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Posted by James Whitbrook

This week’s Doctor Who took us back to Regency London, complete with a frozen River Thames and some wonderfully questionable accents. But while the Doctor and Bill discovered a strange threat in the icy depths, the real discovery was some extra layers to the duo’s still-burgeoning relationship.

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Posted by Beth Elderkin

Ever wondered what sailing down the River Styx would be like? Taking a boat into a scary and unknown world, only to be greeted by a terrifying figure signaling your impending fate? Thanks, Disney!

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Posted by Alex Cranz on Gizmodo, shared by Beth Elderkin to io9

Google needs to be in the hardware business. It’s infiltrated nearly all aspects of our lives to an alarming degree. It controls our emails through Gmail, knows where we go through Maps, has a list of every person we communicate with via Android, and understands our every interest thanks to its search engine and…

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Posted by Germain Lussier

The marketing for Sleight includes a quote calling the film “Chronicle meets Iron Man.” Watching it, that comparison kind of makes sense, but it also sets up an unrealistic expectation versus what Sleight actually is.

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Posted by Germain Lussier

For Walking Dead fans frustrated at the wait until that show returns, Fear the Walking Dead is a nice buffer. It gives us a chance to continue our thirst for zombie survival with a new set of characters as the other set of characters regroups.

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Posted by Rae Paoletta on Gizmodo, shared by Rob Bricken to io9

Weddings have seen some interesting trends over the last few years, ranging from bridal diapers to Taco Bell matrimonies. With the rise of FOMO-inducing platforms like Instagram, it’s simply not good enough to be in love with someone—your love has to be the best, and everyone else’s utter bullshit.

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Posted by Charles Pulliam-Moore

In 1997 Christophe André was kidnapped while serving with Doctors Without Borders in a town near Chechnya. Guy Delisle’s Hostage recounts the three months that André spent in captivity and proves the idea that all you really need to make a fantastic comic is a captivating story and a sense of style.

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Posted by Katharine Trendacosta

Studios spend a fair amount of time trying to stop spoilers. Whether it’s actors refusing to talk about anything in interviews for fear of accidentally revealing a secret or the president of Marvel Studios refusing to tell people the title of a film because it itself is a spoiler, secrecy is everywhere. Except for

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Posted by Rae Paoletta on Gizmodo, shared by Rob Bricken to io9

We can’t all be puppies—or even capybaras, for that matter. There’s a whole world of critters whose inner beauty goes unnoticed. Perfectly snuggly critters like naked mole rats have been mocked and called things like “the stuff of nightmares” or “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen.”

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Posted by Beth Elderkin

The live-action Beauty and the Beast movie has made over $1-billion, meaning a sequel is probably a near-guarantee. Disney probably won’t use their direct-to-video animated movie sequels (e.g. Enchanted Christmas or Magical World) as templates. Luckily, Emma Watson has a sequel idea of her own— unfortunately, it…

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Posted by James Whitbrook and Andrew Liszewski

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's roundup of the sweet toys and merchandise we’ve seen this week. We’ve got a magical Doctor Strange figure, a rather large Homecoming Spider-Man, and a miserable way to treat your favorite astromech unit. Also: Legend of Zelda Clue. No, really!

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Posted by Christina Warren

The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are now available on Hulu; we’ve already given our thoughts on the series, which remains mostly faithful to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name, but there are some changes, some big, some small, that separate the two—and we’ve broken them down for you…

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Posted by Germain Lussier

Anne Rice is famous the world over as the author of Interview With the Vampire and the other novels in her best-selling Vampire Chronicles series, the gothic, romantic vampire universe she’s been building out since the 1970s. Now, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content have optioned all 11 of them(!) to use as the basis…

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