Dennis Hopper passed away this weekend after a long battle with prostate cancer. The man was a Hollywood icon and appeared in some of the greatest movies ever made, although we nerds will likely remember him as Deacon in Waterworld and King Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. movie. He also starred as “H. Philip Lovecraft” in some movie called Witch Hunt, which I need to watch immediately. Of all the tributes, I think WWTDD said it best — Dennis Hopper was better in Nike commercials than most other actors are during the entirety of their careers. The man was a legend before, and he’s a legend now. Rest in peace, sir.
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.