Thursday, October 23, 2008

THIS WEEKEND ON HCC! - 10/24-10/25/2008

Let's see what Jazz has planned for us this weekend on HCC.


10:00 CHERRY 2000 (1987)
The Director Steve De Jarnatt (Miracle Mile)
The Stars Melanie Griffith, David Andrews (Fight Club, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Mann & Machine), Ben Johnson (1949's Mighty Joe Young, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Wild Bunch, The Last Picture Show), Tim Thomerson (Near Dark, Trancers 1-5, Dollman), Pamela Gidley (Thrashin', Liebestraum, Highway to Hell), Cameron Milzer, Brion James, Robert Z'Dar (Maniac Cop 1-3, A Gnome Named Gnorm, Soultaker), Harry Carey Jr., Jennifer Mayo, Laurence Fisburne
The Plot When successful businessman Sam Treadwell (David Andrews) finds that his android wife, Cherry model 2000 (Pamela Gidley), has blown a fuse, he hires sexy renegade tracker E. Johnson (Griffith) to find her exact duplicate. But as their journey to replace his perfect mate leads them into the treacherous and lawless region of The Zone, Treadwell learns the hard way that the perfect woman is made not of computer chips and diodes, but of real flesh and blood!


The Director William Asher (Fireball 500, Night Warning, Movers & Shakers)
The Stars Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley (Gidget Goes Hawaiian, The Bubble, The Severed Arm), Harvey Lembeck (Love with the Proper Stranger, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Fireball 500), John Ashley (Dragstrip Girl, The Eye Creatures, Brides of Blood), Jody McCrea, Donna Loren, Marta Kristen (Lost In Space), Linda Evans (Mitchell, The Big Valley, Dynasty), Bobbi Shaw, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, Buster Keaton, Earl Wilson
The Plot Frankie (Avalon) and Dee Dee (Funicello) are riding high on romance...until singing sensation Sugar Kane (Linda Evans) falls out of the sky -- and into Frankie's arms! Not to be outdone by the flying femme fatal, Dee Dee signs up for skydiving lessons with the guys. But when their sexy instructor (Deborah Walley) makes Frankie her after-school sweetheart, he must prove his devotion to Dee Dee with a death-defying free fall...and a summer of love she'll never forget!
Fun Fact 1: Nancy Sinatra' was the original choice to play Sugar Kane. However, she backed out just before production was supposed to begin because a few months earlier her brother Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped and when she found out that part of the plot involved a kidnapping she decided to back out. Instead, she made her film debut in For Those Who Think Young. She would appear in the final Beach Party film, The Ghost In the Invisible Bikini, in a much less controversial role.
Fun Fact 2: Donna Loren gained fame as "the Dr. Pepper girl." Originally, she was cast in Muscle Beach Party in a non-speaking role. But when they gave her a song to perform (written by Brian Wilson and backed by Dick Dale!), she became a mainstay in the series.

#307 "The Grave" - Original Airdate -- 10/27/1961
The Director Montgomery Pittman
The Stars Lee Marvin, James Best, Strother Martin, Lee Van Cleef, Richard Geary
The Plot Before he died, notorious gunslinger Pinto Sykes put a curse on hired-gun Conny Miller. Miller returns to town and is challenged to visit the grave of Sykes, despite the curse.
Fun Fact: This episode was originally intended to air during the second season, but was delayed until the third.

#111 "War Stories" - Original Airdate -- 12/6/2002
The Director James A. Contner
The Stars Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass
The Plot Jealous of Zoe's relationship with Mal, Wash insists (thanks to a bit of scheming) that he go with Mal to try to sell some of the medical supplies the crew stole from the Alliance. In the middle of the deal Mal and Wash are kidnapped by men working for Niska the crime lord, who wants revenge against Mal for the botched train heist. He tortures Mal and Wash until Zoe shows up offering money in exchange for the prisoners. Niska says that the money is only enough for one person and Zoe chooses Wash. Wash realizes that Mal's antagonizing him while they were being tortured was to help keep him alive and kicking. This inspires him to do everything he can to help Zoe rescue Mal from Niska. The rest of the crew jump on board to save the Captain. Meanwhile Inara extends her services to a council member. To the crew of Serenity's surprise, it's a woman. And Simon continues to treat River with some of the medicine he stole but she suffers the occasional relapse as well as displays a penchant for blind-shooting.

#103 "Berbils" - Original Airdate -- 9/11/1985
The Plot The Ro-Bear Berbils are a friendly group of robot bears that live on Third Earth. Lion-O and Snarf don't know this, and end up getting caught in a Ro-Bear trap. The Berbils free them however, and they form an alliance. Mumm-ra then attacks the Berbil village, but the Thundercats save it. In return, the Ro-Bears help the Thundercats to build Cats Lair, a new base for the Thundercats.
Fun Fact: The first appearance of the Ro-Bears and the Thundertank.


#119 "Arena" - Original Airdate -- 1/19/1967
The Director Joseph Pevney (Man of a Thousand Faces, Tammy and the Bachelor, Foxfire)
The Stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelly, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols
The Plot When a mysterious alien race destroys an Earth colony, the Enterprise pursues. However, powerful aliens soon immobilize both ships and force Kirk and the alien captain to fight each other to the death.
Fun Fact: The famous fight with the Gorn was filmed in Bronson Canyon, site of many westerns and B-movie science fiction classics.


#102 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" - Original Airdate -- 9/14/1985
The Director Peter Baldwin (Meet Wally Sparks)
The Stars Dick Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran, Emily Schulman, Tiffany Brissette, Edie McClurg
The Plot The Brindles, the Lawson's nosy neighbors, come across Vicki and tries to find out their secret.

Part II
The Director Richard T. Heffron (Futureworld, Foolin' Around, I the Jury)
The Stars Marc Singer, Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Robert Englund, Richard Herd, Faye Grant, Thomas Hill, Michael Ironside, Peter Nelson, David Packer, Neva Patterson, Andrew Prine, Sandy Simpson, Blair Tefkin, Michael Wright
The Plot That saga that began with V now culminates in a struggle to save the world in V: The Final Battle. Sci-fi film stalwarts Marc Singer, Robert Englund and Michael Ironside head a large cast in this tense adventure that leaps from the stunning revelation of reptilian beings concealed by human masks to the birth of the first human/spaceling child to the harrowing countdown to nuclear doomsday. The future begins or ends here.
Fun Fact: Kenneth Johnson, the creator of the original V mini-series, supervised the writing of the sequel but left Warner Brothers Television over creative differences before it was produced.

1:00 Infomercial - ARTFUL WINEMAKER

1:30 Infomercial - INSTANT FISHERMAN

2:00 Commercial - PAC-MAN CEREAL


2:30 GREMLINS (1984)
The Director Joe Dante (The Howling, Explorers, Matinee)
The Stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates (Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Private School, Bodies Rest & Motion), Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Keye Luke, Harey Carey Jr., Scott Brady (Johnny Guitar, Nightmare In Wax, Satan's Sadists), Belinda Balaski (Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw, Cannonball, Food of the Gods), Judge Reinhold
The Plot Struggling inventor Randall Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) finds the perfect Christmas present for his teenage son Randy (Zach Galligan) when he discovers a strange creature called a Mogwai in a Chinatown antinques store. Billy is told three rules: don't get the wet, dont' expose them to sunlight and don't ever, ever feed them after midnight. Whoops. Soon, the mogwai has somehow given birth to hundreds of demonic imps that go on a mischievous killing spree across town.
Fun Fact 1: Joe Dante wears his love of classic sci-fi and horror exploitation on his sleeve. Hence, he tends to employ many character actors from those days. Clever homages can also be seen in the film for films such as Forbidden Planet, The Smallest Show On Earth, The Blob, The Time Machine and Invasion of the Body Snatchers among others.
Fun Fact 2: Mogwai is Cantonese for "gremlin."
Fun Fact 3: Howie Mandel supplied the voice for Gizmo, which is why is sounds sort of like Mandel's "Bobby" character.
Fun Fact 4: The theatre marquee is showing a double bill: "A Boy's Life" (the working title for Steveb Speilberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and "Watch the Skies" (the working title for Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Fun Fact 5: Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with the introduction of the "PG-13" rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a "PG" rating, but not enough for an "R" rating. It is also widely believed that if Steven Speilberg's name had not been on both movies, they may have received an "R" rating.

#205 "Burgle Gurgle" - Original Airdate -- 1979

#105 "Scooby's Bull Fight/Irona Vs. Demona/Stow-Aways"
Fun Fact: Richie Rich was voted the "Best Cartoon Character Ever" by the Keating 5.

#319 "President Evil" - 9/28/2008
The Plot Diggers have Dug their own grave, Dig Dug-style, ya dig? You've never seen a Vegas crime caper like "Ocean's Thirty-Eight." The government tries to contain an outbreak of cooties. Teenagers are exposed to movie trailers, but they're not exactly watching the screen.

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