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Hollywood Reboots Keep Using This Lazy Trope and It Makes Their Characters Look Like Idiots

This month Man from UNCLE hit theaters, the latest in a long line of movie adaptations of sixties TV shows. And like so many of these attempts to capitalize on name recognition, the reborn Man from UNCLE chose to tell an origin story. But not just any origin story — a very specific origin story. The “enemies forced to… » 8/25/15 2:20pm 8/25/15 2:20pm

Star Wars: Rogue One Could Use VFX to Bring Peter Cushing Back From The Dead

How will The Flash’s Professor Zoom differ from the Reverse Flash? Nintendo is considering a return to Hollywood. Jeremy Renner reveals his side in Civil War. George R.R. Martin contemplates what happens if Game of Thrones ends before his books do. Plus, a new clip from the next Maze Runner. Spoilers! » 8/24/15 6:00am 8/24/15 6:00am

The Thermians Are at Worldcon Looking For Their Next Space Hero. Is It You?

We’ve seen some pretty great costumes thus far at Worldcon 2015—but our favorite thing thus far was this group of Thermians from the movie Galaxy Quest. They were doing the voices and the mannerisms and everything. But what if they’re real and that movie is a documentary? What then? » 8/21/15 2:00pm 8/21/15 2:00pm

Why Trekkies Is Still The Best Fan Documentary Ever Made

Bronies, Jedi Junkies, Turtle Power, Mudbloods, The People vs. George Lucas... as geekiness gets cool, we’ve been deluged in documentaries exploring fan subcultures, sub-subcultures, and sub-sub-subcultures. Docs about video gaming alone could fill a film festival, including Atari: Game Over, Indie Game: The Movie,… » 8/21/15 1:00pm 8/21/15 1:00pm

Are Green Arrow and The Flash the New Batman and Superman?

Greetings, whippers of snappers! You guys sent in a bunch of (short) questions this week so I have a bunch of (long, rambling) answers! More of those, please! Meanwhile, let’s keep dissing Fantastic Four, discuss whether Hugh Jackman is trolling fans, and stop people who want to send movie studios free money. » 8/20/15 12:30pm 8/20/15 12:30pm

12 Aliens That Were Supposed to Be Cute But Are Actually Terrifying

Making aliens look cute is a tricky thing to get right in kids’ entertainment. Make them too weird-looking, and you could freak out your audience. Make them too adorable, and you run the risk of them looking more like plush toys than creatures from another planet. And then sometimes you make them look cute... but… » 8/10/15 10:00am 8/10/15 10:00am

Ursula K. Le Guin, Fyodor Dovstoevsky, and the Snuggly Comfort of Evil

Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous short story is probably “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” It’s a modified version of a thought experiment from Fyodor Dovstoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and in turn it’s helped inspire a raft of similar stories. But “Omelas” isn’t just an interesting idea—it’s a provocation. » 7/24/15 2:56pm 7/24/15 2:56pm