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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jamie Foxx Negotiating To Star in Jim Henson's ‘The Happytime Murders’ at STX

Jamie Foxx is in early negotiations to star in STX Entertainment and the Jim Henson Company’s raucous comedy The Happytime Murders, which will combine live-action and puppetry made so famous by the Henson family. The project, which is expected to get an R-rating, will be directed by Brian Henson.

The story follows puppet stars of an iconic TV show The Happytime Gang who are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off-camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the Happytime Gang stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – one a type-A, take-no-prisoners human with a secret and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims – must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, all the while trying to resist the temptation to murder each other.

The screenplay is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson, and Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red and Red 2).

Foxx would play Detective Edwards, a LAPD cop who must re-team with his former partner Phil, a drinker and philanderer who is not keen on Edwards’ good-cop persona. Together they try to solve the murders, all the while bumping heads on each other’s methods. The project is a turn back into comedy for the Oscar-winning Foxx (Ray). The pic also clearly has merchandising and licensing potential.

Foxx, who next plays little John in Robin Hood: Origins, is repped by CAA.

From Variety

Jamie Foxx is in early talks to star in the STX and Jim Henson Company co-production “The Happytime Murders.”

If a deal (now in its nascent stages) is completed, Foxx would star in the film directed and produced by Brian Henson. Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber are writing the script.

The raucous comedy explores a world where puppets and humans live side by side, and the puppet stars of the iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang” are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush.

When the stars of “The Happytime Gang” are mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives — one a type-A, take-no-prisoners human with a secret, and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims — must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, while resisting the temptation to murder each other.

Foxx would play one of the cops investigating the case.

Foxx most recently shot “Baby Driver” for Edgar Wright and also has “Sleepless Night” set to bow this year. He is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.

STX declined to comment on the casting, which Deadline Hollywood first reported.

Monday, April 25, 2016

More on "Labyrinth" 30th Anniversary Edition 4K Blu-ray

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release brand new 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray editions of Jim Henson's film "Labyrinth" (1986), starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, and Brian Henson. The two releases will be available for purchase on September 20th. 

In addition to the two releases, Amazon will have available for sale an exclusive Anniversary Gift Set.

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is so resentful of her baby brother Toby that she hopes he will just disappear. Her dream becomes reality when goblins kidnap the boy--but Sarah unexpectedly finds herself horrified by the loss. So she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To accomplish her task, she will somehow have to reach the center of the fantastical labyrinth where the wicked Goblin King (David Bowie, who performs two songs) has imprisoned the lad. But the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and mind-bending puzzles that confuse the girl. Directed by Jim Henson and penned by Monty Python's Terry Jones, 'Labyrinth' is a distinctive, beautifully designed dark fantasy for all ages.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

4K Restoration & Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
Blu-ray copy with the film and special features

Anniversary Gift Set

ALL-NEW: "The Henson Legacy" Featurette
Jennifer Connelly and the Henson family talk about the art of puppetry and the magic of Jim Henson, along with a visit to the "Center for Puppetry Arts" featuring The Jim Henson Collection and over 100 puppets from Labyrinth.

ALL-NEW: Labyrinth Anniversary Q&A
Hosted by Mythbuster's Adam Savage with participants Brian Henson, David Goelz and Karen Prell, and surprise guest Sheri Weiser.

ALL-NEW: "The Goblin King" Featurette
Remembering David Bowie with co-star Jennifer Connelly, and Jim Henson's children Brian Henson and Cheryl Henson.
The Storytellers (Picture-in-Picture)
Commentary by Conceptual Designer Brian Froud
Original Making of Documentary "Inside The Labyrinth"
"Journey Through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters" Documentary
"Journey Through the Labyrinth: The Quest for Goblin City" Documentary
Theatrical Trailer

"Labyrinth" 30th-Anniversary Release Coming this September

From USA Today

A new 30th-anniversary release of "Labyrinth" pays tribute to the late Jim Henson but also to its iconic Goblin King, David Bowie.

For those who missed out on seeing it on the big screen in 1986, the film is coming to select theaters in the USA, (no word yet if will screen in Canada or Internationally yet) September 11th and 14th through Fathom Events Plus, the fantasy film — directed by Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and scripted by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame — receives a new anniversary edition on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on September 20th.

Labyrinth stars Jennifer Connelly as a 16-year-old girl who wishes for her baby brother to be taken away, but then has 13 hours to solve a complicated maze in order to rescue her sibling from the Goblin King played by Bowie, who died in January at the age of 69.

In addition to having legacy content such as a making-of documentary and commentary by designer Brian Froud, the new Blu-ray is a 24-page "digibook" edition with rare behind-the-scenes photos and extras including Connelly and the Henson family discussing Jim Henson's puppetry and filmmaking, an anniversary Q&A hosted by MythBusters' Adam Savage, and a Bowie remembrance by Connelly and Henson's children.

Exclusive content will also be shown as part of the Fathom screenings, and Amazon will have for sale a limited-edition Labyrinth Blu-ray gift set with "mirrorbox" packaging based on the final scene from the film.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Free Comic Book Day - May 7th, 2016 - Jim Henson's Labyrinth

Free Comic Book Day happens this year on Saturday May 7th. 

In the BOOM! Studios 2016 Summer Blast, included in the book will be an all-new, original short story of Jim Henson's Labyrinth.  

CLICK HERE to see a quick preview of the book which includes some of the Labyrinth pages.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

PREVIEW: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game

From Nerd Approved

The Jim Henson Company and River Horse are going to do it.

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game cometh.

The game is designed for up to four players, focusing on simple gameplay with beautifully carved character tokens for Sarah, Jareth, Hoggle, Ludo, and Sir Didymus atop Ambrocious.

It includes a 2′ x 2′ game board, 32 Labyrinth cards, game tokens, dice, character sheets, and much more.

This is the maze that players must navigate every time they wish to save Sarah’s baby brother. Each game is different with the blank card spaces being filled with the magical encounters and monsters that are depicted on the deck of cards that comes with the game, this ensures a great deal of replayability and unpredictability in the game, giving the Labyrinth its signature feel.

The game consists of two distinct stages, one where the group must adventure through the labyrinth trying to find the goblin city whilst keeping their willpower as high as possible (nobody wants to fall into the oubliette!), and a second action-packed stage where the players must fight their way into Jareth’s castle where Sarah must say the magical words that will release her brother.

The game is expected to be released in the summer, and interested parties can keep tabs on it via the River Horse Labyrinth Facebook page.