Bill Heder Will Be a Big Bad Giant in The BFG

Praise be to the casting gods, because Bill Heder in a Roald Dahl film is perfection. If this was going to be an animated film, we'd say to just have all the non-BFG giants voiced by him. » 3/30/15 12:30am Today 12:30am

Steven Spielberg Will Direct Ready Player One—Prepare For 1980s Overload

Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One is chock full of tributes to the geek culture of the late 20th century, especially its movies and video games. And it turns out that the movie version will be helmed by a man who has inspired incredible amounts 1980s and 1990s nostalgia all on his own: Steven Spielberg. » 3/25/15 1:00pm Wednesday 1:00pm

Why 2015 Is The Year Of The Spy

Spies are everywhere in pop culture right now, including tons of spy movies and TV shows. So why are we so obsessed with secret-agent madness? Is it nostalgia, or a reflection of new, real-life preoccupations? Here are all the reasons why 2015 is the year of the spy. » 2/10/15 1:00pm 2/10/15 1:00pm

How Product Placement Took Over Science Fiction, From E.T. To Star Trek

These days, product placement is an accepted part of science fiction. We're used to seeing big brands splashed all over every TV show and movie about aliens or the future. But it wasn't always this way. Here's the quick-and-very-dirty history of how on-screen advertising became a science fiction mainstay. » 1/19/15 8:25am 1/19/15 8:25am

Akira Kurosawa’s 100 Favorite Films

Few filmmakers have left as indelible a mark on cinema as iconic Japanese director, screenwriter, and producer Akira Kurosawa. The following list reveals which films had a lasting impact on him. » 1/17/15 1:00pm 1/17/15 1:00pm

Everyone In Hollywood (Even Spielberg) Wants To Remake Last Starfighter

Rumor has it, everyone in Hollywood has tried to remake or (even better) make a sequel to the 1984 scifi cult classic The Last Starfighter. But, so far, everyone has failed. And this quirky little Twitter exchange kind of explains why. » 11/24/14 1:53pm 11/24/14 1:53pm

Effects in 1984: A Video Reminder of When Lucas and Spielberg Reigned

If you're searching for something fascinating to occupy an hour, this 1984 Nova special is an excellent choice. It's a documentary that goes from Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon to the kings of special effects in the 80s. » 9/30/14 3:00am 9/30/14 3:00am

What Was The Most Bonkers Season-Ending Twist On Falling Skies?

Falling Skies still has one season left, but it's pretty clear that this show will be remembered for its wacky spit-take moments at the end of each season, among other things. But which season-ending moment of ridonkulousness is the best? We have a handy poll. » 9/02/14 9:40am 9/02/14 9:40am

Steven Spielberg Is Developing A Minority Report TV Series

Release the robot spiders! Steven Speilberg is developing a Minority Report pilot over at Amblin television. A PreCrime police procedural? Sure, we can see it. But will it start off by falsely accusing Chief John Anderton as a crime, or not? » 8/21/14 3:31pm 8/21/14 3:31pm

The Poster Artist Who Helped Define Your Favorite Movies

You may not know John Alvin's name, but you've admired his work. Along with Drew Struzan, he's one of a few great poster artists who've shaped your love of science fiction and fantasy movies with some indelible images. Check out an exclusive gallery from his new art book. » 8/08/14 2:40pm 8/08/14 2:40pm

Stunning Concept Art For Spielberg's Animated Cats Movie That Never Was

During the 1990s, Steven Spielberg's animation studio was working on an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's mystical musical Cats. The movie fizzled out when the studio closed, which is a shame, because judging from this artwork, it would have looked spectacular. » 7/03/14 9:00am 7/03/14 9:00am

The Amazing Before and After of Jurassic Park's Special Effects

The first Jurassic Park was hailed as a triumph of visual effects when it came out, but there are actually only five scenes that depended on CGI creatures. The rest of the time, the dinosaurs were animatronics. The video above shows you exactly how each of those scenes were put together. » 6/17/14 9:00pm 6/17/14 9:00pm

The Moment That Was Cut From The Temple Of Doom For Being Too Gruesome

If there's one scene we all remember from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, it's the priest Mola Ram pulling the beating heart from a man's chest. But it turns out the filmmakers had something even gorier in store for that poor fellow—something too violent for the final film. » 5/28/14 3:20pm 5/28/14 3:20pm

These Early Potential Versions Of E.T. Are Pretty Freaky

And speaking of a movie that terrified me as a child and I loathe to this very day, special effect guru Rick Baker has just apparently released some of the early designs of the aliens from Night Skies, an unmade Steven Spielberg movie whose designs led directly to E.T. » 5/25/14 2:00pm 5/25/14 2:00pm

In The Extant Trailer, Halle Berry Gets Pregnant With A Space Baby!

The first ever footage from the Steven Spielberg-produced space drama Extant has been released. And it's kind of like The Astronaut's Wife in reverse. » 4/30/14 2:20pm 4/30/14 2:20pm

Steven Spielberg To Direct Roald Dahl's The BFG

Well, this is sensational news. Steven Spielberg may return to genre dramas with the writer from E.T. Even better, he'll be adapting the Roald Dahl book The BFG. » 4/28/14 7:40am 4/28/14 7:40am

First Footage From Extant: What Did Halle Berry Bring Back From Space?

One of the year's most anticipated science fiction shows is this summer's Extant, starring Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns to Earth after a solo mission. And as this new promo hints... she didn't return alone. Cue creepy ultrasound fetus images. We'll find out more when Extant airs in June on CBS. » 4/01/14 4:32pm 4/01/14 4:32pm

The Star Wars Bet With Spielberg That Cost George Lucas $40 Million

Star Wars has made creator George Lucas a lot of money over the year. But in 1977, he made a bet with fellow director Steven Spielberg that has wound up costing him over $40,00,000 so far, and all of it going directly into Spielberg's pocket. » 3/27/14 2:20pm 3/27/14 2:20pm

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

Thrilling Storyboards for Spielberg's Delayed Robopocalypse Movie

Will we ever get to see Steven Spielberg's movie of Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse? Hard to say, given Spielberg's recent statements about the doomed model of blockbuster movies. But at least you can see some storyboards that give a few hints of how kinetic and thrilling it could be. » 12/20/13 1:46pm 12/20/13 1:46pm