The shiniest stories on io9 this week

What happened on io9 this week? A conversation with Resident Evil's Paul W.S. Anderson and retrofuturism from the New York Times circa 1909. Also, here's a video of a guy having a bad trip at a screening of 2001. Enjoy.

The most epic and eclectic costumes from Dragon*Con 2010!
Doctor Who, Star Wars, and steampunk ruled the cosplay world at this year's Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. But the long weekend had a large mix of costumers of every age. Check out some of the best costumes we came across.

How Canada will become a superpower making the Northern Rim the envy of the world
Although climate change could still have devastating effects for much of the world, some regions stand to benefit immensely. Canada, Scandinavia, and even Greenland could all become economic powerhouses, making "The New North" a very attractive destination.

25 unexpected lessons we can learn from Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexpected was a long-running DC scifi/horror series that specialized in stories about stuff nobody anticipated would happen. Its covers were also unexpectedly unexpected, and we can learn a lot about expectations just by looking at them. Unexpected.

Watch the ultimate triumph of Starro in Batman: Brave and the Bold season two!
Starro, the giant starfish from outer space, seems unstoppable in this exclusive clip from season two of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. He's got his starfish-controllers on tons of heroes' faces, and Batman is stymied. Another clip below.

Get enchanted with the sexiest witch pin-ups of all time!
Is there anything more glamorous and sexier than a woman with magical powers? Our new favorite blog is Sexy Witch, which posts images of enchantresses from the past 100 years. Check out some of our favorite witchy pin-ups below.

What if RoboCop, the Hobbit and James Bond were all one movie?
MGM's financial troubles are keeping at least three long-awaited follow-ups in development hell: Darren Aranofsky's RoboCop, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and Sam Mendes' James Bond movie. There's only one solution: combine them into one blockbuster movie. Here's how!

Check out Captain America and his sweet, sweet Nazi-slaying motorcycle
A new crop of gloriously patriotic pictures have emerged from Captain America: The First Avenger set showing Steve Rogers, his enemies, and a lot of sexy time period whips.

One notable difference between "The Last Exorcism" and "The Exorcist"
Classic 1970s movie The Exorcist and new horror hit The Last Exorcism both feature reluctant exorcists dealing with crazy teenage girls. But there's one key difference between the movies that reveals how America has changed since 1972.

100 years ago, the New York Times predicted cars would be abolished today
Back in 1909, a fanciful New York Times journalist decided to spice things up by pretending to describe a futuristic 2009 "centennial celebration." His portrait of future NYC is surprisingly eco-conscious and pedestrian-friendly.

"Resident Evil" director Paul W.S. Anderson tells us what female action heroes can do that men can't
Now we know what happens to people who grow up watching the Die Hard series alongside the films of Jean-Luc Goddard. Resident Evil: Afterlife (filmed in 3D!) comes out today.

Finally, here's that video of a fellow having a rough time at a showing of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles yesterday. Kids, do not mix your Kubrick and your hallucinogens. It will not end well for anybody.

[Video spotted on Nerdcore]