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Mel Brooks Wants To Make Spaceballs 2, Here’s What We Know So Far

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spaceballsMel Brooks is a comedy genius. He hasn’t directed a movie since 1995, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, but that doesn’t matter, he’s still the guy responsible for movies like Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and High Anxiety, and has thus earned a lifetime pass. Hot on the heels of the news that his Blazing Saddles may get an animated remake—with dogs and cats and other animals no less—he’s been talking about making a sequel to maybe his greatest movie: Spaceballs.

That’s right, Spaceballs 2 could finally happen, which is something we’ve been waiting almost 30 years for. There have been rumors about this floating around since damn near the moment the credits rolled on Brooks’ spot on spoof of George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy, but none of those have ever gained any real traction, much less actually materialized. Appearing on Adam Corolla’s Take a Knee podcast, Brooks confirmed that a Spaceballs sequel “is actually going to happen.” The Schwartz is strong with this one.

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Art Show Imagines Blade Runner 2054 And Other Sequels That Never Were

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Science fiction film history is filled with fascinating projects that never quite came together, a steady stream of “what if?” projects in a genre fixated and propelled along by that very question. We’re talking about Steven Spielberg’s Night Skies, the batshit-crazy project that evolved into E.T.; or Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, or a William Gibson-scripted Alien 3. Those daydream speculations about movies we wish were real is at the heart of Los Angeles art gallery iam8bit’s new show “Sequel.” Described as “part tribute and part cultural commentary,” the show opens this week at the gallery on Sunset Boulevard, and features a ton of artists creating poster art for films that never were, such as Blade Runner 2054 (art by Cory Schmitz).

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Watch Spaceballs And WALL-E Get An Interstellar Makeover

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Any time a big new movie with its own distinct style comes out, you can rest assured that the Internet is going to take a bunch of earlier movies, usually ones with little in common with the film in question, and recut them in this new way. It’s a hoot. As Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar is the next big thing on our docket, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing “BLANK cut in the style of Interstellar.” And these two titles couldn’t be more different. Sure, they’re both sci-fi, but when you think of Nolan’s film, your mind doesn’t automatically go to Spaceballs and WALL-E. Or maybe it does, I don’t know you or how your brain works.

As you well know, Mel Brooks’ 1987 Star Wars spoof Spaceballs is basically one long, ridiculous gag. Given that situation, it must have taken damn near every last straight line from the entire film in order to construct this video. More than anything, it makes me want to marathon Mel Brooks movies. Maybe I’ll see if I can track some down for viewing later this evening.

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Seven Great Sci-Fi Movies That Are About To Vanish From Netflix

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All you Netflix users out in GFR land should definitely be reading Nick’s regular Cross the Streams column, which is a one-stop source of all the noteworthy new science fiction additions to Netflix’s Instant Watch catalog. One thing that’s harder to keep track of, however, is when movies are set to expire and vanish from Netflix’s streaming selections. Thankfully some clever folks from Nerdiots have put together an exhaustive list of titles that are set to vanish come tomorrow, July 1. There are quite a few science fiction titles on the list, so scroll on down to find out if you’re about to have to strap yourself down in front of the the TV for the next 12 hours or so.

CloseEncountersClose Encounters of the Third Kind
Director Steven Spielberg’s extraterrestrial magnum opus follows blue-collar Indiana electrical lineman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), whose life is changed forever after a late-night close encounter with a UFO. Now he finds himself overpowered by compulsions he doesn’t understand and cannot resist, drawn to a mysterious mountain for a purpose he can only guess at. It’s an obsession that may well cost him his family, but is he destined for some greater purpose? Close Encounters is vintage Spielberg at his very best, crafting a tale full of wonder and mystery and anchored by believable, everyday people suddenly caught up in fantastic events. If you’ve got a big-screen TV, load this puppy up before it’s gone.

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40 Villainous Hideouts In One Convenient Infographic

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Which Villain Has The Best Hideout?
Bad guys always have the coolest stuff. That’s just a well known fact. We don’t necessarily want to be them, because, you know, they’re evil and all of that. They’re usually trying to do terrible things, kill lots of people, take over the universe, or just do a bunch of unsavory stuff. But at the same time we root against them, there’s a part of us that always feels a little twinge of jealousy. They get to wear black, all their toys cool and sinister, and, perhaps most importantly, they have the best hideouts. The Bat Cave is, admittedly, pretty sweet, but the Fortress of Solitude? That shit is just cold. This new infographic charts some of the all time great villainous lairs from movies and television.

All told, there are 40 of the most iconic dens, haunts, and hangouts where nefarious evildoers hang their hats. There are some recent additions, like Candyland, the plantation in Django Unchained, as well as classics like the Bates Motel from Psycho. Being that our focus here is on the science fiction side of things, you’ll be happy to note that the genre is well represented. After all, sci-fi villains tend to hang out in spooky, awesome places.

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Cross The Streams With Spaceballs, Future Folk, And The Day The Earth Stood Still

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Just when it looked like Netflix was taking a hit by dumping a ton of classic movies from their library, they came right back and added an embarrassment of riches. That’s the kind of thing that helps put bread on the Cross the Streams table. Now if only we could get some legs for it. While we’re busy eating off the floor, check out the latest in streaming sci-fi. You don’t even have to use the Schwartz.

spaceballsSpaceballs (Netflix Instant and Hulu Plus))
Check the radar, because it looks like one of the most quotable movies in existence is available to watch tonight, tomorrow night, and for the rest of time, hopefully. Science fiction spoofs isn’t exactly a genre that gets a lot of attention, and Spaceballs is the granddaddy of them all, directed by a Mel Brooks at the height of his powers, before the disappointing Life Stinks. Is there anything about this movie that I can tell you guys that you don’t already know? Probably not, but don’t call me chicken, mog.

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