June GEEKFUEL Unboxing, Featuring A CUTE KITTEN!

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

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We are absolutely not above using the lure of our new, ultra-cute li'l feline pal Toby to get you to watch us opening the monthly subscription box. Kitten!

Geekfuel boxes start at $13.90. To grab some Geekfuel of your own, use our special link to get an extra bonus item.

Now, you can haz kitteh...

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The Fred Savage Movie The Wizard, Reconceived as a Stage Opera (in Italian)

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

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Every kid who had a Nintendo in the late '80s remembers The Wizard, featuring Fred Savage as the protective brother of a silent videogame savant, numerous plugs for Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Power Glove, and future pop diva Jenny Lewis as the runaway who befriends the heroic duo.

Only one of us has turned it into an Italian opera called Il Mago. It was performed at Space 55 in Phoenix, AZ, and director Bill Binder says, "In addition to regular performances, they have an event a few times a year called "Seven Minutes in Heaven" when they invite local artists to put together a seven minute piece. I have participated a few times in years past. They had an open slot and asked about three weeks ago if I could put something together. I thought the dumbest thing to put together for a seven minute act in a variety show would be an opera based on The Wizard, so I called some local singers, a composer and someone who speaks Italian and they all were eager to jump onboard."

Luckily for you, the production was filmed...and it's only just begun when the fat lady sings!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Walked Around Hollywood Pranking People as the Terminator

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Hollywood Boulevard is regularly populated by people who make their living from dressing up in pop-culture costumes, posing for pictures, and rather insistently demanding "tips" afterward. Jack Sparrow and Spider-Man are favorites, but just about any iconic pop-culture figure shows up eventually, as embodied by a home-enhanced costume and (usually) an actor between gigs.

Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to give it a go. And then he went into Madame Tussaud's where he effectively pretended to be a waxwork and scared the shit out of kids posing with him. So to all the smartass critics who ever said he didn't have enough range to play a waxwork, you're wrong! He does have that range!

This short video is the best movie he has starred in in years.

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PODCAST: "And Just Us for Haul"

Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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No guests on this week's Topless Robot Live! - just me and Julia, on a very late night, fielding the topics and questions you asked us to discuss, and explaining some of our more inscrutable processes. It's our tenth episode, so we figured some self-reflection navel-gazing was in order.

As always, if you do iTunes, please subscribe and review us - subscribers get the newest podcasts first.

Insidious Producer Jason Blum Talks Ouija, Sinister, Jem, The Purge, Shared Universes, More

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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Blumhouse, the production company that gives us most of today's low-to-mid budget horror franchises like The Purge and Insidious (and also the occasional art movie like Whiplash), is sometimes in danger of outshining its onscreen product with live tie-ins. Both Purge movies featured live walk-through theatrical experiences, and now Insidious: Chapter 3 features an "interactive mobile experience" that combines a walk-through haunted house-like corridor with an Oculus Rift 4D virtual reality journey. I don't want to spoil the surprises, but the Rift experience isn't quite at the level of the one for Interstellar - it integrates the surroundings quite cleverly, but there's still weird "prisming" around the edges of things, and having actress Lin Shaye actually in it showcases the limits of full-VR humans.

I only got to enter the scenario after speaking with Jason Blum, but knowing his background in live theater, I was able to talk a bit about possible future plans along these lines, as well as hitting him up on every one of his franchises I could think of. You've already read the part about Jem...now read the rest.

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The TR Team Visits Twin Galaxies Arcade [VIDEO]

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

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As I mentioned in this morning's list, the new Twin Galaxies arcade is not generally open to the public at this time. BUT...they let us in with a camera.

So here is your exclusive look inside, featuring a special appearance by Nerdist's Malik Forte.

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Minimates Go Vinyl With Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes "Podcast Pals"

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

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Hey kids, do you like Minimates? How about Minimates, only made of vinyl and unarticulated...but the same size? two inches taller?

I confess I have trouble seeing the point - when I first saw these, I figured they'd be substantially bigger. I guess the goal is to put them in poses that aren't quite possible for the standard base body, but if that's the case, I might have expected somebody like Spider-Man before Kevin Smith.

Nevertheless, as a budding podcaster myself, I can only find it a good sign that the field is now a gateway to toys of one's own...even if one has to be both a famous director AND talking specifically about Batman for it to happen. Now bring on a Chris Hardwick one so I can enjoy having him eaten by the Walking Dead Minimates, over-analyzing it as he goes.

Geek Apparel of the Week: Mad Max's Doof Warrior Gets His Own Concert T-Shirt

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

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While the world and the Internet has seen no shortage of articles suggesting that Furiosa is the REAL protagonist of Mad Max: Fury Road, I think there's no question that the breakout star of the thing is the Doof Warrior, because really, when you crossbreed Hellraiser with GWAR, nothing un-amazing can possibly come out of it. If Lord Humungus hadn't already died two movies ago, he'd quite clearly have to cede that whole "Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla" title.

Show your loyalty to the hottest rockin' roadshow tour of the post-apocalypse with BustedTees' Doof Warrior shirt. Like a lot of rock merchandise, it's available for a limited time (2 more days), but unlike them, it's $12, which is about what actual concert tees might have gone for when the first Mad Max movie came out.

h/t GeekGirlDiva

8 Things Today's Comic-Book Movies Can Learn From Annie

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

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This past weekend, I went to see a live, touring production of Annie for the first time since I was a very young child. It probably goes without saying that this was not my idea, though it may require uttering that I had myself a fine time. And that wasn't just because all the cocktails were doubles, and the concession stand, thinking that anything colored red could be considered Annie-themed, had liquid nitrogen on hand to make a sub-zero raspberry sorbet from what looked like a witch's cauldron. Nor was it just because my wife was taking me out and paying for everything.

No - the truth is Annie is a good show, and has endured for many years because of it. It is also a show based on a comic strip that launched in 1924, making its central character, Little Orphan Annie, a longer-running media franchise character than Superman, Batman, or anyone from Marvel.

It occurs to me that we could learn some lessons from that fact...

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Weekend Open Thread: Ru the Drag, Crossbones, Twin Peaks Re-Lynched!

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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Yep, this is going to be a big part of my weekend. I'll Tweet pics from DragCon on Saturday, and Eric will have a write-up Monday morning. Please keep all Mad Max talk in the official spoiler thread.

What's on your agenda? Here's a little good news:

And CLICK HERE for Frank Grillo as Crossbones in Civil War.