R.I.P. Carlo Rambaldi, the Special Effects Wizard Who Brought E.T. and …

This week, we reflected on movies that gave us a sense of wonder, and Carlo Rambaldi was a big part of creating science fiction movie wonder. The practical special effects artist, who passed away yesterday at the age of 86, brought E.T., the original Alien xenomorph, the Close Encounters of the Third Kind Greys, and… » 8/11/12 8:00am 8/11/12 8:00am

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

Legendary cryptids that turned out to be absolutely real

When we think of cryptozoology, we usually think of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster, creatures that are - let's face it - probably legendary. But some cryptids are real: just ask the platypus, okapi, and giant squid. » 6/23/11 1:57pm 6/23/11 1:57pm

George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons is really done

Earlier today, when George R.R. Martin posted a picture of a dead King Kong on his blog, many of us wondered what it might mean. And we reached the reasonable conclusion that Martin had been reaching new levels of success in his side career as a hunter of mega-primates. But no — in fact, Martin has actually finished A… » 4/27/11 2:58pm 4/27/11 2:58pm