Thousand Pounds are the dudes who made all those awesome live-action Street Fighter super combo videos. Now they’re turning their attention to a live-action Naruto fan flick, and here’s the first trailer. I’m not a big Naruto fan, but I’m excited as hell; it’s like HBO making Game of Thrones — it’s just awesome when anyone with that much talent and resources decides to spend it doing something nerdy. The full 20-minute short will be released later this summer, and you can bet I’ll post it the minute it’s done. Believ— erg, sorry. Won’t happen again.
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.