Monthly Archives: October 2016

Penny Dreadful Will Continue As a Comic Series

Although Penny Dreadful may be officially cancelled on TV, it’s going to live on—thanks to the series’ own official comic book surviving the show’s ending to become a new ongoing series.

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Peter Thiel Goes to Washington

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and Facebook board member, appeared today at the National Press Club in Washington, where he gave a short speech defending his support of Donald Trump and answered journalists’ written questions about his decade-long campaign to destroy Gawker Media. His answers revealed a deep-seated hatred toward Gawker and its staff, and in at least one case contradicted his past statements about the defunct site. The event ended with Thiel exiting the building as his security detail manhandled reporters, including one from Gizmodo, who tried to speak to him.

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The Biggest Surprise About Disney Making a Live-Action Snow White Is That It Took This Long

With the announcement that Disney is making a live-action version of Snow White, its first ever full-length animated movie, the studio has officially lapped itself.Read more… Continue reading

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Silly Animation Shows Off Some Crazy Weapons Used During the Middle Ages

Silly Animation Shows Off Some Crazy Weapons Used During the Middle Ages

From Sam O’Nella, here’s an amusing look at some of the weird, creative, and deeply sinister weapons used during the Medieval period, when castles and knights and dragons existed (oh wait): the six-story tall super giant Warwolf trebuchet, used to bludgeon castles to bits; Greek Fire flamethrowers that basically burned everyone and everything; and a terrible use of pigeons and sparrows and their nests to light an entire city on fire.

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How Donald Trump Can Forcibly Steal President Obama’s Twitter Followers

There are few things in this world as sacred as a person’s Twitter followers. Sadly for President Barack Obama, he’s going to have to give up all 11.1 million he’s earned on the @POTUS Twitter handle when he leaves the Oval Office in January 2017.

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The Director of Deadpool Will Now Produce Sonic the Hedgehog

It was a dark day in Deadpool land when director Tim Miller, who did such an amazing job on the first film, left its developing sequel. He’s quickly found himself a new project, though. “Quick” being the key word.

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The World’s Largest Telescope Might Not Be Built in Hawaii After All

As a bitter, multi-year battle over the legality of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) rages on, an alternate path forward has begun to emerge. The world’s largest telescope may not wind up on the frosty peak of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, but instead it might be placed in Spain’s Canary Islands. It’d be a loss for astronomy, but a major win for Hawaiian cultural practitioners who don’t want their sacred mountain marred by gigantic machines.

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The Flash Just Lost Its Dope Director, But Could That Be a Good Thing?

Director Rick Famuyiwa, who made last year’s underrated gem Dope, has left the Warner Bros and DC film The Flash due to “creative differences.” And while that news definitely sucks, maybe there’s a silver lining.

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Disney plans to make live-action Snow White remake of classic film

The studio will reinterpret Grimm’s fairy tale with original songs in latest remake of the 1937 animated film, as part of its trend to revamp its own classics

Disney is developing a live-action take on Snow White.

Related: Circle of live: The Lion King goes live-action for Disney

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Dressing Little Girls Up as the Joker’s Girlfriend Is So Creepy

In the run-up to Halloween, I’ve seen really young girls dressed up as Harley Quinn pop up on social media. Confession: it grosses me out when I see it.

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Michael Fassbender Confirms He’ll Be Pulling Double Duty in Alien: Covenant

In a new interview, Michael Fassbender confirmed details about what he’s up to in Alien: Covenant. And despite his claims that it’s all he’s allowed to say, it’s still pretty interesting.

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Stranger Things Has Released an Official News Report on Barb and Eggos

On a day containing the news of Stranger Things Funko Pop figures being on their way, it seemed unlikely anything bigger would arrive from the world of the Upside Down. Netflix is trying, though, with a silly parody news report tied to the show.Re… Continue reading

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Westworld’s Sex and Violence-Filled Attempt to Outdo Game of Thrones Hid a Really Important Detail

Westworld has taken great pains in previous episodes to put the viewer and its guests in the same position, and more specifically to shame anyone who’s more interested in the action and sex scenes than the philosophical questions it’s asking. This week, again, there was violence and sex all over the place. And, once again, it’s not at all the important part.

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This New York Mansion Is Legally Haunted

This New York Supreme Court case’s real name is Stambovsky v. Ackley, but its nickname, “the Ghostbusters ruling,” is way catchier—and way more descriptive. Not to mention accurate, as the most famous part of the decision contains the phrase “as a matter of law, the house is haunted.”

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An Inside Look at the Creepy Creatures of Dungeons & Dragons’ New Monster Manual

The Monster Manual—a codex of rules for all sorts of creatures that adventurers could come across in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign—has been a staple feature of the games’ many editions for years. However, the latest version is changing things up a little, and we’ve got an exclusive look inside.

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Entire Town Leveled As Yet Another Massive Earthquake Hits Italy

Just a few months after central Italy was battered by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, the region has been struck again, and harder. Read more… Continue reading

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Peter Thiel Goes All-In For Donald Trump

At a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this morning, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel laid out his rationale for supporting Donald Trump, characterizing him as the only candidate with the ability to challenge establishment pol… Continue reading

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io9 Halloween Costume Show: The Big Day Is Here!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Yes the day of chills and frights is finally upon us—and so is the chance to dress up in all those amazing costumes you’ve been working on this year. Here’s the very best of the ones our readers sent to us, in celebration of this most spooktacular season.

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Alien Abduction Comedy People of Earth Succeeds by Focusing on the Humans

For whatever reason, there are a lot of new genre comedies coming out this TV season. The lesser ones are mining comedy solely from their premise. The good ones, like People of Earth, are using its premise to explore characters.Read more… Continue reading

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Can You Guess What the Objects in These Closeup Photos Are?

Can You Guess What the Objects in These Closeup Photos Are?

A peeled orange and a red bell pepper. That’s what I thought a pencil and a Coke bottle cap were when I saw them in macro. That’s because when you stare at something from up close, even if it’s something you see everyday, you lose your sense of familiarity with it. The dash of color misleads your brain and the impossible little details trick you into thinking you’re looking at something you’ve never seen before because, well, you actually never have seen it like this before.

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