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13 items from 2017


Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return Brings Back the Laughs

16 April 2017 7:31 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’ve Got Movie Sign again! It’s been 18years since the last time the mad scientists forced the bots and their human companion to watch cheesy movies. Mystery Science Theater 3000, a low-budget but hilarious cable comedy show from the 80s-90s, has been resurrected on Netflix, with a new cast but the same satiric spirit. Does Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return live up to its predecessor? 

In the not-too-distant past (1988-1999), Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a cult hit, first on Comedy Central and then on the SyFy Network. Created by comedian Joel Hodgson, it ran for over 10 years, despite numerous cast changes, and a netwrok change, along the way. MST3K gained a legion of devoted fans, (myself included) all of whom were sad to see the show go off the air in 1999. Almost two decades later, Hodgson has brought his comedic gem back, with all-new episodes. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Review: Faces Change, But The Anarchic Spirit Remains the Same

14 April 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you know the words, sing along:

If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes

and other science facts,

Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show,

I should really just relax…”

for Mystery Science Theater 3000!”

While some things have changed about the revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (premiering this weekend on Netflix) an awful lot hasn’t — including the refrain above from the opening theme song, familiar to generations of fans. The lyrics above, a winky nod to the absurdity of the show’s premise, has always been a major tone-setter for the series created by Joel Hodgson, which brings together an appreciation for the clumsiest efforts in film history with its own crude yet charming style.

Read More: Top Showrunners Give Their Take on a Writers Strike and the Influence of Trump on TV — IndieWire’s WonderCon 2017 Panel

The 14-episode season, dubbed “The Return »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return’ Review: Faces Change, But The Anarchic Spirit Remains the Same

14 April 2017 5:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you know the words, sing along:

If you’re wondering how he eats and breathes

and other science facts,

Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show,

I should really just relax…”

for Mystery Science Theater 3000!”

While some things have changed about the revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (premiering this weekend on Netflix) an awful lot hasn’t — including the refrain above from the opening theme song, familiar to generations of fans. The lyrics above, a winky nod to the absurdity of the show’s premise, has always been a major tone-setter for the series created by Joel Hodgson, which brings together an appreciation for the clumsiest efforts in film history with its own crude yet charming style.

Read More: Top Showrunners Give Their Take on a Writers Strike and the Influence of Trump on TV — IndieWire’s WonderCon 2017 Panel

The 14-episode season, dubbed “The Return »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return Review

13 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In the not-too-distant future, next Sunday A.D. …well, actually, right now, on Netflix. That’s right, the cult favorite TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 has returned, with all-new hosts, all-new Mads and all-new voices for some familiar bots. Begun as a Kickstarter and now launching on Netflix, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is conceived as a new season of the original show. It builds off of the property’s beloved past and adds a few new quirks, but maintains the basic format of a guy, his bots and a pantheon of bad films.

The conceit of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 mirrors the old: a hapless employee of Gizmonic Institute finds himself imprisoned on the Satellite of Love by two mad scientists who force him to watch bad movies. He maintains his sanity by riffing on the films, with the help of his robot companions Tom Servo, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Blu-ray Review Round-Up: The Screaming Skull, Contamination .7, The Naked Cage, Demented

13 April 2017 2:07 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Though Scream Factory originally made their name by releasing comprehensive special editions of beloved horror titles and some lesser-known cult films deserving reappraisal, after five years the company is diversifying their output more and more. They struck an exclusive deal to release IFC Midnight titles, they’ve picked up a few films and put them out under the “Scream Factory” imprint, and have even developed and produced their very first original feature, Mark Pavia’s Fender Bender, in 2016. In addition to all of this, Scream Factory has begun releasing smaller and lesser-known catalogue titles, nearly bypassing the special features altogether and just giving some older cult titles their high-def debuts. Included in their latest slate of releases is everything from a John Stamos sci-fi action film (Never Too Young to Die) to an unofficial Troll sequel. Let’s take a look at four of these catalogue titles—The Screaming Skull, »

- Patrick Bromley

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MST3K Returns For a New Audience

10 April 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Chris Feil

This Friday marks the return of cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000, the spoof equivalent of sharing a movie theatre with a patron who won’t stop talking back at the screen. This time the crowdfunded production heads to Netflix, with many classic episodes also back on the streaming service as well. For some the original series is more of an acquired taste, but for its devoted cult, there is much to rejoice again.

The premise was simple: painfully bad films are forced upon two robots (the gumball machine-like Tom Servo and metallic rooster Crow) and one human (Joel Hodgson, then Mike Nelson, and now Jonah Ray) in a plot for world domination by some crackpot scientist »

- Chris Feil

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DVD Review – Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxviii

27 March 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxviii…

MST3K Volume Xxxvii was what I would call, to use baseball lingo, a solid double into the gap, rather than a clean home run. The latest, MST3K Volume Xxxviii, is more of the same. That judgment doesn’t reflect the quality of the included episodes – it’s more about the bonus features. Sometimes they’re more in-depth and interesting, but sometimes they’re like this one and its predecessor, with bonus features that are cursory in nature.

This collection’s episodes are all hosted by Mike and offer a nice overview of the kinds of films the series featured over the years. They include:

Colossus and the Headhunters: This sixth season episode serves up an Italian swords-and-sandals flick featuring Maciste, a wannabe Hercules who saves a group of people from an island being destroyed by a volcanic eruption and tries »

- Brad Cook

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MST3k comic-book series on the way

20 February 2017 1:24 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

So this is some cool news! In the not too distant future, Dark Horse comics will be developing a new comic-book series based on the cult sci-fi series Mystery Science Theater 3000, about a hapless human (Joel Robinson, Mike Nelson, and now Jonah Ray) and their two robot pals (Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo) watching and making fun of terrible movies. Now, there's not much detail as to what the comic series... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Horror Highlights: Blood & Gourd, Havenhurst Q&A, Blind Sun, MST3K Vol. 38 DVD, Arbor Demon, Plaga Zombie: American Invasion

10 February 2017 6:57 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Comic readers who are fans of Blood & Gourd can now download the first two issues of the series on ComiXology. Also in today's Highlights: a Q&A with Havenhurst director Andrew C. Erin, a clip and a trailer for Blind Sun, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 38 DVD release details, Arbor Demon acquisition info, and the trailer for Plaga Zombie: American Invasion.

Blood & Gourd Comixology Digital Download Details: The first two issues of Blood & Gourd are now available as digital downloads on ComiXology! If you prefer to collect your comics in physical form, you can limited print copies at bloodandgourd.com.

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Q&A with Havenhurst Director Andrew C. Erin: From the Press Release: "Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures have announced the February 10th limited theatrical and nationwide Cable VOD and Digital HD release of Andrew C. Erin's Havenhurst. Co-written by Erin (Sam's Lake, Simple Things) and Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening, »

- Tamika Jones

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Fox Promotes Dean Hallett to Operations and Strategy Head

31 January 2017 12:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dean Hallett, the veteran finance executive at Twentieth Century Fox Film, has been promoted, the studio said on Tuesday. He will now serve as the studio’s senior executive vice president for operations and strategy.

Hallet’s promotion comes as the studio is undergoing a major overhaul under its newly installed chairman and CEO Stacey Snider. As part of that shift, several long-serving staffers have been promoted. Mike Dunn, the former home entertainment chief, was recently named to the newly created position of president of product strategy and consumer business development, while former content management chief Salil Mehta was been named president of FoxNext, a newly-created division that oversees gaming and virtual reality productions.

Hallett served as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2001. He will broaden his portfolio to include technology, human resources, and labor relations.

Mike Nelson, who most recently served as the studio’s controller, »

- Brent Lang

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Fox Ups Dean Hallett To Senior Evp Operations & Strategy

31 January 2017 10:49 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Dean Hallett, who has served as Evp and CFO of 20th Century Fox Film since 2001, has a new expanded role at the company. He has been promoted to Senior Evp Operations and Strategy, where he will add technology, human resources and labor relations to his purview along with overseeing other cross-divisional projects. He will continue overseeing Fox Film’s strategic planning, business development and digital supply chain. Mike Nelson, previously the group’s Evp and… »

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Movie Review – Christine (2016)

27 January 2017 5:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Christine, 2016.

Directed by Antonio Campos.

Starring Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Simons, J. Smith-Cameron and Kim Shaw.

Synopsis:

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

On July 15th 1974, Christine Chubbuck – a newsreader disillusioned by the burgeoning “if it bleeds it leads” culture of news-announced live, “In keeping with the Wzrb policy of presenting the most immediate and complete reports of local blood and guts, TV 30 presents what is believed to be a television first. In living colour, exclusive coverage of an attempted suicide.” Removing a revolver from her bag covered by a felt puppet of a crocodile, she shot herself in the head, ultimately dying in the hospital later that day.

Christine locks herself away in her bedroom in fits of envy and loneliness, writing self-improvement plans whilst her hippie »

- Amie Cranswick

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Newswire: Exclusive: RiffTrax takes on another Hitchcock clone from the director of Birdemic

11 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The RiffTrax gang of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett are back again, this time taking on Replica, an as-yet-unreleased film from the writer/director of Birdemic: Shock And Terror, James Nguyen. The former Mystery Science Theater 3000 jokesters and director Ngyuen talked exclusively with The A.V. Club about Replica, intentional camp, and why filmmakers let these guys put their films through the wringer.

“There’s probably been some release for everything we’ve done,” Nelson says on the unprecedented move of taking on a film that’s never been released to the public. “We had a strong suspicion that Replica would be good. We heard from Mr. Ngyuen that, unlike his other films, this one was more of an immature vision and that made us lick our chops. ‘Wait a minute, there’s a film that’s worse than Birdemic?’”

According to Nguyen, Replica is “a story »

- Mike Vanderbilt

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