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Until I run out of cool giftable stuff to tell you about or until we run out of days till Christmas, I’ll be sharing some neat-o things that your geeky pals might enjoy, or that you might want to give to yourself, if you’ve been especially good this year. Shout! Factory, the venerable DVD distributor of all things wonderfully cheesy and geeky, is out with a new line of DVDs celebrating all things Gamera. Early Gamera, anyway. You remember Gamera -- you saw him once in a while on Mystery Science Theater 3000. He’s the cheap knockoff Godzilla, a giant nukular mutantized prehistoric turtle who started out, in the early 1960s, as a monster who destroys cities but rapidly morphed into a defender of Japan and a friend to children. On four DVDs -- all available separately -- you get six Gamera movies: Gamera, Gamera vs. Barugon, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Starting today and until I run out of cool giftable stuff to tell you about or until we run out of days till Christmas, I’ll be sharing some neat-o things that your geeky pals might enjoy, or that you might want to give to yourself, if you’ve been especially good this year. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volumn Xix is the best MST3K gift set yet, and not just because it includes a six-inch-tall, startlingly lifelike figurine of Gypsy, the robot stranded spaceman Joel Robinson created to run his orbital life raft. The set also includes the classic “experiment” during which Joel, Crow T. Robot, and Tom Servo riff on the Ed Wood eyesore Bride of the Monster, which could well be packed denser with laughs than any other... and which also features a short that prompted some of the wittiest pushback ever: Hired!, a Chevrolet sales »
- MaryAnn Johanson
NAViGaTR Ranks Top Ten in YouTube Gaming Partners
From the Press Release:
December 2nd, 2010 --- With over 28 million views, and over 1400 vids to choose from, The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers™ (NAViGaTR) currently ranks #6 as a YouTube Gaming Partner.
In the ever competitive world of YouTube rankings… NAViGaTR continues to win audiences with their hilarious take on “Gaming in the The Clinton Years,” - a “Mystery Science Theater 3000-ish” take on the bizarre and absurd commentary of the infamous George Wood (is he dead or alive?). http://thep.us/f0knxq
NaviGaTR would also like to announced a special event, C3 at Sea. The event sets sail on Royal Caribbean's premiere vessel Enchantment of the Seas®, leaving Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, October 29, 2011, for a 5 night cruise returning Thursday, November 3. Gamers and supporters will be heading to the Bermuda Triangle on Halloween for a Cosplay Caucus Cruise »
With nineteen boxed sets under its belt, Mystery Science Theater 3000 knows exactly what it’s doing. Like the show itself, the DVDs rely on an expected formula that the fans know by heart and that carries no nasty surprises. So it was when Rhino first released the sets, and so it is under Shout Factory. Give consumers the episodes they want, throw in a few bells and whistles, and deliver it all in a handsome package that looks snazzy on the shelf. The 19th collection makes good on that promise, while delivering an unexpectedly strong array of movies to boot. Hit the jump to read my full review.
As always, the box set contains four episodes of the beloved cult series, in which two mad scientists torture a hapless guinea pig and his robot pals by forcing them to watch the worst movies ever made. The subjects respond by mercilessly ridiculing said movies, »
- Rob Vaux
This week, Shout! Factory releases Mystery Science Theater 3000 Vol. Xix (yes, that's 19), featuring four more classic episodes from the show that made it Ok to talk back to the screen: Devil Doll, Devil Fish, Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster, and Phil Tucker's infamous Robot Monster. A writer for most of the show's run, Mary Jo Pehl (who played the evil Mrs. Forrester during the SyFy run of MST3K), sat down to talk about her history with the cult cable classic as well as her current movie-riffing project Cinematic Titanic, which teams her with MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and fellow show vets Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, and J. Elvis Weinstein on live shows and DVD releases. »
There's plenty of stuff hitting DVD and Blu-ray today, some of it "game changing", and some of it not so much. The two major new releases this week are Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (trying to make up for its weak theatrical run) and Adam Sandler's Grown Ups (simply adding to its coffers), but we've also got Charlie St. Cloud starring Zac Efron, Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Beezus, and Love Ranch starring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci. For the more adventurous, Criterion unleashes Lars Von Trier's controversial Antichrist on DVD and Blu-ray, and the large assortment of television releases include Season 1 of BBC's Sherlock, the third seasons of Californication, The Boondocks and Metalocalypse, and a 25th Anniversary Collection of The Golden Girls that comes in Sophia's purse! Amazing. What will you be buying or renting this week? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World  (+ Blu-ray ) Grown Ups »
Unskippable is Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the Xbox generation. In each installment of this weekly web series, the comedy crew at Loading Ready Run riff on bad video game cinematics as animated action sequences unfold on screen. Just like MST300 doesn't only appeal to B movie buffs, Unskippable's allure transcends the gamer crowd. You don't have have to own a PS3 to be entertained by people making fun of visually engaging video game vignettes with poorly constructed storylines. Since it's debut in January 2009, Unskippable has been one of the most successful web series for the online gaming destination, The Escapist. Russ Pitts, Editor-in-Chief at The Escapist, told me over e-mail the success of the series led to the launch of another Loading Ready Run program with The Escpaist, Daily Drop. The series also helped the crew at Loading Ready Run transition from working "part-time jobs and making videos on »
- Joshua Cohen
It’s back (again)! On November 9, Shout! Factory is dropping the next installment of the cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. This new release, Volume 19 (or Xix if you want to go off the Roman numerals on the box), is a four-disc set which contains four previously unreleased episodes, a bunch of special features, and a limited-edition Gypsy figurine that’s now sitting on my desk as I write this. Let’s enjoy the mayhem, shall we?
Oh, MST3K, how I missed you. Like many of you out there, I’m sure, I spent a lot of time when I was younger watching this show and crying with laughter as Joel, Mike and the robot crew of Crow, Tom Servo and Gypsy lampooned some utterly horrible films. What they did has since been referenced or imitated countless times in pop culture. MST3K is a great example of how »
- Brittany Frederick
If you're looking for a few laughs this Halloween and are a fan of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" alumni now doing "Rifftrax", you may be happy to hear Rifftrax will once again be broadcasting live in select theaters around the country October 28th for a spooktacular riffing of the William Castle cult classic House on Haunted Hill starring the legendary Vincent Price.
Ncm Fathom and the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 invite you to a haunted house party like none you’ve ever experienced. RiffTrax's own Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will be back for an evening of hilarious riffing on the horror classic House on Haunted Hill! On Thursday, October 28, the guys treat this Vincent Price classic to their signature brand of rapid-fire comedy. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins will join them as a guest riffer on a classic, never-before-seen short!
Movie theater audiences will »
"Good Eats" breaks down the techniques and science of cooking to simplify and demystify the process, but what goes on behind the scenes is anything but simple.
Host Alton Brown, whose second book in the series "Good Eats 2: The Middle Years" goes on sale Monday, Sept. 27, likes to call his trademark show "The Precious Snowflake Machine" -- no two episodes are alike. This means constant innovation, whether it's new skits, new metaphors or new filming techniques.
The Halloween candy episode, which will air in October, is the reason he's running a tad late for his interview.
"I was doing this very involved shot about syrups that involves not only moving cameras but also moving mirrors and magnifying glasses," he tells Zap2it. "Oh my gosh, it's one of the things where you know, every day I tell myself, 'I'm going to shoot something I've never shot before.' It's our mantra. »
Shout! Factory has come back strong this week with two new DVDs in their recent acquisition of the Gamera franchise. And they’ve taken the next four films in the series and made two double feature DVDs, which makes for a fun and balanced viewing session.
Gamera Vs. Gyaos (or Gamera Vs. Gaos here in the States) from 1967 is the direct sequel to Gamera Vs. Barugon has Gamera playing more of a hero role this time around, helping Japan fight a new threat to the land, Gyaos, who is a huge bat creature. How could you go wrong with Gamera fighting a gigantic vampire bat? You really can’t, to be honest, and we have some typical battles between the two throughout the film. As usual, mankind somehow awakens/irritates this evil and it starts to devour people and destroy anything in its path. Gamera tries to protect Eiichi Kanamura, »
- James McCormick
Any time that we get to report on a classic horror film hitting DVD in style, we cannot help but smile. Especially when the title is something as obscure as Monster A-Go Go!
From the Press Release
In celebration of the film’s 45th anniversary, a special DVD collector’s edition of the iconic cult favorite Monster A-Go Go is being released just in time for Halloween, October 19, from Synergy Entertainment.
Upon its release, it was billed as “The picture that could set our space program back at least 50 years.” Voted “The Worst Movie Ever” by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and just about everyone else), it’s so bad it’s good!
Directed by Bill Rebane (who also brought you 1975’s The Giant Spider Invasion) and Herschell Gordon Lewis (known for his exploitation films and often referred to as the “Godfather of Gore”), Monster A-Go Go was initially released in 1965.
Originally titled Terror at Halfway, »
- Uncle Creepy
Creation's Weekend of Horrors is returning to the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel this October 15-17, and aside from Bruce Campbell, we haven't known who's going to be there. Well, that's about to change as the first group of guests has recently been announced.
Here's who you can look forward to seeing there:
For the last few decades, Bruce Campbell has been one of the most recognizable faces and entertaining actors in genre cinema and television. Besides starring as "Ash" in the Evil Dead series, he's been seen in films such as Spider-Man and Sky High, played elderly Elvis in Bubba Ho Tep and appeared in now-classic (well, kinda) TV series such as "The Adventures of Brisco County", "Jack of All Trades" and "Xena: Warrior Princess". He can be seen now as former Cold War spy Sam Axe in the USA cable series "Burn Notice". Appearing Saturday only. »
- Uncle Creepy
"Freaks and Geeks" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night's episode.
"Looks and Books"
Written by Paul Feig
Directed by Ken Kwapis
"It's all about confidence. It's true. If I say, 'I'm the coolest guy in the world.' And I believe I'm the coolest guy in world then suddenly I become the coolest guy in the world." -- Mr. Rosso
Matt: Last week's "Freaks and Geeks" was all about how surfaces lie outwardly, like when teenagers see someone who looks like a geek and assume he's terrible at softball. This week is about how surfaces lie inwardly, like when teenagers change their own appearance to try to convince themselves they're something they're not. Both Weir children get radical »
- Matt Singer
I feel as if this Mystery Science Theater 3000 review is the toughest one I’ve ever had to do. Not because the films themselves are hard to review. I’m one in the belief that MST3K works on so many levels and am always in the mood to watch the gang rip into some of the shittiest films in the history of filmdom. To review the films would be benign, mainly because do you review the films themselves or do you review the content of the comedy? And how can one review comedy in general?
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume Xviii has some of the best episodes, one of which I had forgotten existed up until watching it again. Shame on me, I know. The films are Lost Continent, Crash of the Moons, The Beast of Yucca Flats and Jack Frost (no, it’s not the Michael Keaton film »
- James McCormick
Despite Ryan Murphy’s reported $24-40 million deal, some of the Glee cast is grumbling that they’re not getting rich. Cory Monteith told a radio station he got $400 from their last #1 CD. Mark Salling says he got nothing. That’s where the public statements seem to end, and the “insiders” start talking.
Neil Patrick Harris says that he thinks he’ll hang his Emmy statues from his rear view mirrors to be able to use the car pool lane. Then he tricks the Spurf™ into make a poop joke.
ABC has ordered a new pilot about young people working in D.C. from Josh Schwartz, the man behind The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Chuck. Maybe we can hope for a peripheral gay character that solves the straight characters’ problems, »
Marijuana! Murder! Sex! Improv! If you're a fan of the comedic improv trio from the legendary cult show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), and the more recent online "comed-tary" from the same guys that brought you Rifftrax.Com, then brace your rib cage for a high night of gut stabbing hilarity as they reunite for RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness! Read on for more details! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave O'Dell)
If the SciFi Channel (or in its new incarnation as Syfy) had kept "Mystery Science Theater 3000" on the air, Michael J. Nelson would still be doing it, along with his comedy partners Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. But sadly, that adventure ended more than a decade ago, but the comedy hasn't. In fact, Nelson, Murphy (who voiced Tom Servo in the series) and Corbett (better known as Crow 2.0), will be back live on Aug. 19 as they make the cult favorite "Reefer Madness" even funnier than ever. Rifftrax, the movie riffing production company that includes the trio, has teamed up with Ncm Fathom and Something Awful to present "Reefer Madness" live to more than 470 movie theaters across the country. Originally produced in 1936 as a documentary against youth abuse of marijuana, the film has »
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
Brilliant genetic scientists Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) splice animal DNA together to create hybrids in search of a specific protein. Wanting to add human DNA, but forbidden by their funding pharmaceutical company, they secretly create Dren, an animal-human hybrid who wildly exceeds their expectations.
[Warning... here be spoilers]
Splice starts out promisingly enough, with scientist couple Clive and Elsa breaking the rules both of their funding company and society itself, creating an animal / human mutant hybrid, raising ethical issues such as moral responsibility. Right from Dren's birth the characters are bickering, Elsa adopting a motherly stance while Clive is on edge, constantly in fear of the company finding out while worrying about Elsa's personal safety. Although both Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are accomplished actors, their on-screen chemistry is rather wooden. But as the film progresses, clunky »
Mike Nelson, Kevin (Tom Servo) Murphy and Bill (Crow T. Robot) Corbett from the cult television hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 are returning to theaters across the Us this August with their web 2.0 project, RiffTrax.com, to bring their signature brand of rapid-fire comedy to the especially deserving marijuana exploitation film, Reefer Madness!
From the official press release:
Ncm Fathom, Something Awful and RiffTrax Team Up Again to Present “RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness” in More than 470 Movie Theaters Nationwide
Centennial, Colo. – July 19, 2010 – Fans of the legendary hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and internet sensation RiffTrax.com are in for a hilarious night of live comedy on Thursday, August 19 when Ncm Fathom, Something Awful and RiffTrax team up again to present RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central / 6:00 p.m. Mountain / 8:00 p.m. Pacific (tape delayed) with an encore on Tuesday, »
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