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What's the Secret Formula for the Perfect Science Fiction Convention?

With the 2015 con season hitting its halfway mark, the io9 staff got together for an in-depth, round-table discussion on what exactly makes for the best possible pop culture convention. Whether you’re a potential attendee or a longtime organizer, here’s everything you need any quality con need to have. » 7/27/15 1:50pm Monday 1:50pm

Paul Wesley Wishes Stefan Salvatore Would Stop Trying To Fix Everything

There’s one huge reason to be excited about the return of The Vampire Diaries this fall, and that is the on-again, off-again, will-they-won’t-they romance between Stefan and Caroline. And a lot currently depends on whether Stefan can step up his game and win Caroline over, after a tepid showing last season. » 7/23/15 4:00pm 7/23/15 4:00pm

Why Sharknado 3 Features "George Washington Shark-Face."

What can the Sharknado franchise do that it hasn’t already done? Is there really any place for a whirling vortex of sharks to go? We talked to Sharknado 3 director Anthony C. Ferrante at Comic-Con, and he told us how the Sharknado series is going to jump the shark: with the help of George Washington. » 7/22/15 9:20am 7/22/15 9:20am

iZombie Is Really Sorry About What Happened With Lowell

One of our favorite new shows of 2015 was iZombie, about a medical examiner whose new zombiedom allows her to see the memories of the murder victims that pass through the morgue. From many of the same people who brought us Veronica Mars, it has the same feel. At a press event, we spoke to the cast and crew about that… » 7/21/15 11:00pm 7/21/15 11:00pm

Warcraft's Duncan Jones Explains Why This Videogame Movie Won't Suck

Almost every single video game movie ever has sucked. It’s just inevitable when you take a medium that’s so personal and expand it into a less engaging experience. Duncan Jones, director of probably the biggest video game movie of all time Warcraft, knows this and thinks he’s fixed it. » 7/17/15 12:20pm 7/17/15 12:20pm

Peter Capaldi Says The Doctor Knows He Made The Daleks Worse

Peter Capaldi’s first year on Doctor Who was layered with a lot of questions about the morality of the Doctor’s adventures. And one idea that came up was the notion that the Doctor had made the Daleks stronger in the course of fighting them. Capaldi tells io9 that the Doctor absolutely believes he made the Daleks… » 7/17/15 10:50am 7/17/15 10:50am

How M. Night Shyamalan Aims To Win Back Your Trust, By Going Small

If movies were baseball, M. Night Shyamalan would be out. He put out three bombs in a row, but the director is still going. In fact, Shyamalan just pulled off a new twist—this time for his own career. We talked to Shyamalan about how he hopes to make a comeback with his micro-budget thriller, The Visit. » 7/16/15 3:00pm 7/16/15 3:00pm

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Tell Us Why They Love Meeting The Fans

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have mined their collective Firefly experience to launch Con Man, a webseries focusing on the misadventures of Wray Nerely (Tudyk) who was once on a short-lived cult classic science fiction show called Spectrum. Sound familiar? We asked Tudyk and Fillion what about conventions are so… » 7/16/15 12:29pm 7/16/15 12:29pm

Game Of Thrones' Conleth Hill Tells Us Why Varys Might Beat Littlefinger

We’ve advanced the theory, in the past, that all of Game of Thrones is the war between Varys and Littlefinger. When we caught up with Conleth Hill, who plays Varys, we had to ask him about this. Plus Hill told us why Varys and Littlefinger are opposites, but Varys and Tyrion are the same.
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How Long Will Supergirl Be In The Shadow of Superman's Cape?

The new Supergirl TV show takes place in a world that already has Superman—and that’s a huge part of the show’s format. We know that the Man of Steel is out there, doing his incredible feats. So how long will Kara be feeling like second best to her cousin Kal-El? We asked the show’s producers at Comic-Con. » 7/15/15 2:53pm 7/15/15 2:53pm

Can Ser Davos Help Clean Up One of Game of Thrones’ Biggest Messes?

We’ve got a long wait until Game of Thrones comes back, and there are a lot of situations we’re going to be freaking out about until then. Ser Davos Seaworth is in the middle of about three of them. So when we caught up with actor Liam Cunningham, we had a lot of questions for him. And he had answers! » 7/15/15 8:00am 7/15/15 8:00am

The Worst Badvertising and Best Radvertising of Comic-Con 2015

The panels and events at San Diego Comic-Con are only part of the story. Every year, companies spend millions of dollars to market to this captive audience of fans. Some of it is pretty clever. Some of it... is horrible. Here’s the worst badvertising, and the best radvertising, of Comic-Con 2015. » 7/14/15 1:07pm 7/14/15 1:07pm

Emily Bett Rickards Is Sad That Felicity's Been Crying So Much On Arrow

Felicity Smoak is our favorite character on Arrow—but she had a rough year last year. She was basically in tears for a lot of season three. We missed the funny, capable Felicity from the first two seasons. And during interviews at San Diego Comic Con, actor Emily Bett Rickards said she felt the same way.… » 7/14/15 12:24pm 7/14/15 12:24pm

The Fantastic Four Comic-Con Footage Is Here and It's on Fire

Because it’s full of the Human Torch, see? Yeah, you get it. There’s not a ton of new footage here, but it does contain the first we’ve heard of Doom and the Thing talking and oh my god are they really not modulating Jamie Bell’s voice at all? It’s so weird to see and Thing and hear a teenager. » 7/14/15 6:35am 7/14/15 6:35am

Watch The Supernatural Panel Fail To Answer A Question About THAT Death

You might have thought that the cast and crew of Supernatural would be prepared to answer a question about the somewhat gratuitous and unpleasant death of a fan-favorite character last season. But watch this video of their Comic-Con panel, and see for yourself. (The relevant portion starts at 35:00.) » 7/13/15 4:05pm 7/13/15 4:05pm