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 tough … » 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

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

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