An announcement was made recently on the official Mystery Science Theater 3000 site that the first nationwide touring production of MST3K will be brought to 29 major cities throughout the country. The showcase is titled “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: ‘Watch out for Snakes!’ Tour” and will run from July 6-Aug. 12 in select cities.
After the successful crowdsourcing relaunch of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” fellow MSTies will be in for a real treat this summer in select cinemas nationwide.
RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show advertisement (RiffTrax/NCM Fathom Events).
RiffTrax Live Presents: MST3K Reunion Show
RiffTrax, in conjunction with NCM Fathom Events will present a live broadcast of the MST3K reunion show in select theaters from coast-to-coast on June 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central (which will be tape-delayed to 7 p.m. Mountain/8 p.m. Pacific). A re-showing of the event will occur on Tue., July 12 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
The live event will be broadcast via satellite from the State Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to the website for NCM Fathom Events, the event will feature many familiar faces from the series. MST3K alums and RiffTrax founders Michael J. Nelson (second host of MST3K), Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will appear, along with series creator (and first host of MST3K) Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Jones Nelson. Jonah Ray, who will appear as the new host of MST3K (in the upcoming revival series) will also make an appearance in the live presentation.
In addition to the reunion, several vintage short subjects will be riffed!
The RiffTrax cast, along with the MST3K cast members will be riffing several vintage “campy” educational and industrial short subject films that were hilariously mocked on the show. According to Katie Rife’s article in A.V. Club, a surprise segment called “SUPER-RIFF-A-PALOOZA!”
If you’re a fan of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” or if you’ve never seen a live RiffTrax presentation before, this is the perfect opportunity to see the masters of movie riffing and MST3K alumns on the big screen!
To all fellow “MSTies/Friends of the Matinee:” Summer greetings to all readers of “Silver Screen Reflections!” Watch an entertaining film on the big screen and do something that is fun, interesting and exciting this Summer!
Broadcast live via satellite in select theaters from coast-to-coast on Tue., June 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central (tape-delayed 7 p,m. Mountain/8 p.m. Pacific).
Re-Broadcast to theaters from coast-to-coast on Tue., July 12 at 7:30 p.m. (local time)*.
Though the live event will not be shown near the home office of “Silver Screen Reflections” (according to the the list of theaters on the NCM Fathom site), here are several locations throughout the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region that will be participating in the event:
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a trip down MST3K “memory lane.” Host Michael J. Nelson, along with the wisecracking robot companions Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot are riffing Ireland’s 1961 answer to “Godzilla,” “Gorgo.” Eugène Lourié’s film featured Bill Travers and William Sylvester.
This was episode #909 of the series. It originally aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (before it was renamed as “SyFy”) on Jul. 18, 1998. Noted film historian and critic Leonard Maltin made a special cameo appearance on the show. According to “Satellite News,” the episode only aired twice, due to rights issues with the owners of the film.
One of the only ways to see the full episode is on the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” 25th Anniversary DVD box set (available from Shout! Factory).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the author of “Silver Screen Reflections.”
The iconic “satellite of love” will be launched back into orbit with cheesy movies, thanks to a successful online crowdfunding campaign.
From the “Bring Back MST3K” Kickstarter page, featured (from left to right) are Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Joel Hodgson, Crow T. Robot, Jonah Ray and Tom Servo (Best Brains, Inc./Shout! Factory LLC).
The “official” return of MST3K (and the successful Kickstarter campaign)
After being off the air for 16 years, the cult series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will be coming back. It was noted that series creator (and the first host of the series) Joel Hodgson had raised $6.3 million, exceeding the $5.5 million goal that was met on the Kickstarter deadline of Friday, Dec. 11.
The original proposal for the revival of MST3K was to have 12 new episodes of the series, but was expanded to 14 due to the overall success of the Kickstarter campaign.
In addition to comedian Jonah Ray as the new host, who else will be in the new MST3K series (along with the bots, and will any original cast members return)?
According to Sara Morrison’s article on HitFix, comedian Felicia Day will be cast as one of the new “mads” in the series, portraying evil overlord Kinga Forrester, the daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester. Veteran comedian and actor Patton Oswalt will be cast as “TV’s Son of ‘TV’s Frank’.”
Iconic robot companions Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot will be getting some new vocal stylings from two stand-up comedians. Servo will be voiced by Baron Vaughn and Crow will be voiced by Hampton Yount.
In addition to Joel Hodgson, there’s no word if any of the cast members from the original run of the series (Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett and J. Elvis Weinstein) will make cameo appearances in the new MST3K episodes. Hodgson announced that all former cast members were more than welcome to make cameo appearances in new episodes.
Currently, Nelson, Murphy and Corbett are continuing their successful MST3K spin-off movie riffing venture, “RiffTrax.” Beaulieu and Conniff have also started their own successful national movie riffing touring group in honor of their evil overlord roles on MST3K, “The Mads are Back!”
According to Bonnie Burton’s article on CNET, several notable celebrities have agreed to make cameo appearances for new episodes of MST3K, including Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, Bill Hader and Joel McHale.
Here’s hoping that the new episodes of “Mystery Science Theater” will be a success- Season’s Greetings to all fellow MSTies!
“In the not-too distant future, next Sunday, A.D.” “The satellite of love.” “The mads.” “Robert Lippert? Oh, yikes!” “Push the button, Frank!” “Movie sign!”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary” DVD box set, proudly in the archives of the author/writer of “Silver Screen Reflections.”
From 1988 (when it started on a small Minneapolis UHF station) to 1999, “Mystery Science Theater 3000” showcased “cheesy” movies, including “Manos: The Hands of Fate,” the “Gamera” films, “Laserblast” and countless others during the show’s run (on Comedy Central from 1989-96 and the Sci-Fi Channel from 1996-99).
The movies (and campy educational short films) were hilariously riffed by Joel Hodgson (who also created the show) and later by Mike Nelson, along with the wisecracking robot companions Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, who were forced to watch “golden turkeys” sent by evil overlords Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu), Laurence Erhardt (J. Elvis Weinstein), “TV’s Frank” (Frank Conniff) and in the last years of the show, Pearl (Mary Jo Pehl).
Fellow MSTies (including the writer of this blog) will be in for a special treat on Thanksgiving day.
MST3K bot Tom Servo (voiced by Kevin Murphy, from episode #211, “First Spaceship on Venus“).
“MST3K Turkey Day Marathon 2015!”
Shout! Factory will present the “MST3K Turkey Day Marathon,” with six vintage episodes of the cult series (along with “turkey day 2015” wraparounds by Hodgson and the bots).
The company (which has also released episodes of the cult series on DVD) resurrected the MST3K “Turkey Day Marathon” in 2013 to capture the essence of the original Comedy Central “turkey day” marathons, which lasted from 1991-1995.
The marathon will be streamed live on Thanksgiving day, starting at 12:00 p.m. eastern/9:00 a.m. pacific, through the official “MST3K Turkey Day” site.
1999 MST3K fan petition, (as featured in “Variety”) after the show was cancelled.
“Bring Back MST3K!”
Earlier this month, Hodgson announced that he wanted to bring back “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” through the use of crowdfunding (via Kickstarter). He is aiming for $5.5 million to produce 12 new episodes of the series, before the Kickstarter deadline date (on Dec. 12). Recently, the project has met the minimum funding goal of $2 million.
Why you should watch the MST3K “Turkey Day Marathon” (for those that have never seen MST3K):
For those that have never watched “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” watching this year’s “turkey day” marathon will introduce you to the art of riffing cheesy “B” films, through the courtesy of Joel, Mike and the “bots.”
The author of “Silver Screen Reflections” wishes everyone out there a happy (and safe) Thanksgiving. Enjoy!