Spend The Evening Learning About The Making Of Your Favorite Movies

Here's a three-hour documentary about the making of Aliens in 1986, called Superior Firepower. Made in 2003, it features insane amounts of behind-the-scenes footage that reveal quite how ambitious a project this film was, and how much bigger it was than Alien. But that's not the only "making of" featurette on Youtube. » 3/25/14 6:00pm 3/25/14 6:00pm

How a pair of torpedos led to the worst shark attack in history

On July 26, 1945, the USS Indianapolis reached the island of Tinian, where it delivered the components and enriched uranium necessary for the atomic bomb Little Boy, which would soon devastate Hiroshima. But it's perhaps best known for its role in history's worst shark attack. » 8/10/13 8:00am 8/10/13 8:00am

9 Classic Movies That The Cast or Crew Thought Were Garbage

Movie-making is a chaotic sort of alchemy. You don't know what you're going to end up with until you're done, and maybe not even then. Still, it can be shocking to read about the making of your favorite movie, and discover that people on set had zero respect. Here are nine beloved films that people making them thought… » 4/25/13 10:50am 4/25/13 10:50am

You can see why Steven Spielberg is snapping up these posters by…

You possibly know the work of Laurent Durieux through his Mondo movie posters, but if that's all you know, you're missing out. The 42-year-old Belgian artist, an acolyte and fan of Jean "Moebius" Giraud, was named one of the world's 200 best illustrators by the prestigious Lürzer's Archive advertising magazine in 2011;… » 2/11/13 9:20am 2/11/13 9:20am

6 Times Famous Supervillains Lost Their Damn Minds

Audiences tend to laud iconic scoundrels for one or two particularly nefarious capers. For example, everybody relishes Darth Vader's misbehavior in The Empire Strikes Back, but nobody remembers when he tried to out-scheme Princess Leia out of obtaining a bank loan. Here's a half-dozen memorable times your favorite bad… » 9/17/12 10:30am 9/17/12 10:30am

Stoned Polish E.T. and twenty more insane old European movie posters

Back in the day, Eastern European posters for English-language science fiction films sometimes rearranged the movies' plots, jigsaw-style. For example, the Hungarian posters for the Star Wars trilogy transformed Darth Vader's helmet into an unusually nefarious bundt cake pan. » 8/28/12 5:45pm 8/28/12 5:45pm

Watch a man get bitten in half by a giant shark in the Bait redband…

Piranha 3DD seems to have a monopoly on the "fish and tits" subgenre of horror movies for this year — but this indie Australian film, Bait, is making a serious challenge when it comes to the "fish" part. Watch a bunch of people get trapped in a warehouse with a giant shark, after a tidal wave floods their town. Including… » 5/16/12 2:35pm 5/16/12 2:35pm

YouTube simulation allows you to ride the dead Universal Studios Jaws

Yesterday — after 22 years of filling tourists with literally dozens of scares — the venerable Jaws ride at Universal Studios Florida has shuttered its doors to vacationers for eternity. The park plans to open some other unnamed crap ride in its stead. » 1/03/12 9:55am 1/03/12 9:55am

10 Ways Steven Spielberg Has Made the World a Better Place

This has been a big year for Steven Spielberg — he's launched two TV shows, including last night's Terra Nova, and produced countless movies. The Spielberg tribute Super-8 was a surprise hit, and it's become fashionable for other film-makers to claim they're paying tribute to early Spielberg. Still ahead this year: the … » 9/27/11 10:00am 9/27/11 10:00am

Could Star Wars happen today?

Chances are, you spent the weekend rediscovering the magic of Star Wars (with a few unwelcome tweaks.) The original Star Wars was a miracle of seat-of-the-pants film-making that captured the world's imagination and boosted science fiction to new popularity. » 9/19/11 1:47pm 9/19/11 1:47pm

Hooray, a version of the Jaws theme that sounds like a 1970s porno

In 1976, legendary composer Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Enter the Dragon) released this astounding disco-funk cover of John Williams' Jaws theme. It sounds like afternoon delight with a megalodon...or riding shotgun with a hammerhead for a Bay Area car chase. » 6/27/11 2:30pm 6/27/11 2:30pm