As evidenced by its quirky title, Ursula Vernon’s Castle Hangnail may be about monsters, but it’s hardly a scary story. The book, about a 12-year-old witch named Molly, will be adapted into a feature film at Disney, with TV comedy writer Bill Kunstler scripting and Ellen DeGeneres co-producing.
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There’ll be a new face in Star City next season on the CW’s Arrow: Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys) as Detective Malone, added to the police force after Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) peaced out in season four. Actually, there will be several fresh faces in Star City, since Ritter is only the most recent new cast member…
FX has renewed animated spy/drug dealer/private investigator/outlaw country comedy Archer for three more seasons, which will take the show through its 10th season. But while previous seasons ranged between 10 and 13 episodes, these upcoming editions will contain just eight eps each.
Satan is an especially hot theme in entertainment lately, so it’s only natural that stories set in Hell—with or without Lucifer’s involvement—would also be experiencing a boom. Just today, two new projects were announced that play directly into this trend: My Descent Into Death and Hell Bent.
Early this morning in Orlando, 50 people were shot dead and 53 more wounded at a nightclub in Orlando. Whether you’re local or not, here’s how you can help, or at least find a vigil to attend, like-minded people to be with, or seek a little peace.
The producers of 2015 post-apocalyptic romantic comedy Turbo Kid (additional flavors: an eyepatch-wearing Michael Ironside, BMX chases, splat-stick) are back with another science fiction entry, although this one sounds a bit more serious. It’s called Radius, and it’s an amnesia movie with Twilight Zone elements.
After a 2003 adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel failed to launch a hoped-for franchise—and a 2013 TV series never made it past the pilot stage—20th Century Fox is once again tackling The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce he has officially joined Shane Black’s tale of “the world’s first superhero,” Doc Savage. The post, which you can read below, notes the actor’s excitement at playing “A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!” Stoked for you, guy. But we have to ask: when does the Rock sleep?
Facebook is enacting a number of changes to its trending news module following a two-week internal investigation. The company’s announcement comes in response to a letter of inquiry from the US Senate Commerce Committee, issued one day after Gizmodo reported on the allegations of one former “news curator” for the…
Damien, A&E’s sequel to The Omen, will not be back for another season. This news comes straight from creator and showrunner Glen Mazzara, who announced it via a series of tweets this afternoon:
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Science fiction author Ken Liu is an io9 favorite; so far, he’s released one wonderful novel, The Grace of Kings, with a follow-up, The Wall of Storms, due this fall. He’s also a master of short fiction—the Chinese American writer’s first English-language collection came out earlier this year, and his 2011 story “The…
The US Senate Commerce Committee—which has jurisdiction over media issues, consumer protection issues, and internet communication—has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting answers to questions it has on its trending topics section. The letter comes after Gizmodo on Monday reported on allegations by one former…
After a failed pilot in 2011, horror comic Locke & Key is getting another go at small-screen glory. Author Joe Hill himself is penning the new attempt and will be among its executive producers, along with IDW Entertainment and Circle of Confusion, which oversees The Walking Dead and Hulu’s cult drama The Path.
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand…
John Malkovich is always entertaining to watch, and he usually picks interesting and unusual material—which is why we’re excited to hear he’s joined the cast of Valley of the Gods, from Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski. He’ll play a “reclusive trillionaire” in the fantasy tale with supernatural elements.
Depending on whom you ask, Facebook is either the savior or destroyer of journalism in our time. An estimated 600 million people see a news story on Facebook every week, and the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been transparent about his goal to monopolize digital news distribution. “When news is as fast…
Rosalind Franklin, the British scientist whose research enabled the discovery of DNA’s double helix, will be getting a biopic if spec script Exposure is made. Fingers crossed, because not only would a feature film bring Franklin some much-deserved recognition—her life would make for quite a dramatic movie.
Current A&E drama Damien picks up where The Omen ended, fast-forwarding to cast the Antichrist as a 30-year-old New Yorker who’s rediscovering his demonic destiny. It’s an uneven show. But Satan’s pop-culture moment surges forth with the announcement that an Omen prequel movie is now in the works.