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I've Got a Theory That Mean Girls Is a Dark Fairy Tale About a Doppelgänger

Get in loser, we’ve got a fan theory: Mean Girls, the high school teen comedy, is actually a sinister fairy tale about a doppelgänger named Cady Heron, whose sole purpose is to take over Regina George’s life and kill her. Allow me to explain.

The Latest Punisher Teaser Prepares Us for a Heartbreaking Showdown

Frank Castle thought he was out of the game, but a dangerous new threat has drawn him back in. The latest look at Netflix’s next (and possibly final) season of The Punisher centers around Frank’s reluctance to get back into the fight...but unfortunately, this one is too personal for him to stay out.

Syfy's Deadly Class Is More Awkward Than Cool Syfy's Deadly Class Is More Awkward Than Cool

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie that feels like a living comic book. It works not only because of how it uses its source material, but how it shifts away from it. Syfy’s Deadly Class fails to meet the same standard, leaning too heavily on its graphic novel to the point where it doesn’t feel like a show…

A Hunchback of Notre Dame Live-Action Musical Is Happening, and Disney Might Already Have Its Quasimodo  A Hunchback of Notre Dame Live-Action Musical Is Happening, and Disney Might Already Have Its Quasimodo 

God help the remakes. Disney has announced it’s making a live-action adaptation of Hunchback of Notre Dame, which will be based on both Victor Hugo’s original novel and the studio’s own 1996 animated film. Hopefully that means more hellfire, way fewer gargoyles.

Drunk History Resurrected the Tale of How Mary Shelley Brought Frankenstein to Life Drunk History Resurrected the Tale of How Mary Shelley Brought Frankenstein to Life

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society: Drunk History tells the true story of how an opium-fueled sex party inspired not one—but two—of history’s greatest fictional monsters.

5 Questions We Have After That Cryptic Game of Thrones Teaser

HBO has continued its slow, agonizing trend of milking every last bit of hype for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. And you know what? It’s working. With the release of the first teaser, which reveals more than you might think, we’ve got a few questions about what it all means, and what lies ahead.

Game of Thrones' Season 8 Teaser Pits Westeros Against the Coming Night  Game of Thrones' Season 8 Teaser Pits Westeros Against the Coming Night 

It’s all come down to this. HBO has debuted the first teaser for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, along with an official premiere date for the show’s long-awaited return. With Westeros standing on the brink of an abyss, it’s hard to say who’s going to emerge from the coming war alive.

Heaven Is a Place on Earth in the Latest Gif Party!

Ooh baby, do you know what that’s worth? Ooh, heaven is a place in the io9 Friday gif party! We may still be recovering from the intense experience that was Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, but our hearts will always be in San Junipero. Join us in the latest gif party with your favorite party-time gifs—bonus points for…

Check Out This Very Good Boy Who's Been Trained With Harry Potter Spells

Expecto Adorablum! A dog has been trained to do tricks using an unconventional method: Harry Potter spells. And we recently spoke with the owner who decided to use the wonderfully nerdy wizard training.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Velvet Buzzsaw Ensure You'll Never Look at Art the Same Way Again

The art world can be pretentious, but it can also be deadly, as the first trailer for Netflix’s new thriller, Velvet Buzzsaw, reveals. It puts Jake Gyllenhaal right in the middle of an artistic mystery that threatens the minds and lives of everyone around him.

Deadly Class, and the Powers and Limitations of a One Man Show Deadly Class, and the Powers and Limitations of a One Man Show

There’s one thing that’s clear from visiting the set of Syfy’s new comic book series, Deadly Class: This is Rick Remender’s show.

Aca-scuse Me? Netflix's Carmen Sandiego Won't Use the Acapella Theme Song Aca-scuse Me? Netflix's Carmen Sandiego Won't Use the Acapella Theme Song

The Bellas from Pitch Perfect might be the queens of acapella, but the folks behind the theme song to PBS’s Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? game show are practically gods. So, it was delightful to see Rockapella’s founder back with a new version of the acapella theme song—but tragic to learn it won’t be used in…

Skydance Hires Alleged Sexual Harasser John Lasseter, Apparently Doesn't Care About the Women Who Work There Skydance Hires Alleged Sexual Harasser John Lasseter, Apparently Doesn't Care About the Women Who Work There

Little over one year after former Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animations Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter was ousted over alleged multiple instances of sexual harassment, Skydance has decided it’s fine to put its own female employees at risk by hiring him.

The Creators and Stars of The Magicians Talk About Taking Their Next Musical Episode Up a Notch The Creators and Stars of The Magicians Talk About Taking Their Next Musical Episode Up a Notch

Do you hear the people sing? Well, you’re about to, once again. Syfy’s The Magicians is doing another musical episode for season four, and it’s the biggest—and zaniest—one yet.

What Once Was Big Is Now Little, and Issa Rae Has to Deal With the Results What Once Was Big Is Now Little, and Issa Rae Has to Deal With the Results

We all love a good Magical Aging story. Well, sort of. It does get weird when films like Big and 13 Going on 30 venture into that uncomfortable “Oh shit, you’re a 13-year-old in an adult’s body” territory. Little, the newest flick from Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Insecure’s Issa Rae, has changed the formula a bit:…

Saving Songbirds, Killing Pirates, and More in Tabletop Gaming News Saving Songbirds, Killing Pirates, and More in Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's regular column all about the latest in board game and tabletop releases—focusing on the good genre stuff, though there are always exceptions! So far, it’s been a pretty dry 2019 in the gaming world, which is not really a surprise, considering how we’re now past the holidays and…

The Game of Thrones Prequel Rounds Out Its Cast and Adds a Jessica Jones Director The Game of Thrones Prequel Rounds Out Its Cast and Adds a Jessica Jones Director

The first Game of Thrones might have centered around that whole “Winter Is Coming” thing, but George R.R. Martin’s next TV series will be about the longest winter of all. HBO has announced the rest of the cast for the still-unnamed prequel with several new actors, including Star Wars newcomer Naomi Ackie, and revealed…

See How Dragons Are Born in This Cool Game of Thrones Season 7 VFX Video See How Dragons Are Born in This Cool Game of Thrones Season 7 VFX Video

We may have just gotten a new look at season eight of Game of Thrones, but we’re still quite a ways off from our return to Winterfell. In the meantime, there’s this exciting VFX video that dives into how Dragonstone and the actual dragons were brought to the small screen last season.

Spider-Man Swings Into the Golden Globes With Best Animated Movie for Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man Swings Into the Golden Globes With Best Animated Movie for Into the Spider-Verse

King T’Challa may not have gotten his due, but Miles Morales is swinging high as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Golden Globes. Thwip!

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