Don't Miss The Moody Vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

There's a lot that's unique about Ana Lily Amirpour's striking new film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. This will likely be cinema's only black-and-white feminist Western vampire movie, shot in a California ghost town but with all dialogue in Farsi ... unless Amirpour decides to make a sequel. » 12/05/14 8:00am 12/05/14 8:00am

Kim Harrison Explains Why Westerns And The Fantastical Go Together

Just what is the link between westerns and science fiction and fantasy? Kim Harrison, author of The Hollows series, explains just how — and why — she blends features of old westerns into her books. » 3/20/14 4:20pm 3/20/14 4:20pm

A Western set on Mars? Yes please! The CW is developing Red, a frontier story about the first settlement on Mars, from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. Characters include a female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal. Could be fun! » 9/24/13 2:42pm 9/24/13 2:42pm

New Lone Ranger trailer actually has a few funny moments

The crew behind Pirates of the Caribbean is also responsible for the new Lone Ranger movie — so it's probably not surprising that the supernatural cowboy movie is kind of a send-up. The first two trailers made the film look like kind of a serious action movie, but thankfully this new one has some silly. » 4/17/13 1:14pm 4/17/13 1:14pm

Watch how aliens abducted John Wayne's grandson in Cowboys and Aliens

In this exclusive behind the scenes clip from Cowboys & Aliens, watch John Wayne's grandson cower before the very difficult task of being thrown into the sky off a horse! Thank goodness Olivia Wilde was there. » 12/02/11 4:30pm 12/02/11 4:30pm

What's the secret of a good genre mashup?

Lately it seems like a lot of the freshest genre works are mash-ups of well-worn ideas. Whether it's "police procedural with elves" or "superhero movie with Cold War intrigue." But why do some genre mashups rule, while others fail horribly? » 5/17/11 1:00pm 5/17/11 1:00pm

Star Wars rebooted as a Western, with humanized droids

From the creator of Steampunk Star Wars comes a new reimagining: Western Wars. Sillof has re-imagined classic Star Wars characters as gritty Western ranchers. Which means we get R2 and C-3PO in creepy human form. » 2/22/11 9:49am 2/22/11 9:49am

Cowboys & Aliens Trailer: Wrist Cannons and Rough Justice

Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig put some old timey bullets into the alien hide of a mysterious space invader in the first-ever trailer for Cowboys & Aliens. It's a first look at Jon Favreau's alien/western mashup movie. » 11/17/10 10:31am 11/17/10 10:31am

Shatner Vs. Shatner: Star Trek stars' Western roles feel like a lost…

No, that's not Kirk squaring off against his transporter duplicate: It's a scene from William Shatner's Spaghetti Western, White Comanche. A new DVD set is full of Trek stars' cowboys-and-Indians adventures, which really feel like lost Star Trek episodes. » 9/27/10 4:30pm 9/27/10 4:30pm

Grant Morrison drops hints about his new Western indie flick, Sinatoro

Did you know All-Star Superman scribe Grant Morrison has written a psychedelic Western inspired in part by Red Dead Redemption? Well, now you do! io9 spoke to Morrison and director Adam Egypt Mortimer about their upcoming film, entitled Sinatoro. » 7/28/10 5:20pm 7/28/10 5:20pm

Why Do Anti-Heroes Rule Science Fiction?

The first time I ever read the word "anti-hero," it was in an article about science fiction, and it's always seemed a very science fictional type of word — like anti-matter, or anti-gravity. Science fiction has its share of one-dimensional white hats, but the characters who capture our imagination are usually the… » 4/25/08 10:54am 4/25/08 10:54am