10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science… » 12/18/14 10:08am 12/18/14 10:08am

How Brad Pitt And Blade Runner Helped Looper Get Made

It's true. Director Rian Johnson has released his extremely interesting proof-of-concept video for his hit time-travel movie Looper, and it was footage of Seven and Blade Runner that helped show Hollywood what he was trying to do — and convince them to let him make his movie. » 8/21/14 6:40am 8/21/14 6:40am

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

Watch the student films scifi directors made before they were famous

Everyone has to start somewhere, and for many directors, that start was in short student films. Let's dive way back into the catalogue of science fiction, fantasy, and horror directors and see the films that they made when they first sat in the director's chair. » 2/06/14 10:10am 2/06/14 10:10am

Major Hints About Iron Man 3, Jurassic Park 4, Ninja Turtles and Doctor…

There's another report out about how Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness isn't who you think it is... and by that, I mean he's exactly who you think he is. Guillermo del Toro dreams of Pacific Rim's robots taking on Godzilla. Looper's Rian Johnson is going cyberpunk. Aaron Eckhart discusses his… » 4/05/13 6:00am 4/05/13 6:00am

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

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

Watch Rian Johnson's somewhat darker pitch reel for Looper

Before Looper was blasting buckshots into time traveling mob victims, it was just an idea in the head of Rian Johnson. And you'd better believe he had to pitch the hell out of his time traveling mobster movie, so this is what he made. » 10/12/12 2:28pm 10/12/12 2:28pm

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

Don't cheat yourself out of seeing Looper in the theater

Looper is the sort of movie that doesn't come along that often. Very few action movies bother to tell a real story. Very few indie "auteur" movies have a really compelling plot. And you won't see too many high-concept science fiction films that turn their bells and whistles into a real premise. » 9/28/12 9:00am 9/28/12 9:00am

Animated Looper trailer shoots paint bullets at you

The time traveling gangster movie Looper has a really visually stunning new trailer, that throws all of the events into a whole new light. Watch as an animated Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis fight each other in a beautiful, bloody animated version of Rian Johnson's trailer. » 9/24/12 2:15pm 9/24/12 2:15pm

The Insane Things Joseph Gordon-Levitt Did to Become Bruce Willis in …

You've already seen how Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face was altered to make him look more like a younger version of Bruce Willis for the time travel movie Looper. But that's just the most visible part of the process that Gordon-Levitt went through to transform himself into Willis. When we sat down with Gordon-Levitt and… » 9/19/12 2:39pm 9/19/12 2:39pm

Holy shit, you guys are really going to like Looper

Joseph Gordon-Levitt says Looper is the film he's most excited for lately. But how does his time-traveling gangster movie actually hold up? It's everything we wished for — and more. » 9/06/12 2:38pm 9/06/12 2:38pm

New Looper trailer shows off the gadgets in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's…

This brand new international trailer for Looper shows off the fabulous future life of a Looper. Clubs, drinks, dancing and hover bikes. In Rian Johnson's time twisty gangster movie, future mobsters send victims back in time to let the Loopers execute and dispose of the body. This is the first real look we're getting… » 8/14/12 11:57am 8/14/12 11:57am

Why Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the crappiest gun in Looper

Rian Johnson's Looper doesn't just have a clever use of time travel — it also has a complicated gangster society, with its own futuristic terminology. Including the movie's title — Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is a "looper," which means he's the lowest of the low, when it comes to these future gangsters. » 7/25/12 3:44pm 7/25/12 3:44pm

Why Looper Could be the Most Well Thought-Out Time Travel Movie in Years

One of the most eagerly anticipated movies coming in fall is Looper, a time travel gangster flick from Rian Johnson (director of cult favorite Brick), starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Last weekend at Comic Con, we had a chance to sit down with Johnson and ask about his theory of time travel, as well… » 7/18/12 3:00pm 7/18/12 3:00pm

Looper promises Terminator-style time travel with a crime movie twist

Writer-director Rian Johnson gave San Diego Comic-Con an extended peek at his new film Looper, in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hit man who has to kill his future self, played by Bruce Willis. But Willis isn't just out to save his neck — he wants to save the future from his past. Minor spoilers ahead. » 7/14/12 11:00am 7/14/12 11:00am

Bruce Willis puts the smackdown on Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the latest …

If you could go back in time and meet your past self, how hard would you punch yourself in the jaw? That's the question that this new trailer for the time-travel thriller Looper answers. Right on the heels of the international trailer that came out the other day, this trailer features a lot more of Bruce Willis and… » 7/01/12 8:00am 7/01/12 8:00am

New Looper trailer explains the plot behind this bloody time travel…

Holy hell, we're excited for Rian Johnson's Looper. And this latest international trailer is freaking us out, as it's the first real time we're seeing the plot unfold, twisted as it may be. What happens when the mob assigns an assassin to kill the future version of himself? Complete mayhem! Here's the official rundown: » 6/27/12 9:35am 6/27/12 9:35am