Saturday, April 19, 2014

NEW! Nerdist Podcast #508: Brian Henson

Brian Henson
From Friday April 18th, 2014 -  WonderCon Weekend

Brian Henson and Chris Hardwick sit down to talk about their pet dogs, the technique of puppetry, growing up in the heyday of The Muppet Show, and the show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy!

CLICK HERE to listen

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VIDEO: FULL EPISODE "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" Episode 4: "Heads Up" from Space Channel (Canada)

"Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge"
Episode #4:
"Heads Up"

 
to watch 
 Original Airdate:
April 15th, 2014

 

AUDIO: MUPPET CHRIST SUPERSTAR Parody Now Available

From broadwayworld.com
by Pat Cerasaro  

The furry and rambunctious cast of Jim Henson's iconic The Muppets lend their unique talents to JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR via an impressively inventive new album experiment titled MUPPET CHRIST SUPERSTAR by committed fan Christo Graham (who voices all the characters in the parody).

"If you strip away the myth from the frog / You will see where we all soon will be / Kermit!" passionately sings Gonzo (as Judas Iscariot) to Kermit (Jesus Christ) in the rocking opener, "Heaven On Their Minds", faithfully recreating the sounds of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic Biblical rock opera in doing so.

Additionally, Miss Piggy - who else? - portrays Mary Magedelene and Rowlf The Dog essays the role of Herod.

Yet, the real question still remains: what will Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice say about all of this?! Hopefully, they will have a Christian attitude about it all - it is Holy Week, after all.
A disclaimer on the site reads: "This is a parody created for entertainment purposes only. I do not own the rights to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber or the likenesses of Jim Henson's Muppets, unfortunately. I'd be a whole lot cooler if I did."

CLICK HERE to visit the MUPPET CHRIST SUPERSTAR page or listen to the nine tracks below!


The Jim Henson Company's "Puppet Up" Performing in Brisbane Next Week

The Jim Henson Company is performing in Brisbane next week.

Jim Henson, of course, created the Muppets and Sesame Street, as well as TV shows like "The Storyteller" and "Fraggle Rock" and such movies as "Labryinth" and "The Dark Crystal".

So what are they doing at the Brisbane Powerhouse from tomorrow-week till Saturday-week? Chair of the Jim Henson Company, son of Jim Henson, Brian Henson is on the phone:

CLICK HERE to listen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brian Henson on Designing Creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and More

From Entertainment Weekly 
by Marc Snetiker

CLICK HERE to read an excellent article by EW as they ask Brian Henson to share some personal stories from behind the scenes of his greatest TV and film hits at the Creature Shop. 


NOW AVAILABLE: Christophe Beck's Soundtrack to "Muppets Most Wanted" (MP3 Download)


Christophe Beck's wonderful soundtrack to "Muppets Most Wanted" is NOW AVAILABLE via MP3 download.  

CLICK HERE to buy at Amazon.com    

CLICK HERE to buy at iTunes


NEW 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament - The Great Gonzo

As earlier reported, here is more info on this year's Muppet ornament!

Hallmark Gold Crown Exclusive

You never know what The Great Gonzo will dare to do before your very eyes! Press the button on the ornament to hear Gonzo's latest plan—we can assure you, you'll be in no danger. 
         
Christmas tree ornament.
Press the button on the ornament to hear Gonzo perform a feat of lunatic daring.
Batteries included.
Artist crafted.
2.17" W x 3.61" H x 3.04" D

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Real 'Muppets Take Manhattan': 21 Wacky Historical Details from Jim Henson's Big Apple Adventure

From the Bowery Boys 

The Bowery Boys Obsessive Guides look very, very closely at a classic movie filmed in New York City, finding buried history, additional context and a few secrets within various scenes and plot points.  

"The Muppets Take Manhattan"

"We did our first film in Los Angeles and our second in London. I thought it would be nice to do the next one in our hometown." -- Jim Henson

CLICK HERE to read the real 'Muppets Take Manhattan': 21 wacky historical details from Jim Henson's Big Apple adventure.

VIDEO: "Muppets Most Wanted" Scavenger Hunt around World Showcase at Epcot

In promotion for "Muppets Most Wanted", a scavenger hunt has been added to World Showcase at Epcot where you can become an MBI agent and help track down Constantine. The game - Great Constantine Caper - will be around during the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival.

Spoiler alert: Stop watching half-way through this video if you want some elements to remain a surprise.



"Muppets Most Wanted" Scavenger Hunt at Epcot: Great Constantine Caper (It's Free and Fun!)

From MouseSteps.com
Written by Denise

Hi everyone!

After the Epcot Easter Egg-sperience in World Showcase, we took in another new adventure - the Muppets Most Wanted Great Constantine Caper! This is a free experience. The booklet has two different missions, with 3 checkpoints each. The third checkpoint is the same (at the America pavilion) and this adventure requires little effort. It is actually a very easy game, most of the time spent is walking around World Showcase.

We checked in at the MBI Agent Recruitment Center, near the Mexico pavilion. This experience has a similar feel to the Cars Race Around World Showcase from 2011. And if you haven't seen Muppets Most Wanted, I really loved it.

This article has spoilers.

CLICK HERE to read and check out more great photos!


"I Am Big Bird", the Feature-Length Documentary about Caroll Spinney, Premieres April 27th in TORONTO

"I Am Big Bird" makes it's WORLD PREMIERE on April 27th, 2014 as part of the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario Canada at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, and I (MuppetsHenson) WILL be there!

Carroll Spinney will also be in attendance during the 6:00pm ET premiere and will speak after the screening. A Q&A is also scheduled with the filmmakers, Copper Pot Pictures' Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker and Clay Frost. 

It is going to be a GREAT evening. Unfortunately Advance tickets are sold out. Rush tickets may be available for this screening. Rush ticket lines form at screening venue approx. 1 hour before screenings.
 
For more info on the film, visit the I AM BIG BIRD website  HERE

About the Film

I AM BIG BIRD is a feature-length documentary about Caroll Spinney, who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969… and at 78 years old, he has no intention of stopping. Think you know everything there is to know about Sesame Street ? You don’t. You might know that Frank Oz turned down an offer to play Big Bird, but you probably don’t know that until a last minute change of heart by NASA, Big Bird was supposed to go to space aboard the Challenger. Or you may know that Oscar the Grouch got his voice from a cantankerous cabbie, but you’d be surprised to learn that a fire in his trash can almost led to Caroll’s untimely demise. Caroll’s stories are the stuff of legend. He has been a constant presence in our lives for over 40 years, his path weaving through American history like that of Forrest Gump. His time inside the Bird has taught him about the world and about himself. I AM BIG BIRD will peel away the instances in Caroll’s life that inspired his creation of characters that influenced generations of children. And, as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

WHAT YOU’LL SEE

In addition to compelling interviews with Caroll and his luminary puppeteer cronies, I AM BIG BIRD will feature fascinating material from Caroll’s personal archives. Among the treasures in the Spinney vault, we’ve found…

Never-before-seen footage capturing unscripted moments of       Caroll with giants like Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson

Caroll’s short films, in which he showcases his skill in animation, a talent that led to a job offer at Disney… which Caroll turned down

Thousands of snapshots and hundreds of hours of videos that capture his undying love for his wife

Paintings displaying his hidden passion for illustration

Puppets that were lovingly crafted by Caroll’s mother over 70 years ago and that he still uses today We’re using these amazing artifacts to create a dynamic portrait of an unknown man whose characters have had unrivaled influence in American pop culture.



"Muppets Most Wanted" FINAL Box Office Totals April 11-13th, 2014

Friday April 11th - $558,286
Saturday April 12th- $993,199
Sunday April 13th- $724,539
Total: $2,193,000 9th Place
 
Total Domestic: $45,752,991
Total Foreign: $14,800,000 (est)


Worldwide TOTAL: $60,552,991