New Trailer For Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Shows Why It's Still The Best

Arguably the greatest scifi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a theatrical re-release in the U.K. (not the U.S. — for now, at least) and thus has earned this incredible new trailer. And it's so goddamned good it makes all other science fiction movies look pitiful in comparison. » 10/21/14 2:48pm 10/21/14 2:48pm

​12 Of The Craziest Characters Created By Jack "King" Kirby

Jack Kirby was a genius, one of the forefathers of the entire comic industry, and a man with limitless imagination. He was also kind of insane. Besides creating Captain America, the X-Men and countless other heroes and villains, he produced some of the weirdest comics ever made. Here are only a few of Kirby's craziest… » 7/24/14 11:11am 7/24/14 11:11am

RIP Fred Ordway

You may not recognize the name Fred Ordway (shown here with Stanley Kubrick). He was a NASA engineer and consultant on 2001: A Space Odyssey. » 7/01/14 5:36pm 7/01/14 5:36pm

The Only Way 2001 Can Be Improved: Make H. Jon Benjamin Voice HAL 9000

Archer and Bob's Burgers voice actor extraordinaire H. Jon Benjamin dubbing the sentient computer HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick's scifi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey? This is all I've ever wanted out of life and I didn't even know it before today. » 5/27/14 11:20am 5/27/14 11:20am

Most awesome essay about science fiction type fonts ever

You know those sexy, sans serif fonts in the movie 2001? They appear in the credits, but also on pretty much all the technical equipment on the spaceship. Well, now a font enthusiast has figured out what those fonts are, and written an incredibly funny, illuminating essay about the typography of 2001. » 2/03/14 2:19pm 2/03/14 2:19pm

Frank Culbertson watched 9/11 from the ISS

I was flabbergasted, then horrified. My first thought was that this wasn't a real conversation, that I was still listening to one of my Tom Clancy tapes. It just didn't seem possible on this scale in our country.

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12 Computers Who Are Complete Bastards

There are so many artificial intelligences that are evil: they try to kill their creator, or kill all humans, or take over the world, or all three. But some AIs do this with charisma and style, while others are complete dicks about it. Here’s a look at a dozen computers who must have had “be an asshole” near the… » 4/04/13 10:00am 4/04/13 10:00am

The Movie That Inspired 2001

Before beginning work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick allegedly watched virtually every space movie ever made. One of these was a half-hour documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 1960. Universe, directed by Roman Kroitor and Colin Low, was a highly-respected film, having received an… » 3/05/13 5:12pm 3/05/13 5:12pm

The Worst Scifi Snubs in Oscar History

It's Oscar season, so brace yourself for more snubs when it comes to science fiction movies. Speculative fiction has a crummy track record when it comes to the Academy Awards, and even when an iconic scifi flick scores Oscar nods, it tends to be ignored in everything but the technical categories (see: E.T., Star Wars » 2/18/13 2:00pm 2/18/13 2:00pm

If 2001: A Space Odyssey were made today, would it be marketed as a…

If Stanley Kubrick was somehow able to make 2001: A Space Odyssey in the year 2012, would he be able to release a trailer that captures the scope and majesty of his film? Or would the tale of humanity's journey from one stage of development to the next be marketed as just another spacefaring action flick? The folks… » 12/15/12 9:30am 12/15/12 9:30am

2001: A Space Odyssey recreated in bread and chocolate

Artist Carl Warner takes landscape photographs that look good enough to eat—probably because they're made out of food. From the meaty mesas of the Old West to the chocolate bar monolith of 2001: A Space Odyssey, his images both trick and delight the eyes. » 11/11/12 8:00am 11/11/12 8:00am

Behold, the 2001: A Space Odyssey LEGO sets that never existed

There may not be a giant space baby, but these 2001 LEGO models by Jason Allemann are impressive nonetheless. That's a six-foot-long, 3,873-piece, 1:60 scale model of the Discovery One spaceship above, and check out a cheerful "Dawn of Man" diorama that consists primarily of monkeys, black plastic bricks, and bones. » 4/13/12 7:00am 4/13/12 7:00am

20 Zero-Effort, High-Concept Halloween Costumes Guaranteed To Alienate…

Halloween! It's the time of the year when some of us get dolled up in our finest regalia, and others have trouble remembering it's October. » 10/23/11 12:15pm 10/23/11 12:15pm

Vintage advertisements for HAL 9000 and the Orion III space plane

Remember Justin Van Genderen's throwback travel posters for locales in comic books and the Star Wars universe? He's now given 2001: A Space Odyssey a similar retro rehash. HAL comes preprogrammed with "Daisy Bell," I'm assuming. » 6/07/11 7:45am 6/07/11 7:45am

What if the black monolith from 2001 did a million hits of ecstasy?

It would probably look like this "Escape Machine" in Paris, which doles out free vacations (or oversized invalid tickets). It's like HAL and the monolith had a bastard child, and it was adopted by a nice couple from Candyland. » 3/23/11 4:45pm 3/23/11 4:45pm

Why science fiction action movies need a little comic relief

The Marines vs. aliens war story that is Battle: Los Angeles may not be a modern classic, but it does do one thing that's unusual (even admirable) for action movies, particularly scifi action movies: it takes its premise absolutely seriously. » 3/13/11 6:50pm 3/13/11 6:50pm

Artist transforms 2001 VHS tape into a real-life black monolith

David Herbert's 2005 sculpture/monolith VHS is an 8-foot-tall video cassette copy of Stanley Kubrick's 2001. What does this piece mean? I'm not entirely sure, but I'm just going to assume it's an audacious statement against Betamax. [Rhizome] » 1/29/11 1:00pm 1/29/11 1:00pm

What if Stanley Kubrick directed Iron Man?

Warren Ellis previously challenged artists to imagine a David Lynch-directed Spider-Man film. He's now asking members of his Whitechapel forum to depict Stanley Kubrick's interpretation of Tony Stark and his full metal jerkin. » 1/08/11 7:30am 1/08/11 7:30am

Nic Cage explains how Ghost Rider 2 will "mess with people's minds"

How will the next Ghost Rider movie be different, now that the directors of the Crank movies are on board? In our exclusive interview, star Nic Cage tells us to expect crazy stunts, sarcasm, and a darker, weirder Johnny Blaze. » 11/30/10 3:00pm 11/30/10 3:00pm