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Universal Strikes Up the Orchestra for <I>E.T.</I>

31 Jan, 2002 By: Hive News


Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment will unveil the 20th anniversary version of Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at a premiere with five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams conducting a 100-piece orchestra in a live score-to-film performance.

The March 16 event at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, a benefit for Special Olympics, will mark the first time in history a nonsilent film has been presented in its entirety with live full orchestral accompaniment, a Universal spokesman says.A reception at the Shrine Exhibition Hall will follow the screen.

Universal Studios and Special Olympics partnered for the original release of E.T. in 1982. The renewal of this partnership 20 years later represents a new chapter in the tradition of honoring the values of the film and Special Olympics -- acceptance, tolerance and diversity. Also sponsoring the event are Eastman Kodak Co. and Toyota Motor Sales USA.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be rereleased in theaters March 22 with features never-before-screened footage, state-of-the-art computer-generated enhancements and a digitally-remixed soundtrack.

With the power of a fable and the soul of a fairy tale, E.T. is the thrilling and deeply moving story of the special friendship that develops between a lonely young boy and a wise, benevolent visitor from another planet who becomes lost on Earth. As the boy attempts to help his extra-terrestrial companion contact his home planet so that he might be rescued, they must elude scientists and government agents determined to apprehend the alien for their own purposes...which results in an adventure greater than anything either of them could have imagined.

From its wordless, poetic and suspenseful introductory sequence to an exhilarating, poignant finale, E.T. has become an indelible part of American film history. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison and produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, E.T.,/I> co-stars Dee Wallace Stone, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and Robert MacNaughton.

``E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'' was originally released June 11, 1982, and holds Universal Pictures' record as highest-grossing domestic film ever. To date, E.T. has earned more than $702 million in worldwide box office, making it the studio's third-highest grossing film overseas (behind the first to installments in the Jurassic Park franchise.


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