Why Archeologists Hate Indiana Jones

Most archeologists bristle at the mention of Indiana Jones, and for good reason. In this piece, originally featured at Last Word On Nothing, journalist Erik Vance takes a close look at the questionable professional ethics of Henry Walton Jones, Jr. and arrives at an unsettling conclusion: The man is a looter. » 9/19/14 8:50am Today 8:50am

The Sexy/Crazy Eating-Sashimi-With-Prehensile-Hair Scene From 47 Ronin

47 Ronin had a lot of problems... but it also had Rinko Kikuchi as a sexy witch who uses her prehensile hair to eat sashimi, as she apparently tries to seduce the captive Mika (Ko Shibasaki). There is nothing sexier than hair-chopsticks and raw fish. NOTHING. And we've got one more scene below. » 9/18/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

How Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Went From Concept Art To Screen

While we do love concept art that gives us an alternate universe version of movies, it's incredibly fascinating to see how final, approved concept art translates from a simple illustration to a scene on film. Compare these gorgeous Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept pieces to images from the movie itself. » 9/18/14 4:22pm Yesterday 4:22pm

What's The Most Bizarre And Inexplicable Offshoot Of A Major Franchise?

Sometimes, when a property becomes ridiculously mega-popular, it starts generating spin-offs and alternate versions at such a crazy rate that something truly bonkers comes out. But what's the most crap-your-pants crazy thing to come out as a sideline to something with huge mainstream popularity? » 9/18/14 2:11pm Yesterday 2:11pm

Terry Gilliam's Work Is Way More Influential Than You Probably Realized

Terry Gilliam isn't just one of the weirdest directors ever to reach mainstream attention. Or one of the most prolific Monty Python alumni. He's also an incredibly influential director, who doesn't get the props he deserves. We talked to a bunch of people, including Looper director Rian Johnson, about Gilliam's… » 9/18/14 1:11pm Yesterday 1:11pm

Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem Is a Grim Facebook Dystopia

In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own… » 9/17/14 2:23pm Wednesday 2:23pm

The Real Reason Why Endless Sequels And Remakes Are Bad For Us

These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation.
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Dan Aykroyd Wants Ghostbusters To Be The Next Marvel Cinematic Universe

In related news, I want a pony, but I don't either I or Aykroyd are going to get what we want. Aykroyd revealed his grand delusions plans for the Ghostbusters franchise, which he's been discussing with original director Ivan Reitman and Sony — and compares to Marvel movie universe or Star Wars. » 9/17/14 10:25am Wednesday 10:25am