New Jupiter Ascending Trailer Finally Merges Scifi Spectacle With Story

The early trailers for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending have always looked impressive, but they seemed like they wanted to bludgeon people into theaters by assaulting them with an overabundance of chaotic scifi/CG action. But this third trailer is the first one to makes me want to see the movie. » 9/25/14 12:40pm 9/25/14 12:40pm

Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con Footage Sealed The Deal: This Movie Rocks

The trailers for Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis' wild-and-demented space opera collision, have looked pretty fun but also somewhat goofy. But today at Comic-Con, we saw a ton of footage, and we're pretty much sold on the humor, the incredibly creative action, and yes, the "chosen one" storyline. » 7/26/14 12:35pm 7/26/14 12:35pm

New Trailer Makes Jupiter Ascending Look Like 18 Space Operas In One

Seriously, this film is busy. There are space princesses, space elves, space ships, space real estate issues, some kind of space dragon, a space Sean Bean — no wonder the movie was pushed back seven months to work on the special effects. It probably took 'em two months just to do the SFX for this new trailer. » 6/27/14 12:41pm 6/27/14 12:41pm

Why You Should Never Write Action Scenes For Your Blockbuster Movie

It's the height of summer movie season, which means that action movies are blowing up all over. And that makes this the perfect time to revisit some advice from John Rogers, creator of Leverage and writer of the new webcomic Arcanum. Here, he explains why you should never write an action scene. Ever. » 6/06/13 12:31pm 6/06/13 12:31pm

Still confused by Cloud Atlas? Infographic & featurettes break it down

There's an awful lot going on in Cloud Atlas, the time-spanning, super-ambitious movie that's out on DVD and Blu-ray today. Six time periods, tons of characters, the same actors playing different characters, all cutting back and forth. So here's a super handy chart and some featurettes from the DVD, to explain it to… » 5/14/13 11:03am 5/14/13 11:03am

J. Michael Straczynski teams up with the Wachowskis for a new scifi TV…

Holy smokes. Netflix has announced that they're making a scifi TV series titled Sense8. Now, seeing as Netflix's original TV series have genuinely done all right for themselves — e.g., the critically acclaimed House of Cards and the rather anticipated Arrested Development continuation — that would be pretty great news… » 3/27/13 11:45am 3/27/13 11:45am

Revel in the technical details and biomechanical weirdness of The Matrix

After the Wachowskis saw his vision of dystopian Los Angeles in Frank Miller's comic miniseries Hard Boiled, they approached Geof Darrow to work as a conceptual designer on their Matrix films. Darrow's visual fingerprints are all over life outside the program, and he's responsible for some of the most iconic images in… » 1/27/13 7:00am 1/27/13 7:00am

China will see a much shorter version of Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a huge, sprawling novel, so it wasn't much of a surprise that the movie version clocked in at 172 minutes — but Chinese audiences will get a much tighter version of the film, lasting just 137 minutes. Unfortunately, thanks to state censors they're losing some of the good parts, including the gay love… » 1/23/13 3:40pm 1/23/13 3:40pm

Did Cloud Atlas' "Yellowface" problem help to sink it at the box office?

It's official: Cloud Atlas is a flop. At least in the United States. Made for a reported $100 million, the book adaptation barely scratched $10 million in its opening weekend — but some observers say the film could make a tidy profit overseas, where most of its funding came from. Still, it's hard not to ask: Did the… » 10/29/12 3:00pm 10/29/12 3:00pm

Is Cloud Atlas an unholy mess or a brilliant masterpiece? Yes.

In Cloud Atlas, opening today, six different stories in different time periods are woven together to create a thrilling composite story about liberation and revelation. Fittingly, how you wind up feeling about Cloud Atlas depends very much on your vantage point: the individual pieces, when you pull them out… » 10/26/12 9:00am 10/26/12 9:00am