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  1. RiffTrax Wants to Make Fun of Twilight in Theaters, We Want That Too

    In the not too distant future, somewhere in movie theaters, Mike Nelson and his RiffTrax pals could be making fun of Twilight live for your entertainment. That's right, the RiffTrax team wants to do another of their simulcast live events where they make fun of a movie, and they want that movie to be Twilight. To do that though, they have to acquire the rights to the film, which can be expensive. They've launched a Kickstarter campaign that is already over three times its goal, but that still might not be enough to make this happen -- and I really, really want this to happen.

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  2. RiffTrax Celebrates Five Years of Not Letting Any Movie Take Itself Seriously [Video]

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    When three of the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 realized five years ago that their presence was still required for the mockery of films of every genre, the world changed for the better because they created RiffTrax. Now, as non-robots, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (as well as a slew of other guests that have included the likes of "Weird" Al Yankovic and Neil Patrick Harris) celebrate five successful years that have brought us delightful commentary for today's box office hits (and misses). Because someone had to give Twilight the MST3K treatment. (And The Room, for that matter.) We're so happy it's these guys. (RiffTrax on YouTube via BuzzFeed)

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  3. Red Dwarf Returning to TV, Will Reunite Entire Smegging Cast

    It Came From Outer Space

    Red Dwarf, which ran on British television from 1988 to 1999, then aired some successful specials since then, is officially returning for a 10th series, according to the show's co-creator Doug Naylor. The entire original cast of the science fiction sitcom is expected to return, and production begins in November. Back in January, the show's star Craig Charles planted the rumor seed that the show might return. Charles plays Dave Lister, who, much like Mike Nelson and Joel Hodgson on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well as Fry from Futurama, finds himself in space after being frozen in a cryogenic tank. When he wakes up, he is the last known human alive and is aboard the mining spaceship, Red Dwarf, along with his pregnant cat Frankenstein, Arnold Rimmer (a hologram of Lister's dead bunkmate), Cat (who is descended from Frankenstein the cat), and Kryten, a "service mechanoid." The entire cast -- Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, and Robert Llewellyn -- have signed on for the new series. Also: Smegging -- used kind of like "frakking," but is now used to imply male ejaculation. According to my friend in England. (Wired)

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  4. Ancient Nubians Brewed Antibiotic Beer

    In 2005, anthropologist George Armelagos with Emory University announced that the ancient African Nubian people brewed a beer which acted as an antibiotic. At the time, the news was intriguing as it would indicate that humans discovered antibiotics almost 2,000 years earlier than originally believed. Looking at Nubian bones, Armelagos found traces of tetracycline -- a broad-spectrum antibiotic -- in Nubian bones from around 350 A.D.. Further research suggested to Armelagos that the people obtained the substance by brewing and drinking an alcoholic gruel similar to beer. The problem was determining if the Nubians were deliberately brewing the beer for it's beneficial properties or if it was accidental contaminated with the bacteria. If that were the case, only a few batches of beer might contain the bacteria, and would also suggest that the Nubians were unaware of the beer's medicinal properties. Recent evidence from those same bones may now indicate that the Nubians knew exactly what they were doing.

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