“I’m keeping him” – The Story Inspiration Behind a Boy and His New Best Friend: E.T. Part One


‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ has been called “one of the finest fantasy films ever made, and the most tender of all Steven Spielberg’s movies.” 

41 years after its 1982 release, the classic film is still celebrated for its themes, creativity, cinematic artistry, and sense of childhood wonder. 

But how did the idea for ‘E.T.’ occur to Steven Spielberg while he was filming ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’? What role did Harrison Ford play in helping bring the story to life? In what ways was ‘E.T’ based on Spielberg’s own life? And how were child actors Henry Thomas, Robert McNaughton, and Drew Barrymore cast for the project? 

We explore all this and so much more in part 1 of this 2-part episode focused on the beloved blockbuster ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.’  

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Show Notes for Episode 88!















Making of ET documentary




“Smartless” podcast episode on Steven Spielberg


Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Amazon.com. Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on Amazon.com and Vimeo.com in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- NoLostCausedvd.com The Theatre Downstream- TheTheatreDownstream.com “The Why Not Philosophy”- http://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Philosophy-Learned-Raptors/dp/1508557004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455555613&sr=8-1&keywords=ashley+raymer-brown

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