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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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Maltin Ends Annual Print Update after 45 Years

Pete Hammond at deadline.com reports that the 2015 edition of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, due out in a couple of weeks, will be the final print version update.

Maltin and his guide were mentioned several times on MST3K, most notably a closing credits conversation in episode 706- LASERBLAST. Of course, Maltin himself appeared on the show — and held up a copy of the book — in episode 909- GORGO (and also appeared in a DVD extra when that episode came to DVD).

This Date in MSTory

1909: Gerald Roberts, music editor for the movie in episode 912- THE SCREAMING SKULL.
1911: Karl Brainard, property master for the movies in episodes 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN, 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST, 806- THE UNDEAD and 808- THE SHE-CREATURE, plus THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (riffed by fans in Sci-fi Channel’s “MST3K: The Home Game”).
1911: George White, editor for the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.
1917: Loretta King Hadler, who played Janet Lawton in the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.
1920: Stan Stone, who played a sergeant in the movie in episode 512- MITCHELL.
1929: Buddy Van Horn, stunt double in the movie “Marooned,” featured in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.*
1929: Elvin Feltner, producer of the movie “Terror in the Night,” seen in episode 514- TEEN-AGE STRANGLER.
1931: Paul Robi, member of the singing group The Platters, who performed in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.
1938: Bobby Brack, who appeared in and was a stunt driver for the movie in episode 207- WILD REBELS.*
1945: Paul Hampton, who played Wilson in the movie in episode 104- WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET.*
1948: Robert Plant, formerly of the musical group Led Zeppelin, whose name was borrowed for the “plant that can review music,” played by Kevin Murphy in a host segment in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and again during 1992′s Turkey Day marathon.*

1982: Edward Ludwig (age 83), director of the movie in episode 113- THE BLACK SCORPION.
1986: Walter Brooke (age 71), who played network commentator Radin in the movie “Marooned,” featured in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS, Dean Gerrard in the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST and Clifford Foster Evans in the movie in episode 614- SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL.
1988: Ken Knox (age 63), who played Steamroller Smith in the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
1989: Joseph LaShelle (age 89), cinematographer for the movie in episode 809- I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
1990: Tim Barrett (age 61), who played Detective Hargrove in the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.
2003: Brianne Murphy (age 70), production manager for the movie in episode 607- BLOODLUST and script supervisor for the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.

1994: Episode 605- COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS first shown.

1958: The movie in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST is reviewed in Variety.

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Joel to Be a Guest This Weekend at Chicago’s Wizard World

He will do a meet & greet Saturday, Aug. 23. More info here.

Nicki Minaj is a MSTie?

In a true testament to the staying power of our favorite cowtown puppet show, guess what visual pops up in Nicki Minaj’s new video “Anaconda” (it’s apparently completely coincidental that RiffTrax live will be riffing a movie by that name in October). Oh, the video is soooo NSFW (“not safe for work,” because when I put in a NSFW notation, somebody invariably asks what it means) and parental guidance is suggested for young viewers.

MTV has the story.

Weekend Discussion Thread: The MSTIEbles

Alert reader “Gobi” suggests:

With the release of “Expendables III”, two things occurred to me. First, why isn’t Joe Don Baker in it? Second, there’s a rich, untapped vein of talent available for a new movie to be titled “The MSTIEbles!” OK, the title needs work, but you get the idea. What’s your dream cast of action stars (not characters) drawn from the ranks of MST3K movies? Bonus points for a brief plot description, and double bonus points if all of your choices are still alive, so they’re available to star in next year’s blockbuster hit movie “3000!”

Have at it!

Kevin Featured in a Non-RiffTrax Kickstarter

We’ve mentioned our pal Scott Bateman several times in the past. Now he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to get his “funny fake documentary” You, Your Brain, & You, which features a small part by Kevin Murphy, completed. Take a look at the trailer and decide if you’d like to help.

RiffTrax Live Reports

An open thread for reports about tonight’s RiffTrax Live show.

As we always request, we’d appreciate it if you held off on spoilers until the west coast show lets out.

Episode guide: K12- Fugitive Alien

Movie: (1978 original TV show episodes; 1986 compilation movie) Alien marauder Ken becomes a fugitive from his home planet, then joins the Earth spaceship Bacchus 3 to fight against his former masters. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Rita is sent with a deadly mission.

First shown: 2/5/89
Opening: Dr. E. calls Dr. F., who is attending a mad scientists’ convention in Las Vegas
Host segment 1: Servo and Gypsy have disassembled Crow
Host segment 2: Ever notice how you never see certain celebrities in the same room together? Joel and Servo discuss
Host segment 3: Joel hosts a robot dance competition
End: Joel announces the formation of the fan club
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• The third-season riffing of this movie is one of the most seminal episodes in the series, so I guessed that this version was going to really pale in comparison, and it does. Plus, Trace is AWOL again, making it an even weaker incarnation. But if you take it on its own merits and don’t compare it, you can definitely see them getting stronger and more comfortable in the format.
• The Mad Scientist Convention would come up again in season one.
• Once again Servo sits in Crow’s seat (as he did in episode K06- GAMERA VS. GAOS) – Josh probably preferred not to have to crawl so far during the exits and entrances. Although he does not appear in the episode, Trace is still listed as a writer, puppeteer and “mad scientist” in the credits.
• The second half of this “movie,” Fugitive Alien 2, was done in episode K03, of which no fan copy exists.
• The opening is really pretty funny; Josh is channeling Bob Newhart. Meanwhile Joel is disturbingly distraught. “I MISS MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY! GET ME DOWN!” Acting!
• Servo cracks Joel up with his “Strawberry Fields” parody. Despite the lack of Crow, Tom Servo really takes up the slack in the theater. It feels like he has many more riffs than Joel, but the two of them seem very in sync.
• One thing about this version: We get to see a lot of footage that was cut from the season three version.
• I wonder if that’s Kevin running Gypsy in the segments where Servo is there.
• It was a fairly typical February night in Minneapolis the night this show aired: a balmy 1 degree at 7 p.m.
• So many riffs from the third-season version are ingrained in me. Every time Ken says “Rita!” I reflexively say “Meter maid!”; every time anybody says “Rocky!” I reflexively say “Again?”): but it’s especially true of the score, and the lyrics that the Brains wrote for that music. I defy you to sit through this version and NOT burst out with o/` “He tried to kill me with a forklift…” o/`
• Josh genuinely amuses Joel up with his dance competition comments during segment 3.
• I’ve been meaning to mention this for several episodes: “Heavy on the 30-weight,” which Joel says to Cambot in several episodes, is a Firesign Theatre reference.
• Joel seems a little distracted during the closing.
• Fave riff: “Don’t you have, like, a Highlights Magazine I could wait with?” Honorable mention: o/` …and no refrigerator to stick on to. o/`

Podcast Interview with Joel

J.C. and Rita De La Torre of Transmissions from Atlantis has a nice interview with Joel. His interview starts at about the 14:00 mark.

RiffTrax Live Interviews

New: By Cory Casciato of Westword.com has a long discussion with Kevin.

Evan Sawdey at Popmatters.com has an in-depth interview with Mike.

An unnamed interviewer at Nerdist.com interviews Mike, Kevin and Bill.

Jonathan Grass of Al.com interviews Mike.

David “Doggans” Ganssle of geekvision.tv interviews Bill.

X96 (KXRK) in Salt Lake City interviewed Mike and Kevin.

Alex Biese of the Asbury Park Press interviewed Mike.

Oh, and: This is a still from a new animated opening RiffTrax will unveil at the RiffTrax Live show next week.