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Berlin's Marcus Liesenfeld aka DJ Supermarkt is on a roll at the moment. Following his excellent edits of I Wanna See You Dance by Andy Pratt and Capsule by Michael Nesmith, we now have his take on this track by Jaye P. Morgan, the ecl...
Berlin's Marcus Liesenfeld aka DJ Supermarkt is on a roll at the moment. Following his excellent edits of I Wanna See You Dance by Andy Pratt and Capsule by Michael Nesmith, we now have his take on this track by Jaye P. Morgan, the eclectic singer and controversial panellist on The Gong Show (and guest on The Muppet Show). 'Let's Get Together' is from Morgan's brief Westcoast phase in 1976 and her self-titled album featured a host of LA AOR legends such as Bill Champlain, David Foster, Jeff Porcaro and Lee Ritenour. Download / Buy original version
about 4 hours ago
Elmo and Fozzie Bear The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. recently received over 20 Henson puppets and props on the anniversary of Jim Henson’s birthday. The donations include characters from Th...
Elmo and Fozzie Bear The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. recently received over 20 Henson puppets and props on the anniversary of Jim Henson’s birthday. The donations include characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock. According to the museum’s blog, the collection won’t be on display immediately as they need to be repaired in the museum’s textiles conservation lab. The museum’s senior costumes conservator, Sunae Park Evans, and executive director of The Jim Henson Legacy, Bonnie Erickson, are collaborating to make these crucial repairs. Behind the scenes photos from the collection are available to view at the museum’s Flickr page. “Grover’s tag identifies him as “Old Grover.” The tag also notes that this Grover, from 1967, is the “wrong color.” Today, Grover has blue fur and a pink nose.” J.P. Grosse, Scooter, and the Swedish Chef “Red Fraggle, Boober Fraggle, and Traveling Matt” images via National Museum of American History via National Museum of American History, My Modern Metropolis
7 days ago
WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY" I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.... JIM HENSONThe BiographyRead by Kirby Heyborne BY BRIAN JAY JONESABOUT THE BOOK:For the first time ever—a comprehensive biog...
WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY" I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.... JIM HENSONThe BiographyRead by Kirby Heyborne BY BRIAN JAY JONESABOUT THE BOOK:For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story. This extraordinary biography—written with the generous cooperation of the Henson family—covers the full arc of Henson’s all-too-brief life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi, through the years of burgeoning fame in America, to the decade of international celebrity that preceded his untimely death at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds of hours of new interviews with Henson's family, friends, and closest collaborators, as well as unprecedented access to private family and company archives, Brian Jay Jones explores the creation of the Muppets, Henson’s contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television. Jones provides the imaginative context for Henson’s non-Muppet projects, including the richly imagined worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth—as well as fascinating misfires like Henson’s dream of opening an inflatable psychedelic nightclub. An uncommonly intimate portrait, Jim Henson captures all the facets of this American original: the master craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on television, the savvy businessman whose dealmaking prowess won him a reputation as “the new Walt Disney,” and the creative team leader whose collaborative ethos earned him the undying loyalty of everyone who worked for him. Here also is insight into Henson’s intensely private personal life: his Christian Science upbringing, his love of fast cars and expensive art, and his weakness for women. Though an optimist by nature, Henson was haunted by the notion that he would not have time to do all the things he wanted to do in life—a fear that his heartbreaking final hours would prove all too well founded. An up-close look at the charmed life of a legend, Jim Henson gives the full measure to a man whose joyful genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture—and continues to beguile audiences worldwide.PRAISE FOR JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY:“I’m a rabid Jim Henson fan—his brilliant ideas spawned shows that entertained and educated millions, myself included. Jim Henson vibrantly delves into the magnificent man and his Muppet methods. It’s an absolute must read!”—Neil Patrick Harris “[Brian Jay Jones’s] lucid style, wide-angle perspective, and deep immersion in Henson’s exuberantly innovative approach to puppets, television, and film make for a thoroughly compelling read. . . . With verve and insight, Jones illuminates the full scope of Henson’s genius, phenomenal productivity, complex private life, zeal to do good, and astronomical influence.”—Booklist (starred review) “I worked with Jim for more than thirty years. He was one of my closest friends. And yet I found out things about him in Jim Henson that were new to me. Brian Jay Jones has captured the layers of Jim’s genius and humanity, as well as the flaws that made Jim, like all of us, so delightfully imperfect. Jim needed this book to be written. I thank Brian for giving Jim life again. This book has captured the spirit of Jim Henson.”—Frank Oz “Masterful . . . Jones continually shows that Henson left the world a better place, which serves as the book's theme. . . . [Jim Henson] can be enjoyed by readers of more than one generation.”—Kirkus Reviews “The book’s most eng
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Kermit Growing up with The Muppets, I always wondered what would happen to them once they weren’t on TV anymore. As a child I assumed they would be displayed in the Henson homes for generations to come. When Jim Henson died, my h...
Kermit Growing up with The Muppets, I always wondered what would happen to them once they weren’t on TV anymore. As a child I assumed they would be displayed in the Henson homes for generations to come. When Jim Henson died, my heart broke, wondering what would happen to all the felt and foam children he’d given life to. In 1994 I had hope restored. Kermit went to live in a museum. I could go visit him! But then it occurred to me, Kermit…was alone. Thankfully, he won’t be alone much longer. It seems that 21 different Muppets will be going to live in Eternity with Kermit at The (famous) Smithsonian Museum, including his beloved Piggy. the gang For the past 19 years, since being donated to the American History Museum in 1994, Kermit the Frog has languished alone in a glass case, unable to see his beloved. But today, the museum announces that the Jim Henson Legacy organization and the Henson family is donating 21 of Henson’s most cherished puppets from “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street” and other shows and films—a group that includes Elmo, the Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear and, perhaps most important for Kermit, his longtime love, Miss Piggy. Fans of the Muppets will be able to see some of these latest additions to the collection in December in a new exhibition on puppetry (The Count, Oscar the Grouch and others will take a bow first with other Muppets rotating in every few months.) Miss Piggy will take a star turn as part of the museum’s permanent “American Stories” exhibition. Piggy wearing THE Hope Diamond! I wanna go! I wanna go! To welcome Miss Piggy, Smithsonian magazine’s editors treated her to a photo shoot featuring two of the Institution’s most valued treasures—Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers and the Hope Diamond. Pairing the Muppet with the diamond required a secret, predawn escort to the Natural History Museum and an armed guard at the museum’s Gems Hall. After staging and art direction by Erickson, she was photographed wearing a necklace bearing the 45.52-carat stone by the award-winning fashion photographer Cade Martin. Okay, now I have to go. Whose driving? Full story HERE.
13 days ago
Feature Andrew Blair 28 Aug 2013 - 07:23 Andrew reports back on Brian Henson's session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, on the evolution of puppetry... That Puppet Game Show is the u...
Feature Andrew Blair 28 Aug 2013 - 07:23 Andrew reports back on Brian Henson's session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, on the evolution of puppetry... That Puppet Game Show is the unlikely combination of B-list celebrities and new creations from the Jim Henson Company. Brian Henson, director of modern classic The Muppet Christmas Carol and 'How to Introduce the Unique Stylings of Tim Curry to children' (aka Muppet Treasure Island), is a puppeteer on the show, and as such was around to give a presentation at the Edinburgh TV Festival about the history of his father's creations.  So, first of all, Brian Henson was in the room. This was very exciting. I mean, he's Brian Henson. The guy Exec-Produced Farscape.  Starting with a rare clip from a 1956 episode of Sam and Friends (featuring a pre-recorded back projection and the then non-gender-or-species specific Kermit puppet), Brian Henson documented his father's approach and the stylings that set it apart from other puppet shows. Jim Henson preferred to think of the TV as a stage, as exemplified by the clip shown. In it, a character appears on television while stuck on a loop, and two viewing Muppets comment on this before the camera zooms slowly towards the screen. Then Sam and Kermit begin miming to a song (Kermit in a wig, as he was miming to female vocals). This clip demonstrates a technique that Henson and That Puppet Game Show puppeteer Dave Chapman showed live: as on a stage, the characters can more easily break the Fourth Wall, addressing the audience directly. Performers are trained to know where their character's eyeline is in respect to the camera, so that they can address the viewer directly. There's an element of realism that comes from this. Despite the Muppets' appearance, they don't do anything as jadedly wacky as appearing from above or below screen, walking across it as if it were a stage, and in some cases performing an exacting degree of lip-sync. By involving their audience as if they were performing live, it makes them feel more solid and real. Conversely, with Muppets being all manner of creatures, there's no sense of human preconception. If a new character appears, you genuinely have no idea what it's going to be, and people don't know how to react. Interestingly, Brian Henson notes that on top of this, his father rarely utilised the nuclear family setup, instead opting for the family of friends approach. There's a subtle critique of societal attitudes and the damaging effect they can have, achieved through the medium of a Rat and a Whatever hanging out together and occasionally narrating classic literature. Who knew? Brian Henson also discussed the technical aspects of the puppets and the production. Demonstrating both one and two-handed puppets, and showing some behind the scenes clips from The Muppet Show, Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, there's an insight into the constantly evolving technology that the Henson Company has used in its puppetry, as well as the personalities of its actors. Did you know, for example, that one of the reasons Swedish Chef works so well is because Frank Oz is operating both arms? Having been asked to do both hands (usually it'll be two puppeteers operating separate hands, leading to incidents when the more experienced hand can occasionally be seen restraining the other), something unusual for one of the lead puppeteers, Oz responded by moving faster than Jim Henson (operating the rest of the Muppet) could cope with, so the character's hands continually led the rest of him around the room, by which time they'd moved onto something else in a different direction (Hence the physical unpredictability of the Swedish Chef. The voice came from Jim Henson's love of gadgets, and listening to a tape called 'How to Speak Mock Swedish'  after purchasing an early cassette rec
about 1 month ago
Set the music! Set the lights! Jim Henson’s beloved creations are taking the stage at Marvel with THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HARDCOVER! Writer Roger Langridge’s award-winning comic adventures of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Be...
Set the music! Set the lights! Jim Henson’s beloved creations are taking the stage at Marvel with THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HARDCOVER! Writer Roger Langridge’s award-winning comic adventures of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, and all your favorite felt friends are finally collected in this oversized hardcover collection that’s as massive as it is hilarious! Collecting THE MUPPET SHOW, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK: THE TREASURE OF PEG-LEG WILSON, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and THE MUPPETS, no fan can afford to miss this essential piece of Muppet Mastery! "I'm extremely proud of the work I did on the Muppet Show comic books and thrilled to hear that they'll be available soon in this long-lasting format,” said Langridge. “This is one of those rare cases where corporate imperatives neatly intersected with a cartoonist's own interests and passions, and I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that Marvel thought my efforts were worth commemorating with such a prestigious edition." Explore every corner of the Muppet Universe, from the broiling labs of Bunsen and Beaker to the deep reaches of the galaxy with Piiiigs In Spaaace, in a Muppet experience like no other. And of course, no Muppet production would be complete without Kermit and the Glam Ham herself, Miss Piggy! Strap in for a knee-slapping joy ride that celebrates the best of what the Muppets and comics have to offer with THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HARDCOVER!
about 1 month ago
Set the music! Set the lights! Jim Henson’s beloved creations are taking the stage at Marvel with THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HARDCOVER! Writer Roger Langridge’s award-winning comic adventures of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Be...
Set the music! Set the lights! Jim Henson’s beloved creations are taking the stage at Marvel with THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HARDCOVER! Writer Roger Langridge’s award-winning comic adventures of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, and all your favorite felt friends are finally collected in this oversized hardcover collection that’s as massive as it is hilarious! Collecting THE MUPPET SHOW, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK: THE TREASURE OF PEG-LEG WILSON, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and THE MUPPETS, no fan can afford to miss this essential piece of Muppet Mastery! "I'm extremely proud of the work I did on the Muppet Show comic books and thrilled to hear that they'll be available soon in this long-lasting format,” said Langridge. “This is one of those rare cases where corporate imperatives neatly intersected with a cartoonist's own interests and passions, and I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that Marvel thought my efforts were worth commemorating with such a prestigious edition." Explore every corner of the Muppet Universe, from the broiling labs of Bunsen and Beaker to the deep reaches of the galaxy with Piiiigs In Spaaace, in a Muppet experience like no other. And of course, no Muppet production would be complete without Kermit and the Glam Ham herself, Miss Piggy! Strap in for a knee-slapping joy ride that celebrates the best of what the Muppets and comics have to offer with THE MUPPETS OMNIBUS HARDCOVER!
about 1 month ago
Kermit was not the first true Muppet “star.” The original Kermit was made out of an old coat that once belonged to Jim Henson’s mother and the eyes were made from ping-pong balls. Jim Henson first created The Muppets in 1955 for his TV...
Kermit was not the first true Muppet “star.” The original Kermit was made out of an old coat that once belonged to Jim Henson’s mother and the eyes were made from ping-pong balls. Jim Henson first created The Muppets in 1955 for his TV show called Sam and Friends. According to Jim Henson, the Muppets got their name from a combination between the words “Marionette” and “Puppet.” Kermit would occasionally don a blond wig to assume a feminine alter ego, Kermina. The name of The Muppet Show pilot, that aired in 1975, was The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence. The Muppet Show is not an American show, it’s actually British. Kermit was not the original host of The Muppet Show. Nigel, the orchestra conductor, hosted the “Sex and Violence” pilot. He was dropped because he was deemed “too wimpy” to host the show. The first Muppet to achieve national stardom was Rowlf the Dog, he was a cast member on The Jimmy Dean Show from 1963 to 1966. Miss Piggy first appearance was on the Herb Alpert’s 1974 TV special Herb Alpert and the TJB. According to her puppeteer, Frank Oz, Miss Piggy’s had a pretty rough childhood. In 1979, Oz told The New York Times: “She grew up in a small town in Iowa; her father died when she was young, and her mother wasn’t that nice to her. She had to enter beauty contests to survive, as many single women do. She has a lot of vulnerability which she has to hide, because of her need to be a superstar.”  Statler and Waldorf are named after two New York City hotels: The Statler Hilton (now the Hotel Pennsylvania) and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. During it’s six year run, no celebrity was allowed to be The Muppet Show more than once. Guest stars on The Muppet Show could request to appear in a scene with their favorite Muppet. Miss Piggy was the most requested. Animal was a close second. Gonzo first appearance was as Snarl, the Cigar Box Frackle, in the 1970 TV special The Great Santa Claus Switch . Animal was inspired by Keith Moon of The Who. The largest Muppet is Thog, he stands over 9 1/2 feet tall and is 4 feet wide. Miss Piggy’s full name is Miss Piggy Lee. Almost all the Muppets are left-handed. Miss Piggy is a New York Times best-selling author. Fozzie was named after puppet builder Faz Fazakas, who among other things, helped create the mechanism that allowed Fozzie to wiggle his ears. The idea for the animated series Muppet Babies, came from the dream sequence in the film The Muppets Take Manhattan.
about 1 month ago
The Muppet Movie arrives on Blu-ray, right in time to perk interest for the new Muppet film that hits theaters next year. It doesn’t matter how many new Muppet movies get made, though; none can equal the charm and witty humor of the 1979...
The Muppet Movie arrives on Blu-ray, right in time to perk interest for the new Muppet film that hits theaters next year. It doesn’t matter how many new Muppet movies get made, though; none can equal the charm and witty humor of the 1979 original, written by Jack Burns and Jerry Juhl and directed by James Frawley. Fresh from the success of the hilarious Muppet Show TV series, Jim Henson and his associates made The Muppet Movie a bonafide success, both critically and with theatergoers. It generated a hit soundtrack album and garnered an Academy Award nomination for the wonderful song, “The Rainbow Connection” (written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher) and won a Grammy for Best Album for Children. Everything works in this movie. The story is a classic tale of following your dream. The script is funny, melancholy, weird and optimistic. The characters regularly break the fourth wall, creating a sense of community with the audience, as in “we’re all in this together.” And the songs are near perfect. Oh, and there are the cameos, a blend of old Hollywood and 70s hipness human cameos. During the county fair sequence, Elliot Gould (at the peak of his popularity), Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Bob Hope and Richard Pryor all appear within minutes of each other. Elsewhere, Steve Martin (then a rising comedian) and Mel Brooks also have screen time. This was the spirit of The Muppet Show, in which you’d see Rita Moreno one week and Elton John the next and this approach worked seamlessly in The Muppet Movie. Sadly, I feel that Disney sometimes tries to cram their stars in the new Muppet movies, how else do you explain Selena Gomez, Whoopi Gholberg and Rico Rodriquez appearing in the movie. The cast list for the new film includes Brigit Mendler, Debby Ryan and Joss Lynch. Don’t know who they are? Just ask a kid who watches the Disney Channel and they’ll tell you. Is it too far fetched to expect Iron Man and Luke Skywalker in future films? Thankfully, Disney finally gives us The Muppet Movie on Blu-ray for children of all ages to watch for years to come. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a film should rank at the top of the best family movies, a list that would include E.T., Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It continues to entertain. Henson, Frank Oz and their motley crew of puppeteers pulled off a remarkable feat in 1979: they made a movie for the ages. While it’s a great thing to see this Blu-ray release, what I’d really love to see is Disney invest in a complete remastering of the film. While this release definitely improves over the most recent DVD issues, the film print is still very grainy and the sound still could use some punching up. I hate to be critical of one of my favorite films. But we all know the technology is around and that this film, which was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2009, deserves to have the full kit and caboodle. The Muppet Movie: the Original Classic- Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition comes with a digital copy of the film, as well as assorted bonus features, including Disney Intermission Frog-E-Oke Sing-Along (which mean, when you pause the film, there are some cool extra features that were shot for the Blu-ray release); Jim Frawley’s Extended Camera Test; Doc Hopper’s Extended Camera Test Commercial; Original Theatrical Trailers and Outtake Easter Eggs.
about 1 month ago
It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to meet the B/R Offseason Award winners. Over the past decade or so, it's become clear: The NFL offseason is almost as entertaining as the game itself. Exploding ratin...
It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to meet the B/R Offseason Award winners. Over the past decade or so, it's become clear: The NFL offseason is almost as entertaining as the game itself. Exploding ratings for the draft, round-the-clock live coverage of free-agency signings and a record number of NFL analysis shows getting added to multiple television networks prove our hunger for NFL football can never be satisfied. From the college all-star games and draft evaluation, through the new "legal tampering period" and crazy first days of free agency, up through the draft, rookie camps, OTAs and training camp, it seems like NFL action never stops. Sometimes, the game-within-a-game that happens every spring seems even more fun than the real games in autumn. With rosters set and preseason finally upon us, it's time to reward the teams who "won" the offseason with the biggest moves, the splashiest signings and the sharpest drafting. It's time to shame the players and teams who "lost" the offseason with the summer disappearing acts and head-scratching deals. With apologies to The Muppet Show, it's time to get things started on the 2013 B/R NFL Offseason Awards.Begin Slideshow
2 months ago