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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kickstarting the Satellite of Love: Help Joel Hodgson Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Not that Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever fully went away. Sure, my favorite television show of all time was canceled in 1999 after a 10-year run of nearly 200 episodes, but those of us who taped it kept watching (and circulating) those tapes, plus there were sporadic video releases, as well as the Cinematic Titanic, Film Crew, and Rifftrax projects by various members of the cast. (Rifftrax is still going strong, and I highly recommend their recent Megaforce riff.) Shout! Factory has also been releasing full sets of the show, and they’re also available in various places online.

But original series creator Joel Hodgson plans to create honest-to-goodness new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and he needs our help on Kickstarter to do it.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Transcendent Finale Recap: Tears, Big Freedia, and a Sweet Coming-Out

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 6:35 PM

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The first(?) season of Fuse's Transcendent ended with a simple, three-part structure centered on S.F. Pride, at which the ladies performed as a group and as backup twerkers for Big Freedia.

But before any of that, the acid-tongued, take-no-prisoners Bionka has a pizza lunch with Ms. Josie, her grandmother, a stern-yet-smiling, gray-haired, church-going woman in a pearl necklace.

“You’re looking good,” she says, more in approval than a compliment of Bionka’s appearance.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Transcendent, Ep. 5 Recap: Smoochin' on Valencia

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

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Apart from the fact that both Nya and Xristina are now actively dating guys — Joe and Rico, respectively — episode 5 of Transcendent is essentially connective tissue bridging two more interesting episodes. (If you want further proof, wait until the “on the next episode of” for a teaser of Big Freedia’s performance at Pride).

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Golden Age of TV Movies: Count Dracula (1977)

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Welcome to The Golden Age of TV Movies, a monthly column about those wonderful TV movies of yesteryear.

So many versions of Draculaso little time to watch them all.

Count Dracula was produced for BBC TV in 1977. It aired stateside as part of PBS' Great Performances series. For many years afterwards Count Dracula was a Halloween staple on a number of PBS stations. From its initial airings onward, this impressively ambitious two-and-a-half hour adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel has been hailed as one of the finest and most literate translations of the book, and one of the most faithful to the source material.

In his book Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula From Novel to Stage to Screen, noted horror film historian David. J Skal had this to say about Count Dracula: "The most careful adaptation of the novel to date. And the most successful."

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Transcendent, Ep. 4 Recap: Flirting, Flirting, Credit Card Debt, Flirting

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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picks up right where episode 3 left off: with Bambiana and Bionka having it out on a park bench, and reconciling over the news that both have decided to have bottom surgery.

It is also the flirtiest episode yet, focusing almost exclusively on Xristina and Bambiana. All we really get of Nya is a blind date with one Profesor Joe, who has a man-bun and is drinking Muscadet (which he pronounces with enough flair to break the cosmopolitanism scale). He’s writing a book on trans issues and the suspicious Nya (who prizes people who can hold a conversation) immediately injects some awkwardness, asking if she’s part of his research. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Transcendent Ep. 3 Recap: Bionka Wants a Mercedes Between Her Legs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM


Picking up right where Transcendent episode 2 left off, the ladies of AsiaSF are considering adding a male revue to broaden the club’s reach. Bambiana does not seem to approve of the idea in concept, and a bit of tension breaks out between her and Bionka when the latter blurts out that she’d like to fuck the male dancers. It’s not the only quibble over the club’s lineup of performers, as Nya discloses to L.A. that her audition didn’t go well, but that Nya pulled a few strings to get L.A. another shot.

Although L.A.’s employment at AsiaSF initially seemed like a foregone conclusion, we see her internalizing some basic lessons about performing.

“You have to be sure you’re winking sexy, cause you could wink ugly,” Nya tells her.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Electrolysis, Cotton Candy, and a Kentucky Latina: Transcendent, Ep. 2 Recap

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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After the previously-on, the second episode of Fuse’s Transcendent pens with a raucous scene of AsiaSF on a busy night. The party atmosphere belies the fact that, after the obligatory introductions of Episode 1, the show is laying the groundwork for some tension to develop.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New on Video: Gold-Medal Gamines in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Games Ponies Play

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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The death of physical media keeps getting deathier: this past April, it was announced that after 20 seasons, Fox would no longer be releasing the full-season sets of The Simpsons on DVD. It’s a too-big-not-to-fail kinda thing, as the people who were still buying every set as it came out weren’t enough to make up for the decline in the DVD market, let the base costs for a juggernaut like The Simpsons. But much farther under the radar, Shout! Factory’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic DVD sets continue along at their steady pace. Most of their quarterly DVD releases haven’t been full seasons, but compilations – like Games Ponies Play, which Shout! Factory just released on DVD — because there have only been four seasons so far. Besides, these first four seasons of Friendship Is Magic have been better than the last 10 seasons of the Simpsons, so it evens out.

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Mario Lopez Opens Up About His Hispanic Heritage

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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There are plenty of ways that Mario Lopez (best known as Saved by the Bell's A.C. Slater) can rev up a crowd — aside from taking off his shirt. He could wow them with stories about becoming a successful actor, bestselling author or Broadway star. He could inspire them by talking about achieving a fourth-career renaissance as host of Extra. Hell, he could stimulate them with Saved by the Bell stories that would make their toes curl.

But on Oct. 3, halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, Lopez, along with Reggaeton star Don Omar and beauty expert Angel Merino, stopped by Macy's Valley Fair, in Santa Clara, to incite Hispanic pride. SF Weekly asked Mario Lopez about his Hispanic role models, why there are comparatively so few Latinos on television and any misconceptions about Hispanics that he'd like to break. 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Leggy Space Blondes and a Drunk Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Live! at Oasis

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Star Trek lasted only two-and-a-half seasons, but its hold on our collective conscious has never waned. Who among us didn’t think about the Enterprise’s five-year mission to explore strange new worlds upon hearing that Mars had liquid water? We’re not a warp-capable civilization yet, but while you’re waiting, head to Oasis at full-impulse power for Star Trek Live!: Mudd’s Women, a hilarious version of the classic episode directed by D’Arcy Drollinger and Laurie Bushman.

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