If that last piece of news left a bad taste in your mouth, like it did me, then this might just cheer you up a bit. It seems that, whether for money or for the sheer love of riffing, Joel Hodgson also has a hankerin’ for some bad movies. Joel’s teamed up with his original theatermates, the newly unattached Trace Beaulieu and Josh Weinstein, as well as Mary Jo Pehl and Frank Conniff to start tearing into bad movies again. The project is titled “Cinematic Titanic.”
According to the project’s site – which bears only an intro posting from Joel – they’re currently writing for the first of the initial 12 episodes, which will apparently NOT be public domain movies, as Joel says they’ve licensed them. If all goes as planned, it should be out before Christmas, so cross your fingers. In the meantime, Joel mentions that he’s been interviewed by LucasFilm(!) and that interview will be up on the interwebs in the near future. Cinematic Titanic will also premiere in December in the form of a live show – but, sadly, the show is a private viewing for LucasFilm/ILM employees, for now.
Wow, this is one hell of a time to be a MSTie. Mike, Bill, and Kevin are rolling along strong as ever with Rifftrax and The Film Crew, Frank’s bringing the funny with Cartoon Dump, Jim Mallon and Paul Chaplin are (for better or worse) resurrecting the Bots, and now Joel’s gotten the rest of the band back together for more riffing. All Brains appear to be accounted for, at this point. Let’s hope that all these projects can peacefully coexist with one another. Stay tuned to Deep Ape for more details, since I currently have no idea what the hell is going on.
UPDATE: The following text was originally posted on Satellite News, but was later taken down. I’m not sure why, but it provides a good bit of information on what is largely a vague project, so have at it. Scaffolding? Hmm…
So what is Cinematic Titanic? In a nutshell, Joel and the gang have
secured the rights to 12 bad, MST-quality films. They will all be
writing and performing new riffs, with silhouettes. The plan is to offer
downloadable and burnable DVDs through the site — sort of one-stop
We’re told that while there will be an overall premise to the show,
there won’t be many “host segments” or the like. And the silhouette
won’t be of people in theater seats. Instead, it will consist of people
up on scaffolding on the side of the screen…as seen in the Cinematic
The date and title of the first release have yet to be announced, but
you can be the first to recieve the news by signing up for the Cinematic
Titanic newsletter. Just visit http://www.cinematictitanic.com for more