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Linda Griffiths, RIP

linda-griffiths-lg TORONTO–Actor and playwright Linda Griffiths died Sept. 21, at the Bridgeport Health Center here, after a battle with breast cancer. She said she was 57, but those close to her says she was actually 60. MSTies will remember her performance as Appollonia James in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.

The Globe and Mail has an obit.

Thanks to Jon for the heads up.

This Date in MSTory

1866: H.G. Wells, on whose stories the movies in episodes 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and 814- RIDING WITH DEATH were VERY loosely based.
1903: Ronnie Rondell, assistant director for the movie in episode 803- THE MOLE PEOPLE.
1906: Derrick de Marney, who played Latham in the movie in episode 901- THE PROJECTED MAN.
1907: Jack Mather, who played an officer in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1909: Vladimir Solovyov, who played Kassyan in the movie in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1918: Rand Brooks, who played Andrews in the movie in episode 417- CRASH OF MOONS.
1923: Paul Lehmann, production designer for the movie in episode 211- FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS.*
1936: Burr DeBenning, who played Dr. Ted Nelson in the movie in episode 704- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN.
1944: Fanny Flagg, of whom Crow did an impression in a host segment in episode 502- HERCULES.*
1954: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer for the band Motorhead, whose song “Ace of Spades” was heard in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.*

1985: Harry L. Gianneschi (age 57), camera assistant for the movies in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER and episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1991: Angelo Rossitto (age 83), who played Toby in the movie in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES and a dwarf in the movie in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
1992: Bill Williams (age 77), who, in the movie in episode 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION, played Dutch.
2000: R. Wright Campbell (age 73), screenwriter for the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN.
2002: Maurice Manson (age 89), who played Prof. Ulbrect Olinger in the movie in episode 806- THE UNDEAD.
2009: Robert Ginty (age 60), a.k.a. “the Paper Chase guy,” who played “The Rider” in the movie in episode 501- WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD.
2010: John Crawford (age 90), who played a bar patron in the movie in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A.

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Kat Rosenfeld of asks “Where are they now?” but neglects TV’s Frank completely, (and Josh, and Jim, and Paul, and Bridget…) and apparently couldn’t find photos of Bill and Kevin. Sheesh.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Cringeworthy Moments in MSTed Movies

Alert reader James writes in to say:

This week’s thread about non-sensical lines got me thinking about things that made the movies MST did truly cringeworthy (as opposed to being arduous because they were boring). Even things that get riffed can penetrate and affect the viewer, causing there to be some basis for Dr. F’s experiment to work. The hurtful way that horrid kid in Hobgoblins pretends to be a rock star in the opening minutes does it to me.

I’ve still got to go with the peeper privates in “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.”

Keep those suggestions coming!

New Short from RiffTrax…

Does Batman win in the end? If only we had a clue…


See a sample or download it here.

Episode guide: K17- Time of the Apes

Movie: (1974 TV series; 1987 compilation movie) A trio of young people take refuge in cryogenic capsules during an earthquake, and awaken in a world populated by intelligent apes.

First shown: 4/2/89
Opening: The Mads try to reach Joel, but Crow and Servo give them the runaround
Host segment 1: The bots look for Joel and find his empty uniform in a pod bay. They guess he’s floating in space
Host segment 2: Crow and Servo ponder mutiny as Joel pounds on the door to get back in
Host segment 3: Cambot uses a tape of Joel to fool Crow, but Servo isn’t fooled
End: Joel floats outside the Satellite of Love, as Crow and Servo discuss their new Joel-less life together
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (68 votes, average: 3.85 out of 5)

• This is the only MST3K episode that does not feature a human character aboard the Satellite of Love. Joel had to go out of town, so the episode was shot without him; therefore, Servo and Crow watch the movie alone. (Note that Crow sits in Joel’s seat.)
• For me, this one gets dragged down by the film, which is just a big giant carbuncle of a movie. Though it’s much funnier, of course, I’m not a big fan of the season 3 version either.
• References.
• This is one of the first episodes that has a continuing plot line running through the host segments.
• As with the previous Sandy Frank movies, we get to see a bit more of the movie that was cut in the season 3 version.
• Springtime has definitely come to the Twin Cities. It’s a lovely 57 degrees as the show begins later dropping to 56 and to 54 by the end of the show.
• Callbacks: Servo recalls the episodes when Crow was frozen and served as the SOL’s Christmas tree. Crow is not amused. Also: “That flame is leftover from City On Fire.”
• Both Crow and Servo sneeze in the theater.
• This movie reminds of us of a goof they would make about a decade later. In the introduction to “Deep Ape,” Bobo lists his noble lineage, including Godo. Except, as we know from watching this episode, Godo wasn’t an ape. They could have said “Pepe,” (which is who I think they were thinking of) but I guess that sounds less ape-ey.
• The imdb says the main ape’s name is Gaba, but it is variously pronounced by the actors Gaybor or Gaybar. Either way…not good.
• The guy we see behind the doors in segment 3 is longtime Twin Cities weatherman Barry ZeVan, who is still with us and apparently still “zany.”
• That ending segment is the first time we’ve gotten a look outside the ship, other than in the opening.
• CreditWatch: Vince Rodriguez is back as director. Todd Ziegler is back on Audio.
• Fave riff: “More gorilla warfare.” Honorable mention: “A guy with a flea collar concession could clean up around here.”

Shout! in Deal with Vimeo

Says Variety

A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo.
In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the next year.

The main page is here.

Jim Appearance this Friday


Jim Mallon will be a guest at this Friday’s “Our Funny University – We’ll Make You Laugh on the Way to Success” event at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information here.

Thanks to Danielle for the tip!

Bill’s ‘Super-Powered Revenge Christmas’ Comic

The icons of pop-culture Christmas do battle as superheroes and supervillains in this book written by Bill and illustrated by our pal Len Peralta. More info here.

Get Well Soon, Pia Zadora

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Pia Zadora was hospitalized with serious head and leg injuries after a fall from a motorized golf cart driven by her teenage son near their northwest Las Vegas home.
Zadora’s husband, Mike Jeffries, tells the Las Vegas Sun the singer-actress suffered a head injury and a compound ankle fracture in the Thursday evening accident. She is recovering in intensive care at University Medical Center.
Jeffries says Zadora’s upcoming performances at Piero’s Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas are canceled.
MSTies of course will never forget her portrayal of martian kid Girmar in the movie in episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.
From everybody here at Satellite News, get well soon, Pia!

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.