Xfinity has caused problems for millions of cable, internet and telephone subscribers over the years. But we have to hand it to them for getting the approval of director Steven Spielberg to create an E.T. The Extra Terrestrial sequel in the form of a touching holiday commercial that reunites Elliot, now all grown up with a family of his own, with the alien who changed his life forever. Now you can see how it was made with a look behind the scenes at the making of the E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Christmas commercial.
Henry Thomas sets the stage for how this holiday commercial came together at Xfinity. It’s nice to hear the actor has just as much reverence for the film that everyone came to love when it was released in 1982. Thomas wasn’t necessarily invested in making it happen unless Steven Spielberg was on board, and he was surprised to learn when his approval had already been given.
Even though this commercial is in the hands of director Lance Acord, you’ll find plenty of touches from the original movie throughout. There’s a photo of the dog Elliot had as a child, Gertie’s cup, the original bike from the movie, and some more subtle references and Easter eggs that can be noticed on repeat viewings of the commercial. They even went so far as to meticulously recreate the machine E.T. used to call home.
As for E.T. himself, Legacy Effects is responsible for bringing him to life through the use of both puppetry and digital effects used to touch him up. E.T. is able to move in a much more easy and sophisticated way, largely thanks to the fact that it’s much easier to erase puppeteers from a scene digitally, something that simply wasn’t possible back when the original movie was made.
If you haven’t seen the commercial in question yet, you can watch it over here.
Despite the rise in digital projection, there are still 35mm screenings of new releases, as well as repertory screenings of older movies at select theaters across the country. But The American Genre Film Archive will offer up something different on 35mm for those lucky enough to be near the right theaters.
The AGFA Horror Trailer Show is a special event screening coming to select Alamo Drafthouse locations for Reel Film Day, an annual celebration of watching 35mm film prints in theaters that happens on March 5 or 3/5. The 35mm screening will be jam-packed with “the most spine-ripping, slime-slinging, soul-shredding horror trailers from AGFA’s vaults.” We’re talking stuff like rare trailers, commercials and ephemera, and a lot of it hasn’t been seen since it originally played in theaters decades ago. Find out more below.
The AGFA Horror Trailer Show
AGFA director Joe Ziemba had this to say about the collection of 35mm horror trailers:
“We typically only see 35mm prints struck for major releases like Joker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But 35mm is part of our DNA at AGFA, and we’ve dreamed of striking new prints for years. The AGFA Horror Trailer Show is the perfect opportunity to make this a reality, while also exposing new fans to the beauty of watching actual film projected in a theater.”
Here are some stills from a few of the rare horror trailers you’ll see highlighted in The AGFA Horror Trailer Show:
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For Reel Film Day screenings of The AGFA Horror Trailer Show, here’s where you’ll have to be on March 5:
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar / Austin, TX – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn / Brooklyn, NY – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show Alamo Drafthouse Downtown LA / Los Angeles, CA – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show Alamo Drafthouse New Mission / San Francisco, CA – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show Alamo Drafthouse Littleton / Littleton, CO – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show Alamo Drafthouse La Vista / Omaha, NE – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh / Raleigh, NC – The AGFA Horror Trailer Show
In addition, there will also be screenings of a few feature films on 35 mm for Reel Film Day too:
Alamo Drafthouse Park North / San Antonio, TX – Mystery Screening Alamo Drafthouse Marketplace / New Braunfels, TX – Class of 1984 Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers / Yonkers, NY – Wake in Fright Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet / Kansas City, MO – Shaolin vs Wu-Tang...
Disney’s Frozen had the ice-powered queen Elsa finding herself in the face of adversity. Frozen 2 had Elsa find herself again, this time as the form of a fifth spirit that unites the past people of Arendelle and the neighboring tribe of Northuldra, as well as the magic of nature, in order to break a curse that left their ancestors trapped in an Enchanted Forest. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in, but in a way, it’s a remake of The Fifth Element. But now you’ll probably want to find out How Frozen 2 Should Have Ended.
How Frozen 2 Should Have Ended
Much like Frozen put a spin on the Disney formula of princesses falling in love at first sight and needing a man to help solve all their problems, Frozen 2 puts a spin on this Chosen One sort of formula where Elsa learns that she can’t do everything by herself and needs Anna to help her save the people of Arendelle and their ancestors from Northuldra.
However, the way that Frozen 2 really should have ended was with Elsa being unable to stop Arendelle from being destroyed. As it stands, there was no real sacrifice made to make up for the sins of Arendelle’s former king. Elsa and Anna should have had to sacrifice their home after their grandfather tried to kill the unarmed leader of the Northuldra. But this is a Disney movie, and that’s a complicated ending that might be hard to explain to kids.
Don’t forget, Disney+ added Frozen 2 to their library three months ahead of schedule last weekend.