19 items from 2012
Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer behind Elmo on Sesame Street, has resigned. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart. I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization," 52-year-old Clash said in a statement Tuesday. "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer. I am deeply sorry to be leaving and am looking forward to resolving these personal matters privately." On the heels of a second set of sex abuse accusations, »
- Maggie Coughlan
Directed by Constance Marks.
A documentary on the man behind the Muppet - Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.
I have little doubt in my mind that The Avengers will end up being my favourite movie of the year, but one film has come really close to taking the top spot in the form of Jason Segel’s attempt to bring The Muppets back into the public eye. But there was another Muppet related movie that made the headlines at film festivals around the world last year and did well amongst some film critics during its very small theatrical run a few months back. That film was Constance Mark’s documentary on Muppet legend Kevin Clash – the puppeteer behind Elmo.
The documentary charts Clash’s childhood obsession with the work of Jim Henson and his desires to be a puppeteer. From creating his very first puppet »
Classic dolls Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy will star in a movie, taking the path carved out by The Muppets. The dolls will be puppets (like Elmo and Kermit the Frog) in a live-action musical comedy filled with celebrity cameos. It's similar to the film The Muppets, which created the format back in the 1970s.
The film is based on the story "Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees," which features the two lost in a modern-day city and trying to save a friend from a bad guy. Puppeteer Kevin Clash (Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey) is making the film along with The Gotham Group (Abduction). The puppets will be brought to life with the aid of CG technology.
Raggedy Ann was created in 1915, a rag doll with red yarn for hair.
Source: Variety »
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First of all, if you haven't taken the time to learn more about puppeteer Kevin Clash, the man who brings life to the red monster Elmo on "Sesame Street," then I wholly recommend checking out Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey on Netflix Instant right now. Now Clash is looking to bring some other familiar faces to life as Variety reports the puppeteer is teaming up with The Gotham Group to bring Raggedy Ann and Andy to the big screen in the form of a film that blends puppetry and computer animation. And just like the long run of Muppet movies, there will be plenty of celebrity cameos to liven things up a bit. More below! The story for the film will come from the book Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel With Wrinkled Knees, which takes the rag dolls to a modern day city where they get lost and »
- Ethan Anderton
It should no longer be a surprise to you all that the puppeteer behind the popular puppet Elmo is a black man name Kevin Clash. He was the focus of a documentary we talked about quite a bit on this site last year, titled Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey. But it may be a surprise to most that Mr Clash is also a director and producer, with a number of TV movie credits on his resume - mostly within the Sesame Street universe he works in primarily. And Kevin will be making his big screen debut as a producer on a feature film adaptation of the classic Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. That's right, the dolls are heading to the bigscreen to star in their own musical comedy »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Muppets are clearly real. Look at footage of them interacting with anyone from infants to world leaders and you'll see the human eyes lock on to those ping-pong ball peepers the Muppets have, and the little bundle of cloth and plastic is treated like a proper person.
Mostly this is down to the operator, the Muppeteer. They do their job so well they become invisible. Constance Marks's excellent, touching documentary focuses on one such puppeteer, Kevin Clash, who controls the phenomenally popular Elmo. Clash's story is one of unwavering belief, from an early age, that he'd end up doing what he loved as a job. It's a story that he must share with many others in his field; puppeteering isn't something one wanders into late in life.
Clash's basic but stable upbringing in Baltimore was far enough away from Jim Henson's New »
- Phelim O'Neill
Character Name Game Intro - 3:15
The Cabin in the Woods - 4:15
Fire and Ice - 14:35
The Five-Year Engagement - 19:05
Sound of My Voice - 23:20
"New Girl" - 25:25
Harlan County, USA - 30:00
Bare Knuckles - 32:35
Detour - 37:25
The Producers (1968) - 39:20
Next Time: Mystery Movie - 58:15
Listener E-mail/Voicemail/Twitter - 59:25
Character Name Game - 1:05:05
Cinematic Soundscapes - 1:07:00
Where You Can Find Us - 1:18:10
★★★☆☆ You'd be hard-pushed to find a more heart-warming documentary this year than Constance Marks' Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011), which charts the rise of devoted Elmo handler Kevin Clash from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his tragically short working relationship and friendship with the late, great Jim Henson. What shines through is Clash's dedication to the worthy cause of puppetry, despite its detrimental effect on the relationship between himself and his maturing daughter.
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Reviewer: Jeffrey M Anderson
Ratings (out of five): *** 1/2
Constance Marks' documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey tells the story of a shy black kid, growing up poor in Baltimore. Kevin Clash has a dream, but it has nothing to do with sports or hip-hop music. Rather, he wants to be a puppeteer on "Sesame Street."
This is a great twist for a movie, but Being Elmo does not dwell on it. In fact, it hardly brings up Clash's skin color at all, and it only brings up his former poverty in terms of the obstacles he overcame. For example, in order to meet puppet designer Kermit Love, he had to wait for a school trip to New York; his family couldn't afford train fare otherwise. (What the movie does not explain is why there was a camera present and footage of this first meeting.) »
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Director: Roman Polanski
J.J. Gittes is a private investigator who gets roped in a conspiracy in 1930s Los Angeles that involves the wife of an engineer, her tycoon father and the resource the town needs most of all, water. "Chinatown" played a key role in a golden age of filmmaking and remains a classic to this day.
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
It's definitely slim pickings on DVD and Blu-ray this week with even fewer new releases than usual, but at least there's a power trio of family films that includes Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and the acclaimed documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey. Beyond that we've also got Paddy Considine's bleak directorial debut Tyrannosaur and the first season of Chris Elliott's Adult Swim series Eagleheart, which I have heard good things about. As for Blu-ray, it's all about Roman Polanski's Chinatown and Madonna: Truth or Dare, a movie that remains to this day one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets
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Chinatown (Blu-ray) I already wrote about the new Blu-ray for Chinatown, urging you to pick it up so I don't know what else there is to say. Of the films hitting the shelves today it is, without a doubt, the top pick for purchase. Nothing comes close.
Tyrannosaur While nothing comes close to Chinatown in terms of purchasing power, I will certainly recommend you give Paddy Considine's excellent feature directorial debut, Tyrannosaur, a watch. It is, however, quite dark and a bit disturbing so it's a hard one to recommend as a buy. You can read my glowing review of it from last year right here.
Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans (Limited Edition) Ironically enough, just this last weekend I recorded F.W. Murnau's Sunrise off Turner Classic Movies and haven't yet watched it. I've only seen it once before and am anxious to return to it »
- Brad Brevet
This week: Steven Spielberg is known for marrying sentimentality with epic drama, and that tradition continues with "War Horse," a movie set during World War I about the special relationship between a man and his loyal horse, and their struggle to reunite against all odds.
Box Office: $80 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% Fresh
Storyline: Steven Spielberg's epic film adaptation of the 1982 children's novel stars Jeremy Irvine as a young man who enlists during World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards (it didn't win any) and costars Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Thewlis.
Extras! Both the DVD and the Blu-ray contain "A Filmmaking Journey, »
- Robert DeSalvo
The Guardian presents Le Havre/Mark Pagel, London
What has a Finnish-made film about illegal immigrants in France got to do with a renowned evolutionary theorist? Or the Guardian? The film in question is Le Havre, by Aki Kaurismäki, a gentle yet robustly political parable set in the French coastal town of the title, with a similar tone to a previous film, The Man Without A Past. Pagel, meanwhile, is an evolutionary theorist who operates on every scale, from genetic codes to language, culture and the history of human co-operation. That gives you a clue to his take on the movie, but the post-screening discussion could lead anywhere, especially since you can watch the film on the Guardian website, submit questions, read the live blog and watch the film any time in the next two months.
Curzon Soho, W1, Fri
Young People's Film Festival, Leeds
This is the type of »
- Steve Rose
Moviefone's Pick of the Week "The Muppets" What's It About? Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fonzie and the entire gang (even Gonzo) are reunited by their number one superfan, Walter, in an effort to save the beloved "Muppet Show" Theater. See It Because: It's really enjoyable. It's really easy to be cautious about a new Muppet movie that doesn't involve Jim Henson, but Jason Segel and the creative team approached the project with a lot of reverence for the classic Muppet bits. It pays loving tribute while also setting them up for new adventures Also Available on Redbox DVD & Blu-ray | Amazon Instant Video New on DVD & Blu-ray "Carnage" Roman Polanski adapts the hit cross-continental play about two sets of parents that get together to discuss their children's schoolyard fight; with a cast featuring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz, it's a superbly-acted production, but "Carnage's" broad, theatrical »
- Eric Larnick
"The Help" continued its hot streak during awards season by being the big winner at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. The DreamWorks movie took home acting trophies for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, plus Outstanding Motion Picture.
The complete list of winners:
Motion Picture Categories
Outstanding Motion Picture
"The First Grader" (National Geographic Entertainment)
"The Help" (DreamWorks Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Zoë Saldana - »
Okay, so the 2012 nominations from the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) weren't as helpful as I thought they would be as they have several categories and several nominees in each. So when predicting Best Sound Editing it is essentially a crap shoot though I was happy to see most of the contenders I had in my database before this did earn nominations. In an effort to keep this short and simple, my #1 pick goes to Ben Burtt's work on Super 8 followed in order by Hugo, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. Yeah, that sounds good enough to me and you can browse my seven other contenders in the category at my official Oscar predictions page right here. Otherwise, the Mpse will announce their winners on February 19, five days before the Oscars and just in time to help us predict the winner. »
- Brad Brevet
Jeremy Irvine in Steven Spielberg's World War I movie War Horse Best Picture War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg Best Foreign Language Film A Separation directed by Asghar Farhadi Best Director Martin Scorsese for Hugo Best Actor George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants Best Actress Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer for The Help Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski for War Horse Best Animated Feature The Adventures of Tin Tin directed by Steven Spielberg Best Documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey directed by Constance Marks, Philip Shane »
- Steve Montgomery
Every year, it seems the documentary branch of the Academy goes out of their way to embarass themselves, and this year is no exception. When the shortlist for the Oscar nominees landed back in November, it was arguably more notable for what was left off the list than what was included. A number of high profile, well reviewed films -- Errol Morris' "Tabloid," "Being Elmo: A Pupeteer's Journey," Werner Hezog's "Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life," "Page One: Inside the New York Times," "Senna" -- didn't make the cut, but luckily the DGA have righted some of those wrongs. The guild have revealed their nominess in the documentary category today, and finally, Steve James' excellent, moving, must-see "The Interrupters" got some deserved love from the industry. The film is a powerful portrait of various members of CeaseFire in Chicago, a group commited to »
19 items from 2012
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