Neil Marshall Explains What He Learned From The Films Of Terry Gilliam

Neil Marshall's film-making is wild and distinctive, from Dog Soldiers, Doomsday and The Descent to his episodes of Game of Thrones. He does chaos incredibly well. So we had to ask him: What did you learn from watching Terry Gilliam movies? » 10/01/14 12:30pm 10/01/14 12:30pm

Doomsday clock holds steady at five minutes to apocalypse

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is leaving the big hand of the infamous "Doomsday Clock" at five minutes to midnight, telling the head of the UN there's little reason to pull it back. » 1/15/14 4:00pm 1/15/14 4:00pm

The Mortal Instruments is like The Avengers of teen fantasy

Remember when The Avengers came out, and it was just so gleefully jam-packed with crazy shit? Like, they shook the bag until every last thing fell out? The Mortal Instruments is like that, except for teen urban fantasy. This movie has everything in it, and it will make you laugh until you pass out. » 8/21/13 9:00am 8/21/13 9:00am

The 9 Sexiest Doomsday Scenarios

We already know there are some pretty smokin' disasters that await us in real life, like mega-volcanoes (what could be hotter?) and flooded coastal cities (everybody in bathing suits!). But it's only in fiction that doomsday gets truly sexy. Here are nine of the most alluring. » 4/23/13 10:18am 4/23/13 10:18am

Watch George Dvorsky and Nick Bostrom talking live about risks to the…

Put your doomsday caps on, everyone. Starting tonight at 9pm EST (6pm PST) to 10pm EST (7pm PST), I'll be on Huffington Post Live talking about existential risks to the future of humanity. I'll be joined by Nick Bostrom of the Future of Humanity Institute, James Hughes from the Institute for Ethics and Emerging… » 2/26/13 5:30pm 2/26/13 5:30pm

An 'alternative universe' will eventually destroy ours, says Higgs…

Remember that Higgs-like particle that scientists finally managed to pin down last year at the Large Hadron Collider? Well, it's proving to be a harbinger of bad news. According to Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the mass of the Higgs boson indicates that "the… » 2/20/13 11:57am 2/20/13 11:57am

Pope's Resignation Brings Doomsday Prophecy

Is the world only a Pope away from the End? Yes, if you believe a chilling 12th-century prophecy. Attributed to St. Malachy, an Irish archbishop canonized in 1190, the Prophecy of the Popes would date to 1139. The document predicted that there would be only 112 more popes before the Last Judgment — and Benedict XVI… » 2/14/13 7:20am 2/14/13 7:20am

You Can't Have An Apocalypse Without A Gloomy Voiceover

It's just the law of apocalypses: You can't feature the destruction of all (or most) life on Earth, without throwing in a gloomy monologue explaining exactly how we blew it all to hell. It's the way things work around here. Typically, these monologues include scenes of devastation as well as a droning voice talking… » 12/11/12 1:35pm 12/11/12 1:35pm

8 of the Weirdest Predictions for the End of the World

We know that the world isn't going to end on the 21st of December (or at least isn't more likely to end then than any other day), but it's always nice to remember that there's a firm precedent for the world not ending on schedule. It didn't end in 1844, when William Miller and Samuel S. Snow convinced the Millerites… » 12/09/12 7:00am 12/09/12 7:00am

The Universe Could Tear Itself Apart Sooner Than Anyone Believed

Many physicists now believe the universe will end by tearing itself apart — and now it appears that this could happen sooner than anyone expected. Originally, scientists hypothesized that the Big Rip would happen in 20 to 22 billion years based on a reasonable set of parameters — but now it sounds as though we may… » 7/23/12 11:00am 7/23/12 11:00am

When the Apocalypse Throws You Back in Time

When we try to imagine the world after an apocalypse, we often end up thinking of a particular era from history. It's not surprising — because the end of the world as we know it often means we'll lose a lot of the fruits of progress. People often talk about bombing someone "back to the Stone Age," for example. » 5/24/12 3:00pm 5/24/12 3:00pm

In this semi-drunk movie about Superman's death, Elijah Wood is Cyborg…

Remember when the Man of Steel died and came back in the 1990s? Well, this is the closest we're going to get to a live-action Death of Superman movie. And it's kind of amazing. » 2/04/12 8:35am 2/04/12 8:35am

The best of 1970s doomsday documentaries

Paleo-Future Blog is now producing Paleo-Future TV, a new series about retrofuturism on film. In this latest installment, Paleo-Future blogmaster Matt Novak rounds up some of the best moments from Seventies "apocsploitation." » 12/18/10 11:30am 12/18/10 11:30am

The origins of Superman's villains, illustrated in the style of Little…

In 1998, Stuart Immonen drew the origins of Superman's rogues gallery in the style of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland for an issue of Secret Files. Immonen's old-school depictions of Doomsday and Lex Luthor's origins are an absolute hoot. » 12/18/10 8:20am 12/18/10 8:20am

Unused concept art of Kal-El's costume and Doomsday from past Superman…

Costume and special effects designer Steve Johnson (who recently unveiled photos of Tim Burton's sparkling Superman suit) has now posted costume art from Superman Returns and J.J. Abrams-scripted Superman Fly-By. Check out art of a revamped supersuit...and Doomsday. » 12/05/10 7:15am 12/05/10 7:15am

Why do Superman movies keep featuring the same old enemies?

We only just learned Zack Snyder is directing the Superman reboot, and already the word is that General Zod is coming back as the villain. Seriously, we have to ask: where the hell are some new Superman villains? » 10/10/10 12:00pm 10/10/10 12:00pm

The most ludicrous depictions of evolution in science fiction history

At its best, science fiction can help people better understand science, explaining new ideas and theories in the context of a thrilling, gripping story. And then there are these 10 utterly ridiculous stories about evolution. » 9/24/10 5:00pm 9/24/10 5:00pm

The biggest box office disasters that Hollywood hyped at Comic Con

Every major studio hopes the films it showcases at Comic Con this year will be major hits. But if history's any indication, some of those movies will tank. Here are the biggest turkeys Comic Con has seen in years past. » 7/19/10 6:20am 7/19/10 6:20am

Has Moscow Been FlashForwarded?

A strange cloud formed above Moscow last Wednesday which "scientists" dismissed as an"optical illusion" - about one BS excuse step below the "swamp gas reflected the light from Venus." We, however, think otherwise: Moscow's been FlashForwarded. » 10/14/09 4:34pm 10/14/09 4:34pm

All You Need To Know To Watch Smallville

If tonight's episode of Smallville happens to be your first, here's the bad news: You've missed eight years' worth of backstory. Now, here's the good news: We're about to tell you all you need to know anyway. » 9/25/09 12:00pm 9/25/09 12:00pm