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Right Now on TV Squad

26 December 2009 12:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Our brothers and sisters over at TV Squad have busted through the boob tube and brought with them the following juicy bits of must-see eye candy. The Vatican newspaper has offered its praise for, believe it or not, The Simpsons. Click here to learn of the coolness that is Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, a Christmas special you may not have seen but is now available on DVD. Apple is in discussion with CBS and Disney to provide content for a TV subscription service to be offered through iTunes. I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, but you know what would make it even better? David Letterman. The latest DVD release from Cinematic TItanic, which features the original cast and writers of Mystery Science Theater 3000, features them lampooning a film before a live audience. ...and finally, a Christmas gift for Lost fans, the trailer for the final season has hit »

- Matt Bradshaw

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retro trailer: ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

20 December 2009 8:28 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m not sure whether this is actually more unbearable to watch than the movie itself, or whether it’s better just by sheer dint of its being shorter. I might have to watch it again to be sure... Yup, it’s worse than the movie. There’s gotta be a special kind of hellish antitalent involved in rendering a trailer more hideous than even a hideous film. This movie is so bad that it’s almost impossible to watch even with the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. This might be one of the Mst episodes in which Joel threatened suicide, but I can’t rightly recall. The host segments, though, are among the very best ever, with lots of holiday craziness, including Crow T. Robot singing his new carol, “A Patrick Swayze Christmas.” Genius. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is available on DVD in Region 1 and Region 2. The MST »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Live Rifftrax: Back for the Holidays - talking with Michael J. Nelson

17 December 2009 3:40 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

America’s favorite movie hecklers are back for their second live event.  This August the Rifftrax crew of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (formally of Mystery Science Theatre 3000) performed a hilarious send up of the Ed Wood Classic Plan 9 From Outer Space to a live audience from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville Tennessee and hundreds of theatres across the country.  Now they’re back, bringing that same hilarity to a series of Christmas shorts, just in time for the holidays.  I recently had the chance to speak with Michael from Rifftrax about the group’s second live show.

Where will you be riffing from this time?

We are from Escindido which is close to us here in San Diego it’s a center for the performing arts. 

Why short films instead of one full length film?

People really love the shorts.  We put them out »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (David McKendry)

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Taking Woodstock’ Has Plentiful Atmosphere, Little Depth

16 December 2009 9:05 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Ang Lee’s take on the landmark music festival isn’t a film so much as a filmed idea. It aims to capture the atmosphere of the concert without ever showing the actual music. Of course, the real show was the crowd itself.

There’s one lovely shot in “Taking Woodstock” where its protagonist, high on acid, gazes at the countless hordes gathered around the distant main stage. Suddenly, the crowd starts to move like ripples in the water, as they become united by their shared vibes. The image may sound pretentious on paper, but it has a poetry and wonderment that’s largely missing from the rest of the picture.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

There are few writer-director teams in film history that have tackled as many diverse genres as James Schamus and Ang Lee. Their collaborations include “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and “Lust, Caution,” though “Taking Woodstock »

- mattmovieman

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'Mystery Science Theater 3000' now on Hulu

8 December 2009 11:21 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Five episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are now on Hulu! Honk if you love Eegah, friends. Weirdly, I tweeted about these MST3K glasses just yesterday, so my nerd senses are seriously tingling. So far, "The Starfighters," "Secret Agent Super Dragon," "Monster A-Go-Go," "The Rebel Set," and "The Giant Gila Monster" (from seasons 4, 5, and 6) are up, but alas, my two faves have not yet made the cut: "Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues" and "Eegah," lovingly quoted above. What about you, PopWatchers? What's your favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000? And do you sit through whole movies on Hulu, »

- Margaret Lyons

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Hits Hulu: Which Episodes Do You Demand?

8 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Recent Saw sequels and Diane Keaton projects validate that film mockery is necessary to our lives. A real shame, because the practice was mastered, patented, and cemented in time on the finest cult TV show of the 1990s, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Beginning as Twin Cities public access programming in 1988 before expanding to The Comedy Channel (which became Comedy Central) and ending its run on Sci Fi, MST3K followed a space-traveling adventurer -- first creator Joel Hodgson, then Michael Nelson starting in '93 -- who was forced to watch terrible movies with his snappy robot pals. The payoff for viewers included 90 minutes of real cinematic trash and the hostages' sarcastic film commentary. Now that five fabulous episodes have appeared on Hulu (including the infamous jet-fighter doozy The Starmaster), let's start wishing for our favorite celebrity-laden episodes to appear. Related: Why, Raul Julia, why? »

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 XVI box set with Servo makes the Holiday

3 December 2009 8:16 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

M&C Holiday Web Thump for curious budget conscious consumers: Fans of the quirky, snarky afternoon TV show "MST3K", which lampooned the really cheesy work in cinema have a chance to beef up their box set collection, and curl and catch up with old friends Joel, Mike, Tom Servo, Crow and the entire Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang. Watching MST3K on TV always had its charm; the random remarks tossed out like gems amidst the crapola cinema the team dished heavily on was a fun party. Background from Shout Factory! The series was created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Jim Mallon. After a year on Ktma TV in Minneapolis, its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the »

- April MacIntyre

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New On DVD This Week

2 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With Black Friday sales behind us but with Christmas right around the corner, there’s still time to get some great movies on DVD and Blu-ray this holiday season. To help, here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Gremlins, Snatch, Ben 10: Alien Swarm and the Blu-ray debut of McG’s Terminator: Salvation (shown above with Christian Bale and Sam Worthington).

Check them out:

A Christmas Tale (The Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)

Ben 10 Alien Swarm ~ Ryan Kelley, Nathan Keyes, Alyssa Diaz, and Galadriel Stineman (DVD and Blu-ray)

Better Off Ted: Season One ~ Jay Harrington, »

- Joe Gillis

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This Week on DVD: Terminator Salvation, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Paper Heart

1 December 2009 10:32 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

This week's new DVD releases are dominated by two blockbusters: Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. (Interesting to note: the Director's Cut of Terminator is only available on the Blu-ray.) Other than that, we've got the indie comedy Paper Heart starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera, Criterion releases of A Christmas Tale and Gimme Shelter on Blu-ray, a new MST3K collection, direct-to-dvd Mma flick Death Warrior, and the first season of Better Off Ted. Will you be doing any early Christmas shopping for yourself this week? Terminator Salvation [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) Paper Heart [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) Flame & Citron [7] Deadline [8] Death Warrior [9] (DVD, Blu-ray [10]) The Girl in the Park [11] Into The Storm [12] Silent Night, Deadly Night Set [13] Frat Party [14] A Christmas Tale: Criterion Collection [15] (DVD, Blu-ray [16]) 2 Turntables & a Microphone [17] The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone »

- Sean

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The M/C Review: 'Best Worst Movie' continues its festival trek

5 November 2009 10:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the strangest things about film fans is the way we are all, on occasion, gluttons for punishment. I'm not sure what it is about truly wretched films that draws film fans to watch and rewatch them for pleasure, but it's a near-universal truth that every now and then, it's an almost chemical pleasure to put on something physically painful just so you can gasp at the ineptitude and laugh yourself silly.  There's a reason "Mystery Science Theater 3000" hit a nerve with all sorts of movie geeks when it premiered... it felt like someone took the private parties that »

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Craptastic or crap: How do you tell the difference?

5 November 2009 7:33 AM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

In addition to assembling a fantastic list of perpetually rewatchable movies, many of the posters who joined in the party here the other day provided intriguing criteria for what makes a film addictive: Commenters celebrated the pleasures of comfort movies, noise movies, great movies, romantic movies, crying movies, cheesy movies, guilty-pleasure movies, and so-bad-they're-good movies, among other categories. It's the so-bad-they're-good subdivision I'm most interested in at the moment, an unintentional genre that I think of as relatively new-and just possibly dangerous. I mean, remember the genius cult TV creation Mystery Science Theater 3000? When stranded human Joel Robinson and »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Watch This: The Golden Age of Video

13 October 2009 2:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I have an odd fascination with fan made videos. I don't care if it's a 12 year old who got his hands on a copy of Adobe Premiere or a grown man who edits together fan made trailers for films that never existed (I love me some Raiders of the Lost Ark 1951 or Ghostbusters 1954), if someone spends enough time to put together a video born out of their passion for film, chances are I'm probably going to watch it at least once. Now, if you happen to edit together a music video for a catchy song comprised of film quotes, well, I'm probably going to play it on a loop for at least half an hour.

That is exactly what I've been doing with the below music video for Ricardo Autobahn's "The Golden Age of Video". Ricardo's own site describes it as "an epic production constructed of disco beats and »

- Peter Hall

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Eight Classic MST3K Episodes Available Instantly!

7 October 2009 3:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Yes, this is a small story that will appeal only to those who subscribe to Netflix. But only if that percentage of our readership also really enjoys Mystery Science Theater 3000. So if you're not a Netflix member or you (somehow) hate MST3K, then I think you should probably skip ahead to some different articles. Today we have stuff about Showgirls 2 and the return of the Griswalds. Seriously.

But I'll let you in on a non-secret: The Mystery Science Theater 3000 dvds are a little pricey. Some collectors grab 'em all, others trade their homemade copies, and still others (like me) own none of 'em but still like to complain that the DVDs are a little pricey. So here's some awesome news, provided you're a Netflix subscriber: Eight, count 'em eight, excellently Mst-ied movies are now available for your enjoyment! Which ones?

Racket Girls! (1951) The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy! »

- Scott Weinberg

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Shout! Factory releases Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVI

30 September 2009 7:32 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Christmas is practically around the corner, and a very cool gift for any Mst 3000 fan is Shout! Factory's Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVI, a limited-edition 4-dvd Box Set. One of the best cult fave shows on smallscreen ever, MST3K featured Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot as they supplied their own snarky and sly commentaries on some of cinema.s most misunderstood .masterpieces. in Shout! Factory.s Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVI. The coolness is jam-packed with a Tom Servo figurine and mini-posters. Plus bonus content. Included are never-before-released MST3K episodes: The Corpse Vanishes, Warrior Of The Lost World, Santa Claus and Night Of The Blood Beast. According to Shout! With the holidays »

- April MacIntyre

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Hump Day Horribleness: ‘Monster a Go-Go’

23 September 2009 5:08 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One of the great features over at the Internet Movie Database is the Bottom 100. Based on ratings viewers of the site give to various films, the worst of the worst films get put on this list. Some of them are on and off in a matter of days. Others stick around for the long haul, showing just how much suckage they truly emit.

It’s time to look at these movies and determine where they stand. Do they deserve to be on the Bottom 100 list? Are they not as bad as everyone says? Will they be off the list any time soon?

Here’s the breakdown for this week’s film:

Comments on the poster: What’s a “wim-wam” anyway? The quote at the top was so clearly not real and, in fact should read… “This Picture Could Set Our Movie Industry Back At Least Fifty Years!”

Title: ‘Monster a »

- Travis

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Weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Chopping List 9/22/2009

20 September 2009 12:56 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.

Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List. There's a good bounty to be had, so start making your own chopping list now!

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Albino Farm

An Ozark Mountain town - with a century-old history of religious fanaticism - inadvertently creates a modern sadistic society of in-bred misfits who prey on stray travelers. Four young college students - lured into exploring the legend of the Albino Farm - uncover its disturbing past while enduring a night of horrors.

Autopsy Of The Dead

In 1968, the Dead walked...

Now the Dead will talk.

Board up the windows and doors! More than »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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retro trailer: ‘Invasion U.S.A.’

20 September 2009 8:18 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s this year’s -- or 1952’s, anyway -- shock cinema! That’s right: it’s shocking how much stock footage and TV news talking-head reportage makes up this movie. You won’t believe the things you’ll be told are happening in this movie, somewhere offscreen because we were too cheap to actually shoot it! Gotta love that one guy who’s not gonna let something as insignificant as an invasion by godless commies stop him from getting his freak on: “War or no war, people have to eat and drink... and make love.” She should totally come back with something like, “Yeah, and war or no war, honey, people still have to not drink so much so they reek like a stinking barroom floor and could maybe make sure a lady has a good time instead of pawing her like a horny monkey, Bob.” I bet she doesn’t say that. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Best. Interview. Ever. - Talking with Jonathan Coulton

19 September 2009 8:03 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

A few days ago I had to opportunity to do a phone interview with “geek culture” music legend Jonathan Coulton. Whether singing about zombies, robots, or bacteria, Coulton’s witty and scifi oriented songs have become hugely popular, so much so that Coulton’s music is now used for the opening of the G4 show Code Monkeys and the popular and catchy theme song from the video game Portal. Check out the interview below. 

Rebekah Mckendry/Fangoria- I first became really familiar with your work because of the Portal song and recently I saw you again when you did the live Riff Track performance. So let me start by asking you how you got involved with Riff Tracks?

Jonathan- I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time, actually. I used to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000. I was doing a show in San Diego which is where Mike Nelson lived. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Rebekah McKendry)

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The Point Radio: James Cameron On Making Avatar

7 September 2009 2:30 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Years in the making, the anticipation is building for Avatar, James Cameron's 3-D epic. In our exclusive talk with James, he tells us how the process of creating the effects for the film began. Plus Tom Arnold explains his connection with Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the Summer Box Office whimpers to a close.

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- Mike Raub

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Plan 9: A Night of Riffing Ed Wood

21 August 2009 7:24 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

My chest still hurts thirty minutes after leaving the theatre my chest still hurts from laughing so damn much.  The source of such pain? Rifftrax Live presents Plan 9 From Outer Space.  Broadcast from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, the event was sent live to 433 theatres.  I set out with fellow Fangoria staffer Bekah to join the faithful in Glen Allen, Virginia.  One thing is for certain if the Glen Allen theatre was any measure of attendance, the Rifftrax crew sold out in all 433 theatres.

The evening was hosted by Veronica Belmont, with special musical guest Jonathan Coulton and guest of honor, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space.  Referred to as the Citizen Kane of bad movies, Plan 9 is the story of aliens, zombies, and a dead heroin addict actor only made watchable when it’s being properly Riffed!

For those of you with Comedy Central in the early 90’s, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (David McKendry)

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