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This Summer, Zen Studios will will bring Universal Classics Pinball, to their popular Pinball platforms for console, PC and mobile. Based on three classic films from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Studios, the new collection will feature gameplay inspired byE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and the Back to the Future trilogy. The Universal Classics Pinball pack will release as a part of the launch of the Pinball FX3 platform on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Windows 10 (date TBA), while the themed tables will also be available as individual in-app purchases for Zen Pinball on the App Store and Google Play. Check out the gameplay trailer featuring E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial below!

When it comes to getting the license for pretty much everything, Funko has that action on lock, and one need look no further than their growing line of Pop! Vinyls. To a smaller extent, they've also done well with their 3¾" ReAction Figures - those done in a similar style to the Kenner Action Figures (think STAR WARS) of the late 1970s and early 1980s. After taking on some cool properties like Back to the Future and Gremlins, now they're doing figures based on E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

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Halloween 2009 - Addie, who many of you now know as the oldest of The Rock Daughters™, was just just 2½ months old, and I was missing her first Halloween. At the time, I was working for Fangoria, and my adventures had taken me to Las Vegas for an event at The Palms Casino, and as part of that there was a costume contest that I emceed and introduced. The two judges to whom I would pass the mic? Actor Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), and someone that's familiar to several generations... "E.T.'s mom," Dee Wallace. While she might be best-known from E.T., Wallace was certainly in a lot of other movies that I've enjoyed from that era - generally the more monstrous fare like THE HOWLING, CUJO and CRITTERS. Off-screen, Dee has spent years working as a Life Coach, and her journey has led to the creation of BuppaLaPaloo - a new interactive bear "that teaches children to love themselves." Launched on Kickstarter this week to coincide with National Teddy Bear Day, BuppaLaPaloo is designed to help kids build self-esteem at a young age, giving them a foundation for the future. Watch Dee's pitch video below...

It's a growing phenomenon, but the face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has been making appearances in tree trunks with increasing frequency over the past few years. The latest such appearance comes from Scotland, where Billy Harley found one inside the trunk of a tree he was chopping for firewood. Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel on the Isle of Skye (whose publicist contacted Rock Father HQ this morning with the photo) recalls the moment he found the image of the lovable alien staring back at him...

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The headline just about says it all. After the recent announcement that filmmakers were prepping to do a legit archaeological excavation of the New Mexico landfill where it had long been rumored that Atari dumped copies of it's notorious failure, E.T. - The Extra-terrestrial, the mystery has been solved.

By most accounts, the Atari 2600 Game based on Steven Spielberg's 1982 film, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, was one of the worst video games ever made - and one of the biggest failures of all-time. Like many children of the day, E.T. made an impact on me, and my parents bought me a copy of the game. At the time, I don't know if I knew how bad it was, though 30+ years later, I'm also not sure it was as terrible as people claim that it was. I do know that it was frustrating, not particularly "fun," but also that I played it often, if only to force myself to beat it. Which I did. On a Global scale, the game did so bad, that Atari is said to have buried millions of copies somewhere in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. But did they?

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