Would you like to see the new Avatar trailer with all its glorious CG effectively neutralized? Buddy, do I have a scoop for you! Here’s the bootlegged version of the new Avatar trailer, which debuts in theaters today and is due on the internet a week later (because waiting to post things to the internet is always a good idea and always works). Even I’m having a hard time judging this thing, because it’s shaky and dark and it’s difficult to make anything out — and since Avatar is 99% about its CG wankery, all that’s left is a fuzzyThundercats/Captain Planet mash-up. So I’ll reserve judgment until I can see James Cameron’s fuzzy blue gelflings in HD, the way Jesus intended, and I’ll post the real trailer when it goes up next Friday (snicker). (Via WWTDD)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.