A Single Mom Raises a Superhero In the First Trailer for Raising Dion


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It’s hard enough being a single mom, but when the child you’re raising is a burgeoning superhero with tons of reality-bending abilities, this comes with an entirely different set of challenges. That’s the premise of Netflix’s new sci-fi drama series, Raising Dion, which just dropped its new trailer.

Based on Dennis Liu and Jason Piperberg’s comic book, the series follows Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) as she takes on the upbringing of her preternaturally gifted son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) after her scientist husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan) dies in a mysterious accident, implied to be related to Dion’s as-yet-uncontrolled superpowers. As Dion explores his newfound abilities in some very visually striking ways (Floating milk and Froot Loops! Suspending fish in bubbles! Giving his mom a mini-fireworks show indoors!), Nicole has to juggle regular mom stuff with protecting her son from a conspiracy involving scientists who are tracking down people with ...

Damon Lindelof Reveals Lots of Worldbuilding Details in New Watchmen Show


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We, along with everyone else who has an HBO subscription, will be watching the Watchmen come October 20, and ahead of the series premiere, Damen Lindelof sat down with Entertainment Weekly for a deep-dive into the world of the show.

Previously, the showrunner revealed that the series would not be an adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel, but instead a sequel, set in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2019, that treats the original 12 issues as canon. In this alternate reality, Robert Redford has been president since 1992, and his reign has led to the complete ban of smartphones and Internet. Meanwhile, a Rorschach-mask-wearing white supremacist group called the Seventh Cavalry has been terrorizing Tulsa’s majority-black police force.

In his interview with EW, Lindelof revealed a lot more details about the world-building, as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes decisions that led to the making of the show. Here’s ...

It’s the Night Monkey’s Turn to Shine in the Spider-Man: Far From Home Digital Release Trailer


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It’s the Night Monkey’s world, and we’re all just living in it. Peter Parker’s hastily improvised Spider-Man-but-in-a-black-suit alter-ego is getting his own movie at last.

Psych! It’s just the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s digital release, made up entirely of Night Monkey-centric scenes from the movie. Still, we’ll admit to being quite taken by the editing and weirdly compelling tagline (“When night falls…a new hero rises. The night belongs…to the monkey.”). Plus, you get to see what the Night Monkey’s logo would look like, and let’s just say it’s very…Graphic Design Is My Passion.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released on digital today and Blu-Ray on October 1. You can check out a list of features on the digital release over at io9.

V.E. Schwab’s The Archived Book Series Being Adapted for The CW


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A new team of ghost hunters are making their way to The CW Network.

V. E. Schwab’s The Archived is currently being developed  for the CW, according to Variety.

The team behind Jane the Virgin, writer Liz Scudlo, and creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, will be adapting the book series’s universe.

In the series, the eldest child in a family of ghost hunters, Bex has trained her entire life for the day she’ll take up the mantle of “the chosen one.” But when her dad dies and her local-weather-girl sister wakes up with the familial powers instead, these night-and-day sisters will have to figure out how to work together and save the world.

Author V.E. Schwab sounded off on the announcement:

Grass Is Terrifying in the First Trailer for Netflix’s In the Tall Grass Adaptation


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“Grass, but make it scary” may seem like a dubious set-up for a horror story, but the first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novella actually makes the humble lawn plant quite terrifying indeed.

Even before the premise is introduced, the clip opens with shots of breeze passing unsettlingly through the titular tall grass. This freaky field of green is then revealed to be unfathomably large, and inside, there’s a young boy yelling for help. Siblings Becky and Cal get out of the car to look for him, and what starts off as a simple Good Samaritanic deed devolves into an unending night (or week, or month) of disorientation, dehydration, lost signals, unsavory technological glitches, mud (yes, the mud is scary here, too), vultures, and mind-bending hallucinations (or are they???).

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Highlights from Tamsyn Muir’s r/Books AMA


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Tamsyn Muir’s epic-sci-fi-fantasy-necromantic-comedy debut, Gideon the Ninth, published last week. (From the writer herself: “Everyone agrees that Charles Stross put it best when he described it as Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space! although I also really liked it when he just said Skeletons!”) To celebrate, the Nebula/World Fantasy Award/Shirley Jackson-nominated author dropped by r/Books for an AMA, and it’s chock-full of writing advice, fun facts about the world of the Ninth House trilogy, forthcoming book news, jokes, skeletons, big influences, thoughts on the HYPE, and more.

Check out the highlights below, and head on over to the AMA itself for more genre-busting goth goodness!

 

On her favorite Gideon the Ninth line:

I love being asked my favourite line!! You get two, which is my favourite line FROM the book, when Ianthe is talking about a particular skull, a line that only I love—

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Mr. Robot Creator Sam Esmail Is Rebooting Battlestar Galactica


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Looks like it’s Battlestar Galactica’s turn to go through the reboot machine—again. According to Deadline, this time, it will be helmed by none other than Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. NBC Universal, which gave us the critically acclaimed first Battlestar Galactica reboot in the 2000’s, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Deadline reports that this will be just one of several  reboots (including Saved By the Bell and Punky Brewster) that will be launched on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, which will also have some original content in store when it launches in April 2020.

That’s literally all we (or anyone presumably not under an NDA) knows about the new Battlestar Galactica, including, uh, why. Deadline reports that they “hear” Esmail is a “huge fan of BG,” but he has yet to publicly comment on this decision.

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Watch the Trailer for Supernatural’s Final Season


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The final season of Supernatural is almost here.

The CW dropped a trailer on Friday the 13th, giving a sneak peak at what’s to come in the 15th season of the demon-hunting brothers’ journey. It seems that every soul that was vanquished to hell has come back, and now the Winchester bros must face off against old enemies…

The trailer definitely feels like a callback to earlier seasons, with Sam and Dean kicking butt and crossing out names on their demon-hunted list.

Watch the trailer below:

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Wheel of Time Showrunner Rafe Judkins Makes Tribute Video to Robert Jordan


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Earlier today, Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins took to Twitter to announce that the TV adaptation will start filming.

In the short video post, Judkins noted that the WoT’s first day of principal photograph also coincides with the 12th anniversary of author Robert Jordan’s death. Judkins states, “So as much as I’m excited about this new endeavor that we are all embarking on, I am also quite humbled and honored to remember the man who began all of this. Tai’shar Rigney.”

The Wheel of Time Twitter account posted the video with the hashtag #ThankYouRobertJordan, encouraging fans to add their own tributes.

5 Ways the Newly Revealed Alternate Iron Man Post-Credits Would Have Changed the MCU


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Oh, the ambitious cross-over events that could have been. Over the weekend, according to io9, Kevin Feige won the first Stan Lee World Builder Award at the Saturn Awards, and during his acceptance he unveiled a deleted post-credits scene from 2008’s Iron Man that would have really complicated that whole Sony/Marvel/Fox X-Men/Spider-Man MCU/no-MCU kerfuffle.

In it, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) all-but-namedrops the X-Men and Spider-Man, neither of whom Marvel had the rights to in 2008, when Iron Man came out.

“As if gamma accidents, radioactive bug bites, and assorted mutants weren’t enough, I have to deal with a spoiled brat who doesn’t play well with others and wants to keep all his toys to himself,” he says, before introducing himself and the Avengers Initiative.

Showtime Is No Longer Developing the Kingkiller Chronicle TV Show


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Looks like the Kingkiller Chronicle TV show is looking for a new home. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the series’ producers are shopping it around to different networks after Showtime released the rights back to Lionsgate Television.

While the show is based on Patrick Rothfuss‘ ongoing fantasy trilogy, it isn’t a direct adaptation. According to THR, it’s actually an “origin story” set “a generation” before book 1, The Name of the Wind, and is supposed to be a tie-in to a feature film that will take on the contents of the books.

Both Showtime and Lionsgate refused to comment for THR‘s story, so it’s not clear why the network passed on the series, and it looks like everything else is still going according to plan. Leverage creator John Rogers will write the pilot and act as showrunner while executive producing with Lin-Manuel Miranda, ...

James Gunn Announces Suicide Squad Cast on Twitter


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In a tweet earlier today, director James Gunn released the full cast of the upcoming Suicide Squad  movie:

 

 

Familiar faces like Margot Robbie and Viola Davis will be reprising their roles while everyone else introduced is…kind of like a wild bingo card.

A Demon App Predicts Your Death in Countdown Trailer


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The concept of knowing when or how you might die is an interesting one that people have grappled with for centuries, an existential what-would-you-do thought puzzle of sorts. Most people assume they have years to live. But what if you were to die tomorrow? Wouldn’t you try to cheat death? It’s what made the Final Destination movies so compelling, and that concept has been updated with STX Entertainment’s new movie, Countdown.

Countdown is an app (like everything nowadays) that let’s you know when you’re going to die. Most curious people open Countdown and find out they have years to live. When a nurse (played by You actress Elizabeth Lail) downloads the app and finds out she has less than three days to live, it’s a race against the clock to try and survive. As SyFy Wire points out, the trailer feels a little reminiscent of Drag Me to Hell and ...

Highlights from Alix E. Harrow’s r/Books AMA


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Alix E. Harrow, debut author of Ten Thousand Doors of January, recently hosted an AMA on Twitter. Harrow, a former history adjunct professor and part-time librarian, recently won a Hugo for her short story, “A Witch’s Guide to Escape,” and is a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards. Many of Harrow’s AMA answers cover publishing, advice, inspiration, and her preferred fictional worlds and characters.

 

On the publishing process:

The timeline went like this: I wrote it over about three years. Just as I was finishing a pretty big rewrite, I published a short story (“A Witch’s Guide to Escape”), and it got passed around on twitter a little bit. I got a DM from an editor at Orbit and an agent at Howard Morhaim asking if I happened to have anything longer. “Why,” I said, “give me a week to polish this manuscript....

Get Your First Look at Annie Wilkes In the Castle Rock Season 2 Teaser


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One of Stephen King’s most terrifying villains is coming to Castle Rock! The Hulu original dropped a teaser for its second season on Friday, and this one’s all about Misery’s Annie Wilkes.

Lizzy Caplan’s version of the evil stan made famous by Kathy Bates is front and center in this teaser. Although it’s light on dialog, it’s stuffed with snippets of Annie scaring the shit out of Castle Rock’s residents, and the audience. We see her stalking menacingly down the hall of a hospital, narrowly avoiding death in a car crash, Googling herself, and well, just see for yourself.

It also looks as though she has a daughter in this version, with whom she’s on the run to avoid getting prosecuted for murder.

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Here’s the season’s official synopsis, from Hulu’s YouTube channel:

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A Game of Thrones Prequel Based on Fire & Blood Is Reportedly Underway


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Looks like it’s finally House Targaryen’s turn to sit in the Big Pokey Boi. According to a new scoop from Deadline, a Game of Thrones prequel based on George R.R. Martin’s doorstopper Targaryen-history book, Fire & Blood, is reportedly nearing a pilot order from HBO.

The network refused to comment, so take this news with a grain of salt, but if this is true, the co-creators will be Martin and Colony executive producer Ryan Condal, who will also write the show. As Deadline noted, though, it looks like the author himself has been dropping several hints. In a (not-a-)blog post from May, he wrote:

Oh, and speaking of television, don’t believe everything you read.   Internet reports are notoriously unreliable.  We have had five different GAME OF THRONES successor shows in development (I mislike the term “spinoffs”) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward ...

The Wheel of Time Cast Shares Their First Group Photo As They Start Filming In Prague


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GET HYPE! Amazon Prime’s Wheel of Time adaptation has begun filming in Prague, and on Thursday, the cast shared their first group photo on Instagram. The picture, which seems to have been taken by Rosamund Pike, unites Moraine, al’Lan, Rand, Mat, Perrin, Nynaeve, and Egwene.

Behind them, you can see some very Two Rivers-y bricks and trees, and some considerably less Two Rivers-y vans.

Let’s put some names to those lovely faces! As previously revealed on #WoTWednesdays, here’s the cast list for our leads:

Moraine: Rosamund Pike

al’Lan Mandragoran: Daniel Henney

Rand al’Thor: Josh Stradowski

Perrin Aybara: Marcus Rutherford

Matrim Cauthon: Barney Harris

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This Lord of the Rings Fan-Comic by Molly Ostertag is the Perfect Post-Credits Scene


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Yeah, we know that Return of the King had 17 endings but there was still one ending that seemed to be missing entirely. An exchange between Frodo and Sam that, in this day and age, would make a perfect post-credits scene.

But it was always in our heads until last week, when artist/writer/graphic novelist Molly Ostertag gifted the whole entire internet with a fan-comic that perfectly realizes what a lot of us here in the office tend to think and talk about after marathoning all 11+ hours of Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

“I woke up after marathoning Lord of the Rings and could not do anything else until I drew this,” she wrote on Twitter. The ensuing six-part comic picks up after Frodo leaves Middle-earth for The Undying Lands with Gandalf and co., and well, just see for yourself.

More Than 200 Fantasy Authors “Vandalized” Nicholas Eames’ Kings of the Wyld for Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders Charity


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What’s more awesome than a book signed by the author? We’ll tell you what: a book signed by 216 (and counting!) authors, none of whom are the original author, with doodles and “plenty of snarky comments“…all for a good cause.

The book in question is Nicholas Eames’ Kings of the Wyld, and the 216 literary vandals now boast George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, R.F. Kuang, Joe Abercrombie, Sarah Gailey, Anna Smith Spark, Joe Hill, and William Gibson among their ranks. As for the good cause, it’s none other than Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders charity, which raises money for charities that “might otherwise get overlooked by the geek community” with prizes, fundraisers, parties, and more.

Here’s how this veritable cornucopia of big fantasy names came to be, according to a Reddit post by author ...