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How to Defeat Space Aliens: A Moviegoer’s Guide

Posted on 04/17/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentTheir scientific and technical know-how make the International Space Station look like a Tinkertoy (well, it actually does kinda look like a Tinkertoy…). Still, as Tom Cruise proves in his new movie, Oblivion, it is surprisingly easy to fight back against space aliens. These classic sci-fi flicks provide an excellent primer in last-line-of-defense strategies against invaders from beyond the stars:       Teach Them Yoga War of the Worlds (1953; 2005) With those spindly arms and legs, the bending …

Carlo Rambaldi: In Motion Pictures, He Put the ‘Special’ in Special Effects

Posted on 08/14/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong,  or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott’s Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi, a special-effects wizard who died Aug. 10 at age 86  in his native Italy, won Academy Awards for visual effects for all three of those films. Spielberg hailed Rambaldi as “E.T.’s Geppetto,” a reference to the fictional woodcarver who created Pinocchio, but Rambaldi’s skills …