It's about to get meta.
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.”
If you had a taste for terror in 1976, you probably took Carrie to the prom.
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
Syfy 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.
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.
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.
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.
The younger version of Han Solo's "old buddy" has been locked down for the next Star Wars spinoff.
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.
The producers of Starz’ Black Sails reflect on the most impressive moments from past seasons, animating a shark and how genre TV has changed.
“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.
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.
Wonder Woman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Princess Leia Have the Same Birthday Because Obviously They Do @ Tor.com
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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?
It’s Friday, we’re only a week and change away from Halloween, so let’s bust out some gifs!
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.
Be careful who you hire when you're looking for a magician.
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.
The turtles take on the scorpion-tailed Zodi in new preview for IDW's TMNT Universe #3
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.
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?
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.
Best Translated Science Fiction Book
- Redshirts, John Scalzi, translated by Zafrir Grossman (Opus)
Best Translated Fantasy Book
- Fool’s Assassin, Robin Hobb, translated by Zafrir Grossman (Opus)
Best Translated YA Book
- The Blood of Olympus, Rick Riordan, translated by Yael Achmon (Graf)
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.
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.
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.
For years, Pokémon fans have argued over what happens when a monster is recalled into a Pokeball. The theories are endless.
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.
Learn the horrifc secrets behind the terrors of Talos 1 in this new backstory video for Prey.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It looks like becoming Master of the Mystic Arts has left Stephen Strange’s bank account in a bad way.
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!
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.
Class exclusive: Sophie Hopkins on going back to Coal Hill @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Blade Runner 2: 6 Things We Know @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Incarnate trailer Aaron Eckhart faces demons in Blumhouse horror @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Godzilla 2 brings Krampus writers on board @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Arrival trailer has the world on the brink of war @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
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.
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.
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.
In a year of darkness, let the one light be Kate McKinnon’s performance as Jillian Holtzmann in Ghostbusters.
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.
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.
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.
If we can expect nothing else from Doctor Strange, we can expect it to look absolutely incredible.
20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for Gore Verbinski’s new horror thriller A Cure for Wellness.
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.”
The man who brought Phantasm's alien undertaker to life is given a memorable sendoff.
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.
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.
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
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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