You’d like to think people spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a movie would care. Lots of times they do. However, on some movies studios think “That’s good enough” and producer Brian Grazer regrets that sentiment on the 2011 film Cowboys and Aliens.
Sometimes taking two genres and putting them together just makes everything that much more wonderful. And sometimes... it's just they clash, like stripes and plaid. What's the absolute best, or very worst, combination of two genres that you've ever witnessed?
On Monday, Syfy launches its $100 million show Defiance, which is full of Wild West tropes, and this summer we're getting the fantasy-oriented Lone Ranger. Lately, tons of people have tried to combine the rollicking Western with the wider expanses of science fiction and fantasy. And they've failed financially. For one…
It's halfway through the summer movie season, and there's a lot of hand-wringing about the state of the Tentpole Film — yes, in spite of Avengers. This year has seen some huge high-profile flops, plus some massive films that underperformed Stateside. And meanwhile, some of the biggest films in the pipeline are having…
This year has been a wild ride for lovers of science fiction and fantasy. Some hugely expensive, massively hyped projects have failed, but also some new mega-hits have been born. Hollywood is struggling with sagging movie ticket sales and TV ratings, and book publishers are facing a rapidly changing world. It's a…
This week a conference on UFOs, science and consciousness was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the city where gamechanging SF movie District 9 takes place, but apparently that movie has less hold on locals' imaginations than recent flop Cowboys & Aliens does (see io9's glowing review of Cowboys & Aliens here
Universal Pictures chief Ron Meyer caused a splash late last week, when he admitted that "we do make a lot of shitty movies," and listed Land of the Lost, The Wolfman and Cowboys & Aliens among the studio's clunkers.
This summer was like a battlefield of awesomeness, with a larger-than-average slew of superhero movies, action movies and escapist fare. Some films emerged victorious, while others fell by the wayside.
Olivia Wilde is quickly becoming the biggest leading lady in science fiction, so what's the next role she wants to tackle? A female Captain Kirk!
Old wounds are opened as Harrison Ford loses his shit on Chewbacca behind the scenes, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. So this is what awesome is made of.
The latest Star Trek 2 news is the most optimistic we've heard in ages...but it might be delayed even more than we thought. Jon Favreau talks mixing genres in Cowboys & Aliens. Plus who is taking over The Walking Dead?
Emma Stone explains why Gwen Stacy loves Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man. Edgar Wright is making progress on Ant-Man, and an iconic Batman location returns for The Dark Knight Rises. Plus official descriptions for Battleship and the Oz prequel!
San Diego Comic Con is a mosh pit of tastemakers. A good showing at Comic Con can generate unstoppable buzz for a project, that can last for months. A weak showing can deal a devastating setback to a creator's dreams.
Jon Favreau introduced the Cowboys and Aliens premiere at Comic-Con last night by telling us that it would be like the surprise Christmas present under the tree that you kept shaking, trying to figure out what was inside. And then it turned out to be unexpectedly awesome.
Man of Steel will take flight a little later than expected. Peter Dinklage explains what's next for Tyrion on Game of Thrones. Joss Whedon's long-delayed horror movie is finally getting released. And Hilary Swank is headed to Venus.
With Comic-Con a mere two days away (and preview night tomorrow), San Diego has already begun to take form with promotions throughout the city. Check out the beginnings of the Comic-Con takeover with these pictures.
A familiar face will appear in The Avengers after all, and could an unexpected comic book character be along for the ride as well? Joe Johnston has big plans for new Captain America, Jurassic Park, and even Star Wars movies!
Play this trailer for Shark Night 3-D on top volume. At about 0:57, put your ear next to your PC speaker for about a minute. Congratulations! You are now deaf in one ear! (Note: Don't really do that.)
Star James Franco explains that his entry in the Planet of the Apes saga has a very different theme from that of Charlton Heston's original - and that it's all about why science and money are dangerous to mix together.