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Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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And check out the official web site of Joel Hodgson.

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‘The Frank’ Now Available

It is now available at Amazon.

Trace says: “Limited quantities will be available for sale at Dragon Con this weekend! Come find me and Frank Conniff at the Walk of Fame, table 19.”

This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1889: George H. Plympton, screenwriter for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1905: Lionel Lindon, cinematographer for the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION.
1909: David Stern, screenwriter for the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS.
1917: Armando Trovajoli, score composer for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1919: Bob Wehling, who played the searchlight guy Joe in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE and who also was the screenwriter for the movie in episode 506- EEGAH.
1919: Bruno Vailati, producer of the movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED.
1927: Francis Matthews, who did the voice of the title character on TV’s “Captain Scarlet,” episodes of which were seen in episode K02- REVENGE OF THE MYSTERONS.
1932: John Elias, editor for the movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.
1938: Jany Clair, who played Queen Agar in the movie in episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN.*
1943: Lisle Wilson, who played Dr. Loring in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1964: Keanu Reeves, who was parodied by Mike Nelson in a host segment in episode 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS.*

DIED TODAY
1964: Morris Ankrum (age 68), who played Gen. John Hanson in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END and Dr. Ralph Fleming in the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.
1973: Carl Dudley (age 62), producer of the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1974: Walter Strenge (age 76), cinematographer for the episodes of TV’s “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,” seen in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1977: Maurice King (age 62), who produced the movie in episode 909- GORGO with his brothers Herman and Frank.
1982: Ada Vojtsik (age 77), who played Lemminkainen’s mother in the movie “Sampo,” seen in episode 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE.
1983: Nino Marchetti (age 74), who played Fossore in the movie in episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED.
1984: Sergei Martinson (age 85) a.k.a. Sovol Martinson, who played the moneylender in the movie “Sadko,” seen in episode 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD. Martinson also played Mika in the movie “Ilya Muromets,” seen in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1993: Veronica Pataky (age 74), who played Sonya in the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1997: The 1ST ANNUAL MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER REVIEW special debuts.

EVENTS
1953: The movie in episode 109- PROJECT MOON BASE is reviewed in Variety.
1996: In Minneapolis, MST3K’S CONVENTIOCON EXPOFEST-A-RAMA 2: ELECTRIC BUGALOO ends.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: What Would You Say to MSTed Movie People?

Alert regular Steve sent a suggestion that I am going to bounce off of for this weekend’s question: If you could jump into a time machine and visit anyone involved in any MSTed movie while they were making it, what would you say to him or her? Don’t worry if your comment might make the movie less funny.

Me, I think I would find Larry Buchanan, the director of “ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES” and say one word: “care.”

New VOD Title from RiffTrax…

Okay, so I’m a day late on this.

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See a sample or download it here.

Episode guide: K14- Mighty Jack

Movie: (1968 TV series; 1987 compilation movie) A top secret organization, called Mighty Jack, makes use of a giant submarine, called Mighty Jack, to battle terrorist organization Q.

First shown: 3/5/89
Opening: Dr. E. thinks he and Dr. F need a change; Joel listens in
Host segment 1: As a joke, Servo, Crow and Gypsy weld themselves together
Host segment 2: Crow and Servo admit they have no idea what humans think is funny
Host segment 3: Crow bowls, but Crow and Servo don’t want to play games with Joel anymore
End: Viewer mail
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (79 votes, average: 3.67 out of 5)
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References.
• As with some of the other Sandy Frank movies, we get to see lots of footage we didn’t get to see in the season 3 version, including a long segment before the credits. And I have to say that it helps. The season 3 “Mighty Jack” is a thick, almost impenetrable plot stew. It took many repeat viewings of it before I could figure out what the heck was going on. I was able to follow the plot, such as it was, much more easily watching this version.
• I was always aware that this is the first and last episodes of a TV series, but in the more complete version you can really see the dividing line. Clearly the end of the first episode comes when Atari is introduced as the team’s new commander and all the old grudges are smoothed over.
• In the theater, as the opening credits roll, Joel addresses the viewers and promises a fan club newsletter in two weeks. He does so again about half-way through the movie.
• I have been pleasantly surprised at the viewability of these DVDs. They ARE several-generation copies of VHS tapes of an over-the-air TV feed, after all. But I should mention that there are some pretty rough spots in this one, and I can’t tell if it’s just tape artifacts or if whoever was originally taping this just had their rabbit ears adjusted badly.
• During segment 1, Joel “accidentally” drops a pencil, then bends down (out of shot) to pick it up. For a moment, no one is in the frame … then Joel pops back up. That way the editors could cleanly cut the action.
• Host segment 2 is a little dark, what with the bots contemplating Joel’s death.
• One of the fan letters refers to the part of “SST Death Flight” in which Servo says “His eye needs some air.” This line was actually said by Crow, but no one corrects the viewer’s error.
• In Segment 2, as an example of what is clearly NOT funny, we see a little snippet of the TV series “Punky Brewster.” If you’re too young to remember it, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything.
• Two odd comments in the theater: At one point, Servo says: “That’s the kind of entertainment Josh — this guy I know — really likes.” Weird. Even weirder, Crow says that one character “looks like Frank Conniff”!
• Watch Servo as J&tB leave the theater right before segment 3. As he exits, Josh lifts the puppet too high and it completely clears the theater seats. We can see the control rod, a little of Josh’s hand and we can also see that Servo doesn’t have the lower half of his body! Wow!
• Segment 3 was redone in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
• Toward the end of the movie, one of the characters yells “Launch!” and Joel riffs “I said lunch, not launch!” Somebody check for me, but I THINK that is a rare example of a riff that appears in both versions.
• Crow waves goodbye at the end of the episode. Ah, the days when Crow’s arms worked.
• CreditsWatch: Additional writing: Faye Burkholder. Additional puppet operation and voices: Alexandra Carr, Faye Burkholder. Alexandra, taking on even more work, is now also listed as fan club coordinator.
• Fave riff: “Ew. Get a mop.” Honorable mention: “”Hmmm… how to drive a boat.”

Joel, Frank & Trace at DragonCon This Weekend

This weekend Joel, Frank and Trace will all be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta. One highlight will be clearly be Friday Night’s “MST3K NIGHT II: YE MEDIEVAL BOOGALOO.” Our buddy Daniel Griffith will have “exclusive footage.”

As has been the case at previous Dragon Cons, our pal Ken Plume will host many of the guys’ appearances. They include:

Friday, 8:30 p.m. “FRED Presents Attack of the Celebrity Improv. A fast, furious game of improvised comedy. Like The Hunger Games with more laughs and fewer arrows.” Trace and Frank will both take part.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Joel will present “Riffing Myself.”

Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Trace will be among the players in “Gonzo Quiz Show V: The Quizening.”

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. “MST3K: Reel Crime Court is in session as MST3K’s own defend their cinematic guilty pleasures.” All three guys are scheduled to take part.

Sunday, 4 p.m. “Comedy Writing. A discussion about the art of writing comedy, with those who have done so professionally.” Trace and Frank will be on the panel.

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. “Frank and Joel will participate in Gonzo Quiz Show VI: Quizopolis.”

Monday, 10 a.m. “You Know More Than We Do. A Mystery Science Theater 3000 trivia game where no answer is too obscure or accurate and you’ll be the judge.” Trace and Frank are schedule to participate.

And of course all three will be available at various times to sign autographs.

If you’re going, we’d love to get photos, videos and reports!

Lord Richard Attenborough, RIP

I didn’t think this one was in our ballpark, but then I remembered…

Attenborough

LONDON–Lord Richard Attenborough, the respected British actor and Academy Award-winning director of “Gandhi,” the multiple-Oscar-winning best picture of 1982, has died. He was 90. No cause of death was given, but he has been in poor health for some time.
MSTies will recall that Mike impersonated him in a host segment in episode 1001- SOULTAKER.

The L.A. Times has the story.

Official Vol. XXXI Press Release

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Here’s the official press release from Shout!

For Immediate Release
Available on DVD November 25th, 2014 from Shout! Factory
Mystery Science Theater 3000:
The Turkey Day Collection
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously Unreleased
Episodes Jungle Goddess, The Painted Hills,
The Screaming Skull and Squirm

It’s time to talk turkey! Celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey has been a well-known tradition for generations, but for MST-ies, Turkey Day also means celebrating another tradition: one that involves giving thanks for turkeys of the cinematic variety. This year, our Turkey Day feast will feature four never before on DVD episodes, Jungle Goddess The Painted Hills The Screaming Skull and Squirm.

This 4-DVD collectible tin box set is also stuffed with bonus features, including exclusive new Turkey Day episode introductions by Joel Hodgson, a new interview with Squirm star Don Scardino, new featurettes Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon, Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years, This Film May Kill You: Making ‘The Screaming Skull’ and Gumby & Clokey; as well as four exclusive Mini Posters by artist Steve Vance!

Fans who order this title from ShoutFactory.com will receive a free MST3K Vol. XXXI slipcase, free exclusive MST3K coasters and free standard US shipping, with their copies shipping three weeks before street date. Pre-orders can be placed at ShoutFactory.com

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Edition brings us Jungle Goddess, the tale of two pilots in search of a missing heiress and her father’s reward money. They track her down in the African jungle where she is doing just fine, thank you. Includes The Phantom Creeps Chapter One: “The Menacing Power; The Painted Hills, based on a novel about a kindly prospector who is murdered and his faithful pup takes on the perp. Also includes the short film Body Care & Grooming; The Screaming Skull, wherein a neurotic woman is driven to distraction — if not destruction — by the ghost of her new husband’s previous wife. Also includes the Gumby short Robot Rumpus; and the cult horror film Squirm, the low-budget tale of a southern town beset by electrified, carnivorous worms. Includes the short film A Case of Spring Fever, in which a frustrated man wishes springs (metal, not seasonal) never existed…and lives to regret it.

Bonus Features Include:
· Exclusive Turkey Day Episode Intros by Joel Hodgson
· Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon
· Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years
· Gumby & Clokey
· This Film May Kill You: Making The Screaming Skull
· Interview with Squirm Star Don Scardino
· Four Exclusive Mini-Posters by Artist Steve Vance

Weekend Discussion Thread: Favorite ‘Wizard of Oz’ Reference

I cannot believe we haven’t done this one, but apparently we haven’t.

This month was the 75th anniversary of the debut of “The Wizard of Oz,” (the movie I argue is the last, perhaps the only, commonly shared experience in America) and on another forum somebody has been asking “How many ‘Wizard of Oz’ references did they make?” I don’t know that anybody has ever counted them all, but let’s cite out favorites.

Mine comes from “Girls Town,” when Silver and Mary Lee’s gnarled mom yells out the window and Crow yells: “How would you like it if somebody picked apples off of you??”

What’s your pick?

(Keep those topics coming!)

New Short from RiffTrax…

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View a sample or download it here.