Topless Robot Live! From Drag Queens to Dianetics, Sex and Scientology

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

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This is a fun one.

First, we catch up with TR correspondents Liz Ohanesian and Eric Diaz at RuPaul's DragCon, to get their take on the crossplay convention.

Next, we catch up with Tony Ortega, a veteran journalist and author of the new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, as he gives us a crash course in the history of L. Ron Hubbard's controversial sci-fi religion and its policies.

It's quite the wild ride, this podcast. Buckle up.

Dark Horse Announces New Game of Thrones "Inaction" Figures, Incl. Sansa and Brienne

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

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While Funko continues to make fully articulated Game of Thrones figures, Dark Horse continues their larger, more-detailed McFarlane-esque line of unarticulated figures, with the announcement of four new figures for fall 2015: Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Sandor Clegane ("The Hound," who will have a hinged visor on his helmet) and Jorah Mormont. Frankly, given recent events on the show, I'd be afraid of what some collectors would do with an articulated Sansa, so I'm quite happy to see her stay preposed and dignified.

Sandor and Jorah are yet to be revealed, but you can check out Brienne below...and lop off her head to start working on your Captain Phasma customs before the new Star Wars toys come out.

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20 of the Most Bizarre RPG Character Creation Rules

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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White Wolf Publishing
Not every RPG idea is a good one.

RPGs are marvelous things, with many strange twists and permutations, yet as different as they can be, nearly all of them have certain core concepts in common, and one of the most core concepts is character generation. Building a character is a rite of passage, and when done right it can be one of the best parts of playing a game. However, there's always some weird stuff that sneaks in on the periphery, and this list includes some of the strangest. It couldn't possibly be complete, so feel free to add your own favorite bits in the comments.

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Next Podcast Guests: Tony Ortega, Eric Diaz, Liz Ohanesian

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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Right now, our next podcast is set to be a two-parter. In the opening bout, we will have regular TR contributors Eric Diaz and Liz Ohanesian, making their TR Live! debuts from RuPaul's DragCon.

In the main event: Tony Ortega, editor of The Underground Bunker, a website dedicated to investigating and monitoring the Church of Scientology. Tony was heavily featured in the recent HBO documentary Going Clear, and his new book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, tells the story of Paulette Cooper, one of the first journalists to be targeted by the church. Tony is also a former colleague of mine.

The schedule is subject to change, but if you have any on-air questions for Tony, Liz or Eric, leave them in comments below.

7 Things We Learned About Teenage Lois Lane From the New YA Novel Fallout

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Go figure - this past weekend, I actually read a book. It was free, and it was for work, but it counts. See, ever since I first heard about this "Lois Lane as Young Adult fiction heroine" pitch, I was intrigued. Would it be terrible? Would it shoehorn in younger versions of other characters just to be hip?

Well, I won't say it's any masterpiece, but Gwenda Bond's book is an easy, breezy read even if the pacing's off. The climax happens super-fast relative to the buildup, and some of the character quirks - one girl makes her own fake band T-shirts, a different one every day, which would be pretty costly to do right - feel a bit strange, and more like adult perceptions than actual young-person stuff. But mostly it's an okay read, if you're willing to accept that the canon gets rewritten for a modern teen.

How so? Glad you asked, imaginary questioner...

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Snow Is Coming. Jon Snow, That Is. To 1/6 Scale Toy Collections

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

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Every wall of toy shelves needs a watcher, and Threezero toys has one for you; one so precise that rather than call him a 12" scale figure, they specify that he is in fact 11.4" tall. The third and best-looking so far in their Game of Thrones line, he can now stand as your first line of defense against AT-At Walkers and Wild Things, depending on your particular collection.

Pre-order for this figure will begin on Friday, May 15th 09:00 a.m. HKT (Previous day at 9:00pm EDT) at Threezero's online store, with additional quantities to be available through the HBO store later; at $160, he's not exactly cheap until you start comparing him to other figures of a similar size and likeness. For $190, you can get a deluxe version that comes with his pet wolf, Ghost (see larger pic below).

Now, Threezero, we're overdue for a female figure in the line. I hear that lady with the pet dragons is kinda popular.

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Syfy to Adapt Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Despite Probably Not Being up to the Task

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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I presume everyone else is as skeptical as I am about Syfy suddenly deciding they want to adapt classic books like this and Childhood's End, right? I mean, even my very favorite thing on the network, Defiance, is one of their biggest-budgeted things ever and still looks a little dodgy in spots. From the press release:

Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in "hatcheries." Those who won't conform are forced onto "reservations" - until one of these "savages" challenges the system, threatening the entire social order.
Rampant consumerism like the endless marketing of movies with bad CG sharks in them, perhaps.

Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television is producing. Maybe there's hope.

New Mr. Holmes Trailer Is a Lot More Sherlock Holmes-y

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:55 am

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Go figure - somebody in marketing finally realized, in a deduction less than worthy of the world's greatest detective, that selling a movie about Sherlock Holmes as a Sherlock Holmes mystery is more effective than emphasizing the drama of his having Alzheimer's.

Not having seen the movie yet myself, I couldn't tell you which is closest to the truth of the film, but this does a much better job of selling Mr. Holmes to existing fans of the character.

I'm a little disappointed in the guy who appears to be playing Basil Rathbone, though.

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Netflix Will Make Green Eggs and Ham; Its Owners Just Don't Give a Damn

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Peter Enzerink

This is news.
News you lose

I chose to snooze
This news, we lose
This announcement gives me the blues!

Netflix to make Green Eggs and Ham?
This seems to me like content spam!
I do not want Green Eggs and Ham!

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GoT Milked: Oh Hi, Sparrow!

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

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(As your host has missed several seasons of Game of Thrones, please excuse him if any of the questions asked in the following recap have glaringly obvious answers to the loyal fan.)

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