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''Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie''

”Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie” — Fans of MST3K will see the show’s big-screen debut on April 19

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Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot can get out those Oscar tuxedos now. Gramercy Pictures has finally picked a date — April 19 — for the robotic duo’s big-screen debut in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. With a budget of less than $5 million, the film won’t boast Babe-caliber special effects, but at least the wisecracking metalheads will be riffing on a slightly better class of B movie — 1954’s This Island Earth. For a time, it looked like the MST3K flick was headed to videoville and might get only a limited release. It didn’t help when Comedy Central canceled the show in December — although the cable network is now rumored to be reconsidering the decision (no doubt thanks to the bags of letters from irate MSTies addressed to Comedy Central president ”Doug ‘Dickhead’ Herzog”). As for the ‘bots themselves, they’ve taken their recent hiatus in stride. ”Crow did a mini-series, but he’s really embarrassed about it and had his name taken off the credits,” reports MST3K producer Jim Malone. ”And Tom has been doing the Hollywood thing. He’s been out at Sundance, schmoozing on the slopes.”