4 items from 2014
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
Hellion: handsome, haunting exploration of toxic male adolescence, with a star-making performance by its young star, but we’ve seen this story many times before [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Ernest & Celestine: might be the most ridiculously cute movie I’ve ever seen, in a way that transforms adorableness into something honest and wise and deeply satisfying [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
Amadeus: the Oscar Best Picture biopic of the brilliant composer and the jealousy that drove his teacher and rival [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Ever After: this feminist updating of the Cinderella fairy tale is a frothy delight: a little bit Renaissance Festival, a little bit Monty Python, and a whole lotta fun [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: warm and wonderful caper comedy about an adventurous and resourceful little girl soldiering on »
- MaryAnn Johanson
For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).
As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes. »
- Marc Snetiker
On Tuesday night, Syfy premieres “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” a reality series akin to “Project Runway” with 10 designers scrambling to make the next Yoda instead of an overflowing dress. The first episode features a sea animal assignment that ends with a screen test (and tears). The contestants battle over hand-glue and sliced foam for a prize worth $100,000, which includes a job at Henson’s old shop.
The star of the series is Brian Henson, the company chairman, Jim’s oldest son and one of the judges. Brian started his career on the special effects team of 1984′s “Muppets Take Manhattan,” and his credits include 1986′s “Labyrinth,” 1990′s “The Witches” and the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” big-screen movie, where he acted as second-unit director. In the ’90s, he directed two chestnut Muppets classics, “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island,” before Kermit and his Muppet pals were »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Interview Simon Brew 27 Jan 2014 - 06:15
It's March 2013, and we're having a pinch-yourself day. For we're on the set of Muppets Most Wanted (still simply known as Muppets II at this point), and have seen things that would have our younger selves pinching ourselves. We'll have, as a result, a lot more on the film for you in the weeks ahead.
Our starting point though is when we're bundled into a room with a bunch of other wide-eyed visitors from around Europe. Turns out the room belongs to one of the stars of the film, Ricky Gervais. And turns out too that he's wearing a lemur costume, »
4 items from 2014
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