Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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7 Reasons You Should See Terminator Too: Judgment Play

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

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In 2003, a Los Angeles-based theater troupe premiered a live version of the movie Point Break, appropriately entitled Point Break Live!, and it was good. So good, in fact, that it's been running ever since, bouncing around Los Angeles, New York, and my home turf of San Francisco.

A few years ago they debuted Terminator Too: Judgment Play elsewhere, and after attending its San Francisco premiere on April 3, 2014 at the DNA Lounge, I'm here to tell you why you should go see either (or both!) of 'em if you can.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: More Mexico, Fire Ants, TMNT, and the Human Centipede!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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.

Hello all,

If you missed the first part of my trip to Mexico with my mother, it's HERE. Now, let's continue.

When we checked in to the resort, we were issued an arm band (if you lose it, 250 pesos is charged) and towel keys (you lose, you pay). They give 1 towel card for each person. The trick here is to ask for more cards. You can get them at the front desk. We put one towel on the lounge and the other was either to dry with or cover up with. Even with the extra towel I got sunburned. The towels are large, which was great. But lose a towel or your wrist band and you will have to pay extra. The exchange rate was 12 pesos to 1 US dollar.

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These Muppet Show Burlesque Photos May Badly Confuse Your Boner

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Alternately, they may make you vomit. But I'll say one thing about Fiona Flame's St. Louis-based show - her girls sure do like getting felt up. Wocka wocka, or Ma-nah ma-nuh-uh?

All photos courtesy of Jon Gitchoff at our sister publication, the Riverfront Times. Not all may be SFW, but all nips are covered.

Cue pervy Waldorf and Statler:

"This is my favorite part of the show!"

"The end?"

"Yeah! The rear end! Ho ho ho ho!"

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Weekend Hangover: Harry Potter Prequels, Robo-Fish, Unreleased Gandalf Animation, More

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

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What stories fell through the cracks this past weekend? With the aid of ace compiler Kyle LeClair, we'll tell you.

This week's tipsters include: Gallen_Dugall, Anyone00, SlyDante777, rkwsuperstar, troi, BumblebeeZ3, Timely-Tardis-Lego, RegularStormy

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - I Just Wanna McFly

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

One of many nerdy slot machines from last week's Vegas trip...

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Before I get to the last-minute desk-clearing items, a guideline: I have been fishing several weekend comments out of the spam filter, so here's a heads up. If you only post a link, or a YouTube, with no commentary, and you do this multiple times, there is a better than average chance Livefyre will read that as spam. I will rescue everything I see, but I'm not on 24/7. Now you know. Here are some links:

-I almost never post about basketball, but this full-court 3D image-mapping is too cool not to share.

-When your plastic bags are in shreds, you have Bane cat's permission to meow.

-A Blackout is coming to Agents of SHIELD. No, not that kind - the show remains on the air.

-Taco Bell Crunchwrap pajamas are fun, but if you want them, it's already too late.

-Every WrestleMania match ever, ranked in order from 1-287.

-A guy I never heard of before will play Miles Dyson's kid in the new Terminator trilogy.

-Hardee's X-Men commercial implies women have to dumb themselves into men before they'll eat huge slabs of unhealthy crap. (I think they mean it the other way, but whatever.)

-Carmageddon ruins a childhood favorite song, much to the delight of parents who are sick of it.

-The spirit of Wesley Willis lives, and loves Sonic the Hedgehog.

-Adding virtual arms to the Oculus Rift.

-Suspended animation isn't just a jokey term for cancelled Pixar movies any more.

h/t to Gallen_Dugall and SlyDante777 for some of the above.

Alien Invasions, Giant Tentacles...The Pepsi Max Prank That Fooled the UK

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Oh, augmented reality, what can't you do?

A little application to a UK bus shelter, and people waiting for their transportation were confronted with tentacles from the sewers, debris from space, and giant robot attacks.

Most caught on pretty quickly, but it was still cool. For a moment, They Believed.

Too bad it was promoting a drink as terrible tasting as Pepsi max. But I guess that just makes the company try harder.

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EXCLUSIVE CLIP: RiffTrax Does National Geographic Channel for April Fool's

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

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The news is out: for three hours on April 1st, the former Mystery Science Theater 3000 and current RiffTrax gang of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will take over the National Geographic Channel for three hours (8-11 p.m.) in a feature called Total Riff Off, which offers their unique brand of commentary over such programming as Bad@$$ Animals, Unlikely Animal Friends, My Dog Ate What? and Man v. Monster. And yes, those are actual show titles they did not make up.

The better news: we have a special clip just for you, in which the colorful critter above, known as the mantis shrimp, gets singled out for unique treatment.

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The Weekend Hangover: Spider-Man Mail, Fake Penis Pants, Moisture Vaporators, More

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

My own weekend involved molluscs and crustaceans for breakfast, courtesy of an extraordinarily generous friend...

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Meanwhile, other nerdily newsworthy things were happening, and with the compilation help of Kyle LeClair, here are some highlights of what you may have missed in the weekend open thread. Tipsters this week include GreggoryBasore, SlyDante777, skrag2112, Anyone00, troi, rkwsuperstar, Citrus King, andre morello, Gallen_Dugall, franciebrady27, James.k.Polk

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Ashley Eckstein Announces Geek Fashion Show for Comic-Con; How You Can Participate

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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In association with Nerdist - presumably as a result of her use of Sith powers on Chris Hardwick (above) - Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein has announced a new line of "Geek Couture" fashions for women, inspired by nerdy properties, to debut at a fashion show July 24th at Comic-Con. Her Sith mind must have waned a bit from that whole "dealing in absolutes" thing, because thirty fans will have the opportunity to get their designs entered in the show as well, with two winners selected to co-design new clothing items for Her Universe with Ashley.

Keep reading to see our gallery of Ms. Eckstein's designs, and who knows - maybe you'll be inspired to enter. If anyone manages to successfully submit a Topless Robot themed design that gets chosen, I'll find a way to get you a special prize myself.

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