Citizenfour Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras' riveting documentary about Edward Snowden's efforts to shed light on gross surveillance abuses by the United States government and its partners, just won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Tonight's Oscar win recognizes not only the incredible cinematography of Poitras,… » 2/23/15 3:47am 2/23/15 3:47am

Game Lets You Hack the Mainframe Just Like in Jurassic Park

Every nerd born before 1990 knows the Jurassic Park hacking scene. "It's a UNIX system—I know this!" Now, thanks to some nostalgic developers, you too can hack into the mainframe. A newly developed game mimics the 3D interface that Lex conquered to save everyone from the dinosaurs over 20 years ago. It's pretty fun! » 2/18/15 11:30am 2/18/15 11:30am

Cecil B. DeMille Kept a Wolf and Guns To Defend Against Edison's Thugs

Why did Southern California become the epicenter of the American film industry? The nice weather certainly helped. But there's another element that modern Hollywood probably hopes you'd forget: Rampant piracy. Even though it was just the piracy of movie camera tech rather than the Jack Sparrow variety, there were… » 1/29/15 4:15pm 1/29/15 4:15pm

This Is the Main Cast of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic

Filming for the forthcoming—and much-troubled—Steve Jobs biopic started yesterday. With that came confirmation of the main cast that will feature in the film. » 1/28/15 5:00am 1/28/15 5:00am

You'll Buy a VR Headset For the Movies, Not the Games

Smart people think that movies—not games—will be the first killer app for virtual reality. Maybe that's why Oculus is poaching Pixar veterans for its very own virtual reality film studio, and showing off its very first film at Sundance this week. » 1/26/15 3:05pm 1/26/15 3:05pm

15 Things the Hollywood Sign Has Said Besides "Hollywood"

Thanks to the reopening of a key hiking trail, a lot more people will now get to take pictures of the famous Hollywood sign. It wasn't always like this. Over the years, the iconic word-on-a-hilltop has been altered by everyone from pot heads to protestors to say things other than "Hollywood." Some of them are pretty… » 1/07/15 9:47am 1/07/15 9:47am

A Brief History of the Movie Rating System

When you were a kid, sneaking into a rated R movie was a big deal. Everyone had their own tricks, but this author's was to buy a ticket to a rated G Disney movie, say, Mulan; when the usher turned their back, I would run into a rated R movie like, for example American History X. But it wasn't always this way – not… » 12/30/14 8:00am 12/30/14 8:00am

There Is No Such Thing As An Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of… » 12/05/14 3:15pm 12/05/14 3:15pm

Steve Wozniak Is Making a Reality TV Show About Futuristic Tech

Engineer, philanthropist, Apple co-founder and Gizmodo contributor Steve Wozniak is teaming up with Mythbusters' Kari Byron (seen in the photo above) for an upcoming reality show called The Woz. » 12/01/14 5:43pm 12/01/14 5:43pm

Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic Is Back and Michael Fassbender Is Jobs

Just last week, Sony abandoned the Steve Jobs film that we've been waiting (and waiting) for . Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has picked up the project. There's also a new actor connected to the lead role, Michael Fassbender. » 11/25/14 4:28am 11/25/14 4:28am

The U.S. Court Case That Made Movie Theater Concessions So Expensive

In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theaters and cease other non-competitive practices, with U.S. v. Paramount Pictures, et al., the Court opened the… » 11/24/14 5:15am 11/24/14 5:15am

Sony Pictures Has Abandoned Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic

The Steve Jobs film we've been anticipating for a very long old time indeed looks like it won't happen as soon as expected—if at all. » 11/20/14 6:30am 11/20/14 6:30am

Google Glass Is Now Banned From Movie Theaters Across the U.S.

Google Glass is often viewed with disdain in public spaces, and now that includes the cinema. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have decided to ban the device and its ilk from movie theaters nationwide. » 10/30/14 4:54am 10/30/14 4:54am

This Is How Christian Bale as Steve Jobs Could Turn Out

The rumor mill is pretty certain that Christian Bale will be playing Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's new Apple movie. This is the direction in which Conan thinks the former Batman will take the role. » 10/17/14 5:00am 10/17/14 5:00am

A Treasure Trove of Hollywood History On The Redesigned Oscars Website

Oscar fever is traditionally a seasonal affliction, but not anymore. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just redesigned its website and added a veritable goldmine of archival clips and pics from its gigantic permanent collection that goes way beyond the awards themselves. » 10/12/14 5:00pm 10/12/14 5:00pm

Contact Sheet Outtakes Show Hollywood's Greatest Icons Caught Off Guard

There was a time in Hollywood when still photography was as integral to the on-site filmmaking process as the actual reels themselves, and carefully selected publicity shots gave each title—and star—a lasting presence beyond the big screen. Hollywood Frame by Frame goes behind the scenes with imperfect outtakes from… » 10/10/14 12:03pm 10/10/14 12:03pm

Netflix Is Making Four Exclusive Movies with Adam Sandler

As well as debuting the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, Netflix has some other big news: it's just signed a deal with Adam Sandler to fund and produce four of his movies that will run exclusively on the streaming service. » 10/02/14 3:30am 10/02/14 3:30am

FAA Will Let Hollywood Use Commercial Drones to Shoot Movies

The Federal Aviation Administration just granted its approval for six film and TV production companies to use drones on set. This is just the second time the agency's approved the use of commercial UAVs, it's no surprise Hollywood was first in line. » 9/25/14 4:01pm 9/25/14 4:01pm

Why Scientists Dig Trenches To Find Hidden Fault Lines in Cities

Thanks to our asphalt-giddy behavior, we've all but paved over the fault lines that zigzag through some of our riskiest seismic zones. A new video shows how a team of geologists and engineers in LA have been digging a hole to find the exact location of a fault which could prove to be especially destructive. » 9/08/14 8:30pm 9/08/14 8:30pm