The Twilight Zone Is Getting a 60th Anniversary Theatrical Release

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From 1959 to 1965, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone spooked a generation of television viewers by offering a parade of invading aliens, lost astronauts, and creepy sentient dolls in 156 episodes designed to both rattle nerves and spark discussion over real-world issues of social inequality. The show has lost none of its impact in the intervening decades. For its 60th anniversary, Fathom Events and CBS are hoping to take it to a new dimension: movie theaters.

On Thursday, November 14, six episodes of The Twilight Zone will be screened in movie theaters nationwide, along with a new documentary examining Serling's career. The remastered, high-definition episodes include “Walking Distance,” where a busy advertising executive returns to his old childhood home and encounters his adolescent self; “Time Enough at Last,” with bookworm Burgess Meredith finding himself the lone survivor of an atomic blast that provides the unexpected gift of leisure time; “The Invaders,” with Agnes Moorehead battling an invading army of robots; “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” about a suburban neighborhood suspicious of aliens living among them; “Eye of the Beholder,” about a woman struggling to conform to the beauty standards of her time; and “To Serve Man,” another alien visitation story that provides one of the most talked-about twists in the history of the series.

It's a solid sampling of the series, though no introduction to The Twilight Zone should be lacking the classic histrionics of William Shatner in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (fortunately, it's available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime). The event begins at 7 p.m. local time at more than 600 theaters. You can find tickets and locations at the Fathom Events website.

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]