Craig Weightman, Staffordshire University Rumour has it there is a site somewhere in New Mexico where you could once find definitive proof of ET. This hallowed ground is not Area 51 but a former landfill site that until recently contained truckloads of unsold cartridges of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, the video game that spectacularly bombed when it was released 35 years ago in December 1982. Huge numbers of copies of this game were sent back because consumers found the game so unenjoyable. This was all that could be said for a much-anticipated movie tie-in that the designers only bothered to spend five weeks coding. It has since been dubbed the “worst video game in history” and cited as the catalyst for the 1983 US games industry crash. You’ve probably gathered this is a game legendary for its stupendous disappointment. But it is not alone. Since E.T.‘s release at the start of the home video game era, there have been many, many turgid offerings. Let us take a … [Read more...] about 35 years ago the ‘worst video game ever’ was released – are these 5 any better?
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A BROTHER and sister alien hunting team have discovered a “UFO highway” across America along which hundreds of unexplained events have taken place – from cattle mutilations to alien abductions.Chuck Zukowski and Debbie Ziegelmeyer have spent years travelling across the US investigating hundreds of UFO sightings and other paranormal occurrences.It was during one cattle mutilation investigation that Chuck realised that many of the unexplained events he had looked into had taken place on the 37th latitude.He called his sister – who noticed the same with her investigations in Missouri – and the pair began researching the phenomenon, discovering that there are clusters of unexplained events taking place across the same latitude line.The pair believe that the 37th latitude line is a kind of UFO or paranormal “highway” along which extra terrestrial craft enter and exit the earth.Their theory is now the subject of a book called the 37th Parallel … [Read more...] about Brother and sister alien hunters discover ‘UFO highway’ across America – with clusters of sightings and unexplained events along same latitude
STANDING at six feet tall, David Harewood is a force to be reckoned with.He's the guest judge on tonight's episode of Have I Got News For You, and this is where else you might recognise the actor from...David Harewood was born on December 8 1965, in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.His lorry driver dad and caterer mum had moved to England from Barbados less than a decade before.The 51-year-old has three siblings and was educated at Washwood Heath Comprehensive School.David was a member of the National Youth Theatre, and worked in a Birmingham wine bar as a teenager.At the age of 18, David bagged a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art - but his big acting break came in 1990, when he was 24.David is best known for playing Captain Poison in blockbuster movie Blood Diamond, Hank Henshaw in US series Supergirl, CIA chief David Estes in Homeland, and Joel Steadman in Night Manager.In the past, the Birmingham City fan has appeared in Celebrity Mastermind, Dr Who and played Nelson … [Read more...] about Who is David Harewood? Have I Got News For You guest host and star of Homeland and The Night Manager
A DRIVER arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a speeding tram overturned, killing at least seven people and leaving 51 in hospital was reportedly asleep at the wheel.Witnesses recounted the "carnage" with reports that the driver, 42, may have blacked out before the two-car tram overturned near a tunnel in Croydon about 6am as torrential rain battered London.Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned the death toll might rise after the horrific crash, with the initial death toll of five growing to seven with a number of passengers still in a critical condition. Witnesses have since recounted the moments that the tram hit the bend too fast, with the unfolding scenes "something out of a film".Martin Bamford said the tram "flipped", adding the driver told him: "I think I blacked out."The dad of four said: "When we were coming through the tunnel we were going at some speed and the tram was speeding up more and more."We were coming out of the tunnel and we hit the bend way too fast … [Read more...] about Croydon tram was ‘speeding excessively’ after arrested driver ‘blacked out’ – as passengers tell of terrifying moment it crashed killing at least seven
SOME movie scenes are cut to trim the running length - but often they end up on the cutting room floor when they really shouldn't have, leaving gaping holes in the plot.Ever wondered how Marty ended up with a hairdryer in his belt in Back to the Future? Or why Gaff left Deckard an origami unicorn during his escape in Blade Runner?All these little mysterious plot holes spotted by eagle-eyed viewers can be remedied - with the help of a deleted scene.Here are 10 instances where a few extra minutes would have made ALL the difference.At the end of the film, a cluster of news reporters gather around the group of teens and quiz them about their adventure.Data (played by Jonathan Ke Huy Quan) reports that the octopus attack was 'very scary and very dangerous'.Hang on - what octopus attack?Ah - this one, that got cut from the final film but appeared in its computer game equivalent.Ever wondered why Gaff (Edward James Olmos) left Deckard (Harrison Ford) an … [Read more...] about These 10 deleted scenes explain major movie plot holes, including why Marty has a hairdryer on his belt in Back To The Future
THESE are the mysterious aircraft that many believe hold the answer to one of the world's great alien conspiracies.The unmarked white and red Boeing 737s appear like any other at first sight.Lined up at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport, several of the giant jets use their own private terminal.But they are not used by the public and only serve one destination - Area 51.Extra terrestrial theorists believe the top-secret military base - hidden away in the Nevada desert - contains the remains of an alien aircraft that crashed in the 1950s.The area was bought up by the US military in 1955 and its existence was only acknowledged for the first time in 2005.It is believed to be the testing site for top-secret cutting-edge military technology.The jets are run by the United States Air Force and even have their own mysterious call sign - Janet Airlines.Nobody who flies on the planes is allowed to reveal where they are going or what their job is.Operating from a private terminal … [Read more...] about Area 51 mystery as huge unmarked passenger planes are spotted flying from Las Vegas airport to the top secret military base sparking conspiracy theories
THE Aussies were as distraught as missing out on the 2022 World Cup a monthThey managed to secure just one vote — which is half of the numberBut now they have a consolation prize of sorts with the hosting rights for theIn truth, however, they did not have to fight off much opposition for theIt is expected that five stadia will be used for the 16-team event. AustraliaSHANE WARNE’S chaotic private life has rarely been far from the headlinesNow there is further controversy after the decision to cut his TV chat showWarnie first aired on Channel 9 here on November 24 and among his guests haveThe first show attracted a respectable audience of 854,000 — well,The final episode of the programme, due for screening here tomorrow, has beenOne problem might be that it looked little more than an advertising platform.DAVID HASSELHOFF has been in Sydney shamelessly milking his old starringThe Hoff is apparently being paid around £160,000 to promote an ice creamThis … [Read more...] about Ethers Down Under
Through the rolling green hills of the Allgäu, the road rises and falls, lined with dour old trees and flashing glimpses of a far-off, mysteriously shimmering lake. In the distance tower the dusky Alps. Then it happens: like a jagged crystal, ramparts jut upward from the crags, and the next moment, a barbed silhouette traces its steep rooftops and towers against the mountain slopes. It seems unreal, almost like a setting for an opera, lithe and lissom, bold and brash, white as powdered sugar, it perches above the abyss: Castle Neuschwanstein. What a performance! Symbol of Europe By 8:30 a.m., the courtyard is packed with tourists. A bridal couple from Thailand poses in front of the castle panorama. Several groups of Americans have already got their tickets. Faryn Tate’s from Los Angeles. "I’m here, because I’m a Disney fan," she says. "I know the castles at the amusement parks; now I want to see the one that inspired him." By "him" she means the American … [Read more...] about Oh, Neuschwanstein!
Smarzowski has said he made the film in the hope of improving relations between the two countries, and that it is "aimed against extreme nationalism." "I want to present this history in a way that is balanced but honest. One cannot build a relationship by sweeping the truth under the carpet," Smarzowski said. Just a week after the film's Poland release, it has already aggravated some tensions on both sides of the border. The tale The movie follows the fate of a young Polish woman who wants to marry a Ukrainian from the same village against to her parents' wishes. Set during the Second World War, the film follows the pair as the area in which they live becomes the scene of violent ethnic cleansing. The region of Volhynia had been within Polish borders before the war. It was first occupied by the Soviets in 1939 and then by the Germans in 1941. Some 100,000 ethnic Poles were slaughtered in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia from 1943 to 1945 by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). … [Read more...] about Film brings Ukrainian atrocities in wartime Poland to big screen
The movie theater built in 1942 had never been part of any public tour of the official residence of the US President. First Lady Melania Trump decided to extend the areas open to the public: People should "have as much access as possible to the rich history and wonderful traditions" of the White House, she said. Until now, tours of the White House included viewing official representative rooms and the library. These tours are not usually available to visitors from abroad. US citizens have to book and reserve tickets well in advance via their congressional representative. The cinema is now part of the East Wing tour of the White House. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a coatroom converted into the movie theater. Ronald Reagan had it remodeled in the 80s to include 51 tiered seats. Over the years, the different presidents have used the cinema in various ways. In the first few decades, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 to 1961) proved to be the … [Read more...] about White House movie theater opens to public