10 Influential Movies (Where Everybody Copied the Wrong Thing)

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes everything. A film that rewrites the rules and influences a generation of film-makers. But all too often, the people who imitate these ground-breaking movies miss the point. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy movies from which everybody copied the wrong… » 8/20/13 10:14am 8/20/13 10:14am

Christopher Nolan originally approached Heath Ledger to play Bruce…

Hard to imagine now — but Christopher Nolan's first conversations with Heath Ledger were actually about playing Batman, not the Joker. But Ledger told Nolan that "he'd never do this kinda film," according to a talk Nolan gave last night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. But by the time came that Nolan was casting… » 11/29/12 3:33pm 11/29/12 3:33pm

15 Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters Who Found Success After…

A lot of the characters we love from science fiction and fantasy learned how to harness their powers and intellect in school: skilled wizards, mad scientists with PhDs in horribleness, carefully trained military officers, mutant superheroes who studied T.H. White. But there are plenty of heroes and villains who started … » 9/01/12 1:00pm 9/01/12 1:00pm

10 Rules of Blockbuster Movies that Hollywood Forgot

It's halfway through the summer movie season, and there's a lot of hand-wringing about the state of the Tentpole Film — yes, in spite of Avengers. This year has seen some huge high-profile flops, plus some massive films that underperformed Stateside. And meanwhile, some of the biggest films in the pipeline are having… » 6/26/12 10:00am 6/26/12 10:00am

'This isn't a car': Brand New Dark Knight Rises Concept Art!

The coolest new vehicle in Christopher Nolan's new Batman film is probably the new Batplane, which has been renamed simply the Bat. That's the vehicle that Batman tells Catwoman is not a car, just before he takes to the skies and dodges two missiles, in some of the recent Dark Knight Rises trailers — and here's some… » 6/15/12 6:20am 6/15/12 6:20am

The REAL reason Sucker Punch will lose money

Since Sucker Punch failed to conquer the box office, there's been lots of speculation about why it was a box office failure. Was it too stylized? Was it the reviews? Did it fail to appeal to women or older adults? » 3/30/11 3:30pm 3/30/11 3:30pm

Who can save us from summer blahs? The Greatest American Hero!

So almost all your favorite TV shows are on hiatus now. But don't panic! There's still new Futurama, plus a Greatest American Hero marathon. But more importantly, some of the strangest programming of the year airs during these summer doldrums. » 6/28/10 9:00am 6/28/10 9:00am