Tons of News From Avengers 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars!

Rumors add not one, but two women to Star Wars Episode VII's cast. There are posters for Arnold Schwarzenegger's King Conan and the Despicable Me spinoff about the Minons. Doctor Who gets another guest star. Arrow promotes someone to series regular. And, most importantly, the Hulk gets stretchy pants. Spoilers now! » 5/19/14 6:00am 5/19/14 6:00am

This Week's TV: William Hurt plays legendary physicist Richard Feynman

This week, Karl Urban teams up with an android to fight crime in Almost Human, while his Star Trek crewmate John Cho returns to Sleepy Hollow. Possibly the best TV show of the past few years comes to our screens. And a legendary physicist is played by an Academy Award-winner! Check out clips and details for all this… » 11/11/13 9:00am 11/11/13 9:00am

The "grumpy cat" movie is a harbinger of the apocalypse

The grumpy cat meme is getting a movie. Producers say it will be "Garfield-like." This horrific news should surprise nobody who follows Hollywood dealmaking. What might surprise you is how much this scenario resembles a dystopian scifi story called "The Waldo Moment," about how memes give rise to global fascism. » 6/05/13 3:35pm 6/05/13 3:35pm

The final episode of Black Mirror gives you Big Brother for the social…

Last night marked the final episode in the second series of Black Mirror, the ultra-dark UK show that explores the future of media. This series, like the first, was a set of three short stories (we reviewed the first episode here), each set in the near future. Though this second series was more uneven than the first… » 2/26/13 11:34pm 2/26/13 11:34pm

Is Hollywood About to Dumb Down the Dystopian British Series Black…

Robert Downey Jr. has bought the rights to "The Entire History of You," one of the episodes from the first season of Black Mirror. It's a pitch-dark tale of a future where people record their memories into brain implants, and can replay them for friends on their computers, mobiles, or whatever. The story centers on… » 2/13/13 1:01pm 2/13/13 1:01pm

Dystopian British series Black Mirror returns to twist the knife

Last year, writer and satirist Charlie Brooker awed us and basically ripped our guts out with the first season of Black Mirror, a three-episode series of short stories set in troubling, media-saturated futures. Now he's back with season two, whose first episode, "Be Right Back," aired last night on Channel 4. It was… » 2/12/13 4:59pm 2/12/13 4:59pm

Can you tell the difference between this Black Mirror trailer and a…

The intense creepiness of this trailer for season two of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror is only amped up by the fact that it resembles any number of ads for consumer electronics and internet whizbangery. By the time you get to the slogan — "The future is broken" — you're already feeling the horrible dystopian vibe.… » 1/28/13 11:20am 1/28/13 11:20am

First Details About Black Mirror Season 2!

The first three episodes of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror were among the coolest television I've ever watched, and images and ideas from those three one-hour playlets often pop into my head at inopportune moments. So there's no way to overstate my excitement for the second batch of three episodes, coming sometime… » 1/22/13 12:27pm 1/22/13 12:27pm

Black Mirror is television science fiction at its best

Aired late last year in the UK, the short anthology series Black Mirror is one of the best works of science fiction I've seen on television in a long time. All three episodes, set in near and distant futures, are about how we integrate new technologies into the most intimate parts of our lives, often with hideous… » 1/18/12 4:00pm 1/18/12 4:00pm