Peter Jackson’s fourth video blog for The Hobbit came out, and holy hell is it a joy. First of all, it’s 10 minutes of behind the scenes goodness, and so you get to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian McKellan as Gandalf, all the dwarves, some Mirkwood, all sorts of stuff. Then there’s the video’s ostensible theme, which is 3-D. I know most of us are sick of 3-D, and I don’t know that this will change your mind, but it is fascinating to discover how insane the shooting process is. They’re even making the storyboard art in 3-D, which strikes me as totally absurd, but whatever. Anyways, I just found the whole thing fascinating.
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.