Are we at the start of a new golden age of superhero TV shows?

Eight episodes in, Arrow is officially a mega-hit, at least by The CW's standards. And not only that, but Arrow is actually... pretty decent. The Christopher Nolan-inspired "gritty" superhero soap opera manages to be addictive fun, blending some solid action with the kind of relationship drama that makes Vampire Diaries » 12/07/12 9:00am 12/07/12 9:00am

How will Arrow escape the curse of superhero TV shows?

Television is littered with failed superhero TV shows. If you don't count Person of Interest, then only the only successful superhero shows of the past decade are Smallville and (for a while) Heroes. So how will Arrow, the new DC Comics adaptation launching on the CW this fall, avoid the curse of the superhero show?… » 7/20/12 3:51pm 7/20/12 3:51pm

Are we living in the Golden Age of Trash Culture right now?

We often tend to think that the best era for trash culture was sometime in the middle of the Twentieth Century. An era where there were a lot of 25 cent paperbacks with gun-toting lesbians on their covers, plus drive-in movies, stag films, cheap comics and weird burlesque shows. And so on. But actually, the pinnacle of … » 6/12/12 3:27pm 6/12/12 3:27pm

Bear McCreary reveals the physics behind your favorite science fiction …

When you think about science fiction theme tunes, chances are there are a few that are especially stirring and heroic. Star Wars. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Superman: The Movie. And all of these theme tunes have something in common: they rely on the same basic intervals. » 2/08/12 11:57am 2/08/12 11:57am

10 deranged scifi TV shows that lasted about as long as The Cape

The Cape, NBC's latest experiment in the superhero narrative, aired its last adventure on Monday, clocking out at a mere nine televised episodes. In honor of The Cape's idosyncratic insanity, here are 10 more ridiculous science fiction programs that failed to make it big. » 3/02/11 10:00am 3/02/11 10:00am

How does The Amazing Spider-Man tie into the Sam Raimi movies? Plus…

A producer on The Amazing Spider-Man suggests the new movie isn't quite "rebooting" the saga. New photos reveal sets being built for The Hobbit. We now know who a Little Britain star is playing on Doctor Who. Plus a poster for Battle: Los Angeles, cosmic ruminations on Tree of Life, True Grit's young star loses her… » 2/21/11 6:00am 2/21/11 6:00am

Could Arnold Schwarzenegger and the director of Community's paintball…

It's very early days, but we've got to admit that the latest Terminator 5 news has us a little excited. Plus Dark Shadows casts two key female roles, at least one Hobbit casting announcement was a little premature, Men in Black 3 hits script troubles, there are new Battle: Los Angeles pictures, and more! » 2/16/11 6:00am 2/16/11 6:00am

The Cape does what no other TV show has managed in years: Tell a truly …

It's been the golden chalice of television scriptwriting since 9/11: Find something profound to say about terrorism 'n' stuff. Few shows have managed it, and as the years have gone by, it's gotten harder and harder. But The Cape made it look easy last night, with a spin on bioterror that I'm pretty sure nobody else has … » 2/15/11 8:30am 2/15/11 8:30am

The original Being Human is back! Can you handle it?

This week on television, the original British Being Human returns to America's screens. And it looks like yet another one of the other shoes is dropping on Fringe. Clark inches closer to wearing a costume on Smallville, and Dean reunites with his surrogate family on Supernatural. And you'll never guess who's getting… » 2/14/11 9:00am 2/14/11 9:00am

Find out which villain Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays in The Dark Knight…

We might know who Joseph-Gordon Levitt is playing in The Dark Knight Rises, and it's a lot more believable than Robin or the Riddler...and yet another Inception star could be joining the movie. Bryan Singer explains how X-Men: First Class connects to his earlier films, plus Michael Fassbender talks Magneto and Ridley… » 2/14/11 6:00am 2/14/11 6:00am