Why does science fiction portray extended human lifespans negatively?

So many of our big media stories about living to be over 120 are negative or take place in a dystopia — from Dorian Gray to In Time. Why is that? Sonia Arrison, author of 100+, tries to explain — and predicts that this could soon change. » 10/29/13 9:40am 10/29/13 9:40am

Forget the "Busy Trap" — you're trapped way worse than that

There's been a popular meme going around lately about the "Busy Trap" — the idea that we're all keeping busy with meaningless junk like checking our email or doing random tasks, and that this is somehow a lifestyle choice. But a new essay by Mark Fisher, "Time Wars," makes a persuasive case that our chronic busy-ness is… » 8/13/12 11:48am 8/13/12 11:48am

Hit Movies That Everybody Thinks Were Flops

The history of genre movies is littered with massive, lavish failures — movies that took hundreds of millions of dollars and tossed the money down a sinkhole. But some of the movies that everybody "knows" were box office disasters actually did really well, when you look at the numbers. » 1/05/12 9:00am 1/05/12 9:00am

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

Why Cillian Murphy Rocks All Our Universes

In Time is all about a whole Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime wave — but the actual movie gets stolen by a member of the supporting cast, Cillian Murphy. The star of Sunshine and 28 Days Later is so much better than everybody else in that cast, it's almost embarrassing. You walk out of In Time shaking your head and going,… » 10/27/11 2:07pm 10/27/11 2:07pm

Exclusive footage from In Time shows the madness of a world where rich …

Take an exclusive look inside Andrew Niccol's (The Truman Show, Gattaca) futuristic class warfare flick In Time — where time really is money. Meet Will (Justin Timberlake), a working stiff who wakes up every morning with 24 hours on his life clock. Plus Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) a rich girl with plenty of time on her… » 10/12/11 12:09pm 10/12/11 12:09pm

Harlan Ellison sues yet another science fiction movie for copyright…

Harlan Ellison famously sued James Cameron over The Terminator and won — and now he's going after Andrew "Gattaca" Niccol's new film In Time. Ellison claims In Time is too similar to his story "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman." And he's not just seeking a payout — he's trying to stop the October 28 release of the … » 9/15/11 1:30pm 9/15/11 1:30pm

Fall Movie Preview: 5 Movies We're Sure Will Rule, and 17 That Could…

Summer movie season is almost over, and that means movies are going to change. Get ready for Holiday movies, Oscar-bait, and some lower-budget, lower-concept action films. Some movies will rock your world, others will crumble into dust. » 8/18/11 12:00pm 8/18/11 12:00pm

Man of Steel may (sort of) feature Superboy. And which director wants…

Tons of Avengers set photos show Captain America defending New York. Bradley Cooper drops out of The Crow, and two even more hilariously inappropriate actors take his place. Plus Emma Stone promises a new crazy kiss in The Amazing Spider-Man. » 8/17/11 6:00am 8/17/11 6:00am