Today is Bill Corbett’s 89th* birthday! Looks good for his age, doesn’t he? Why not shoot him a birthday tweet on Twitter and tell him that you don’t hate Crow’s new voice? Deep Ape salutes you, sir.
* Give or take 40 years.
Hi, guys! Remember me? There hasn’t been a whole lot to report of late, but I wanted to stop in and recap all the MST3K-related merchandise available for the MSTie on your holiday shopping list. Of course, as usual with me, it’s coming a little late, what with 9 days until Christmas. Still, if you’re in need of some last-minute shopping, give this humble guide a look, after the cut.
And yeah, if you wouldn’t mind clicking on my links for your Amazon shopping, I’d appreciate it. I only blatantly whore myself out once or twice a year, so bear with me. It will help put food in the mouths of all those children I don’t have. That said, I still encourage you to shop around and not take “too expensive” for an answer.
Well, gang, if you’re anything like me, you’ve had a love-hate relationship with politics, this year. I’m really sick of all this nonsense, and after tonight it will effectively be over, but I’ve never been more interested and personally invested in an election. So, I’ll resist the urge to be partisan, and I’ll simply say that — as Joel would say — I abhor you to vote. This is your country, so go have your say.
Our very own Tom Servo No. 2 was born 52 years ago, today. Kevin’s been a favorite of mine, ever since I read his delightful (yes, delightful) A Year At The Movies. Seems like a really awesome guy with a tremendous passion for cinema. So, fellow MiSTies, please join me in saying I HATE TOM SERVO’S NEW VOICE happy birthday to Kevin!
Enjoy some random Kevin-filled videos, after the break.
Remember that animated short entitled Max the Hero, featuring Mike, Bill, and Kevin’s vocal talents? Well, apparently it won the award for “Best Animated Comedy” at Dragon*Con, a couple of weeks ago. The man behind it, Mike Salva, even had the award presented to him by Brad Dourif. Not a bad deal, if you ask me. Congrats, guys.
My apologies to Mike for not posting this sooner.
To those who were unable to attend Comic-Con 2008 this year (Hugh included), I have been asked to report the goings-on to your eagerly awaiting computer screens.
By now, you all know that the DVDs for the 20th Anniversary Box Set are Laserblast, Werewolf, Future War, and First Spaceship on Venus, but did you know that Dr. Forrester has a third lightening bolt streak…in his pants? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Kudos to Trace for sharing that deeply intimate detail! Unfortunately, it made Mike and Kevin try to rip out their own eyeballs.
Anyway, the 20th Anniversary panel was a roaring success, and everyone on the panel seemed to be having a great time. No tension at all, just fun. At the beginning, the lights were dimmed and we were treated to our favorite opening theme song, mishmashed so that all the eras were blended into a single song. Joel’s voice flowed into Mike’s and each of the Bots were given a double Robot Roll Call to cover the cast changes for each one. (Click for more, after the cut.)
See the above video, the one in between the frustrating and inexplicable empty spaces? That’s an entire episode of The Film Crew.
It seems that Shout Factory has branched out and made The Film Crew available on video site Hulu.com. Granted, it’s only one episode — Hollywood After Dark — but if you haven’t tried out any of their DVDs, this is a great way to give The Film Crew a try. You’ll have to sit through the occasional ad, as with all Hulu videos, but still — free!
Okay, just ignore the last paragraph of my previous post. It’s happening. Satellite News brings word that the entire cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be getting together at the San Diego Comic-Con for a discussion panel. And when I say “the entire cast,” I mean it.
On Friday, July 25th, at 7:15PM, all the planets will align as Michael J. Nelson, Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy, Josh Weinstein, Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl, Bridget Jones-Nelson, Frank Conniff, Paul Chaplin and, yes, even Jim Mallon gather together to, presumably, be asked incredibly awkward and inappropriate questions by throngs of confused and sweaty adoring fans. The panel will be moderated by Patton Oswalt, a comedian who’s actually kind of funny.
It’s all happening. My mind is so blown right now. Sadly, this doesn’t change my ability, or inability, to attend the conference. But hear me now, all attendees: Take pictures. Videotape this. Do so, or face the consequences. I can’t wait to see how it all goes down, especially with Jim and Paul — the two odd-men-out in the group, for various reasons — in attendance.
Can you imagine it? Joel and Mike, together for the first time since Soultaker! Trace and Bill together in public (behind the scenes, Bill and Trace briefly worked together, on the show) for the first time ever! On a related note, the end of the world will be occurring promptly, five minutes after the panel’s close. Thank you, and goodnight.
Bill Corbett recently attended a Jonathan Coulton concert and, being the big-league celebrity that Bill is, Mr. Coulton did not let his presence go unnoticed. Jonathan brought Bill up on-stage to assist him with a performance of the ever-popular “Chiron Beta Prime”. Apart from serving as eye candy for the audience, Bill was given the appropriate role of one of the song’s robot overlords. Appropriate because Bill is, in fact, a robot overlord.
Now, you might be ready to fall to your knees and thank me for sharing that information, but stop. There’s more. Conor Lastowka was benevolent enough to share a video of Bill’s performance here. Via the magic of the Internet, I’ve also embedded it after the cut. Bill is only in the first third of the clip, but you should watch the whole thing. No arguing. (Video auto-plays, so be prepared.)
We certainly have NOT thrown The Film Crew out. In fact, we’re still looking at logistics and plans for releasing more. Since we’ve acquired MST3K, however, our efforts have been focused on getting an amazing first set out there.
Don’t lose faith. We’re fans and know there are many others out there, too.
Will all parties involved please get on the same page? Last I heard, Kevin was speaking words of doom about the series. It seems, however, that Shout Factory is open to the idea of more episodes. Maybe if the guys get a free moment or two, unlikely as that may seem, they’ll be able to crank out a few more of these bad boys.
Trademarks and copyrights are a funny thing. So funny, in fact, that I don’t fully understand them which, admittedly, also describes a great many other things in this world. “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ is a pretty distinctive name and you would most certainly be sued if you tried to copy it. The same could be said of “Rifftrax” and “Cinematic Titanic.” “The Film Crew,” however? Probably not so much.
This forum post mentions a rather questionable-looking upcoming DVD listed on Amazon. As best as I can tell, it appears to be a film called Wet Heat released under a “Film Crew” heading. Either that, or a film called Film Crew: Wet Heat, which makes even less sense. As you can see above, the DVD cover does not inspire one’s confidence in the quality of the product. The DVD extras include what is referred to as “FILM CREW bloopers.” Oh, do sign me up.
Anyway, my reason for posting this is to make sure that you don’t get suckered into buying this. I have no way of knowing if the makers of this classy DVD were trying to prey on MSTies’ innocence and naiveté. It certainly looks like a title that deserves mocking, either way. This is not — I repeat, NOT — our Film Crew. Be aware that, if you purchase this, those dreams of tasty Film Crew bloopers will be crushed harshly, cruelly. There will be no Kevin Murphys in dresses for you, nor any Bill Corbetts dropping f-bombs. Just sleazy, unbridled c-movie filth.
Joel’s recent interview with the users of Slashdot was a bit of a bust. The questions were a little weak, his answers were a little canned, he dodged the Rifftrax question, and it just felt like a bad promotional interview. Joel, however, is not one to allow mediocrity to… be mediocre. Or something. With the help of “RAD,” Mary Jo Pehl’s husband, Joel recently fielded questions from fans on the MST3K forums and the Cinematic Titanic forums, resulting in two 20-question interviews: here and here.
Kevin Murphy also decided to offer up his own
20 25 questions in this blog post. (The actual Q&A occurs in the comments.) Not much of note there, but he does seem to offer some discouraging words about The Film Crew. Also, I don’t think he’s parodying Joel’s interviews, but referencing the usual “20 questions” sessions they have on the Rifftrax forums.
Well, this isn’t exactly news, since it happened last December, but it’s new to me and probably new to you. Studio Kaiju is an intriguing little website starring Mr. Colin Reboy, a now-13-year-old young man who has been interviewing cult-variety celebrities since 2003. Well, while I was perusing his recent interview with James Urbaniak on YouTube, I happened to notice that he had also interviewed Kevin Murphy and Mary Jo Pehl. Kevin’s interview actually includes video and is broken up into five parts, while Mary Jo’s is audio-only. I’ve embedded the bulk of them after the cut.
Kevin’s interview (part one is above, by the way) just reinforces my love for the man. He just seems like a really amazing, friendly guy, and I also finished his book recently, so I’m in a Kevin-lovin’ mood, these days. (Sorry, am I getting fanboy juice on you?) And who doesn’t love Mary Jo? (Hey, I said “Mary Jo,” not “Pearl”.) Sadly, her interview is much shorter and the audio quality is a little lacking. Still, she’s charming as ever.
I recommend checking out the rest of Studio Kaiju’s interviews. They’re fairly awkward, but I think that adds to the charm, plus there’s quite a few notable names among his interviewees, like “the guest list of the greatest Dragon*Con ever,” as Urbaniak puts it. I figure, even though Mr. Reboy is in those awkward teen years, he also happens to be doing something awesome that, frankly, I’m quite envious of. I’d say he’s got a pretty sweet deal going. Again, more after the cut.
I have been on the internet since 1996. In what has been almost exactly twelve years of staring at text (and, uh, various images) on a glowing screen, I have had the pleasure (and displeasure) of being a part of numerous fandoms and communities. Those communities range from the pleasant and welcoming, to the obnoxious and offensive. The people within those communities vary even more greatly. Naturally, every community and fandom has its kind, generous citizens, or its humorous, life-of-the-party types. And of course, every community has its griefers, or its fanboys. You know, the ones who won’t leave you alone until you fit their definition of what a fan should be, do, and say.
Recently, I got into a small tussle with a commenter over one criticism I made. I called a Brain out on a particularly lame type of joke that, honestly, I had hoped they wouldn’t start using, or at least overusing. That was the extent of my criticism. The commenter then decided that this meant that I now hated the entire episode — nay, the entire project. Truly, a leap to a conclusion that would look quite at home on Coleman Francis’ moist, sauce-stained sketchpad.
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You know it’s a special post when the title and the tags are both excessively, unnecessarily long. If you’re an ignorant, out-of-touch MSTie, then this blog post is for you. See, there’s been an incredible amount of activity in the past year related to our favorite eight-years-dead TV show. So much, in fact, that you almost might not think that it was dead. (Let’s all come to terms with it, kids – Mystery Science Theater 3000 as we know it, for the foreseeable future, is dead.)
Anyway, I’m going to try my best to summarize the recent goings-on in the MSTie community as efficiently as possible, while keeping an eye on 2008. There are currently six available ways to get your fix of Brain stew, most of which do manage to provide sufficient lulz. How can you get your fix? Click past the break for a rundown of the state of the MSTie union.