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Molly Templeton

New DC Studios Heads James Gunn and Peter Safran Reveal Their First Ten Projects

You can take a break from speculating about the future of DC Studios—at least for a little while. Today, new DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran announced the first lineup of projects they’ve got cooking, and it’s… a really mixed bag. Some big names (what they call “diamond characters”), some lesser-known folks from DC’s deep backlist, and some ideas that may leave you scratching your head.

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FX Cancels Kindred After Just One Season

Kindred, based on the novel by Octavia Butler, is done at FX. The network released the entire season in the middle of December—a strange strategy to say the least—and has now pulled the plug on the adaptation.

But there is a tiny ray of hope for fans of the series: According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen) is expected to shop the drama from FX Productions as he envisioned a multiple-season run for the series.”

So there’s a chance another network or streaming platform might pick it up.

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John Scalzi and R.F. Kuang Are 2023 Alex Awards Winners!

This morning, the winners of the American Library Association’s annual awards were announced, including the Alex Awards, which recognize the ten best adult books that appeal to teen readers. There are often a few SFF gems on the list, and this year is no exception; the winners include John Scalzi’s The Kaiju Preservation Society; R.F. Kuang’s Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution; and Sue Lynn Tan’s Daughter of the Moon Goddess!

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Jean-Luc Should Trust No One in the Final Season of Star Trek: Picard

Picard is barely two weeks away—just enough time for one last trailer for the Star Trek series’ final season. (Or is it?) The masterminds behind the Star Trek universe having been doling out hints and reveals in the leadup to this much-anticipated Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion, so it tracks that there are a couple of new faces to see here—and one familiar face who hadn’t previously turned up in the trailers.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is Producing a Series About Working in Hell

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge (pictured above)—who recently renewed a sizable deal with Amazon—has a new series in the works, according to Variety. She’s executive producing an adaptation of Claudia Lux’s novel Sign Here, a story about a guy who works in Hell. Literally.

Also, the guy’s name is Peyote Trip. I feel like this detail is important.

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Get Creeped Out By Cornfields (Again) When a New Children of the Corn Arrives in March

Sure, there are probably a few Stephen King stories that haven’t been adapted yet, but why not remake one that’s already been a hit? Almost 40 years ago, a movie adaptation of Children of the Corn (pictured above), based on King’s 1977 short story, premiered and (mildly?) traumatized a generation. An alarming number of sequels followed, along with a 2009 made-for-TV version.

And now, it’s all happening again: Deadline reports that writer and director Kurt Wimmer’s new Children of the Corn lands in theaters in March before making its way to Shudder.

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Netflix’s We Have a Ghost Is a Movie About Being Trapped in a House With David Harbour

You ever wonder what compels actors to make their choices? Netflix’s We Have a Ghost looks like a cute if goofy little movie, a story about a family that moves into a haunted house and makes their ghost an internet star while trying to solve his murder. Okay! Sure! Sounds` nice, I guess, in a family friendly sort of way!

But nice enough to star Anthony Mackie, David Harbour, Jennifer Coolidge, and Tig Notaro?

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What Makes a Story Comforting?

Though I am slightly loath to admit it, I have been rewatching Grimm. It is dark and wet in Portland, as it always is at the start of the year—January is just ever so January—and a somewhat ridiculous procedural show about a fairy tale cop feels like just the thing.

It’s also weirdly comforting, which is another thing I am reluctant to confess. I do not generally find cop shows comforting, and the very idea of a fairy tale cop is gently hilarious to anyone who grew up on fairy tales, in which there are many things, but not usually cops. There are wolves and trolls and princes and witches and all manner of creatures, but at best there might be some sort of hapless authority figure who gets turned into a bear or something. (I’m using a loose definition of fairy tales here.)

But in each episode of Grimm, at least in the early and very episodic seasons, a fairy tale cop (who is also a regular cop) solves a crime generally committed by a person who is also a magical creature, of which Portland has a surprising abundance. (Bird people! Wolf people! Cat people! Spider people!) Sometimes the magical creature-people are misunderstood, sometimes they’re vicious, sometimes they’re just ordinary guys who make clocks and offer the fairy tale cop a beer. There is magic, and mundanity—and there is closure.

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Doom Patrol and Titans Will Both End With Their Current Seasons

HBO Max’s Titans and Doom Patrol, both currently in their fourth seasons, are done at HBO Max. This news is disappointing but not hugely surprising, given all the change at DC Studios of late. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that—according to Variety—”both productions were aware that these would be their final seasons some time ago and thus both will have definitive endings.”

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Everything Everywhere All at Once Leads This Year’s Oscar Nominations

If there were really any justice in this world, this year’s Oscars would be fully Everything Everywhere All at Once themed. Different worlds! Different outfits! Different homages! Bagels and hot dogs for everyone! A cameo from Raccacoonie!

But as that is highly unlikely, I’ll happily settle for the film winning at least half of the eleven Oscars for which it’s nominated—including acting nominations for Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, and Jamie Lee Curtis; a directing nomination for Daniels; and a best picture nomination. Yeoh is the first woman who identifies as Asian ever to be nominated in the best actress category.

And that’s not all the Academy got right: Angela Bassett is the first actor to win a nomination for work in a Marvel movie, with a best supporting actress nomination for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Somehow, it’s been almost thirty years since she was nominated for best actress for What’s Love Got to Do With It.)

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Ryka Aoki and Rivers Solomon Win the 2021 Otherwise Award

Two novels have won the 2021 Otherwise Award: Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki and Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon. Previously known as the Tiptree Award, the Otherwise Award “celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and other forms of speculative narrative that expand and explore our understanding of gender.”

The jury also named nine honor books. Congratulations to all the authors!

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Outlander Will End With Its Eighth Season — But a Prequel Series Is Officially Coming

Even time travel has an ending. Outlander, which is currently between its sixth and seventh seasons, will come to its end with a ten-episode eighth season. But it’s not the end of the Outlander television universe: Starz has officially ordered Outlander: Blood of My Blood, a prequel series that’s been in the works since at least last February.

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Frances Hardinge’s Unraveller Unties a Complex Knot of History, Anger, and Change

There is nothing quite like entering a Frances Hardinge world, and the country in which she sets her latest novel, Unraveller, is no exception. “If you must travel to the country of Raddith, then be prepared,” she begins. “Bring a mosquito net for the lowlands and a warm coat for the hills or mountains. If you mean to visit the misty marshlands known as the Wilds, you will need some stout, waterproof boots. (You will also need wits, courage, and luck, but some things cannot be packed.”

Wits, courage, and luck: Well, our main characters have at least one of those, at least sometimes. Unraveller is the story of a girl who used to be a heron, a boy who can unravel curses, and a country in which people’s anger can be truly transformative. It is both rolllicking adventure and contemplative consideration of when and how anger has its uses—and how it can be misused.

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