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The Weekly Wrap-Up: December 13-19, 2008

20 December 2008 12:56 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In keeping with the holiday spirit, this week's Wrap-Up is being delivered in verse a la The Twelve Days of Christmas. If anyone else wants to throw out some ideas for The Eight Nights of Chanukah or The Seven Days of Kwanzaa in the comments section below, feel free. And let's not forgot about the winter solstice. While some complain about it being the shortest day of the year, horror fans appreciate the other side of the coin -- the longest night. With so much to celebrate, let's get cooking!

From December 13-19, 2008,

My true love sent to me,

Twelve pairs of 3D glasses (the better to watch the new My Bloody Valentine 3D trailer),

Eleven needless remakes of foreign films hardly anyone's even seen yet (Danish thriller Mørke (Murk) is the most recent casualty of this craze),

Ten long months to wait before we finally get to see The Wolfman »

- The Woman In Black

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Four More MST3K Episodes on DVD

19 December 2008 11:27 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Shout! Factory has announced the impending release of four new episodes of the great and grand Mystery Science Theater 3000. This release brings the total of MST3K boxset goodness to fourteen, which should be more than enough to fill up your Christmas break. Look for it in stores near you come February 3rd of 2009. What's the synopsis, you ask? See below!

Mad Monster

Obsessed with getting revenge on those responsible for the demise of his career, Dr. Lorenzo Cameron concocts a serum that transforms his unsuspecting gardener into a deadly wolf-man. Join hosts Joel Hodgson, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot as they send up the very best revenge-fueled-wolf-monster-created-by-a-mad-scientist film of 1942! This memorable episode of MST3K also includes the short Commando Cody & The Radar Men From The Moon.

Manhunt In Space

Launched into space with the mission of rescuing the lovely Vena from a gang of notorious space pirates, Rocky »

- Tristan Sinns

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List: 2008's Most Covetable DVD Box Sets

18 December 2008 8:21 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer and Alison Willmore

DVD box sets remain the go-to gift for any film fan in your life -- they come in a range of sizes and prices, so that you can scale up or down depending on how much you like the recipient, and this time of year they're often discounted for last-minute holiday shoppers (and those treating themselves to a present). Here are the new or revamped box sets from 2008 that we've been eyeing:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Edition

Shout Factory, $59.99

"Mystery Science Theater 3000"'s inaugural release from Shout Factory (after many years and discs with Rhino Records) celebrates the show's 20th anniversary with a spiffy box set featuring four never-released-to-dvd episodes: "Werewolf" (with the "great" Joe Estevez), "Future War," "First Spaceship on Venus" and the long-awaited and highly coveted "Laserblast," the final episode on Comedy Central. The set also includes an 80-minute documentary on the show's MSTory, »

- Alison Willmore

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Joel from 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' is back with a new cinematic experience

11 December 2008 10:54 AM, PST | The Watcher | See recent The Watcher news »

My Tribune colleague Robert K. Elder recently interviewed Joel Hodgson, the creator of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," who comes to Chicago for "Cinematic Titanic" appearances Dec. 18-20. Hodgson talks about "MST3K," the eventual conflicts over that much-loved franchise and his new project below. Hodgson is at far left in the "Cinematic Titanic" picture here. Joel is back. This time, without the ‘bots. Joel Hodgson, creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” spent years heckling movies with wisecracking robots Crow and Tom Servo, skewering z-grade films like “Attack of the Eye Creatures” and “The Day the Earth Froze.” But halfway through the »

- Tempo

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Joel from 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' is back with a new cinematic experience

11 December 2008 10:54 AM, PST | The Watcher | See recent The Watcher news »

My Tribune colleague Robert K. Elder recently interviewed Joel Hodgson, the creator of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," who comes to Chicago for "Cinematic Titanic" appearances Dec. 18-20. Hodgson talks about "MST3K," the eventual conflicts over that much-loved franchise and his new project below. Hodgson is at far left in the "Cinematic Titanic" picture here. Joel is back. This time, without the ‘bots. Joel Hodgson, creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” spent years heckling movies with wisecracking robots Crow and Tom Servo, skewering z-grade films like “Attack of the Eye Creatures” and “The Day the Earth Froze.” But halfway through the »

- Tempo

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Cinematic Titanic: MST3K Reborn!

29 November 2008 11:54 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Cinematic Titanic, a revival.

For the robust fan who remembers the sarcasm-laced weekly original TV show called Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K), the time to miss the show has come… and gone. The creative forces that were behind MST3K have regrouped and created a new effort for movie ripping and call it Cinematic Titanic.  It has the same flair and edge as the original work, but goes just a bit further.

MST3K had characters sit around, their silhouettes in front of the movie while they added their own sarcastic observations to the obvious B quality works they played for the audience  A quick example would be if a car chase ended with a car exploding.  Don’t you sometimes think, “Why do the cars always explode at the end of these chases?“  Well, they don’t think it.  They say it.  It was originally on the airwaves from 1988 to »

- Bruce Simmons

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DVD Review: MST3K: 20th Anniversary Edition

11 November 2008 3:37 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"Mystery Science Theater 3000" was and remains my favorite show ever to light up a television set. My buddies and I gathered around the TV for entire weekends (yeah, we were virgins for some time) watching Joel or Mike, Tom Servo, and Crow shred the sh*t out of films that make Uwe Boll's filmography look like a roll call of Stanley Kubrick films. We were obsessed. Taping and trading episodes like porn fiends. When we tired of rewatching an episode for the tenth time, we'd take it on ourselves to find a bad film and zing it - something we still do to this day. The show not only strengthened the bond between friends and influenced our sense of humors something fierce, but in many ways it cultivated my nerdy love of cinema. So yeah, I'm a fan of the show. The four disc 20th Anniversary Edition set »

- David Frank

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition (review)

5 November 2008 10:37 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Quibbles? Do I have quibbles? You bet. Why did Joel Hodgson torment us so with the brilliance that was Mystery Science Theater 3000 if it couldn’t go on forever? How can we take revenge on those who cancelled the show, not once but twice, first on Comedy Central and then on the Sci Fi Channel? Why isn’t the whole damn series available right now on DVD? And how can a robot made of a small plastic toy bubble gum machine be so darn sexy? In the grand scheme of things, then, the quibbles I have with the brand-new Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD set are minor. Why, if we are granted four “experiments” here -- that is, four movies for one man and two robots to snark at -- do three of them feature writer-turned-host Mike Nelson? I like Mike fine, but Hodgson’s Joel Robinson, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Post-MST3K: The state of quips today

4 November 2008 8:57 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Included as a bonus feature on the Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition set you’ll find a panel from this year’s Comic Con the reunites virtually everyone ever involved with the show hosted by longtime fan Patton Oswalt. At a couple of points Oswalt makes the observation that MST3K’s riffing on bad movies anticipated the rise of an Internet culture where message boards and user comments have invited the same sort of quipping on virtually everything and expanded to include virtually anyone. It’s a neat observation, and while it’s probably a mistake to attribute too much direct influence to MST3K it’s best not to attribute too little either. The show was, of course, part of a long tradition of satire and skepticism, but I’m at a loss in trying to think anything before it that applied the satirical instinct so directly (apart from, »

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion interview: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and Jim Mallon

3 November 2008 9:02 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Mystery Science Theater 3000 began as an attempt to fill a hole in the Saturday-night schedule of a struggling Twin Cities Uhf station in 1988. By the time it ended its run in 1999—after 198 episodes and a feature film—its creative skepticism had made it one of the touchstone TV shows of the 1990s. The catchy theme song explained the simple premise each week: A man is forced to watch a bad movie with only wisecracks and some robot friends to help him. Creator-star Joel Hodgson, producer-puppeteer Jim Mallon, and writer-performer Trace Beaulieu were there from the beginning in 1989, and they took the show to the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it attracted national attention and a devoted cult following. The format remained much the same, even though the lineup didn't. Hodgson left in the middle of the fifth season, turning hosting duties over to writer »

- Keith Phipps

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TV: 20th Anniversary "Mystery Science Theater 3000" Box Set Hits Stores

1 November 2008 11:21 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In time for the holidays, the greatest cult TV show of all time, Mystery Science Theater 3000, is getting a 20th Anniversary Box Set treatment through Shout Factory. So if your 401(k) hasn’t been decimated to dimes yet, it’s time for fans to dip in and take advantage of this limited offer. And for those of you who aren’t fans (or God forbid, have never even heard of the show)…well, I guess I wouldn’t suggest you cough up the fifty bucks on a whim, but you should definitely get to your web browsers or run to a video store and get educated. You can even view entire episodes online for free: try Space Mutiny (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8590533394044637016). It’s a cult show for a reason (not for all tastes), but those attuned will love it.


- Matt Medlock

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On DVD: "Flight of the Red Balloon," "Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition"

30 October 2008 8:04 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Michael Atkinson

What is it that Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien does, exactly? Characterize it however you can, Hou-ness has the delicacy of a paper butterfly, and can easily be squashed by impatience or insensitivity. Let's begin by dumping the unhelpful category "minimalism" -- Hou films, as with Ozu's and Tsai Ming-liang's and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's and Abbas Kiarostami's and Carlos Reygadas', can hardly be summed up as having relative dearth of material within them; usually, they are spectacularly rich and sometimes inexhaustible. As viewers in this rigorous corner of film culture -- the cinema of real time and actual space and mysterious unseen forces -- we help drive the bus, we are not merely passengers. (As J. Hoberman wrote about "Flight of the Red Balloon," the new Hou film "encourages the spectator to rummage.") Hou is very much the paradigm's Renoir, its master of lyrical sympathy. »

- Michael Atkinson

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition

28 October 2008 9:03 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

At one point in the mid-'90s, Mystery Science Theater 3000 aired every weekday on Comedy Central, on the weekends in syndication, and in countless impromptu screenings of passed-around VHS tapes. By the end of the decade, the show had been booted off two cable networks, and it remains off the air today, in spite of the preponderance of new cable channels that could surely make use of MST3K's nearly 400 hours of programming. Meanwhile, the show's former cast keeps cooking up diluted MST3K-like projects, and the series has begun to lose its status as a common cultural reference. Perhaps Shout! Factory's new Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition will help restore the show's proper legacy. Unlike the relatively featureless MST3K DVDs which Rhino has been releasing over the last decade, Shout! Factory's set contains actual special features—most notably, an 80-minute documentary. The set also contains the Joe Estevez. »

- Noel Murray

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On DVD Today: October 28, 2008

28 October 2008 1:21 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Not exactly the greatest of weeks for DVD and Blu-ray releases, but I have added a bunch of new titles and release dates (links at the bottom) and I am sure Disney is loving the empty week to debut their direct-to-dvd Tinker Bell feature. Tinker Bell I received this late last week and haven't had a chance to give it a watch yet. I was hoping to get it watched before I ran this week's releases so I could have a full review for you, but no such luck. You can watch the trailer below, but other video I have seen of the flick doesn't really give much of an idea of what the film is about outside of telling the story of Tinker Bell's origins and how fairies help the seasons change. Not sure what the plot twist in the story is, »

- Brad Brevet

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Hulk Smash RiffTrax! For Free!!

18 October 2008 6:42 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Remember sitting through any particularly bad episode of The Incredible Hulk and thought to yourself, "Boy, this would be great for Mystery Science Theater!"? Well, look no further because Mike Nelson and his band of riffers from RiffTrax.com have decided to take on the very first episode of season one entitled "Final Round".

RiffTrax, for those not in the know, is a website where you can buy MP3's of the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy) doing what they do best for movies that deserve it. After purchasing the Riff MP3, you then synch it up to the movie you purchased, like a makeshift commentary. With a selection ranging from Plan 9 From Outer Space to Ben Affleck's Daredevil, you can purchase each "podcast" and watch it along with your DVD in the comfort of your own home. In a new deal, »

- Matt Raub

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A Night Of Joe R . Lansdale This Fri-sat In Long Island, NY!

17 October 2008 8:24 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

BellMojo Productions proudly presents Joe R. Lansdale's By Bizarre Hands Live!! That's right; the World Premiere of Joe's one-act play, By Bizarre Hands, is coming to the New York stage, and Joe will be in town for both performances. Joe has been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace." He's won umpty-ump awards, including seven Bram Stoker horror awards, the Edgar, the Grinzani Prize and 2 New York Times Notable Book awards. In 2004, genre movie legend Bruce Campbell portrayed the invalid Elvis Presley opposite equally legendary character actor Ossie Davis as JFK in Don Coscarelli's adaption of Joe's short-story Bubba Hotep. Coscarelli once again dipped into the Lansdale well when he filmed Incident On And Off A Mountain »

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Officially Cool: Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic [Officially Cool]

18 September 2008 11:06 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A long, long time ago...(last week I think) I mentioned a twentieth anniversary set for Mystery Science Theater 3000. I am a huge fan of the series, and I did like the Film Crew spin-off. So when I was instructed by an Fsr reader to check out some more stuff »

- Brian C. Gibson

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Legend Films closes on $5 mil stock offering

12 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Legend Films, a San Diego-based entertainment and digital media company, has closed on a $5 million stock offering and will use the money to invest in its new 3-D conversion technology, its home entertainment and Web 2.0 businesses.

The lead investor in the stock purchase was Augustus Ventures, with participation by Legend's largest shareholder, Boston equity fund Par Investment Partners.

Legend has partnered with digital imaging firm Passmorelab to develop technology and processes for converting standard 2-D film and video into stereoscopic 3-D, both in theaters and in homes. Legend Films founder Barry Sandrew said the conversion process is an "outgrowth" of the company's restoration and colorization of classic films and video. Most recently, Legend produced Paramount's 2007 color release of "It's a Wonderful Life," with "Holiday Inn" coming Oct. 14 from Universal.

Legend also recently acquired the exclusive DVD distribution rights to 38 feature films never before available on DVD, which it will self-distribute to retail, »

- By Thomas K. Arnold

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Martha Stewart Theater 3000

9 September 2008 10:56 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It used to be that a celebrity would prove that he/she has a sense of humor about his/herself by doing a cameo in a tepid sketch on Saturday Night Live. (See: Drew Barrymore, any presidential candidate, etc.) But it appears that Martha Stewart has found a far more comprehensive and possibly a far funnier way to make fun of herself: Orchestrating her own Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque takedown of her old, exhaustingly detailed domestic how-to guide for the thoroughly bored/insane, Martha Stewart Living. The show is called Whatever, Martha, and it co-stars Martha's daughter, Alexis, and Alexis's deadpan, cutting comments about her mom. Lest you think Alexis Stewart is channeling Christina Crawford at the end of Mommie Dearest here and using her »

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Fox's 'Strategy Room' at the center of it all

5 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

St. Paul, Minn. -- In TV news, you never get to see microphone switches. But in "The Strategy Room," it's a part of the charm.

In the center of Fox News Channel's newsroom-in-a-tent across from the Republican National Convention, there was another lighter, more nimble news channel that was being produced for the Web alongside the likes of "The Fox Report" and "Special Report."

We're talking "The Strategy Room," which featured many of the same top talent of Fox News as well as a constant stream of guests and behind-the-scenes action in the "Fox Experience" setup at the Rnc. But this program, mostly 24/7 with a few exceptions since the conventions began two weeks ago, wasn't on cable. It's for the Web.

It's been quite the success for Fox News, said Jay Wallace, vp news editorial product at the Fox News Channel. There have been 3 million streams for "The Strategy Room »

- By Paul J. Gough

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