Casting TidBits: Katie Cassidy returns to Arrow; Westworld promotes Herthum to regular; Anna Akana joins Stitchers @ Sci-Fi Storm

Death knows no bounds in the DC Multiverse – Katie Cassidy will once again return to Arrow – and it will be as a series regular again! She will return for the final two episodes of this season as Black Siren – the evil Earth-2 version of her original Black Canary, then will be a regular through Season 6. No word on if or how it will affect her regular status on Legends of Tomorrow.

Louis Herthum, who plays Peter Abernathy, father of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), will become a series regular on HBO’s Westworld after appearing in six episodes of the show’s debut season.

YouTube and go90 star Anna Akana (Miss 2059) will join the Stitchers team as a recurring character. Akana will play a medical examiner who hits it off with Camille (Allison Scagliotti). Stitchers Season 3 starts June 5th of Freeform.

HotShot Trailer: Justice League first official trailer @ Sci-Fi Storm

Umm…Supes is…missing… 😉

New It Images Are Here to Add Some Clown Terror to Your Monday Evening @ io9

As the numbered balloons on director Andy Muschietti’s Instagram have warned us, we’re just two days away from the first trailer for It. We’re looking forward to seeing this version of villain Pennywise the Clown in action, and creepy new photos released today reminded us of the nightmares we’ll be having as a result.

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Venturing deeper into the Nameless City with Faith Erin Hicks @ Blastr

We spoke with the award-winning cartoonist about her trilogy's second book, The Stone Heart.

A Mom Comes to Grips With Her Daughter's Destiny in Fantasy Short Goblin Queen @ io9

A protective mother frets about her teen daughter’s social life—until she realizes the girl isn’t slipping out to hang with her loser boyfriend, but rather to lead a parallel-dimension kingdom into battle. Reed Shusterman’s short Goblin Queen is funny and touching, with some impressive special effects make-up to boot.

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Zack Snyder chimes in on his Justice League's colorful cast of heroes @ Blastr

The director delivers his thoughts on the new cast of metahumans in his Justice League feature.

Here's Why That Kiss From the Power Rangers Trailer Was Cut From the Film @ io9

It turns out that when Power Rangers made it to test audiences, no one liked the kiss between Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and Jason (Dacre Montgomery). And it wasn’t a bunch of nostalgia-driven fans pissed off because obviously Kimberly should only ever be paired with Tommy, who isn’t even in this movie.

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Chosen One of the Day: Sexual tension in the Power Rangers movie @ Blastr

I dare you to watch these two do battle over a creme filled dessert and NOT assume they're going to go smush their faces together later.

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Vulture will have a ‘bone to pick’ with Iron Man @ Blastr

Ahead of the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer set to debut tomorrow, we have a new official look at Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture, as well as the latest information about the Marvel villain.

Image of the Day: Motorized Game of Thrones Lego Red Keep @ Blastr

Check out this incredible impenetrable Lego Red Keep from Game of Thrones!

Leading into the Legion finale, Noah Hawley talks X-Men inspirations, casting and more @ Blastr

With the first season finale of Legion dropping Wednesday night, executive producer/showrunner Noah Hawley talked to a select group of reporters today to discuss how the first season of the Marvel-inspired series developed creatively. Already renewed for a second season, Hawley confirmed their goal is to premiere Legion Season 2 in early 2018, with the intention of expanding that season to 10 episodes.

Rumor of the day: R-rated Venom movie will launch new Marvel universe @ Blastr

Can the movie marketplace sustain three connected universes based on Marvel Comics characters?

Life’s Scary Space Creature Is a Great New Science-Fiction Monster @ io9

The xeno-organism at the center of the new space thriller Life starts off microscopically small. By the time the movie’s over, it will probably generate some giant-sized nightmares.

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Katie Cassidy Is Returning to Arrow—But Not as Black Canary @ io9

Arrow’s fourth season saw actor Katie Cassidy depart the show, as Laurel Lance perished in the line of duty as Black Canary. Although the show has moved on with Laurel’s successor, Cassidy is making a return to the show as a new regular star. But she won’t be playing the Laurel Lance we all said goodbye to before.

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Power Rangers isn't a good movie, but it's a great Power Rangers movie @ Blastr

The movie may never fully land all its back handsprings but it's obvious that those who made the film were just as obsessed with the original series as those of us sitting in the audience, ready to relive a long-lost Saturday morning.

We've got our first look at Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider @ Blastr

It’s been nearly two months since we saw those cool behind-the-scenes pics of Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander in action as Lara Croft but today, we have the first official images from the Tomb Raider reboot, and a detailed synopsis.

Underwhelming Gay Romance Options In Mass Effect: Andromeda Disappoint Many Fans @ io9

Mass Effect is a franchise known for letting players sleep with other characters, and while that sauciness makes a return in Andromeda, some romance routes have left fans heartbroken.

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This classic Star Wars vehicle is getting an upgrade for The Last Jedi @ Blastr

There's a classic Star Wars vehicle about to get a very cool upgrade for director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

New Up-Close Image of Jupiter Is So Hypnotic It Hurts @ io9

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has consistently been coming through with the best close-up images of Jupiter we’ve ever seen. But a newly released, enhanced-color image of a large dark spot might be the most ethereal of all—its swirling, colorful clouds make it seem like a Jovian Van Gogh.

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Will our moon join the planet club? @ Blastr

If one scientist’s proposal is convincing enough, we could be looking at the planet Luna.

Jessica Jones Is Teaming Up With Kate Bishop For a New Hawkeye Adventure @ io9

Kate Bishop’s new life in L.A. as a private investigator is about to get a bit of a mix up—because Hawkeye’s next arc is bringing in the big guns in the form of Jessica Jones herself. Eager to learn more, we sat down with series writer Kelly Thompson to see how Jessica and Kate will fare together on a wild new case.

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Warner Bros. is on the hunt for a new director to try a live-action Akira. Again. @ Blastr

No, that live-action Akira remake is still not dead.

Venom Will Be Sony's Attempt to Break Into R-Rated Comic Book Films: Report @ io9

According to Collider, Sony’s suddenly fast-tracked Venom movie is also currently slated to be a R-rated film. That’s an interesting plan.

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TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead and Legion wrap up their seasons, Grimm says goodbye for good @ Blastr

This week brings a whole lot of finales, and we have the full run-down.

Producer shares first BTS look at X-Men TV series Gifted with a photo of Amy Acker @ Blastr

Production on Fox's new X-Men TV series Gifted is currently underway in Dallas, Texas, and to celebrate the start of filming, producer Lauren Shuler Donner has shared the show's first behind-the-scenes pic.

Archie Comics Is Trying to Trademark the Cute Couple Names for Betty and Jughead @ io9

In Riverdale, the lovely insanity that is the TV version of Archie, Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) are together. And, in this day and age, a relationship means a portmanteau couple name. Since no one can agree on just one for these two, Archie Comics just went ahead and filed a trademark…

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Weird signals from space may be stranger than sci-fi @ Blastr

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien starships? These scientists seem to think so.  

Here's the First Look at Hollywood's New Version of Tomb Raider Heroine Lara Croft @ io9

The upcoming Tomb Raider movie is due out next March. This film’s iteration of Lara Croft is a dead ringer for her video game counterpart.

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Sing Street star joins the cast of Han Solo standalone Star Wars movie @ Blastr

Disney and Lucasfilm’s Han Solo standalone Star Wars movie has added a fresh face to the cast.

Undead astro-photos are being reanimated—by you @ Blastr

With Astronomy Rewind, you could be in on the next big cosmic discovery.

Someone Built a Working Lego Version of the Red Keep From Game of Thrones' Opening @ io9

The opening for HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the few title sequences you don’t want to skip past during a binge-watching session. But Claus-Marc Hahn might be a bigger fan of those opening credits than the show itself, having built a massive animated version of Red Keep using nothing but Lego and Mindstorms.

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Everything you need to know about Ghost in the Shell @ Blastr

There's more to it than just ScarJo.

Watch nerdy stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Boyega try to be Stephen Hawking's new voice @ Blastr

Stephen Hawking goes in search of a new voice, for charity.

Final Ghost In the Shell Trailer Shows More Hints of a Big Conspiracy @ io9

Lots of bodies in bags... well, if you’re making successive iterations of cyborgs, you’ve got to get the raw material from somewhere, right?

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New Spider-Man: Homecoming Footage Teases a Major Change to the Spidey Suit @ io9

When Civil War chose to lay the groundwork for Spider-Man’s costume at the feet of Tony Stark rather than Peter Parker, we all knew it meant there was going to be some techy-upgrades to the classic Spidey Spandex. But new footage from Homecoming gives Peter a new trick up his... well, not-sleeve that’s straight out of…

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Donny Cates talks the Texas vampires of Redneck @ Blastr

We talk to the writer of the newest horror book from Robert Kirkman's Skybound.

Add 2016's Best Sci-Fi Film to Your Blu-ray Collection For An All-Time Low Price @ io9

I occasionally play tennis with a professor of linguistics, and he told me that Arrival (mostly) did a great job of portraying how one might theoretically go about deciphering an alien language. When’s the last time you saw a movie about your profession that wasn’t rife with errors?

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Retro Rogue One Ad Makes Us Nostalgic For VHS Tapes Again @ io9

Remember VCRs? Your grandparents probably still have one in active rotation, but the rest of us long ago moved onto DVDs, maybe Blu-rays, but eventually just streaming and downloads. We didn’t think we missed movies on cassettes all that much, until this fake retro ad for Rogue One on VHS convinced us otherwise.

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The Most NSFW Site For Streaming Every Star Wars Movie Is Pornhub @ io9

As far as accidental comedy goes, few things beat watching a PG-rated Disney film on a site with the ads for penis enlargement guides and “Tinder for MILFs.” And while I didn’t specifically seek out Pornhub or 2014's animated adventure Big Hero 6 today, both came into view thanks to the Reddit community…

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The Godzilla Anime Movie Sounds Like a Totally Wild Scifi Epic @ io9

The first animated entry into the Japanese Godzilla canon is going buck wild, it seems. We already had hints that it wasn’t just going to be your standard kaiju movie thanks to the out-of-this-world concept art, but a newly revealed synopsis teases just how out there the movie is going to get.

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We Might Finally Have a Good Way to Predict Dangerous Space Weather @ io9

Space weather forecasting—predicting the kind of energetic particles the Sun will throw at us—is years behind weather forecsting here on Earth. As solar physicist Scott McIntosh put it, “Our current model of space weather forecasting is, ‘oh shit a sunspot happened eight minutes ago, now we have to figure out what’s…

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Robert Rodriguez is Fox's choice to direct the Escape From New York reboot @ Blastr

The Escape From New York reboot just got a very interesting director.

Largest-Ever Dinosaur Footprint Found in Australia's Jurassic Park @ io9

Nineties kids who’ve always wanted to visit Jurassic Park to meet Jeff Goldblum—and dinosaurs—are in for a treat: A team of paleontologists from the University of Queensland in Brisbane is claiming to have found the largest-ever dinosaur footprint in a region dubbed “Australia’s Jurassic Park.” While there hasn’t been…

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Today's Best Deals: $4 Phone Cases, Bed Frames, Battery Backups, and More @ io9

The Walking Dead's Biggest Problem Is Back Again @ io9

On last night’s penultimate episode of season seven, our heroes completed their final step in trying to stop the bad guys who are forcing them to give up their stuff… by attacking another community and forcing them to give up their stuff. Yeah.

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There may be more Captain America in Chris Evans' future after all @ Blastr

Reports of Chris Evans ditching his shield may be premature.

Another Familiar Star Wars Vehicle Is Being Updated For The Last Jedi @ io9

James Gunn teases Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's opening. Some potentially major supernatural weirdness is coming to Riverdale for season two. Get a better look at Thor’s new armor in Thor: Ragnarok. An acting legend joins The Punisher. Plus, a new clip from the Walking Dead’s season finale. Spoilers now!

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Goodnight, Pluto @ Blastr

Pluto backlit by the Sun

A newly processed image from the New Horizons probe shows Pluto backlit by the Sun, its whisper-thin atmosphere glowing gloriously blue.

This week, Into The Badlands looks to the past to move forward @ Blastr

This week on Into The Badlands: M.K. revisits his past, Sunny and Bajie orchestrate a successful escape from the Bordeaux Mines, and Quinn remains creepy. Also: Ryder continues to have mommy issues, and the Widow continues to plot.

Sasha's fate is revealed in this week's The Walking Dead @ Blastr

For the first time in quite some time, several storylines intersect, including a return to the remote Oceanside community.

Badass German Kids Show Performs Intro in Klingon @ io9

Hey kids, gather around, we’re going to have some fun today! Or, as we’d like to say this week, “Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam!” A popular German kids show is bringing young ensigns into the Star Trek family, introducing its latest episode entirely in Klingon. Qapla’!

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12-Year-Old's Beauty and the Beast Short Is the Gaston Prequel We've Been Waiting For @ io9

The original Beauty and the Beast never really explored Gaston and LeFou’s joint backstory. They were best buddies, and that was all you really needed to know. While the live-action remake dove a little more into their past, there’s still a lot to explore. As io9 has pointed out, we need a Gaston prequel in our lives.…

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Some Of The Witcher 3's Character Animations Are Still Blowing People Away @ io9

CD Projekt Red’s RPG masterpiece came out nearly two years ago, but damn does it still hold up. And recently, a handful of people’s favorite character animations from the game have been making the rounds.

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Scientists Demonstrate Method of Turning Spinach Leaves Into Human Heart Tissue @ io9

Spinach has long been understood to be good for your heart. But researchers have demonstrated that some day spinach could actually be your heart. Specifically, it could be used to repair damaged tissue by giving human heart tissue a plant-infused vascular system.

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Mandy Moore Shuts Down 'Morbid' Frozen and Tangled Fan Theory @ io9

Tangled star Mandy Moore has killed off a popular fan theory that Frozen, Tangled, and The Little Mermaid are connected through one couple’s painful, terrible death. While the theory was already debunked by super fans, it was worth it to see the horrified look on Moore’s face.

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The First Six Star Wars Films Have Never Been Cheaper @ io9

The Star Wars “Complete Saga” Blu-ray isn’t actually complete anymore, since it doesn’t include The Force Awakens or Rogue One, but $58 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.

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Sunday's Best Deals: Star Wars Saga, WeMo Mini, Amazon Luggage Sale, and More @ io9

The Bob Ross of Glow-in-the-Dark Drawing @ io9

It appears semi-intentional and a little silly but YouTuber Peter Draws is making a solid attempt at channeling Bob Ross’ meditative tone coupled with slightly odd commentary. And it’s some soothing stuff.

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Westworld Creators Reveal Which Host Was the First to Use Free Will @ io9

The season finale of Westworld was ripe with twists and turns, even ones the vigilant Reddit forums didn’t anticipate. As everyone sits on their thumbs waiting for season 2, the show creators have confirmed which host was the first to exercise free will... and it might not be who you think.

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Star Wars Rebels Season 3 comes to an end in Zero Hour @ Blastr

The Star Wars Rebels Season 3 finale did not disappoint.

Tolkien Reading Day: 9 of the most badass underrated characters in the Tolkienverse @ Blastr

These elves, dwarves and everything in between totally deserve more credit from the fandom.

Breaking down the 20 most important moments from the Justice League trailer @ Blastr

Now that we've all seen the Justice League trailer, let's pick it apart.

Man in Joker Makeup Charged with Felony for 'Wearing Mask' @ io9

A 31-year-old Virginia man was arrested on Friday and charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that’s punishable by up to five years in jail. His crime? Dressing up as the Joker. With makeup.

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The Empire Strikes First in the Star Wars Rebels Season Finale @ io9

Forty years ago, the opening crawl of the original Star Wars revealed the Rebels’ had just won “their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.” Given that we knew a major battle would be ending the third season of Star Wars Rebels, that presumably meant things in the finale probably weren’t going to go well for…

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Tolkien Reading Day: 10 quotes that show the strength and hope that ultimately defeated Sauron @ Blastr

These memorable words illustrate how the people of Middle-earth stopped the darkness in their world.

These Guys Who Want A Paul Walker Statue Are The Hope This World Needs (Update) @ io9

Two guys recently stopped by a city council meeting after a surf session in San Clemente, California, asking for a huge statue of the late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker to be erected as a “beacon of headlights that can guide us down a dusty road.” It is absolutely the best—and gnarliest—thing you will ever see.

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Everything Justice League's Trailer Tells Us About Its Story, Heroes, and Villains @ io9

As is our wont, we’ve taken some time put on our detective’s hats, pool our knowledge of rumor and comic books, and squint at every frame of the new Justice League trailer to tell you everything it’s got hidden in its many shades of grey.

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A bold age of heroes arrives in brash new Justice League trailer @ Blastr

The legendary superhero team assembles in this stimulating new Justice League preview.

Justice League Trailer Unites the Team, and World @ io9

The full Justice League trailer is here, and things are about to get epic.

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#GOPDnD Has the Best Dungeons & Dragons Game Ever After Trumpcare Failed @ io9

After a series of closed-door meetings, rejected promises, and thinly veiled threats from President Donald Trump, Republicans finally pulled the American Health Care Act before taking a vote on Friday. This was met with laughter by many, and a few tears by others. But the best reaction came from #GOPDnD, which ended…

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Tolkien Reading Day: 17 of the most fantastical collectibles in the Tolkienverse @ Blastr

Bring Middle-earth to your living room (and everywhere else) with these fantasy finds.

Watch: Power Rangers cast on who should play Green Ranger @ Blastr

We asked. They answered.

Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed @ io9

SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business.

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The best Flying Fists of Fury (and other touches) @ Blastr

Here's our look at the best Flying Fists of Fury, Powerful Punches and Supernatural Squeezes of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. 

Saturday's Best Deals: Seamless Surround Sound, $5 Movies, Burt's Bees, and More @ io9

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