I'm normally a big fan of Ms. Newitz, but is a not a good writeup of a very not good article. There's nothing at all mysterious about Russia's demographic collapse during the Yeltsin years— their entire economic and health care systems fell apart and alcohol and drug use skyrocketed. » 9/04/14 2:55pm 9/04/14 2:55pm

Agree. You can't really discuss Korra and Nickelodeon's situation without bringing in a broader discussion of kids' animation, which is barely touched on here. The increasing dependence on the fading Spongebob franchise and Nickelodeon inexplicably passing on Adventure Time, which went on to become a breakout hit for… » 8/01/14 6:42pm 8/01/14 6:42pm

Oh, this revisionist love for Alien 3 is pure contrarian fanboy bullshit. And implying that people didn't like it because they just wanted action scenes (and not because it took a giant shit on everything Ripley had fought for and won in the previous films)? Bad form, Annalee. You're better than that. » 7/03/14 8:48pm 7/03/14 8:48pm

Dredd actually predated The Raid, it just had a much longer post-production period. Early drafts of the Dredd script were actually on the Internet before The Raid was written, so if anything, accusations of plagarism should run the opposite direction. Or, more likely, two films used a broadly similar premise at the… » 6/17/14 2:36pm 6/17/14 2:36pm

Brett Ratner actually gets a bad rap for this movie. He came in a few weeks before production and shot the script that had been developed by others. Nearly all of the stuff he gets blamed for was already in place when he came aboard, with no real time to tinker or fix. » 5/20/14 9:01pm 5/20/14 9:01pm

You can do a lot worse than taking a good, classic book or film & beginning translating it into a science fiction setting. A lot of classic novels do that. Dune is pretty much Lawrence of Arabia in space. The Stars My Destination= The Count of Monte Cristo in space. The Sparrow= Black Robe in Space. Foundation=… » 5/14/14 1:55pm 5/14/14 1:55pm