Around the same time that “Silver Screen Reflections” went into operation, I officially joined Twitter. Over the years, I have made many wonderful friends of the matinee with fellow Svengoolie SvenPals, MST3K MSTies. Turner Classic Movies/TCM Party fans and classic film aficionados throughout the nation!
Flashback (two years before “Silver Screen Reflections”): Your mild-mannered reporter is standing next to two vintage Simplex X-L projectors at the Weinberg Center for the Arts (the former Tivoli Cinema) in Frederick, Maryland.
Most important of all, I would like to thank all my fellow SvenPals, MSTie pals, Hood College alums and classic film enthusiasts throughout the nation for enjoying, commentating and sharing my blog posts! Highly appreciated!
Be on the lookout for more fun and exciting posts related to Sven’s horror showcase, MST3K, RiffTrax, The Mads, revival screenings, TCM and subjects related to classic/cult cinema in the near future on “Silver Screen Reflections!” Peace, kudos and ‘Hi-Keeba!”
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”).
Fellow fans of MST3K (or “MSTies”) and RiffTrax will be excited about an upcoming “cheesy movie” tradition on Thanksgiving day.
Shout! Factory TV Presents: “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day ’16!”
Shout! Factory TV will be offering a smorgasbord of classic MST3K episodes on Thanksgiving day at Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT. This will mark the fourth year that Shout! Factory will be presenting the “Turkey Day” marathon of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” episodes, to capture the spirit of the 1991-95 Comedy Central “Turkey Day” marathons.
Six “Golden Turkeys” (as chosen by fellow MSTies)
Six popular episodes of the series will be shown, as chosen by fans of MST3K through an online poll that was conducted on the official website for the show.
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All episodes will have special “Turkey Day” wraparounds by series creator and first host of the cult series, Joel Hodgson. Hodgson will also be joined by Jonah Ray, who will be the new host of the MST3K revival (under the character of Jonah Heston). The revival of MST3K is already in production and will be available on Netflix.
Why you should watch this year’s MST3K “Turkey Day” marathon:
You will not want to miss out on this fine feast of cheesy low-budget movies, with the fine art of riffing (through the courtesy of Joel, Mike and the bots).
Shout! Factory TV Presents: “MST3K Turkey Day 2016”
Thanksgiving Day, Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT on ShoutFactoryTV.com (also available on the Shout! Factory TV app on streaming devices and the Pluto TV app)
Several familiar faces will make cameo appearances in the revival of MST3K
In addition to Jonah Ray (as Jonah Heston), Felicia Day (as evil overlord Kinga Forrester), Baron Vaughn (as the third voice of robot companion Tom Servo), Hampton Yount (as the third voice of robot companion Crow T. Robot) and veteran comedian/writer Patton Oswalt (as “Son of TV’s Frank), several familiar MST3K cast members will make cameo appearances in the new series.
It was announced that Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl and Kevin Murphy will make cameo appearances in the reboot of the series, along with original host and series creator Joel Hodgson (according to an official Netflix press release).
Netflix: The new home of the MST3K reboot
The reboot of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will be part of Netflix and their stable of original television series offered on the streaming service.
SIDEBAR: “Silver Screen Reflections” hopes that the new MST3K will be a success on Netflix, with new riffs of other cheesy low-budget motion pictures. When the new MST3K is released on the paid streaming video platform, it might be a good time to use the free month trial, which is good for one month (for those that haven’t used Netflix before).
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: