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 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

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