Why True Detective Is A Supernatural Show After All

Despite its heavy references to a 19th century work of horror, True Detective does not appear on its surface to be supernatural show. But the show's controversial ending is particularly brilliant if you read the entire season as a battle between two men and a powerful supernatural entity. » 4/17/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

Why The Movie Industry Owes A Hell Of A Lot To CGI Animation

Can you imagine Michael Bay's Transformers without the CGI Autobots and Decepticons? It would be unwatchable if it were even ever made. James Cameron's Avatar would have lost the gorgeous visuals that made it more than a Fern Gully re-telling for an older audience. Our old friend Gollum would have just been an… » 4/16/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

This Is Outrageous: The Jem Movie Is Filming In Three Weeks?

We've waited 29 years for a live action Jem movie. But now every piece of news we hear about this project makes us want to rip out our pink hair and weep. The new Jem movie announced last month is now filming in three weeks! How is this possible? What is going on? Where are the women? » 4/04/14 11:20am 4/04/14 11:20am

Don't Tell Me How to Be Inspired

This is a rant. It's a rant because, sometimes, you've heard something just one too many times. And sometimes, things link together in my head. I had a conversation with a friend the other day. He was shaking his head over a girl he was seeing. She called herself a fantasy fan...but she had never read Joseph Campbell!… » 3/23/14 10:15am 3/23/14 10:15am

These Amazing Science Books Deserve To Become Documentaries

Thanks to Cosmos, astronomy has a great series to communicate the wonder of space to the public. But what about the other sciences? How can we get a new generation hooked on science in general? Here are some brilliant nonfiction books about science, that absolutely must become documentaries or TV series. » 3/19/14 11:24am 3/19/14 11:24am

Two Reasons That Explain Why We're All Obsessed with Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones comes back to television in just a few weeks, and already we're feeling the imperative: All Men (And Women) Must Freak Out. But why is Game of Thrones such a huge cultural phenomenon, among all other fantasy series? It comes down to two huge cultural trends, that are rooted in our widespread anxieties… » 3/18/14 1:19pm 3/18/14 1:19pm

In Defense of Talking Funny

Not everyone in the United States speaks the same English, as a recent American Dialect quiz made very clear. In an essay originally published on her blog, Harmless Drudgery, lexicographer and Merriam-Webster editor Kory Stamper explains why that's a good thing. » 3/12/14 9:15am 3/12/14 9:15am

Why Ahsoka Tano is the Best Thing to Happen to Star Wars in 20 Years

Tomorrow, Lucasfilm will release final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix, but the season won't include an arc centered on one of the show's main characters, Anakin Skywalker's Padawan Ahsoka Tano. That's a shame, not just because Ahsoka's growth has been one of the most compelling aspects of the series,… » 3/06/14 11:37am 3/06/14 11:37am

The Most Disappointing Final Battles in All Science Fiction and Fantasy

It's all been leading up to this. Hundreds of pages, or hours, of buildup, leading up to the final confrontation between the forces of excellent and the forces of not-excellent. And then... it's kind of a bust. The bad guys kind of fold. Or the fight lasts 30 seconds. Or it's just thumb-wrestling. Here are the most… » 2/27/14 12:23pm 2/27/14 12:23pm

​What We Learned from the Script for Gotham's First Episode

Gotham is one of this fall's most anticipated new TV shows: the story of Jim Gordon and Gotham City, years before Batman. We obtained what appears to be a draft of the first episode, although it could be fake or draft that will change a lot before filming. If the script is for real, then Gotham has some terrific… » 2/25/14 12:00pm 2/25/14 12:00pm

Cast of Frozen sings for fans live -- and here's why that's a big deal

Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and the rest of the Frozen cast took the stage for a private concert. And that means Disney is finally accepting that sometimes it's better to let the Broadway singers take central stage — instead of hiding them in the shadows and foregrounding terrible pop-recreations of their movie hits. » 2/10/14 2:17pm 2/10/14 2:17pm

We need more characters who touch the alien, but keep their humanity

Something's missing in our pop culture lately. We have lots of massive spectacle and brain-melting plots, but no real human beings in the middle of it. Or we have great characters, but no sense of awe and discovery. But what about more stories that include both: The great characters and the sense of something huge and… » 2/04/14 1:27pm 2/04/14 1:27pm

Bioengineered monkeys with human genetic diseases have almost arrived

Looking to create more accurate experimental models for human diseases, biologists have created transgenic monkeys with "customized" mutations. It's considered a breakthrough in the effort to produce more human-like monkeys — but the ethics of all this are dubious at best. » 1/31/14 2:00pm 1/31/14 2:00pm