‘The Orville’ Season 3 Will Make One Big Change (And It’s Not Onscreen)


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One thing The Orville has always had on the newer Star Trek shows is that you didn’t have to get a subscription to a streaming service to watch it. For two seasons, The Orville was old-school; all you had to do was have network TV and you could watch the Star Trek-ish show for free. But not anymore. Season 3 of The Orville will not air on Fox on live TV, but instead, be streamed exclusively on Hulu.

On Saturday, at San Diego Comic-Con, Orville creator and star Seth MacFarlane said that the third season of the show would move to it Hulu, exclusively. Some outlets (like TrekMovie) have pointed out that Fox (the parent network of The Orville) is now part of Disney, following the large merger earlier this year. Essentially, it seems that putting The Orville on a streaming-only network might be out of the hands ...

Carnival Row Drops Two New Trailers at Comic-Con 2019


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Carnival Row is shaping up to be a steampunk-elfpunk extravaganza. On Friday, Amazon dropped two new trailers for its upcoming fairy-centric saga at Comic-Con, and fans got a closer look at the series’ plot for the very first time.

Each narrated by one of the two main characters, a fairy named Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevigne) and a human detective named Philo (Orlando Bloom), the two clips introduce us to the world of Carnival Row. Set in a fantasy counterpart of Victorian-era London called The Burg, the series follows a group of immigrant fey, whose lands are invaded by humans after generations of peaceful living. During this war, Vignette and Philo fall in love, but they’re soon separated by human authorities. As Vignette and the other exiled fey eke out a living as servants for the city’s human population, Philo investigates the gruesome deaths of murdered fey.

These weren’t the only ...

HBO’s Watchmen Just Dropped Another Trailer at Comic-Con 2019


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Who watches the Watchmen? San Diego watches the Watchmen! On Saturday, HBO dropped a surprise Comic-Con trailer for Damon Lindelof’s upcoming adaptation of Watchmen, and it contains all sorts of clues and winks at the series’ plot.

The three-minute clip opens with a stick-up at a convenience store by a bunch of newscap-wearing, old-timey-looking robbers. Their efforts are thwarted almost immediately, though, by Hooded Justice, a minor character in Alan Moore’s Watchmen whose costume takes after a medieval executioner. We then cut to a familiar-looking face sitting on his couch and slurping his signature unmicrowaved beans straight from the can. If this is Rorschach, though, he’s changed his face: in this version, he’s wearing a mask made out of some metallic mercury-looking fabric.

That’s just the first sign this isn’t the Watchmen we know, and indeed, Lindelof’s version is a sequel to the original that takes place in our ...

Happy Birthday to Tor.com! We Turn 11 Today and…Hey, What’s This?


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Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

Stubby the Rocket launched Tor.com 11 years ago today, on July 20, 2008! And after last year’s raucous 10 year birthday party we’re really looking forward to a cupcake or six and a nice quiet year ahea…

Erm, what’s this?

That envelope was definitely not there before.

(The unicorn definitely was.)

Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

 

We guess it could be a check from mom and dad, which is nice. We’re 11 so who knows how we’ll cash it, but…woah.

Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

 

WOAH.

Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

 

MINERVA.

Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

 

We suppose a rocket landing in Diagon Alley probably wouldn’t be the weirdest thing that happened there…

Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

 

Wait.

This explains a lot.

Stubby the Rocket Hogwarts letter Tor.com 11th birthday

 

We’re off to school! We’re going to be so good at Magical Creatures, you guys.

….

How’d the owl get in here?

Get a First Look at Stormlight Archive Book 4, Courtesy of Brandon Sanderson!


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Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive Book 4 SDCC

The next book in Brandon Sanderson’s bestselling Stormlight Archive fantasy series is hugely anticipated, and at San Diego Comic Con 2019 we finally got our first look at the fourth volume, courtesy of a surprise video pop-in from the author!

Sanderson stopped by with a special update on the fourth Stormlight Archive book, and even read an excerpt from the work in progress!

The excerpt concerns Venli, sister of Eshonai. Watch:

Please note that this is an initial draft of the book, and that much may change between now and the book’s release!

V.E. Schwab Updates Fans on Book Progress at SDCC 2019


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V.E. Schwab SDCC 2019

V.E. Schwab, author of the Shades of Magic series, recorded a message for San Diego Comic Con 2019 attendees to let them know about her progress on her next two books. Check it out!

In a short video, Schwab, chilling on a lovely pinstriped chair in the backyard of a lovely French country house, provides more detail about two of the books she is currently writing. The first one is The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, about a girl who makes a Faustian bargain to live forever, only to be forgotten by everyone she meets. The story will delve into Addie’s relationship with the Devil over the course of 300 years, as well as a romantic relationship she has with a human boy over one year.

The Witcher Shows Exclusive Panel Footage, Drops Trailer


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Fans who made it into Hall H this afternoon were treated to exclusive footage from the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher. 

Aside from introducing the cast, the footage showed scenes such as the banquet from The Last Wish novel, fight scenes, Yennefer on a beach, and Bathtub Geralt. No word as to whether Roach stands on roofs yet.

After bringing the main cast out — Henry Cavil as Geralt, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Freya Allen as Ciri — the panelists talked about the behind-the-scene process — such as Cavil’s determination to be cast as Geralt, and his months-long sword training process, and Allen’s preparation for her first big role.

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The Walking Dead Season Ten Trailer Has Landed!


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The Walking Dead, seaosn ten trailer

You’ve waited patiently, and now get your first glimpse of The Walking Dead‘s tenth season! The trailer was unveiled today at San Diego Comic-Con, and now it’s ready for the world…

Before you watch the trailer, take a peek at this special video which contains one second from every episode of the show thus far…

And now for the trailer!

The Walking Dead season ten premieres on AMC on October 6th.

Grimjack, Battle of the Planets, and the Other Russo Bros. Projects Announced at SDCC


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Are you ready for more Russo bros? At their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel on Friday, Joe and Anthony Russo talked about making Avengers: Endgame and teased the possibility of a Secret Wars movie before previewing all their upcoming projects, according to CBR‘s live-blog of the event.

The first two will see two familiar Avengers: Endgame faces, albeit in completely un-Avengers-like settings. First up will be Chadwick Boseman, starring as a detective who tries to shut down Manhattan to hunt for two copkillers in 21 Bridges. According to CBR, Boseman himself beamed in with a video clip during the panel, revealing the Russos had approached him for the role the night Infinity War premiered before introducing a new trailer for the thriller.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Drops Extended Trailer for End of Season 6, Gets Very Emotional During SDCC Panel


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Before its panel yesterday, it was reported that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D next season will be its last.

To recap, Season 6 takes place a year after Coulson’s death, while S.H.I.E.L.D is rebuilding under Mack’s leadership. The agents are investing paranormal energies and find themselves encountering a new enemy known as “Shrike,” parasites that infect worlds and destroy them. In the latest episode that aired, May seemingly killed Sarge, the Director Coulson lookalike, the agents had teamed up with to try and defeat the Shrike.

So with Season 6 almost done, and Season 7 to be the last, what does that mean for the show?

Well, not much was revealed at the SDCC panel Thursday afternoon. While Marvel did drop an extended trailer for the end of Season 6 ( see below) the majority of the panel was retrospective showing ...

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Drops Extended Trailer for End of Season 6, Gets Very Emotional During SDCC Panel


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Before its panel yesterday, it was reported that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D next season will be its last.

To recap, Season 6 takes place a year after Coulson’s death, while S.H.I.E.L.D is rebuilding under Mack’s leadership. The agents are investing paranormal energies and find themselves encountering a new enemy known as “Shrike,” parasites that infect worlds and destroy them. In the latest episode that aired, May seemingly killed Sarge, the Director Coulson lookalike, the agents had teamed up with to try and defeat the Shrike.

So with Season 6 almost done, and Season 7 to be the last, what does that mean for the show?

Well, not much was revealed at the SDCC panel Thursday afternoon. While Marvel did drop an extended trailer for the end of Season 6 ( see below) the majority of the panel was retrospective showing ...

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Here’s Why the Living Tribunal Was Cut From Avengers: Infinity War


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The Living Tribunal Warlock and the Infinity Watch issue 1

We were literally this close to seeing Thanos answer to the Living Tribunal in Avengers: Infinity War. On Friday,  Christopher Markus and Scott McFeely sat down in Hall H at SDCC 2019 to talk about writing Avengers: Endgame, and they gave fans a glimpse of the cut scene that could have been.

According to CBR’s live-blog of the panel, the writers originally planned to have Dr. Strange blow Thanos’ mind so hard he would have landed in front of the Living Tribunal, who would have judged him for all the crimes he’d committed against the universe.

“We didn’t lose it. We took it out!” Markus said during the panel, according to CBR. “It was partly inspired by Kevin Fiege… he came in to the conference room in Atlanta, where we were trapped for years, and he had brought a bunch of comics panels with him… we were ...

Watch a Video from Grape Ape, a Riot Grrrl Band Straight from the Pages of Annalee Newitz


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Grape Ape

Our timeline has a powerful Riot Grrrl tradition! However, not every band made it here—some, like Grape Ape, reached their power in other timelines, and are only known to us through appearances in other media. In this case, Annalee Newitz, a scribe of our timeline, documented Grape Ape and their glory in her forthcoming novel The Future of Another Timeline. But now, to our great excitement, she’s shared one of their videos!

We have to admit we’re confused that this timeline’s Charlie Jane Anders managed to cross over to tend bar for a Grape Ape show? But no matter—click through for the video!

In “What I Like to See,” Grape Ape sing a song celebrating grrrls of every stripe! And then they toast Charlie Jane Anders and tie a stuffy man up in with a rope, with true alt ’90’s energy. Best of all, the song sums up some of ...

The Next Big Arrowverse Crossover Will Feature Two Supermans (Supermen?)


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These ambitious crossover events just keep getting ambitious-er. On Friday, Deadline reported that this year’s Arrowverse crossover event will feature not one, but two Supermans/Supermen from different timelines, played by Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh.

Hoechlin, of course, is already Superman in Supergirl, while Routh (who plays The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow) will be resurrecting his portrayal from Superman Returns (2006). It’s not just the two Clark Kents who will be complicating things–according to Deadline, Routh will be playing both The Atom and Superman, although it’s not clear whether any of these guys will be showing up in the same episodes.

Deadline reported that the crossover will involve all five Arrowverse series (Arrow, BatwomanThe FlashLegends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl) and take place over five episodes that will air in December and January. The title is “Crisis on ...

Lev Grossman and the Russo Brothers Are Making a Space Opera for Amazon


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Talk about an ambitious crossover. Lev Grossman and the Russo brothers just sold a pilot to Amazon that sounds like Star Wars meets The Magicians.

Dubbed The Heavens, the series is described by Deadline as “science fiction in the grand tradition of classic space opera, but told in a dark, grounded, emotionally complex manner”:

“The story centers on Miranda, a troubled but gifted young woman who finds a powerful weapon left behind by a long-vanished empire. That discovery will launch Miranda on an epic adventure with a sprawling cast of characters, from a lethal super-agent to an alcoholic genius prince, as she struggles to unite a galaxy at war against a vast, ancient antagonist.”

“When I was eight I saw Star Wars in the theater six times,” Grossman told Deadline. “Ever since then I’ve been waiting to tell a story like that, with thundering starships and massive ...

Batwoman’s Ruby Rose Drops Out of San Diego Comic-Con 2019


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Even though the Batwoman pilot only premiered on Wednesday, it’s already amassed a pretty sizable fanbase, and counting (apparently half the audience at Comic-Con left before Pennyworth screened)? Unfortunately, though, the show’s panel will be one star short. On Thursday, Ruby Rose announced via Instagram video that she’s had to drop out of the con last-minute to put some finishing touches on a Batwoman episode instead.

Here’s what she said:

“Hey guys, it’s me. I come with bad news–sad news. I will unfortunately not be able to make it to Comic-Con this year, and it is devastating. I have wanted to go to Comic-Con ...

8 Fantasy Tales That Indulge Our Sweet Tooth


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Fantasy fiction has a sweet tooth. It seems that worlds full of magic and mayhem need sugar to keep their denizens powered through endless winters, strange adventures, and harrowing school years. We’ve assembled a brief chronology of tales with a sugary bite (eschewing video games for the time being—the Mario games alone could fill a book with candy worlds) that contain our favorite (and often very magical) cakes, cookies, and candies—from an edible cottage set deep in the woods, to the enchanted sweets hidden in the robes of our favorite Headmaster…

 

“Hansel and Gretel” (1812)

Illustration by Arthur Rackham (The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1909)

Hansel and Gretel live with their parents at the edge of a deep, dark, extremely Germanic forest. Their parents decide it costs too much to feed them, and concoct a plan to take the siblings into the forest and abandon ...

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8 Fantasy Tales That Indulge Our Sweet Tooth


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Fantasy fiction has a sweet tooth. It seems that worlds full of magic and mayhem need sugar to keep their denizens powered through endless winters, strange adventures, and harrowing school years. We’ve assembled a brief chronology of tales with a sugary bite (eschewing video games for the time being—the Mario games alone could fill a book with candy worlds) that contain our favorite (and often very magical) cakes, cookies, and candies—from an edible cottage set deep in the woods, to the enchanted sweets hidden in the robes of our favorite Headmaster…

 

“Hansel and Gretel” (1812)

Illustration by Arthur Rackham (The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1909)

Hansel and Gretel live with their parents at the edge of a deep, dark, extremely Germanic forest. Their parents decide it costs too much to feed them, and concoct a plan to take the siblings into the forest and abandon ...

Alice in Wonderland fantasy confections drink me eat me Mad Hatter Tea Party

Leigh Bardugo and Erin Morgenstern Reveal New Details About Shadow and Bone TV Show, The Starless Sea at SDCC Panel


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Sci-fi and fantasy authors Leigh Bardugo, author of The Ninth House, and Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, revealed new details about their upcoming books and TV shows on Thursday afternoon at SDCC ’19.

The two authors also discussed world-building, writing tips, and the inspiration for their latest works in this panel, moderated by NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer.

But first, a surprise for Bardugo!

During the panel, Bardugo was presented with a Comic Con International Inkpot Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Inkpot Awards are given out every year at SDCC, since 1974, and recognize individuals’ contributions in the fields of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services. Past Inkpot winners include Rumiko Takahashi, Cory Doctorow, Julie Newmar, and George R.R. Martin.

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Netflix’s The Witcher Considered 208 Possible Geralts


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If you had any doubts about Henry Cavill’s ability to channel Geralt in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Witcher, then you should probably quell them, because guess what? He beat out 207 other Geralts to get the part. Yes, that’s right. No, that’s not a typo. TWO HUNDRED. AND. FREAKING SEVEN. GERALTS. (!!!)

That’s a whole lotta Geralt. Like, SO MUCH Geralt. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich told Entertainment Weekly on Thursday that the reason for all this Geralt was because Cavill (whom she described as a “huge fan of the process” who’d “read all of the books” and “played all of the games”) had approached her before the scripts were written.

“I met him at the very beginning of the process,” she told EW. “He said, ‘I would love to play this character.’ I said, ‘Henry, you’re amazing, but we haven’t even started thinking about casting yet.’ ...