​This week's DVDs wants to help with your last-minute shopping

Still haven't found gifts for all your loved ones? This week's DVDs and Blu-ray releases are here to help. You'll find plenty of last-minute gift ideas, that range all the way from Matt Damon in a cybersuit to Bronies! » 12/16/13 4:00pm 12/16/13 4:00pm

Biggest Box Office Hits and Misses of Summer 2013

Was this the most brutal movie summer? It certainly felt that way. Tons of massive films completely tanked at the box office, and some of our most highly anticipated movies were huge disappointments. But this summer also beat last summer for total ticket sales. Here are the summer's biggest winners and losers. » 8/29/13 1:04pm 8/29/13 1:04pm

Percy Jackson 2 director draws comics about the making of the film

We may not have loved Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, but director Thor Freudenthal's comics about the making of the film are perfectly delightful. He reveals what it was like to film the movie's effects-driven scenes and what Nathan Fillion was like on-set. » 8/10/13 9:30am 8/10/13 9:30am

Concept art shows Percy Jackson's cyclops could have been way nastier

There's some brilliant concept art for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, showcasing some designs for the cyclops that are funnier than what ended up on screen. As well as some that are way more horrifying-looking. » 8/09/13 11:55am 8/09/13 11:55am

Percy Jackson 2 could make you stop believing in the Hero's Journey

The first Percy Jackson movie was pretty much a straight-up copy of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, in which a hero finds out he's chosen and goes on a series of tests. And now the new outing basically does the same thing all over again, except slower and with less alacrity. Call it the monomyth with mononucleosis. » 8/07/13 9:00am 8/07/13 9:00am

The Doctor Strange Rumors Get Bigger and Crazier!

Ender’s Game wants you to join the International Fleet. Jamie Foxx wants Electro to have kind of an odd catch phrase. S.H.I.E.LD. might be getting a new home in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Some Independence Day stars could return. Brian K. Vaughan explains how Under the Dome could last for years. Spoilers… » 6/26/13 6:00am 6/26/13 6:00am

The Most Pointless Rules for Young Epic Heroes in Training

When you sign up to become a Jedi or a Starfleet officer, you have to abide by certain rules. Like, "Don't attempt a Kolvoord Starbust." But often, these organizations seem to invent rules that have no reason, beyond creating dramatic tension. Here are the most counterproductive training rules in science fiction and… » 6/11/13 11:00am 6/11/13 11:00am

Suddenly, Percy Jackson 2: Sea of Monsters looks completely badass

Remember how we said that while the first Percy Jackson movie was kind of a mess, the trailer for the sequel, Sea of Monsters, looked cute? Well, after seeing this new trailer, let us amend that — it looks surprisingly awesome. It may end up a muddled mess, but if so it'll be an action-packed mess, by the gods. » 5/29/13 11:20am 5/29/13 11:20am

Upcoming Movie Sequels that Are More Pointless than Ghost Rider 2

This month is like exhibit A for Hollywood's propensity to churn out sequels that nobody asked for. You've got Journey 2, opening today. And then next week, there's Ghost Rider 2, in which Nic Cage tries to "improve" upon the first flaming-skull motorcycle movie. » 2/10/12 2:00pm 2/10/12 2:00pm

Will Hollywood sentimentalize Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a…

We're mostly thrilled that Charles Yu's awesome novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is getting a big Hollywood movie deal. We're a bit concerned, though, that it's being spearheaded by Chris Columbus, maker of the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson, among many other things. Will the… » 12/02/11 10:30am 12/02/11 10:30am

The 10 Most God-Awful Movies About Greek Mythology

Are Greek gods just automatically camptastic? The Immortals looks like it will push mythological glitter to its absolute limits — but there's been a long history of insanely goofy movies about Hercules, Zeus, Perseus and other Hellenistic bruisers. » 11/08/11 10:02am 11/08/11 10:02am

The Superman reboot finds its Martha Kent. Katee Sackhoff wants to be a…

Bane and Catwoman are just the tip of the villainous iceberg in the latest Dark Knight Rises rumors. Another Oscar-nominated actress is in the running for The Hunger Games. Katee Sackhoff wants a role on superpowered cop show Powers. » 3/03/11 6:00am 3/03/11 6:00am

Kid-filmed space horror Darkest Matter has us excited for the demented…

We're intrigued by this slick space drama The Darkest Matter. But should we be concerned that the young minds who filmed and acted in this "Lord of the Flies in space" movie are basically lighting each other on fire? » 1/30/11 2:50pm 1/30/11 2:50pm

Did all these fantasy stories really rip off Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, opening next week, there are seven Harry Potters. But in real life, there have been way more Potters than that. Here's the complete list of stories that people have accused of copying Potter. » 11/12/10 3:04pm 11/12/10 3:04pm

The Sorcerer's Apprentice smears the line between fantasy and science…

The weird thing about The Sorcerer's Apprentice is, it takes more trouble to give a pseudo-scientific explanation for its goings-on than most science-fiction films nowadays. And the Apprentice's science-geek chops are foregrounded. It's a fantasy that loves science. Spoilers ahead. » 7/16/10 10:36am 7/16/10 10:36am

An artist who's done breathtaking work for some of the year's most…

When you look at Jerad S. Marantz's resume, it's packed with films you can barely remember watching. Jonah Hex, I Am Legend, Clash Of The Titans, Bedtime Stories, Percy Jackson, Nightmare On Elm St....but his concept art is unforgettable. » 6/24/10 9:30am 6/24/10 9:30am

Did Percy Jackson Rip Off Avatar's Plot?

When you watch Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, you may start wondering if it's a straight-up remake of Avatar. The plot similarities are uncanny after a while... almost like the Hand of Destiny is at work. Spoilers... » 2/12/10 11:27am 2/12/10 11:27am

Why Percy Jackson's Dyslexia Convinced Chris Columbus To Direct

The 12-year-old Percy Jackson isn't just the Medusa-fighting son of Poseidon. He also struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. These character struggles were the main reason Potter director, Chris Columbus wanted to bring Percy to the big screen, he tells io9. » 2/12/10 8:00am 2/12/10 8:00am

Kevin McKidd Wishes He Were A Sexy Centaur

We hit up Poseidon himself, Kevin McKidd, from the Percy Jackson and The Olympians film, and quizzed him about bringing the fantasy books to life. We also gave him a complex about the sexiest of the cloven-hoofed beasts: the centaurs. » 2/10/10 4:25pm 2/10/10 4:25pm