Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter

For the past month, we’ve been reporting on the progress of a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the cult favorite, movie-mocking TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Creator Joel Hodgson started an ambitious crowd-fund campaign to raise $5.5 million in order to produce 12 new episodes of the show with a whole new cast, and last night the campaign ended with even more good news than expected.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter is now the largest crowd-funded online video of all-time, and the campaign made so much that they’ll actually be able to make 14 new episodes. It truly is a great time to be alive. Read More »

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Dan Harmon

Today the Kickstarter for the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 crossed $4.4 million, guaranteeing that at least nine new episodes will be produced. Creator Joel Hodgson is hoping to reach $5.5 million in order to be able to make a full season of 12 episodes, but they only have two days left before the campaign ends this Friday. So get over to the page and donate!

If you need anymore convincing, today a crew of writers were announced, including Community creator and Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon. And he’s not the only cool scribe on board. Read More »

Patton Oswalt on Agents of SHIELD

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an old show making fun of even older movies. But now that it’s being resurrected, it’s bringing on some fresh blood. Patton Oswalt has just joined the cast as TV’s Frank’s son — or rather, “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank” — the henchman to the new Mad, played by Felicia Day. More on the Patton Oswalt MST3K casting after the jump.

Joel Hodgson announced the Patton Oswalt MST3K casting in an update to the show’s Kickstarter page this week, while Oswalt confirmed the news on his own Twitter page.

Oswalt is a longtime MST3K fan, and Hodgson is a fan of Oswalt’s right back — he describes the standup comedian and actor as “a very fun, articulate and witty soul – just the kind of person who we’ve always tried to bring onboard for MST3K.” At first, Hodgson explained, he only thought to get Oswalt on board as a guest writer. But then, Hodgson continued:

Remember last week, how I said my creative process usually starts with visuals, and then I work backward? Well, in this case, I first imagined Patton dressed up like TV’s Frank. I figured maybe he’d be Frank’s son, or at least a clone. But yeah: the idea of Patton wearing black lab assistant’s garb, with a big mound of silver hair and a spitcurl…? It was just really funny to me, in a visual / cross-referential / meta kind of way.

Hodgson approached Oswalt with the idea, and needless to say, Oswalt was all in.

Patton Oswalt MST3K

It’s not too different from the way Day was cast as new villain Kinga, daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester.

Felicia Day MST3K

 

Oswalt and Day join Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn, who’ll voice Crow and Servo respectively. Nerdist’s Jonah Ray is expected to be the new host.

Of course, none of this casting will be 100% finalized until after the Kickstarter campaign has ended. The campaign has long since passed the initial goal of $2 million for 3 new episodes, but Hodgson’s now got his eye on earning $5.5 million for a full season of 12 episodes. At present, the tally stands at $3.45 million earned with 10 days to go. To get more details, or to contribute, head over to Kickstarter.

Chew

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will already enter the realm of comic books with a villainous role in the forthcoming Marvel and Netflix series AKA Jessica Jones, but that’s not the only comic book gig the actor has booked.

Tennat has just landed a role in the voice cast of Chew, the animated adaptation of the popular Image Comics title. His addition to the voice cast roster is bittersweet, however, because Tennant is taking a role that was originally meant to be filled by Robin Williams, before he passed away last August.

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VOTD: Dr. Horrible Appears on The Emmys

Dr. Horrible

Neil Patrick Harris appeared on the Emmys in character as Dr. Horrible (from Joss Whedon‘s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), touting the power of the internet as the future of entertainment. Nathan Fillion makes an appearance as Captain Hammer, in defense of television, and the video also features brief cameos from Felicia Day and Simon Helberg.
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The first two acts of Joss Whedon‘s 36-minute three-part SCi-Fi internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog has hit the interwebs. Shouldn’t a sing-a-long have the words on screen with that annoying bouncing ball? But seriously, is the semantics of the title is my only complaint, then you know it’s good. Act 3 goes online on July 19th. Watch both part one and two below.

“With my freeze ray, I will stop the pain.”

Neil Patrick Harris stars as the title character, a low-rent supervillain who’s trying to impress the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to (Felicia Day of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), defeat his nemesis, superhero Captain Hammer (played by Firefly’s Nathan Fillion) and gain entry into the Evil League of Evil. Whedon penned the musical with his brothers (Zack and Jed Whedon) during the writers’ strike earlier this year. Whedon explains why he made the film:

“It wouldn’t hurt if this really was an event. Good for the business, good for the community – communitIES: Hollywood, internet, artists around the world, comic-book fans, musical fans (and even the rather vocal community of people who hate both but will still dig on this). Proving we can turn Dr Horrible into a viable economic proposition as well as an awesome goof will only inspire more people to lay themselves out in the same way. It’s time for the dissemination of the artistic process. Create more for less. You are the ones that can make that happen.”

I’m not a fan of traditional musicals, but I think everyone can get behind the occasional wacky and wonderful oddity that is Dr. Horrible. The official website is being overloaded at the moment, and at least from my hotel internet connection, it was almost impossible to watch. There is an alternative… The videos are also available for purchase over on iTunes for $1.99. So if you’re a big Joss fan, you might just want to do that.

A trailer for Joss Whedon‘s 36-minute three-part SCi-Fi internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog has hit the interwebs. Neil Patrick Harris stars as the title character, a low-rent supervillain who’s trying to impress the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to (Felicia Day of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), defeat his nemesis, superhero Captain Hammer (played by Firefly’s Nathan Fillion) and gain entry into the Evil League of Evil. Whedon penned the musical with his brothers (Zack and Jed Whedon) during the writers’ strike earlier this year. Check it out below and tell me what you think in the comments!