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Dark Comedy Puppet Movie The Happytime Murders Moving Forward with Melissa McCarthy

3 May 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After years in development, it looks like viewers will finally get to see a darkly comedic take on the world of puppets in The Happytime Murders. Taking place in a world where puppets and humans live together, the film will feature a grisly murder mystery that must be solved by a pair of detectives, one human and one puppet. The movie is now finally moving forward with Melissa McCarthy set to star and produce, Brian Henson (son of the legendary Jim Henson) on board as the director, and filming expected to begin this August.

Press Release: (Burbank, CA, May 2, 2017) — STXfilms, whose Bad Moms was 2016’s highest grossing R-rated comedy, teams with comedic genius Melissa McCarthy in The Happytime Murders, directed by Brian Henson. The announcement was made today by STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson and Sam Brown, President of Production for STXfilms, a division of Stx Entertainment.

The comedy is set »

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’

2 May 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy has come on board Stx’s noir comedy “The Happytime Murders.”

The comedy, directed by Brian Henson, is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

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“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” McCarthy said in a press release.

The film is set to begin production this August and will be produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. Producers are Brian HensonJeffrey Hayes, McCarthy, and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson »

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STXfilms, Melissa McCarthy unite for 'The Happytime Murders'

2 May 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Comedy takes place in world where humans and puppets co-exist.

STXfilms and Melissa McCarthy are teaming up on The Happytime Murders, which is scheduled to go into production in August.

McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s On The Day Productions will produce the buddy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where humans and puppets coexist. 

Two detectives – one from each species – must work together to solve the slaying of a former cast member on beloved puppet show The Happytime Gang.

The project hails from The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative label, On The Day Productions, and Stx films. Brian Henson will direct and produces alongside Jeffrey Hayes, McCarthy and Falcone. Lisa Henson and John W. Hyde will serve as executive producers. 

Todd Berger wrote the screenplay from a story he co-created with Dee Robertson.

Melissa McCarthy is the reigning queen of comedy and we believe she will make The Happytime Murders the kind of hysterical »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Slamdance Filmmakers Offer Up Their Best Festival-Going Tips and ‘Park City Hacks’ in Exclusive New Video — Watch

13 January 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’re heading up to Park City next week to check out the various festival offerings, we’ve got some tips for you. Thanks to Slamdance Polytechnic and Creative Future, a gaggle of Slamdance filmmaking alums, friends of the festival and knowledgeable cinephiles have joined together to offer up some “Park City Hacks” to their fest-attending brethren.

From what to pack (warm stuff, and then more warm stuff, and then probably still more warm stuff) to the best places to decompress and some very key notes on what kind of stuff to consume while you’re in Utah (more water, less booze),  the video also includes plenty of tips on how to best navigate the business side of the festival. In short, it’s got something for everyone.

Read More: Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup: ‘Aerotropolis,’ ‘The Children Send Their Regards’ and More

The video includes tips from Slamdance alumni like Peter Baxter, »

- Kate Erbland

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