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Odds And Sods: The original Muppeteers are as bright and hilarious as the characters they portray

The A.V Club had a chance to interview Frank Oz, Fran Brill, and a few of the other original Muppeteers about their new documentary, Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind The Show The Whole World Watched. The characters they’ve played have become iconic and influential for people around the world. So of course we wanted to know: Of all the characters they’ve portrayed, who do they identify with most closely?
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Odds And Sods: Frank Oz and the original Muppeteers torment one of our staffers

At SXSW, assistant editor Alex McLevy had the chance to sit down with Frank Oz, Fran Brill, and a few of the other original Muppeteers. The Muppeteers were in Austin to promotoe their new documentary, Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched. Their puppeteering and voice work is iconic and influential across generations, so it’s natural for even the most seasoned of interviewers to be a bit nervous. The Muppeteers, along with the documentary’s producer Victoria LeBalme, decided to torment Alex a bit, conducting the first part of the interview completely deadpan, leaving Alex wondering, “What the hell is going on?”
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A Delightful SXSW Conversation with Some ‘Muppet Guys Talking’

We talk to Frank Oz and the other original Muppeteers about creating characters, watching them evolve, and giving them sentience.

After a few moving documentaries about individual puppeteers, this year’s SXSW debuted a new documentary directed by Frank Oz called Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets of the Show the Whole World Watched. The film is an hour-long free form discussion with Jerry Nelson (The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew), Fran Brill (Zoe, Prairie Dawn), and Bill Barretta (Pepe, Tree-Face-Guy) loosely moderated by Oz. Because it features so many of the key personalities that have been only briefly touched upon in spotlight docs on Big Bird or Elmo, it’s a must-watch for any Muppet Show obsessive who wants to hear about what it’s like being buried in a room under a fire pit so they could perform a song with John Denver.

You wouldn’t know it from the way they talk
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‘Muppet Guys Talking’ Review: Frank Oz’s Doc Is a Loving Tribute to the Creative Spirit (And Muppets) — SXSW 2017

‘Muppet Guys Talking’ Review: Frank Oz’s Doc Is a Loving Tribute to the Creative Spirit (And Muppets) — SXSW 2017
Filmed in 2012 but proving timeless, Frank Oz’s loving and free-wheeling “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” is a must-see not only for Muppet fans and the people who made them, but for anyone seeking insight into the power of creativity.

Its title is nearly longer than its 65-minute runtime, but that’s a fine length for a doc that plays like a snappy conversation between pals. Oz assembled said “Muppet Guys” (Oz plus Muppet maestros Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta) for an unprecedented gabfest, all filmed and assembled into a satisfying inside look at the people behind (and sometimes under) the world’s most beloved puppets. In his introduction, Oz promises a look at “the spirit of The Muppets,” and “Muppet Guys Talking” delivers on that claim.

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Newswire: Frank Oz can neither confirm nor deny the return of Yoda

Other than Jim Henson, Frank Oz is the most famous man behind The Muppets, as the voice of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Grover, among others. He’s at South By Southwest right now promoting his new documentary, Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind The Show The Whole World Watched. Variety reports that the “film is a candid, often bitingly funny conversation between Oz and four of his closest colleagues: Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Bill Barretta (Rowlf The Dog), Fran Brill (Little Bird), and Jerry Nelson (Count Von Count), who died in 2012.”

Bringing those beloved characters to life might be enough for some people, but Oz went on to become a director for films like Little Shop Of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and In & Out. He also happened to voice another iconic character: Yoda, who first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back.

At SXSW, Oz candidly ...
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Frank Oz on the Legacy of Jim Henson’s Muppets

Frank Oz on the Legacy of Jim Henson’s Muppets
On Sunday morning, Frank Oz — the celebrated puppeteer behind such Jim Henson characters as Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle — premieres his new documentary “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” at SXSW. The film is a candid, often bitingly funny conversation between Oz and four of his closest colleagues: Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Bill Barretta (Rowlf the Dog), Fran Brill (Little Bird), and Jerry Nelson (Count von Count), who died in 2012.

Oz, 72, started his career as a puppeteer when he met Jim Henson at 19, and he went on to become a successful director of such comedic hits as “What About Bob?,” “In and Out,” and “Bowfinger.” He got the idea for his latest movie from his wife, Victoria, a business consultant, who thought the close camaraderie he shared with his co-workers is rare — proof that business culture can still be fun.

Oz shot the conversation some years ago,
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Sam Worthington, Timothy Spall & More Make Up ‘The Riders’

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It’s been a few good years for English-born actor, Sam Worthington – making some major bank in blockbusters including, Avatar, Terminator Salvation and Clash of the Titans. Now reports indicate that the action star is going back to his roots, presumably before work on James Cameron‘s sequels, as he’s been hired to lead the upcoming drama-thriller, The Riders, for Australian director Robert Connolly.

Michael Hirst, Francesca Brill and Brooks-Smith adapted the screenplay, which is based from Tim Winton‘s award-winning novel of the same name. The film centers on “Australian expatriate Scully (Worthington) who prepares to start a new life with his wife Jennifer and young daughter Billie in Ireland.” His life is then turned upside down when he goes to the airport to meet up with his family, but only finds Billie and not a word from his now missing wife. “With Billie in tow, he travels
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Sam Worthington Aboard The Riders

Sam Worthington Aboard The Riders
Don’t you just hate it when you plan to start a new life in another country and make the slog to the airport to meet your family, only to discover one of them is missing, triggering a frantic search across continents? That’s the dilemma Sam Worthington will be facing in a new drama-thriller called The Riders.Robert Connolly is on to direct the movie, which Michael Hirst, Francesca Brill and Susie Brooks-Smith adapted from Tim Winton’s novel.The plot finds Scully (Worthington) and his wife Jennifer travelling through Europe for two years. When they wash up in Ireland, they set their hearts on buying and renovating a farmhouse. Sully stays put to start the work while Jennifer returns to Australia to ship their belongings over. Weeks later, Scully heads to the airport to pick up his wife and their seven-year-old daughter Billie, only to discover the little girl alone,
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‘The Riders’ With Sam Worthington Is A Go

Movie Hole is reporting that The Riders starring Sam Worthington has gotten the green light.

Here’s the plot via Movie Hole:

“Australian expatriate Scully (Worthington) who prepares to start a new life with his wife Jennifer and young daughter Bille in Ireland. His life is blown apart when he goes to the airport to meet his family, but finds only Billie and no message from his missing wife. With Billie in tow, he travels to Korcula and Paris in search of Jennifer: beginning a journey of self discovery that will alter the course of his life in ways he could never have envisaged.”

Worthington will be joined by Charles Dance and Timothy Spall.

Robert Connolly is directing. Michael Hirst, Francesca Brill and Brooks-Smith adapted the Tim Winton novel for the screen.

Source: Movie Hole
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Being Elmo review

The life and times of puppeteer Kevin Clash are brought to the screen in Being Elmo. Here's Michael's review of a charming documentary...

Thanks to the success of the recent Muppets revival flick - a sequel to which has just been cheekily announced by Disney - interest in the work of Jim Henson is higher than any other time in recent memory.

With that in mind, has there ever been a riper moment for a documentary that looks into ‘the soul of a puppeteer’? In a stroke of serendipitous movie magic, this week we are treated to the release Being Elmo, a biographical documentary about Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash. The timing couldn’t be better, and, what’s more, the film isn’t half bad either.

Across a trim 80 minutes, director Constance Marks traverses not only Clash’s personal story, but also a detailed profile of the Elmo character itself.
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Muppets to the Max at the Ritz!

We’re really excited about an upcoming series we’re doing at the Ritz, the Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy program! In fact, we’re so excited we put it on the cover of our guide. Why are we excited about the Muppets?

Because Henson’s bizarre children are some of America’s most cherished cultural icons. Whether you identify with the trash-talking Oscar the Grouch, the endlessly-excitable Kermit the Frog, the karate chopping egotist Miss Piggy, or the balcony hecklers Statler and Waldorf, there’s certainly a place deep in your heart for these felt friends. And we want to celebrate that thermonuclear warmth.

We’ve partnered with The Jim Henson Legacy and Brooklyn Academy of Music to present a series of special Muppet-related programming. You’ll see some of the greatest moments of the 50+ year history of the Muppets, rarely seen gems from the Sesame Street vaults,
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Dallas Iff Announces Honoree, Centerpieces, Target Competition Line Up

The Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac Announces Ann-Margret to receive the Dallas Star Award

Beautiful Boy, Ok Buckaroos and Soul Surfer named as the Centerpiece screeningsAll Selections in the Target Documentary and Narrative CompetitionsThe Dallas International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced today that award-winning actress Ann-Margret will be honored with the Dallas Star Award at the upcoming festival (March 31 . April 10, 2011). This marks the first announcement of the prestigious Dallas Star Award Honorees.

Poignant dramas Beautiful Boy and Soul Surfer and the world premiere of Ok Buckaroos will be featured in the coveted Centerpiece screening slots. Fourteen films will vie for the unrestricted $25,000 Target cash prize in both the Target Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature Competitions.

The selection of Ann-Margret as a recipient of the Dallas Star Award follows a Dallas Iff Honoree Hall of Fame that features esteemed greats such as Sydney Pollack, Lauren Bacall, Adrien Brody,
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Sundance 2011 Review: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’S Journey

Rating: 3/5

Director: Constance Marks

Cast: Kevin Clash, Bill Barretta, Fran Brill

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’S Journey is that rare sort of documentary that is easy to forget about – a thoroughly lovely one. It’s a film about a very nice man who gets to play with puppets all day, because he loves it. Kevin Clash is a puppeteer – more specifically, he’s a muppeteer. And, if we’re really getting to the heart of it, Kevin Clash is Elmo, favored Sesame Street muppet of the younger set, famous for tickles and giggles, trademarked by his red fur and off-beat grammatical choices.

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In Pictures: '2010 AFTRA Amee Awards'

Juanes, Carmen Osbahr and Kevin Clash attending the 2010 AFTRA Amee Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. "Sesame Street" Cast attending the 2010 AFTRA Amee Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Kevin Clash attending the 2010 AFTRA Amee Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Robin Roberts attending the 2010 AFTRA Amee Awards at the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Fran Brill, Juanes,
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Good Luck, Corsica 72 and Now is Good top 2009 Brit List

  • I'm not sure what to make from the Brit List. A trio of films from last year's batch (Nowhere Boy, Never Let Me Go and The Debt (2010)The Debt
[/link]) that effectively received a greenlight, and are now in the can, and in the list's inaugural year, Grant Heslov's Men Who Stare at Goats was the top vote-getter. Now in its 3rd year, the "List" of the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays in the UK and Ireland is complied by only 40 people in the industry. You've got some attention-getting projects among the list below, that I'm sure we'll be discussing in the near future and the Playlist made a good round-up, but for the sake of getting to the cream of the crop, I'll look at the top three screenplays instead. 1. Good Luck Anthony Belcher (Ruby Films)Screenwriter: George Kay Storyline: A high-concept comedy based on an original idea by James Corden,
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