13 horror movies about horror movies @ Blastr

It's about to get meta. 

Donald Glover to play young Lando in Han Solo Star Wars movie @ Sci-Fi Storm

The official Star Wars site confirmed today after months of speculation that the younger version of the smooth operator of Cloud City will indeed be played by actor, writer and Grammy-nominated artist Donald Glover, announced today by Lucasfilm. He joins Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in the upcoming standalone anthology film, to be released in 2018.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Dance of death: Carrie turns 40 @ Blastr

If you had a taste for terror in 1976, you probably took Carrie to the prom.

HotShot Trailer: Logan first official UK trailer @ Sci-Fi Storm

Logan’s seems to finally be aging in the latest standalone Wolverine movie, Logan…but he hasn’t lost his stuff…opens March 3rd, 2017

Christopher Lloyd to guest star in Season 3 of 12 Monkeys @ Sci-Fi Storm

christopher_lloydSyfy announced today that award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) has been cast in a guest role in season three of the time-travel thriller 12 Monkeys. Lloyd will play Zalmon Shaw, a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon other’s tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into the apocalyptic cult the “Army of the 12 Monkeys.” Shaw is the father of the series’ most imposing villain, the enigmatic Pallid Man.

Best known for his iconic role as Doc Brown in the blockbuster film series Back to the Future, Lloyd made his feature film debut in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and has won three Emmy Awards: one for outstanding lead actor in Road to Avonlea and two back-to-back wins for outstanding supporting actor in Taxi. He is represented by The Gersh Agency and managed by Andrew Freedman.

In addition, Terry Matalas, co-creator and series showrunner, will make his directorial debut in the premiere episode, which started production in Toronto this week. 12 Monkeys is produced by Universal Cable Productions, in association with Atlas Entertainment, who produced the original cult classic film, 12 Monkeys. The series, starring Aaron Stanford (James Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Jose Ramse), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines), Barbara Sukowa (Katarina Jones), and Todd Stashwick (Deacon), follows the journey of James Cole, a man from the future sent back in time to stop the malevolent “Army of the 12 Monkeys” from destroying the world.

In season three, James Cole and Cassandra Railly embark on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse, a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will mean saving the world. But the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for both Cole and Railly and will call into question new alliances, old bonds, and the virtue of the mission itself.

Turning a Garage Into a Monster's Mouth Is a Good Halloween Decoration @ io9

Turning a Garage Into a Monster's Mouth Is a Good Halloween Decoration

I’m not into Halloween, but I appreciate the people who really, really love it. You know the types, the ones that plan out elaborate costumes decades in advance, the folks who decorate their houses so well that it rivals the haunted houses of theme parks, the people who buy the best candy, the people who host the best parties, etc. Those people make everyone feel better on a day where we don’t have to be ourselves.


Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot on hand as Wonder Woman named Honorary Ambassador to the U.N. @ Blastr

It was pure serendipity that Wonder Woman was officially named an Honorary Ambassador to the U.N. on the day that marks the 75th anniversary of her launch. 

Watch: Everything you need to know about Marvel's Doctor Strange @ Blastr

We’re just a month away from Doctor Strange getting his big screen debut, so we decided to take a deep dive into the canon of Dr. Stephen Strange.

Donald Glover is the new Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo film @ Blastr

The younger version of Han Solo's "old buddy" has been locked down for the next Star Wars spinoff.

Donald Glover Is Going to Be Young Lando in the Han Solo Movie @ io9

After weeks of rumors and hedging, it’s official: Donald Glover will be playing the young Lando Calrissian in the standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie.


Watch: Set sail on a swashbuckling preview of Black Sails Season 4 @ Blastr

The producers of Starz’ Black Sails reflect on the most impressive moments from past seasons, animating a shark and how genre TV has changed.

When Exorcism Fails in Incarnate, the Next Logical Step Is... Mind-Melding? @ io9

“I don’t do exorcisms,” Aaron Eckhart asserts in the new trailer for Incarnate. “I don’t use religious methods to treat the symptoms. I go inside the victim’s mind to treat the disease.” That’s the summary of the film, in which his character is called upon to help a family desperate to save their possessed little boy.


House of Tomorrow From 1933 Declared National Treasure, Will Be Restored @ io9

When the House of Tomorrow was completed in 1933 it gave visitors a sneak peek at the shiny, optimistic future that was to come—all twelve sides of it. Today, this relic of the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair sits in disrepair. But preservationists are hoping to change that with the announcement of a new campaign to restore the house to its former glory.


Watch: We talk to the Squirrel Girl gang about what makes her tick, their use of social media @ Blastr

One of the coolest comics in Marvel’s catalog these days is the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, so we caught up with creative team Ryan North and Erica Henderson about what makes her tick. 

Someone Please Get Wonder Woman Some Light in the New Justice League Photo @ io9

Zack Snyder tweeted a new image of Wonder Woman today. You’d think with all that fire, there’d be more light so we could see more of her glory.


Who Won the Week Episode 46: Logan, The Walking Dead, and ghost stories @ Blastr

Wolverine returns, Negan's victim looms large on The Walking Dead, and we learn about the importance of ghost stories in the latest episode of our weekly podcast.

DC Comics' Shea Fontana talks Superhero Girls, making grown-up stories kid-friendly @ Blastr

Comic writer Shea Fontana is tackling more than a few unique projects at DC, so we got her to dish on everything from Wonder Woman ’77 to DC Superhero Girls.

Kevin Feige Has at Least One Decent Reason for Keeping Marvel's Netflix Heroes Out of the Movies @ io9

Marvel has been signaling pretty strongly that fans shouldn’t hold hope for the cast of Agents of SHIELD to appear in the movieverse anytime soon—but now head studio honcho Kevin Feige is signaling the same for the company’s Netflix heroes. At least, however, he offers a solid explanation as to why they’re not showing up.


Watch: Valiant Comics' Rafer Roberts talks Faith, Harbinger and Archer @ Blastr

Though Marvel and DC get a lot of the attention these days, they’re not the only shop putting out ambitious superhero stories. So we caught up with Valiant Comics’ Rafer Roberts to talk about what’s up with Faither, Archer and Renegades.

Watch: Sleepy Hollow cast talks the new season, what really scares them @ Blastr

The Fox series Sleepy Hollow has gone through one heck of an evolution for a show that’s only been around three years — and Season 4 could hold the biggest changes yet.

The 30 Weirdest Horror Movies of the 1970s @ io9

The 1970s produced acclaimed horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Jaws, Carrie, and Halloween. But the decade also unleashed cinematic oddities galore, most of which were low-budget entries that gleefully pushed the boundaries of good taste. You say “cult movie”—we say “essential.”


Watch: Justice League Dark cast on the mystical side of DC, why Batman's there @ Blastr

While we wait for a big-screen version of Justice League Dark, DC’s animated division is bringing Constantine and the gang to life early next year. But why is Batman there?

Put a Spell on Us With Your Gifs @ io9

It’s Friday, we’re only a week and change away from Halloween, so let’s bust out some gifs!


Dirk Gently Is a Frustrating, But Mindlessly Entertaining Mess of a Show @ io9


Dirk Gently Is a Frustrating, But Mindlessly Entertaining Mess of a Show All images: BBC America

Here’s the thing about BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: It is, by virtue of its pacing, entertaining. But at the end of the episode, you can’t figure out why you watched it.


Jimmy Kimmel hires Doctor Strange for kids' party in hilarious clip @ Blastr

Be careful who you hire when you're looking for a magician.

It Looks Like NASA Found ESA's Crashed Mars Lander @ io9

On Wednesday, the European Space Agency attempted to land a probe on Mars, and things went bad. While the ExoMars mission team continues to piece together why its Schiaparelli lander lost contact with the Earth, NASA has now obtained photographic evidence of what appears to be a crash-landing.


Raphael and Zodi clash in new 6-page peek at IDW's TMNT Universe #3 @ Blastr

The turtles take on the scorpion-tailed Zodi in new preview for IDW's TMNT Universe #3

Today's Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future @ io9

This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a major DNS provider. Details of how the attack happened remain vague, but one thing seems certain. Our internet is frightfully fragile in the face of increasingly sophisticated hacks.


Watch: Jamie Hector looks back at Heroes, talks fighting vampires in The Strain @ Blastr

Though his biggest claim to fame might be The Wire, character actor Jamie Hector has also dipped his toes into the sci-fi waters over the years. So what’s the difference in grounded drama and genre projects?

World's Best Dad Transforms Daughter Into the Star of the Wonder Woman Movie for Halloween @ io9

Just a regular ol’ Wonder Woman costume probably would’ve been great, but photographer and #1 dad Josh Rossi decided to make his daughter’s Halloween even better by getting an amazingly crafted costume for her, and then did a special photoshoot compositing her into scenes from Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman.


2016 Geffen Awards Winners @ Locus Online

The 2016 Geffen Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • Redshirts, John Scalzi, translated by Zafrir Grossman (Opus)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

Best Translated YA Book

Best Original Hebrew Short Story

  • “Requiem to Matthew,” Aviel Tochterman

Best Original Hebrew Book

  • Lake of Shadows, Roni Gelbfish

Winners were announced October 20, 2016 at ICon in Tel Aviv, the annual Israeli SF convention. Charles Stross was guest of honor.

These Duelling Star Wars Drones Can Hit Speeds of Up to 35 MPH @ io9

First revealed at the European Star Wars Celebration back in July, Propel’s fleet of remote control Star Wars drones is finally available for pre-order—at least if you live outside of the US. UK-based sites like Firebox are finally listing the drones as available for pre-order for $300 a piece.


Lord of the Rings spinoff tale being published 100 years after Tolkien conceived it @ Blastr

It was a story that inspired much of the Lord of the Rings saga, along with J.R.R. Tolkien’s personal life, and now the story of Beren and Lúthien is getting its own solo printing.

What It's Like Inside A Pokeball, According To A Pokémon Developer @ io9

For years, Pokémon fans have argued over what happens when a monster is recalled into a Pokeball. The theories are endless.


That Time DC Comics’ First Black Superhero Kicked Hal Jordan’s Ass @ io9

DC Comics has a lot of Green Lanterns. Thousands of them are weird-looking aliens from extraterrestrial cultures; a decent chunk of them are from Earth. Human ring-wielders fight all the time, but Green Lantern: Mosaic #5 is a classic because of how John Stewart beat his fellow Green Lantern Hal Jordan.


New Prey trailer reveals the sci-fi survival game's insane alt-history plot @ Blastr

Learn the horrifc secrets behind the terrors of Talos 1 in this new backstory video for Prey.

Watch: Man in the High Castle cast and crew on what's next in Season 2 @ Blastr

The first season of Amazon’s Man in the High Castle was one of the biggest surprises of 2015, and we’ll be going even deeper down the rabbit hole in Year 2.

James Mangold on where Logan fits in the timeline, an 'older and ailing' Wolverine @ Blastr

If you didn’t know it was an X-Men film walking in, the first trailer for James Mangold’s Logan didn’t do a whole lot to really give it away — and that’s awesome. So what does the director have to say about this very different take on Wolverine?

J.J. Abrams Reveals the Crazy CG Effect You Didn't Know Was in The Force Awakens @ io9

There was a lot of amazing visual setpieces in The Force Awakens, made possibly by the incredible wizardry of ILM and many other VFX studios. But sometimes the best use of CGI is one where you had no idea its even used, as J.J. Abrams points out in this exclusive clip from his new Force Awakens commentary track.


Earthquake Faults Around San Francisco Are Dangerously Interconnected @ io9

Geologists have discovered that two deadly faults beneath San Francisco—the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults—may be linked. Should one slip, it could trigger the other fault to collapse as well, causing an earthquake even larger than the one that struck back in 1989.


Use the Force to Save Big on the First Six Star Wars Films @ io9

The Star Wars “Complete Saga” Blu-ray isn’t actually complete anymore, since it doesn’t include The Force Awakens, but $70 is still the best price we’ve seen on the first six films. You also get audio commentary on each movie, 45 deleted scenes, and three bonus discs full of extra featurettes.


Marvel Pulls Variant Cover For Sexualizing Invincible Iron Man's New 15-Year-Old Hero @ io9

Pinup art has long been an unfortunate staple of variant comic covers depicting female heroes—but when that sexualized aesthetic starts getting applied to 15 year old teenage girls, it’s not a good look for anyone involved.


Aaron Eckhart mind-melds to fight a demon in new trailer for Incarnate @ Blastr

The exorcism subgenre is getting pretty stale these days, but this new mid-budget horror flick from the Blumhouse factory is aiming to spice it up with a sci-fi angle. Enter Incarnate.

I Can't Tell Which of These Two Moments From Last Night's Legends of Tomorrow I Love More @ io9

The fact that they basically happened one after the other in an episode that was already an absolute blast just cemented my thoughts that Legends has gotten so much more fun now that its eagerly accepted the goofiness of its premise.


We Were Wrong About Limiting Children's Screen Time @ io9

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.


Today's Best Deals: Lady Gaga, Eneloop Batteries, Patio Heaters, and More @ io9

Joss Whedon wants to make a Star Wars movie. This is not a drill. @ Blastr

With his stint running The Avengers in the rearview mirror, director Joss Whedon has had a bit of time to reflect on the big franchise machine. So what does he want to do next? Maybe a Star Wars movie.

If Asked, Joss Whedon Would Make a Catwoman Movie, a James Bond Movie, and a Star Wars Movie @ io9

There is literally no franchise Joss Whedon would not say yes to right now. Whether he should be asked is a debate for studio boardrooms and comment sections on the Internet.


Bruce Springsteen Really Did Write a Song for Harry Potter That Was Wisely Rejected @ io9

I am not saying anything bad about Bruce Springsteen. But I do think that his style, amidst all the grade-A Britishness that Harry Potter exudes, might have been a little jarring.


Dr. Strange Banishes a Kid to Hell When Jimmy Kimmel Hires Him for a Birthday Party @ io9

It looks like becoming Master of the Mystic Arts has left Stephen Strange’s bank account in a bad way.


New Game of Thrones Set Pictures Confirm a Meeting Between Two Major Characters @ io9

Get a look at Ichabod’s new partner in Sleepy Hollow. The Godzilla sequel has found its writers. The cast and crew of Black Mirror’s third season tease what’s to come on the show. Plus, everything coming up in the CW/DC TV universe, and Lynda Carter makes her Presidential debut in a new Supergirl clip. Spoilers Now!


This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today @ io9

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.


A team-up with the Justice Society, and a new captain emerges in the latest Legends of Tomorrow @ Blastr

The team hangs around in 1942 to help out the Justice Society of America (against the JSA’s better judgment) in taking on the Nazis to retrieve a mysterious amulet.

13 final girls killed in the sequel @ Blastr

You can't win them all.

The Director of Game of Thrones' Epic 'Battle of the Bastards' Is Making a Sinbad Movie @ io9

Directing an episode of Game of Thrones can be nearly as demanding as directing a feature film—especially when, as Miguel Sapochnik has done, it’s an iconic episode with tons of action, like “Battle of the Bastards” or “Hardhome.” Hollywood took note, and now he’s set to helm a new take on Sinbad.


Learn Three Magic Tricks You Can Easily Do With a Pen @ io9

Learn Three Magic Tricks You Can Easily Do With a Pen

Magic is mostly just how good you are with your hands. Here are three really easy magic tricks that you can pull with just a pen: making it disappear, making it appear out of nowhere, and making it look super small. Oscar Owen breaks down the techniques for each and they only involve super quick finger movements. The alternate angle reveals how easy it is.


This Video of Kate McKinnon's Ghostbusters Outtakes Is the Lone Bright Spot of 2016 @ io9

In a year of darkness, let the one light be Kate McKinnon’s performance as Jillian Holtzmann in Ghostbusters.


Demons Beware, the Women of Ash vs Evil Dead Just Formed a Kick-Ass Power Team @ io9

When Ash vs Evil Dead began its second season, Kelly was bored out of her mind—so though she doesn’t trust Ruby at all, she was thrilled when the season one baddie lured Ash out of retirement, putting Kelly back in action. In this clip from Sunday’s episode, “DUI,” the bitter rivals forge an unlikely partnership.


The history of paranormal TV + A supernatural superstar panel with Kindred Spirits, Paranormal Lockdown @ Blastr

Blastr's resident paranormal history expert, Aaron Sagers, tackles the evolution of paranormal TV -- starting with Leonard Nimoy! Plus: our exclusive Supernatural Superstar Paranormal Panel, with stars of Kindred Spirits and Paranormal Lockdown: Nick Groff, Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Katrina Weidman and John Zaffis.

Amy Adams chats with tentacled aliens in final trailer + poster for The Arrival @ Blastr

Here's the intense launch trailer for Denis Villeneuve's new sci-fi mystery, Arrival.

Warner Bros. has a sweet tooth for new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel + franchise @ Blastr

Roald Dahl's King of Candy is being given the franchise treatment by the bigwigs at Warner Bros.

These Onesie Costumes Are Beautiful and Majestic and I Would Like to Wear Them All @ io9

Looking for an incredibly easy, inexpensive, last-minute costume? I recently found a treasure trove of comfortable (and soft!) adult onesies that a) make Halloween shopping a cinch b) are nerdy beyond belief and c) are so glorious that picking just one to buy is honestly the hardest choice I have faced this year.


By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, Doctor Strange's Fight Scenes Look Spectacular @ io9

If we can expect nothing else from Doctor Strange, we can expect it to look absolutely incredible.


First creepy trailer for Gore Verbinski’s horror thriller A Cure for Wellness @ Blastr

20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for Gore Verbinski’s new horror thriller A Cure for Wellness.

Return of the Caped Crusaders Shows Why Batman Is Truly the World's Greatest Detective @ io9

One of the greatest joys of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader (and there are many) is how Batman deduces the clues hidden in Riddler’s riddles. And by “deduces,” I mean “makes logical leaps no human would ever see and everyone acts like what he somehow came up with was totally obvious and they’re the weird ones.”


Deadspin Richie Incognito Is Still Richie Incognito | Jezebel Apparently Kanye and Jay Z Are in a Da @ io9

Honor Phantasm's Tall Man in this sentimental salute to Angus Scrimm @ Blastr

The man who brought Phantasm's alien undertaker to life is given a memorable sendoff.

Arrow Is Finally Having Some Fun, But It Still Needs Focus @ io9

Way too many things were going on in last night’s Arrow—and none of them were really related to the ongoing arc of this current season. Thankfully, one of the things that did happen was so thoroughly enjoyable and fun that it made the maelstrom of too many things disappear for a few, glorious minutes.


Doctor Strange unleashes 2 new clips and 12 minutes of B-roll footage @ Blastr

Following yesterday’s first trippy clip from Doctor Strange, Marvel has released two new sneak peeks as well as some cool B-roll footage from the upcoming comic book movie.

New TV Drama About the Imminent Arrival of a Killer Asteroid Feels Very Timely @ io9

Unfortunately, the CBS show—from executive producer Alex Kurtzman, whose TV credits include Fringe, Limitless, Sleepy Hollow, and Alias; he also directed the Tom Cruise Mummy reboot that’s out next year—is titled Salvation, suggesting it might not end with the asteroid smashing Earth into a billion pieces, as we all might currently be hoping


Watch: Son of Zorn cast on He-Man inspirations, cartoon anatomy @ Blastr

The high-concept Fox sitcom Son of Zorn has essentially transplanted a He-Man-style hero into the real world, and we caught up with the cast and crew to talk about what’s coming next for Zorn and his family.

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