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Derek DelGaudio’s Frank Oz-Directed ‘In and Of Itself’ to Be Released as a Movie

Derek DelGaudio’s Frank Oz-Directed ‘In and Of Itself’ to Be Released as a Movie
In 2016, feature film director Frank Oz directed a show called In & Of Itself, which was created by acclaimed magician Derek DelGaudio. The show played at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway in New York City and drew dozens of celebrity guests curious to experience it; while it was initially supposed to […]

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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’
Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself in the ambitious drama, which launched in Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reviews and closes the New York Film Festival on Friday. Whatever happens to this movie, it’s Norton’s baby.

At age 50, Norton is always in demand as a canny character actor, but it took nine years to develop, finance and produce “Motherless Brooklyn,” because he wanted to take the helm of a smart, ambitious drama for adults that evokes 50s period film noir New York, complete with a dissonant jazz soundtrack. Whether smarthouse crowds are ready to go there with him remains to be seen.
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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’
Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself in the ambitious drama, which launched in Telluride and Toronto to upbeat reviews and closes the New York Film Festival on Friday. Whatever happens to this movie, it’s Norton’s baby.

At age 50, Norton is always in demand as a canny character actor, but it took nine years to develop, finance and produce “Motherless Brooklyn,” because he wanted to take the helm of a smart, ambitious drama for adults that evokes 50s period film noir New York, complete with a dissonant jazz soundtrack. Whether smarthouse crowds are ready to go there with him remains to be seen.
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Netflix's Age Of Resistance: 10 Questions We Have For A Possible Season 2

The magic of Thra, from the smallest green sprout to the epic adventures of the intrepid heroes, made the original film The Dark Crystal an endearing cult hit. The talents of master creators like Jim Henson and Frank Oz have been brought to the screen again in the modern era.

Related: 10 Connections Between The Dark Crystal and Netflix's Age Of Resistance

The Netflix series was greeted with equal enthusiasm by old and new fans alike, and we can't wait for our favorite characters to return in Season Two. Here are just a few of the adventures, storylines, and character arcs that we'd like to see continue in the second season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
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Netflix's The Dark Crystal series unleashes a hilarious and musical gag reel

  • JoBlo
On August 30th of this year, Netflix and The Jim Henson Company unleashed one of the most visually-spellbinding series of the year with The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance. The enchanted and episodic prequel to Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 original film invites fantasy fans to the world of Thra, a magical land that lies on the brink of destruction after the Crystal of Truth is corrupted by a…
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Daniel Craig: "Knives Out"

The new mystery feature "Knives Out" is written and directed by Rian Johnson ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell and Christopher Plummer, opening November 27, 2019:

".... a modern take on the whodunit murder mystery, the film follows a family gathering gone horribly awry...

"...as renowned crime novelist 'Harlan Thrombey' (Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday. 

"The inquisitive and debonair 'Det. Benoit Blanc' (Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. 

"From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web...

"...of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death..."

Cast also includes Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Raúl Castillo, Noah Segan, Frank Oz and M. Emmet Walsh.

Johnson cited several classic mystery thrillers as influences on the film,
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Stephen Colbert Turns Donald Trump Into a Monstrous Plant in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Mashup (Video)

  • The Wrap
Stephen Colbert Turns Donald Trump Into a Monstrous Plant in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Mashup (Video)
Donald Trump’s presidency is like a plant. His words, not ours. He compared the movement that he and his supporters have made to a seed slowly taking root while at his rally in North Carolina on Monday.

So naturally Stephen Colbert and company asked with their latest mashup video Tuesday night: “If Donald Trump was a plant, what plant would he be?”

The Late Show” team came up with the other-worldly, blood-crazed monstrosity from the 1986 cult classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” now called “Bigly Shop of Horrors,” to quote one of the president’s other best words.

Also Read: Joe Biden Mocks Himself After Stephen Colbert Asks 'Are You Going Nuts?' (Video)

“It all began back in 2016. What started as a seed, grew into a corpulent, narcissistic plant, that couldn’t keep its stems to itself,” the cold open segment begins. “Now this self-involved plant is terrorizing
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Knives Out Tiff Premiere: Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis & more on the whodunit

  • HeyUGuys
We present our interviews from the Tiff premiere of Rian Johnson’s star-studded whodunit Knives Out. Starring Ana de Amas, Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Katherine Langford, Michael Shannon, James Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Riki Lindhome and Frank Oz. What a cast! An Avenger, James Bond, A Von Trapp and Laurie Strode – what more could you want from a Murder By Death type killer comedy in proper Agatha Christie land.

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, here are the interviews from the red carpet.

Synopsis:

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
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‘The Dark Crystal’ Production Designer Gavin Bocquet on Bringing Jim Henson’s Thra Back to Life

Imagine for a moment the sheer amount of willpower, manpower, and creative effort that went into not only faithfully recreating Jim Henson's fantasy world from The Dark Crystal but vastly expanding it for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. That was the task set out for the production team, led by Production Designer Gavin Bocquet. An alumnus of Star Wars, having worked with George Lucas and Frank Oz on four feature films in the franchise in addition to more than 30 other titles, Emmy-winner Bocquet was well-suited to bring new and returning aspects of this alien world …
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Critics Pick Their Favorite Puppet TV Characters of All Time

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s your favorite puppet character on TV of all time? Why?

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Paste Magazine

Given my lifelong love of Henson productions, most especially the Muppets (and all related movies), it’s no surprise that I’ve become fully obsessed with “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” But to pick a favorite puppet? It’s nearly impossible. I have to pick two. Ok, three. It’s important that they’re all represented!

For one: Deet, a Gelfling. The heart and soul of the series, so sweet, so cute. One of the series’ writers revealed recently that Deet is based off of the way his girlfriend talks about horses. It fits; Deet is pure goodness and joy, but she’s also strong and brave. Two: Hup, the
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Link Tank: 13 Facts About The Muppets Take Manhattan

Spencer Mullen Sep 4, 2019

The Muppets Take Manhattan, Harry Potter Books, It Chapter Two, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Australia is about to meet its own renewable energy goals.

"Australia is about to meet its renewable energy goals at lightning speed. The Clean Energy Regulator, the government body responsible for overseeing the targets, announced Wednesday that it has given the thumbs-up to enough energy capacity to meet its target for large-scale grid projects. The goal was to produce 33,000 gigawatt-hours of clean energy by 2020."

Read more at Inverse.

A Catholic school has banned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series for its depiction of witchcraft.

"Well, this is new: an American Catholic school has banned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series because you might accidentally conjure “evil spirits” while reading. Expecto idiotum. This story is receiving a lot of news coverage—some might say an outsize amount of attention, since
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Lisa Henson believes her father would be “really happy” with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

In 1982, Jim Henson released the puppet animated dark fantasy adventure movie, The Dark Crystal. The film revolved around a group of Gelfling on a journey to restore balance to their world, Thra, by restoring a powerful broken crystal currently under control by the evil Skeksis.

Unfortunately, Henson never had the chance to further explore the world of Thra and expand on the lore as he passed away in 1990. However, Netflix has recently released The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel series that explores a previous time in Thra’s history – which both critics and fans are praising.

Now, according to Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson, she believes her father would have approved of the prequel series. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Lisa stated that she feels confident that Jim would have liked what the show has achieved:

“I feel confident that he would like it and be really happy,
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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance review – puppet fantasy is purely for the fans

The prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 film has a nice retro vibe and is unexpectedly topical, but ultimately is a prime example of ‘Netflix bloat’

This is Netflix at its best and worst. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance treats a niche fandom to a luxury rendering of the world they hold dear, taking its time to build a mappable fantasy realm teeming with details that will repay repeated viewings and fuel endless nocturnal discussions. Few linear broadcasters would consider it and, if you can’t step fully into the series’ domain, you might soon think they had a point and that this is a gauche folly.

The new series is a prequel to the cult 1982 film The Dark Crystal. That was, in essence, Jim Henson and Frank Oz suddenly screaming in Muppets fans’ faces, handing them rotten darkness instead of clean fluff. Whereas the protagonist there was one of
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‘The Dark Crystal’ Review: ‘Age of Resistance’ Is Pure Magic

‘The Dark Crystal’ Review: ‘Age of Resistance’ Is Pure Magic
Move over, “Game of Thrones.” What’s taking so long, “Lord of the Rings”? Netflix has brought “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” to TV, and it’s the bewitching and immersive experience that high fantasy fans have been waiting for.

Jim Henson and Frank Oz first performed alchemy in 1982 with the dark fantasy film “The Dark Crystal,” which gained a cult following in the ensuing 37 years. Now, the spell has been handed down to a new group of practitioners who’ve expanded and even improved upon the original. “Age of Resistance” transforms pointy-faced Gelflings into dauntless, epic heroes and creates a world that thrums with so much life that viewers will also hear the song of Thra themselves. Oh, what a time to be alive and a puppet!

Drawing upon “Dark Crystal” research texts, creation myth short stories, and Ya prequel novels, co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ reviews: The 1982 cult film gets an ‘epic,’ ‘magical,’ ‘gorgeous,’ ‘innovative’ Netflix prequel

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ reviews: The 1982 cult film gets an ‘epic,’ ‘magical,’ ‘gorgeous,’ ‘innovative’ Netflix prequel
The Dark Crystal” film was unusual at the time it was released in 1982: a dark fantasy world featuring puppetry by Muppets maestro Jim Henson. But that unique marriage of story, tone and medium has allowed the film to survive through the ensuing decades as a cult favorite, enough so that Netflix bankrolled an entire prequel series, “Age of Resistance,” to open up the world of the crusading Gelflings and evil Skeksis. It debuted on the streaming service on August 30. So what do critics think of this return to the planet Thra?

The reviews for have mostly been glowing. As of this writing it has a MetaCritic score of 85 based on 14 reviews counted thus far, 11 of them positive, 3 of them mixed. Over on Rotten Tomatoes the series is rated 87% fresh based on 38 reviews, only 5 of them classified as negative. The Rt critics’ consensus says “Age of Resistance” “will please old
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‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Team Talks Adapting Jim Henson’s Lore for a Darker, Puppet-Driven Series

  • Variety
‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Team Talks Adapting Jim Henson’s Lore for a Darker, Puppet-Driven Series
With “Game of Thrones” smashing Emmy and viewership records for its final season this year and a highly-anticipated “Lord of the Rings” series in the works at Amazon, it’s fair to say fantasy worlds and magical kingdoms are in right now.

Enter “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a prequel series to the original 1982 Jim Henson film, which tells the story of a group of young Gelflings who discover that their overlords — the evil, hideous Skeksis — are duplicitous and plan to consume their subjects’ life energy via the dark crystal in order to fuel their own.

While “Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” were clearly points of reference for writers and co-executive producers Will Matthews, Jeffrey Addiss and Javier Grillo-Marxuach, “The Dark Crystal” has one key point of difference: the show uses puppets instead of actors.

The Dark Crystal” hails from the Jim Henson Company, known primarily for its successful children’s’ programming,
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How Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ Production Team Connected Prequel Series to the Original

  • Variety
How Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ Production Team Connected Prequel Series to the Original
The Dark Crystal,” the family-oriented fantasy drama directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was groundbreaking when Universal released it in 1982. Now a cult classic, it offered an original blend of Brothers Grimm-style fairy-tale magic and state-of-the-art animatronic puppetry.

Now, 37 years later, Netflix and the Jim Henson Co. revive the world dreamed up by Oz and Henson with “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a 10-episode prequel series directed by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) that revisits planet Thra and its mysterious inhabitants via tactile design, puppetry and hand-crafted effects.

“We wanted to make sure what we were doing felt right,” says Toby Froud, design supervisor on “Age of Resistance,” which drops Aug. 30. Froud has a long history with “Dark Crystal”: His father, Brian Froud, was the acclaimed concept artist on the original film, and Froud himself starred as the baby kidnapped by David Bowie in Oz and Henson’s follow-up project,
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The Long Journey of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

The Long Journey of ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’
Once upon a time, Jim Henson found himself stranded in the middle of a snowstorm. To pass the time, the Muppet Show creator began to dream up an elaborate story of mystics, monsters, and two different races — a vulturelike aristocracy called the Skeksis and a kindhearted, elfin people known as Gelflings — battling over the fate of their planet, Thra. By the time the storm ended, Henson had a 25-page movie treatment. He called it The Dark Crystal. The pioneering puppeteer was prepared to stake his whole career and his relationship with his No.
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New Muppets Reboot Coming From Disney

Gavin Jasper Aug 23, 2019

Muppets Now is the new Muppet show and it's unscripted! Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!

For years, the Muppets have been Disney’s unused puzzle piece. Despite being such a timeless and beloved corner of entertainment, Disney hasn’t been able to figure out how to best use Kermit and the rest in modern times. The 2011 movie The Muppets brought them back in style, but relied heavily on pressing nostalgia buttons. Its 2014 follow-up Muppets Most Wanted didn’t quite hit the same highs and so we got an ABC series, again called The Muppets, which focused on Kermit and Piggy’s post-break-up in a semi-improvisational, Larry Sanders Show, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm style. While it had its strong points, there was a lot of creative meddling and the show was unable to find its footing, and so it ended after one season.

The Muppet Babies reboot appears to be doing well,
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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Review: Puppets Are Still Cool

"Different people ask us about the Muppets and The Dark Crystal and they're so totally different," Jim Henson told a BBC interviewer in 1983, during an appearance with Dark Crystal co-director Frank Oz. "In my mind, I can't connect them at all. It's like you go out of one house and you walk over and ...

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