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Laughing while remembering Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind



Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind is a hilarious short film that serves as a direct spoof of the Steven Spielberg film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film was released in 1980 and is a perfect example of the humor and satire that was popular during that time.

The film was written and produced by Rick Harper and Bob Rogers.

What sets Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind apart from other spoofs is the way it pokes fun at the stereotypes of nerds and geeks. The two scientists are portrayed as socially awkward and obsessed with science, which is a trope that was popularized during the 1970s and 1980s.

In the film, sewage worker Roy Dreary and a number of unusual characters meet up with strange extraterrestrials traveling to earth in a giant pie in the sky. Dreary develops an obsession with mashed potatoes, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. He encounters singing mailboxes, truck radios that spout bubbles and bubble music, and one pie in the face after another, before finally finding himself at the Sara Loo pie factory-and his close encounter of the nerd kind.

Other characters include a wide-eyed cherubic child, a famous French scientist, a bewildered wife, plus Darth Vader on a motorcycle complaining that he is blocking the road. The film also includes a mysterious code (which turns out to be the first nine digits of the mathematical constant pi) and an oversized xylophone on which Dreary signals to the aliens. All of the character voices are over-dubbed by voice artists Corey Burton and Sandy Stotzer.

The special effects in the film are intentionally cheesy, which adds to the overall humor of the film. The aliens are portrayed as goofy and cartoonish, which is a stark contrast to the serious and ominous tone of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Overall, Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind is a must-watch for fans of comedy and science fiction. The film’s humor and satire hold up even today, and it remains a cult classic among fans of spoof movies. If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, this film is definitely worth checking out.

Directed byRick Harper
Written byRick Harper
Bob Rogers
Produced byRick Harper
Bob Rogers
StarringStan Greiwe
Corey Burton
Sandy Stotzer
Hennan Chambers
Edited byMarshall Harvey
Music byLarry Wright
Distributed byPyramid Films
Release date1980
Running time12 min





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Vision Films Celebrates Golden Years Life & Love with Release of Star-studded Romantic Comedy

‘Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story’



LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Vision Films announces the day-and-date US theatrical and TVOD release of the star-studded feature Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story on December 8, 2023. The “almost completely true” story is based on the courtship, relationship, and marriage of Mariette Hartley (Ride the High CountryThe Incredible Hulk TV series) and her husband, actor/producer Jerry Sroka (Godspell). Their screenplay tells the slightly fictionalized details of their later-in-life romance and marriage. Directed and executive produced by Don Scardino, executive produced by Hartley and Sroka, co-executive produced Matthew Bennett, produced by Jeff Hardwick and Tim Mann, associate produced by Dana L. Williams.

Mariette Hartley starring in Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story Movie

The film will open in limited theatrical release on December 8, 2023 at Theatrikos Theatre Company in Flagstaff and Sedona Film Festival Theatre in Arizona, The Village East Angelika in New York City, Reading Cinemas Town Square in San Diego, CA, and Galaxy Theatres Monroe in WA. In Los Angeles, there will be a red-carpet premiere event and screening, followed by a Q&A with the cast at the Laemmle Town Center 5, Encino. Watch the trailer HERE.

Humor drives the rom-com’s themes, including on-line dating, technology use, and Hollywood humiliation especially for aging actors, anchored by poignant and serious life issues derived from challenges in Hartley’s and Sroka’s history.

The film includes a cast of iconic actors from beloved TV shows and films including Tess Harper (No Country for Old Men), Morgan Fairchild (Dallas), Bernie Kopell (Get SmartThe Love Boat), Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers film series), Sam McMurray (Freaks and Geeks, The King of Queens), Stuart Pankin (Fatal Attraction, HBO’s Not Necessarily the News ), and Peter Onorati (This Is Us, SWAT, Goodfellas). Also featuring Roy Vongtama, Nancy Linehan Charles, Yolanda Snowball, Jack McGee, Justine E. Boyriven, Ash Sroka, Lloyd Bremseth, And Maeve Quinlan.

Lise Romanoff, CEO/Managing Director of Vision Films shares, “This film is a delightfully sincere and poignant rom-com that reminds us that love can bloom at any age, our golden years being no exception!”

Filmmakers Hartley and Sroka share, “It has been an eye-opening experience sitting with festival audiences and feeling their appreciation for everyone’s work. This is something we’ve always wanted to do.”

WINNER – LA Film Awards, Best Comedy & Best Original Story
WINNER – LA Indie Film Festival, Best Actress, Mariette Hartley & Best Supporting Actor, Jerry Sroka
-Achievement Award, Don Scardino Director
WINNER – Sedona International Film Festival, Best Comedy
WINNER – 22nd First Glance Film Festival in Los Angeles, Best Ensemble Cast Feature
WINNER – LAFA Los Angeles Film Awards, 2021
WINNER – Las Vegas Independent Film Festival, 2021

Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story will be available on December 8, 2023 on major streaming platforms including Amazon Instant, iTunes/Apple TV, Vimeo, GooglePlay, Vudu, and hoopla, as well as most cable providers across the US and Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.ouralmostcompletelytruestory.com

About Vision Films
Vision Films is a leading independent sales and VOD aggregator specializing in the licensing, marketing, and distribution of over 800 feature films, documentaries, and series from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films releases 2-4 films a month across Theatrical, VOD, DVD, and television platforms. www.visionfilms.net

SOURCE Vision Films, Inc.

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History of the World, Part II premiered as a new eight-episode series on Hulu



SANTA MONICA, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I has influenced comedic cinema for 40-plus years and the cult 80s movie is finally getting an interactive gaming experience with its sequel, which debuted on March 6.

History of the World, Part II premiered as a new eight-episode series on Hulu, and as an interactive digital gaming experience available to play online and on Xbox. In the digital gaming experience, fans encounter the show’s colorful characters voiced by the star-studded cast with Ike Barinholtz, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, and of course, the formidable Mel Brooks. The show’s mastermind is no stranger to video games, as Brooks has been involved with several previous gaming projects.

The interactive website version of the History of the World, Part II gaming experience embraces the crass humor and absurd silliness of the show (and makes no apologies) for an unforgettable, unique experience with plenty of memorable features like the fact that the world didn’t begin with a ‘big bang’ – it was actually ‘The Big Burp.’ Players will feel like they’re part of the show as they experience various historical recreations, from Amelia Earhart to Noah’s Dog Park, and more.

The History of the World, Part II digital gaming experience is available to download FREE on Xbox until March 31, 2023, and for desktop and mobile play until July 6, 2023. Players who complete the interactive gaming experience are eligible to win prizes, including a brand-new Xbox, and more historically hilarious surprises.

To learn more about the History of the World, Part II interactive gaming experience, click here.

History of the World Part 2 | Trailer | Hulu

About Hulu
Hulu is a comprehensive all-in-one streaming service offering live and on-demand entertainment through an array of subscription options to give consumers ultimate control over their viewing experience.


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Things to know about comedian Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx was a trailblazing comedian whose irreverent humor and sharp wit entertained audiences for decades.



Redd Foxx in 1977

Redd Foxx was a trailblazing comedian whose irreverent humor and sharp wit entertained audiences for decades. Born John Elroy Sanford in 1922, Foxx grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began his career in comedy in the 1940s.

Foxx honed his craft on the Chittlin’ Circuit, a network of African-American vaudeville theaters that crisscrossed the country. He quickly gained a reputation for his raunchy, unapologetic humor, which often tackled taboo subjects such as sex and race relations.

In the 1950s and 60s, Foxx recorded several successful comedy albums, including “Laff of the Party” and “The Best of Redd Foxx.” These albums cemented his status as one of the most popular comedians of his time.

In 1972, Foxx landed the role of Fred Sanford in the hit TV series “Sanford and Son.” The show, which followed the antics of a junk dealer and his son, was a huge success and ran for six seasons. Foxx’s portrayal of Sanford earned him a Golden Globe award and made him a household name.

Despite his success on TV, Foxx never lost his love for stand-up comedy. He continued to perform live shows throughout his career, earning a reputation as a master of the craft.

Sadly, Foxx passed away in 1991 at the age of 68. However, his legacy lives on as a pioneering figure in the world of comedy. His irreverent humor and groundbreaking approach to taboo subjects paved the way for countless comedians who followed in his footsteps.



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