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McFarlane Toys Teaming Up with The Jim Henson Company to Release Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal Figures

Earlier this week, Netflix channeled the magic of ’80s nostalgia by announcing a new prequel series to The Dark Crystal, and now McFarlane Toys will also help bring Jim Henson's magical worlds to life by releasing official figures based on characters from Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, including a figure of David Bowie's Goblin King, Jareth, which is teased in a new image ahead of its November release.

Press Release: Tempe, Az and Hollywood, CA - May 19, 2017 –The Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys, which will harken back to its roots of “Movie Maniacs” to create figures of classic characters from two of Henson’s most well-known features Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, Labyrinth is a fanboy favorite and wonder of puppetry. Stuck babysitting her brother, teenager Sarah, resentfully wishes The Goblin King (memorably portrayed
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The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Prequel Series Announced by Netflix, Watch the First Teaser Video

We haven't seen the last of Skeksis' wrath, as Netflix has announced the new series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. A collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, the ten-episode series is a prequel to Henson's beloved 1982 film and is teased in its first trailer.

Press Release: Hollywood, CA (May 18, 2017) - A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud[/link], the original feature’s conceptual designer.
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Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer Reveals Netflix Prequel Series

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Trailer Reveals Netflix Prequel Series
A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company's Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Brian Froud[/link], the original feature's conceptual designer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk
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Melissa McCarthy to Star in R-Rated Puppet Comedy “The Happytime Murders”

Melissa McCarthy in “Mike & Molly”

Melissa McCarthy is about to kick some puppet ass. Deadline reports that the Oscar-nominated actress has signed on to star in and produce STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders,” an R-rated puppet movie. Since the film takes place in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, we’re betting the queen of physical comedy is going to have some epic battles with puppets.

Set in the underbelly of La, “The Happytime Murders” follows two “clashing” detectives, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet. According to the source, they’re “forced to work together to figure out who is brutally murdering the former cast of ‘The Happytime Gang,’ a beloved classic puppet show.” The project sounds destined to be a cult classic.

Melissa McCarthy is the reigning queen of comedy, and we believe she will make ‘The Happytime Murders’ the kind of hysterical, edgy, viral event that audiences today crave,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “This is the kind of script and material that was made for Melissa’s smart and boundary-pushing sensibilities.”

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

Brian Henson (“Sid the Science Kid,” “Muppet Treasure Island”) will direct.

McCarthy’s next big screen projects include “Life of the Party,” a college-set comedy she co-wrote, and Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” a dark comedy about a journalist who forges letters from late writers and actors. Check out our cross-post explaining why McCarthy is considered such a valuable asset at the box office.

Melissa McCarthy to Star in R-Rated Puppet Comedy “The Happytime Murders” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime
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New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles
Hulu has announced the new titles that will be available to stream on the platform during the month of April. Leading the pack is the new original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name and starring Elisabeth Moss. The series premieres April 26.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

Also available to stream next month are a handful of modern classics, such as “Robocop,” “Days of Thunder,” “Thelma & Louise,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Election,” “JFK,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” as well as indie favorites like “Short Term 12,” “The Babadook,” “In a World,” and “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

Find the list of all titles coming to Hulu in April below.

April 1

1408 (2007) (*Showtime)

A Horse Tale (2015)

Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Affliction (1998)

Almost Famous (2000)

America’s Sweethearts (2001) (*Showtime)

Bad Company (1995) (*Showtime)

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (*Showtime
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The Reality of Ryan’s Toy Review: It’s Hard Work

As a parent I’ve seen more children’s TV than I’d care to mention. If there’s one thing I’ve figured out about the 3-7 year old demographic it’s that its close to impossible to tell what these kids are going to latch onto. Seriously. That’s the only constant I know. No one knew while creating the Teletubbies that they would take off. No one could have really predicted if Sid the Science Kid would be successful. Yes, I’m sure there are analysts at work right now studying trends and doing the math on what might project well with little kids, but

The Reality of Ryan’s Toy Review: It’s Hard Work
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Jim Henson Company to Sign Deal with Cdc for Zika Cartoon, Starring Sid the Science Kid

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The Centers for Disease Control is negotiating a near-million dollar deal with The Jim Henson Company to produce a cartoon featuring Sid the Science Kid ... warning preschoolers about Zika. The Cdc has filed legal docs stating its intention to make a deal with the famous Muppet company to produce an educational cartoon that dishes mosquito bite prevention methods to kids and their families. According to the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- the Cdc makes
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Jim Henson Company, Cyber Studios Partner Up On Two Toon Series

Jim Henson Company, Cyber Studios Partner Up On Two Toon Series
Paris– In the run-up to MipTV, L.A.-based family entertainment producer The Jim Henson Company has teamed up with France’s Cyber Group Studios to co-finance and co-produce two toon series, “Enchanted Sisters” and “Boubouh!”

A fantasy-filled comedy-adventure series based on the eponymous book, “The Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters” (whose book cover is pictured above) follows four siblings who come together every three months to join their ‘Mother Nature’ in a ceremony that changes the seasons. “Enchanted Sisters” will be penned by “Anna’s Icy Adventure”‘s author Elise Allen, who previously wrote episodes of “Sid the Science Kid” and “Dinosaur Train.”

Meanwhile, Boubouh!, written by Ingrid Chabbert and illustrated by Amandine Duggon, turns on a hairy monster who is frightened of kids. His friendship with a six-year old boy forces him to lead a double life.

The agreement was announced today by The Jim Henson Company’s Halle Stanford,
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Mister Rogers Gains New Influence, Of Sorts, On Kids’ TV

What does Mister Rogers, the straight-laced kiddie icon, have in common with an animated tiger seeking emotional maturity, a wise-cracking cat and a young girl who keeps a marble under her cap, and an anonymous bureau of agents who solve strange phenomena? Unless you’re having a fever dream, nothing, right?

Yet Fred Rogers has a lot to do with those three concepts, two of which (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Peg + Cat”) are on PBS’ air nearly every day, and the third, “Odd Squad,” about a clandestine agency run by kids, set to debut later this week. The company he founded, the Pittsburgh-based Fred Rogers Company, once was basically a one-trick pony, of sorts: Its business was largely the management of old episodes of the seminal “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (the company has produced a few other limited series over the years). By the end of 2014, however, Fred Rogers will
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Billy Crystal Joins Henson Co.’s ‘Which Witch’ (Exclusive)

Billy Crystal Joins Henson Co.’s ‘Which Witch’ (Exclusive)
Billy Crystal has come on board The Jim Henson Co.’s animated movie project “Which Witch” as a writer, producer and star.

The company, as part of an expansion of its feature film slate, is aiming to start production early next year with Brian Henson directing and producing. Samantha Sprecher and Lisa Henson are also producing.

The move comes with Henson Co.’s live-action family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” opening Friday through Disney in the U.S. “Alexander” is expected to take in about $20 million in its opening weekend and contend for the top spot against the second weekend of “Gone Girl.”

CEO Lisa Henson told Variety that casting on “Which Witch” is underway with the company finalizing negotiations with a digital animation studio and a foreign financier for the project. The project is based on Eva Ibbotson’s 1979 book in which a
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Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more

Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more
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.
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Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects

Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects
The Jim Henson Co. sits in the old Charlie Chaplin lot on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, with a giant Kermit the Frog perched at its entrance, even though the Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004. The corporation, run by the late Henson’s grown children, Lisa and Brian, with a staff of about 80 employees, focuses on an array of programming targeted to adults and children. “It’s a lot of different businesses,” says company CEO Lisa Henson, who served as president of Columbia Pictures during the 1990s.

“We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Disney having the Muppets,” Lisa adds. “It’s a good time to be taking stock. We’ve been really busy.”

Recent projects include a live-action movie of the popular 1972 children’s story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”; pre-school TV programming (including “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid
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Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects

Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects
The Jim Henson Co. sits in the old Charlie Chaplin lot on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, with a giant Kermit the Frog perched at its entrance, even though the Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004. The corporation, run by the late Henson’s grown children, Lisa and Brian, with a staff of about 80 employees, focuses on an array of programming targeted to adults and children. “It’s a lot of different businesses,” says company CEO Lisa Henson, who served as president of Columbia Pictures during the 1990s.

“We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Disney having the Muppets,” Lisa adds. “It’s a good time to be taking stock. We’ve been really busy.”

Recent projects include a live-action movie of the popular 1972 children’s story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”; pre-school TV programming (including “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid
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Syfy Announces Creature Creation Competition Jim Henson’S Creature Shop Challenge

Press Release:

Syfy Greenlights Jim Henson’S Creature Shop Challenge (working title) From The Jim Henson Company, Showcasing The Creation Of Elaborate And Awe-inspiring Life-like Characters Brian Henson To Judge New Reality-competition Series Coming To Syfy In 2014

New York – October 8, 2013 – Syfy greenlights an eight episode order for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (working title), a competition series featuring ten aspiring creature creators competing to out-imagine one another in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts, bringing high-end inanimate creature designs to life. The contestants compete for $100,000 and the opportunity for the job of a lifetime – a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™. The announcement was made today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy.

Brian Henson serves as lead judge on the series. Henson is the Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop.
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Watch Wpbt 2.1 On FilmOn

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Watch Wpbt 2.1 On FilmOn
Wpbt 2.1, a local PBS station in Miami, can be easily viewed on FilmOn.com. Wpbt is one of the several PBS channels in the Miami-Palm Beach-Broward areas, and if you love PBS programming like me, you might love the ability to watch your favorite programming online through FilmOn. Some of the programs you’ll be able to view on Wpbt includes children’s entertainment like “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Sid the Science Kid,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” and “WordWorld.” Other shows available for viewing includes news and opinion shows such as “Tavis Smiley Reports,” cooking shows such as “Gourmet Light,” and arts and crafts shows like “The [ Read More ]

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Brian Henson's Evolution Of Puppetry

Feature Andrew Blair 28 Aug 2013 - 07:23

Andrew reports back on Brian Henson's session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, on the evolution of puppetry...

That Puppet Game Show is the unlikely combination of B-list celebrities and new creations from the Jim Henson Company. Brian Henson, director of modern classic The Muppet Christmas Carol and 'How to Introduce the Unique Stylings of Tim Curry to children' (aka Muppet Treasure Island), is a puppeteer on the show, and as such was around to give a presentation at the Edinburgh TV Festival about the history of his father's creations.

So, first of all, Brian Henson was in the room. This was very exciting. I mean, he's Brian Henson. The guy Exec-Produced Farscape.

Starting with a rare clip from a 1956 episode of Sam and Friends (featuring a pre-recorded back projection and the then non-gender-or-species specific Kermit puppet), Brian Henson documented his father's approach
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Comcast Spotlights On-Demand Service With “Summer Of Kids” Initiative

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The No. 1 cable company will flood its on-demand menu with children’s shows in July — part of an effort to demonstrate to parents that they don’t have to buy a streaming service from Netflix or Amazon to find programming that will keep kids occupied in front of the TV or a mobile device. The “Summer Of Kids” plan follows Comcast’s “Watchathon” event in March that highlighted the virtues of on-demand. In the new campaign, Comcast says it will offer content from “every major kids network and brand,” including more than 1,000 downloadable TV shows and films. In conjunction with the “Summer Of Kids” campaign, Comcast is introducing guides in collaboration with Common Sense Media to help families find age-appropriate fare. That should give parents “ultimate peace of mind for safer, smarter viewing across devices,” says Comcast Cable’s programming VP Maggie Suniewick. For the last two weeks of July
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Guest Post: On Oxygen Masks, Happiness, and "Teeny Tiny Dogs"

Halle Stanford, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President of Children’s Entertainment at the Jim Henson Company (which produced the Amazon original pilot, Teeny Tiny Dogs), shares the key to family happiness: the oxygen mask.

As a mother of two boys (a teen and a toddler) and owner of two small dogs, I grab those “Mommy Moments” whenever I can find them. You know, hiding in my bathroom for 15 minutes with the latest Game of Thrones book (“Mommy has to go potty. I’ll be riiiight back!”). Mommy Moments make me one happy momma.

I learned this happy parent lesson years ago when I was going through a difficult divorce, and was worried about the happiness of my son. A wise friend told me, “You know what Rabbi Airplane says? Put your oxygen mask on before your kids. Your son will be happy if you are happy.” And lo, my pal was right.
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Lisa Henson on Teeny Tiny Dogs, Teaching Happiness, and Her Father's Influence

The canines are small, but the legacy is huge – Teeny Tiny Dogs is an Amazon Studios pilot from the Jim Henson Company (and created by Howard Baker of Rugrats fame). “Our company has had a long history of creating great dog characters and we knew that we could bring Howard’s vision to life in a fun, meaningful way with our Henson style of puppets,” said Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson.

Teeny Tiny Dogs is one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM. Viewer response will help determine which of these shows return with full seasons.

We asked Lisa Henson about the show, what she would every parent and child to know about it, and her inspirations.

Describe Teeny Tiny Dogs

Teeny Tiny Dogs follows four dogs - Butch, Butterfly, Dinky and Polly - as they help one another navigate the big world despite their teeny,
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