Gotham Mad City: 'Smile Like You Mean It' recap @ Blastr

Gotham Season 3 just had its best episode by far.

The Predator Just Added an Expanse Star to Its Ever-Growing Cast @ io9

The Expanse is one of our favorite shows on TV. And while we wait for its February 1 return, we have some gleeful news: Thomas Jane, who plays the Syfy show’s oddly-coiffed but deeply-determined detective, Miller, has joined the cast of The Predator, Shane Black’s franchise reboot. This is ideal, and awesome.

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Square Enix busts out new samurai berserker Wolverine figure @ Blastr

Here's a look at the new Wolverine collector figure from the folks at Square Enix.

2017 ALA Awards @ Locus Online

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA, January 20-24, 2017.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.” The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton) was named a Newbery Honor Book.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster) was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for “excellence in literature written for young adults.”

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (Listening Library) was the Odyssey Award winner for best audiobook. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (HarperAudio) was one of the 2017 Oydssey Honor Audiobooks.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) won the Stonewall Book Award for “books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.”

Several books of genre interest won Alex Awards, given to “the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences”:

For a full list of winners and honor books, see the ALA website.

Why Does Every Shared Universe Have an Awful Name? @ io9

It’s been confirmed that Legendary’s Godzilla-King Kong movie universe is called the “MonsterVerse.” It’s a name absolutely guaranteed to get confused with Universal’s new universe based on its old horror monsters. But it’s not that much better than Arrowverse. Or the DCEU. Or whatever Star Wars is using these days.

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M. Night Shyamalan says next movie will be follow-up to Split @ Blastr

The director says he'll follow his new horror hit with a sequel. Massive spoilers ahead!

Watch Mark Hamill's reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi's title reveal @ Blastr

Our favorite Jedi Knight just found out the next Star Wars film has finally been titled.

5 reasons why Unbreakable is one of the most important superhero movies ever @ Blastr

How important is Unbreakable to superhero movies and to storytelling in general? It turns out ... pretty important.

Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser coming to Riverdale in Episode 3 @ Blastr

As some of you may already know, Stranger Things' Barb is coming to Riverdale. Well, not exactly Barb herself (I love Barb!!), but rather actress Shannon Purser, who is set to guest-star on The CW’s dark take on Archie Comics. 

Godzilla: King of Monsters has found an intriguing monster director @ Blastr

The next Godzilla film finally has someone in the director's chair.

Batman Is Teaming Up With One of His Biggest Comic Book Inspirations For a New Miniseries @ io9

Pulp heroes, like the Shadow, were one of the biggest influences on Bill Kane and Bob Finger when they first came up with Batman over 75 years ago. And now, out of the blue, the Dark Knight is teaming up with the legendary detective for a new crossover series.

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Neill Blomkamp has some grim news about his Alien sequel @ Blastr

And we can't say we're totally surprised.

The Most Advanced Weather Satellite Yet Just Dropped Its First Amazing Images @ io9

Your new lock screen photos have arrived, courtesy of NOAA’s heavily hyped GOES-16 Satellite. The orbiter, launched in November 2016, can take high definition photos of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental US every five minutes, according to a press release. Its combined speed and resolution will help…

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The upcoming Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover has found its Music Meister @ Blastr

It’s a Glee reunion as the upcoming DC musical crossover casts its Music Meister.

2016 Stoker Preliminary Ballot @ Locus Online

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the preliminary ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on January 20, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • The Conjuring 2
  • Don’t Breathe
  • Midnight Special
  • Penny Dreadful: “A Blade of Grass”
  • Preacher: “Pilot”
  • Stranger Things: “The Upside Down”
  • Stranger Things: “The Vanishing of Will Byers”
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • The Walking Dead: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”
  • The Witch

Voting is open to active and lifetime HWA members until February 15, 2017.

Bram Stoker Award nominees for 2016 (the short list) will be announced on February 23, 2017. Winners will be honored April 29, 2017 at a gala held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA during StokerCon. For more information, see the HWA website.

Chosen One of the Day: Nightwing's beautiful backside @ Blastr

Join us in celebration of Dick Grayson's greatest assets.

Voltron: Legendary Defender's Second Season Takes a Step Into a Bigger, Better Universe @ io9

Last year’s first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender was a solid start for rebooting Voltron, and its second season is much the same in terms of fun, solid giant robot action. But it’s made even better by expanding its scope, telling richer stories, and focusing more on character development, which turns an already…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates puts together a new Crew for latest Black Panther spinoff @ Blastr

All the details on Black Panther & The Crew, a new team book from Coates, Yona Harvey and Butch Guice.

Someone From The Walking Dead Is Lying (Again) @ io9

Last week, Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged that the negative response to the extremely graphic show’s seventh season premiere caused them to tone down on the violence for the following episodes. This week, two other executive producers deny that happened. So someone has to be lying.

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New Teaser for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Focuses on Over-the-Top Action @ io9

The first look at Guy Ritchie’s upcoming take on the Arthurian legend gave us a look at how he’s modernizing the story of the man who wielded Excalibur. A fresh trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is all about the running, punching, and jumping that’ll be in the flick.

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There's a new Witchblade TV series in the works at NBC @ Blastr

Witchblade is coming to television. Again.

How Failed Planets May Have Shaped the Earth @ io9

Earth has some battle scars from back in the day. When the solar system was still young and wild, roughly 4 billion years ago, Earth, its Moon, and Mars were attacked by a series of asteroid assailants. It’s long been assumed that the space rocks involved in the assault—called the Late Heavy Bombardment—are now…

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Emma Tennant (1937-2017) @ Locus Online

Writer Emma Tennant, 79, died January 21, 2017 in a London hospital following a long illness. Tennant was known for her feminist and postmodern fiction, and wrote many works of genre interest, including The Time of the Crack (1973; as The Crack, 1978), The Last of the Country House Murders (1974), Hotel de Dream (1976), The Bad Sister (1978), Wild Nights (1979), Alice Fell (1980), The Search for Treasure Island (1981),

Queen of Stones (1982), Woman Beware Woman (1983), The Ghost Child (1984), Two Women of London: The Strange Case of Ms Jekyll and Mrs Hyde (1989), The Magic Drum: An Excursion (1989),  Sisters and Strangers: A Moral Tale (1990), Faustine (1992), and Heathcliff’s Tale (2005). She edited Bananas from 1975-78, where she published work by J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, John T. Sladek, and other SF writers. She edited anthologies of work from the journal in Bananas (1977) and Saturday Night Reader (1979).

Emma Christina Tennant was born October 20, 1937 in London, the daughter of a Scottish Baron. She attended St. Paul’s Girls’ School, and spent WWII at the family estates in Peebleshire Scotland. She worked as a travel writer at Queen and an editor at Vogue. First novel The Colour of Rain (1964) was not SF and appeared under pseudonym Catherine Aydy. In addition to her numerous novels she wrote autobiographical works, including Girlitude (1999) and Burnt Diaries (1999). She was married four times and had three children. Her most recent marriage was in 2008 to Tim Owens, who had been her partner for decades.

 

TV THIS WEEK: The Arrowverse is back, Face Off premieres, The Magicians returns and more @ Blastr

The midseason break is officially over.

The Next Judge Dredd Comic Sounds Mad Max As Hell @ io9

After a few months away, Judge Dredd is back in action at IDW, but in his newest mission, it’s been quite a while since we last saw him. And if you thought Dredd’s usual life was messed up, then it’s about to get downright apocalyptic (well, even more than it always is) in Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth—and we’ve got…

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Status Updates on All the Major Movies and TV Shows Stuck in Hollywood Limbo @ io9

Here at io9, we report on a lot of projects when they’re first announced. Oftem, however, there’s a long stretch between the initial news and the project’s actual release. Sometimes, it’s long enough for you to completely forget about them; sometimes, it’s long enough that Hollywood probably forgot about them. Let’s…

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VR thriller The Lawnmower Man getting a remake in real virtual reality @ Blastr

For adults of a certain age, the idea of virtual reality will always come with the tinge of freaky horror thanks to the The Lawnmower Man. Now, the VR thriller is coming back ... in actual virtual reality, no less.

Scientists Just Melted a Solid Below Its Freezing Point @ io9

Imagine you are standing in a freezer.

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The Supergirl/Flash Musical Episode Has Found Its Music Meister @ io9

Of course it’s a Glee cast member. The CW’s DC shows are like vultures. They pick over the corpse of Glee and take everything valuable from it. I mean that in a nice way, of course. I love vultures.

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How to Build a Lifesize RoboCop ED-209 Costume You'll Want to Wear All Year Round @ io9

The talented filmmakers—or should that be, remakers— at Ghostlight recently reshot the 1987 Paul Verhoeven masterpiece, RoboCop. But since they didn’t have a million dollar Hollywood budget, they had to build all of the film’s props and practical effects themselves, including this impressive ED-209 costume.

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Add Winter's Bone to Your Kindle Shelves For $3 @ io9

You probably saw Winter’s Bone back before we crested past peak Jennifer Lawrence, but now you can also read the book that inspired it for $3.

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Flash News: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi title official @ Sci-Fi Storm

Breaking from StarWars.com: The official title for the next episode of the saga, Star Wars Episode VIII, will be The Last Jedi. Rumors had been swirling about a supposedly leaked title of “Forces of Destiny” (similar to a licensed card game), and others that sounded a bit Indiana Jones-ish. This at least seems respectable.

Rian Johnson is writing and directing, to be released on December 15, 2017.

Woody Harrelson seemingly reveals the name of his Han Solo character @ Blastr

Ever since Woody Harrelson was cast in the role of Han Solo's mentor in the upcoming Star Wars anthology movie, fans have been itching to learn the name of his character. 

Star Wars: Episode VIII officially titled The Last Jedi @ Blastr

We still have almost a whole year to wait until we see director Rian Johnson's Star Wars sequel, but now we officially know the title: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ominous, right?

Star Wars: Episode VIII Is Now Star Wars: The Last Jedi @ io9

The next chapter of the Star Wars saga finally has a name, and it’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Rick meets his most unlikely match in Rick and Morty #22 preview @ Blastr

Get schwifty with this eight-page preview of the comic based on the show.

Congratulations to Superhero, Scifi, and Fantasy Movies for Dominating the 2017 Razzies @ io9

It couldn’t have done it without you, Batman v Superman.

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Yes, the Eerie Carl Sagan Prediction That's Going Viral Is Real @ io9

Did Carl Sagan really warn about a time in the future when manufacturing jobs would slip away, when the average person would have virtually no control over their political lives, and when we would all cling to superstitions? Yes, Sagan did predict just that. The screenshot you may have seen floating around social…

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Samurai Jack Is Back on March 11 @ io9

Fans freaked out last year when Cartoon Network announced Genndy Tartakovsky’s cult-fave series would be coming back with an all-new fifth season. We haven’t known just when those episodes would start rolling out but the network just told everyone in its own inimitable style.

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Those films set in the Half-Life and Portal universe are still happening @ Blastr

The live-action films set in the Half-Life and Portal video game universe are still in development. So don't give up hope just yet.

Today's Best Deals: Yankee Candles, FoodSavers, Laser Printer, and More @ io9

Star Wars: Rebels Offers Another Big Knights of the Old Republic Connection @ io9

With Disney recanonizing elements of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe left and right lately, there’s one huge element that fans of the EU are dying to have back: Bioware and Obsidian’s beloved RPG series Knights of the Old Republic. And while it’s not quite official yet, the newest episode of Rebels just added a…

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Watch The Ring Girl Crawl Out of an Electronics Store TV to Terrify Shoppers @ io9

Shopping for a new TV is already a hassle. Trying to decide what size to get, and what features you need, all while dealing with a pushy sales clerk, is bad enough. So the last thing you want exasperating the ordeal is a mild heart attack when a store’s demo model becomes a portal to a nightmarish otherworld.

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Black Panther set pics confirm the return of a Captain America: Civil War alum @ Blastr

Filming on Black Panther is currently underway in Atlanta and the first set pics reveal the return of a Captain America: Civil War alum.

Try to Watch This Maddening Animation Without Getting Incredibly Frustrated @ io9

If you haven’t already learned that life is just a bunch of disappointments, this maddening animation by Mainframe will teach you that you don’t always get what you want. What you expect to happen in each of these vignettes never does, leaving you feeling empty, unfulfilled, and probably a little confused.

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The First Black Panther Set Pictures Confirm the Return of Another Civil War Character @ io9

A new magazine might have accidentally given away the end of Transformers: The Last Knight. Don’t get too worked up about Hugh Jackman’s recent comments about Logan and the X-Men timeline. Plus, what’s to come on Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, and a new Supernatural teaser. Spoilers get!

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David Ayer wishes he had made the Joker the main villain of Suicide Squad @ Blastr

Despite its solid box-office take, critics are pretty much in agreement that DC’s Suicide Squad film was a narrative mess. Now director David Ayer has chimed in, admitting there are a few changes he wishes he could go back and make.

Sean Spicer Is A Fan Of Cosplay Conventions @ io9

Katsucon, one of the biggest anime and cosplay conventions in the United States, has a surprise fan and former attendee (at least outside the resort): embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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Woody Harrelson Confirms He's Playing Han Solo's Mentor in New Star Wars Film @ io9

Speaking to Variety on Sunday, Zombieland star Woody Harrelson revealed that he will play the future smuggler’s mentor in Han Solo’s upcoming standalone film, verifying a rumor first reported earlier this month.

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Neko Atsume Could Seriously Be The First Good Video Game Movie @ io9

The poster and trailer are out for the Neko Atsume film and everybody, this is not a drill. There are cats, there are people, but most of all...THERE ARE MORE CATS.

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Wish Alex Ross Happy 47th Birthday with 47 comic book covers @ Blastr

Here's a spectacular gallery of epic Alex Ross covers to help wish the renowned comic book artist Happy Birthday!

Doctor Who Quote About 'Alternative Facts' Sounds Awfully Relatable 40 Years Later @ io9

Forty years ago today, Doctor Who aired an episode where the Doctor cautioned his soon-to-be companion Leela all about the dangers of people altering facts to “fit their views.” Huh, now where does that sound familiar?

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The Walking Dead toned down violence following complaints from Season 7 premiere @ Blastr

If you were thinking The Walking Dead has toned down the brutality since the bloody Season 7 premiere, turns out you're right.

Supermassive black holes might mean the end of the Milky Way @ Blastr

The Milky Way and Andromeda are on a collision course, and supermassive black holes could be the culprit.

Ah, So That's Why Leia Was at the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One @ io9

A big question Star Wars fans have been asking, even weeks after Rogue One’s release, has been: Why the heck was Princess Leia at the Battle of Scarif? Luckily, a few experts from the Lucasfilm Story Group have cleared the air.

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Speedrunner Beats Every Boss In The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past While Blindfolded @ io9

Link to the Past is not an easy game. But yesterday, speedrunner ParisianPlayer managed to defeat everyone of its bosses and complete the entire game in one sitting. While blindfolded.

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Rockabilly fantasy comic Godshaper set to answer all our prayers this April @ Blastr

Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface create a new world where everyone has their own personal god.

NASA video shows what it would look like to land a spaceship on Pluto @ Blastr

We're still trying to figure out how to put a man on Mars, so we're at least several decades (if not centuries) from ever reaching the proto-planet at the end of our solar system.

Power Rangers Trailers Get Morphed Into Original Intro @ io9

The second trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers flick may have been less foreboding than the first, but the movie still promises to be a dark and gritty reboot of the original series. Isn’t it time we had a little more fun with it?

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Paramount and CBS settle lawsuit against Star Trek fan movie @ Blastr

The legal battle over a crowdfunded, arguably fan-made Star Trek movie has come to an end.

Sunday's Best Deals: Protein Sale, ThinkPad Yoga, Wireless Flash Drive, and More @ io9

Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.

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