The 10 Coolest Tabletop Gaming Finds From Toy Fair 2019

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9’s column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games—focusing on that cool genre stuff we all know and love. This past weekend Toy Fair took place in New York City and several board game companies and distributors showed off their latest games and upcoming releases. Here are…

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Game of Thrones Celebrates Death in a Bizarre Blood Drive PSA

Game of Thrones is, objectively speaking, a show about death and the many foolhardy ways the living find to hasten it with their shortsighted greed, malice, and general treachery. Strange, then, to see Game of Thrones being used as a means of advocating for public health initiatives designed to save lives.

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6 Sci-Fi Movie Remakes That Actually Don't Suck

Sci-fi movie remakes are a genre constant. Good sci-fi remakes, however, are surprisingly difficult to come by. While you nervously wait to pass judgment on in-the-works projects like Dune and Escape From New York, though, here are eight movies that prove sci-fi remakes can be amazing.

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Avengers: Endgame's Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks She's Too Old to Be a Superhero 

This might tell us a little bit about what Pepper Potts is up to in what’s apparently her final Marvel movie, but it’s also a bit weird, considering Paltrow is 7 years younger than her Marvel co-star Robert Downey Jr.

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Cosmos Season 2 Is Likely to Be Postponed While Fox Continues to Investigate Claims Against Neil deGrasse Tyson 

While the second season of Fox’s Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson was meant to air in early March, the network has now postponed the premiere while it’s investigating allegations of sexual misconduct being leveled against the noted astrophysicist.

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Source: io9 – Cosmos Season 2 Is Likely to Be Postponed While Fox Continues to Investigate Claims Against Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Spider-Ham Has a Snack Attack in This Into the Spider-Verse Bonus Clip

With just over a week to go until Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verses’s much-anticipated digital release, Sony has released a short but action-packed, not to mention joyfully goofy, glimpse at one of the special features: Caught in a Ham, starring John Mulaney’s wisecracking Peter Porker, aka Spider-Ham.

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These Are Your Favorite Spaceship Reveals in All of Pop Culture

Last week, I asked you—yes you, or at least, the plural you that is the io9 readership—to tell me your favorite spaceship reveals in sci-fi and pop culture at large, that grand moment when an iconic ship comes into the scene for the very first time. And boy howdy, did you tell me about a lot of good spaceships.

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Artificial Humans Fight for Freedom in This Stylish Sci-Fi Short

We’ve sung the praises of filmmaker K-Michel Parandi on io9 in the past, and now there’s a new verse: XYZ, From Fire and Dust, a proof-of-concept short about artificial humans that Parandi hopes may become a series one day, according to Short of the Week.

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Javier Grillo-Marxuach Takes on Fandom's Generation Gap in 'The Audacity of Being Jaded'

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is beloved by genre fans for the many TV shows he’s had a hand in writing and producing—including Lost, The 100, the Xena reboot that sadly never was, and the upcoming Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. A few years back, he released a book of essays about his time in the TV trenches, and he just…

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Our 10 Most WTF Questions About Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is one of those movies made with the hope of a sequel. It certainly works on its own, but it’s so packed with history and lore, balancing those elements with the story and characters becomes a bit difficult. That’s why, after seeing the film, we had some lingering questions.

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Source: io9 – Our 10 Most WTF Questions About Alita: Battle Angel

Exclusive: The Ghostbusters Are Teaming Up With the Transformers to Save the World

There are few technologically-advanced threats to the world that the Transformers can’t handle just fine on their own, but if there’s one thing that can be said about Hasbro’s Cybertronian heroes, it’s that they’ve got an inexplicable fondness for teaming up with humans. And this time, io9 can exclusively reveal it’s…

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This Presidents' Day, Let's Celebrate the Fact That We Don't Live in the Reality of Escape From LA

On that fateful day of November 8, 2016, we counted down science fiction’s most blatantly evil presidents, not anticipating that we’d soon be plunged into a real-life political situation that often feels utterly dystopian. But even at its worst, it’s still not as bad as the America seen in Escape From LA.

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Source: io9 – This Presidents’ Day, Let’s Celebrate the Fact That We Don’t Live in the Reality of Escape From LA

Celebrate the Women of NASA With This $16 LEGO Set

LEGO’s Women of NASA won’t stay in orbit forever, so you might want to grab it while you can for an all-time low $16. It includes Margaret Hamilton, who wrote the code that guided the Apollo missions, Nancy G. Roman, “the mother of Hubble,” and the first woman and first African American woman in space, Sally Ride and…

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The Next Great Walking Dead Villain Is Here, and She Wants to Kill Civilization

After almost nine seasons, it’s pretty rare for a brand new character to get their very own episode of The Walking Dead and yet that’s exactly what happened Sunday night. The episode, called “Omega,” introduced Samantha Morton as Alpha, the eventual leader of the Whisperers and mother to Lydia, the young woman Daryl…

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Source: io9 – The Next Great Walking Dead Villain Is Here, and She Wants to Kill Civilization

Congratulations, Morphing Nerds: The Power Rangers are Going on Tour

When Hasbro got the Power Rangers license, as a lifelong fan, I started wondering what they’d do. A cartoon? Closer collaboration with the show’s Japanese counterparts? More movies? Perhaps the Power Rangers heyday of the 1990s would return.

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Source: io9 – Congratulations, Morphing Nerds: The Power Rangers are Going on Tour