DC and Star Wars: Two Very Different Approaches To Sprawling Backstories

Massive continuities are a blessing and a curse for the epic franchises that dominate popular culture. There’s a rich lore to draw on, but how do you keep the complicated backstories understandable to newcomers? DC Comics and Star Wars have taken very different approaches, that illuminate the importance of the past in… » 5/26/15 8:00am Today 8:00am

A Synopsis Of Force Awakens Rumors Might Just Describe The Entire Movie

Dwayne Johnson teases that we might see Shazam sooner than we think. Channing Tatum reveals the Gambit movie will be an origin story. Willa Holland discusses Thea’s vigilante costume going into Arrow season 4. Plus Stephen King’s It is in trouble, and there’s a new Inside Out clip. Spoilers! » 5/26/15 6:00am Today 6:00am

In 1780, America's First Mass Murder Was A Crime Of "Uncommon Horror"

He served under George Washington during the Revolutionary War. But Barnett Davenport made his mark on early America in far less heroic way: he’s remembered as the first known mass killer, a crime dubbed “the most horrid murders ever perpetrated in this country, or perhaps any other.” » 5/25/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell's Magical Spectacle Holds Tragic Secrets

The second episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is full of gorgeous spectacle and unbelievable displays of magic. But it also does a great job of showing that even the most fabulous magic has a dark side: a darkness than can bring out the worst in people, or even deliver great tragedies. » 5/25/15 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

This Japanese Darth Maul Figure Looks Totally Badass

Between spiky Thors and scary Predators, there’s been quite a few reveals for Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line recently — but that’s not stopped them from lifting the lid on their latest Star Wars toy today. Although this Darth Maul isn’t as wacky as Play Arts Kai at it’s best, it looks absolutely awesome. » 5/25/15 3:54pm Yesterday 3:54pm

"It Doesn't Go Well For The Humans" In New Jurassic World Featurette

There’s some familiar footage in this featurette promoting Jurassic World’s June 12th release, but it also offers sound bites from Chris Pratt, Steven Spielberg, and Colin Trevorrow, who says his goal is to “make adults feel like they’re kids again.” Kids chased by genetically-modified dinosaur hybrids, specifically. » 5/25/15 12:20pm Yesterday 12:20pm

This Week’s TV: David Duchovny Hunts Down Charles Manson

It’s a light week for television, but there are still some interesting things going on in TV land. David Duchovny heads to the 1960s with the Charles Manson-themed crime drama Aquarius. Aubrey Plaza voices a macabre little girl whose best friend is a godlord. And Halt and Catch Fire returns for a new season. » 5/25/15 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

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If you’re ready to take the next step towards a career in web development, you’ll need a portfolio of current, real-world apps to make a moving impression. The comprehensive ‘Interactive Coding Bootcamp’ will get you job-ready in just 12 weeks, and io9 readers can sign up for 92% off. » 5/22/15 1:13am Friday 1:13am