Whiplash Lead Actress Melissa Benoist is TV's New Supergirl

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:50 am


She didn't exactly have the biggest part in the metaphorical dick-measuring contest that was the primary plot of Whiplash, but she was good in her moments. No idea how she'll be in this.

Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman).

Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She's still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn't know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice -- and she's even given a new moniker: Supergirl.

A Bing image search on her name already turns up nudes almost immediately, and high in the search.

Ask Luke's Mother in Law: Great Balls of Furry Lovin'

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert. All questions and answers are real.

Hey, well, here we are with another week under our belts. I watched the Oscar announcements from the lair in Joshua Tree, and will have to say I was disappointed that Best Director was an old boys' group. The director of Selma, Ava DuVernay, got totally snubbed. I mean, please, Selma got best picture - did it make itself?

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The 14 Nerdy Things We Most Look Forward to in 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:00 am


2014 ended three weeks ago, but our wrap-ups of 2014's best and worst ended yesterday. It's fair to say we consumed a lot of entertainment, enjoyed many things and had almost as much fun vocally destroying the things we didn't like so much. And as I hope was evident, not every Topless Robot contributor had the same ideas about what those things were.

Which is why, as we look to the year ahead, I've gathered together as many of our regular contributors as possible for this list, in which they all describe what they're geeked out about for 2015. From board games to RPGs, action figures to adaptations - and in one case, even the rumors we long to hear - it's a varied, insightful and excitable sneak peek.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread: Smoakin' Atoms

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm


Ollie, Ollie, oxygen-free? As in, dead? Guess we'll find out soon enough...

Fake "Banned" Trailer for Kickstartering 1996-Style Shooter Is EXTREEEEME!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm


Strafe bills itself as having "BLEEDING EDGE GRAPHICS AND GAMEPLAY, 1996©" with its polygonal visuals, non-stop shooting, ever more insane weapons and even an easter-egg Wolfenstein parody level. But the best part of all is the retro trailer - while absurd in content, it gets the visual style just right, and in a world of Robert Rodriguez fake-grindhouse movies that don't look like they ever got anywhere near film in a projector, the bad video rings true.

If only this were a retro console game - I'd give a lot to have a shooter that only uses ONE joystick and two strafe buttons like the old PS1 Doom.

Now - are you ready to get even more AWESOME and MEGA-CYBER EXREME than the boobs on a Liefeld Captain America? Read on...

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New Doctor Who and Sherlock Action Figures Revealed at UK Toy Fair

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm


They're still in the smaller, 3.75" scale, which is probably going to stay the norm. But on the plus side, they've made pretty much everyone you'd expect. The Skovox Blitzer, two new Claras, Caretaker Doctor, Spacesuit Doctor, Cyberman, Cyber-Danny, Rusty Dalek, the Mummy, and even a Dalek inside a Dalek-shaped spaceship.

No sign of Missy yet, though, unless I - ahem - missed her. The Sherlock figures only have packaging mockups so far, but that's a good start.

The Doctor Who Site has detailed pictures of all of it.

"My Logo on a Bootleg My Little Pony Giant Inflatable Sex Doll, You Say?"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Hongyi Toys

If we're suppressing our gag reflex long enough to think critically, this "Inflatable Pony Sexy Girl" isn't really a great sex toy. It's one piece and thus does not have the usual orifices.

Not that such a minor complication saved poor Rainbow Dash in the jar, mind you.

But while every other outlet reporting on this unusual (you wish) item is mostly feigning shock, my eye was caught by a very particular product detail:

We can add your logo, slogan or other message
Where, dear readers, would you suggest placement of the logo should be?

No, I'm not getting a TR blow-up pony. It's...um...strictly hypothetical. Yep.

h/t Anyone00 in the weekend thread.

The Flash SPOILER Thread - Chillin'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm


It is getting cold in here...so put on all your clothes.

Mythbusters Fan Fiction Film Features Jamie and Adam Repeatedly Having Sex With Each Other

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 am


This is actually not a bad impersonation by the folks at Boo Yaa Pictures - I have to admit that. The costumes are awful, yes. The punchline - that every myth-busting experiment ends in gay sex - is terrible.

And yet I watched this trainwreck from moment of impact to screeching halt. I suspect many of you will do the same. Now...is that a myth, or am I on point? I'm calling this one in advance as "plausible."

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The 10 Nerdiest Reveals of January's TCA Press Tour Besides the Marvel and DC Shows (Mostly)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

DAMN fine comeback! And HOT!

I'm really proud to be a member of the Television Critics Association. Television has some of the most amazing work being created today, and we get to spend two weeks straight with the people who make it. Oddly, the TCA Press Tour has shrunk from three weeks to two weeks, but there are more than twice as many networks now. The big four - ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox - used to take two or three days each (RIP UPN and The WB, but we have CW now). Now they've all shrunk to a single day for their whole slates, and crammed in a ton of days for cable networks. Now that HBO, Showtime, FX, AMC and even Netflix and Amazon make great shows, we get them all coming to talk to us, and we somehow lost a week due to consolidation.

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