I Tried Giving The Hobbit Trilogy a Chance, But It Just Hurts So Much

We’re nearing Hobbit Day—the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved heroes, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I also happen to be a few months away from celebrating my own Hobbit Birthday, 33 and a third years young. So, I foolishly thought: I’ve avoided watching Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies until now, maybe it’s time I…

Cereal Monsters Battle for Milk, Infinities Mashes Sci-Fi and Fantasy Gaming, and More Tabletop News

Welcome to the Gaming Shelf, io9's new roundup of tabletop gaming news, releases, updates, and interesting crowdfunding campaigns—focusing on sci-fi and fantasy releases, with the occasional exception of course. This week, we’ve got a board game centered around cereal box monsters, news of Mutant: Year Zero getting a …

George R.R. Martin Remarks on the Lord of the Rings Death That Inspired His Own Murderous Rampage

George R.R. Martin is no stranger to killing off beloved characters. HBO’s Game of Thrones, and his A Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired it, are littered with the corpses of heroes, villains, and everyone in between. How did Martin become so comfortable with shocking his audience? Because when he was a kid,…

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane With Goonies and Lord of the Rings Star Sean Astin

Sean Astin is one of those actors you just have to love. Whether it was his turn as Mikey in The Goonies, Rudy in Rudy, Sam in The Lord of the Rings, or even Bob in Stranger Things 2, Astin’s kindness, determination, and earnestness make him a true fan favorite. Astin’s next project is out today. He’s the narrator of …

Liv Tyler Helps Stephen Colbert Become the Frodo Baggins He Was Always Meant to Be

It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and has a depth of The Lord of the Rings insight that’s astounded actual Tolkien scholars. So, it’s always a delight to see him get to stretch his geeky arms, the latest example being on The Late Show, where he and Arwen Evenstar herself, Liv Tyler,…

Updates on Suicide Squad 2, Castlevania, and More

There’s even more teasery footage from Ant-Man and The Wasp and Halloween. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb offers teases about the future of Defenders, the return of Iron Fist, and John Ridley’s ultra-secretive Marvel TV project. Plus, Peter Jackson is back to denying any involvement with the new Lord of the Rings show.…

Peter Jackson Discusses His Involvement With Amazon's Lord of the Rings Show

Get your first good look at Janet Van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Get a tiny look at the new Halloween movie. That creepy viral Twitter ghost story you’ve probably read is being turned into a movie. Plus, what’s to come on The Originals, and more hints of Avengers 4's connection to the original Avengers movie.…

Don't Get Too Excited About the Latest Obi-Wan Spinoff Rumors

Gotham wants to bring a bunch of comic book characters to its final season. Get another look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s new hybrid dino. Could Universal be trying to keep the dream of its “Dark Universe” alive? Plus, what’s to come on the season finale of The Flash, and teasers for the CW’s new Roswell…

More Rumors About When Amazon's Lord of the Rings Show Will Be Set

It: Chapter 2 casts some more adult versions of its original stars. Daredevil’s third season may be bringing in one of his greatest foes. Simon Kinberg promises a real and grounded X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but also aliens. Plus, a glimmer of hope for Lucifer’s return, and enter Shogunworld with new Westworld pictures. To…

The Frighteners, Peter Jackson's Precursor to Lord of the Rings, Still Scares and Surprises

With its bright white spine, The Frighteners called to me from my shelf of old DVDs. “Rewatch me,” it seemed to say. “People forget that I’m the movie that made The Lord of the Rings possible. I’m so much more than a VFX ghost story. Trust me. Bring me back to life.” So I did, and the alluring DVD did not tell a lie.