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E.T. voted greatest ever children's film

E.T, the heart-warming story of a friendly extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth, has beaten modern blockbusters such as Shrek and Finding Nemo to be named the greatest ever children's movie. The 1982 classic, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and launched a young Drew Barrymore's Hollywood career, became famous for the phrase "E.T, phone home." In the film, a group of young children look after E.T and attempt to get him back to his home planet. Second place in the poll went to Pixar's 1996 hit Toy Story , followed by Disney classic Mary Poppins , with The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz completing the top five. A spokesman for www.onepoll.com, which carried out the research, said: ''The films featured in the poll span across decades and all have something special about them. '' E.T is a movie the whole family can gather around to watch and it never fails to bring a tear to someone's eye.&

Spielberg: 'Avatar has changed movies'

Steven Spielberg has admitted that he was impressed by Avatar. The movie, directed by James Cameron, has broken box office records and was nominated for nine Academy Awards. According to Showbiz Spy, Spielberg has now praised the film. "I say thank goodness for Avatar," he said. "It is such an inspiration for all of us. I really think Jim has changed the industry forever, in a good way."

Spielberg: The Pacific is gruesome

Steven Spielberg has warned his new TV miniseries The Pacific is more gruesome than Band Of Brothers. The 10-part series, which begins on Sunday, carves its own path across a lesser-known theatre of war than Band Of Brothers, which was also executive produced by Spielberg and Tom Hanks and dramatised the true story of a company of paratroopers fighting in Europe. "We want the viewing public to be prepared that there is a level of savagery in The Pacific that is more intense than in Band Of Brothers," Spielberg said. He went on: "Anything less than the graphic nature of that war, or for that matter any war, would have been met by scorn by the veterans who fought in it. "We only told a partial story in Band. My own relatives were saying to me, 'We all fought in the Pacific. That's a different story. It was jungle warfare.'" According to Hanks, the Pacific theatre they faced was far different from the European one. "The war in the Pacific was mo

Star Wars: In Concert Returns

Star Wars: In Concert, the unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores, returns to North America on May 13, 2010 in Ft. Myers, Florida (May 13), beginning a fifty-city leg of the worldwide tour that will include dates in the United States and Canada. Over 350,000 Americans attended Star Wars: In Concert during its three-month inaugural 47-city North American tour last year, which Pollstar rated as the 9th biggest tour of 2009 in January. The tour's return to North America follows a month in Europe -- from March 7 to April 8, 2010 -- with stops in Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Milan, Antwerp, Hamburg and the O2 Arena in London, where it began one year ago. The production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen -- one of the largest ever put on tour. The footage actually runs in sync

NBC eyeing Spielberg's "Nine Lives"

Steven Spielberg's "Nine Lives" may find a second life at NBC. Four years ago, Syfy (then Sci Fi Channel) announced a greenlight for "Nine Lives" as a 12-hour miniseries to air in 2007. The project, with Spielberg on board as an executive producer, revolves around a group of people who find a way to reunite with their loved ones in the afterlife through near-death experiences, but those journeys unleash an evil force. "Nine Lives" ultimately didn't go at Syfy, but it has sparked interest at sibling NBC. Writer Les Bohem is reworking his script for a broader broadcast audience. NBC won't make any decision until reading the latest draft, but it's eyeing "Nine Lives" as a direct-to-series vehicle as part of a new strategy to do more event-type drama projects.

Lucasarts unveils 'Lego Star Wars III'

LucasArts has announced plans to publish a third multi-platform game in the Lego Star Wars franchise. Titled Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars , the game will be released on the Wii, DS, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and PC in autumn 2010. Developed by Traveller's Tales, the new title will include all the characters from animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars , as well as other popular figures from the Star Wars saga. Players can become a Jedi Knight or Separatist Fighter and make use of all-new character abilities, such as squad command, lightsaber slicing and long distance Jedi attacks. The game will also feature an upgraded level builder facility enabling the creation of customised bases and battlefields for head-to-head combat. "The Lego Star Wars franchise is a massive hit with fans, bringing in sales of over 20 million units worldwide," said LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez. "We're thrilled to extend this experience to Lego Star Wars III: T