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Rick Baker Finally Reveals ‘Night Skies’ Aliens

27 May

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[Editor’s Note: This story was orignally written for and appeared on ETonline]

In the 1970s, director Steven Spielberg started pre-production on a follow-up to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind called Night Skies. He hired legendary special effects artist Rick Baker to create a prototype of the film’s menacing alien, and by all accounts, it was going to be spectacular.

Then, as is often the case in Hollywood, the whole project fell apart, and the film entered that strange cinema limbo of amazing movies that never were. Many of the designs were later used in Spielberg’s alien masterpiece ET in 1982, but the menacing alien was never seen. Until now!

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Top 7 Greatest Directorial Debuts

6 May

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Getting that first feature film in the can is an amazing experience, but it isn’t always a successful one. Hollywood is littered with bad debut films, especially in this current age of inexpensive filmmaking. But sometimes, the stars align and that first feature comes out just the way you had been hoping since you first conceived it. Or, in the case of old-timey studio pictures, the studio took a chance on you, and you came through with flying colors. It’s good to celebrate these first feature films that give all us filmmakers hope for our debuts.

These aren’t the only great directorial debuts, but they are my very favorite…

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