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Trace Beaulieu not participating in the reboot either


Not much to say about this one. Color me disappointed. This is beginning to look a lot like a fresh reboot of the show, both in front of and behind the camera, with Joel being the only returning staff member. I’m trying to remain hopeful, but a 100% fresh reboot isn’t really what I was hoping for.

Still no word from Frank, Kevin, Paul, Josh, or Mary Jo.


CineTit Update: Trace Builds, Joel Decieves

Joel recently updated the Cinematic Titanic homepage, and it is equal parts enthralling and disheartening. Remember that Thanksgiving sneak peek into the CineTit (okay, maybe I need to come up with a better abbreviation) writing sessions, featuring Joel, Josh, and Frank riffing away at a mystery movie, with Trace and Mary Jo joining in via satellite? Lies. All lies. It seems Joel cracked open a new copy of Photoshop, and couldn’t wait to go ‘shopping, dropping in those images of Trace and Mary Jo to decieve us into thinking he was some sort of less-hairy, less-rotund, less-associated with pretentious computers Steve Wozniak with a home filled to the brim with high-tech, satellite-connected TVs and video conferencing and laserdisc players and the like the such. For shame. I bet he doesn’t even manage a fish shop.

On the plus side, there’s a picture of Trace working on a model of CineTit’s own Satellite of Love, what Joel calls a “Time Tube.” I must say, he looks damn good in what appears to be some sort of turtleneck, laboring away on that phallic piece of rocketry. And he has a shop. A shop. My man-crush is reaching epic proportions. Pay a visit to the site to see the full picture. You know you want to.

New Pictures of Trace Beaulieu’s Face

If you’re like me, you like Trace Beaulieu. You like hearing about him, you like his work on Mystery Science Theater, and you just generally enjoy looking at new pictures of the man, in an entirely heterosexual manner. MSTie Poe33 is currently working on the independent movie Triptosane, in which Trace provides the voice for one of those talking computers that I never see all the kids using, these days. Poe33 recently posted that there are new on-set pictures, two of which feature Trace. If you’re a creepy (and non-threatening!) Traceophile like me, you owe it to yourself to see Trace standing in front of a “shrooms” poster.

…And Now The Other Brains Are Back!

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.

Oh, and what’s with all this LucasFilm stuff? Maybe they can send LucasArts to help push Darkstar out the door… please?

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
Titanic logo.

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

Trace Updates, Flees America’s Funniest Home Videos

Satellite News brings us word that the original Mads, Trace Beaulieu and Josh Weinstein, have left their positions at America’s Funniest Home Videos. There’s no word on what their next projects will be, but hopefully it will be something that’s less of a waste of their talents. Good luck, guys. (Call Mike!)

Also, in case you didn’t know, Trace wrote a comic book some years ago, titled Here Come The Big People. Well, you can actually still purchase copies, autographed no less, of the book directly from Trace. Trace recently changed his address, though, so take note if you’re interested in purchasing the comics (er, graphic novels) from him. To net yourself two copies of the comic – each with a different cover – just send a check or money order for $9 to Trace here:

Trace Beaulieu
P.O. Box 311
Marine On St. Croix, MN 55047

And the Trace invasion doesn’t stop there, as he has apparently signed on to provide the voice of a rampant computer, in the upcoming indie flick Triptosane. It would be nice to see Trace for a change, but at least he’s still out there.