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Movie Riffing in the Internet Age

Friday, January 06, 2012

From 1988 to 1999, the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 defined a comedic genre of making fun of bad movies in real time. But after the show went off the air, its creators found a new outlet for their "riffing," one that allowed them to expand their repertoire from old sci-fi B-movies to current Hollywood blockbusters. Their company RiffTrax offers MP3 audio files that users can download and play along with a rented DVD. Bob asks RiffTrax's Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett for some pointers in preparation for OTM's impending revival of Media Scrutiny Theater.

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The Empire

Everybody wants in on the Masbia Soup Kitchen action

Monday, November 21, 2011

It's not just Republicans scouting for possible Senate districts heading out to the Orthodox Masbia Soup Kitchen on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. At least one Mayoral contender, and a potential Comptroller candidate, are now among those visiting the popular nonprofit.

From Left to Right: Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Jumaane Williams, Councilman David Greenfield, Councilman and Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia Jr., Councilman Mike Nelson. (Courtesy of Councilman Recchia's office.)

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