It's Sherlock vs. Dementia! Watch Ian McKellen as 93 Year-Old Mr. Holmes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:31 am


Forget Moriarty...Holmes probably already has, because in this telling, the master-sleuth finds himself vulnerable to the inevitable memory loss that strikes all people of a certain age.

I'm going to take a wild guess that this Sherlock Holmes dies at the end...though maybe he shouldn't, as "Retirement Holmes" could be a whole new way to pitch franchises at audiences that don't normally find themselves a target demographic.

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Sorry, New Insurgent Poster, You Can't Make Me Think You're a John Woo Movie

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:30 am


If I knew nothing about the movie Insurgent, and saw just the poster above and the new Superbowl trailer (embedded below), I would think this was going to be a must-see movie, clearly aping The Matrix, the John Woo and anime films that inspired The Matrix, and all the glass-breaking from Wanted (i.e. the best part).

Unfortunately for Insurgent, I saw Divergent. Most of us did. And nothing in that movie leads me to believe a sequel will be awesome.

The real heroes here are the folks in the marketing department. Talk about underdogs struggling against the odds.

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7 Reasons We Don't Need Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am


For years Guillermo del Toro has been a filmmaker who makes his loves and influences known. For ten of those years he has been carrying an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness in his bag of tricks (which is kind of like Mary Poppins' bag of tricks, except he just says what's in the bag and leaves us to hope he'll pull it out someday.) Lovecraft's writing inspired some of the greatest horror writers and directors to come after it, and every day there are still more who find themselves enchanted by its legacy. Almost a hundred years after its publication, At the Mountains of Madness' language is dense but rich, old but well-aged. It is one of Lovecraft's longer stories, though entirely digestible.

So how would the del Toro movie be? SPOILERS abound from here on...

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First Look: Inside the Evolve Art Book...Plus New Funko Toys

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10:00 am


In Evolve, one of the year's most anticipated multiplayer games, a team of four players competes against a giant monster...controlled by a fifth player. The game drops on February 10th, along with a nicely detailed art book that includes developmental concepts and takes the reader all the way through the design of the game, from the earliest sketches to final renderings. You see Evolve evolve.

The folks at Insight Editions were good enough to share a few pages of the book with us, if you'd like to see...

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The 14 Nerdy Things We Most Look Forward to in 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:00 am


2014 ended three weeks ago, but our wrap-ups of 2014's best and worst ended yesterday. It's fair to say we consumed a lot of entertainment, enjoyed many things and had almost as much fun vocally destroying the things we didn't like so much. And as I hope was evident, not every Topless Robot contributor had the same ideas about what those things were.

Which is why, as we look to the year ahead, I've gathered together as many of our regular contributors as possible for this list, in which they all describe what they're geeked out about for 2015. From board games to RPGs, action figures to adaptations - and in one case, even the rumors we long to hear - it's a varied, insightful and excitable sneak peek.

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Trailer for Syfy's The Expanse Features Zero-Gravity Boning

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm


I'm not a huge fan of the bright colors at play here, or the fact that hipster fedoras are still a thing in the future. boning!

Based on the novel by James S. A. Corey, I assume this is a limited series, and it looks like the network has spent some money for once.

'The Expanse' follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
I'm sure they'll solve the case, but can they solve the mystery of how you'd get any friction going in floaty space sex without flying all over the place and bouncing off walls? Because that is all I'm going to think about.

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TR Review: Paddington, Bearable

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm


I never really liked Paddington Bear as a kid, and I'm honestly not sure why. I suppose it could have been his obsession with marmalade, which is now and always has been totally gross. Or my general unease with stop-motion - inanimate objects coming to life always seemed at least mildly disconcerting, and the old Paddington cartoons, while featuring drawings, had the primary bear be a stuffed toy that moved. (Having watched those old shorts recently, I now suspect that the humorous tone was simply too dry for me to understand at a young age.) When, following the release of the movie's first teaser, people started creating horror memes using the CG Paddington, I confess I was not unsympathetic.

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Groot, Hodor and Chewbacca Could Be the Next Tarzan, Tonto and Frankenstein

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Am I dating myself with that reference? Saturday Night Live used to team up three of the most famously inarticulate characters of pop culture to sing Christmas songs and the like; it's probably time for an update, and I think Brotherhood Workshop may have nailed it with this Lego skit featuring Groot, Hodor and Chewbacca.

Warning: may make you long for Game of Thrones Lego that will NEVER happen (though there are customs available to buy)

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Trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Book Sequel Is Here, and It's Bananas

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm



The Last American Vampire, which comes out January 13th, also features Nikola Tesla, Jack the Ripper, Rasputin, some sexy samurai girl and an alternate history of 20th century America. And its trailer is better than anything from the first movie adaptation.


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Game of Thrones Episodes to Be Converted to Imax

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 4:00 am


Cool! So if you have HBO, you can now pay even more to watch the last two episodes again on the huge screen, with a new season 5 trailer at the end. If you don't have HBO, even better! You can finally see two episodes of the show everyone's talking about...that will make no sense to a new viewer as they come at the end of four seasons full of insane amounts of characters and relationships you're supposed to keep track of.

For one week only, starting January 23rd. Full press release is below.

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