Sometimes low expectations can pay off. Sometimes, you expect a movie to be kind of terrible, and it surprises you by being actually quite good. Sometimes, a movie looks dumb, but turns out to be charming and fun. Which movie did you expect to suck — and then were pleasantly surprised?
Yesterday, we learned that the great Richard Matheson, who helped bring an amazing maturity and cleverness to fabulist storytelling, had passed away. His longtime editor, Greg Cox, shared with us some remembrances of his collaborations with the grandmaster.
Did you like Real Steel? That movie about Wolverine and a little boy teaching a large boxing robot how to, er... box? The TV executives at Syfy must have, because they just greenlit Robot Combat League, a show about 8-foot-tall robots who get in a boxing ring and, er... well... they still box, actually. It will be…
Science fiction and fantasy devoured our hearts and minds in 2011. The year's hit movies, bestselling books and buzzed-about television shows were dominated by genre fare — and a handful of people played a key part in making it happen.
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…
We really liked Real Steel — it wasn't a deep character study, or a brilliant epic, but it was a fun movie about robots beating the crap out of each other. And it had a boy befriending a huge robot, which he then upgraded. It was a robot movie which managed to avoid getting hung up on the question of whether the…
Real Steel rocked us with its story of a boy bonding with a robot. And a big part of why the movie is such a fun breath of fresh air is its awesome robot designs.An early "hero" view of Noisy Boy Another early "hero" view of Noisy Boy An early study of robot evolution Early robot motion…
Real Steel comes from the same studio as the Transformers films, and it's clearly intended to hit the same sweet spot of computer-generated effects, fucked-up action and goofy fun.
Real Steel takes a quirky Richard Matheson story about robot boxing and turns it into a thrilling tale of robots beating each other to scrap metal. We caught up with the stars and creative team behind this film, and they explained how they went about creating a world nine years into the future.
The cast of Fringe teases Peter's return and a massive new threat to both universes. Joel Edgerton explains why the new Thing isn't like other prequels. Plus an awesome sneak peek at the new DC animated movie Batman: Year One!
Batman is on the run in a new Dark Knight Rises set video. Will another Enterprise Captain return for the Star Trek sequel? Roland Emmerich's Foundation movie gets a new writer. Plus a bunch of Real Steel sneak peeks.
Think that Real Steel is just a junkyard where tired boxing movie clichés go to die? We can't blame you: This movie looks like Lionheart with robots.
Chris Evans explains why Captain America's costume changes in The Avengers. Patrick Wilson talks his love for Prometheus. Mark Millar admits the window is closing for Kick-Ass 2. Plus some intriguing new hints for the Doctor Who finale!
Man of Steel has finished filming in Illinois, and now it's off to Vancouver for four months of shooting. But the first Canadian location is an unexpected one, as a small British Columbia town morphs into an Alaska fishing community.
Stan Lee explains why his cameo in The Avengers is totally different, while Stellan Skarsgard explains how he fits in among the superheroes. What's the future of Tara on True Blood? Plus new Man of Steel and R.I.P.D. set photos!
New set photos for Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie reveal that even if Batman is now at odds with the Gotham police, his alter ego Bruce Wayne is still with them... and even hanging out with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Officer John Blake!
Real Steel is all about how robot boxing can be a road to redemption. Reports of The X-Files 3 might be a bit premature. Plus lots more from the sets of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises!
Last summer, io9 headed out to Detroit's Cobo Arena for a set visit to the upcoming Hugh Jackman robotic boxing flick Real Steel.