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Whoa, the Reboot Was on the Front Page, Above the Fold, in the Maui News

MauiNews Our pal Brandon got this from a friend who’s vacationing in Hawaii…

41 Replies to “Whoa, the Reboot Was on the Front Page, Above the Fold, in the Maui News”

  1. goalieboy82 says:

    must have been a slow news day in Maui.

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  2. goalieboy82 says:

    what no new patient against tax or building code under fire?

       21 likes

  3. Echo says:

    Andrew Agreed. $5.5 million is more than even the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter made, and that was riding on the backers’ childhood nostalgia and desire of goodwill to help children read. I’m concerned a cult show about a guy and two robot puppets joking over B movies can really manage to beat RR’s record.

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  4. Zulu says:

    goalieboy82:
    must have been a slow news day in Maui.

    Cram it, mainlander.

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  5. Jay says:

    Mahalo, Maui. Recognition is good. I will wear one of my Aloha shirts in support! — Jay

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  6. BBA says:

    another Hawaii connection: Jonah Ray is originally from Oahu.

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  7. goalieboy82 says:

    Zulu: Cram it, mainlander.

    nice comeback.

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  8. Jay says:

    Goalieboy and Zulu –

    You should both sit down together for some Spam Misubi, watch Code Name: Diamond Head, and really just relax.

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  9. Ralph C. says:

    That’s really cool. For a month this was on the front page of our lives. Thinking about that now,
    I kind of miss all the anticipation and the daily updates and stuff. That Kickstarter campaign was a lot o’ fun. :-)

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  10. Kenneth Morgan says:

    Well, that’s one news organization with its priorities straight.

       16 likes

  11. Sean says:

    If ever there was an excuse to move to Maui…

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  12. Blonde Russian Spy says:

    I wish we could see more of the story. I went to the newspaper’s website, but you can’t read the story unless you’re a subscriber.

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  13. EricJ says:

    goalieboy82:
    must have been a slow news day in Maui.

    That, or the Shout exec was taking his annual vacation in Maui.
    (So, what’s the price on that current MST3K box, again–$40? $50? )

    Interesting that the article says Shout was “behind” the current fundraising, as we thought this was Joel’s idea–
    If true, at least the KS has some corporate backing to get it on disk/streaming. Hopefully other places than just PlutoTV.

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  14. G R Robertson says:

    I tried ordering vol 35 from Shout but they don’t take UK orders so it was back to amazon. I hope the new series gets shown in the UK.

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  15. cvbwe says:

    Does this mean they’ll riff episodes of Kikaida and Kamen Rider V3?

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  16. Dan in WI says:

    I don’t think Shout! was the driving force behind the Kickstarter. Saying they were fits the narrative of the story as it is a Shout! executive who apparently has vacation property on the island.

    But this does raise the question of what rights Joel exactly has at this point. Correct me if I’m wrong here. Doesn’t Shout! now own all the rights to MST and they are just working closely with Joel? Or does Joel have a percentage? Either way, everything is hunky dory today. But someday somebody less friendly to MST is going to end up in charge at Shout! or maybe Shout! will be bought out entirely. I worry what happens to Joel and the rights when that does happen some day down the line. I’m no fan or defender of Jim Mallon but I still preferred him owning the rights all these years to some faceless corporation. I’m okay with current day Shout! owning them too. I just worry about the next change.

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  17. Andrew says:

    Echo:

    And I couldn’t be happier to be proven wrong.

    Also, people remember my comment! I’m famous on the internet, Mom!

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  18. Magicvoice says:

    It’s always a slow news day in Maui. That is why (and this headline) it is such an awesome place. Also, you can snorkel with Gamera in warm water and drink Mai Tais.

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  19. Crow T Robot KJM says:

    There was a link to an interview with Joel here recently, and he said that he is partners with Shout. I think that likely means that he is partners on the new series they will be creating. Now it is possible that in making that deal he gets some money on the old shows as well, and it’s possible that is why Rifftrax can now sell digital downloads of the Mike episodes & they get a percentage of those sales – Joel likely was extending an olive branch to them.

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  20. dub city says:

    “This is a song about how much he hates Jack Lord”
    – Code Name Diamond Head

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  21. littleaimishboy says:

    Dan in WI:
    I don’t think Shout! was the driving force behind the Kickstarter. Saying they were fits the narrative of the story as it is a Shout! executive who apparently has vacation property on the island.

    But this does raise the question of what rights Joel exactly has at this point. Correct me if I’m wrong here. Doesn’t Shout! now own all the rights to MST and they are just working closely with Joel? Or does Joel have a percentage? Either way, everything is hunky dory today. But someday somebody less friendly to MST is going to end up in charge at Shout! or maybe Shout! will be bought out entirely. I worry what happens to Joel and the rights when that does happen some day down the line. I’m no fan or defender of Jim Mallon but I still preferred him owning the rights all these years to some faceless corporation. I’m okay with current day Shout! owning them too. I just worry about the next change.

    Going back a ways, there’s a thread from November 12 headlined “Variety reports the business side.” The relevant part is:

    “With the new deal, negotiated by Shout’s David McIntosh, Shout! Factory now has the proprietary rights the ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ from Best Brains Inc., including all brand assets and global intellectual property. The media company is partnering with Hodgson and his company Alternaversal LLC on future endeavors surrounding the ‘MST3K’ brand …”

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  22. Dan in WI says:

    littleaimishboy: Going back a ways, there’s a thread from November 12 headlined “Variety reports the business side.”The relevant part is:

    “With the new deal, negotiated by Shout’s David McIntosh, Shout! Factory now has the proprietary rights the ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ from Best Brains Inc., including all brand assets and global intellectual property.The media company is partnering with Hodgson and his company Alternaversal LLC on future endeavors surrounding the ‘MST3K’ brand …”

    So that does sound like Joel would again be out in the cold if the wind changed at Shout! for whatever reason. I do hope this doesn’t backfire on him somewhere down the road.

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  23. crowschmo says:

    Aloha! :island:

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  24. Atorgo says:

    BBA:
    another Hawaii connection: Jonah Ray is originally from Oahu.

    Hum-dee-ree-heehee, Oahu-a-hua.

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  25. Ray Dunakin says:

    Magicvoice:
    It’s always a slow news day in Maui. That is why (and this headline) it is such an awesome place. Also, you can snorkel with Gamera in warm water and drink Mai Tais.

    The water is usually warm around Gamera, if you know what mean. ;)

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  26. EricJ says:

    Ray Dunakin: The water is usually warm around Gamera, if you know what mean.

    Oh, of course, because he breathes fire! :-)

    (…What, no?)

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  27. Barry the Nomad says:

    I don’t think the term “reboot” should be used in the case of the upcoming episodes. Far too often, I see the term misused. Like The Force Awakens and The X-Files mini series, the upcoming MST3K is a REVIVAL. Big difference. The past seasons occurred and the upcoming episodes take place after them. Jonah is the third host, the Mad is related to past Mads, we have TV’s Frank’s son.

    A reboot would be Batman Begins, Man of Steel or 2016’s Ghostbusters.

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  28. Anthony W. says:

    If I was the head of Shout, and I got the fans to shell out for the making of my flagship show rather than my company paying for it…I’d go on vacation to Maui too!

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  29. ck says:

    My theory is Lovejoy is behind the newspaper headline, obviously part of an intricate plot to start a war between the U.S. and Australia (at the behest of the Chinese).

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  30. Dan in WI says:

    Barry the Nomad:
    I don’t think the term “reboot” should be used in the case of the upcoming episodes. Far too often, I see the term misused. Like The Force Awakens and The X-Files mini series, the upcoming MST3K is a REVIVAL. Big difference. The past seasons occurred and the upcoming episodes take place after them. Jonah is the third host, the Mad is related to past Mads, we have TV’s Frank’s son.

    Normally I’d agree 100%. But given the circumstances I just can’t resist: Repeat to yourself it’s a show. I should really just relax.

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  31. SQ says:

    Forget about the reboot – there’s $122 in coupons in there!

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  32. Edwin B says:

    To celebrate let’s put two episodes of the original Hawaii 5-0 together and make it an episode! (like Master Ninja)

    I thought the headline would also read : Philanthropist Laid.

    “It’s always the Philanthropists. Philanthropists and Rock Stars.”

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  33. John Seavey says:

    Glad to know that at least one place on Earth has its priorities straight.

    @Ralph C: The campaign was only the beginning; we’re going to get tidbits of news all the time right up through the release! SO. EXCITING.

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  34. EricJ says:

    ck:
    My theory is Lovejoy is behind the newspaper headline, obviously part of an intricate plot to start a war between the U.S. and Australia (at the behest of the Chinese).

    “Daddy, who’s ‘Lovejoy’?”
    “Well, you see, son, long ago, back when I was a little boy, there was also this person called ‘Jack Perkins’, until he was replaced by Peter Graves on BIOGRAPHY!” :-D

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  35. trickymutha says:

    Glad to see the Maui News could branch out.

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  36. Zulu says:

    Dan in WI: So that does sound like Joel would again be out in the cold if the wind changed at Shout! for whatever reason. I do hope this doesn’t backfire on him somewhere down the road.

    Joel is only going to live so long. He will do fine. Certain stipulations in the contract are, “very protective,” of Joel and Jim’s baby.

    Personally, I am concerned about the winds of change in Belgrade, Serbia and if Nikola Tesla’s ashes will (c)remain intact… or will some hooligan abscond with the contents by stuffing the golden orb urn down his pants?

    I have to go chop some pineapple.

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  37. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    As I mentioned elsewhere, it might cool for them to riff the public domain films with bit parts by Tor Johnson (and, after him, other MST3K notables; alas, there was but the one film for John “Torgo” Reynolds). That approach has the benefit of singling out a handful of the thousands of 1930s-1940s public domain films that it would otherwise be all but impossible to sift through and, after all, these guys can make almost any film funny. :-)

    In kind of a tangent, Don “Ortega” Russell, aka Jack “Ortega” Brady, also appeared “The Sadist” (1963), which starred Arch Hall Jr. (boy, the jokes are *already* writing themselves, aren’t they?) as killer Charlie Tibbs: “I have been hurt by others. And I will hurt them. I will make them suffer like I have suffered.” Wow, truer words, huh?

    It turns out “The Incredibly Strange” Yadda Yadda Yadda was also known as “Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary.” That title would so much more have caught my casual interest than the one that was used. Which raises the spectre of riffing the ouevre of Ray Dennis Steckler, which includes Wild Guitar (1962; ALSO starring Arch Hall Jr.), The Thrill Killers (1964), Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966), Blood Shack (1971; ~ I got me a car that’s as big as a Blood Beast… ~), The Sexorcist (1974) — man, the IMDB’s great, isn’t it? — Teenage Massage Parlor [Ninja Turtles?] (1976), The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (1979; now, who wouldn’t want to watch a film with a title like that, I asks ya? “Not since “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” has there been a…”), Las Vegas Serial Killer (1986; one of the earliest films to include “Serial Killer” in the title), War Cat (1987), Summer of Fun (1997), and so much less.

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  38. Angie Schultz says:

    Paraphrasing the article: Shout! COO and co-founder Bob Emmer (who has been vacationing on Maui for decades) is happy that his company raised $6.3 million in donations to revive MST3K. Shout! now owns the rights to the show.

    It goes on to quote Emmer as saying that getting funding from a broadcaster meant giving up creative control, so they turned to Kickstarter. “We want the fans involved.” They figured they could get the required $2 mil from fans. “Well it got a little out of hand in a very good way.” They’re in active negotiations with several broadcasters, and hope to be able to deliver the episodes in September or October.

    Several celebrities would like cameos, among them Alice Cooper, who describes himself as a “huge fan”.

    Just in case anyone wants to know what competes with this story for front page real estate: Below the fold on the front page are pictures of people surfing in big swells. Also: “Kauai to take steps to eradicate mongoose”.

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  39. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    “Snakes statewide rally in support”

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  40. goalieboy82 says:

    look TCU rallies.

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  41. littleaimishboy says:

    Also: “Kauai to take steps to eradicate mongoose”.

    The followup story to

    “Kauai taken over by C.O.B.R.A.”

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