Fans React to The Force Awakens' "Chewie, We're Home" Line

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm


This may be the most adorably profane video you see all day.

Never let it be said that our community is constantly negative - here, we see grown-ass adults losing their shit like children - albeit while swearing like children shouldn't - and it's glorious.

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Topless Robot Live! "Defeat the Geek"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am


Apologies for the lateness of this podcast - Julia was practically bedridden for almost a week, which kept her from putting the file together. We'll be back on sched next week.

In this episode, Marc Edward Heuck, best known as the Movie Geek from Comedy Central's Beat the Geeks, talks Fast & Furious, how Ben Stein kept him from getting dates, the evolution of Comedy Central and nerddom, a better name for the perpetually offended than the overused and one-sided "SJW," and why he thinks being a geek is becoming a bad thing again.

For Gallen and those concerned with alphabetization, we're going to try beginning each show title now with the word "episode" and the number. Hope that helps.

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Next Podcast Guest - Marc Edward Heuck

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm


Marc Heuck is a cinephile, writer, comedian, programmer of repertory double-features, part of our Oscar insta-reaction team at TR, and perhaps still best remembered as the Movie Geek on Comedy Central's late, lamented game show Beat the Geeks. I would use the cliche that he may have forgotten more movie trivia than I remember, but I'm not sure he forgets anything.

Think you can stump him? Have a burning question about being an on-TV geek before everybody was? Comment below, and we'll have him answer as many as we can manage.

Are You Ready for the Jules Verne Musical?

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:46 am


Usually the sci-fi and genre nerds of the world and the musical theater nerds of the world don't overlap too heartily. But once in a blue moon, there will be an oddball attempt to mash up teh two formats. It's then that we'll get something like Carrie: The Musical, the opera version of The Fly, or, perhaps most notoriously, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

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Next Podcast Guests: Fred Topel and Jen Yamato

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm


Fred Topel is a TR contributor, usually focusing on out-of-town events like Sundance and SXSW, and TV press events with limited access. He is also a writer for CraveOnline, Nuke the Fridge, Suicide Girls, Showbiz Junkies and more, and has dubbed himself "Franchise Fred" due to an inordinate love of sequels of all stripes.

Jen Yamato writes for the Daily Beast, and has previously been the editor-in-chief of Movieline, the public face of Rotten Tomatoes, a critic for and a reporter for Deadline Hollywood. She and I also used to appear together on the web show "First Dollar Gross," alongside Todd Gilchrist and Damon Houx.

Both have recently returned from the big South-by-Southwest fest, so we'll be discussing that...but this thread is for your questions. What else would you like us to talk about, if anything?

Fast & Furious "Ride" Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 25th (First Look)

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm


I don't know if you can call it a ride when it's actually part of the studio tour, but like King Kong 360, it's a gigantic immersive 3D screen with motion-simulation and practical effects like fire. Surprisingly for today's franchise film world, it will be the only Fast & Furious film in 3D.

The last time I was at Universal, I asked the tour guide about the attraction. After confirming that it was not replacing King Kong, he explained that the producers of the Fast & Furious movies had been on the studio tour, and thought their movie needed something more exciting and representative than the cars on mechanical arms that used to be a fun part of the tour's special effects demonstration.

From the behind-the-scenes video, it looks like they got all the main cast members to participate, save the obviously unattainable Paul Walker. Still, am I wrong in thinking an F&F ride should actually go fast, and not just simulate the sensation of going fast?

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Topless Robot LIVE! "Mama Makes Everything Better"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law, Martha Boyd, is the special guest in this bonus podcast, as she tells tales of her time as the rare police-woman in the 1970s LAPD, her belief in UFOs and her own proclivities for collecting and keeping toys MIB. She also mentions her encounters with the likes of Robert Blake and Ron Howard.

Plus: Julia and Luke come clean about their own battles with depression and anxiety over the years. All this and your questions too!

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Bonus Podcast Recording This Weekend: Luke's Mother-in-Law!

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm


Normally we do the podcast every two weeks, but Martha's coming to town and we figured we'd grab her while we could.

In lieu of the usual advice questions, if you have any topics you'd like us to address with her, leave 'em in comments below.

Rob Corddry Has a Challenge for Topless Robot Readers

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:00 am


Earlier this morning, I appeared on an episode of HuffPost live, on which Rob Corddry was the guest. I had a burning question for him that needed answering.

He responded with a challenge.

I don't want to spoil it, but my appearance is towards the end of the half-hour episode embedded below. The whole thing is a funny segment, but if you specifically want to rise to his request, it's in (I think) the final five minutes or so.

If any of you can locate that which he seeks, email me at toplessrobot at gmail and we'll see if we can't make this thing happen. (UPDATE: reader "Poultrygeist" appears to have found it. )

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Shanghai Gets Official Comic Con - Good Luck Scoring Those Exclusives

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:24 am


ReedPOP, the folks behind New York Comic Con, are expanding into China, thereby laying more claim to the word "International" than Comic-Con International, parent organization of the San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon and A.P.E., all of which are U.S.-based.

"China is a massive frontier for ReedPOP, a huge market and boundless community of fans that we are eager and enthusiastic to build events for," said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. "This is a huge opportunity for the millions of fans in the country who haven't experienced a ReedPOP event and we can't wait to see how they respond. Geekdom is a universal language and we're sure that the Chinese people will celebrate fan culture in their own unique and amazing ways."
The convention takes place May 16th and 17th, but a bootleg, knock-off version will probably be available seven days earlier.