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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

It’s been almost forty years since E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was first released, but this 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed gem is still going strong to this day with audiences of all ages. This wonderful film about a boy and his friend alien melted the hearts of all those who first watched it back in the early 1980s, and it still remains a most treasured family film. Its legacy is seen in every aspect of our pop culture, and it is regularly cited as people’s favorite film of all time. Only a director as visionary as Spielberg could take such a simple concept and transform it into a lasting cinematic treasure.

E.T. also helped transform the lives of those who participated in its making, sending a young Drew Barrymore into stratospheric fame and solidifying Henry Thomas as one of the most famous child actors of all time. There’s no doubt that E.T. will continue to leave its mark on future generations, and we can only hope that its perfection is respected without Hollywood grasping for a remake or an ill-advised, modern-day sequel.

If you’re a fan of this classic film or if you’re a Steven Spielberg aficionado wanting to know his tricks of the trade, you’ll be fascinated by the secrets that went on behind the scenes during the movie’s making. From the movie’s conception based on Spielberg’s life to the inspiration behind E.T.’s famous face, we have all the facts you’ll want to know about this iconic film.

With that in mind, here are 20 Crazy Details Behind the Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

20 Henry Thomas Brought Up His Tragic Past For His Audition

Landing the role of Elliott in E.T. unquestionably changed child actor Henry Thomas’ life. Having only previously done a couple of small movie parts in 1981, Thomas all of a sudden became the most famous kid in the world thanks to his on-screen adventures with his alien co-star.  

According to the Mirror, Thomas was only nine years old when he landed this role of a lifetime. In order to secure himself the part, during the audition the young actor drew upon the traumatic experience of seeing his pet dog attacked by his neighbor’s dog, which brought on real tears. Spielberg and the casting directors were immediately impressed. Being able to call upon real emotion showed the director that he could definitely act, and solidified Thomas as a genuine child talent.

19 Drew Barrymore’s Vivid Imagination Got Her Her Role

Drew Barrymore has been on the Hollywood scene for a long time, but her first big start on screen was in E.T. playing the part of Gertie. According to an interview on Ellen, Barrymore revealed that she wasn’t originally even going to audition for E.T. During her interview, Barrymore explained how she was actually trying to get a part in Poltergeist, but the director wasn’t there that day. Instead, Poltergeist’s producer, Steven Spielberg was there in his place.

She told Ellen: “I was six, and I lied my face off. I told him I was in a rock ‘n’ roll band, that I was a drummer, that I was a cook.”

After her audition, Spielberg said she wasn’t quite right for Poltergeist, but that he’d love to have her come in and audition for another project he was working on. Sure enough, he called her up soon after and gave her the part of Gertie in E.T.

18 It had a very boring title at first

When a movie becomes a huge hit, especially one that continues to garner success decades and generations after its first release, it’s hard to imagine it separately from its title. Indeed, the title of a movie becomes its first point of cultural consciousness, and there are those that last the test of time, and those that don’t.

Mention E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to anyone and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not only a memorable film title, it’s also become so deeply ingrained in our collective pop culture that we all know what it is even if we haven’t seen it. Well, E.T. might have faded away in the land of forgotten films, had they gone with the original title, A Boy’s Life, as noted by The New Yorker. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with A Boy’s Life, it’s not half as memorable as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

17 Harrison Ford Shot a Cameo

While Spielberg was working on getting things ready to begin filming E.T., he was still in the process of filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, which, of course, starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Ford dating Melissa Mathison, who was the scriptwriter for E.T., at the time.

Because of his friendship with Spielberg and his relationship with Mathison, Ford agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ford’s bit part was supposed to be a kind of a joke as he was going to play against his usual type, here as an uptight school principal who would scold Elliott after the frog-releasing scene. In the final edit, the decision was made to cut the Ford scene as it didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie and it was thought Ford’s presence would be too distracting from the story line.

16 M&M’s Were Supposed To Be E.T.’s favorite candy

Reese’s Pieces surged in popularity after the release of E.T.. The candy was featured in the scene where Elliott tries lays a trail of candy to lure E.T. back to his house. Many people back then, and now for that matter, might have thought it strange that Elliott used Reese’s Pieces.

Well, according to Business Insider, the reason for the choice of sweet was down to the fact that M&Ms had refused the production permission to use its brand in the film. Culinary Lore also states that Mars Inc., which owned M&Ms, refused the filmmakers the right to use the candy because it didn’t want to be associated with aliens. This was clearly a bad call, as after the release of E.T., sales of Reese’s rose exponentially, topping the numbers sold of M&Ms for the first time ever.

15 E.T.’s Face Was Modeled On Some Famous People

E.T. is one of the most recognizable movie characters in history and one of the cutest, albeit weirdest, examples of an on-screen alien. No character had, or has since, looked like like this singular creature, and its aesthetic is all thanks to Spielberg and his incredible designer Carlo Rambaldi.

Rambaldi created the aliens for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and his talents were once again put to use in E.T.

In a special featurette called The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg reveals: “I remember saying to Carlo, here’s some pictures of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg. I love their eyes, can we make E.T.’s eyes as frivolous and also wizened and as sad as those three icons.” Based on these famous celebrities, we have the E.T. we all know and recognize.

14 E.T. Was Played by Three Different Actors

With today’s technology, it would be a fairly easy task creating a CGI alien to act as the main part in a blockbuster film. However, when E.T. was being made in 1982, things were not so simple According to The Vintage News, creating a believable, friendly alien back then took three mechanical puppets as well as three actors, one of whom was a young 12-year-old boy who had been born without legs.

There wasn’t always someone wearing the suit in every scene, as often E.T. was being controlled by a team of mechanical operators. However, when the alien was required to walk or move about, a small person was often behind the movements. Watching E.T. today, the alien might seem like quite a basic piece of engineering, but back then, Spielberg and his team were making technological strides.

13 Drew Barrymore Thought E.T. Was Real

Drew Barrymore was only six years old when she played the part of Gertie in E.T., and even though she was already developing into a bright, young, talented actress, she was still very much at an age where imagination and make-believe can cloud reality. Barrymore’s acting is fantastic in the film, especially for someone so young, but her great reactions to things on screen could be down to the fact that she believed E.T. was a real alien.

 The cast and crew encouraged her to believe E.T. was really alive, and she seems to have taken the bait completely.

In a behind-the-scenes featurette for the movie, Elliott actor Henry Thomas reveals: “Drew, she’s imaginative. She introduced E.T. to her mom and said ‘He’s just a little shy now. He doesn’t want to talk to you right now but he’s just a little shy.’”

12 E.T.’s Voice Comes From Raccoons, Otters, Horses, and Burps

E.T. is one of the most imitated movie characters, with people of all ages having tried at one time or another to impersonate the alien’s singular speech patterns. If you listen closely, you’ll hear that there are a lot of different elements and sounds to the alien’s voice. This wasn’t achieved by employing one spectacularly gifted voice recording artist. Instead, as we learn from the BBC, it was a talented sound designer, Ben Burtt, who collected noises from an entire array of sources and put them together to create E.T.’s voice.

As Burtt tells the BBC: “I created the voice for E.T. out of many different things, about 18 different people and animals and sound effects. There are raccoons in there, there are sea otters, there are some horses, there’s a burp from my old cinema professor from USC.” They also used the voice of a chain-smoking housewife.

11 Spielberg Dressed As A Woman On Set

Being around such a young cast, Spielberg had to ensure that there was enough fun and playfulness on set. In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial from 1996, we learn that the director definitely didn’t take himself too seriously while on set. Apparently, around Halloween, Spielberg came to set dressed up as a lady school teacher.

As Henry Thomas remembers: “Halloween was great. He directed the whole day like that, as an old lady.”

Spielberg adds: “I didn’t have children back then in the early 1980s, and you know suddenly I was becoming a father every single day, I felt like a father and it felt good.” Spielberg certainly knew how to keep spirits high on his set, and his kind, playful personality has left wonderful lasting memories on his cast and crew.

10 A Mime Was Hired To Move E.T.’s Arms

In The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, we learn that it took a lot of work to create the alien we all know and love. Aside from having a whole team of mechanics working to ensure the creature looked real, Spielberg also hired a mime to help out E.T.’s gestures.

The director reveals: “When I saw the mechanical arms, they were really great but they were very jerky when they worked. The fingers would move, but almost too thoughtfully. And I felt E.T.’s got to have almost balletic arms, almost like the hands of a mime. So I just put it out there, can we hire a mime and we’ll put the E.T. hand makeup on a mime’s hand so the artist can really be artistic about picking things up and touching themselves and reaching out. So this is where this wonderful mime artist came to work with us.”

9 The Original Ending Was Very Different

When a movie is as beloved as E.T. is, it’s hard to imagine it being any different. Grown men and women still weep when thinking about the emotionally-charged final scene, but we could have ended up an alternative ending had Spielberg gone with his original idea.

According to actor Michael MacNaughton’s interview in Express, “The last scene was going to be all of us playing Dungeons & Dragons again, except this time, Elliott’s the dungeon master. Because he was the one that found ET, he sort of got in with the group. […] And then they would pan up to the roof and you’d see the communicator and it’s still working — in other words, Elliott is still in touch with E.T. But after they did the score and they saw what they had with the spaceship taking off and everything… How can you follow that? I mean, it was a wise choice.”

8 There Was A Dark Sequel Planned

Because E.T. did so unexpectedly well at the box-office, it’s a wonder why there was never a sequel released. Had the movie been made today, it’s almost certain that Hollywood would have tried to make it a franchise. Well, according to Syfy, there was actually a story treatment for an E.T. sequel, but it was so terrible that it never got made.

Apparently, its dark tone was done on purpose.

Spielberg was reportedly completely against the idea of a sequel to his 1982 film, saying: “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist. I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its [purity].” Who knows, maybe someday someone will dust off the draft and attempt to make it, but Spielberg will certainly be the first to veto the project.

7 They shot the movie in chronological order for the kids

It’s a well known fact that most large-scale film projects aren’t filmed in chronological order. Due to shooting schedules, location requirements, and budget factors, it’s usually not possible to film in script-order. Well, E.T. is one of the very few exceptions to this usual Hollywood practice, as Steven Spielberg insisted that the scenes be shot chronologically.

According to TIME, Spielberg made this unorthodox decision in order to help his younger cast. The director explained: “I insisted on shooting the film in complete continuity so the kids knew, emotionally, where they had been the day before, and they pretty much didn’t have any idea of where they were going the next day. So, like real life, every day was a surprise – Drew, Henry Thomas and Robert really believed that this was happening to their lives.”

6 Robert MacNaughton’s Dungeons & Dragons love got him his part

Robert MacNaughton played Elliott’s older brother Michael in the movie, and he revealed to Express that a childhood pastime of his helped land him the role. Apparently, E.T.’s screenwriter Melissa Mathison was a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons and she was always playing it with her then husband Harrison Ford at their house.

This explains the game at the start of the film, where we see Elliott trying to join in playing D&D with Michael and his friends.

MacNaughton revealed that he too was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, and when asked by Spielberg what his hobbies were, he told the director about his love of the game. Spielberg seemed pleased that MacNaughton’s hobbies fit with his character Michael’s pastimes, and the role became his shortly after.

5 The Film Was Shot From A Child’s Point-of-View

One of the things that you may not have noticed while watching E.T. is the fact that is is filmed from a child’s point of view. According to Filmsite, the movie was deliberately shot from a lower-angle in order to encourage younger audience members to identify more easily with the child characters on screen. It also helps adults put themselves back into the shoes of a child, encouraging them to remember how scary and threatening the taller, bigger world of adults can really be for a kid.

In fact, the only adult we ever see in full is the mother, Mary, who was played by Dee Wallace.

Otherwise, most of the other grown-ups in the movie are seen from the waist down, the way a child would see the world in front of them.

4 Real Doctors And Nurses Were Hired As Actors

E.T. is a very emotional movie. From the burgeoning friendship between Elliott and E.T. to the ending when we face the teary goodbyes between these unlikely friends, the movie is rife with sentiment. One of the most poignant, dramatic scenes is when E.T. and Elliott are lying side-by-side in the makeshift medical facility at their house, both fading away while doctors and nurses try to revive them.

According to People, the medical staff we see looking after these two friends were actually real-life medics. Spielberg contacted the UCLA Center for the Health Services in order to get information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and he was referred to a specialist. Wanting the scene to look as real as possible, Spielberg got real-life medical staff to play out the scene in order to simulate the chaos that really happens in emergencies.

3 E.T. was inspired by real children

E.T. is one of the most lovable incarnations of an alien to grace our screens.

Part of this androgynous creature’s charm is the fact that there’s so much goofiness and childlike innocence to it.

Well, this sweet naivete, as well as E.T.’s powers, were actually inspired by the screenwriter’s interactions with children. As Melissa Mathison tells us in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: “Many of the scenes from the movie come from my own experience being with children. For instance, what children would like [E.T.’s] powers to be. A lot of the children would mention the obvious of telepathy or telekinetic powers but I was struck by the fact that several of them mentioned that they would like this magic creature to be able to heal. And I thought it was such an incredibly poignant idea to come from a child.”

2 Spielberg Didn’t think E.T. Would Make A Lot of Money

According to Business Insider, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time– not too shabby for a low-budget film about a boy and his alien pal. While the movie became a immense success and has been hailed as the most successful film to come out of the 1980s, Steven Spielberg didn’t think it was going to be a hit with audiences.

Speaking in The Making of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the director said: “I think E.T.’s not going to make a lot of money, I think I’m making a movie that is only going to appeal to kids. I said I’m probably making a big mistake, I’m going to make an old-fashioned Walt Disney movie about an alien and a kid and that’s all it’s going to be.”

1 The Movie Was Inspired by Spielberg’s Lonely Childhood

It’s always interesting to find out how some of our favorite movies came about, but no one would ever expect that Spielberg’s tale of a boy and an alien would stem from his own childhood experiences. In an interview with director James Cameron for People, Spielberg admitted that E.T. was “never meant to be a movie about an extra-terrestrial,” but instead about something very personal.

“It was supposed to be a movie about my mom and dad getting a divorce,” he explains.

“So I started a story, not a script per say, but I started writing a story about what it was like when your parents divide the family up and they move to different states.” Eventually, the idea for a boy and an alien friend developed from this, and the rest is E.T. history.

Do you have any other trivia to share about E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-06 04:10:51 – Steph Brandhuber

20 Twilight Fan Castings Better Than What We Got In The Movies

Casting perfectly for a single film is important; casting perfectly for a film that will spawn a five-film saga is vital. Not every casting decision for a film franchise is going to be perfect. Even renowned franchises such as the MCU, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings have actors in roles that didn’t quite suit them or where there was an even more perfect casting decision staring them in the face.

Finding the perfect cast for a film is much harder than most people give these casting director’s credit for. All they have to go off of is the script, the director’s vision, and possibly (luckily for many big blockbusters) the source material. It’s even harder when adapting a book series whose fans have been picturing the characters in their heads for years.

Finding the perfect cast after a film’s complete is much more fun, even if it has no real impact. Though films are often recast when remade (A Star is Born) or when sequels are released and the original cast doesn’t return (The Girl in the Spider’s Web) it’s fun to still find that perfect cast when there’s no remake/sequel in sight. The Twilight Saga’s cast has been ridiculed and spoofed more than most franchises; some criticism warranted, some not. Fans took to the internet, as they’re known to do, with their ideal picks for who they think the cast of The Twilight Saga should have been.

Without further ado, here are 20 Twilight Fan Castings Better Than What We Got.

20 Rosie Huntington-Whitley As Rosalie Hale

Rosie Huntington-Whitley is more known for her runway walks and magazine covers than for her filmography, but she has three acting entries under her IMDb page; a 2009 short, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Mad Max: Fury Road.  Her resume  may be short, but it surely consists of some prominent movies. Her modeling career on the other hand, is one of the most prestigious and fruitful in the world.

While Nikki Reed may have been fine in retrospect for the character’s lack of screen-time in comparison to the other Cullen members, a woman with the following of Huntington-Whitley could added a higher profile cast member for the film.

19 Tom Sturridge As Edward Cullen

Robert Pattinson may be one of the few casting decisions the original filmmakers made that most fans are pretty okay with. A certain fan had a different actor they thought could have played the part a little bit better; Tom Sturridge.

Casting him with a certain actress who we’ll touch on a bit later, the On the Road and Far from The Madding Crowd actor has a lot in common with Pattinson himself.

Both men were born in London, both were in the 2004 drama Vanity Fair, and birth dates are less than six months apart.

Sturridge’s career never quite took off the way it should have, something that a leading role in a billion-dollar franchise surely could have helped.

18 David Harbour As Charlie Swan

Since his role as Eleven’s guardian in Stranger Things, Harbour has been branded as one of the best character actors to play a loving and concerned father. Billy Burke is one of the few who many fans actually thought fit the role well, but Harbour would have been such a fun and comedic addition. Many may think that Harbour would be too old to play Bella’s dad; those fans would be hard-pressed to learn that Burke is actually nine years Harbour’s senior.

Harbour has for many years been a supporting actor in films like Suicide Squad, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and End of Watch; another supporting role such as Charlie Swan would have been just perfect for the actor.

17 Angelina Jolie As Victoria

Victoria had already been replaced once, so why not do it again? Rachelle Lefevre played the red-haired vampire who was part of the coven that homes James and Laurent in the first two films, but then was blindsided when recast and portrayed by future Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard for Eclipse.

The books characterize Victoria as a beautiful and strong woman, adjectives that describe Angelina Jolie quite perfectly.

As of late, Jolie has focused her time more behind the camera then in front of it, but having her play the part would have been quite exciting, especially standing next to a vampiric Ben Stiller.

16 Ben Stiller As James

James, while not the most important figure in the saga, was the main antagonist of the first film. When his coven stumbles upon the Cullen’s and Bella playing a pretty athletic game of baseball, he decides that the human will be his next meal, causing Edwards and his family to go to vast lengths to protect her.

While Cam Gigandet may have had the physique for James, Ben Stiller’s rendition of the vampire would have given the character new depth.

Stiller’s dramatic work is pretty scarce, but having acted in film like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Brad’s Status prove he’d be able to handle it. Stiller’s one of the biggest movie stars in the world, so getting him would have been no easy task, but could have brought something unique to the film.

15 Millie Bobbie Brown As Jane

Some might say that Millie Bobbie Brown is far too young to play the millennia old vampire, but the character was turned at the age of 12. Brown would have been far too young during the original films– she was five during Jane’s first appearance in New Moon– but she would be perfect now.

The young actress has obtained fame from her portrayal as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things, though look for her soon in the Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters and its crossover event Godzilla vs. Kong. Jane’s supposed to be a mysterious character with an old soul, something that Brown portrays brilliantly throughout the first two seasons of Stranger Things.

14 Shiloh Fernandez As Edward Cullen

Shiloh Fernandez may not be the most well-known actor out there, but then again, neither was Rob Pattinson when he was cast as Edward more than a decade ago. As featured on one of the greatest website names of all time, otherguysasedwardcullen-blog.tumblr.com, Shiloh would have made a great Edward, after some make-up work done to make him look a little less alive.

The Utah-born actor is roughly the right age, and as seen in the picture above, looks quite convincing as a vampire when his eyes are brightened and yellowed, with his skin a bit paler, like most of the Cullen’s.

13 Liv Tyler As Esme Cullen

Though she’s been rather absent from the big screen since playing Ed Norton’s love interest in the MCU’s The Incredible Hulk, she’s still etched in cinephiles minds for her roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Strangers, and (less so) Armageddon.

Tyler looks like she was born to play a vampire, and it’s a shame she’s never been given the opportunity.

Esme is a pretty small role in relation to the other Cullens, but  Tyler could have maybe brightened up the role a bit, or at the very least, given the family a more familiar feel for viewers.

12 Hugh Jackman As Garrett

The second best cast role in the saga– we’ll talk about the first in just a bit– is none other than a small character named Garrett played by the brilliant Lee Pace. Garrett is vampire who joins the Denali coven at the end of Breaking Dawn when he and Kate begin to form a relationship.

The only way that Lee Pace could be outdone is if one of the most beloved actors of our time replaced him: Hugh Jackman.

Jackman spent a movie hunting vampires back in 2004 with the critically berated Van Helsing, so maybe joining them would be more his suit. Classy as all could be, the Jackman above (provided by Nocuus) would have been perfect for Garrett, a man who was changed in mid 18th century New England.

11 Anton Yelchin As Mike Newton

This one, awfully unfortunately, will never be able to come to fruition because of a tragic accident which resulted in Anton Yelchin losing his life at the age of 27. Mike was played by Michael Welch, but Yelchin would have been the perfect age, and perfect casting for the role. Welch actually auditioned for the role of Edward, but ended up being cast as Mike after Pattinson was brought aboard.

The nice guy from high school is more or less exactly who Yelchin was born to play, and imagining him trying to hold Bella’s hand at the movies is textbook teenage romance that feels just right with Yelchin. Yelchin, like Jackman, isn’t a stranger to vampire films, having starred in the remake of Fright Night. Yelchin’s untimely passing came right at the height of his fame, and a Twilight film would have added right to it.

10 Lily Collins As Alice Cullen

Lily Collins actually auditioned for Twilight, but for the role of Bella; “I think everything happens for a reason and everyone who gets the roles they get were meant to.”

Collins has the flowing movement that Greene brought to the performance, but could have come off a bit more authentic in her compassion.

Greene was not been the worst actress in the franchise, but Collins would have potentially been a step up from the unexperienced performer. Greene’s career never took off quite like Collin’s did, which makes the films down the line seem a bit more dated when new viewers can’t recognize the fourth-billed lead; something that casting Collins could have changed.

9 Hugo Weaving as Aro

Michael Sheen wasn’t just the best casting of any of the actors in the franchise with his turn as Aro, but he gave the best performance from anyone, and even liked the source materia, Sheen may have been flawless, but another actor could have the potential to have done better; that man is Hugo Weaving. Though Aro is much younger than both Sheen and Weaving in the novels, both actors are very similar in age.

Like Liv Tyler, Weaving is famous for his part in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the Wichowskis’ Matrix trilogy. Hugo’s vampire transformation above is a very reminiscent of his Elvish lineage in LOTR, but also extremely similar to Aro’s Volturi attire in the Twilight Saga.

8 Alexander Skarsgård As Emmett Cullen

Either it’s a coincidence that so many of the fan casting decisions were previously in vampire films/TV shows, or there is just an abundance of vampire films/TV shows. Alexander Skarsgård played Eric Northman on HBO’s cult vampire drama True Blood. Though he initially played the show’s antagonist, he was the favorite amongst fans and had far and away the most successful career after the show.

Standing at 6′ 4”,the Stockholm born actor has a much more towering physique than Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett in the films.

As he already plays brooding and mysterious extremely well, letting Skarsgård show a comedic soft side would have given the actor the chance to stretch his wings.

7 Rachel McAdams As Rosalie Hale

Rising to fame four years before the first films release with her starring role in The Notebook and near-perfect teenage antagonist in Mean Girls, McAdams has had an incredible career in the 15 years since; including an Oscar nomination for Spotlight. The inclusion of a renowned thespian like McAdams would have been a welcome addition for the filmmakers as well as the fans.

McAdams may be, and have been back in 2008, a little old to play a vampire who was turned at the age of 18. However she played a high schooler at the age of 26 for Mean Girls, so just a few years more later wouldn’t have been much more of a stretch.

6 Henry Cavill As Carlisle Cullen

Henry Cavill may not have been the household name back then that he is now due to his DCEU fame, but Twilight could have been that jumpstart he needed.

Though Cavill may have had a hand in pretty huge blockbusters with Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Mission Impossible: Fallout, he had been in only one mainstream film pre 2010; Stardust.

Had they stayed faithful to the books, Cavill would have been a perfect casting.

With Carlisle being the make-shift patriarch of the Cullen coven, the filmmakers wanted to go with someone a bit older than the character in the books.

5 Amber Midthunder as Leah Clearwater

Leah is the only female shapeshifter in Quileute history, and played by Native actress Julia Jones. Jones is an incredible actress, but newcomer Amber Midthunder has thrusted onto the scene after appearing in Hell or High Water and FX’s Legion.

Leah is 21 in the books, thus Midthunder is the perfect age to play the young woman, if the film were to come out today.

Acting in both Sunshine Cleaning and Swing Vote in 2008, the actress was already in high profile films the same year of the first film’s release. Midthunder’s a fan favourite on Legion, so expect the young lady to take off in the future; who knows, maybe even in a remake of Twilight.

4 Steven Strait As Jacob Black

Taylor Lautner became an overnight sensation with the success of the Twilight films, but no one could deny that the actor’s performance lacked authenticity. Steven Strait may not be any more of a household name than Lautner was, but the actor had already starred in his own film, something Lautner hadn’t done when first cast.

Strait starred in the Roland Emmerich vehicle 10,000 BC, which didn’t get rave reviews but gave the actor the experience of being first billed. Strait may be a bit older than Lautner, but that maturity and experience surely would have helped the character command a scene.

3 K.J. Apa as Edward Cullen

Riverdale may be a new show, but the Netflix series is a refreshing and original way to adapt a beloved medium. K.J. Apa shines as Archie, the title character of the original comics and his personality and way he carries himself on the show would be downright perfect for the sensitive and loving vampire.

Apa is still a relative newcomer to the scene, but with Riverdale under his belt and a role in the new drama The Hate U give he’s turning himself into a familiar face. Pattinson was a fine Edward and his career has surely taken off since ending his tenure as a vampire, but he may have been a bit happier had someone else taken the role.

2 Emily Browning As Bella Swan

Emily Browning was infamously author Stephanie Meyer’s first choice to play the role of Bella, though it obviously didn’t come to fruition. The young actress who appeared in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sucker Punch, and Sleeping Beauty has had a very successful career by anyone’s standard, though has never been in a film quite as popular as Twilight.

The actress had this to say during a 2011 Indiewire interview: “The author at one point stated that I would be her ideal Bella, but I chose not to audition because I was at a point in my career where I wasn’t sure I wanted to work, I definitely didn’t want to sign onto a trilogy so I didn’t audition.”

Of course her wishes were respected, but one could only wonder what a Twilight saga with Browning at the helm could have looked like.

1 Millie Bobby Brown As Renesmee Cullen

That’s right, Millie Bobby Brown’s on here twice. She’s just that good!

This bit of casting could have potentially happened, with Brown being just six when Breaking Dawn: Part 2 was released.

Mackenzie Foy has matured into a great actress, but her performance in the film was a little flat. Renesmee in the book seemed to be smarter than her age; more advanced than she should be. This is something Brown would excel at, having done it for two seasons in Stranger Things.

Let’s be honest, anything would have been better than the CGI Renesmee at the beginning of her the last film.

Which actor do you wish could have had a major role in The Twilight Saga? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-05 08:10:45 – Mark A. Silba

Best Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Abilities to Unlock First

Unlocking abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is paramount not only with regards to surviving in the open world game but also being able to complete it without having to resort to constantly retreating. Just like most action-adventure and role-playing games, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gives players several tools to aid them in their journey, of which the abilities section is what elevates the playing experience above what franchise fans are perhaps used to.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey contains three sections of abilities – Hunter (ranged), Warrior (close-quarters combat), and Assassin (stealth) – and neither section should be ignored, for having a well-rounded skill tree provides for a more holistic experience. Every time players level up, they receive one new skill to redeem for any ability that’s currently available. And after progressing far enough into the story, they can even upgrade certain abilities, namely the ones that are assigned to their combat wheels.

Best Assassin Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Starting out, it’s always best to begin filling out the Assassin category seeing as this game is, well… an Assassin’s Creed game, and stealth is just as prominent in this title as previous installments. For this section, unlocking Shadow Assassin is key to starting off, seeing as it allows players to assassinate stronger targets. Upgrade it along the way as well, whenever possible. Then, unlocking Venomous Attacks and then later Poison Mastery helps in injuring the enemy, even with ranged attacks; it’s especially useful when fighting captains and tougher enemies who have high endurance. Next is Hero Strike, which uses the full power of the Spear of Leonidas to deal a powerful strike. Along these lines, Critical Assassination is also enormously helpful in assassinating captains and various other mini-bosses who would otherwise require multiple strikes to defeat. Unlocking Shadow of Nyx is certainly useful, but it’s not something that players would use often unless they are in a hectic situation and have nowhere to go.

Best Warrior Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

From the get-go, most players would want to start out with Sparta Kick, an ability which general gamers will recognize from the movie 300. Beyond being cool, it actually comes in handy when attempting to create some distance between yourself and the enemy. After that, acquiring the Bull Rush ability will help in clearing out a horde of enemies that have lined up. Even though those two aforementioned abilities will help clear out enemies, players will come face-to-face with some people with shields. To defeat them (or, at least disarm them while fighting), players should unlock the Shield Breaker ability. Then, in order to protect themselves and increase their damage, it’s best to acquire the Weapons Master and Gear Master abilities next – and upgrade them whenever the opportunity arises. Increasing damage and armor is vital to surviving harrowing fights later on.

Best Hunter Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Continuing off Assassin’s Creed Origins, archery in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is of utmost importance. Predator Shot should be selected first, seeing as it’s strong and allows players to guide the arrow themselves. It’s good at hitting hard to reach targets. Next up, Devastating Shot; a special ability that unleashes a powerful arrow, which can be even more powerful if fully charged up, to significantly damage stronger enemies. In fact, to completely master and utilize the hunter abilities to their fullest, it’s best to unlock the entire right column of that category: Archery Master (increases hunter damage), Overpower Bow Strike (a fully charged arrow that deals 1000% damage), and Ghost Arrows of Artemis (an arrow that be shot through shields, walls, etc.). The only other ability worth getting from the hunter category is Multi-Shot, which is useful in targeting four or more enemies at once. It helps with crowd control.

If players choose to follow this guide, they may unlock the aforementioned abilities at whatever point they feel like, but those are undoubtedly the best abilities that will aid players in their journey across Greece.



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2018-10-05 02:10:28 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: How To Complete A Conquest Battle

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is here, and brings with it a variety of new features beyond its setting of Classical Greece. The game’s open world is extremely deep, with a huge amount of side content to keep gamers interested beyond the core plot.

Chief among these content additions is the mechanic of Conquest Battles. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set during the Peloponnesian War, and as such large chunks of the map are under the control of either Athens or Sparta. The player is then able to stealthily undermine these regions, eventually then allowing the opposing force to take control, or alternatively can choose to defend against the invading army.

Related: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review: A Greek Myth Worth Repeating

This is a fun and fulfilling distraction (at least more so than some of the other moments in the game), but it’s one that takes a bit of planning to really pull it off. After all, it’s not so simple to wrench control of a heavily fortified region without doing a bit of work before a blade is even unsheathed. Here’s a quick look at how to make the most of the Conquest Battle system.

For starters, choose a good area of the game’s map – one that matches the player’s level – and identify the areas of the region there the current leadership can be weakened. This would be killing off Captains and Polemarchs, destroying war supplies, stealing key chests and killing of Leaders, who are located at the Leader House in the first instance. The aim of this is to get the Nation’s Power Meter as low as possible.

To make things easy, don’t go straight for the Leader. Instead, focus on undermining the area first. The smartest things to go after are supply crates and killing standard Captains, and doing so can carefully whittle down that Power Meter to a manageable level.

For a big hit, however, go after the forts. It takes a fair amount of patience as these forts are heavily guarded, but look for secret entrances and slowly take out the soldiers found within. The end goal is to then defeat the Polemarch, although these warriors are more difficult than even the Captains.

When the Power Meter is low enough, it’s time to go after the Leader. At a certain point, the Leader will become vulnerable and will be forced to flee their Leader House, leaving them outside with a smaller band of bodyguards. This makes it much simpler to take them out, and significantly damages the Power Meter.

Once the time is right, go to the appropriate Conquest Battle marker on the map – there will be one for defending and one for attacking with the invading force. Forming part of the attacking army is a more difficult fight, but with it comes much greater rewards. Once the battle begins, don’t get too dogged down in the ordinary soldiers, as satisfying as it is. Instead, focus on the Captains to watch the enemy’s strength drop considerably.

Be careful, however, and make good use of any abilities. It’s important to be particularly aware of the surroundings and of any other soldiers who break off to attack the assassin – especially when coming face-to-face with another mercenary out for a fight. However, before long the player should then have won the Conquest Battle, and taken whatever loot they have rightfully earned.

More: How to Unlock Syndicate’s Evie in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey



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2018-10-03 01:10:47 – Rob Gordon

Complete Guide To Spider-Man PS4’s Marvel Easter Eggs

The Marvel Cinematic Universe finally has a worthy (sort of) video game tie-in, in the form of Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man for PlayStation 4. Already the fastest-selling game of the year, Spider-Man allows players to don the famous Underoos and go web-slinging around New York City, which is packed with Marvel Easter eggs and references. You can swing by Avengers Tower, pay a visit to the Wakandan Embassy, stroll past Nelson & Murdock while giving finger-guns to passing pedestrians, and even use the photo mode to take a morbid selfie in front of Uncle Ben’s grave.

The Easter eggs don’t end with the obvious. There’s also a Grand Theft Auto IV cameo, a nod to Spider-Man’s appearance on Family Guy, and even a marriage proposal (which unfortunately has an unhappy ending). More secrets are being discovered every day as gamers scour the streets (and rooftops) of Peter Parker’s New York City, so we’ve gathered together all of the cameos, references, Easter eggs and inside jokes we can find in one place, so you can go hunting for them yourself.

  • This Page: Cameos and Special Locations
  • Page 2: Documents and Other Easter Eggs

Cameos

First things first: Spider-Man, naturally, has a Stan Lee cameo. The Marvel Comics icon appears in a cutscene at the end of the mission Don’t Touch The Art, when Peter and Mary Jane visit a diner that they apparently went to a lot while they were dating. As MJ walks out of the diner, Lee (in the role of the diner’s short order cook) comments, “Love seeing you two together again. You always were my favorites.” Both Peter Parker and Mary Jane were, of course, co-created by Lee more than half a century ago, so it’s natural that he would have a soft spot for the couple.

Going outside of the Marvel universe for a moment, Spider-Man includes a fun nod to Grand Theft Auto IV, which also featured a sprawling open-world map based on New York City. During the side-quest Spider-Man P.I., Spider-Man foils a heist being planned by a man in a tracksuit with a Slavic accent called Niko, who mentions his “brother’s kid,” Roman. In GTA IV, Niko was the main character and Roman was his cousin.

Related: Which Marvel Characters Should Get Their Own Games Next?

Locations

Spider-Man has a large map that’s dotted with landmarks, many of which you can take photos of in order to earn Landmark Tokens, which can be used to unlock new suits and upgrades. There are also Secret Photo Ops to reward exploration even further. All told, you can find dozens of locations linked to the wider Marvel universe. Here’s a list of the Marvel locations to look out for:

  • Avengers Tower – This one’s pretty hard to miss. Climb all the way to the top to get the “Hero For Higher” achievement.
  • Rand Enterprises – The family business of Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist.
  • Nelson & Murdock – The workplace of Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil.
  • Josie’s Bar – Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson’s favorite watering hole.
  • Fogwell’s Gym – The gym where Matt Murdock’s father trained
  • Clinton Mission – The shelter where Matt Murdock’s mother, Sister Maggie, works.
  • Roxxon Building – Roxxon Energy Corporation is a huge and far-reaching conglomerate with somewhat shady interests.
  • Alias Investigations – The detective agency run by Jessica Jones.
  • Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum – Peter pauses to note that there’s something a little “strange” about this building.
  • Wakandan Embassy – Here, Peter ponders whether T’Challa was bitten by a radioactive panther.
  • Symkarian Embassy – Symkaria is the fictional country that Silver Sable hails from.
  • Empire State University – The college that Peter attended.
  • H.E.A.R.T. Clinic – Founded by Dr. Elias Wirtham a.k.a. Cardiac.
  • Damage Control HQ – the headquarters of the construction company that Tony Stark established to clean up damage from super-fights.
  • Uncle Ben’s Grave – Pay sombre respects… or just take a selfie.
  • Lockjaw Statue – One of the photo ops is with a bronze statue of Lockjaw, the Inhumans’ faithful dog companion, who stands in place of Wall Street’s Charging Bull.

Page 2: Documents and Other Easter Eggs

Documents

Easily the richest source of Easter eggs in Spider-Man are the 55 backpacks that Peter left webbed up around the city when he was in high school. If you’re wondering where he got so many backpacks, well, one of the backpacks has an answer! When he was in high school, Peter won the Wilson Fisk Science Prize and was rewarded with a lifetime supply of backpacks. The backpacks are basically all Easter eggs of some description, so we won’t list the contents of all 55. However, here are some of the noteworthy highlights (and things you may have missed):

  • Mysterio Comic Book – One backpack contains two Spider-Man comics drawn by kids, one of which shows Spidey going up against the Menace of Mysterio. Peter says that he wishes he knew who drew them, but the comics actually have names on them: Kaleo Robello, and Bodhi Robello. These are presumably the children of Insomniac Games Senior Animator Boola Robello.
  • Aunt May’s Wheatcakes Recipe – This recipe was included in the 1996 Untold Tales of Spider-Man annual, and has been reproduced in the game, in case you want to try your hand at making Peter’s favorite food.
  • Matt Murdock Business Card – Peter recalls that a blind guy gave him his business card in case Spider-Man ever needed legal help, then questions how the man knew he was Spider-Man if he couldn’t see.
  • Bedford Towers Lease Application – After Mary Jane had a terrifying encounter with Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #300, she and Peter moved to a fancy new condo in the coveted Bedford Towers.
  • Good Luck Card From The Bugle – This card was signed by several familiar names (including J. Jonah Jameson), but perhaps the most interesting signature is from one Eddie Brock, who tells Peter it was “Great working with you!
  • Peter’s Thesis – In one backpack, Peter is excited to discover his thesis, for which he received an A. Look closely at the cover, and you’ll notice that it was marked by one Professor Warren – also known by his supervillain moniker, Jackal.
  • Balloon Kid Thank You Drawing – The 2004 Spider-Man 2 tie-in game gets a couple of notable nods. Balloon Kid’s plaintive cry of “Oh no, my balloon!” was one of the more memorable moments of that game (it’s hard to forget, given that the same kid repeatedly loses the same balloon), but at least Balloon Kid drew Spidey a nice thank-you drawing.
  • Crusher Hogan Flyer – After discovering this flyer, Peter reminisces about trying out his new super-strength and agility against wrestler Crusher Hogan (in Amazing Fantasy #15).
  • Work/Life Balance For Idiots by Dr. Ludwig Rinehart – Peter may not have ever gotten around to reading this book, but he knows the author by a different name. Dr. Ludwig Rinehart was one of the aliases used by Mysterio.

Related: Marvel’s Spider-Man Gives Oscorp An Entirely New Origin Story

Another fun source of Easter eggs is the in-game social media feed, in which the world reacts to the latest crazy events. At one point, people can be seen using the hashtag #EverybodyDOESGetOne – a reference to Spider-Man’s appearance on Family Guy, when he saved Cleveland from falling off a mountain and explained, “Everybody gets one.” There are also several tweets from a user called JJinSpace, who comments, “Love that I still get to hear my dad’s show from the space station.” JJinSpace is J. Jonah Jameson’s son, John Jameson, an astronaut.

To find some Easter eggs, you have to look really close. Reddit user Wizashama discovered a certificate on Norman Osborn’s wall that was awarded by the Pym Foundation and signed by Henry Pym a.k.a. the original Ant-Man. In a related Easter egg, Peter at one point laments not having been bitten by a radioactive wasp instead of a spider – but then remembers that the “Wasp” moniker is already taken.

Be sure to take a look around Peter’s apartment as well. You’ll find a sticky note that Peter left, reminding himself to “Call T.S.” (which can only be Tony Stark), and he also has a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the comic in which Spider-Man made his debut.

Other Easter Eggs

As you can see, the Easter eggs come thick and fast in Spider-Man – but perhaps the most popular one is a reference to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. During a fight with Mister Negative on a moving subway train, the controls are smashed and the train is about to go careening into the car at the next station. Spider-Man throws out webbing and braces himself against the front of the train, just as he did in Spider-Man 2… but the webbing snaps immediately. That totally worked last time! Spidey complains.

Related: Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Trophy List Is Full Of Puns & Comic References

Those who played through the tricky pizza delivery minigame in the Spider-Man 2 tie-in video game can relive those terrible memories in Spider-Man. If you stand close to a pizza restaurant you can hear the Pizza Delivery theme from the 2004 game. Also, one of the backpacks contains a Pizza Amigos hat, and Peter recalls that his pizzas were delivered “fast… and smashed.”

Going back to the backpacks, at one point Peter finds a pair of electrician’s gloves and reminisces about using them in his first fight with Electro. Indeed, when Electro made his debut in Amazing Spider-Man #9, Peter used rubber gloves and rubber soles to punch the villain without getting shocked.

Moving a little further ahead in the comics, the very first mission of the game features a nod to Amazing Spider-Man #33. That comic famously opened with an agonizing sequence in which Spider-Man has to free himself after being trapped under tons of steel by lifting it on his shoulders. Spider-Man: Homecoming recreated this moment, and Spider-Man does as well – though this time with Spider-Man lifting rubble to save civilians trapped underneath.

And finally, we come to an Easter egg that probably won’t be in the game much longer, since the developers have offered to patch it out. One Spider-Man mega-fan requested that the game include a sign saying Maddie, will you marry me? – intending to use it to propose to his then-girlfriend. Unfortunately, the couple broke up several weeks before the game came out, so the marriage proposal was never used.

Have you spotted any Easter eggs that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

More: Spider-Man PS4 Review



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2018-09-11 01:09:52 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Kangana Ranaut takes up responsibility to complete patchwork on Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi


Kangana Ranaut takes up responsibility to complete patchwork on Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi

Undisputedly, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is one of Kangana Ranaut’s most ambitious projects. The actress has gone to extensive lengths in the past to not just promote the film but also prep for it. And now we hear that in order to keep up with the dates, the actress has taken charge since the director of the film; Krish is keeping busy with his next, the NTR biopic.

Kangana Ranaut takes up responsibility to complete patchwork on Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi

Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, which has completed its shoot schedule, is currently in the post production stage. From VFX to a few patchworks, the film is yet to receive its finishing touches which are generally taken up by the director. However, in this case, he is busy with another project. The NTR Biopic, featuring Nandamuri Balakrishna and Vidya Balan in lead roles, has already gone on floor. The South film, directed by Krish who also directed Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, is expected to be filmed in a massive scale. Owing to the same, the filmmaker has to dedicate extensive amount of his time for the NTR film.

On the other hand, Kangana Ranaut has decided to take over the responsibility from Krish because of his hectic schedule. If reports are to be believed, the actress is in constant touch with the filmmaker almost each day to discuss about the filming. Also, Baahubali writer Vijayendra Prasad who has written the story and screenplay and Prasoon Joshi who has written the dialogues and lyrics are lending a helping hand to the actress for the film.

One of the producers of the film, Kamal Jain has stated in reports that they are indeed striving to keep up with the date January 25, 2019. As for the pending work, he asserted that only some post-edit patchwork is remaining that will be completed soon. He also assured that the VFX is currently on in full swing.

Also starring Sonu Sood, Danny Denzongpa amongst others, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is also expected to mark the Bollywood debut of Ankita Lokhande.

Also Read: Kangana Ranaut – Hrithik Roshan clash! Manikarnika and Super 30 to release on the same day



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