What's The Best (Or Worst) Genre Mashup You've Ever Seen?

Sometimes taking two genres and putting them together just makes everything that much more wonderful. And sometimes... it's just they clash, like stripes and plaid. What's the absolute best, or very worst, combination of two genres that you've ever witnessed? » 12/09/14 1:15pm 12/09/14 1:15pm

The Real Reason Why Science Fiction Westerns Are Such a Hard Sell

On Monday, Syfy launches its $100 million show Defiance, which is full of Wild West tropes, and this summer we're getting the fantasy-oriented Lone Ranger. Lately, tons of people have tried to combine the rollicking Western with the wider expanses of science fiction and fantasy. And they've failed financially. For one… » 4/12/13 8:00am 4/12/13 8:00am

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

Lessons that 2011 Has Taught the Entertainment Industry

This year has been a wild ride for lovers of science fiction and fantasy. Some hugely expensive, massively hyped projects have failed, but also some new mega-hits have been born. Hollywood is struggling with sagging movie ticket sales and TV ratings, and book publishers are facing a rapidly changing world. It's a… » 12/21/11 8:00am 12/21/11 8:00am

Cowboys & Aliens is part of a bizarre UFO theory

This week a conference on UFOs, science and consciousness was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the city where gamechanging SF movie District 9 takes place, but apparently that movie has less hold on locals' imaginations than recent flop Cowboys & Aliens does (see io9's glowing review of Cowboys & Aliens here » 11/25/11 4:49pm 11/25/11 4:49pm

Why We Can't Have Great Movies

Universal Pictures chief Ron Meyer caused a splash late last week, when he admitted that "we do make a lot of shitty movies," and listed Land of the Lost, The Wolfman and Cowboys & Aliens among the studio's clunkers. » 11/07/11 12:39pm 11/07/11 12:39pm

How You Did In Predicting the Summer's Box Office Hits and Misses

This summer was like a battlefield of awesomeness, with a larger-than-average slew of superhero movies, action movies and escapist fare. Some films emerged victorious, while others fell by the wayside. » 8/08/11 11:14am 8/08/11 11:14am

Clarissa Explains It All prophesied the movie Cowboys & Aliens

Way back in the early 1990s, before Cowboys & Aliens was a graphic novel/film pitch, Clarissa Explains It All predicted the existence of the film in a throwaway line courtesy of Clarissa's dorky brother Ferguson. Now we know where Hollywood gets its ideas — trawling Nickelodeon teen sitcoms. » 7/30/11 7:15am 7/30/11 7:15am

Olivia Wilde explains how she stole her character's look and backstory…

Olivia Wilde is quickly becoming the biggest leading lady in science fiction, so what's the next role she wants to tackle? A female Captain Kirk! » 7/29/11 3:30pm 7/29/11 3:30pm

Watch Harrison Ford's epic reunion with Chewbacca, it will give you…

Old wounds are opened as Harrison Ford loses his shit on Chewbacca behind the scenes, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. So this is what awesome is made of. » 7/28/11 10:20am 7/28/11 10:20am

The new Avengers Hulk will have a lot of Mark Ruffalo in him. Plus tons…

The latest Star Trek 2 news is the most optimistic we've heard in ages...but it might be delayed even more than we thought. Jon Favreau talks mixing genres in Cowboys & Aliens. Plus who is taking over The Walking Dead? » 7/28/11 6:00am 7/28/11 6:00am

An iconic Batman location returns for The Dark Knight Rises! And just…

Emma Stone explains why Gwen Stacy loves Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. Edgar Wright is making progress on Ant-Man, and an iconic Batman location returns for The Dark Knight Rises. Plus official descriptions for Battleship and the Oz prequel! » 7/27/11 6:00am 7/27/11 6:00am

The Biggest Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2011

San Diego Comic Con is a mosh pit of tastemakers. A good showing at Comic Con can generate unstoppable buzz for a project, that can last for months. A weak showing can deal a devastating setback to a creator's dreams. » 7/25/11 1:31pm 7/25/11 1:31pm

Cowboys and Aliens will blow you away and make you cry

Jon Favreau introduced the Cowboys and Aliens premiere at Comic-Con last night by telling us that it would be like the surprise Christmas present under the tree that you kept shaking, trying to figure out what was inside. And then it turned out to be unexpectedly awesome. » 7/24/11 9:00am 7/24/11 9:00am

Hugh Jackman reveals the villain of The Wolverine! Plus Jon Favreau…

Man of Steel will take flight a little later than expected. Peter Dinklage explains what's next for Tyrion on Game of Thrones. Joss Whedon's long-delayed horror movie is finally getting released. And Hilary Swank is headed to Venus. » 7/22/11 6:00am 7/22/11 6:00am

The Comic-Con madness begins: Conan O'Brien and Spider-Man invade San…

With Comic-Con a mere two days away (and preview night tomorrow), San Diego has already begun to take form with promotions throughout the city. Check out the beginnings of the Comic-Con takeover with these pictures. » 7/19/11 1:32pm 7/19/11 1:32pm

The motherlode of rumors for The Avengers! Plus tons of new videos for…

A familiar face will appear in The Avengers after all, and could an unexpected comic book character be along for the ride as well? Joe Johnston has big plans for new Captain America, Jurassic Park, and even Star Wars movies! » 7/19/11 6:00am 7/19/11 6:00am

Movie trailers are becoming a crashing bore

Play this trailer for Shark Night 3-D on top volume. At about 0:57, put your ear next to your PC speaker for about a minute. Congratulations! You are now deaf in one ear! (Note: Don't really do that.) » 7/18/11 2:00pm 7/18/11 2:00pm

James Franco explains why Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a whole new…

Star James Franco explains that his entry in the Planet of the Apes saga has a very different theme from that of Charlton Heston's original - and that it's all about why science and money are dangerous to mix together. » 7/18/11 6:00am 7/18/11 6:00am