The "sensational" movie that ended the career of Forbidden Planet's…

In 1956, Fred M. Wilcox was at the top of his game in Hollywood. His iconic science fiction movie Forbidden Planet was one of the top box office earners that year. Full of innovative special effects and weird electronic music, the movie remains one of the most influential science fiction films of the twentieth… » 8/13/12 4:43pm 8/13/12 4:43pm

The Ultimate History of Cute Robots

Cute robots have been a fixture in the pop culture landscape, ever since C-3PO and R2D2 crashed on Tatooine in the original Star Wars — but there have been cute robots in pop culture for way longer. The history of cute robots is a proud and totally cuddly one, full of beeping, blooping noises. » 12/07/11 2:00pm 12/07/11 2:00pm

Coolest Shakespeare Riffs in Science Fiction and Fantasy

With The Tempest, opening tomorrow, Julie Taymor and Helen Mirren bring a splashy fantasy vibe to the Bard. But science fiction and fantasy have been playing with Shakespeare forever. Here are the greatest Shakespeare homages and cover versions in SF. » 12/09/10 5:10pm 12/09/10 5:10pm

Don't Remake These 21 Movies, Film These Books Instead!

There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film. » 3/05/10 1:17pm 3/05/10 1:17pm

New "Forbidden Planet" Delves into Creation of Alien Tech

With The Day the Earth Stood Still bowing next week, you'll want to brace yourself for more epic re-imaginings of iconic 1950s scifi: J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Shakespearean alien melodrama Babylon 5, is hard at work on what he mysteriously calls "not a remake, not a reimagining, not exactly a prequel" of » 12/01/08 1:50pm 12/01/08 1:50pm

Forbidden Planet Movie Won't Be Retro After All

With the liberally revamped version of The Day The Earth Stood Still » 11/10/08 3:40pm 11/10/08 3:40pm opening next month, it seemed weird that J. Michael Straczynski was to be writing a retro movie that kept the peachy keen 1950s look of the original intact. And now it turns out the rumors were wrong — Straczynski piped up on a Usenet group to say…

Babylon 5 Creator's Forbidden Planet Another Slice Of Retro

It's not just JJ Abrams' Star Trek » 11/08/08 9:00am 11/08/08 9:00am remake that's taking upcoming science fiction back to yesterday's future - Now we're hearing that J. Michael Straczynski's movie is similarly setting up a trip in the way-back machine as well. The project, , turns out not to be a remake, but a "continuation" of the original movie -…

Robby The Robot Makes Comeback In Forbidden Planet Remake

It seems like only two weeks ago, we were asking where why more movies weren't remaking the classics » 10/31/08 3:00pm 10/31/08 3:00pm, and apparently Warners was listening... kind of. , the sci-fi version of Shakespeare's , is getting the makeover treatment, courtesy of 's J. Michael Straczynski and producer Joel Silver.The Hollywood Reporter says…

RIP for Two Great Science Fiction Soundtrack Composers

It's not been a good couple of months for fans of SF theme music. Following last month's death of electronic music pioneer Bebe Barron, one of the composers for the 1956 Forbidden Planet movie, May 15th saw the sad passing of Alexander Courage, the man who gave the world the theme music for the original Star Trek.… » 5/30/08 10:20am 5/30/08 10:20am