasion and to celebrate E.T., Producer Kathleen Kennedy and Star Henry Thomas (Elliott) spoke with select press for over ninety minutes about the affect E.T. had on their career, the shooting process, working with Spielberg and dealing with the phenomena the film became.  In addition, Kathleen Kennedy discussed her new role as chairman of Lucasfilm, Jurassic Park 4, an upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s B.F.G. and Spielberg’s next Lincoln.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Blu-ray News: Trailer for JAWS Blu-ray; Ridiculous Spaceship Packaging for E.T. Blu-ray

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We have a couple pieces of Blu-ray news for you this afternoon regarding a couple of Steven Spielberg flicks arriving on the format for the first time.  First up, Universal has released a trailer for the Blu-ray of Jaws.  The new trailer runs down the features of the new disc such as the 6x resolution upgrade from the DVD, the new 7.1. audio mix, and a new documentary about the film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and see the ridiculous packaging for the upcoming E.T. Blu-ray Special Edition.  Jaws hits Blu-ray on August 14th in the U.S., and on September 3rd in the U.K. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial hits Blu-ray in the U.S. in October.

LIMITED PAPER #3: MONDO Drops E.T., THE BEYOND, and STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KAHN; Gallery1988’s Newest BREAKING BAD Piece Unveiled

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If you’re just joining us here at poster-enthusiast HQ, Limited Paper is an ongoing column keeping you up to date on all poster-related shenanigans from around the world (but mostly the States).  For the past few weeks, we’ve been running Limited Paper as a weekly column, a once-per-seven-days affair packed to the breaking point with pictures, poster drop news, speculation, and “Things Worth Getting Excited About”.  This week, we’re rolling out a new version of Limited Paper (yes, already), and what better way to ring in that new version than some extremely exciting Mondo-and-Breaking Bad-related news?

So.  Ya wanna find out how you can get your grubby mitts on Dan McCarthy’s amazing E.T. The Extraterrestrial print?  Wanna know when The Beyond’s vinyl release drops?  Looking for some hot Kahn-on-paper action?  How about the newest part of Gallery1988’s Breaking Bad series?  Meet me after the jump, my fellow poster collectors.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL Comes to Blu-ray This October; Watch the Announcement Trailer

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If you thought only one Steven Spielberg classic was coming to Blu-ray this year, you were sorely mistaken.  A digitally remastered version of Jaws will be released in the Blu-ray format this August (with bonus features galore), but Universal has just announced that Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will also be hitting Blu-ray for the first time this October.  The disc will boast a digitally remastered version of the 1982 theatrical movie (ie. not the version with digitally inserted walkie-talkies) along with an all-new interview with Spielberg, never-before-seen footage from the set, and more.  Hit the jump for details, including a full rundown of the bonus features and an announcement trailer.

Badges for Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 Go on Sale Tomorrow; 11 More Movies Added to Line-Up; Plus a Look at Mondo’s E.T. Poster

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Last month, we reported that the Alamo Drafthouse would be spending this summer honoring the summer of 1982 by holding screenings of Conan the Barbarian, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, and TRON, with all the movies being presented in 35mm.  Tomorrow, a limited number of badges—priced at $80—will go on sale here at 11am CST and provide admission to all these movies.  The Drafthouse will also be selling tickets to the first movie in the series, Conan the Barbarian, which will play on May 11th.

In addition to the terrific movies that have already been announced, the Drafthouse has added 11 more movies to the summer series: Vice Squad, Escape 2000, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Secret of Nimh, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Class of 1984, Friday the 13th: Part 3 in 3D, Halloween 3, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Dark Crystal, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and The Last Unicorn.  The badges won’t cover these movies, so you’ll have to buy tickets.  Hit the jump for the full press release, which includes info on when you can buy tickets for each movie (and you better come to Rocky III since we’re co-hosting it!).  We’ve also included a look at Dan McCarthy’s gorgeous E.T. posters, which will be sold at the E.T. screening with any leftovers being sold online).

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