It's been 30 years since Gary Kurtz and George Lucas split because Lucas wanted toys to dictate the storytelling in Star Wars. Since then, toy-driven movie-making has gone way beyond Lucas' grubbiest dreams. Here are the hallmarks of toy-centric storytelling.
Wolverine, out on DVD recently, is a great example of one of the silliest clichés in escapist entertainment: someone reclaims his/her true humanity and unique individuality — by killing everyone in sight. What the hell is this about?
You might remember last spring, McG talked up Moon Bloodgood's topless scene in Terminator Salvation, which the studio suits wanted him to remove from the film. And now that scene is out... and it's pretty boring. Oh, possibly NSFW.
The 2009 summer movie season ended, with a record-breaking box office. But 2009 will also go down as the year with the most movies that cost $200 million or more. We've compiled the most expensive movies of the past decade.
If you're hoping that the R-Rated version of Terminator Salvation will rescue the film from the choppy mediocrity of the theatrical release, then we have two pieces of bad news for you: The "director's cut" will only be on the two-disc Blu-Ray version, not the single-disc DVD. And it's only three minutes longer than…
Terminator Salvation felt more like a weak music video than a movie, with a story that was hard to piece together. So it's a good thing the novelization is written by super-prolific author Alan Dean Foster, right? Spoilers ahead...
Hollywood writers went on strike in 2007-2008, but we're only seeing the results now, in a crop of summer movies with half-baked scripts and abnormally dunderheaded writing. So when do we start seeing some movies that the strike didn't wreck?
Check out this Star Trek TV spot — notice something that wasn't in the movie? That's right: around 0:15, there's baby Spock, complete with teeny Vulcan ears! Why do studios throw cool scenes into trailers, then cut them out of the final movies? Here's a list.
Terminator Salvation and the Sarah Connor Chronicles both ended the same way: in a post-apocalyptic future, with John Connor lost and confused. But there's only one Terminator story I want to see continued, and it's not connected to McG. Here's why Salvation made me miss Sarah Connor more than ever.
We've told you what we thought of Terminator Salvation, but what about you? How does it stack up to the first three movies? If you can read this, you are the movie critic.
Terminator Salvation is in theaters, and all your friends are rushing to see it. But you won't be ready to face this robot-oppressed future, unless you know all about the Terminator franchise first. Here's all the best io9 Terminator coverage.
In Terminator Salvation, John Connor's voice carries over the radio waves, telling stories about the human spirit and how it'll triumph over our robot oppressors. As if the power of storytelling will save our future. So why is the movie itself so inept at storytelling? Massive, bone-crushing spoilers below.
Spoiler frenzy! There's tons of Terminator Salvation behind-the-scenes footage. Plus more Transformers story details. New Doctor Who set pics reveal a surprising twist. The fate of Lost's Locke explained! Also: Iron Man, Smallville and Reaper.
Today's spoilers include Sam Worthington talking Terminator 5, plus a hint about Sam Rockwell's role in Iron Man 2. Plus, ultra-demented Doctor Who villain rumors! Juliet's fate on Lost! Stargate Universe video! Green Lantern pics!