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

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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.

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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.

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

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).

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

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.

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Captain America Joins Team America in Simple-Yet-Awesome Mash-up

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Admit it, you'd go see the movie above. Alas, that picture above is just a cheap image mashup manufactured by my good self in hopes of a cheap chuckle. The actual video I'm about to show you is simpler, and yet way cooler - the simple substitution of music in a Winter Soldier action sequence just makes all the difference in the world.

Especially when it's Trey Parker music. Fuck yeah.

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Fanboy Flick Pick: Transcendence Is a Sci-Fi of Ideas...Just

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:00 am


Considering the way Transcendence has avoided giving out too many excessive plot details in its trailers, it's a bit stunning just how immediately the movie itself spoils its own ending. Even I , who normally insist that the first half of a film is fair game for description, would feel a little weird about describing the opening scene, so suffice it to say that it shows the aftermath of something major, in a manner that makes it pretty clear how things had to have been resolved. The entire rest of the movie takes place 3-5 years earlier, and by basically removing the narrative tension of how it ends, director Wally Pfister (Christopher Nolan's cinematographer, making his feature directorial debut) has made it so that the only thing left is to debate the ideas. Which is actually a pretty classical science fiction thing to do, but it may not sit well with every member of the modern audience.

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18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am


When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...

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A "Real" Spider-Man Web-Shooter That Could Kill You

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm


Using electromagnetics, lasers, and a sweet Spidey glove, German tech-head Patrick Priebe has made an actual web-shooter that can fire a barb on a line, and bring back whatever you hook. The potential uses for fishermen are limitless...perhaps less so for aspiring Spider-Men, who have to deal with the fact that "web fluid" is essentially magic and violates multiple laws of science.

Though if all you want to do is catch Mary Jane's lunch tray...well, this won't do that either. Really it's more like Scorpion's spear from Mortal Kombat, but that's just not as hot a property to tie into right now.

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Lego Greenlit the Ghostbusters - Now How About This Amazing Marshmallow Man?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:30 am


At 13 inches tall, fully articulated, and pretty much to scale with minifigs, this would not only be an outstanding Lego piece...it would also be the best action figure of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ever made. He's more poseable, durable and correctly sized than any other toy figure of this Gozer guise has been in the past.

The only problem is that he doesn't yet exist in purchasable form - he needs Cuusoo votes and ultimate Lego approval. As a Capitalist Gozer might say, "Choose...and buy!" Because if anyone asks you if this is godly, you will say "YES."