NYCC: Putting Together a Massive One-Woman Metal Gear REX Costume

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 10:00 am


Cosplayer Ruby Taki has been working on this thing for a year, and is now ready to compete for the top prize at New York Comic Con.

Our colleagues at the Village Voice were able to film her putting it all together for a final photoshoot, as frightened dogs and kids who think she's doing Star Wars give her some space. That's pretty freakin' metal, all right.

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Six Things We Learned About Interstellar and Science From the Mobile Game (and Trailers)

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am


Every few years, science fiction seems to bring us a more serious and realistic view of the future. The sixties had 2001: A Space Odyssey; the seventies gave us the ecological classic Silent Running. With the eighties and the advent of Star Wars-style sci-fi, some of that seriousness was lost in the hopes of entertaining the masses with epic space battles, lasers, robot and romance. Alfonso Cuaron's masterpiece Gravity showed studios that serious, science based fiction could not only fill theater seats, but better yet get the masses to pay for such luxuries as IMAX and 3d. Christopher Nolan's foray into serious science fiction, Interstellar, is following in Gravity's footsteps, with it opening in a few weeks nationwide in traditional, 3d, IMAX, 70mm, and every other modern format imaginable.

The full marketing juggernaut of Paramount is behind the film. If you happen to miss one of the myriad trailer appearing before films, on TV or the Internet, the mobile and browser-based video games will whet your appetite for hardcore science fiction. In fact, we here at Topless Robot spent countless hours playing the games in the Interstellar universe, desperate to find clues into what will really happen in the film. Between the game and the trailers, we think we have a pretty good idea of the shape of things to come. We hope were right; if I have to spend another nanosecond playing that boring-ass video game, my face might melt Toht-style.

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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am


If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.

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Friday Odds & Ends/Weekend Open Thread: Happy Liefeld Day!

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm


-Happy birthday to friend-of-TR Rob Liefeld! Here's a big hug.

-Learn why Harry Potter foe Dolores Umbridge is so Lego.

-Rush Hour: The TV Show can probably afford Chris Tucker these days.

-Let's clutch at straws and hope Twin Peaks is coming back. Or not...reunion shows aren't usually that great.

-That was fast: Angry Birds has a Star Wars Rebels level.

-The Rock to replace The Hoff in a Baywatch movie?

-A pig steals 18 beers, gets drunk, and fights a cow. Naturally, it's an Australian pig.

-Would you trust Hulk Hogan to drive your Crazy Taxi?

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: The Perils of Protest Peeing

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Hello and happy Thursday morning. Hopefully this week we will not have a computer glitch like last week and the copy will get to Los Angeles for my normal time - don't know what happened last week. This week, I send you pile o' kittens photos. There are 2 to 3 babies in each one - hope you like them. We were just starting to cool down a bit in the desert, but now by the end of the week the prediction is for 100+. Hope not. I have enjoyed having all of my windows open and letting the cool fresh air in. Pretty soon I'll have to close down the pool for the winter.

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16 Stories You Might Have Missed This Weekend, From Chris Pratt's He-Man Fanfic to Banana Garfield

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

via Timley-Tardis-Lego

Can you beat a sentient Garfield banana? We'll give it a try, with these amusing tidbits culled form your weekend submissions and collected with the help of Kyle LeClair. Tipsters this week include kegs, donnaryoko, rkwsuperstar, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, clashctyrkr, Rx79immigrant84, SlyDante777

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Contest Winners: Your Best Fake '80s Sequel and Kevin Smith Scene

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm


If you are a winner, please email me your real name and address along with your screen name.

Because this is a twofer, and the Kevin Smith contest has multiple winners, I'm not going to list runners up this time. The winner of the Cobra Kai outfit - for which I asked you to imagine a fake sequel to an '80s classic - is alijaffreythehunk, who entered multiple times, but did the best with this:

Fast Times at Ridgemont: What's up Spicoli's Butt?

Due to a legal loop hole from ages ago, Sean Penn is contractually obligated to star in this Fast Times sequel and he. is not. having. aaaaaannnnnyyy of it.

Watch Sean Penn punch Phoebe Cates for something undeserving, judge Judge Reinhold his choices in life, and out coke Nic Cage during a scene at a fast food stop.

Watch what the critics are calling:

"The only film where Sean Penn bites off a makeup assistant's hand off for trying to place a blonde wig on his head."'

"He just stands there silently seething for 20 minutes at the camera in a 'colt 45' t shirt."

"I could see the point where Penn's skin started to literally boil and fume!"

Voted "The Most Terrifying Film of 2014!" by Bubba Jones from Rolling Stone.

Now in Theaters.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles" by proudhousewife

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:30 am


If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

This week, because of the immense popularity of the Harry Potter rewrite that's allegedly by a Christian mother, we take a break from the Optimus Prime statutory rape saga to bring you some Holy Hogwarts. Despite my wife's highly vocal objections, which you'll hear.

Title: "Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles" by proudhousewife

Logline: Harry Potter finds Jesus thanks to redneck Hagrid, and goes to prayer school.

Acts Involved: Prayer, rejection of the pagan celebration of birthdays, gay characters choosing not to be and getting married.

Participants: Harry Potter, Hagrid, the Dursleys, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Jesus Christ, God.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How CHiPs Gets It Wrong. Also, Pet Detective!

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:36 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Wow, it has been busy since we last chatted. I went to the First Joshua Tree Film Fesitval. Have sent a pic of the fest's founder, "Q" (no not Q from Star Trek). He is on the right and the pet detective Mr. Jack Tyler on the left. We saw the documentary " If Only Cats Could Talk" by Signe Veje from Denmark. It is the story of 2 cats - one a missing one out of Huntington Beach, CA and the other a cat who lives in a library. Anyway I got to speak with Mr. Tyler prior to the screening. He is a cat naturalist and tracks missing cats in their ecosystem. He said that missing cats don't generally wander too far from home unless they try to hide in something like a truck bed or open car. Cats like to hide and will generally lay low. Generally a house cat when it escapes will return and come out of hiding in about 8 days.

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Cosplayers AREN'T Ruining Conventions. Here Are 5 Reasons Why.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Crowd at SDCC panel, photo by Molly McIsaac

I've seen it posted over and over on my social media in the last twenty-four hours: THE article. The one that says cosplayers are ruining conventions. My highly talented costumer friends - many who make a living from cosplay - are livid, stirred up into mania merely by the title of the article: "Is Cosplay Killing Comic-Con?"

Let's investigate...

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