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David Gerrold: What Were You Doing, Nerd Year’s Eve?

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David Gerrold, the writer best known for his script for the Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”, for creating the Sleestak race on the TV series Land of the Lost, and for his novelette “The Martian Child”, which won both Hugo and Nebula awards and was adapted into a 2007 film, contributes a guest column about the trainwreck that was Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve. For more, read the coverage at The Beat.

I was an invited guest at the “Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve” Comic-Con held in Dallas over New Year’s weekend.

Apparently, it was a disaster of biblical proportions. Not just dogs and cats living together, but suing each other for palimony and custody of the kittens.

The convention organizers over-promised, under-budgeted, over-extended, under-performed, and committed what I consider acts of “criminal incompetence.”

Why do I use the adjective “criminal?”

Because people were hurt. Not just by the incompetence,
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Unintentionally Disturbing Movies for the Whole Family!

Last weekend the wall-eyed animated nightmare The Croods was an unexpected slam-dunk at the box office. Like many of you, we were sent into fits of existential panic over the lumpy, prehistoric countenances of the film's jug-faced-yet-allegedly-lovable lead characters, and probably won't be checking out the film anytime soon. After all, we already have plenty of other kid-targeted flicks to pepper our dreams with flashes of unintended terror. Here are a few of the most scarring examples.

(Note - we're focusing here on kids' movies that are way creepier than they probably intended to be, so classic kid-scarring genre flicks like The Dark Crystal, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Watcher in the Woods, etc. are off the table.)

The Peanut Butter Solution

I remember seeing this bizarre Canadian family film in the theatre when it came out in 1985, and I still have an irrational fear of homeless ghosts, paintbrushes made of human hair,
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TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: Childhood Favorites

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Ah, memories.

While our TV Fanatic staff writes about just about every show on a weekly basis, we're taking some time below to look back.

Sure, we love to cozy up these days and watch Damon be snarky on The Vampire Diaries, or Ron be manly on Parks and Recreation, but what primetime programs were included on our must-see lists as children?

We tackle that topic in the following Round Table discussion - and, yes, this makes many of our ages quite evident. Please don't judge...

Jim Garner: Six Million Dollar Man. I loved this show, I looked forward to it being parked in front of the TV every week. I had the Steve Austin playset and lunch box!

Eric Hochberger: I'm going with Saved by the Bell for sure. Just please don't make me watch the college years ever again.

Miranda Wicker: Saved by the Bell. And I'll see
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Bye-Bye Yesterday

Last week I did a piece on how early syndication of movies to TV provided a culturally unifying base for Baby Boomers. Most of us, however, probably think of syndication as being less about movies and more about recycling old TV shows. And, in time, so it became.

TV writer/producer/director Bill Persky remembers syndication being a movie-driven business in the medium’s early years since “…there weren’t that many series to syndicate…” By the 60s, however, TV production companies had amassed enough defunct TV shows to turn syndication into an increasingly profitable series-recycling business feeding a bottomless market. Independent stations filled their days with a patchwork quilt of old TV shows, old movies, local news and sports, and even network affiliates had hours to fill between blocks of network programming.

The recycling of old TV shows had the same impact on Boomers recycling old movies did; it
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Vivendi gets N.A. rights to Krofft library

Vivendi Entertainment has acquired exclusive North American home-entertainment rights to the Sid and Marty Krofft library.

Featured under the deal will be the brothers' classic children's TV shows, including "H.R. Pufnstuff," "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" and "Lidsville." Universal retains home-entertainment rights to "Land of the Lost" after adapting the show theatrically last year.

Vivendi will release full-series sets and compilations of various titles beginning in the third quarter, including rare clips as bonus features.

"We are excited to partner with one of the industry's leading digital- and home-entertainment distributors," Marty Krofft said.

Added Vivendi executive vp acquisitions Yolanda Macias: "The Krofft brothers have been capturing audience's imaginations for decades. Their characters are perennial."
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Flintstones Writer Blitzer Dies

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Flintstones Writer Blitzer Dies
Veteran TV writer Barry E. Blitzer, who worked on shows including The Flintstones and Get Smart, has died at the age of 80.

Blitzer passed away on 27 January in Santa Monica, California after suffering complications from abdominal surgery.

The star was best known for his work on Hanna-Barbera cartoons including The Flintstones, Top Cat, and The Jetsons.

He also worked on 1970s children's TV show Land of the Lost and 1960s secret agent series Get Smart, both of which were turned into major Hollywood movies decades later.

Blitzer won an Emmy Award in 1956, along with his fellow writers, for his work on The Phil Silvers Show. He also shared a Writers Guild nomination in 1968 for Get Smart.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie, and a daughter.

Modern Mages: Harry Walton

When we contacted Harry Walton and requested an interview, his reply was simple and immediate: “Sure! I grew up on Famous Monsters. When do you want to talk?” Nothing keeps us more enthused about our mission than speaking with the fanboys and –girls who grew up to become the modern mages of today’s visual effects.

Harry's buddy Rick Baker in his Frankenstein mask, West Covina, CA, 1968

Harry’s enthusiasm goes way back and deep; during our interview we spent a long time lost amongst his many scrapbooks of personal photos. A few of these may be seen on Harry’s own website. (All photos in this interview are from the Harry Walton Collection, (c) VFXmasters.)

Top Row: Davey & Goliath, Harry running an optical printer, "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids". Middle Row: the Pillsbury Doughboy, "The Golden Child," "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Bottom Row: "Land of the Lost", "RoboCop2", "James
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (October 12, 2009)

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Can you please help us get more details on Luke Macfarlane's involvement in a Canadian movie Iron Road? He plays a straight guy who falls in love with a woman who was disguised as a boy and has a total nude scene which is gorgeous and sexy. -- Bclee

A: Who is this, the publicist for Iron Road? You’re a smart one. By getting me to publish your email on AfterElton.com, you should sell at least a few thousand extra copies of the movie.

Charlotte Sullivan and Luke Macfarlane in Iron Road

Iron Road, a $10 million Canada/Chinese production, tells the sad story of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and of the many Chinese workers who were tricked into slavery and lost
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Fangoria Week in Review 7/19/2009

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Time to close the books on another week of torture and mayhem here in the Fango dungeon. The horror was hot, the rock was hard, and the exclusives were flowing daily.

Let's take a look back at the past seven days worth of Fangoria news, features, reviews, blogs and more in your Week in Review for 7/19/2009...

Fearful Features:

Exclusive: Fantasia/Book Of Blood interview video! Exclusive: Lisa Vidal discusses "Dark Mirror" and more... Fangoria's Comic Screams Interview with Milo Ventimiglia Fangoria's Comic Screams Interview with Rick Loverd Ghastly Reviews:

Hellboy: The Fire Wolves (Book Review) Back Catalogue #3: Blue Underground (DVD Reviews) Meg: Hell’S Aquarium (Book Review) Modern Gentlemen #2 (Comic Review) I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer (DVD Review) Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors – Issue #1 (Comic Review) Berserker – Issues #0 & 1 (Comic Reviews) Horsemen (DVD Review) Giallo (Film Review) Bloody Blogs:

Short Cuts #5: The
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Gay Of The Dead 18 – Land Of The Lost and Toolbox Murder’s Wesley Eure: Part 2

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(In Part 1 of this interview (read it here), Wesley Eure recounted his days as a teen idol on Day Of Our Lives and Land Of The Lost, as well as his experiences on the sets of The Toolbox Murders and Jennifer. At this point in his acting career, Eure starts to feel the negative effects of being a gay actor in Hollywood.)

After Jennifer and C.H.O.M.P.S, there’s an eight year gap in Eure’s IMDb.com listing. As I tactfully dance around the subject – “So, right after C.H.O.M.P.S. there’s sort of a…things slowed down…uh, and I wonder…” – Eure jumps in. “What happened? Well, first I got fired from Days, I’m told because I’m gay. The producers didn’t say that explicitly. They gave me all sorts of excuses, like I was too short, I wasn’t aging enough and
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Fangoria Week in Review 7/12/2009

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It was a pretty bloody week here at Fangoria. Updates on Piranha 3-D, The Final Destination, and Halloween II fought for the headlines, but none of them came close to the online storm caused by Megan Fox and Jennifer's Body.

Let's take a look back at the past seven days worth of Fangoria news, features, reviews, blogs and more in your Week in Review for 7/12/2009...

Fearful Features:

Exclusive first set report: Zombieland Examining Junction with April Wade Kyle Gallner’s Haunting Body of Work Riding With Horsemen Bloody Blogs:

Name That Scene: This is your Life - by Drew Tinnin Maxx FX and the Mystery of the Lost Monsters? - by James Zahn All I Really Need to Know About Hollywood I Learned in Just Over an Hour - by Brian Matus aka Hellstorm Gay Of The Dead 17 – Land Of The Lost and Toolbox Murder’s Wesley Eure - by Sean Abley Blog: Repo!
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Land Of The Lost | Review

and Of The Lost is based on the classic television series of the same name created by Sid & Marty Krofft. This time around we get a moronic, misunderstood scientist Dr. Rick Marshall who by his own devises is sucked back through time and space into an alternate universe. Joining the routine expedition gone awry are research assistant Holly Cantrell who has been a long time follower and admirer of Dr. Marshall and desert survivalist/cave guide Will Stanton. The team must rely on their new primitive friend Chaka to guide them through this "land of the lost" as they encounter stalking lizard men called Sleestaks and evade a T.Rex with an attitude they name Grumpy who constantly pursues them. Rick, Holly, and Will must discover who the true evil behind this place really is and quickly find a way to get back home...or become permanent refugees. Land Of The Lost
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Parental Warning: Land Of The Lost Is Not Kid-Friendly

Right off the bat I’ll say I know I’ll take some heat for this article because I haven’t seen Land of the Lost myself, and no doubt lots of young adult non-parents will be rolling their eyes over the point of this article. However being a parent myself, I thought this was most definitely worth bringing up.

Just as “regular” people use movie reviews to decide whether to see a movie or not, I’ve been looking at reviews about this film - and based on them I’m writing up this warning for parents who may be planning on taking their young children to see this.

You may remember Land of the Lost as a cheesy, innocuous Saturday morning TV show from your youth - so when the film was announced, I (and you may have) figured it would run along the same lines. Will Ferrell is in it?
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Kevin Carr’s Weekly Report Card for 06.05.09

Land Of The Lost Studio: Universal Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference. Starring: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone and Raymond Ochoa Directed by: Brad Silberling What it’s about: Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Farrell) has some pretty wacky theories about the universe, including the idea that a tachyon amplifier can send people through a time warp to a place where the past, present and future collide. One day, with his new research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck fireworks salesman named Will (Danny McBride), they accidentally open a portal that sparks the “greatest earthquake ever known” and sends them to the land of the lost. There, they battle dinosaurs and evil space lizards in order to try to make it back home. What I liked: Anyone who has watched the original series knows that it was a ridiculous and crappy piece of low-budget kids’ show
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News: Land Of The Lost Out (in more ways than one)

The big screen adaptation of Land Of The Lost opens today. Like many of Wil Ferrell's films, it seems to be an acquired taste, with a lackluster script helped by the raunchy humor of Ferrell and McBride, but it all adding up to not that much.

Roger Ebert says: "....Confronted with such effects, the actors make not the slightest effort to appear terrified, amazed or sometimes even mildly concerned. Some might consider that a weakness. I suspect it is more of a deliberate choice, and I say I enjoyed it."

Rolling Stone counters: "...Will Ferrell and Danny McBride can find the dumb fun in anything. Too bad that Land of the Lost is so much less than anything.

So it's up to you. After my morobid encounter with Terminator 4, I think I'm going to let this one wait until it hits DVD. As weak as the production values are for the original,
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Land of the Lost: What Happened to the TV Show Cameos?

The new Land of the Lost movie is being released today. It's a parody of the 1974 series and stars Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, and Jorma Taccone. Though the tone is very different, the film does incorporate a lot of elements from the original TV show. The dreaded Sleestaks, monkey-boy Cha-Ka, and Grumpy the dinosaur are all along for the ride. Unfortunately, some other familiar faces from the TV show didn't make it to the big screen.

The original Land of the Lost TV series stars Spencer Milligan, Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Ron Harper, and Philip Paley as Cha-Ka. It ran on Saturday mornings and revolves around an explorer father and his two children who find themselves transported to a strange alternate universe. The show ran for just three seasons and only 43 episodes were produced.

The show became so popular in syndication that a new version was created in 1991. It stars Timothy Bottoms,
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Postcards from the Land Of The Lost #15

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Dear Gang,

I finally got a snapshot of that T. rex I've been talking about. He's pretty camera-shy, but Holly took this picture of him while he was trying to eat me. Unfortunately, my stick was no match for the T. rex, so I'm going to be spending the next few weeks recuperating and tending to my multiple wounds.

Sincerely,

Rick

P.S. Could you please send me some bandages and a bunch of painkillers? By FedEx.

P.S. Based on Sid & Marty Krofft's classic TV series, Land Of The Lost hits movie theaters June 5. That's Today!

Postcard Photo: Copyright 2009 Universal Pictures
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The Motion/Captured Interview: Danny McBride On 'Land Of The Lost'

There are few conversations I look forward to as much as I do those few and far between excuses that come up to talk to Danny McBride.  I just plain like that I work in an industry that figured him out. The idea of him co-starring in an adaptation of a Sid & Marty Krofft scifi kid's show with Will Ferrell and one of the Lonely Island guys is just plain strange.  Sounds like they're just going to trash the show.  But... they don't.  This movie seems to happen in the real world of the show.  But it's these guys, unleashed...
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Film: Review: Land Of The Lost

While it’s true that great movies often leave audiences asking questions, confusion is hardly a litmus test for greatness. Land Of The Lost features a lot of talk about time travel and secret dimensions, but one question trumps the others: Who is this movie for? The film is strangely faithful to the Sid & Marty Krofft show it adapts, a Saturday-morning live-action staple fondly but faintly remembered by viewers planted in front of TVs between 1974 and 1977. But the show hardly demands a Watchmen-like fidelity. The film stars the reliably funny Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, but doesn ...
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Land Of The Lost — The Starlog Review

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As far as Sid & Marty Krofft go, I consider myself more of a H.R. Pufnstuf kind of fella than Land Of The Lost guy. I don’t know if it’s the talking flute, my affinity for the Artful Dodger (Oliver Twist’s Jack Wild) or that I would rate Witchiepoo over the Wicked Witch of the West in a poll of my favorite sinister cinema sorceresses (so sorry, Maleficent). As far as Will Ferrell goes, he’s hit-and-miss with me. I love Elf and like Old School, but I’m not a fan of Talladaga Nights or those comedies he stars in that have titles that go on longer than Bill O’Reilly. And as for director Brad Silberling, well, Casper and Lemony Snicket were forgettable, but I was impressed and moved by his 2002 drama Moonlight Mile.

As a kid during the’80s, I would occasionally watch Land Of The Lost reruns,
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