Marvel Universe LIVE! Shows off Rehearsals With Miniatures, Stunts

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Merchandise, Miscellaneous
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The "white model" phase of this elaborate stage show features a miniature version of the set, vehicles and characters from the production, basically letting the creative team play with toys until they decide on the scenario that will entertain us as much as them. Plus they've come up with a way to create some new watch-like souvenir that interacts with the show somehow in order to make every kid in attendance have to have one.

Nice to see also - per the stunt team in action - that Roman Reigns' "Superman Punch" maneuver is indeed comic accurate, though perhaps to the wrong character set.

Nerdiest Speed Freak Ever: Collects VHS Copies of the Keanu Reeves Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Nerdery
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am


Far be it for those of us who collect anything to look down on another person's collection, but...really, Ryan Beitz? You want to own every VHS copy of Speed ever made? And you want us to fund you on Kickstarter? (Obligatory "better than a Zach Braff movie, I suppose" joke goes here.) I guess you could build a really cool fort when you're done.

Donations will go towards painting his van to look like the bus in the movie, and ensuring that it can actually run at 55 mph to get him places to show off his collection. Obviously I have just one question for Ryan: One day you may wish to meet a romantic partner. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Because relationships formed in intense situations never work out - ask Jason Patric.

Weekend Hangover: Godzilla MUTO, Batman Beyond, Farscape, Star Wars Rebels, More...

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am


Diligently combing through all the online clips frame by frame, Kotaku Japan has put together a decent look at Godzilla's newest foe, the MUTO. Keep reading for the rest of the weekend highlights, compiled with the help of Ky6le LeClair.

This week's tipsters include: Dr.Gonzo82, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, donnaryoko, skrag2112, andre_morello, Hawkeye_Pierce, rkwsuperstar, Anyone00

Game of Thrones SPOILER Thread: Chains of Not-Love

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


It seems as good a time as any to see if we have enough interest in making this a regular deal, with the Internet abuzz over a significant change from the books that most seem to agree is for the worse.

One rule for this thread: ONLY stuff that has happened on the show so far may be discussed. Please do not mention characters and plot points from the books that have not yet appeared on TV. Uninformed speculation is fine.

Topless Robot at WonderCon 2014! With Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Rob Liefeld and More [VIDEO]

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:00 am


Instead of a list today, I give you my video adventures at WonderCon, featuring special appearances from the likes of Tommy Wiseau, Will Poulter, a cat lady, a Jesusy protester and more.

Full footage of the Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Will Poulter interviews will go up tomorrow. For now, enjoy the best bits all at once.

Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: WonderCon!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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I'm there. Right now. Maybe you've even said hello to me already today.

I'll have some WonderCon stuff to share come Monday, and will be Tweeting from the show all weekend - follow @Toplessrobot to see some of what I and other team TR pals see. If major news breaks that I'm aware of, I will post it, but otherwise, here is your thread to command, and share the stories I may have missed. Also remember that Monday is cheap candy day.

Disturbing Additions to Innocent Coloring Books

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Oo, ooOO oo oo ooh! I wanna draw you up!

(Get it? Color Me Badd? Nobody? Good for you.)

Coloring Book Corruptions is a site dedicated to people messing with coloring book drawings and making them disturbing - from Satanism to Disney Doggy Style - with just a few additions. They, uh, also take submissions, which I feel some reservations about telling everyone here...for I know what horrors may be unleashed, but the folks at Coloring Corruptions, as yet, do not.

As a matter of fact, this could be a fun game for those of you who draw. See what you can come up with in comments...and as always, please stop short of genitalia.

h/t SlyDante777

I Love This Proposed Lego Frozen Palace and Won't "Let It Go."

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Toys
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm


I've never had the desire to buy a My Little Pony (for myself, at least - the wife insists sometimes), and my Princess of Power purchases in Masters of the Universe Classics are highly judicious. But this could convert me to Lego Friends in their pink packages - perhaps because it reminds me of Crystar as much as it does Frozen.

It's being pitched on Cuusoo under the notion that despite having the rights to Disney Princesses, Lego may not choose to do a big-ticket action playset item if they perceive such a thing to be more of a boy-skewing concept (that kid in The Lego Movie needs to have one of these conversations with his sister in the sequel).

TR Interview: Mark L. Lester, Director of Poseidon Rex...and Commando!

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Movies, TV
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Let's get real: Poseidon Rex, the swimming tyrannosaurus movie, is not a movie you want to pay to see in a theater, even though it will be in a few starting today. It was made with TV in mind, for an intended audience that prefers their beers in a nearby fridge and their visual effects just slightly unconvincing (I imagine, though, that this level of fakish CGI will one day induce nostalgia in a certain generation, just as not-quite-convincing stop-motion did for our parents).

And yet the director is Mark L. Lester, the guy who made Commando, which is only one of the greatest movies in the history of ever. So I couldn't not talk to the guy, in part to see how he got here from there.

WonderCon 2014 Salem Panel: Magic Abortions, Leg Nipples and Toad-Puking

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Based on the first 25 minutes of Salem, which were just shown - minus some blacked-out moments of lust and violence deemed too much for potential younger viewers in the audience - it's safe to say there's something to offend everybody here. Yes, there are the usual zealous fundamentalist nutjobs of 1685 Massachusetts who brutally punish the wrong people - in the episode's pre-credits teaser, a poor man named Isaac gets branded in the forehead with an "F." It means "fornicator," but it's actually for the crime of fapping.

I will say, the blacking out gimmick was good. Way to get those of us who saw it to watch it again anyway.