Two And A Half Men Was Really A Black Mirror Episode In The End

Last night was the series finale of Two and a Half Men. And what started off as a "So long, farewell" episode slowly unspooled into a terrifying horror show. And I think I've cracked it: Two and a Half Men is actually a brilliant mashup of Black Mirror and Stay Tuned. And last night the actors finally tried to escape. » 2/20/15 5:00pm 2/20/15 5:00pm

The Real Reason Why US Adaptations Of British TV Shows Rarely Succeed

When it comes to TV, us Brits get very defensive when America tries to adapt one of our shows - just look at the reaction to the announcement that Black Mirror is getting a US remake. There's a good reason for the concern though: Most of the time these adaptations don't really work... and that's actually a good thing. » 1/30/15 12:17pm 1/30/15 12:17pm

Our First Fleeting Glimpse Of Jurassic World's New Dinosaur!

A new Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser includes a tantalizing glimpse. There's another round of Suicide Squad rumors, while Gotham teases even more comics characters showing up. Meanwhile, could Khal Drogo return to Game of Thrones? And just what is up with Agent Carter's Dottie Underwood? Here be Spoilers! » 1/30/15 6:00am 1/30/15 6:00am

This Week's TV: Two Specials That Will Make Christmas Extra Creepy

Christmas means that there's not a whole lot of new TV this week, but there's still plenty to watch other than endless replays of A Christmas Story. For one thing, there's a spooky new Doctor Who special and the latest from the dystopian Black Mirror. Plus, marathons for those who prefer TV over yule logs. » 12/22/14 9:00am 12/22/14 9:00am

Black Mirror's Christmas Special: A Yuletide Nightmare You Have To See

The idea of Black Mirror, the twisted British dystopian series, having a Christmas special might seem odd. But while White Christmas does give us a dark near future that's not all tinsel and lights, its trio of tales is really all about a truly Christmassy message of compassion and empathy. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 3:51pm 12/17/14 3:51pm

What Story Did You Recognize As An Important Work Of Art Right Away?

Sometimes, it takes decades or longer for something to be recognized as a timeless, vitally important artwork. Great art stands the test of time after all. But sometimes, you see something and just know immediately that it's a great life-changing artwork. Which science fiction or fantasy story did you recognize as… » 10/21/14 1:15pm 10/21/14 1:15pm

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