TV Review: ‘Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow’

TV Review: ‘Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow’
In the early going, “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow” creates a queasy feeling roughly equivalent to the aftermath of Thanksgiving overindulgence, built as it is around dredging up a rather flimsy idea dreamt up by the Muppets mastermind nearly 50 years ago. Stick with it, though, and this Lifetime movie turns into a passable family adventure, showcasing the Henson Co.’s trademark creature designs while inoffensively building a new holiday-friendly legend around them. High art it’s not, but unlike most overstuffed Lifetime movies, the whole family can watch together, and nobody winds up a chalk outline.

Of course, reaching the heartwarming filling requires chewing through the clunky setup, which involves the newly divorced Ron Emmerson (Jay Harrington) — who won’t actually say that word — dragging his young son Tim (Graham Verchere) and predictably surly teenage daughter Annie (Genevieve Buechner) into the sticks to visit his Aunt Cyd (Mary Steenburgen).

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Muff winners announced

Addison Heath.s Under a Kaleidoscope and Timothy Spanos.s Sizzler .77 tied for best film at the 16th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

Named as best international film was Terry McMahon.s Patrick.s Day, the chronicle of a young man with mental health issues who becomes intimate with a suicidal flight attendant, prompting his obsessive mother to enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them, featuring Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, and Philip Jackson.

Under a Kaleidoscope stars Kenji Shimada, Kristen Condon, Aston Elliot, Tim Jason Wicks and Glenn Maynard in the saga of two brothers and a female neighbour who begin a voyage of discovery through the small hole in the wall that secretly joins the two apartments.

Sizzler .77 follows a crime war on Melbourne.s streets as two cops are forced to don frocks and go undercover as trannies in order to infiltrate a gang, featuring Alan King, Teri Yeboah,
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Alex Winter interview: Grand Piano, Bill & Ted, Deep Web

Director, actor and former Bill & Ted star talks about his latest film, Grand Piano, his documentary Deep Web, and lots more...

Although perhaps best known for his roles in two Bill & Ted films and The Lost Boys, Alex Winter is equally at home behind the camera, having spent the last two decades working predominantly as a director – from the cult classic Freaked, through various music videos, adverts and movies, up to his recent documentary Downloaded (which tells the story of Shawn Fanning and Napster) and the upcoming, Kickstarted-funded Deep Web.

Recently, however, he’s taken a rare step back into acting, appearing alongside Elijah Wood and John Cusack as a villainous usher in Eugenio Mira’s stylish thriller Grand Piano. We caught up with Alex down the line from his new home base in La, to discuss his work on both sides of the actor-director divide.

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Disney Channel Staking Claim to My Babysitter's a Vampire

Watching the trailer for the Canadian-produced TV movie My Babysitter’s a Vampire (making its American premiere Friday on the Disney Channel), the most glaring thing I couldn’t wrap my head around is why a kid that far in his teens still needs a babysitter – a babysitter that looks to be the same age as him.

Is this boy a juvenile delinquent? Is he a total sissy? Are his parents super overprotective? What’s the deal? And is it really a good idea to pair a teenage boy almost assuredly experiencing hormonal overdrive with a really cute girl of an appropriate age for him to engage in the sort of carnal activity the adult film world has taught me always happens whenever an attractive babysitter is hired? That doesn’t seem right at all. Same reason I think it should be illegal for women to order pizza or hire
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