The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce. A few stayed behind, though.… » 9/17/14 1:29pm 17 minutes ago

Dan Aykroyd Wants Ghostbusters To Be The Next Marvel Cinematic Universe

In related news, I want a pony, but I don't either I or Aykroyd are going to get what we want. Aykroyd revealed his grand delusions plans for the Ghostbusters franchise, which he's been discussing with original director Ivan Reitman and Sony — and compares to Marvel movie universe or Star Wars. » 9/17/14 10:25am 21 minutes ago

10 TV Shows That Hooked Us In The First 5 Minutes (And How They Did It)

We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us. » 9/17/14 10:00am 47 minutes ago

Modern Forensics Reveal Gruesome Details Of King Richard III's Death

Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle. But as a new forensic analysis of his remains shows, he didn't just die in battle — he had the living tar beat out of him. Here's how this king met his maker on that fateful day in 1485. » 9/17/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

The 1960s TV Series U.F.O Predicted Today's Cutting-Edge Military Tech

Yes, this classic show created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson had its share of late-'60s, early-'70s schlock, such as military officers whose mini-skirt uniforms included purple wigs. But U.F.O also had strong characters, nuanced plots and extremely cool technology that, in retrospect, was decades ahead of its time. » 9/17/14 9:20am Today 9:20am

​Why America Will Never Truly Be Able To Make Its Own Anime

Hello, folks. I'm sorry for the absence of last week's mail column; suffice it to say there was some… difficulty in escaping the intelligent apes, and I couldn't do it without endangering myself. In related news, if you ever go to Ape City, they will no longer be fooled by ape costumes. Just FYI. Now, on with the mail! » 9/17/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

Israeli Archaeologist Discovers Huge Monument Older Than The Pyramids

For years, archaeologists have been puzzled by a 492-foot-long structure near the Sea of Galilee. While some believed it to be the remnants of a wall, new findings indicate that no city was nearby. Instead, an archaeologist says it was a monument built in the shape of a crescent moon between 3050 B.C. and 2650 B.C. » 9/17/14 7:40am Today 7:40am

Marvel Casts A Key Role, While Star Wars Gains A Cameo From James Bond

The Venom movie is still trying to decide which iteration of the character to base the film on. How long will it take Oliver to find Thea on Arrow? Jessica Lange describes her circus owner in American Horror Story. And Ben Mackenzie details the difficulties of being a good cop in Gotham. Spoilers now! » 9/17/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What's better than a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with this controller is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping, of course). For $29.99, it's an easy choice. » 9/12/14 2:57pm Friday 2:57pm