91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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Finally, Inevitably, There Is a Porn Haunted House Attraction

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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It is, of course, in San Francisco. Billed as something that might scare you and give you a boner, or both (or for Abraxas, Tuesday), Kink.com's Halloween attraction is a

BDSM-inspired, immersive theater/haunted house experience through the basement sets of the world's largest porn studio in the historic San Francisco Armory

Over-the-top production featuring contortionists, nude models body painted by the city's top talent, prosthetics, animatronics, interactive art and a menacing cast of characters
60-minute tours with photo opportunities unlike anything you have seen before. An event sure to become an annual favorite for 18+ fans of horror and adult content

So who's going to be the first to create a fan-fiction haunted house? You know there has to be one coming somewhere.

h/t Julie Scott


10 Reasons Why VCRs Are Better Than What We Have Now

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I am often accused of being a Luddite. This is because I think I am. I have always been - even as a child - largely suspicious of new technologies, especially those that come trumpeted as the "next great thing." If everyone is using it, my prejudiced and backward-thinking mind immediately dismisses it. This is probably why I don't own a smart phone. It's also why I still own numerous VHS tapes and have two working VCRs in my home.


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NYCC: Putting Together a Massive One-Woman Metal Gear REX Costume

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Cosplayer Ruby Taki has been working on this thing for a year, and is now ready to compete for the top prize at New York Comic Con.

Our colleagues at the Village Voice were able to film her putting it all together for a final photoshoot, as frightened dogs and kids who think she's doing Star Wars give her some space. That's pretty freakin' metal, all right.

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Six Things We Learned About Interstellar and Science From the Mobile Game (and Trailers)

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Every few years, science fiction seems to bring us a more serious and realistic view of the future. The sixties had 2001: A Space Odyssey; the seventies gave us the ecological classic Silent Running. With the eighties and the advent of Star Wars-style sci-fi, some of that seriousness was lost in the hopes of entertaining the masses with epic space battles, lasers, robot and romance. Alfonso Cuaron's masterpiece Gravity showed studios that serious, science based fiction could not only fill theater seats, but better yet get the masses to pay for such luxuries as IMAX and 3d. Christopher Nolan's foray into serious science fiction, Interstellar, is following in Gravity's footsteps, with it opening in a few weeks nationwide in traditional, 3d, IMAX, 70mm, and every other modern format imaginable.

The full marketing juggernaut of Paramount is behind the film. If you happen to miss one of the myriad trailer appearing before films, on TV or the Internet, the mobile and browser-based video games will whet your appetite for hardcore science fiction. In fact, we here at Topless Robot spent countless hours playing the games in the Interstellar universe, desperate to find clues into what will really happen in the film. Between the game and the trailers, we think we have a pretty good idea of the shape of things to come. We hope were right; if I have to spend another nanosecond playing that boring-ass video game, my face might melt Toht-style.


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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

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If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.


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CGI Martians Invade Actual WWI Footage in The Great Martian War

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

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According to Wikipedia, this ran on BBC America this summer, but if so I certainly missed it. Canadian-made for the UK History Channel, it's a mock-doc about the World War we had with invaders from Mars back in 1913.

Let's skip straight to the sizzle-reel, shall we? A montage of the doctored archival footage set to completely anachronistic techno music makes about as much sense as the rest of it...

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Jeff Goldblum Wants to Seduce You Into Buying Lightbulbs

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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The video description calls Mr. Goldblum "an over-the-top celebrity." Umm, yeah...

I've heard things I can't repeat, but suffice it to say this probably isn't anywhere near over the top when it comes to our pal Brundlefly. All GE really needs to tell me is they have a bulb I can throw in the trash without worrying about mercury poisoning, and I'm sold.

Is this one? I don't know. I was distracted by the chestiness. Which I guess is the point. Stupid sexy Goldblum.

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Nimble, New Thimble-Like Game Device, Wants to Give Controllers the Finger

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Now Harrison Ford will be the champion of all games. Nimble is a device you can put on your fingertip and use as a wireless game controller, remote or mouse. The press release I got emphasized that the developers are college drop-outs, so they probably got the idea from their parents wagging fingers at them and going, "Dammit, you'll never amount to anything! All that money of mine down the drain! What are YOU gonna do about that, Mister? Huh?"

Welp, guess they're going to Indiegogo.

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Alas, the Wait for Total Recall Hookers Is Longer Than We Thought

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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The three-boobed woman did a pretty good job of hoaxing - until her fake third breast prosthesis got stolen, recovered and inventoried. So much for that MTV reality show that existed only in her own mind.

Ah well, we'll always have Angela Bassett on American Horror Story. And the double-dicked guy.