Weekstarter: All Turds Bought and Sold (and Donated)

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Odds are that you'll either be occupied with family later in the week...or lonely, drunk and watching porn. We wholeheartedly salute either choice, and while you're still paying attention to the Internet, want to get the next few days started right with whole sack full of stories - 19 in all - that we (and you) you may have missed over the last few days. Tips are compiled by Kyle LeClair; tipsters working overtime this week include SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, troi, NebulaJack

Are you ready to read about new Free Comic Book Day details, generous ways to literally dump your shit, Santa vs. kittens, robot arms, meme pinball and more? Then read on...

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10 Reasons Why The 100 Is the Best Show You're (Probably) Not Watching

Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

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We live in a golden age of nerdy live-action TV shows. Every night of the current TV season offers up at least one show (some days even have a variety to choose from) to geek out over the water cooler. (Do people still discuss television with coworkers at water coolers or has everyone jumped ship to just chatting online with strangers?) And yet one geek program that doesn't seem to drum up as much chatter is The 100 on the CW. Are you turned off by the fact that The 100 is a CW series inspired by a brand new YA book series and filled with pretty young actresses and actors? Don't be. It deserves more attention because, despite what its pedigree may suggest, it's actually a damn good series.


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10 Movie or TV Insults to North Korea You Could Watch Instead of The Interview

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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In one of the stranger showbiz stories of recent years, it appears that the government of North Korea has been able to shut down a big-studio America movie release. Sony has decided to indefinitely shelve The Interview, previously slated to open December 25, because of emails from hackers implying that theaters showing the film might be the target of terrorist activity.

Thus Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's wacky comedy in the Hangover vein, about two numbskull TV entertainment journalists who are pressed into service to assassinate North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, could end up as a legendary inaccessible movie. It could take its place with the likes of The Day the Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis or The Other Side of the Wind by Orson Welles.

But if you resent the hack, there are still movie and TV choices you can make which mock Kim Jong-Un or his father Kim Jong-Il - two of the more easily mock-able world leaders, especially since the departure of George W. Bush - and/or reflect badly on their regime. Here are a few examples:

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The Secret Meaning of Those Star Wars Character Name Reveals (Maybe)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

By now you've all certainly seen the badass throwback Star Wars trading card images that revealed the names of the characters from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There's a lot of interesting information we can pull from the names, the images used, and the way in which JJ and Disney chose to make the reveal, but there's one mystery that Master Lens-Flare specifically pointed out in the Entertainment Weekly reveal, thus challenging me directly to solve.

Asked if there was significance to the numbering, Abrams replied: "YES."

Without dissecting everything there is about the names themselves (like how "Kylo" doesn't really sound like a bad guy) or the idea that it seems we're being lead towards all-that-will-make-us-feel-nostalgic-for-the-original-trilogy-while-forgetting-the-prequels-happened, I'll still tackle those pesky numbers.

My theory is that they represent the minute of the film each image was pulled from. So if that's true, we can further determine the sequence of events that we've seen in the trailer, which would look like this:

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BB-8 on the move!

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Honest Trailers: The Desolation of Smaug

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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The Screen Junkies have released the latest Honest Trailer, this time for the 3 hour snooze-fest The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which if you haven't seen yet could easily have been edited down a full hour and contains the most ridiculous action sequence of the 5 LOTR films to date. This sequence in the books is well done and clever, but in the movie is turned into a cartoon with Looney Tunes-like physics and such bad CGI at times I thought I was watching Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. I'm speaking, of course, of the barrel race rapids ride, soon to be featured at a 6 Flags near you. And I really don't think there's anything in the upcoming Battle of the Five Armies that will top it.

And I've yet to meet anyone clamoring for more Legolas. He's a popular character, sure, and was totally badass in LOTR, but enough's enough. Besides does anyone not think he'll be featured throughout the inevitable Silmarillion Trilogy where the 3rd act will be further split into 2 movies?

Anyhow, as usual, the Screen Junkies nail it.

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Blu-ray Today: Cowboys vs. Ninjas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series - Whether or not you're an anime fan this is a must-have. Cowboy Bebop is the quintessential sci-fi action series of all-time. Seriously, Firefly wishes it was this good. Go ahead, fight me.

If you're unfamiliar with Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein then leave your house, right now, and go to Best Buy. If there ever was a series that transcends its genre, this is it. The opening theme and animation is rivaled only by ThunderCats, but this is no kids series. If you're looking for something with outstanding storytelling, action, style, and music that you can sit back and soak in over and over, with a glass of Johnny Blue or a rich glass of 2008 Barone Ricasoli then watch the series that challenged every convention of its time.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - I'm obliged to include this because it exists. But you'd be better off with pretty much any version of the animated series, the films from the '90s or the 2007 CG TMNT.

Maze Runner - The smash hit YA series comes to the screen starring MTV's Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien to mixed reviews. Fans of the books seem to almost universally love the film, and O'Brien is good in everything he's in, so if you're looking for a teenage sci-fi love story, this is one of them. I think. I haven't seen it.

Batman: The Complete Series - There are many ways we like our Batman but none so much as bright and campy! As amazing as TAS, Gotham, Batman 1989, and The Dark Knight all are, none hold up to a pot-bellied Adam West and the greatest portrayals of his rouge's gallery ever put on screen. The only miss here is that the set doesn't come in a Shakespeare bust or red Bat Phone.

Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) - One of the best of Clive Barker's string of '90s supernatural/horror films, stars Scott Bakula and is notable as Famke Janssen's first big screen appearance.

The Love Bug - Included here because it was my first film in a theater. And it's awesome. And I'm dating myself.

Avengers: Age of Ultron LEGO Sets Reveal Movie Details

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

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The way movie-based toy lines seem to continually reveal film details must drive studios mad. In this case, a German LEGO catalog has images and descriptions of what are possibly scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron. And to the victor go the spoils! Or something. The victor being miscommunication between studios and licencees and spoils being minor tidbits about a film we're all going to see anyway, I guess. Moving on.

Here's what we got:

Hulkbuster Rescue Mission

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Hulkbuster Rescue Mission LEGO Set

This is the biggest reveal here. It's unlikely that LEGO would name the set "Rescue" if it wasn't somewhat descriptive of the scene from the film, and probably a key action sequence. So that battle between Iron Man and Hulk in the trailer that has everyone in a tizzy will more likely be the team rescuing Hulk (from Hydra?) but he happens to be a bit out of control. So much for the speculation that Banner is upset with the team and fighting against them for some reason, which was kind of a stupid leap to begin with. He's clearly punching Stark for fun in that scene.

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10 Things We Learned From Scott Snyder

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Wytches, the new creator-owned horror book, written by Scott Snyder with art from Jock and Matt Hollingsworth, debuted in October as an enormous success. The book reportedly sold 90,000 copies and has been universally lauded by critics, including here at Topless Robot. Issue #3 will be in stores tomorrow, and Scott stopped by to answer some of our questions about the series, its success, and about horror and writing in general.


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10 Reasons Why Star Wars Fans Should Reclaim Life Day

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Star Wars fans celebrate Life Day.
In the late 1970s, Life Day emerged as a Wookiee holiday celebrating peace, friendship, and community. It could have become a tradition, but any hope of that was lost when the Star Wars Holiday Special premiered. The one-off small screen event - a variety show wrapped in home-for-the-holiday mushiness and vague drama with the Empire - was abysmal and quickly faded from the official memory of the franchise. Fans, however, never forget. Now, thanks to worn-out copies of the broadcast and the people who distribute them, the Star Wars Holiday Special exists for people who didn't catch it the first time it aired.

As a Star Wars holiday, Life Day pales in comparison to May the Fourth. Perhaps, it's time for that to change. On Saturday night, Complex, a nightclub in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, hosted its first "Star Wars Holiday Special Life Day Celebration." Fans arrived in their best Star Wars t-shirts and cosplay. They ate Hoth Pockets and drank themed cocktails. They danced to songs from the Star Wars Christmas album and cheered for a band playing the Cantina theme. It was fun, so much fun that I now believe it's time for Star Wars fans to reclaim Life Day. Here's why.

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I'm Just Here For The Open Bar

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

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Good Morning,

I'm Tom, you're Guest Editor/Geek Guru for the day. I had a few options in how I could approach this honor, the simplest of which would have been to post some news bits on whatever was topical for the day in a couple of hundred words with a few pics. Basically mail it in and call it day.

Then I started drinking.

It's late as I write this, so depending on how the evening goes you may or may not get the full monty, but in any case I hope to make the day interesting.

Now, if anything super news-worthy comes in (and by that I mean that my friends post it on Facebook) you'll be sure to see it here in the blood thirsty winner-take-all world of SEO and social traffic. But aside from that I'll drum up a rage post or 2, maybe an infographic, and certainly a listicle because you love 'em! (I really don't remember exactly what the rules are here since I was reading a League of Legends slash fic while speaking with Luke earlier and totally not paying attention.)

Also, this site runs on Movable Type, since it's apparently still 2002 somewhere. So I get to make as many "Is your blog movable? You better catch it!" jokes as I like. Don't judge me. Besides, we wouldn't want Luke to get fired...or would we?