I just saw the original novel's author, Robert J. Sawyer, at a library SF event this past weekend. He brought up his original talks with the Hollywood executives in response to a question. They told him: "We have to change three things. First, the flashforward is too far in the future (it's about 21 years in the… » 10/23/14 11:25am Thursday 11:25am

He's one of those historical figures (the Borgias also come to mind) who probably weren't much worse than their contemporaries, but most of what we know about them comes from their enemies. Sometimes more recent and more rigorous scholarship can amend their reputation, but it's really hard to change the image in the… » 10/21/14 11:44am Tuesday 11:44am

Until recently, even if horror films performed poorly at the box office—if they got a theatrical release at all—they could still do well on the home video market, because horror fans are a voracious lot. I don't know the current situation, but the things I've heard second-hand suggest the rise of digital… » 10/21/14 7:45am Tuesday 7:45am

I wonder if Godfather Part II works so well because it's simultaneously prequel and sequel. I like to refer to it as The Rise and Fall of the Corleone Empire. In the past, Vito avenges his father and builds a criminal empire, and maintains the love of his family. In the present, Michael has (in a sense) avenged his… » 10/20/14 10:35am Monday 10:35am

I will respond with that other sociological study of equal impact and legitimacy, Say Yes to the Dress. Two or three times an episode, a group of women will debate their differences in opinion, reach compromises, and decide on the best way to allocate thousands of dollars. » 10/20/14 8:37am Monday 8:37am