Tom Shone was film critic of the London Sunday Times from 1994-1999. He is the author of two books, Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer (Free Press) and In The Rooms, his first novel, will be published in the fall by St Martin’s Press. He blogs at

When memoirs outsell novels and reality TV is more watched than dramas, Tom Shone wonders if David Shields is right that we need to embrace a new reality-based entertainment.

Novelist Nick Hornby’s screenplay for An Education has made him an instant Oscar favorite. He speaks with Tom Shone about the insanity of Sundance and his Tom Hanks obsession.

In the new sci-fi feature “District 9,” a spaceship lands on Johannesburg. And the only thing scarier than the invaders are the humans.

With Up, Pixar continues to show why it’s the Disney of the 21st century. The Daily Beast’s Tom Shone reveals the secrets to their success and what Hollywood could learn from the maverick studio.

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek blockbuster may be one of most acclaimed sci-fi remakes in Hollywood history. Tom Shone explains why, and offers six proven ways to successfully reboot movie franchises.

Babysitters are no longer easy prey. Now, in films like Last House on the Left, it’s the serial killers that are being massacred. Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees lament the brutal death of the scary movie.