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History of MST3K Pt. 1
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History of MST3K Pt. 1

In part one of the complete history of MST3K, Joel and the rest of the crew discuss the show's origins and the DIY feel of the early seasons.

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Cannibal Girls
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Cannibal Girls

Cannibal Girls is a 1973 horror comedy that helped launch the careers of Ivan Reitman and Eugene Levy. It's since become a cult favorite horror spoof. In this interview, filmmakers Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg talk about the origins of Cannibal Girls and why they took the communist approach to making movies, why the screenplay was 13 pages and how threatening to drive film negatives over a cliff is a great negotiation tactic.

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Kingdom of The Spiders
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Kingdom of The Spiders

William Shatner has had some very high profile acting gigs over the years, but he's also done his fair share of small cult films. Kingdom of the Spiders, a 1977 film about a town overrun by killer tarantulas, is one of the latter. Shatner sat down to talk about the movie and revealed some interesting tidbits.

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Rock 'N' Roll High School
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Rock 'N' Roll High School

Get a backstage pass to Rock 'n' Roll High School, a Roger Corman production featuring iconic punk rockers The Ramones. If you ever wondered how they got the band to be in the movie, or where P.J. Soles got her wardrobe, Backlot has you covered in this interview with Arkush, Corman, Clint Howard, Joe Dante and more.

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My So-Called Life
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My So-Called Life

In this interview with the show's producers, you'll get an inside look at why it might have been Alicia Silverstone in the lead role, why you don't need to direct Claire Danes, and how MTV played a key role in spreading the show's cult popularity.

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The Shadow
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The Shadow

In this interview with Alec Baldwin, director Russell Mulcahy, Penelope Ann Miller and more, you cam learn about the reasoning behind The Shadow's backstory in Tibet, how they gave the film the look of a 1930s classic and how an excellent supporting cast can add new dimensions to side characters.

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Dark Skies
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Dark Skies

In this interview with co-creators Brent Friedman and Bryce Zabel, and stars Eric Close and Megan Ward, we'll find out why this self-proclaimed "Forrest Gump meets War of the Worlds" show couldn't feature any government men in black suits, the daily challenges of setting a show in the 1960s, and why the creators wrote a series bible that spanned over 75 million years of history before pitching to networks.

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The Decline of Western Civilization I & III LACMA Panel
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The Decline of Western Civilization I & III LACMA Panel

In this panel at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, we take a look back at the film that captured the spirit of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the late '70s, as well as the third film in the series, which shined a light on the lifestyle of homeless teens known as gutter punks. We'll learn how there's little difference between a punk band and its audience, why the third film in the series was so hard to find for so long, and why there wouldn't be any punk scene in LA without a man named Brendan Mullen.

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The Decline of Western Civilization II LACMA Panel
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The Decline of Western Civilization II LACMA Panel

The second installment of Penelope Spheeris's documentary series took on the metal years of LA's notorious sunset strip scene, featuring hard-partying hair bands and their relentless pursuit of fame and fortune. In this panel from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, we'll find out why that time in music will never be duplicated, why Spheeris wanted unknown bands to appear in the movie, and what really killed the Hollywood rock scene.

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