Clark Kent Gets His Picture Taken

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm

We have just gotten our first look at Clark Kent from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The above image was featured in a charity initiative tweet sent out by the UK's Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and it shows Henry Cavill in costume from the set of the film. That Clark Kent is a dapper dresser for sure, but does that tie go with his shirt? As someone who regularly has chicken grease on his shirt at any given time, I'm hardly a fashionista, so you tell me.

Yes friends, it is a slow news day.

So feel free to praise/rage about this picture below as I valiantly rustle up some more news for you. We are all Supermen and Superwomen in our own way! (Via /Film)

R.I.P. Meshach Taylor

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:00 am

Over the weekend, character actor Meshach Taylor died at the age of 67. Best known for his work on TV's Designing Women and in the two Mannequin films, Taylor was a stage and screen veteran, as well as an accomplished voiceover artist whose credits include roles on Static Shock and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. (Genre fans may also remember him from roles in Damien: The Omen II, The Howling and Explorers, as well as guest spots on Alf and The Incredible Hulk). He was a reliable go-to guy whose comedic timing was criminally underrated, and he will be missed.

Also, it should be mentioned that as a Philadelphia resident, I've noticed people in the City of Brotherly Love have an unironic reverence for Mannequin. We already have a Rocky statue, so maybe it's time to get a Bronze doppelganger of Hollywood Montrose outside of the old Wanamaker's store that stood in on screen for Prince and Company.

R.I.P. Meshach Taylor, and thanks for all the great entertainment.

Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: YOU GOT THE TOUCH!

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I haven't seen Transformers: Age of Extinction yet, but please tell me Wahlberg sings "The Touch" like he did in Boogie Nights at some point.

Announcement time: there will not be a Weekend Hangover post on Monday morning. I know, I know, sadness. However, I still want you all to share news stories amongst yourselves, and know that the Hangover will return next week.

Also, I will be back here on Monday covering, and will have lots and lots of special treats planned for you...

Have a great weekend everybody, and know that when things get too rough you've got the touch, you've got the power YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

The Guy Behind the Short Attention Span Video Answered Questions on Reddit Yesterday

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

Do you have a short attention span? Are you even reading this right now?!?

Yesterday College Humor dared the Internet to watch three really boring minutes of video (with an oddly backwards-running clock), and the Internet responded by sharing the video like crazy.

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Queen Elizabeth II Visits Westeros

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Wow. During a trip to Belfast earlier today, England's Queen Elizabeth II visited the set of Game of Thrones. (Say what you will about The Sopranos or Sex in the City, but at no point did those HBO series' have their sets visited by royalty). Here's how it went down via E! Online:
Queen Elizabeth took in the sights while on set, from weaponry to costumes and other props from Game of Thrones. But the real moment everybody was waiting for was when Queen Elizabeth came upon the Iron Throne. Despite the hopes of Internet users everywhere, she did not sit upon the throne, she just marveled at the iconic seat.

Several cast members were also on hand to greet the queen. Co-creators and executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss were on hand, as were stars Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). Harington even cracked a smile! Yep, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh got Jon Snow to smile.

Is anyone else just really fascinated by this? I feel like a Spitting Image sketch is coming to life here. Hit the jump for more.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread: Fartzenegger!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Announcement: Liz Ohanesian is bringing us a list from Botcon on Monday morning, so the Weekend Hangover won't be compiled this time.

You miss Luke, don't you?

Harvard College Library Begins Cataloging 20,000 Zines

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:00 am


The Houghton Library at Harvard University recently announced it has begun work cataloguing over 20,000 items in its new zine collection.

"The 600 or so zine titles listed thus far are best described as an eclectic collection of material whose subject matter ranges from personal diaries on the day-to-day life of their authors (known as 'perzines') to politics (Anarchist, Socialist, Feminist etc.), religion, work, sex, travel, cooking, art, literature and fan commentary on sports, television and film, music, and science fiction," writes PhD candidate Alina Lazar on the Houghton website.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Robots, Revivals and No More Reboots!

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law 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.

Well, while you all were not looking, I went out of town and back to Mexico. Stayed again at the Melia resort in Puerto Vallarta. I will have to say things have improved since the comments I made in March 2014. This time we had a clock and coffee-maker in the room, better ocean view and my mom had rice pudding restored at the desert table. She was very happy this time.

Anyway, I want to give a shout out to the Activities staff at the resort. They work so hard and are very friendly and helpful. You should see the smile on this one guy named Raul. Raul reads Topless Robot and likes X-Men. The regular staff was training high school kids on summer break and all seemed to be going well. While at the resort, I got to meet Dino the Dino from The Flintstones (above) - he is the big purple one and I'm the big yellow one (no, I'm not Big Bird).

So now let's see what my minions have come up with for questions this week.

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Site Advisory: Luke on Vacation Through July 2nd, but the Show Will Go on

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm


I'm off to England to introduce my wife to my grandmother, while the latter still retains memories (which may not be for much longer), but there'll be no loss of content: I'm leaving you in the capable hands of Keith Plocek and Chris Cummins. Keith, who'll be here until early Monday morning, used to be my supervisor and Rob's before that, so he knows what's up; Chris, who'll be in charge the rest of the time, you all should know as a regular contributor and sometime editor.

Please be gentle with your cramming.

Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Happy Father's Day Weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm


And thank you, George Lucas, for the 34 years I've had to hear every other goddamn person in the world think they're the first to tell me they're my father in a James Earl Jones voice.

Seriously, take care of your real dads. Julia lost hers recently and mine is frail. Love 'em while they're around.