Audiences Love Lucy. Hollywood, Take Note.

My brain melted on Saturday night and I can blame it all on Scarlett Johansson in the Luc Besson-directed Lucy. But I’m not the only one; the female-led film bested the box office beating out even the baby oil-covered Hercules. Hollywood, let us use this opportunity to once again remind you that ladies like movies! » 7/28/14 1:00pm Monday 1:00pm

Brett Ratner's Hercules Is Bullshit and I Will Never Forgive Him

As much as I love him, Hercules is kind of a middling hero. He's not the strongest (that's Atlas), or the most cerebral (Odysseus, imo), or the #1 boner-inducer (Achilles, duh). He's just kind of...a guy. The big thing that makes Hercules great is his labors—the fact that he is just constantly going on quests and… » 7/25/14 5:45pm Friday 5:45pm

Put a Cardigan On It: How to Make a Beautiful Actress Less Beautiful

When a film calls for a beautiful actress to temporarily not look like a beautiful actress, filmmakers are met with a conundrum. There's a fine line they need to toe. They don't want to go all Charlize Theron in Monster, with the prosthetics and fake teeth, but the actress needs to look like she's made some sort of… » 7/25/14 3:40pm Friday 3:40pm

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… » 7/15/14 5:43pm 7/15/14 5:43pm