"They all float down here, Georgie!" Pennywise and the kids of The Losers Club from the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's IT are featured in hours of content in the new documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT. Also: Mystery Science Theater 3000 collectibles and apparel, 43rd annual Saturn Awards Special Achievement Award Winners, a look at a new clip from Mountain Monsters, and Wichita release details.
Pennywise: The Story of IT Documentary Indiegogo Details: "Indiegogo Campaign: "From the makers of 'You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night' and 'RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop' and the director of 'Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Path to Pet Sematary' comes this brand-new documentary celebrating the legacy of 'Stephen King's IT' and the legend Tim Curry. With over 30 interviews and hours of behind the scenes footage, this is YOUR opportunity to support this independent project and make it a reality.
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace and based on the best-selling book by Stephen King, first aired in 1990 Stephen King’s IT has since become one of the most loved horrors of the 1990s. With Tim Curry’s amazing portrayal of Pennywise the Clown, IT and Pennywise himself have become iconic images of the horror genre.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an 'all or nothing' campaign - it just won't be possible without the minimum funding total required.
DVD and Blu-ray will be Multi-Region NTSC
From Dead Mouse Productions Ltd and Cult Screenings UK Ltd, makers of Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night and RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop and John Campopiano, director/writer of Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary comes this brand-new documentary Pennywise: The Story of IT. A fully independent retrospective into the making of Stephen King’s IT and its cultural impact over the last 28 years. Supported by dozens of the original cast and crew including Tim Curry, Tommy Lee Wallace and Bart Mixon Pennywise is made by fans of the IT for fans of IT. The crew have already received support from over 20 of the cast and crew, including acquiring over 2 hours of never-before-seen set footage from SFX wizard Bart Mixon, as well as loads of archival and behind-the-scenes photos and there is no doubt that by the time of production many more key players will be attached to share their amazing stories about one of the most iconic movies ever made.
The documentary is made as a labour of love by a team of IT fans and this is YOUR unique opportunity to get on board and not only be part of this amazing project BUT make it a reality."
To learn more, visit the film's official Indiegogo page.
MST3K Apparel and Collectibles: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA – Following its record-breaking #BringBackMST3K Kickstarter campaign, a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) launched on April 14, 2017, as a Netflix Original Series. The critically acclaimed show has earned a rating of 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with The New York Times hailing, “At last, a revival of something actually worth reviving… a different cast but the same outlook and style — and mercifully, the same reliable, giddy humor.”
Now, fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 can purchase official fan gear to showcase their allegiance to the Satellite of Love and crew, as an assortment of mugs, T-shirts, blankets, pins and trading cards from Changes, Zen Monkey, Just Funky, and RR Parks come to market.
Here is a sampling of licensed MST3K products:
T-shirts from Changes, available now.
T-shirts from Zen Monkey, available now.
Enamel pins from Zen Monkey, available now.
Mugs and fleece throw from Just Funky, available through ThinkGeek in Nov. 2017.
RR Parks Trading Cards (box not pictured), releasing Summer 2017.
More items will be rolling out this summer through the 4th quarter, with new products coming from Dark Horse (serialized comics, graphic novels, coffee-table book and gift items), FUNKO (vinyl figures, and FUNKO-POP figures), Just Funky (collectible items), and Great Eastern (buttons, patches, stickers, pins, gifts and novelties).
The licensing program is helmed by Elie Dekel, of Dekel Brands. Brand Licensing Operations are being handled by Evolution Management.
MST3K and its licensees will be working with specialty retailers to deliver the new merchandise to retailers and e-commerce stores.
On the heels of mass adulation from fans and press, Joel Hodgson, creator of the show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) have announced that they are embarking on the first live touring production of “MST3K” with the just-announced “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour. The North American tour launches July 6th and runs through August. Tickets are on sale now. Appearing with Joel and Jonah live on stage will be robot companions Crow, Tom Servo and Gypsy, along with Synthia (Rebecca Hanson) and her Bonehead henchmen. Of course, it wouldn’t be “MST3K” without the ever-present surveillance of the Mads, Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt), checking up on their unwilling test subjects via a video screen.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 follows the motley crew of a human host and his two robot sidekicks aboard the Satellite of Love. The hapless host, trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space, is forced to watch some of the most outrageously unfortunate B-movies ever created. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery.
Created by Joel Hodgson, Mystery Science Theater 3000’s first season aired on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis. Its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Series creator Hodgson originally played stranded host, Joel Robinson. When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes (including one feature film), Mystery Science Theater 3000 attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys® in 1994 and 1995.
In 2008, Shout! Factory secured the exclusive worldwide home entertainment and digital distribution rights to Mystery Science Theater 3000 branded properties, which include a large library of original episodes that have never been available on home entertainment or for digital download.
In late 2015, Shout! Factory and creator Joel Hodgson, formed a new partnership, known as Satellite of Love, LLC, to acquire the global IP rights to MST3K with the aim of producing new episodes, and managing and developing the IP in other areas. The highly successful Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign, spearheaded by Shout! Factory and Hodgson, surpassed the goal of fully funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded Film and TV crowdfunding campaign of all time."
43rd Annual Saturn Awards Special Achievement Award Winners Winner Recap: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES – May 23, 2017 – The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announces special achievement awards to be presented at the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards in June along with the best and brightest in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror motion pictures and television.
This year the Life Career Award will be presented to TV’s legendary “Six Million Dollar Man” himself, Lee Majors. In this era of omnipresent superheroes, Lee Majors’ Colonel Steve Austin was ahead of his time, The Fall Guy continued his Hollywood bounty hunting, and his star power continues to shine on the hit Starz TV show “Ash Vs Evil Dead.”
Writer/director/producer Akiva Goldsman is recipient of this year’s Visionary Award. Goldsman has written such blockbuster films as: “I, Robot,” “Cinderella Man,” “I Am Legend,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” “Insurgent,” the Oscar-winning “A Beautiful Mind” and the upcoming “The Dark Tower” and “Firestarter” (as director). On TV, he’s worked on “Fringe,” “Childhood’s End,” WGN’s original drama series“Underground,” and the upcoming “Star Trek: Discovery” and Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment live-action drama series “Titans.”
The Filmmakers Showcase Award will be bestowed to the dynamic writing/producing team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Together, they’ve worked on such successful genre films as: “The Hand that Rocked the Cradle,” “Relic,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Jurassic World,” and this summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Upcoming is Disney’s live-action “Mulan” and “Avatar 3.”
The Breakthrough Performance Award goes to KJ Apa, who stars as the iconic Archie Andrews on The CW’s hit show “Riverdale” from Berlanti Productions. KJ’s “Archie” brings a whole new dimension to the classic Archie’s Comics character and opened up its pages to a new generation of fans.
Receiving the Special Recognition Award will be Heavy Metal Magazine. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the name “Heavy Metal” has become synonymous with cutting edge stories and art and continues to be the world's premier illustrated magazine for science fiction, horror and Fantasy for the new millennia and beyond.
The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards. Over the years, the Academy has expanded its reach to include recognizing excellence in television and home entertainment, as well as other genres, including adventure, thriller, and action.
This year’s Saturn Awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 28, in Burbank. For a complete list of nominations and more information about the Academy, visit www.saturnawards.org, www.youtube.com/c/OfficialSaturnAwardsChannel, and @SaturnAwards1"
Watch a New Mountain Monsters Clip: "New Episode Airs Saturday, May 27 at 10/9c.
The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings uncover the importance of the mysterious Three Rings structures. Buck reveals something frightening he found on his phone and then flees alone to the Three Rings in the hope of getting answers.
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S EPISODE:
The AIMS team uncovers the importance of the mysterious Three Rings structures. Buck comes clean about his solo missions into the Dark Forest and finally shows his mountain brothers what he found on his phone that shook him to his core. After Buck finds out that the other team is after him, he flees alone to the Three Rings to try to unlock the mysterious events taking place in the Dark Forest.
ABOUT MOUNTAIN MONSTERS
For four years, the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) have fought a tooth-and-nail battle to trap mysterious monsters that threaten the safety of mountain communities. They’ve hunted Bigfoot, Sheepsquatch, Hellhounds and dozens of other beasts, but along the way, the tables turned. Now, these lifelong hunters are being hunted by a masked rival team with ulterior, dangerous motives. AIMS continues their mission to investigate monsters in a new eight-episode season of MOUNTAIN MONSTERS airing Saturdays at 10/9c on Destination America."
Wichita Trailer and Poster: ""SOMETHING PSYCHO THIS WAY COMES...
A CHILDREN'S TV DIRECTOR SPIRALS INTO INSANITY IN
A DARK PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FROM
CANDY FACTORY FILMS
Street Date: June 20, 2017
A Provocative Play on the Horror Genre, this Official Selection of the
Santa Fe Film Festival Will be Available on DVD and Digital HD Platforms
Including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play
Something psycho this way comes in the deep, suspenseful psychological thriller,
WICHITA. When Jeb (Trevor Peterson) leads a writing retreat to Aspen with a team of young writers intending to save his failing kids' TV show, it becomes a new opportunity for his hidden cameras - and hidden rage. This Official Selection of the 2016 Santa Fe Film Festival will be available on DVD and Digital HD on June 20, only from Candy Factory Films.
Directed by Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong, and starring Peterson (Sky), Caitlin Gerard (The Social Network, Magic Mike) and Persia White ("The Vampire Diaries"), WICHITA explores the pain of a modern mass killer on a frighteningly familiar level. As the voyeuristic director struggles to find dignity in a cruel world that has alienated him to the point of no return, this taut, provocative play on the horror genre leads to a disturbing, emotional climax.
Type: DVD//Digital HD (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play)
Running Time: 85 mins.
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
About Candy Factory Films
Candy Factory Films is a forward-thinking, filmmaker-friendly multimedia company dedicated to producing and distributing high impact, unique and compelling films. Embracing emerging distribution trends to successfully promote releases, Candy Factory is at the forefront of a new vanguard of independent distributors maximizing profit by reaching distinct audiences in numerous ways. With a catalog stocked with award-winning and acclaimed films across every genre, they're committed to creating and fostering communities around independent and progressive cinema. Avenues for distribution include all leading digital platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes and the national Video on Demand platform on cable television."