It’s time for “RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party!”
RiffTrax, in association with Fathom Events will be presenting “RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party” in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast coast on Thu., June 15 at 8 p.m. (local time). An encore pre-recorded screening will be shown in select theaters on Tue., June 20 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
RiffTrax, in association with Fathom Events and Cinema Epoch will be presenting RiffTrax Live: “Samurai Cop” in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., April 13 at 8 p.m. (local time). A pre-recorded encore presentation of the RiffTrax Live event will take place on Tue., April 18 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). The RiffTrax Live presentation will be broadcast to select theaters live via satellite from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee.
Featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing the 1991 Z-budget action film, “Samurai Cop.”
Robert Z’Dar appeared in two other Z-budget films that were riffed on “MST3K”
Robert Z’Dar (who played Yamashita in “Samurai Cop”) appeared in two Z-budget films that were riffed by Mike Nelson and the bots on MST3K, “Soultaker” (episode #1001) and “Future War” (episode #1004). Both “Soultaker” and “Future War” aired in 1999 during the show’s 10th (and final) season on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as “Syfy”).
Classic moviegoers around the area and beyond enjoyed the revival showing of one of the most iconic musicals of the silver screen.
Second (and final) day of the coast-to-coast revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” (Part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” series)
After receiving word that the Frederick area would get to see the 65th anniversary re-release of the 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen, I decided to go see the Gene Kelly-Arthur Freed musical on the silver screen. It was shown at Frederick’s lone first-run cineplex venue, the Westview 16* on Wed., Jan. 18. This was the second (and final) day of the nationwide revival screening.
I had seen “Singin’ in the Rain” many times before, only on television and in recent years, on DVD. This was my first experience watching the celebrated filmed musical on the big screen. I attended the afternoon screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” that was held at the Westview 16 cineplex.
The presentation began with an advertisement for TCM’s upcoming Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, which will take place in April. Shortly before Ben Mankiewicz’s prerecorded introduction to “Singin’ in the Rain,” there was a slide that stated that the revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” was dedicated to the memory of Debbie Reynolds.
“Paper Receipt-style” ticket stub from the Jan. 18 revival of “Singin’ In The Rain” in Frederick, Maryland.
The revival of “Singin’ in the Rain” on the big screen: A delightful (and entertaining) time was enjoyed by all!
Hope everyone near and far enjoyed the revival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain!”
*The author of “Silver Screen Reflections” rarely frequents the Westview 16 cineplex. Here’s hoping that the theater (or if another first-run cinema venue comes to the Frederick area, including theaters in surrounding areas) will participate in more “TCM Big Screen Classics” and Fathom Events screenings in the future.
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) is also available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD (via iTunes or Amazon) from Warner Home Video.
Fellow fans of classic cinema in Frederick will be excited about this news!
Just got word today that the Frederick area will get to experience “Singin’ In The Rain” (1952) on the big screen, as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies‘ “Big Screen Classics” series, this Wed., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time)!
Singin’ In The Rain (1952, featuring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Jean Hagen, directed by Gene Kelly and Arthur Freed) at Westview 16
In honor of the 65th anniversary of the film, this screening is part of the network’s theatrical “Big Screen Classics” showcase of vintage features. The film will be shown in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast. Screenings will occur on Sun., Jan. 15 and Wed., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
The TCM/Fathom Events presentation of “Singin’ in the Rain” will have a special prerecorded introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.
The popular and critically acclaimed film musical is set in the late 1920s when the major Hollywood studios converted from silent pictures to “talkies.”
Swashbuckling actor Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has a romantic pairing with actress Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), but is more interested in actress and singer for the fictional Monumental Pictures, Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). After the disaster of the first Monumental talkie with Don and Lina, the studio, along with Don and his pal Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) decided that Kathy would be perfect to dub over Lina’s dialogue.
Ticket stub from the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” presentation at the R/C Hanover multiplex (Chris Hamby/Chris Hamby Films).
Fans of RiffTrax and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in the Hanover area gathered to watch an encore “double feature” of two popular RiffTrax events.
“RiffTrax Live: Holiday Double Feature” (Showcased at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 in Hanover, Pennsylvania)
About 10 audience members (including the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections”) attended the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature, presented by RiffTrax in conjunction with Fathom Events on the evening of Thu., Dec. 1 at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 multiplex (a sister cinema venue to the Gateway Gettysburg cinema, which also showcased the RiffTrax/Fathom screening).
The First Offering: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” (1964, riffed by the RiffTrax crew in 2013)
The first offering in the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature was an encore presentation of the RiffTrax crew’s 2013 riff of Nicholas Webster’s 1964 Z-budget film (a “golden turkey” favorite of all MSTies), “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (featuring Pia Zadora as the martian Girmar, Bill McCutcheon as Dropo, Ned Wertimer as news reporter Andy Henderson and John Call as Santa Claus).
Before the riffing of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett riffed a low-budget holiday kiddie short from the early 1950s, “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen.”
Produced by industrial and educational filmmaker Sid Davis, this was different than Davis’ usual lineup of low-budget industrial and educational films (usually dealing with highway safety). Davis’ “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen” was a hilariously dismal rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
The Second Offering (after the intermission): More Shorts! “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” (2009, with a cavalcade of Castle shorts- No pun intended)
After the intermission, audiences were treated to an encore of the RiffTrax crew’s 2009 live performance, “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza,” featuring special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic hilariously mocking a 1939 musical short on New England pork, “Three Magic Words.” The short was directed by Al Christie, a veteran film producer who produced short comedic films, dating back to the silent era. It was produced by another industrial/educational film company, Wilding Picture Productions.
An evening of hilarity and cheesy holiday films (and shorts) that was enjoyed by all
The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was an enjoyable (and hilarious) experience, along with new holiday photo wraparounds (of photos sent in by RiffTrax fans from coast-to-coast) hosted by Mike, Kevin and Bill. Attendees of the special presentation were also treated to the iconic pre-show trivia slides, along with an exclusive offer for a digital holiday package full of RiffTrax goodies!
With the fine art of riffing by the RiffTrax crew and special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic (during the 2009 shorts-stravangaza with creepy Z-budget cinematic Santas), the double-feature holiday presentation was an enjoyable experience that was enjoyed by all! The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was the perfect escape (before the stress of final exams/final projects week)!
It’s time for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting a special encore double feature from two previous RiffTrax holiday events (featuring MST3K alums Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast for one day only on Thurs., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. (local time).
“What will be showcased in the RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature?”
According to the official RiffTrax press release, one of the group’s most popular shorts will be showcased by popular demand, “Parade of Aquatic Champions.” Originally released by Post Pictures Corporation, the Kodachrome film featured cameo appearances by Olympic swimming champions Johnny Weissmuller (who was known for playing “Tarzan” in film adaptations based off of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novelizations from 1932-48) and Buster Crabbe (who was known for playing Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers in Universal’s filmed serial adaptations of the two popular comic strip series in the 1930s).
As a special bonus, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing on holiday photographs sent in by RiffTrax fans throughout the country.
Why you should consider attending the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”
The upcoming presentation of RiffTrax’s “Holiday Special Double Feature” is perfect for fellow fans of RiffTrax and MST3K (fellow MSTies/friends of the matinee) that can’t get enough of riffing Z-budget films after the MST3K “Turkey Day ‘16” marathon. This is also perfect those who want to kick off the holiday season with the fine art of comedic movie riffing.
*Fun Facts: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” was originally released to theaters by Embassy Pictures, founded by Joseph E. Levine. Levine’s distribution firm was better known for releasing art house and prolific independent features, including Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate” (1967, one year before Levine sold Embassy to aviation and broadcasting conglomerate Avco Corporation).