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A Kickstarter-funded reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is more than halfway to its funding goal — and creator Joel Hodgson hopes that a new cast will help introduce the ’90s cable phenomenon to a new generation. “The theory is to refresh it for a new audience but still invite the original people to come back creatively and do cameos,” Hodgson told TheWrap. Most recently, Patton Oswalt joined the project to write and play TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, the offspring of the character from the original show played by Frank Conniff. Other new cast members include Felicia Day, »
- Joe Otterson
The Kickstarter campaign for a new season of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" is rolling along, with the $2 million goal more than met with 10 days remaining. Creator Joel Hodgson has started introducing the cast of the revival, and you'll probably recognize a few names. Hodgson announced the most well-known name so far on Monday: Comedian and frequent Twitter ranter Patton Oswalt is going to be TV's Son of TV's Frank. Oswalt is a last-minute addition to the cast. According to Hodgson, he and Oswalt emailed back and forth a bit after the Kickstarter campaign began, with Hodgson offering him a guest writing spot and then an on-camera role (Oswalt's response: "Oh My God"). He'll join previously announced cast members Felicia Day, who will play Kinga, the daughter of original series baddie Dr. Clayton Forrester (and the granddaughter of Pearl Forrester), Jonah Ray, who will be their host/victim, and Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn, »
- Sara Morrison
Patton Oswalt has joined the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reboot. Oswalt will play the son of evil henchman TV’s Frank, who was played in the original show by Frank Conniff. His character will be known as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. “You know, the funny thing is that when we launched our Kickstarter, I hadn’t even approached Patton about being on MST3K… but I had thought a lot about getting him involved,” series creator Joel Hodgson wrote on the reboot’s Kickstarter page. Also Read: Felicia Day Joins Cast of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot “Anyway, »
- Joe Otterson
Welcome to the March 25, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: do we have a new "Gamergate" on our hands? "The new Gamergate: Angry white men are trying to shut down diverse comics," reads the headline of a piece written by Salon's Matt Binder, who claims that "right-wing parasites, misogynist Men’s Rights activists, and opportunistic grifters" including Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos (many of whom, he alleges, probably don't even read comics) are taking aim at attempts to add more women and racial minorities to mainstream comics, most notably the woman Thor. "The fact that a woman playing Thor would cause such outrage, when even a frog is able to take up the title of Thor sans controversy, is absurd," Binder writes before citing numerous other examples of targeted attacks by the trolls in question. He »
- Chris Eggertsen
We’re back with another news round-up. This time around we have a casting update on the Matt Smith-starring Patient Zero, special features details for Shout! Factory’s 4-disc Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD box set, and news on The Jetsons in-development animated feature film.
Deadline reveals that Stanley Tucci is lined up to play the head villain in Patient Zero, the upcoming horror-thriller from Screen Gems. Tucci will play “a deliciously evil role: a professor who becomes infected, and highly violent. He becomes determined to crash the lab that’s working on a cure and thwart the search for Patient Zero.” Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) star and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) directs off a script by Mike Le (Dark Summer).
“In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. »
- Derek Anderson
5 items from 2015
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