| Aug 18, 2011
You may not have seen "Idiocracy," the 2006 sci-fi comedy set in an utterly dysfunctional nation 500 years in the future, but chances are you've heard it mentioned lately. References to the film seem to be everywhere, and not just in op-eds penned by...
| Jun 27, 2012
You can take Walter Mosley out of Los Angeles — in fact, Mosley did so himself, moving to New York decades ago — but you can't take L.A. out of Walter Mosley. The master of several genres keeps the city present, from his Easy Rawlins detective...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 6:03 PM
Joseph Sheppard has an IQ above 130. Ask him about his life or worldview and he'll start drawing connections to cosmology and quantum mechanics. He'll toss around names of great intellectuals -- Nietzsche, Spinoza -- as if they're as culturally relevant...
| Sep 26, 2012
“I can imagine a young actor having a leading role in this big action movie saying, ‘What do you mean? You’re casting me but you want to change my face?’” says Rian Johnson of his awesome sci-fi thriller “Looper,&...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 9:55 PM
Of course it would happen in the dark, which is where I saw all those old B-movies at the neighborhood theater on Saturday afternoons. One week it would be cowboys and Indians, the next Dick Tracy in his snapbrim hat and trenchcoat outwitting villains...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Whether you are a devoted fan or have merely watched an episode or movie, “Star Trek” has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of people across the globe. Here is why the “Star Trek” phenomenon can be, first and...
| Jun 7, 2012
Nearly all the bits and pieces in director Ridley Scott's"Prometheus" come from other movies — either one of Scott's or someone else's. More and more, though, I appreciate Scott's fundamental squareness as a filmmaker. "Prometheus" may be the"...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 2:12 PM
Though known primarily as an author, Ray Bradbury had a fixation with Hollywood. It was inevitable that his skills as a science fiction writer would eventually land him work in the movies.
His first gig was with Universal Pictures in the early 1950s,...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 9:45 PM
The news filtered through the great publishing companies, the fan clubs, the writers' guilds. Through the staffs of the few sci-fi pulps and fantasy magazines left. Through the minds of old readers who were once young and still couldn't escape his spell....
| Jun 25, 2012
You may or may not know that “People Like Us” star Chris Pine auditioned for “Avatar.” It did not go well.
“Sometimes you can leave your car in Burbank, Los Angeles, and walk into a conference room and your back is...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Alert, earthlings: TCM and NASA are teaming for a showing of “Forbidden Planet,” the 1956 sci-fi classic. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will take part in the screening, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex....