I Origins Shows That The Science Vs. Spirituality Debate Is Played Out

Writer-director Mike Cahill made an impression with Another Earth, which used a science-fiction premise as the backdrop for a personal story. In his second feature, I Origins, the science-fictional premise is front and center — and you can see the downside of trying to tell a personal story about huge science-fiction… » 7/18/14 2:30pm 7/18/14 2:30pm

The Purge: Anarchy Is Basically Idiocracy, Starring The Punisher

In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher. » 7/18/14 9:00am 7/18/14 9:00am

Mysterious "Fargo On The Moon" Script Has Darren Aronofsky Interested

What is Moonfall? All we know about is that it's a thriller that's being described as like Fargo, only set on the Moon. It's the work of actor/screenwriter David Weil, who had another script on the 2013 Black List of great unproduced screenplays. And a ton of people, including Darren Aronofsky, are jazzed. » 7/17/14 7:00pm 7/17/14 7:00pm

First Screening Of The New Twin Peaks Blu-ray Left Everybody Mystified

Some 90 minutes of deleted scenes and outtakes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me have been compiled into a new Blu-ray release called Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. Apparently this previously unseen footage helps to answer some of the lingering questions left after that movie. But the first screening left people… » 7/17/14 3:45pm 7/17/14 3:45pm

Which Great TV Show Had The Worst First Season?

Some things really do get better with time. Especially TV shows. Sometimes a show stumbles out of the gate so badly, you can't believe it'll ever become watchable. And then you check back a year or two later and boom — it's become the best show ever. Which show had the worst first season, before achieiving greatness? » 7/17/14 3:17pm 7/17/14 3:17pm

Even More Screenwriting Tricks And Tropes That Need A Nice Long Rest

Yesterday, we brought you a list of screenwriting tricks and tropes we never need to see again. And afterwards, people tweeted some stuff that we're incredibly embarrassed we missed. Here are more overused gimmicks that really do need to go away. » 7/17/14 11:37am 7/17/14 11:37am

I Origins Went To Insane Lengths To Get Its Science Right

Mike Cahill's new movie I Origins, out tomorrow, is about a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. And Cahill tells io9 he was absolutely determined to get the science right — not just having scientific advisers, but giving them headphones and planting them in front of monitors on set. » 7/17/14 10:39am 7/17/14 10:39am

Could This Be The Most Ludicrous "Alien Seduces Humans" Scene Ever?

Here's a totally insane scene from the totally insane movie Galactic Gigolo, in which a giant broccoli from a planet of sentient vegetables comes to Earth in human disguise. To have sex with human women. And it turns out that "I'm from another planet" really is the can't-miss pick-up line. Warning: NSFW! » 7/16/14 9:00pm 7/16/14 9:00pm

Which Change To A Character Did Purists Overreact To The Most?

We all get attached to certain versions of characters, and when they get changed or updated, it can be annoying. So we end up debating whether Constantine needs to be bisexual, or whether Thor can be a woman. But sometimes, it just gets silly. Which update to a character were purists most needlessly upset by? » 7/16/14 1:28pm 7/16/14 1:28pm

In BitTorrent's TV Show, People In The Dystopian Future Use BitTorrent

Even as Netflix, Yahoo and YouTube are creating original science fiction series, BitTorrent is trying a new model: crowdfunding a futuristic miniseries by asking 250,000 people to pay $9.95 each. Children of the Machine takes place in a future dystopia, where people still use BitTorrent. » 7/16/14 1:20pm 7/16/14 1:20pm