Yup, Steven Spielberg believes in aliens. As if you expected anything different from the man who made E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, War of the Worlds and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
This fall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg’s classic science fiction film, turns 40. Celebrating that milestone is Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History, a richly detailed tome packed with concept art, behind-the-scenes photos, storyboards, and interviews. io9's got…
2017 is the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s scifi masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind and to celebrate, it’s coming back to theaters.
Two years ago, Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit presented a great idea: an art show filled with work based on sequels that don’t actually exist. They called it SEQUEL—and now that show has its own sequel.
As recognizable as the characters in our favorite scifi movies are, the landscapes are what completes the vision. A new poster set by artist Jordan Buckner focuses on these familiar cinematic vistas, and each one is more gorgeous than the next.
I never thought I was going to say that shipyard cranes are beautiful but when I saw them dancing in synch to the Close Encounters of the Third Kind theme—at the 1:14 minutes mark—they really got me. The cranes were colored with spotlights synchronized with the music, creating the dazzling dancing effect.
We tend to think of science fiction and fantasy as being like mystery novels — the story is over when you solve the case. So we obsess over questions that have no answers. But here are 10 questions that are better unanswered, either because the possibilities are fascinating or because the answers would be terrible.
Our favorite science fiction and fantasy films seem to have burst into existence fully formed, already perfect. So it's weird when you realize that a lot of the best movies had the biggest false starts and dead ends. Here are 12 much-loved movies that had very different storylines early on in their creation.
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes everything. A film that rewrites the rules and influences a generation of film-makers. But all too often, the people who imitate these ground-breaking movies miss the point. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy movies from which everybody copied the wrong…
Movies spend entirely too much time on alien fish-out-of-water stories, and not enough time on how the extraterrestrial visitors got here. NO MORE. Today we pay tribute to the coolest shots of alien landings, both the amazingly good and the "so good it's bad."
This has been a big year for Steven Spielberg — he's launched two TV shows, including last night's Terra Nova, and produced countless movies. The Spielberg tribute Super-8 was a surprise hit, and it's become fashionable for other film-makers to claim they're paying tribute to early Spielberg. Still ahead this year:…
Chances are, you spent the weekend rediscovering the magic of Star Wars (with a few unwelcome tweaks.) The original Star Wars was a miracle of seat-of-the-pants film-making that captured the world's imagination and boosted science fiction to new popularity.
That's what the Guardian claims in a new article today. Steven Spielberg's seminal 1977 film eschewed the rationality that had been science fiction's hallmark, in favor of an unexplained brush with the transcendent, which mostly takes place in suburbia. Instead of figuring stuff out, Richard Dreyfuss' character starts…
We've featured some wonderfully befuddling Polish movie posters before, but Andrzej Pagowski's design for Close Encounters of the Third Kind transforms the movie into a dreadful family comedy with McDonald's dance-offs. It's on eBay if you're in need of a conversation piece. And for more movies lost in translation,…
We've all heard of The Klingon Hamlet, a real book that contains a Klingon translation of the text side-by-side with the English version. Some of us have even been . . . let's say 'lucky' enough to see it performed. But what other famous works would be better rendered in science fictional languages? We've got some…
With Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man director Jon Favreau attempts to mash up the Western genre with science fiction. How well does it work? We've seen the first two reels, and they conjure a robust John Wayne sensibility.
Today, we look at the year that gave us Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and "Ender's Game" — does 1977 deserve to be crowned the Best Year of Science Fiction Ever?
Space is silent and vast, but we can't feel the awe and terror of epic space battles without great music. Here's our list of the ten composers without whom science fiction would feel as empty as the void. (With samples.)