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A chat with MST3K creator Joel Hodgson, The Babadook, “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” Black Friday, and more. We’re still recovering from the turkey, so that’ll have to do. As always, you can find us on iTunes, SoundCloud, or YouTube. Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts. »
- Don Allen
Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
Stretch I don't know what happened at Universal when it came to Joe Carnahan's Stretch, but they really decided to bury it. They didn't market it, delayed it's release date, tried to dump it, finally released it as a streaming only title and now it comes to DVD (no Blu-ray) without any notice. I didn't know it was coming out today until ten minutes before posting this article. As anyone that reads this site regularly knows, I liked this movie. It's a batsh*t fun good time, give my review a read and see if it's up your alley.
The Giver I just have no interest in this film and that's a little weird I think considering it's directed by Phillip Noyce and stars the likes of Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, but I just can't bring myself to be interested.
The November Man Remember when there was going »
- Brad Brevet
For the week of Thanksgiving, there aren’t a lot of horror and sci-fi titles being released on DVD and Blu-ray, but the ones that are making their home debuts are a fun assortment of cult classics and new indie horror flicks. The Mystery Science Theater gang is getting a brand new Collector’s Edition box set from the good folks over at Shout! Factory, and the original Nazi zombies from Shock Waves are making their high-def debut this week as well. We’ve also got a handful of Blumhouse/Universal titles coming our way- Mercy, Mockingbird and Stretch- and Scorpion Releasing is giving fans a chance to own the Roger Corman produced remake of The Masque of the Red Death too.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection Limited Edition (Shout! Factory, DVD)
Mst’ies and bowlers share an enduring love of turkeys. This latest »
- Heather Wixson
Humans are indeed an odd group of creatures. For one, they are the only form of primate who are inherently shy when it comes to genitalia (which is often immaturely referred to as the “private” parts). Aside from Professor Bobo from Mystery Science Theater 3000, you’d never catch a gorilla, for instance, covering up with a pair of trousers. The animal kingdom seem to be quite proud of what they’re working with.
However, as a species Humans continue to let themselves be shamed. This has resulted in a overwhelming fascination with the respective girl and guy parts. Aside from actual pornography, the world of mainstream cinema jumped on this bandwagon as soon as it was able to and has produced its fair share of movies that were indeed sold on crotches alone.
Today here are ten examples of this phenomenon. Whether it was in the marketing material, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »
- Max Molinaro
You may or may not know (I didnt) that the cult classic The Creeping Terror was not just an exercise in bad filmmaking and eventual fodder for the guys of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 but also a real life behindthescenes tale of spousal abuse drug use sexual deviant behavior and one helluva Godcomplex in the form of director Vic Savage. »
Were it not for "Mystery Science Theater 3000," where would we be as a society right now? The live-tweeting (or live-snarking) of shlock like “Sharknado” owes a great deal to Joel Hodgson’s iconic show, and now a favorite episode of the cult comedy show is finally available for free online. A little over 90-minutes long, this episode is from the show’s fifth season and centers around the 1975 Joe Don Baker-starring cop movie “Mitchell” (this episode also marks Hodgson's final appearance). Thanks to a partnership with Shout Factory, the episode—and all future posted episodes—will contain annotations (from The Annotated Mst) that delve into the MST3K crew’s often obscure jokes. For every easy-to-catch “Shaft” reference, Joel and his robot pals toss off a couple of references to long-since cancelled '70s TV shows, so the annotations should prove useful to younger viewers. Watch the “Mitchell” episode »
- Cain Rodriguez
In between Mystery Science Theater 3000 and South Park, Comedy Central's biggest breakout was a cheaply made animated show called Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Co-created by comedian Jonathan Katz and animator/producer Tom Snyder, it starred Katz as the titular shrink and his relationships with his receptionist (Laura Silverman) and his son (H. Jon Benjamin, now of Archer and Bob's Burgers fame). The show was fleshed out by comedians like Ray Romano, Dom Irrera, Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Denis Leary, Jon Stewart, and Janeane Garofalo. The show last aired in 2002, but a few years back, Katz dusted off his »
- Kyle Anderson
Amy Poehler details her past use of cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy In her memoir “Yes, Please," Poehler writes about her drug use as a 20-something: “I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated,” she writes, adding: "Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and play Ping-Pong all night. It’s bad for almost everything else…The day after cocaine is rough.” Watch PlayStation’s “Powers” trailer The 1st episode of PlayStation’s 1st TV series, a superhuman crime drama based on the comic book of the same name, will be made available for free. Subsequent episodes will be released to PlayStation platforms exclusively. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” books Nick Cannon for a recurring role The “America’s Got Talent” host will play Captain Holt’s nephew, starting in December. Click Read Full Post For More Nat Geo greenlights “The Raft, »
- Norman Weiss
Let’s just say… I was disappointed.
I have a name for my disappointment and it’s America’s Got Powers #1, the first issue – hey, with the screwy numbering system American Comics use nowadays, one can’t be sure # 1 is actually the first issue – of the new mini-series from Image. Disappointing because it was such a cynical and negative portrayal of America. So let’s proceed that I might give voice to my disappointment.
In the not too distant future, to borrow a line from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme – because “borrow” sounds so much nicer than steal – something happened. Which, makes America’s Got Powers better than most mainstream comic books, where super heroes can take four pages just to get their mail – and you only think I’m making that up – so as to stretch out some skimpy story out for the six issues suitable for framing »
- Bob Ingersoll
As something of a connoisseur of horror films I’ve seen many, many of them over the years. Some have been good, some great, some downright terrible and then there are those that just defy definition. They’re so bad that they’re good, and there are few finer examples of these kinds of movies than 1988’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
The title alone should let you know what you’re in for, and it doesn’t disappoint, delivering exactly what it says on the tin. The plot, such as it is, has a race of aliens that happen to resemble the titular funny folk touching down in the sleepy town of Crescent Cove and proceeding to kill the townsfolk. Why here? We’re not really sure, but it’s suggested that they’ve made the equivalent of a pit stop at an intergalactic fast food joint for a »
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been off the air for 15 years, but the show’s cult has arguably only expanded throughout the new century. The show’s basic format–silhouettes snarking over Z-grade genre films–anticipated and maybe even influenced our modern pop cultural uber-social experience. (The robots on MST3K were basically live-tweeting movies, except without Twitter, and they were also much funnier than you.) Now, the series has a new home online: Vimeo is currently hosting 80 episodes of the series, available for rent or purchase.
The various rights issues circling MST3K are legendary. Every episode of the »
- Darren Franich
“7th Heaven” cast reunites Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie? “The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael." “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year. Click Read Full Post For More Marvel’s “Agent Carter” adds James D’Arcy He’ll play Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. After binging on “Parks and Rec," Diane Keaton says “I've fallen in love »
- Norman Weiss
Ron doesn't see why Syfy's fun, good-looking sci-fi pilot, High Moon, didn't make it to series. There's plenty here to enjoy...
Once upon a time, you couldn't sneeze in the summer without hitting some sort of made-for-tv movie. Sometimes, they'd be specially made for the purpose of airing. Sometimes, they'd just be unused pilots that happened to be edited into a two-hour block to fill a little airtime. For every The Night Stalker, there was a Steel Magnolias, K-9 And Company, or a Riding With Death (which went on to fame via Mystery Science Theater 3000). In other words, the TV movie pilot doesn't always work out all that well. However, you have to give SyFy credit for trying to make something out of nothing with High Moon, the television pilot version of John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves.
In the not-too-distant future, the moon has become the new »
Richard Kiel, whose towering height and distinctive baritone voice defined his nearly 50-year career in television and films, most notably as the steely toothed James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday afternoon in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 74, TMZ reports. The actor had been hospitalized after breaking his leg earlier in the week, but it is still unclear if that was related to his death.
Kiel’s rep did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
The Detroit-born Kiel, who grew to be 7 feet 1.5 inches, worked various odd jobs, including cemetery plot salesman and nightclub bouncer, before making »
- Lindsey Bahr
Starting Monday, August 4, digital television provider Retro TV will be presenting the surviving “classic” episodes of Doctor Who weekdays at 8Pm. the series will start as it should with William Hartnell as The Doctor in An Unearthly Child, and will continue in order, right through to the Sylvester McCoy series.
When broadcast television switched over to digital, stations received a bonus two digital sub-channels thanks to the extra ability to compress data. Most stations had no plan of their own to utilize these stations, which allowed for the rise of third party programming providers like Retro, Me-tv and many more. Offering mostly reruns of classic television, these channels have greatly expanded the number of classic shows available. While most classic TV station were only available through cable subscriptions, these new channels are available over the air, allowing everyone to enjoy them.
Retro TV scored a double-hit this summer for science-fiction fans. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
For the last week of July, there may not be a lot of titles being released onto DVD and Blu-ray, but the ones that are making their debut are absolutely an impressive bunch.
On Tuesday, Synapse Films is bringing the 1983 cult classic Curtains to Blu-ray for the very first time ever and Paramount is making every Twin Peaks fan’s dreams come true this week with their Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery box set, which includes all the missing footage that we’ve all been waiting to be released for decades. Other titles coming out include the indie thriller The Den as well as a new Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection from Shout Factory.
- Heather Wixson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules hits theaters this weekend, but it's far from the first time the hero has appeared on the big screen. Hell, it's not even the first time this year. In January, The Legend of Hercules opened to scathing reviews and a minuscule box office. This new one is directed by Brett Ratner and actually has a 71 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it'll probably fare slightly better.
'MST3K' Creator Hints at Online Reboot
In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, the Italian film »
The night Sharknado 2: The Second One airs, what do you think will generate the most social media traffic? Those watching and snarking, those not watching but still snarking, or those bitching about all the Sharknado snarking as if this movie’s existence is their new 9/11?
Love it or hate it, The Asylum’s Sharknado is a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, one bolstered almost entirely by social media. But can lightning strike twice, or has Sharknado already jumped the proverbial shark?
Syfy has finally put up the full trailer for this summer’s biggest schlockbuster (though you did give it a run for its money, Amazing Spider-Man 2), and it looks like the same movie as before only now in New York City with more sharks, more Ian Ziering trying to become the most iconic chainsaw-wielding b-movie hero since Ash, more celebrity cameos (Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, »
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