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wtf: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson to renew nonexistent 80s catfight in Syfy movie

The Hollywood Reporter appears delighted to be the “exclusive” purveyor of this thrilling news:

Syfy has cast 1980s pop-star rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in one of the network’s signature Saturday night original movies.

The network promises an epic battle between the former teen pop stars, who will co-star in “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.”

Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.

In the script, the pair brawl at a party, then take matters outside into the swamp.

Presumably, since this is not Showtime, the ladies will not be stripping down to their unmentionables for this brawl.

Executive vp programming and original movies Thomas Vitale said the idea was hatched by Syfy’s creative team after Tiffany visited their office and said she always has wanted to work with Gibson; the media often portrayed the duo as rivals during their MTV years.

“They loved the idea of taking this perceived rivalry and having some fun with it,” Vitale said.

I bet they did. And I’m sure the overgrown fansboys on Syfy’s “creative” team were not totally turned on by the idea of these two rolling around in a swamp pulling each other’s hair, and merely wanted to give these two women the opportunity to fulfill one of their own shared fantasies.

I only wonder why Syfy didn’t skip the Mega Python vs. Gatoroid nonsense and just call it Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson.



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  • I bet they did. And I’m sure the overgrown fansboys on Syfy’s “creative” team were not totally turned on by the idea of these two rolling around in a swamp pulling each other’s hair, and merely wanted to give these two women the opportunity to fulfill one of their own shared fantasies.

    Actually I imagine the part that REALLY turned them on was the press-wag publicity they’d get by promoting this movie as a place for FANBOYS to see such a spectacle.

    After all these movies aren’t a huge rating draw for SYFY but are a cheap way to cost-share with low-budget production houses like Cormen’s New Horizon’s Pictures and Direct-To-DVD movie-maker The Asylum.

    Any buzz these movies can generate is a plus. And Tiff and Debbie have got to be game to jump-start a post-teenybopper pop career of any kind. They’d wrestle in a muddy swamp in a b-movie if it meant 15 minutes more of fame. Well, they might at that!

  • Jester

    Name That Flick:

    “Anybody see Battle of the 80’s Has Beens last night? That Debbie Gibson can take a punch.”

  • Chris

    I don’t think the people at Siffy are fanboys… I think they are panderers of the highest order. They don’t give two shits about what they put on, as long as they think it will draw ratings.

  • Jason M.

    Sounds like Mega Man vs. Gatorade.

    Debbie Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist. Nice. Is there any other kind, in Movie Land?

    I gave my Tiffany and Debbie Gibson albums another listen a few years ago, and they held up better than I thought they would. Gibson particularly was pretty smart, talented, and level-headed in her days as a teen idol. Still, as much as I want to say they are both better than this, it may not be the case. IMDb says in the last year Tiffany starred in Mega Piranha while Debbie Gibson starred in something called Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus with Lorenzo Lamas.

    The press release say this will be the first SyFy creature feature to be directed by a woman. Girl Power! Go!

  • Orangutan

    Poor Debbie. She’s fallen so far since I saw her in Les Miserables. She was remarkably good as Eponine.

  • RogerBW

    I wonder how well Syfy knows its audience. I don’t think anyone I know who watches this garbage cares about who’s in it. Tell us who’s doing the CGI this week, and that might be interesting…

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