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

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And be sure to visit Cinematic Titanic by Joel Hodgson and other original MST3K cast members.

And don't forget about rifftrax.com, the place to download DVD commentaries by Michael J. Nelson.

And check out the official web site of Joel Hodgson.

And also be sure to visit the official web site of Mary Jo Pehl.

Also also be sure to visit the official web site of Kevin Murphy.

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This Date in MSTory

BORN TODAY
1891: Everett Glass, who played Timmek in WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show.
1894: Hans Peters, art director for the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1904: Jack Greenhalgh, cinematographer for the movies in episodes 103- THE MAD MONSTER, 107- ROBOT MONSTER and 208- LOST CONTINENT.
1912: Charles Duncan, who did the special effects for the movies in episodes 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE and 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1916: Tom Cound, who played Captain Hawkins in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1918: Shoichi Hirose, who played the Red Bamboo thug in the movie in episode 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER.*
1933: Bert Convy, who played Tim Vernon in the movie in episode K13- SST: DEATH FLIGHT.

DIED TODAY
1970: Leith Stevens (age 60), who did the musical score for WORLD WITHOUT END, riffed in MST3K’s first live show and whose uncredited music was featured in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1978: Charles Horvath (age 57), who played Mike in the movie in episode 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE.
1994: Hans J. Salter (age 98), who composed some of the movie music in episodes 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET, 702- THE BRUTE MAN and 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE, as well as for THIS ISLAND EARTH, seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE.

EPISODE PREMIERE
1994: Episode 602- INVASION U.S.A. (with short A DATE WITH YOUR FAMILY) first shown.
2011: Marc Hannibal (age 80), who played Sgt. Dobkin in the TV movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.

EVENTS
Shout! Factory releases The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. XXVII.


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RIP John Fasano

kinopoisk.ru Los Angeles–Writer, producer and director John Fasano, had more than 40 credits on feature films and primetime television, died at his home here Saturday, July 19. He was 52. No cause of death was given. He served as assistant director for the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE. He also appeared on screen in that movie as William Washington.
The Hollywood Reporter has an obit here and Variety’s obit is here.

Thanks to Duane and Paul for the heads up.

James Garner, RIP

garner Los Angeles — Actor James Garner, famed for his easy-going portrayals on TV series including “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” died at his home here Saturday, July 19. He was 86. MSTies will remember him described as “beef spokesman James Garner” in a host segment in episode 403- CITY LIMITS.
A full obituary is here.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Mini Golf and MSTed Movies

Alert reader Troy suggests:

We all know Season 1 Joel was quite fond of pointing out scenes that would “make a great miniature golf course.” So my question is, what other MSTied movies would make a great (or terrible) miniature golf course? For example: The Space Mutiny hole would look remarkably like an abandoned industrial building, and undoubtedly involve lots of railing bank shots while avoiding an extremely slow moving floor buffer. And the Killer Shrews hole would be a murderous Par 7 because your ball starts off glued to the floor, and it’s very easy to get trapped in a grey featureless void.

Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to try the 18th hole at the “Beast of Yucca Flats” course … it involves getting shot at from overhead planes.

Have at it!

New VOD Title from RiffTrax…

SlumberParty_Poster

See a sample or download it here.

Episode Guide: K08- Gamera Vs. Guiron

Movie: (1969) In the fifth movie of the long-running Japanese monster series, two boys accidentally hijack an alien spaceship and fly to a dying planet, where they encounter two evil babes and knife-headed monster Guiron. Can Gamera save them?

First shown: 01/08/89
Opening: The Mads think they’re out of Gamera movies, but at the last minute they find one more
Host segment 1: Crow gets conked on the head and dreams that he controls the experiment while the Mads are trapped in space
Host segment 2: Crow is still thinking about his dream in the last segment, and discusses it with Joel and Servo
Host segment 3: More dream talk with Joel, Crow and Gypsy
End: J&TB sing “Satellite of Love”
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• This show featured the last Gamera film of the KTMA series. For the first time ever, J&TB did not listen to any viewer calls. There’s also a tiny continuity error: at the end of the last episode, Joel announced the name of this week’s film. And Joel starts this week’s episode by saying they’re going to do another Gamera movie. But then, everyone seems shocked when the Mads say that they’re doing another Gamera.
References.
• The opening feels very much like a season one segment.
• It’s becoming increasingly clear that the idea that they completely ad-libbed the riffing is a myth. It’s clear that they had the little song they sang to the Gamera song prepared.
• Servo’s head extends again.
• The carnage we witness once the boys get to the planet is pretty intense. It appears to upset Joel, even though they’re just models.
• Crow calls Gypsy Gipsum again.
• Crow’s dream is strangely prophetic! What he dreamed will come true in episode 613- Last of the Wild Horses.
• I like the Batman (the 60s TV show)-esque slanty camera angle when they show the Mads.
• After the second segment, Josh has a little problem getting Tom Servo set up in the theater.
• In segment 3, we get a rare political joke! Dan Quayle was set to be sworn in as vice president in a few weeks, so I guess it was on their minds.
• Crow’s riff “Ya gotta shave ‘em!” cracks Joel up.
• In the final segment, J&tB sing Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love.” It would become a traditional closing number at their live shows.
• Movie stuff: Terrible, terrible dubbing. The pauses are ridiculous.
• So Gamera was just passing by in outer space when the kids need rescuing?
• The long stretch of clips from other Gamera movies is a bit hard to sit through.
• Fave riff: Bad haircut! Help! Bad haircut!

Joel Interview

Monster Kid Radio interviewed Joel during last month’s Monster Bash.

Screening of ‘Future War’ in Kerrville, TX

Long-time Satellite News reader Chris Wooten will be hosting a public screening of episode 1004- FUTURE WAR this Friday, July 18th, at 6:30pm at the First Christian Church of Kerrville,  1900 Goat Creek Road, Kerrville, TX. Food and drinks will be served.

Mike’s Playlist

Rhino.com asks Mike for his “celebrity playlist.”

Bad Movie Thursdays in Scranton–Special Summer Episodes

For folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Scranton Cultural Center will again present Bad Movie Thursdays with MST3K – hosted by yours truly — Thursday at 7 p.m. (Cocktails at 6.) Before we start the full season in the fall, we’re going to do a couple of beach movies for the next two months. The episode this month is “Catalina Caper.”

More info here. If you live nearby, join us, won’t we?