From Fargo to Napoleon Dynamite: Haifaa Al-Mansour picks the 5 films that influenced her the most

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now al-Mansour’s following up her debut with Mary Shelley, the…

Colony’s Tory Kittles and Alex Neustaedter pick their favorite works of science fiction

USA’s dystopian sci-fi series Colony is officially in its third season, and the Bowmans and their allies are in a world of trouble beyond the walls of the Los Angeles bloc. In honor of the new season, we spoke with Tory Kittles and Alex Neustaedter to find out their favorite alien stories from pop culture. The list…

Colony’s Sarah Wayne Callies and Josh Holloway pick their 5 favorite aliens from pop culture

USA’s dystopian sci-fi series Colony returns tonight for its third season with the Bowmans and their allies fending off the mysterious Hosts, the (alien?) forces that control humanity. In honor of the new season, we spoke with stars Sarah Wayne Callies and Josh Holloway to find out their favorite aliens from pop…

Steven Pinker picks 5 books about science that you don’t have to be a genius to enjoy

Steven Pinker is a psychologist, linguist, and author whose new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress, attempts to ease your general feelings of despair by using science to prove that things in the world are generally getting better. We had Pinker recommend five books about…

From Citizenfour to The Civil War: Katie Couric picks her 5 favorite documentaries

Katie Couric’s new documentary series, America Inside Out With Katie Couric, is hoping to bridge the growing political divide in the United States by traveling across the country, interviewing people about divisive issues, and trying to find common ground. In honor of the new documentary, we asked Couric to list her…

The cast and director of Jinn pick their 5 favorite movies about mothers and daughters

Loosely based on writer-director Nijla Mu’min’s upbringing in Oakland, the new film Jinn follows Summer, a carefree 17-year-old black girl (Zoe Renee), whose world changes when her mother (Luke Cage’s Simone Missick) suddenly converts to Islam. At the SXSW premiere of the film, we asked Mu’min and the Jinn cast to…

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