12 Most Unfaithful Movie Versions of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Tomorrow, Max Brooks' acclaimed novel World War Z becomes a movie... well, sort of. They kept the title. Actually, World War Z is just the latest in a long line of films that depart from the books so much, they're basically a brand new story. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy movies that toss the book out the… » 6/20/13 10:13am 6/20/13 10:13am

Shipmates In Love: The Best Real-Life Scifi Couples

Wonderful news, scifi lovers - Lisa Bonet (Life On Mars) and Jason Momoa (Ronon from Stargate Atlantis) are expecting another little bundle of joy. This will be the second child for the couple (Bonet's third), and we send those two nothing but interstellar good wishes. Their happy news got me thinking that this is a… » 10/17/08 7:30am 10/17/08 7:30am

Did Fear Of Science Fiction Kill "Dave"?

You may have thought Meet Dave bombed because it's the latest in a long string of unfunny Eddie Murphy movies... but it turns out there's another reason. The movie bombed, at least in part, because Fox refused to market it as science fiction, believing that nobody likes SF, and especially not SF comedies. Whether or… » 7/15/08 10:20am 7/15/08 10:20am

Another Jumper Makes Me Want To Jump To My Death

There's actually talk of a sequel to the underwhelming teleporting-mutants-vs-fundies movie Jumper, according to star Hayden Christensen. The studio is "having those conversations, I hear about them," Christensen explains. But would he reprise his role as David Rice? Most likely, he says: "It was set up to become that… » 6/09/08 1:40pm 6/09/08 1:40pm

Jumper: Here's Why You Should Skip the Movie and Just Read the Book

Jumper may have made $30 million at the box office this past weekend, but the original book has been out for more than 16 years, and they don't bear much resemblance to each other except for the main character's name and the teleporting. In fact, once the book was optioned and turned into a movie, author Steven Gould… » 2/21/08 8:40am 2/21/08 8:40am

5 Reasons Scifi Does Better In Movies Than In TV

Why is science fiction so much hotter at the movies than on television? People have wondered for a while. Recently, the universally panned Jumper and the blah I Am Legend and Cloverfield have hit big. But the well-received Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is on the brink of cancellation. We explain this strange… » 2/20/08 9:30am 2/20/08 9:30am

Storytelling No Match For Flashy Effects And Marketing

Doug Liman proved that he's got a nanotech hide, even though the negative reviews of his two latest projects keep teleporting in. Both Jumper and Knight Rider were panned across the board, but the movie hauled in more than $30 million over the weekend, while the television show raked in huge ratings. More than 8… » 2/18/08 12:40pm 2/18/08 12:40pm

No, Kids, That's Not How Teleportation Really Works

I know how much all of you wanted to believe that the teleportation effects in Jumper were based on real science, but it turns out tragically not to be true. Popular Mechanics has roped an actual physicist, Dr. Max Tegmark of MIT, into explaining the difference between what Hayden Christensen and Jamie Bell do in … » 2/14/08 1:00pm 2/14/08 1:00pm

Teleportation, Paladins, and Underground Lairs — What Could Go Wrong?

I'm going to lay it on the line for you: I can't resist a movie with Paladins in it. So as soon as I discovered that the bad guys in the movie Jumper were Paladins? Led by a white-haired, god-talking Samuel L. Jackson? Well, I forgave the flick for a lot of things I probably wouldn't have if the bad guys had been… » 2/14/08 9:00am 2/14/08 9:00am