The terrible hallmarks of toy-driven movie-making

It's been 30 years since Gary Kurtz and George Lucas split because Lucas wanted toys to dictate the storytelling in Star Wars. Since then, toy-driven movie-making has gone way beyond Lucas' grubbiest dreams. Here are the hallmarks of toy-centric storytelling. » 8/16/10 3:52pm 8/16/10 3:52pm

Best And Worst SF/Fantasy Movies Of 2009

This was a year of extremes: huge CG-heavy spectacles and low-budget gems. Most of all, 2009 made us feel the boundaries of cinema were stretched... for good and ill. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst films of 2009. » 12/30/09 2:41pm 12/30/09 2:41pm

Reclaiming Your Humanity Means Killing A Whole Lot Of People

Wolverine, out on DVD recently, is a great example of one of the silliest clichés in escapist entertainment: someone reclaims his/her true humanity and unique individuality — by killing everyone in sight. What the hell is this about? » 12/01/09 12:55pm 12/01/09 12:55pm

Terminator Salvation Deleted Scene: Is This What The Fuss Was All…

You might remember last spring, McG talked up Moon Bloodgood's topless scene in Terminator Salvation, which the studio suits wanted him to remove from the film. And now that scene is out... and it's pretty boring. Oh, possibly NSFW. » 10/30/09 4:30pm 10/30/09 4:30pm

The Most Expensive Movies Of The Past Decade

The 2009 summer movie season ended, with a record-breaking box office. But 2009 will also go down as the year with the most movies that cost $200 million or more. We've compiled the most expensive movies of the past decade. » 9/21/09 12:04pm 9/21/09 12:04pm

Terminator Salvation Director's Cut: Only On Blu-Ray?

If you're hoping that the R-Rated version of Terminator Salvation will rescue the film from the choppy mediocrity of the theatrical release, then we have two pieces of bad news for you: The "director's cut" will only be on the two-disc Blu-Ray version, not the single-disc DVD. And it's only three minutes longer than… » 9/10/09 1:27pm 9/10/09 1:27pm

Neither Lawyers Nor Killer Robots Will Stop Terminator 5, Say Sources

After Terminator Salvation faced judgment day at the box office, the producers sued their financing firm and their holding company declared bankruptcy. But sources familiar with the legal morass tell io9 Terminator 5 will still happen, no matter what. » 8/27/09 10:00am 8/27/09 10:00am

io9's Hivemind Reviews The Terminator 4 Novelization

Terminator Salvation felt more like a weak music video than a movie, with a story that was hard to piece together. So it's a good thing the novelization is written by super-prolific author Alan Dean Foster, right? Spoilers ahead... » 6/29/09 4:54pm 6/29/09 4:54pm

So When Does The Writers Strike Stop Ruining Movies?

Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007-2008, but we're only seeing the results now, in a crop of summer movies with half-baked scripts and abnormally dunderheaded writing. So when do we start seeing some movies that the strike didn't wreck? » 6/15/09 2:45pm 6/15/09 2:45pm

Kick-Ass Scenes That Are In Trailers, But Aren't In The Movies

Check out this Star Trek TV spot — notice something that wasn't in the movie? That's right: around 0:15, there's baby Spock, complete with teeny Vulcan ears! Why do studios throw cool scenes into trailers, then cut them out of the final movies? Here's a list. » 5/29/09 3:00pm 5/29/09 3:00pm

Terminator Salvation Made Me Miss Sarah Connor Chronicles More

Terminator Salvation and the Sarah Connor Chronicles both ended the same way: in a post-apocalyptic future, with John Connor lost and confused. But there's only one Terminator story I want to see continued, and it's not connected to McG. Here's why Salvation made me miss Sarah Connor more than ever. » 5/26/09 2:28pm 5/26/09 2:28pm

So What Did You Think Of Terminator Salvation?

We've told you what we thought of Terminator Salvation, but what about you? How does it stack up to the first three movies? If you can read this, you are the movie critic. » 5/22/09 1:30pm 5/22/09 1:30pm

The io9 Survival Guide To The Terminator Universe

Terminator Salvation is in theaters, and all your friends are rushing to see it. But you won't be ready to face this robot-oppressed future, unless you know all about the Terminator franchise first. Here's all the best io9 Terminator coverage. » 5/22/09 12:41pm 5/22/09 12:41pm

Terminator Salvation's Terrible Shortfall

In Terminator Salvation, John Connor's voice carries over the radio waves, telling stories about the human spirit and how it'll triumph over our robot oppressors. As if the power of storytelling will save our future. So why is the movie itself so inept at storytelling? Massive, bone-crushing spoilers below. » 5/21/09 9:00am 5/21/09 9:00am

Pics And Major Spoilers From Transformers 2, New Moon, Surrogates,…

The tail end of the Terminator Salvation spoilers is our signal to start spoiling later movies - like Transformers 2, Surrogates, Green Lantern and New Moon. But there's also television spoilers: the Fringe and Chuck producers explain what's ahead for both shows. » 5/21/09 6:00am 5/21/09 6:00am

New Terminator Salvation Clips, Plus McG Talks You Through Terminator 5

Terminator Salvation comes out tomorrow, but you can watch two more clips from this film today — and director McG talks Terminator 5. Eliza Dushku forecasts Dollhouse season two. Also: G.I. Joe, Transformers and Lost. » 5/20/09 6:00am 5/20/09 6:00am

The Inside Scoop On Spider-Man 4, Gamer, Planet 51, Lost, Thor And…

Today's spoiler diet: Terminator Salvation reviews! Transformers 2 images! Land Of The Lost TV spots! Human Target suckage! Plus major revelations from Spider-Man 4, Lost, Gamer, Thor and Planet 51. Spoilers are nutritious! » 5/19/09 6:00am 5/19/09 6:00am

Sam Worthington Explains The Trouble With Killer Robots

Shooting with a giant metal monster that wants to rip you in half can't be all that easy. Terminator Salvation star Sam Worthington talks working with the metal giants and avoiding on-set explosions. Spoilers attack! » 5/18/09 1:06pm 5/18/09 1:06pm

Behind The Scenes Of Terminator Salvation! Doctor Who's Awkward…

Spoiler frenzy! There's tons of Terminator Salvation behind-the-scenes footage. Plus more Transformers story details. New Doctor Who set pics reveal a surprising twist. The fate of Lost's Locke explained! Also: Iron Man, Smallville and Reaper. » 5/18/09 6:00am 5/18/09 6:00am

Terminator Salvation Review, Iron Man 2 Set Report And Bizarre Doctor…

Today's spoilers include Sam Worthington talking Terminator 5, plus a hint about Sam Rockwell's role in Iron Man 2. Plus, ultra-demented Doctor Who villain rumors! Juliet's fate on Lost! Stargate Universe video! Green Lantern pics! » 5/15/09 6:00am 5/15/09 6:00am