Looper's Rian Johnson Is The Director Of Star Wars: Episode VIII

He will also reportedly be the scriptwriter of Episode IX, but not the director. Man, not only is Disney is getting their Star Wars biz together quickly, they're hiring some real scifi talent with Johnson, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank. It's getting immensely difficult not be excited about the future of Star Wars. » 6/20/14 11:59am 6/20/14 11:59am

All The Ways You Can Screw Up Your Own Timeline

Time travel and temporal anomalies can be messy and unpleasant. When time starts getting out of whack, anything can happen. People can be born over and over, meet themselves, relive the same day, or just screw up all their relationships. Here are all the ways people get tangled in their own timelines in science… » 4/14/14 10:00am 4/14/14 10:00am

Time travel can't stop your kids growing up, in Mr. Peabody and Sherman

We haven't had a good time travel movie in ages. I guess Looper was the last one. But Mr. Peabody and Sherman, out today, is a lovely time travel film, that has fun with the conventions of the genre. And it tells a unique story about how mastery over past and present doesn't save you from the heartbreak of your kid… » 3/07/14 9:00am 3/07/14 9:00am

10 Silliest Rules of Time Travel from Science Fiction

Time travel stories are some of the coolest tales in the universe. But sometimes, when you're lost in the time-space continuum, things can get pretty crazy. Time-lag, paradox overload, etc. So you gotta have rules to make sense of the vortex. Here are the 10 silliest rules for time travel that people have come up with. » 10/02/13 9:00am 10/02/13 9:00am

Did Continuum seriously just call out Looper for sloppy time travel?

That's sure what it looks like, in this highly amusing clip from last night's episode. And to be fair, there are some flaws in Looper's time travel rules — but the same could be said of Continuum, from what we've seen thus far. And yet, like Looper, Continuum is rapidly becoming one of the great time-travel stories. » 7/13/13 10:00am 7/13/13 10:00am

Did you know that Iron Man 3 takes place partly in China?

Last year, Rian Johnson's time-travel epic Looper had two versions — the U.S. cut, with a brief montage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's time in China, and the Chinese cut, with a much longer Shanghai sequence. Now, Iron Man 3 takes this trend much, much further, as we move towards a future where China is increasingly… » 5/01/13 11:20am 5/01/13 11:20am

10 Movies That Should Become Spinoff TV Series Right Now

Some of our favorite TV series started as movies, like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Heck even Zombieland is currently under development as an original series for Amazon. But what other movies are ripe for a TV spinoff? We've got a list of films with amazing small screen potential. Hollywood, stop futzing… » 2/07/13 10:45am 2/07/13 10:45am

Looper deleted scene shows how Gat Men get it done

What's it like working with a Gat Man on Emily Blunt's futuristic farm? Why did Garret Dillahunt's character dredge up so much fear? The first-ever deleted scene from Rian Johnson's Looper shows the trigger-happy Gat Man searching for Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis on Blunt's family farm. It's a pretty slick… » 1/02/13 7:45am 1/02/13 7:45am

Director Jason Reitman explains why Looper absolutely deserves an Oscar

You've probably heard that Looper was a pretty good movie. You know who agrees with you? Jason Reitman, director of Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult, and the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. Jason took time out of his day to pen a lengthy essay for Entertainment Weekly why Looper is not only one of the… » 12/21/12 11:40am 12/21/12 11:40am

Best and Worst Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies of 2012

This was a pretty good year to be a fan of genre movies. More and more low-budget movies had the courage to tackle science fiction and fantasy themes, and meanwhile Hollywood seemed to step up its game a little. But at the same time, there were still tons of boring sequels and prequels, and mountains of crap. » 12/19/12 9:00am 12/19/12 9:00am

Did China's ban on time travel make Looper a bigger hit there?

One of the reasons Looper has turned out to be such a profitable film: It's one of the year's most successful films in China, where some scenes were shot and a longer version opened in theaters. Now, one observer suggests there could be a surprising reason for Looper's success. Chinese audiences, writes Zhang Zihan in… » 10/16/12 4:03pm 10/16/12 4:03pm

New infographic explains Looper's convoluted timelines

Noah Iliinsky, an expert in data visualization and communications, has put together what he calls a "spoiler-ific timeline" for Looper in which he charts all the various paths taken by the film's characters. But as Iliinsky notes, it also shows how the film defies standard time-travel conventions. Now, the diagram… » 10/09/12 12:53pm 10/09/12 12:53pm

Looper Director Rian Johnson is live on io9, and taking your questions!

We've got Looper's Rian Johnson live and on io9 taking your questions. Ask him absolutely anything you want about time travel, paradoxes or the difficulties of transforming Bruce Willis' sour face into Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Rian will be online for one hour, and one hour only — so make with the questioning (spoilers… » 10/08/12 12:36pm 10/08/12 12:36pm