12 items from 2015
September is coming -- and that means back to school, back to autumn leaves, and back to TV season. Huzzah! Amazon just released its list of September titles available for streaming on Prime and for rental or purchase on Amazon Instant Video. (If you missed the August titles, here they are.) They're offering tons of new episodes from the Fall 2015 TV season, and several recent blockbuster movies like "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (plus bonus features), "Pitch Perfect 2," and "Cinderella."
Check out all the September additions below.
New in September - Available for Streaming on Prime
Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
The Crucible (1996)
The Swan Princess (1994)
Hannibal Rising (2007)
- Gina Carbone
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur and Scott Nye to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 11th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Dressed To Kill Follow-up Vudu Aspect Ratios The Simpsons DVD sales Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow Announcements: Jacques Rivette box set, Honeymoon Killers, Nekromantik 2, Moc Announcements: Imamura box set, Naked Prey, Man With A Movie Camera, Seconds Kino Lorber Studio Classics: How I Won The War, Salaam Bombay, Cop, Bray Studios Kickstarter Toy Story That Time Forgot – November 3rd Twilight Time: November / December 2015 titles Star Wars Blu-ray Re-release / Steelbooks New Code Red Blu-rays up for order – Sweet Sixteen, Trick or Treats & The Cheerleaders More Sony Supreme Cinema Series Blu-rays announced: The Fifth Element and Leon The Professional »
- Ryan Gallagher
Dkc Public Relations is expanding its entertainment division in the New York office with two new hires. Abbie Harrison joins the agency after four years at FerenComm where she specialized in television PR and worked with top networks including AMC, TNT, Starz, Bravo and Pivot. Prior to that she was with the Disney Theatrical Group. Jordan Lawrence previously worked as a freelance publicist, most recently with the Tribeca Film Festival, overseeing publicity campaigns for films including “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story,” “Misery Loves Comedy,” “Hyena” and “Far From Men.” Also read: Former Relativity Exec Ella Robinson Named Svp of. »
- Reid Nakamura
The Violet Crown Cinema has an encore screening of its Arthouse Monthly series Sunday night with the acclaimed new documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story. In her review, Jette says it's a "pleasant and sometimes touching profile of Caroll Spinney, who has spent decades portraying both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and elsewhere." Tickets are on the verge of selling out, but if you miss out on this one-time local screening, the film is available now on cable and digital VOD from Tribeca Film. In addition, Violet Crown is holding over Austin-shot indie Arlo and Julie (Elizabeth's review) for another week, with daily screenings.
The Austin Film Society kicks off the weekend with Jess Franco's 1971 avant-garde horror film Vampyros Lesbos, which screens tonight at the Marchesa. On Sunday afternoon, Afs is teaming up with the Austin chapter of the National Alliance on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
If you were to compile a list of iconic children’s TV characters, who would occupy a slot near the very top, say in the top five (to quote a recent Chris Rock flick)? Oh, we’re not talking about those denizens of “Toon-town”, so no Scooby Doo or Spongebob Squarepants. Well, at the dawn of the tube there was the freckle-faced marionette Howdy Doody and his pal/handler “Buffalo Bob” Smith. Then, as Mr. Doody hung up his strings, Bob Keeshan (a vet of that former show) arrived as Captain Kangaroo along with his real-life buddies (Mr. Green Jeans) and more puppet and costumed cast mates (Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose, and Dancing Bear). He was a TV mainstay for decades along with that gentle, soothing-voiced Fred Rogers and his puppet-filled neighborhood. Just a few years after his debut on PBS, a most influential classic educational kids’ program premiered on »
- Jim Batts
The documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story is exactly what you'd expect it to be, if you're a Muppet fan ... and also exactly what you'd hope it would be. Tonight's Violet Crown screening is sold out, but you can watch the film via online streaming outlets such as Amazon, iTunes and Vudu.
The film is a pleasant and sometimes touching profile of Caroll Spinney, who has spent decades portraying both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street and elsewhere. It's traditionally structured, primarily by time sequence -- beginning with his childhood and early puppet and acting gigs, and heading for the present. Interviews with Spinney help form the backbone of the film -- he tells us his own history, supported by other interview from his family to Sesame Street colleagues such as Frank Oz, Joan Ganz Cooney and Norman Stiles.
Naturally I Am Big Bird »
- Jette Kernion
Read More: Watch: 'Sesame Street's' Caroll Spinney Embodies Michael Keaton for 'Big Birdman' For 46 years, Caroll Spinney has been playing "Sesame Street's" Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch - and at 81 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story" features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart. In the exclusive clip above, fellow "Sesame Street" cast members Dr. Loretta Long and Bob McGrath recall a hilarious issue with a microphone, a couple of randy truckers and Bid Bird being stabbed in the neck (okay, not actually stabbed, just watch the clip.) "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story »
- Casey Cipriani
The good news for Specialty Box Office is that the dollar is strong, so as execs head to France this week for the Cannes Film Festival, they can toss back a few (or more) rosés and try and forget this weekend — or just blame it on Avengers: Age Of Ultron. There are a couple of somewhat silver linings. Tribeca Film’s doc I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story had a decent opening in one theater, while Janus Films’ restoration release of Indian master Satyajit Ray’s… »
Big Bird is familiar to countless people of multiple generations all around the world who grew up watching “Sesame Street.” But who’s the man behind (or inside, actually) the 8-foot-tall, perpetually six-years-old, 4,000-feathers-covered bird? That would be Caroll Spinney, who has puppeteered Big Bird since the first “Sesame Street” episode aired in 1969. He also puppeteers Big Bird’s next-door neighbor, Oscar the Grouch. Now 81, Spinney still works on the PBS show as both characters and has no plans for retirement. Spinney is the subject of new documentary “I Am Big Bird” (now available to VOD and iTunes in a limited theatrical release), a sweet, reverent tribute to the man behind the yellow feathers. The film puts a spotlight on both his joyous and difficult times on “Sesame Street” and features archival footage and interviews with Spinney, his wife and several “Sesame Street” cast and crew members. Here are the »
- Emily Rome
8 Feet Tall and Light as a Feather: Walker and Lamattina Chronicle the Life and Love of a Puppeteering Legend
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know Big Bird. Of the many beloved creatures that sprang from the genius of Jim Henson, Sesame Street’s Big Bird may well be the most universally recognizable. Bearing the spirit of a child within the body of an 8-foot canary yellow behemoth, Big Bird became a larger than life icon of children’s television. Yet, despite Caroll Spinney’s famed collaborators and lengthy list of accolades that include Emmys, Grammys, and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you may not recognize the lanky, mop-headed man who has brought the bird, as well as Oscar the Grouch, to life for the last 45 years. Following the success of Constance Marks’s Kevin Clash bio-doc Being Elmo, directors Chad Walker »
- Jordan M. Smith
A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, I Am Big Bird features extraordinary footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon. And as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
I Am Big Bird was largely funded by a 2012 Kickstarter campaign. The project set its goal at $100,000, a mark which it surpassed handily.
1976 backers pledged $124,114 to a campaign that offered »
- Melissa Thompson
Right around the time of the Academy Awards, we got a "Sesame Street" parody of Birdman with Caroll Spinney, the man who brings Big Bird to life on the iconic children's television show. Now we have the traile for a documentary called I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story on the way looking at the man who few people know, despite his work as one of the most iconic Muppets of all-time. You may not know, but Spinney is also the voice of Oscar the Grouch, and this doc, which has been on the festival circuit for awhile, chronicles Spinney's life and career starting from life as a child to work with Jim Henson. Here's the first trailer for Dave Lamattina and Chad Walker's I Am Big Bird from Tribeca: For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's »
- Ethan Anderton
12 items from 2015
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