X-Men Writer Simon Kinberg Rumored to Direct a Dark Phoenix X-Sequel @ io9

Talk of a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse has been rampant as of late. There have been rumors of titles, shooting dates, actors returning, and more. But one thing there hasn’t been is an answer to the question of who might write and direct the expected X-sequel. Now that name may finally be revealed.

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There Is a Knights of the Old Republic Shout-Out in Aftermath: Empire's End That Will Put a Giant Smile on Your Face @ io9

You know when someone writes something that hits you right where you live and you had no idea it was coming? That’s what happened when I got to a certain moment in Chuck Wendig’s final installment of his Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy, Empire’s End. I actually yelled with joy reading this book.

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Marvel's Inhumans TV series casts Game of Thrones villain @ Blastr

The first member of Attilan's royal family has been found for the upcoming ABC series.

Here Are the 2016 Nebula Award Nominees @ io9

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced its 2016 Nebula Award nominees—honoring the best works of scifi and fantasy published in the US—as well as its Bradbury (for dramatic presentation, with Westworld cracking the film-heavy category) and Norton (for YA works) nominees.

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All These People Are Probably Going to Die in Alien Covenant @ io9

The first photo of the full Alien Covenant crew was revealed Tuesday, with the news that a teaser will be seen during Wednesday’s episode of Legion. Which is great, but we wanted to break down this photo a bit more.

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Han Solo cast assembles in the Millennium Falcon as production begins @ Blastr

Work is officially underway on Disney's new Han Solo prequel, and we have a shot of the cast hanging out in the Millennium Falcon to prove it.

Game of Thrones' Biggest Asshole Is the First Star of Marvel's Inhumans @ io9

Marvel’s next foray into TV, Inhumans, has just cast its first star. It’s Iwan Rheon, who most people know as the deplorable Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones. He’s playing Maximus, brother to the king and a major thorn in the side of Black Bolt.

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Atari's Swordquest comic finally getting new chapter 30 years later @ Blastr

It's little more than a footnote for nostalgic video game fans these days, but Swordquest is something truly special for kids of a certain generation. And now it's coming back to life.

Mark Gattis hints Sherlock might officially be done @ Blastr

In the years since Sherlock began, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have become bona fide Hollywood stars. It's not that easy to get the duo together these days ... but it might've just gotten so hard that the show is calling it quits.

Dominic Monaghan stars in official trailer for Syfy movie Atomica @ Blastr

Syfy Films has released a new trailer and a cool poster for their upcoming sci-fi thriller, Atomica.

Why Daredevil Wanted His Secret Identity Back @ io9

The push and pull of maintaining a secret identity sits at the heart of so many superhero stories. However, recently it wasn’t part of Matt Murdock’s tale. For a few years, he lived his life having it all, letting the world know that he really is Daredevil—and then, suddenly, it was a secret again. Now we’re about to…

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This 400-Million-Year-Old Worm Monster Is Metal as Hell @ io9

The past is often portrayed as a Pandora’s Box of terrifying monsters. But while many paleontologists reject this stereotype, the scientists behind the newly-discovered marine worm Websteroprion armstrongi have decided to embrace it. It turns out this Palaeozoic prince of darkness, which roamed the seas roughly…

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Image(s) of the Day: Gruesome concept art for The Walking Dead's Gladiator Walker @ Blastr

Check out this pre-production art for The Walking Dead's terrifying arena-fighting monster

Obi-Wan Kenobi Suddenly Has a Religious Reason for Lying to Luke About Darth Vader @ io9

You know how Luke confronted Obi-Wan Kenobi for saying that Darth Vader killed his father when the truth was that Darth Vader was his father? And Obi-Wan says that everything he said was true “from a certain point of view”? Well, thanks to the newest Star Wars novel, that’s not just a pile of bantha poodoo—it’s part…

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Here's our first official look at James Franco in new Alien: Covenant cast pic @ Blastr

20th Century Fox has released a new cast pic for legendary director Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, featuring our first official look at James Franco in the film.

Chosen One of the Day: the iguana from Planet Earth II @ Blastr

"Be the Iguana" is the only mantra you need in life.

Watch Alfred Rock Out in The Lego Batman Movie's Big Dance Number @ io9

Alfred Pennyworth is a man of many talents regardless of the incarnation of Batman he’s in. But it turns out, on top of all of the usual butlery and whatnot, his Lego self is also a slick as hell guitarist, to boot.

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Mr. Mxyzptlk causes Fifth Dimension goofiness in the latest Supergirl @ Blastr

Mr. Mxyzptlk, an impish trickster from the Fifth Dimension, has decided he’s in love with Kara.

The Millennium Falcon Is Packed in the First Cast Photo From the Han Solo Movie @ io9

The first photo from the set of the still-untitled Han Solo film was posted Tuesday, and things are pretty cramped in the Millennium Falcon.

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Return to the world of Blade Runner with this gorgeous indie short film @ Blastr

We still have a while to wait until we get to see the official Blade Runner sequel in October, so until then, enjoy this indie short set within the same neon-drenched future.

Playing Retro Games on These Tiny Arcade Cabinets Is Still More Fun Than on a Smartphone @ io9

The thrill of realizing you can play the classic arcade games you grew up with on your smartphone is immediately gone once you actually try to guide Pac-Man around a maze using touchscreen controls. It’s so frustrating that you might consider carrying around one of these incredibly tiny arcade machines in your…

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All the Incredible Toys We Saw at New York Toy Fair This Weekend @ io9

Every February, toy makers descended on New York for the annual Toy Fair event, giving us a taste of all the goodies that will inevitably have us emptying our wallets over the next year or so. As usual, io9 and Gizmodo descended right there with them. Here’s all our coverage, just in case you missed it.

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Guillermo del Toro Finally Admits Hellboy 3 Is Never Ever Happening @ io9

For the better part of a decade, director Guillermo del Toro has teased, promised, and pleaded to make a third Hellboy movie. Star Ron Perlman is up for it and fans want it, but no studio has been willing to pay for it. A few weeks ago, del Toro got fans hopes up by saying he was going to try yet again—and instead,…

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Row into this rowdy crew of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 posters @ Blastr

Unfurl this swashbuckling new treasure of posters for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The Rock Explains Why He Thinks Shazam Villain Black Adam Is a Hero @ io9

It makes sense that the guy who wrestled as the People’s Champion—with the backstory of butting heads with powers-that-be—would look at DC Comics continuity and come away with this reading of the character.

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Rumor of the Day: Benicio Del Toro's Last Jedi character has a family connection @ Blastr

One of The Last Jedi's mysterious new characters may have just been outed.

California Will Secede From the United States in the New Comic Calexit @ io9

Anytime a Republican president elected, there’s discussion about the idea of California seceding from the Union, an idea that has currently been dubbed as “Calexit,” in a similar manner to the equally-terribly-named “Brexit.” Thanks to a near-future, alternate reality comic from Black Mask Studios, California will…

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Supergirl Just Had a Super Frigid Surprise Cameo @ io9

It seems a little weird that a show about a bunch of aliens integrating on Earth would focus primarily on something as culturally specific as Valentine’s Day, but that’s what Supergirl did! But the show also used the opportunity to introduce on of Super-canon’s best villains: Mr. Mxyzptlk. But the fifth-dimensional…

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Watch ILM turn NYC into the Mirror Dimension in FX reel for Doctor Strange @ Blastr

Ahead of the 89th Academy Awards this coming Sunday, Industrial Light &; Magic has released a sneak peek at their Oscar-nominated visual effects for Marvel's Doctor Strange.

Today's Best Deals: Anker Charging Gear, Logitech Gaming Mouse, Mohu Antenna, and More @ io9

Stay in your seats: Logan has a post-credits scene @ Blastr

There's an extra few minutes at the end of the new Wolverine movie that the press did not get to see.

More Rumors About the Big Villain of Wonder Woman @ io9

Some beloved kaiju could appear in Kong: Skull Island. New art could give us another look at Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Shocker. Hear a snippet of Beauty and the Beast’s iconic “I Want” song. Plus, new clips from tonight’s Agents of SHIELD, and tons of new pictures from Arrow, Flash, and Riverdale. Praise Hera, the…

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New Rogue One sequel novel Inferno Squad coming to your galaxy @ Blastr

A new Star Wars novel coming this summer will follow an elite Imperial strike team.

KaBLAM! A small asteroid carved out one of the youngest craters on Mars @ Blastr

Sometime between 2012 and 2016 a one-meter wide asteroid slammed into the surface of Mars, creating one the planet's youngest impact craters.

Watch: We honor Teen Titans' Bumblebee for Black History Month's 28 Days of Heroes @ Blastr

In honor of Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on the DC Comics hero Bumblebee as part of our 28 Days of Heroes. So, here's the buzz.

Astronomy blasts into the future with gravitational wave detector Virgo @ Blastr

Joining forces with LIGO, the Virgo interferometer could help scientists make unprecedented discoveries.

Listen to the never-released Weird Al Pac-Man song @ Blastr

Here's a forgotten gem from Weird Al singing about Namco's classic Pac Man arcade game.

Exclusive: Timeless creators tell all about the Season 1 finale and what may come next @ Blastr

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In this exclusive post-mortem interview, creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke discuss the Season 1 finale and and all things Timeless.

In latest Star Wars novel, Jar Jar's fate is revealed @ Blastr

In Star Wars: Aftermath - Empire's End by Chuck Wendig, we learn the fate of Jar Jar Binks. 

Bringing Video Game And Anime Hair To Life @ io9

Tokyo-based hair stylist Shotac has an interesting forte: turning game and anime hair into reality.

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Walton Wins Skylark @ Locus Online

Jo Walton is the recipient of the 2017 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (AKA the Skylark Award), presented by the New England Science Fiction Association announced at Boskone 54, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, February 17-19, 2017.

The Skylark is given to “some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late ‘Doc’ Smith well-loved by those who knew him.”

For more information and a list of past recipients, see the NESFA website.

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty Rickroll Makes Me Want to Burn the Internet @ io9

Adult Swim Australia promised the first look at the opening for season 3 of Rick and Morty. I got excited, because this has been a long time coming, and I was pumped to see what happens next. And then it rick rolled me.

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Exclusive: Erik Larsen on the return of Mighty Man, politics and Image turning 25 @ Blastr

Legendary cartoonist and Image Comics co-founder Erik Larsen talks about his upcoming Mighty Man one-shot.

Metal Gear Solid director gives update on long in-development film adaptation @ Blastr

The seminal video game series Metal Gear Solid was officially put into development for the big screen back in 2014 and now we finally have an update. Turns out things are looking pretty good.

Heroes and monsters clash in new Superman and Batman vs Aliens and Predator figures @ Blastr

Check out this insane new line of NECA's Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator action figures.

2016 BSFA Shortlist @ Locus Online

The shortlist for the 2016 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced:

Best Novel

Best Short Story

Best Artwork

Best Non-Fiction

The awards will be voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). The winners will be announced at the 68th Eastercon, Innominate, to be held April 14-17, 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, UK. For more information, see the BSFA website.

 

 

 

 

Saga's Lying Cat Is the Official Mascot of 2017 @ io9

Last year, as everything seemed to catch on fire all around us, it was clear that K.C. Green’s iconic “This is fine” dog was the animal totem of 2016. Now, we are already in desperate need of a new icon that can help us navigate the swift-moving, danger-filled reality of 2017, and I know what it is: Lying Cat.

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Men and women mingle for Saudi Arabia's first Comic Con @ Blastr

Segregated members of the Saudi community came together this past weekend to share their passion for comics, movies, video games and other pop culture.

Batman punishes Parademons in new BTS Justice League image @ Blastr

Check out this new glimpse at Justice League straight from the editing bay.

Cast of The Predator Is Looking 'Beautiful' and Deadly in First Official Photo @ io9

The Predator director Shane Black celebrated the first day of filming by giving us a glimpse at our plucky young killers, plus the adorable kid who might be the key to saving us all.

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Latest King Arthur Trailer Is Full of Swords, Prophecies, and Absolute Insanity @ io9

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It’s the first solid look at the movie since the San Diego Comic-Con trailer premiered last year, and folks, this movie looks bananas.

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Behold the magic of the latest trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword @ Blastr

Warner Bros. has released an exciting new trailer for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, featuring plenty of new footage.

Shane Black shares first official cast pic from The Predator as production starts @ Blastr

Filming on 20th Century Fox's The Predator begins in Vancouver today, and to celebrate the start of production, director Shane Black has shared a first official pic of the cast in costume.

2016 Aurealis Awards Finalists @ Locus Online

The 2016 Aurealis Awards finalists, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced.

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • Watershed, Jane Abbott (Penguin Random House)
  • Confluence, S.K. Dunstall (Ace)
  • Gemima: Illuminae Files 2, Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Squid’s Grief, DK Mok (self-published)
  • Stiletto, Daniel O’Malley (HarperCollins)
  • Threader, Rebekah Turner (Harlequin Australia)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA

  • Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti (PS)
  • “Salto Mortal”, Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed 6/16)
  • “Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer (Dimension6 #8)
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure)
  • “All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie (Dimension6 #9)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY

  • “Trainspotting in Winesburg”, Jack Dann (Concentration)
  • “The Baby Eaters”, Ian McHugh (Asimov’s 1/16)
  • “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring”, Claire McKenna (In Your Face)
  • “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray (Clarkesworld 11/16)
  • “68 Days”, Kaaron Warren (Tomorrow’s Cthulu)
  • “The Least of Things”, Jen White (Aurealis #94)

BEST FANTASY NOVEL

  • Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
  • Fall of the Dagger, Glenda Larke (Hachette Australia)
  • Den of Wolves, Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Vigil, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher)
  • Road to Winter, Mark Smith (Text)
  • Sisters of the Fire, Kim Wilkins (Harlequin Australia)

BEST FANTASY NOVELLA

  • “Raven’s First Flight”, Alan Baxter (SNAFU: Black Ops)
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, Jason Fischer (Review of Australian Fiction #118)
  • “Forfeit”, Andrea K. Höst (The Towers, the Moon)
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure)
  • “Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Finnegan’s Field”, Angela Slatter (Tor.com 1/13/16)

BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY

  • “Watercress Soup”, Tamlyn Dreaver (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #65)
  • “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer (Insert Title Here)
  • “Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls (Tor.com 4/19/16)
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat”, David Versace (Aurealis #89)
  • “The Cartographer’s Price”, Suzanne Willis (Mythic Delirium 7-9/16)

BEST HORROR NOVEL

  • Fear Is the Rider, Kenneth Cook (Text)
  • My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Publishing Australia)

BEST HORROR NOVELLA

  • Box of Bones, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein)
  • “Served Cold”, Alan Baxter (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Waking in Winter”, Deborah Biancotti (PS)
  • “The Starlight Circus”, Tara Calaby (Red Sun Magazine 12/16)
  • “Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Pan”, Christopher Ruz (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #62)

BEST HORROR SHORT STORY

  • “Non Zero Sum”, R.P.L. Johnson (SNAFU: Hunters)
  • “Flame Trees”, T.P. Napper (Asimov’s 4-5/16)
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The Red Forest”, Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
  • “68 Days”, Kaaron Warren (Tomorrow’s Cthulhu)
  • “Life, or Whatever Passes For It”, Durand Welsh (Peel Back the Skin)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

  • Elegy, Jane Abbott (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Bone Queen, Alison Croggon (Penguin Books Australia)
  • The Other Side of Summer, Emily Gale (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins)
  • Gemima: Illuminae Files 2, Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Goldenhand, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY

  • “A Right Pretty Mate”, Lisa L. Hannett (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls (Tor.com 4/19/16)
  • “No One Here is Going to Save You”, Shauna O’Meara (In Your Face)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)
  • “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth”, Leife Shallcross (Strange Little Girls)

BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION

  • Blueberry Pancakes Forever, Angelica Banks (Allen & Unwin)
  • Magrit, Lee Battersby (Walker Books Australia)
  • Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, Caleb Crisp (Bloomsbury)
  • The Turners, Mick Elliott (Hachette Australia)
  • When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Hungry Isle, Emily Rodda (Omnibus Books)

BEST COLLECTION

  • Crow Shine, Alan Baxter (Ticonderoga)
  • Concentration, Jack Dann (PS)
  • A Feast of Sorrows, Angela Slatter (Prime)
  • Winter Children, Angela Slatter (PS)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

  • Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed. (PS Australia)
  • Defying Doomsday, Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Year’s Best YA Speculative fiction 2015, Julia Rios & Alisa Krasnostein, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)
  • In Your Face, Tehani Wessely, ed. (Fablecroft)

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL/ILLUSTRATED WORK

  • Mechanica, Lance Balchin (Five Mile)
  • BROBOT, James Foley (Fremantle)
  • Negative Space, Ryan K. Lindsay (Dark Horse Comics)
  • The Spider King, Josh Vann (self-published)

The Sara Douglass Book Series Award is not running this year.

Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony during Swancon 42, April 13-17, 2017 in Perth, Australia  For more, see the official website.

First look at Ares (and more) in new Wonder Woman toys @ Blastr

We still have a few months to wait until Wonder Woman hits the big screen, but some new releases from Toy Fair 2017 have revealed the first look at the film's Big Bad. Say hello to Ares.

Josh Gad Ambushes Daisy Ridley with the Mother of All Star Wars Spoiler Probes @ io9

No one is allowed to ask Daisy Ridley about Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers ever again.

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TV THIS WEEK: Timeless finale, Bates Motel returns, Gorilla Grodd on Flash and more @ Blastr

When one show ends, another begins.

Marvel Phase 3 video offers BTS looks at Guardians Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War and more @ Blastr

Included with the Digital HD release of Doctor Strange last week, the Marvel Phase Three sneak peek has finally arrived.

Saudi Arabia Holds Kingdom's First Comic Con @ io9

Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic convention over the weekend, marking a turning point in acceptance of Western entertainment and comic books, as well as showing evolving social norms.

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TidBits: Doctor Who spinoff Class in US; renewal bubble watch; Syfy still looking at cosplay @ Sci-Fi Storm

It’s a long weekend here, so here’s a few more tidbits:

In a conversation with Deadline, BBC America president and GM Sarah Barnett tiptoed around the discussion of who might be the new Doctor to replace Peter Capaldi, but did mention that the Doctor Who spinoff Class, which takes place at the Coal Hill School where there first moments of it’s parent program took place, will debut in the U.S. on April 15th.

On renewals/cancellations, it seems several freshman shows will not survive. Spies have been whispering to us since January that Aftermath will not see a second season and Syfy and SPACE have silently killed the show. Star James Tupper also tweeted, “So sad to report #Aftermath will not be getting a second season. #sobummed”. We were hoping for a renewal and though the ratings and the partnership between Syfy and SPACE would help. No formal pronouncement still, but sadly it seems unlikely.

Also on the bubble are the CW’s Frequency and NBC’s Timeless. Frequency did not have an option to pick up more episodes, leaving the first season at 13, and they did essentially conclude the first season storyline. However, the show is on Netflix now, where it might pick up eyes, but we’re thinking it likely will not return. The Timeless season finale airs tonight, and it’s teetering on the edge. It may depend on what NBC decides on other shows and how many slots are available.

Syfy is still looking for a formula to bring cosplay into the limelight, and it will try again with Cosplay Melee, hosted by self-described “super fangirl” Yvette Nicole Brown. Each week, four world class cosplayers compete to create not only intricate full-body costumes – but fully-formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance. Guiding and critiquing them are a panel of judges including world class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and A-list costume creator, Christian Beckman (The Hunger Games, TRON: Legacy). At the end of every episode, the winner will walk away with $10,000 … and the right to claim cosplay supremacy.

“As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the Cosplay Melee runway,” said host Brown. “These talented artists are going to shine!”

Baby Groot is dynamite in new Guardians Vol. 2 poster @ Blastr

A new Japanese poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has made its merry way online over the weekend featuring the most adorable sapling in the history of cinema, Baby Groot.

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