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Robert Batten

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan in Good Omens

This is not a drill; if you were excited about David Tenant and Michael Sheen starring together in Amazon Prime's Good Omens, you may need to sit down. Amazon just dropped a doozy on us — Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan. We also have a release date of 31 May, so mark that down in your calendars.

If you haven't already seen it, Amazon recently released the opening credit sequence for the show as well...

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Netflix cancels all Marvel shows

Netflix and Marvel have confirmed the relationship is coming to an end with the cancellation of their remaining marvel shows. After five years the two giants of entertainment are going separate ways, with the last of Netflix's Marvel shows now axed, bringing an end to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Punisher.

Given Disney has its own streaming service that is picking up steam (Disney Plus), it's a fair guess we'll see new content pop up there at some point in the future.

See what other sci-fi and fantasy news we're talking about here.

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Netflix is bringing us a new live-action Avatar movie

That's right — a new Avatar: The Last Airbender movie! It will be a reboot, not a sequel to the last live-action attempt, and the reports tell us this one won't be whitewashed. Queue interest.

The announcement also confirmed the animated series' original creators will be helming the production, which gives me hope this will be better than the last film adaptation. Could we finally be getting the live-action adaptation we deserve?

Note: the feature image from this post is concept art by John Staub sourced from the linked tweet.

Article source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbwvpy/a-non-whitewashed-reboot-of-the-last-airbender-is-coming-to-netflix-vgtrn

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You can now buy young blood with PayPal

As if every day didn't seem to bring fresh news about CRISPR that suggests Blood Capital will become reality before I can get the book on shelves, you can now buy "young" blood using PayPal and have it stuffed in your aging shell of a body.

The New York Post has the story here, but the TL;DR is this — a tech startup called Ambrosia (no relation to the company in Blood Capital) is harvesting the blood of healthy 20-somethings and jamming it into the bodies of anyone who can afford it. Now, there have been some studies — in animals — that suggest transfusing young mouse blood into old mice can reverse some of the effects of aging. However, (my understanding is) these studies are not yet conclusive (though studies on humans are underway).

The lack of conclusive evidence doesn't seem to bother Ambrosia's clients, however, as the company appears to be expanding. To badly misquote Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park,

"Capitalism, uh, finds a way."

Oh well... one step closer to the blight and my book becoming non-fiction.

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Netflix greenlights Leigh Bardugo series

Netflix has greenlit a new series based on the "Grishaverse" novels by Leigh Bardugo. The series will initially be eight episodes and cover content from both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows, which exist in the same universe.

In a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Eric Heisserer (Bird BoxARRIVAL) will adapt and serve as showrunner for the series. Read more on the Netflix site here.

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New Captain Marvel Trailer

A new Captain Marvel trailer has dropped — have you seen it yet?

I'm getting pretty excited for this movie; it looks like there'll be plenty of Marvel's self-aware humour, and Captain Marvel herself is looking [email protected]

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