Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VIDEO: Rizzo Speaks Out on His Small Role in "Muppets Most Wanted"

Exclusive Clip: Ricky Gervais Can't Stop Laughing in Outtakes from "Muppets Most Wanted"

From Parade Magazine

Parade is excited to premiere this exclusive bonus features clip from the "Muppets Most Wanted" Blu-ray (which hits stores on August 12). The clip is a hilarious montage of outtakes featuring star Ricky Gervais. Not only is the actor cracking up during the filming of several scenes, but there are even times when he can barely keep his composure. It's a fun glimpse behind the scenes of what making a comedy (especially a Muppets movie) can be like for the actors. Really fun stuff (and there are many more outtakes on the Blu-ray release itself).

NEW Video: Lipton Helps The Muppets #BeMoreTea


"Puppet Up" at The Pasedena Playhouse This Week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Muppets on Broadway Talk

From the New York Post
Michael Riedel

If you’re a certain age — 40 and up should do it — you’ll have fond memories of the Muppet movies, particularly 1984’s “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” which finds Kermit and friends in New York trying to put on a show.

With Broadway in thrall to the family audience — “Newsies,” “Cinderella,” “The Lion King,” “Matilda,” “The Cripple of Inishmaan” (hey, it’s got Harry Potter!) — a Muppet musical seems inevitable.

And, indeed, I hear the Walt Disney Company, which bought the Muppets from Jim Henson’s family in 2004, is exploring the possibility of just such a show with Jujamcyn Theaters, which would love to have a long-running kiddie musical in one of its five Broadway theaters.

Sources say the show is a ways off, but, as one says, “Who doesn’t love Muppets?”

“The Muppets Take Manhattan,” with its showbiz plot, seems an obvious starting point. It has some bouncy songs by Ralph Burns and Jeff Moss, which could be supplemented with some showstoppers by Bobby  Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the ubiquitous “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”
On the other hand, the old Muppet TV show might inspire a vaudeville-style musical, with those grumpy old critics, Statler and Waldorf, in their box seats heckling the acts. If one or the other is indisposed, I’m sure John Simon could fill in.

How to translate a bunch of hand puppets to the stage? I don’t think Disney will go the Julie Taymor route. It’s hard to imagine Roger Bart, say, or Brooks Ashmanskas wearing a Bali-inspired Kermit the Frog headdress. That would be creepy.

It’s probably better to go the “Avenue Q” way, which lets the audience see both puppets and puppeteers. But please: no life-size Muppet costumes. Let’s leave those to the panhandling Elmos in Times Square.

It seems “Side Show” will indeed come to Broadway in the fall, possibly to the St. James Theatre, if “Bullets Over Broadway” can’t withstand the inevitable post-summer box office plunge.
Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s musical just wrapped up a run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where it received strong notices from Peter Marks of the Washington Post and Charles Isherwood from the Times, a combination that makes Broadway producers salivate.

A flop when it opened on Broadway in 1997, “Side Show” — about Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton — survived largely on the strength of its score, which is heavy on power ballads. Bill Condon gave it a brand-new production, notable because the actors are made to look like circus freaks.

Darren Bagert is the lead producer, though I suspect a chunk of the money — the show will cost nearly $10 million — will come from the Kennedy Center’s chairman, David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group. He’s worth $3 billion and coughed up a lot of the money for the Kennedy Center’s fine “Follies” revival in 2011.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Jim Henson Company and Archaia at Comic Con International: San Diego 2014

“The Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics with Archaia”

The Jim Henson Company and Archaia, will be hosting their own panel at this years Comic Con International: San Diego on Friday, July 25 at 6:00pm in Room 32AB

The panelists will include Jeff Stokely (illustrator for "The Storyteller: Witches"), Jake Myler (illustrator for "Fraggle Rock"), Ian Herring (colorist for "Tale of Sand"), and Shane-Michael Vidaurri (writer and illustrator for "The Storyteller: Witches") and moderated by Henson line editor at Archaia, Rebecca “Tay” Taylor

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW UK "Muppets Most Wanted" 2015 Calendar

Not quite sure why it is a called a "Muppets Most Wanted" Calendar when none of the photos are from the film, but for those in the UK who may still be interested in owning...

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"Sesame Street" Panel at Comic Con International: San Diego July 27th

From Sesame Street's Official Tumblr

Sesame Street is coming to Comic Con International: San Diego with a presentation celebrating 45 years of parodies on "The Street."

Moderated by Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick, the panel will feature celebrity guests and performances of all-new material, including a Star Wars parody and one of convention life itself.

Graphic novelist Michael Lapinski, whose Feeding Ground is currently in development as a motion picture, was one of the digital artists involved with producing the "Star S'Mores" material. He has been working with Sesame Workshop in Nashville, most notably on last year's launch of Elmo the Musical.

The panel will take place on Sunday morning.

Sesame Street & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the ‘Street,’ Sunday, 7/27/14, 10:15a.m. – 11:15a.m., Room: 6A

Sesame Street has continuously turned the sensations of the entertainment world into lighthearted attractions that make children and their parents laugh, sing and learn. Join us for a special screening of the new Sesame Street spoofs “Numeric Con” and “Star S’mores” (hilarious parodies of Comic-Con and Star Wars) debuting in the show’s upcoming 45th season. Then explore the ways pop culture has played a vital role throughout the show’s history during a panel discussion with the Sesame Street Muppets and Eric Jacobson (Grover and Bert), Joey Mazzarino (Murray Monster, Sesame Street Head Writer and Director), David Rudman (Cookie Monster and Baby Bear), and Carol-Lynn Parente (Executive Producer). The discussion will be moderated by Chris Hardwick (Host of @midnight and Talking Dead, Nerdist).


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

NEW "Muppets Most Wanted" 2015 Calender

Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and more as they star in their latest film, "Muppets Most Wanted" and this 2015 calendar.
Calendar features a full-sized planning grid and is printed on a glossy paper stock suitable for pen and pencil note taking. 12" wide x 11" tall when closed and 12" wide x 22" tall when open. 

Features 13 full-color images. Includes 4 extra planning grids for September through December of 2014, plus full pages for January through December of 2015. Also includes a bonus downloadable digital wallpaper for both desktop and mobile devices.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Archaia Announces "Fraggle Rock: Journey To The Everspring"

From comicosity.com

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Archaia, an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years, invite you to “dance your cares away” with the all-new, comic book limited series FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING. Ever since publishing two FRAGGLE ROCK anthology collections of short stories with The Jim Henson Company several years ago, the publisher has been eager to tell one big, epic, Fraggle-tastic tale. New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME: SEEING RED, BRAVEST WARRIORS) teams up with FRAGGLE ROCK veteran artist Jake Myler (FRAGGLE ROCK, Orphan Blade) for a fun story that new and longtime fans alike can enjoy.

“It’s so much fun to go to conventions and have people stop at the booth and gasp, ‘That’s Fraggle Rock!’ There are so many fans out there who have grown up loving Wembley, Red, and all of the Fraggles,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Jim Henson created something timeless with Fraggle Rock, and with Archaia’s return to single issues going strong with titles like HACKTIVIST and THE LAST BROADCAST, we thought this was the perfect all-ages title to add to the mix. Kate and Jake are the perfect team, and the Fraggles are going on one of their greatest adventures yet.”

The Fraggles will adventure to places they’ve never been before, places where Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley, and Boober will meet brand-new friends, sing brand-new songs, and dance their cares away! Whether it’s ADVENTURE TIME, MOUSE GUARD, or Amulet ,comics fans are coming out for all-ages stories. No one mastered that art form quite like Jim Henson, and the characters of FRAGGLE ROCK remain some of his most beloved creations. Leth and Myler have spun a hilarious, super fun story for both longtime fans and comic readers of all ages who’ve yet to meet this lovable gang of Fraggles.

When the water supply of Fraggle Rock mysteriously runs dry, the Fraggles have to journey deep into the caves of Fraggle Rock to find the fabled Everspring where adventure awaits and no Fraggle has gone before!

Archaia’s FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on October 8th with a cover price of $3.99. The main cover will be illustrated by series artist Jake Myler, with a retailer incentive cover by Jake Myler and The Jim Henson Company Archives. 

Create a Dark Crystal Creature and WIN!

From darkcrystal.com

Build a new creature that would belong in the world of The Dark Crystal, and upload your submission for a chance to win a trip to New York City to attend a screening of The Dark Crystal at "Puppets on Film" opening night at BAMcinematek on October 24, 2014, including a party with the chance to meet Brian Froud, Wendy Froud, Cheryl Henson, and the winning author of the Author Quest Challenge.

Your submission should be captured from all sides in hi-res photographs that show the details of your work. Submissions will also include a character biography, telling us the brief back story and characteristics of your creature. This creature can be a variation of an existing species (Skeksis, Mystic, Podling, etc.) or can be a brand new creature – all ideas are welcome, as long as they feel true to the world of The Dark Crystal. We are only interested in built creatures (ie. sculpture, maquette, puppet) – no drawings, paintings or digital models please.

Judges will be Brian Froud, Wendy Froud, Cheryl Henson and Pete Brook

 Submissions are due September 1st, 2014
CLICK HERE to submit your Creature Creation

Schweppes Australia use ‘Marketing Expert’ Jim Henson Puppets to Relaunch Cool Ridge

From mumbrella.com.au

Schweppes Australia has used Jim Henson puppets for its latest campaign to relaunch spring water brand Cool Ridge.

Created by BMF Melbourne, the ad sees Wombat and his team of “dedicated marketing experts” tackling the creation of a new slogan for the brand.

Bo Jakubenko, brand manager for Cool Ridge at Schweppes Australia, said: “There was an opportunity to break category moulds for marketing water in Australia, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the launch of the new Cool Ridge campaign.
“BMF and Dogboy have provided a fresh perspective on advertising what is traditionally viewed as a fairly mundane category.”

The ad features the voice talents of Melbourne hipster satirist The Bedroom Philosopher and Adam Zwar, star of the Australian comedy series Wilfred. The puppets have been created in conjunction with Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop.

Running across TV, outdoor, point-of-sale and social media, the campaign will expand later in the year to promote new flavoured and lightly sparkling products.