WonderCon Cancels Panel That Would Have Read Fan Fiction Aloud

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

in case you forgot

It seems Chris Gore has routinely put on events entitled Fan Fic Theatre, in which he has comedians read fan fiction aloud. This year's version at WonderCon would have featured "Giselle B. (Defective Geeks Podcast), Adrianne Curry (Cosplay Queen, America's Next Top Model) Mary Forrest (The Biloon-Forrest Project Podcast), Ivy Doomkitty (SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay, Int'l Costumer), Tommy Bechtold (ABC's The Middle), Matt Keil (G4TV's X-Play), Yoshi Obayashi (comedian) and more."

But it was not to be. Thanks to a barrage of angry Tweets, Gore and WonderCon came to the joint decision to cancel the event - though Gore will be hosting an unspecified alternative one in its place.

Naturally, I have some thoughts on this.

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Topless Robot LIVE! Butts and Catfishing at SXSW, With Fred Topel and Jen Yamato

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:30 am


On this week's podcast, our special guests The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato and TR contributor Fred Topel return from the South-by-Southwest film festival with tales of John Cena's bare ass, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's Get Hard controversy, Ex Machina's Tinder robot and more! Also: Luke speaks way too soon about Comic-Con hotel rooms, Julia convinces Jen that Minions is a worthwhile franchise, Fred explains why sequels should never stop, and we discuss why that controversial Batgirl cover might be neither about sexism nor censorship.

As always, if you do iTunes, please subscribe and give us good reviews. Subscribers get new podcasts before they become available as embeds on the site.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Castles for Sale This Easter

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hi all. Well, we are back under the control of LYT. They escaped for the weekend and I understand they had a good time in Las Vegas, and got to ride on the world's tallest Ferris wheel...and that is has a bar in it. Only in Vegas. They also hit up one of the best seafood buffets in town at the Rio. I can second that the on buffet; they took me there one time when we were in town for a pageant and it was the best. Yes, we have dragged LYT to a beauty pageant one time. Julia was a judge and he came along for the ride and to see how she got all of the crowns that he now has to live with. Witney did a good job for the site - I enjoyed many of the pieces. This has been another busy week of appraising for me, but it's all good as there will be times when work is slow, and you have to work when the work is here. This week I got to appraise a property that was at one time owned by James Cagney - how cool is that?

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Weekend Open Thread: Quitality!

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

via Rob Crossley

Allrighty folks, be good to each other - I'm taking a long-overdue four-day weekend, and leaving you in the guest-editing hands of Witney Seibold, a.k.a. "The VCR Guy." I'm sure he'll be both provocative and amusing.

Comic-Con hotel reservations open Tuesday morning, so I won't get to sleep in every day - but that's a sacrifice I can make, knowing that my press credentials were just - finally - approved for this year. TGIF!

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: A New Podcast Star Is Born

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hi, and hope you all had a great St Patrick's Day. I made a trip to Los Angeles last weekend, as Julia was performing with Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and the show was on Sunday so I was able to make it. After the show we went over to Hollywood and Highland for a great lunch, and while we were there the UCLA band was doing a pep rally for March Madness. They were good, but we would rather have had USC. We also did a little shopping at Hot Topic, then back to the apartment and I got wrangled into a podcast; my very first for Topless Robot, so I hope you all enjoy. It is about 1.5 hrs long and I am the only guest. Had fun doing it.

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It Follows That This Is the Weekend Open Thread

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm


I urge horror fans to see It Follows this weekend if it's playing near you. Good directing, good scares and an original creature that's creepy as hell. You may remember my festival review from November.

Anything else going on in the world?

Oh, besides the Tupper Adam/TR in-joke video I made last week, of course. In case you missed it, it's below.

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TOPLESS ROBOT LIVE! "Sexism or Slander?" Feat. Ariel Schudson and Scott Mendelson

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6:30 am


On the latest podcast, we discuss:

-Scott's history as a writer and box-office analyst, and how Ariel came to be a film archivist and scholar.

-How movie marketing today differs - or not - from the deceptive sales tactics of the '30s.

-What we all think of Chappie.

-That controversial article from last week about nerd culture taking a long hard look at itself (if that made you mad, and agreeing to disagree ain't your thing, beware!)

-How a second Ghostbusters reboot announcement does or doesn't already undermine the first.

-How likely you are to ever watch a film print of unaltered Star Wars again.

-All this and your questions too! If you do iTunes, please be sure to subscribe and leave a good rating if you like it. If not, you can listen below.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: She's the Sheriff's Department

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello hello. Happy almost St. Patricks Day. I will be having some corned beef and cabbage next week for sure. I love boiled cabbage, potatoes and carrots in a good corned beef broth. Then served with lots of butter on the veg and a good mustard on the corned beef, yummy in the tummy. Followed up with a good Bailey's and coffee. We have no pubs out here so it will be served from my kitchen.

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Well, This Is Awkward

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

Hi, guys.

We're having technical difficulties this morning, and our publishing schedule is delayed a bit. Once we get everything sorted out, we'll be back later today with new articles. Thanks for your patience!

Weekend Open Thread - Now With Comment of the Week!

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm


Since day one of my time here, reader Canadian.Scott has been asking for a "Comment of the Week" feature. I finally told him that if he wants to pick the contenders, I will showcase the winner on the open thread.

So this week's winner, responding to the Jem movie image, is...


Congratulations! You have won a big, fat, invisible set of bragging rights for the next seven days!

Now talk about whatever you'd like, though I suggest that if you want to talk about Leonard Nimoy, it might be better placed in the Nimoy comment thread several posts below, where we've been collecting tributes in the comments.