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Watch: The Centuries-Old History of Cliffhanger Endings

Are you dying to find out why most TV shows, comic books, novels, and even some movies end on cliffhangers? Tune in next week! Or now—that works too. io9's Beth Elderkin dives into the thousand-year history behind cliffhanger endings, from the early days of Persian folklore to Charles Dickens, The Perils of Pauline,…

Watch Live: That Westworld Man in Black Theory Just Got a Major Bump Watch Live: That Westworld Man in Black Theory Just Got a Major Bump

Try and fool us with a fake-out, Westworld, but there’s no way William is in the “Clear” yet. The latest episode has brought front and center one of the biggest theories for this season, all about the Man in Black. Gizmodo social editor Joe Tonelli and video producer Eleanor Fye head into the final episodes figuring…

We've Got Booze, Dames, and Robots in the First Episode of Scifi Noir Automata

Automata is a classic story of two hardened detectives solving crimes and scoring ladies in Prohibition-era New York City. Except this time, one of them’s a robot, played by Doug Jones.

You're an Orphan With a Giant Onion Head, Mr. Grinch

The tagline for this latest Grinch trailer is, fittingly: “It’s never too early to be annoyed at Christmas.” I’d beg to differ, Hollywood! Although, considering how this trailer has left me annoyed at everything it is, does, and represents—mission accomplished. Also, Cindy Lou-Who is now a gang leader.

The Legion Finale Was Beautiful and Disgusting The Legion Finale Was Beautiful and Disgusting

As I was watching Legion’s season finale, my husband peered around the corner just long enough to say: “This is kind of pretentious.” That sums up the second season in a nutshell, a lot of style relishing in its own unearned brilliance. And while the season finale was both stylistically and narratively great, even…

You'll Believe a Really Sad Elephant Can Fly in the Debut Trailer for Tim Burton's Dumbo Remake

The debut trailer is here for Disney’s Dumbo live-action remake, a Greatest Showman-esque spectacle from the mind of Tim Burton. And geez that elephant looks depressed.

Star Trek: Discovery's Best Episode Happened Because They Wanted to Save Some Cash Star Trek: Discovery's Best Episode Happened Because They Wanted to Save Some Cash

Star Trek: Discovery has had more downs than ups, but a couple of standout moments did remind us of the Star Trek universe we know and love. The best (so far) has to be the seventh episode of the series, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.” Discovery’s foray into time loops wasn’t exactly heavy on plot, but it…

Watch: A DIY Tribute to One of the Most Magical Moments in Indiana Jones History

Today is the anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film that launched the legendary Indiana Jones franchise. In this exclusive video for io9, Backyard VFX artist Joey Shanks recreates the Ark reveal that melted a million faces. The video also features behind-the-scenes interviews from Raiders that demonstrate…

All Hail the Queen of Harlem in the New Luke Cage Trailer  All Hail the Queen of Harlem in the New Luke Cage Trailer 

“Harlem doesn’t need a hero. It needs a queen.” The incredible Alfre Woodard is back and ready to take Harlem under her wing in the latest trailer for Netflix’s Luke Cage—but there are a couple others eager to take the reigns.

No One Wants an Arachnophobia Remake, But James Wan Is Giving Us One Anyway

Arachnophobia is one of those movies that gets scarier the less you remember it. Because you want to forget. Because it’s giant spiders. Sadly, Amblin Entertainment won’t let us forget, as it has teamed up with Aquaman director James Wan to remake the 1990 horror comedy.

Watch Live: It's Time to Figure Out What's Actually Behind 'The Door' in Westworld Watch Live: It's Time to Figure Out What's Actually Behind 'The Door' in Westworld

Westworld gave us one of its best episodes ever with “Kiksuya,” as well as some much-needed clues about this season’s theme: The Door. io9's Beth Elderkin and Gizmodo social editor Joe Tonelli discuss all the theories about the Door—some credible, others not so much—and a new theory about a surprising connection…

BBC's His Dark Materials Saga Casts the Imposing Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter BBC's His Dark Materials Saga Casts the Imposing Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter

Logan star Dafne Keen may be the star of the BBC’s upcoming His Dark Materials saga, playing the coveted role of Lyra Belacqua, but there are two adults who play a vital role in the shaping and dismantling of her world. And now we know who will play them. The BBC has announced that Ruth Wilson and James McAvoy have…

The First Incredibles Movie Is a Web of Massacred Disney Superheroes

The Incredibles 2 sees the return of iconic “supers” like Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, along with some new ones. But let’s not forget that Disney Pixar’s first venture into the superhero genre resulted in one of Pixar’s highest body counts. Twenty supers died to make this movie. But even though they were barely…

The Director of Kick-Ass Reveals Reboot Plans, and Hints at Connections to the Recent Comic Run The Director of Kick-Ass Reveals Reboot Plans, and Hints at Connections to the Recent Comic Run

Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is a busy bee. He’s currently setting up a new production studio and is working on two exciting projects: a Kingsman cinematic universe, and a reboot of Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass... possibly starring the newest face behind the green-and-yellow mask in the comic series.

Stranger Things Is Launching a Book Franchise, Including a Prequel About Eleven's Mom Stranger Things Is Launching a Book Franchise, Including a Prequel About Eleven's Mom

Netflix and Penguin Random House are teaming up to expand the Stranger Things universe with a series of books, which will soon include a prequel all about Eleven’s mom and her involvement in the totally real CIA experiment Project MKUltra.

The How To Train Your Dragon 3 Trailer Gives Us a Bearded Hiccup and a Dragon Mating Dance

Goddammit Toothless, you’re adorable. The third film in the saga from Dreamworks, How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World, introduces a whole new dragon paradise and a major threat to their Dragon-Viking utopia. But all of that has to get put on pause for a second: Toothless is looking for a date.

Is David Finally Going to Become Legion? Is David Finally Going to Become Legion?

This week was supposed to be the Legion season finale, at least until an extra episode was tacked on last month. I’d heard rumors this meant they were ending the series, but given how FX just renewed Legion for a third season (a while after all the other networks made their decisions), clearly that’s not the case. So,…

Jeff Goldblum and Author Chuck Tingle Adorably Bond Over Dinosaur Erotica Jeff Goldblum and Author Chuck Tingle Adorably Bond Over Dinosaur Erotica

Jeff Goldblum—the sexy king of the dinosaurs—and erotica novelist Chuck Tingle, together at last, sharing their mutual love of handsome dinos during a Reddit AMA. This is the stuff fan fiction dreams are made of.

The New Mortal Engines Trailer Brings Monstrous Cities and a Major Conspiracy

It’s man against machine against even bigger machine in the new trailer for Peter Jackson-produced steampunk saga Mortal Engines.

Everything Is Intergalactic (But Still Awesome) in Lego Movie 2 Debut Trailer

Taco Tuesday may have left Bricksville an apocalyptic wasteland, with cutesy hyper-intelligent aliens threatening to destroy anything left—but at least they’ve got Frappuccinos! The first trailer for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is here, and it’s definitely awesome.

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