Thursday, October 16, 2008

THIS WEEKEND ON HCC! - 10/17-10/18... Muppets, Rollerskates, Mr. T!

Another packed weekend on HCC. Here's what Jazz has brewed up for us this weekend.


The Director Kirk R. Thatcher
The Stars Ashanti, Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Tambor, David Alan Greir, Quentin Tarantino
The Plot Ashanti sparkles as Dorothy, an aspiring singer whose dreams of fame and fortune seem worlds away from coming true in the Kansas trailer park where she lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. But when a tornado transports her and Toto (Pepe the King Prawn) to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy meets the Wizard, who promises to make her a superstar -- if she and her wacky new friends, the Scarecrow (Kermit), the Tin Thing (Gonzo), and the Cowardly Lion (Fozzie), can defeat Oz's #1 diabolical diva, the Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Piggy)!
Fun Fact: When Kermit the Frog meets the Wizard of Oz he says "Hello Mr Oz. Are you any relation to Frank Oz?" This is an in-joke as Frank Oz was one of the real-life Muppeteers, best known for voicing the part of Miss Piggy.

#517 Richard Simmons - Original Airdate -- 12/20/2006

#102 "Zen or the Skill to Catch a Killer" - Original Airdate -- 4/12/1990
The Director Duwayne Dunham (Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey, Little Giants)
The Stars Kyle McLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse, Everett McGill, Russ Tamblyn, Jack Nance, Ray Wise, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Eric Da Re, Sheryl Lee
The Plot Agent Cooper enjoys the comforts of the Great Northern Hotel; Bobby Briggs and Mike Nelson are released from jail; Doctor Hayward hands over the autopsy report on Laura Palmer; Cooper and Truman interview Josie Packard; Audrey Horne and Donna Hayward vow to solve Laura's murder; Sarah Palmer has a vision of a gray-haired man; Doctor Jacoby conceals important information.
Fun Fact 1: After the pilot movie, this was the first episode of the Twin Peaks TV series.
Fun Fact 2: In the scene where James Hurley is released from jail, watch carefully for the secret sign exchanged between Big Ed Hurley and Deputy Hawk. Its significance will be explained in later episodes.
Fun Fact 3: Some of the characters look somewhat different in this episode then they did in the pilot. Audrey and Leo have very different hair styles, even though only a few hours have passed since the end of the last episode. {This is due to the fact that many months seperated the filming of the pilot and the filming of Episode One.}
Fun Fact 4: ill Rogosheske, who plays Trudy, the waitress at the Great Northern Hotel, is married to writer/prdocuer Robert Engels. Trudy appears in many epiosdes, and also acted as the on set pianist for when the Icelanders or Leland break into song at the Great Northern.

12:43 SOLARBABIES (1986)
The Director Alan Johnson (1983's To Be Or Not To Be)
The Stars Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Rush, Sleepers), Jami Gertz (The Lost Boys, Less Than Zero, Twister), Lukas Haas (Witness, The Lady In White, Rambling Rose), Richard Jordan (Logan's Run, The Secret of My Success, Gettysburg), Charles Durning, Peter DeLuise (21 Jump Street) , James LeGros (Drugstore Cowboy, Living In Oblivion, Guncrazy), Claude Brooks, Peter Kowanko (Amityville 3-D, Patty Hearst), Adrian Pasdar (Near Dark, Profit, Heroes), Sarah Douglas (Superman II, Conan the Destroyer, The Return of Swamp Thing)
The Plot In this excitement-on-wheels futuristic thriller, the desert wasteland of post-apocalyptic Earth is ruled by a sinister corporation known as the E-Protectorate. Beyond ruthless, the E-Protectorate hoards water and takes children from their families to train them to work for the corporation. But when a group of young rebels discovers an extraterrestrial sphere with healing powers, they set out to release the planet from the clutches of the oppressors. With its dazzling visual effects and mesmerizing score, Solarbabies is pure entertainment from start to finish.
Fun Fact: Produced by Brooksfilms, Mel Brooks' production company. Other non-comedic films produced by the company included David Lynch's The Elephant Man, Graeme Clifford's Frances and David Cronenberg's The Fly.


#306 "The Mirror" - Original Airdate -- 10/20/1961
The Director Don Medford (The Hunting Party, The Organization)
The Stars Peter Falk, Will Kuluva
The Plot After a poor but ambitious Central American farm worker overthrows his country's tyrannical leader, he believes he sees assassins everywhere. A look in the mirror reveals his most dangerous enemy

#102 "The Dark and Bloody Ground" - Original Airdate -- 9/20/1974
The Director Michael Schultz (Cooley High, Krush Groove, The Last Dragon)
The Stars James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.
The Plot Jim reluctantly agrees to work for Beth Davenport. His job is to help her prove that her client, Ann Calhoun, is innocent of the crime she is accused of...murdering her husband Kevin Calhoun. Jim's investigation takes him to the town of Parker, Arizona where the Calhouns are from. He digs up info someone doesn't want found out and he is almost killed trying to return to L.A. Socialites Clyde Russell and Elizabeth Gorman, who were throwing a party the Calhouns attended, are also investigated. Jim's investigation is making someone nervous as another attempt is made on his life
Fun Fact: This episode marks the first appearance of Gretchen Corbett as Beth Davenport.

3:51 Music Video - LINKIN PARK
"Faint" - Original Airdate 07/2003
The Director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo)



#101 "The Reluctant Stowaway" - Original Airdate -- 9/15/1965
The Director Anton M. Leader (Children of the Damned)
The Stars June Lockheart, Angela Cartwright, Guy Williams, Marta Kristen, Mark Goddard, Bill Mumy, Jonathan Harris
The Plot In the year 1997, the Robinson family leave Earth to colonize Alpha Centauri. A spy from a foreign country, Dr. Smith, becomes trapped aboard while trying to sabotage the project. The ship is whisked off course and into a meteor storm due to Dr. Smith's extra weight upsetting the navigational computers. Smith desperately tries to save himself by reviving the crew resulting in the Robinson family becoming lost in space.
Fun Fact: In this first episode of the Lost In Space series, the voice of the president is provided by series producer Irwin Allen.

#108 "Benita's Double Trouble" - Original Airdate -- 10/31/1970
The Director Tony Charmoli
The Plot Peter Platter asks the Bugaloos to take over his show while he's at a DJ convention. Benita kidnaps Peter and makes him call the Bugaloos and say he wants her to do his show. In their rescue of Peter, the Bugaloos disguise themselves as Funky Rat, Woofer, Tweeter--and Benita!
Fun Fact: This was the second series to be produced by Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft after H.R. Pufnstuf. It also was the first one to be shot on videotape rather than film.

"A Plumbing We Will Go" - Original Release Date -- 9/19/1940
The Director Del Lord
The Stars Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard
The Plot To escape the police, the stooges pose as plumbers and are hired to fix a leak in a fancy mansion. They wind up crossing the electrical system with the plumbing and generally ruin the place. One memorable scene has the lady of the house tuning into a television broadcast from Niagara Falls as a torrent of water pours from the set. To escape the wrath of the homeowners the stooges escape through a magicians trap door.

The Director Jeff Margolis (Richard Pryor Live In Concert)
The Plot This is an educational video, where Mr. T attempts to instill good values (honor thy mother, don't give in to peer pressure, etc..) to kids through Rapping and Breakdancing, among other things

1:00 Infomercial - KEEPERZ

1:15 Infomercial - FREEBIE FORCE
1:30 Infomercial - HEALTH VEST


2:20 Commercial - BEN GAY

2:30 POLTERGEIST (1982)
The Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1-2, Salem's Lot, Lifeforce)
The Stars JoBeth Williams (Stir Crazy, The Big Chill, Kramer vs. Kramer), Craig T. Nelson (Coach, The Killing Fields, The Incredibles), Heather O'Rourke, Beatrice Straight (Network), Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, James Karen, Dirk Blocker, Zelda Rubinstein
The Plot While living an an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the televison. It is not for long when the mysterious beings enter the house's walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but they take a nasty turn- they horrify the family to death with angry trees and murderous dolls, and finally abduct Carol Anne into her bedroom closet, which seems like the entrance to the other side.
Fun Fact 1: This film is still surrounded by controversy. Although listed primarily as executive producer, Steven Speilberg is thought by some to have directed the majority of the film with Tobe Hooper having little input into the final product. There are still conflicting stories on both sides of the issue to this day.
Fun Fact 2: The hands which pull the flesh off the investigator's face in the bathroom mirror are Steven Speilberg's.
Fun Fact 3: There is legend of a curse following this trilogy of films because of the tragedies that befell its supporting cast. Dominique Dunne was killed by her boyfriend the year this was released. Julian Beck and Will Sampson of Poltergeist II died in 1985 and 1987. Heather O'Rourke died on the set of Poltergeist III in 1988. Dunne and O'Rourke are buried in the same cemetery. Dunne's killer was convicted of manslaughter and served less than four years in prison, just in case you wanted to add some anger to the sadness.

#104 "Menace from Space" - Original Airdate -- 9/18/1986
The Plot Chuck Norris and his comrades head off to a space shuttle launch site in order to warn a general about The Claw’s plans, though he is too late and The Claw manages to get away with the shuttle. To make matters worse, the space shuttle was carrying a fusion cannon that has the power to do unspeakable damage to any city in the world, so Chuck Norris decides to use an old space shuttle in order to go into space and stop Super Ninja before any damage is dealt.
Fun Fact: Chuck Norris would give moral lessons witch each episode of this series. In this episode, he stresses having the strength to do something even if its something you don't want to do. He tells kids to do their homework instead of watching TV all day.

#104 "Pros and Cons" - Original Airdate -- 2/18/1983
The Director Ron Satloff
The Stars George Preppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, Mr. T, Melinda Culea, William Lucking, Paul Koslo, Clifton James, William Smith
The Plot B.A.'s friend is held in a prison where the director arranges fight-to-the-death-boxing matches whose winner gets released, only to be hunted down and killed. So the A-Team lets themself be arrested. Inside B.A. soon has to prepare to fight.
Fun Fact: Face pretends to be the author of a novel Dr. Dwight Pepper. The photo on the back of the book - supposedly the proper Dr. Dwight Pepper - is actually a photo of Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of the series.

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