A Clip That Shows Why The Originals Is Amazing PhD Dissertation Fodder

Seriously, some media studies grad student somewhere has to be writing a thesis about race, gender and politics in vampire media — and she or he must be just drooling over The Originals right now. Just watch this clip, in which Marcel turns a segregated World War I unit into vampires, and see for yourself. » 1/27/15 4:40pm 43 minutes ago

Insanely Beautiful Photos From Jupiter Ascending Took Us By Surprise

We know very little about Lana and Andy Wachowski's next scifi feature Jupiter Ascending. We know it stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum as a dog person trained to find her in the future. But we did not know it was this beautiful. Take a look at this massive gallery of gorgeous looks into the world the Wachowskis… » 1/27/15 4:22pm Today 4:22pm

One Of Our Most Popular Special Effects Originally Came From Anime

If you've been near a theater in the last few years, you've seen it happen: Somewhere deep in the middle of a bustling city an ill-defined ball of crackling "energy" swells. But just where does this rapidly-spreading trope come from? Here are its origins. » 1/27/15 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Comic Book Artist

So many of today's popular movies began humbly on the printed page—not in novels, but in comic books. There's a distinct appeal to the illustrated format's ability to tell both large, complex stories without compromising the intimacy of the narrative. And capturing those moments requires a skilled illustrator. What… » 1/27/15 6:44pm Today 6:44pm

A Guide To Visual Symmetry In Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

One reason why director Stanley Kubrick is a legend is because of his beautiful shots, which feature symmetrical framing, or one-point-perspective — which means that all lines lead to a single point in the distance. We've made a supercut of all the scenes with one-point perspective in the legendary A Clockwork Orange… » 1/27/15 3:05pm Today 3:05pm

Kill La Kill Is Coming To Toonami, Everybody Get Naked And Party

The spiritual successor to the beloved anime series Gurren Lagann, Kill La Kill will make its U.S. television debut at 12:30 p.m. on February 7th! Given how saucy the show is — that's main character in her battle outfit, and that's not even mentioning the show's revolutionary nudists — this is just a touch insane. » 1/27/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Big Hero 6 Deleted Scene Shows Something You Should Never Do To Your Cat

We found out a while back that, in an earlier version of Big Hero 6, the Hamada brothers put rocket boots on their cat, Mochi, transforming him into ROCKET CAT. Now, thanks to a deleted scene from the film, we can finally see Rocket Cat in action. » 1/27/15 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

How Not to Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays

A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they're your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be pretty confusing. Here's how to sound like you know what you're talking… » 1/27/15 4:41pm Today 4:41pm

My First Few Hours With Dying Light

I wasn't sure what to expect from Dying Light, a new open-world zombie game from a studio known for making the regrettable open-world zombie series Dead Island. Imagine my pleasant surprise, then, when I discovered some cool ideas during my first five hours with the game. Maybe you can teach an old zombie new tricks. » 1/27/15 3:58pm Today 3:58pm

Get a Free 2-Weeks of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free two-week trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released in… » 12/13/14 3:09pm 12/13/14 3:09pm