20 Screenwriting Tricks And Tropes We Never Need To See Again

Pop culture is a never-ending source of wonder and amazement. We're seeing some really top-notch, innovative writing across every medium right now. But there's also a lot of tired, warmed-over stuff, that feels copy-pasted from script to script. Here are 20 screenwriting moves we'd be happy never to see again. » 7/16/14 2:21pm Wednesday 2:21pm

12 Worst Attempts To Americanize Foreign TV Shows And Movies

Happy Independence Day! There are many reasons to celebrate America. And then, there's our tendency to borrow other people's stuff. Sometimes when Americans remake foreign properties, it turns out okay, like Let Me In. But often... not. Here are the dozen worst attempts to remake foreign TV shows and films. » 7/04/14 1:44pm 7/04/14 1:44pm

Why The Bechdel Test Is More Important Than You Realize

We all talk about the Bechdel Test all the time, because it's so simple: Does a story have two women who talk to each other, about something other than a man? But almost every time it comes up, we all dismiss it, because it's too simple or too arbitrary. But actually, the Bechdel Test is more important than anyone… » 6/04/14 4:25pm 6/04/14 4:25pm

10 TV Season Finales That Were Still Being Written At The Last Minute

We just watched a slew of season finales, ranging from the wonderful to the baffling. Every May, TV shows try to leave us wanting more. But sometimes, a season's big ending is up in the air until you see it, with writers frantically crafting new scripts. Here are 10 finales that were being written right up to the last… » 5/29/14 1:48pm 5/29/14 1:48pm

​12 Of The Most Game-Changing TV Episodes Ever

If a TV show nowadays doesn't have at least one big twist now and then, chances are it doesn't remain on the air for long. But only a handful of TV series have the courage to completely transform themselves — to show something so crazy, it irrevocably redefines the show from that point on. We've been lucky to have… » 5/27/14 2:43pm 5/27/14 2:43pm

Upcoming Genre Movies That Aren't Sequels, Remakes or Reboots

Sometimes it seems like every movie is either a sequel or a reboot. They remade Robocop and Godzilla. They're releasing sequels to the reboots of Spider-Man and Planet of the Apes. But there are still tons of original films in the pipeline. Here are over 50 forthcoming movies that aren't sequels, remakes or prequels. » 3/24/14 4:52pm 3/24/14 4:52pm

Major scoops for Avengers, Terminator 5, Dr Strange and Game of Thrones

Could Marvel make a Captain Marvel movie instead of a solo Black Widow film? Rachel McAdams leaves Passengers. Terminator: Genesis casts a major supporting charater. Peter Dinklage discusses Tyrion in Game of Thrones season 4. Plus, Kevin Feige explains magic in Doctor Strange and a building-sized Captain America » 3/17/14 12:30pm 3/17/14 12:30pm

The Most Disappointing Final Battles in All Science Fiction and Fantasy

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It's all been leading up to this. Hundreds of pages, or hours, of buildup, leading up to the final confrontation between the forces of excellent and the forces of not-excellent. And then... it's kind of a bust. The bad guys kind of fold. Or the fight lasts 30 seconds. Or it's just thumb-wrestling. Here are the most… » 2/27/14 3:35pm 2/27/14 3:35pm

12 Most Codependent Supervillains of All Time

Some villains strive for wealth and power. Some villains strive for glory. But a surprising number of villains are motivated solely by their tangled relationships with the hero. These are love-hate relationships, in which the villain just wants to impress the hero or spend quality time together. Here are the 12 most… » 2/26/14 1:21pm 2/26/14 1:21pm

10 Major Franchises That Have Never Been Rebooted

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Most heroes get a facelift every decade or so, to keep them from showing their age. The longer an epic saga goes on, the greater the chances you'll see everything start over from scratch. But not everybody succumbs to the Etch-a-Sketch urge. Here are 10 epic storylines that have never had a reboot. Ever. » 1/30/14 2:24pm 1/30/14 2:24pm

10 Pieces of Science Fiction Trivia That Are Helpful in Real Life

We all memorize random bits of information about our favorite science fiction stories, just from long exposure to them. But we're aware, on some level, that it's all useless information. Except that some trivia is anything but trivial. Here are 10 pieces of science fiction trivia that could be really helpful in real… » 12/26/13 3:30pm 12/26/13 3:30pm

Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

Lately, it seems like every story has to be massive, or nobody cares. Every Doctor Who story is about saving the entire universe. The latest Hobbit movie seemed to be trying to be a Lord of the Rings-style saga. Every action movie needs global stakes. Can we talk about our epic epidemic? » 12/24/13 1:54pm 12/24/13 1:54pm

​The 14 Least Competent Alien Invaders of All Time

There have been many times when the Earth has been at the mercy of alien invaders. And there have been more than a few times where haven't — not because of our weapons, our savagery, or our inner strength — but because the aliens themselves were morons. Here are 14 alien invaders who did not think their invasions… » 12/16/13 1:51pm 12/16/13 1:51pm