| Jan 9, 1992
| 8:37 AM
HAL, the petulant, malfunctioning computer of"2001: A Space Odyssey,"is about to have a birthday. But he won't be around to celebrate it.
"We haven't made him yet," said Roy Campbell, a computer science professor at theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 8:15 AM
In space, no one can hear you scream — but everyone can hear the classical music loud and clear.
Science-fiction movies have had a long affinity for classical music, and the relationship is a fascinating and complex one. In "Prometheus," Ridley...
| Apr 15, 2012
| 1:41 PM
Despite the fact that no one in Gemini Club is actually a gemini by birth, a section on geminitraits.org that discusses the personality traits common to the star sign reads as if it could be describing the effect of the trio's dance-rock output. For...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 6:01 PM
It was no accident that British makeup artist Stuart Freeborn resembled his most famous movie creation — Yoda, the wrinkled, ancient sage from the "Star Wars" films.
"I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that I was comic, with all these...
| Oct 28, 2012
| 1:10 PM
Among the more than 1,000 objects on display in "Stanley Kubrick" -- a massive exhibition devoted to the legendary filmmaker that opens Thursday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- the piece that perhaps best captures the director's singular...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:00 AM
He may only be 18, but Nick Robinson can teach you how to skin a rabbit. The trick to the gruesome procedure, the young actor learned while filming the new indie movie "The Kings of Summer," comes at the start — cutting away at the rear flap of skin...
| May 13, 2013
| 4:20 PM
With the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's expansive "Stanley Kubrick" exhibition set to close on June 30, the museum's film department is revisiting several key movies in the maverick filmmaker's oeuvre.
Each of the director's films in the series...
| May 7, 2013
| 10:40 AM
2001: A Space Odyssey may be the most epic movie of all time, a dated but romantic vision of the future directed by the great Stanley Kubrick in 1968. Signs of extraterrestrial intelligence are discovered, and astronauts are sent on a secret mission to...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:33 AM
Big-budget science-fiction movies are often vehicles for selling toys to kids and merchandise to adult fans. But there was a time when these films offered compelling visions of a strange future far beyond conventional thinking. "Forbidden Planet" in 1956,...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 9:43 AM
There is nothing especially frightening about Room 350 at the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip. It overlooks the pool, with colorful mod décor pleasantly bathed in bright window light. Inside, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher is prepared to discuss...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:58 PM
Amid the red-carpeted premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, continuing through the weekend, dozens of smaller pictures fight for attention. See what we can do with a camera? We're worthy of attention too. But sometimes a small picture...