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The Morning Watch: Adam Savage Meets Statler and Waldorf, David Harbour Career Breakdown & More

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, watch as Adam Savage meets The Muppets‘ most famous hecklers, Statler and Waldorf — or at least their disembodied heads. Plus, listen as David Harbour breaks down some of his more memorable roles, from St...
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Hiroshige, Master of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Creates a Guide to Making Shadow Puppets for Children (1842)

Even if the name Utagawa Hiroshige doesn’t ring a bell, “Hiroshige” by itself probably does. And on the off chance that you’ve never heard so much as his mononym, you’ve still almost certainly glimpsed one of his portrayals of Tokyo — or rather, one of his portrayals of Edo, as the Japanese capital, his hometown, was known during his lifetime. Hiroshige lived in the 19th century, the end of the classical period of ukiyo-e, the art of woodblock-printed “pictures of the floating world.” In that...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, United States, Tokyo, Seoul, Gretel, Jim Henson, Edo, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall, Lotte Reiniger, Hiroshige, 21st Century Los Angeles

The Major Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anniversaries of Summer 2021

Let’s face it. We’re all old. Even if that’s not technically true, there’s always something a person can say or do to make you feel that way. One of those is when we realize a movie we feel an affinity for is way older than we remember it being. The best course of action? Use the fact that your favorite movie is about…Read more...
Tags: Science, Geena Davis, Films, Stephen King, Tim Burton, Nicole Kidman, David Bowie, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Jurassic World, James Cameron, Alien, September, George Lucas, Moses, Pee Wee Herman

6 robot helpers used for health services, eldercare and social support

This week’s column is in response to H.N.’s question from last week about robots caring for older people, indicating he did not want a robot to care for him.  Let’s take a look at six innovative robots that provide social support, connection and health services.  ElliQ:  This robot for eldercare was developed by Intuition Robotics, an Israeli start-up with California offices. The object sits on a table and lights up when you call it. It has no face, arms or legs yet can imitate head moti...
Tags: Europe, Japan, California, Germany, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Forbes, Helen, Santa Clarita, Stella Dallas, Jim Henson, Jennie, Paro, Intuition Robotics, Tom Stevens

30 Reasons Why MuppetVision 3D is One of the All-Time Great Disney Theme Park Attractions

The Muppets have been a mainstay of popular culture for decades, seemingly capable of reviving themselves and able to adapt to different eras and audiences. For some, it’s impossible to think of the Muppets without thinking of the Walt Disney Company, although they’ve only been an official entity of Disney since 2004. But with The Muppet Show now streaming on Disney+, and with plenty of their films under the Disney banner as well, it’s easy to make that long term association. Yet the si...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Disney, America, Features, Muppets, Walt Disney Company, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Sam, Caribbean, Kermit, Mickey Mouse, Waldorf, Orlando Florida

LOL: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Tries to Stop ‘The Muppet Show’ Hecklers Statler & Waldorf

Last night, Keegan-Michael Key took the stage at Studio 8H in 30 Rock to host a new episode of Saturday Night Live. With years of experience in improv and sketch comedy, including the hit Comedy Central series Key & Peele, the comedian made for one of the best hosts of the season. As a pleasant surprise, SNL also came with other special guests in the form of some of The Muppets, including the balcony hecklers Statler & Waldorf. But security wasn’t going to let them get away with it this time. C...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Nbc, Disney, Muppets, Snl, Lol, Kermit, Kenan-Thompson, Waldorf, Peele, Jim Henson, Matt Vogel, Keegan Michael Key, Statler

Gates McFadden on Podcasting With Star Trek Friends and the Franchise's Enduring Legacy

Gates McFadden’s career goes well beyond the ins and outs of the Enterprise sickbay. While she might be best known to sci-fi fans as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s iconic Dr. Beverly Crusher, McFadden’s taught, acted on stage and screen, worked on Jim Henson hits like Labyrinth, and more. Now, she’s picking up a new…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Spotify, Science, Films, Disney, Joe Biden, Star Trek, Stronger, Zac Efron, James Whitbrook, Kirk, Denise, Jim Henson, Jennifer Connelly, McFadden, Picard

See THE DARK CRYSTAL as a ballet next year in London

London's Royal Opera House has announced its upcoming post-COVID performance season, which will apparently include a new adaptation of Jim Henson's classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal, as a ballet! In their 2021/22 season, @RoyalOperaHouse presents The Dark Crystal: Odyssey, a new dance work for family audiences, directed and choreographed by Wayne McGregor. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, London, News, Ballet, Adaptation, Royal Opera House, Wayne McGregor, Jim Henson, Dark Crystal

Traveling Exhibit on Puppeteer Jim Henson Coming to Michigan

A traveling exhibit on the legendary puppeteer Jim Henson is coming to Michigan next month.
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Muppets Haunted Mansion: Disney+ Sets Halloween Special For Fall

Disney+ has announced the release of the Muppets‘ first-ever Halloween special titled Muppets Haunted Mansion, which will premiere exclusively on the streamer sometime this fall. The announcement came with a newly released video which you can check out below, featuring Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn as they invite everyone to watch the special, describing it as an all-new terrifying tale of total scariness. It also features a funny scene between them where Pepe the King Prawn fails to replicate ...
Tags: Halloween, Video, Comedy, TV, Movies, Horror, Disney, Apple TV, Canada, Muppets, TV News, Streaming, Walt Disney Company, Kermit, Pepe, Jim Henson

New ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’ Halloween Special is Coming to Disney+ This Fall

It’s never too early to start preparing for Halloween. That’s why Disney+ is getting the word out about a new Muppets Haunted Mansion special coming to Disney+ this fall, just in time for the spooky season. The streaming service just released the first promo for the new Muppets special with Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn making the announcement, but one of them isn’t quite able to muster up the same kind of energy to hype up the show. Muppets Haunted Mansion Special The Muppets Haunted M...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, Disney, Muppets, Camilla, Disneyland, Pepe, Rizzo, Jim Henson, Disney/Pixar, The-Muppets, Muppets Haunted Mansion

‘It was truly an experiment’: how did we get to Sesame Street?

A new documentary, Street Gang, traces the early days, radical roots and creative energy of the groundbreaking childhood TV showIn 1970, cast members of Sesame Street, still in its first season on public television, traveled the country to gauge interest in the iconoclastic new show and its strange, magnetic array of puppet characters. The program was, at the time, an experiment, both as a madcap mosaic of creative talent, especially puppeteer Jim Henson and his cast of singularly endearing Mupp...
Tags: Television, Film, Sesame Street, Culture, Television & radio, Children's Tv, Jim Henson, Documentary films

Kermit the Frog Gives a TED Talk About Creativity & the Power of “Ridiculous Optimism”

In 2015, 3.8 billion years after “creativity emerged” out of “sheerest emptiness,” Kermit the Frog was tapped to give a talk on creativity at TEDxJackson. How did a local, one-day event manage to snag such a global icon? Roots. The famed frog’s creator, Jim Henson, spent his first decade in Mississippi (though Kermit was born of a ping pong ball and Henson’s mother’s old coat after the family relocated to Maryland.) The conference took place 15 years after Henson’s untimely death, ...
Tags: Facebook, Television, Mississippi, Maryland, College, Creativity, Peter Pan, Sam, TED Talks, Tinker Bell, Kermit, Blondie, Ken Robinson, Alfred North Whitehead, Jim Henson, Henson

Watch Debbie Harry and Kermit the Frog sing together

In 1981, the great Debbie Harry of Blondie joined the great Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show to sing the latter's iconic song "The Rainbow Connection." Below are two other performances from that same episode. Open Culture quotes Muppets creator Jim Henson's son Brian: …I was in high school and my father knew that Debbie Harry was, like, the biggest thing in the world to me. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, TV, News, Muppets, Brian, Kermit, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Jim Henson, New Wave

‘Muppet Man’ Will Bring Jim Henson’s Life to the Big Screen in a Disney Biopic

Disney and The Jim Henson Company are teaming up to bring Jim Henson‘s incredible life to the big screen. The Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man is currently in development at Disney, with The Current War writer Michael Mitnick set to pen the story of the legendary puppeteer. Deadline reports that Michael Mitnick (The Current War, The Giver) has been set to write the Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man, rewriting a previous version of a script by Adrift scribes Aaron and Jordan Kandell. Henson’s daughter...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Disney, Netflix, Muppets, Deadline, True Story, Thomas Edison, Lisa Henson, Aaron, Jim-Henson, Henson, Jim Henson Company, Big Screen, Mitnick

Muppet Man Will Bring Jim Henson's Life Story to the Big Screen

A long-awaited project for the Jim Henson Company is finally taking a step toward production: Muppet Man, a biopic of puppeteering legend Jim Henson (The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), has a writer aboard to pen a script about Henson’s remarkable career.Read more...
Tags: Science, Entertainment, Sesame Street, Disney, Puppeteers, The Muppets, Lisa Henson, Jim Henson, Henson, Jim Henson Company, Human Interest, Michael Mitnick, The Jim Henson Company, Jerry Nelson, Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Show

Water Cooler: The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Universal Studios Hollywood, Bad Trip, School of Rock, Happy Feet, Muppets Most Wanted, Bad Boys

On the April 21, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall , weekend editor Brad Oman , senior writer Ben Pearson , and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. At The Water Cooler : What we’ve been Doing : Peter went to the reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood and experienced the new Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash ride ...
Tags: Movies, Peter, Ben, Brad, Jacob, El Dorado, Jim Henson, Ben Pearson, Mitchells, Universal Studios Hollywood, Peter Sciretta, Secret Life of Pets, Jacob Hall, Water cooler, Featured Stories Sidebar, Hoai Tran Bui

Watch Blondie’s Debbie Harry Perform “Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show (1981)

Do you dig songs about rainbows? The host of one of the very last episodes of The Muppet Show — Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie – does, and in 1981, she seized the opportunity to duet with Kermit the Frog on his signature tune, “The Rainbow Connection” — its only performance in the series’ five season run. Many of us associate the folksy number with The Muppet Movie‘s pastoral opening scene. This rendition transfers the action backstage to the kimono-clad Harry’s dressing room. ...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Television, College, Muppets, K-12, Harry, Brian, Sam, Teeth, Kermit, Blondie, Facebook Twitter, Debbie Harry, Jim Henson

Gun rights advocates are pushing to create Second Amendment sanctuaries in a bid to flout federal gun laws

Guns for sale at a gun show in Fort Worth, Texas, July 10, 2016. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing for the state to become a Second Amendment sanctuary. Second Amendment sanctuaries ignore federal or state gun laws they consider restrictive. In recent years they've become a tactic among gun rights advocates to push back against federal restrictions. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted in support of gun ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, New York, Texas, News, Guns, Supreme Court, Washington Post, Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, United States

‘Host’ Producer and Cast Are Creating a Live-Action, Real-Time Horror Video Game Called ‘Ghosts’

Back in the 1990s, there was a strange wave of video games that used live-action footage (called full-motion video) instead of traditional graphics. Using actual low resolution video footage, B-movie actors, and shoestring budget sets, the intention was to create a game that offered a little more realism than your average 32-bit cartridge game. It never really caught on, but now the producer and cast of Shudder’s hit horror movie Host are trying to bring it back with a new horror video game cal...
Tags: UK, Movies, Video Games, Horror, Ghosts, Nintendo, Cool Stuff, Host, Caroline, Daryl, Jim Henson, FMV, Graham Humphreys, Caroline Ward, Xbox One Nintendo, Jemma Moore

‘Host’ Executive Producer and Cast Are Creating a Live-Action, Real-Time Horror Video Game Called ‘Ghosts’

Back in the 1990s, there was a strange wave of video games that used live-action footage (called full-motion video) instead of traditional graphics. Using actual low resolution video footage, B-movie actors, and shoestring budget sets, the intention was to create a game that offered a little more realism than your average 32-bit cartridge game. It never really caught on, but now the producer and cast of Shudder’s hit horror movie Host are trying to bring it back with a new horror video game cal...
Tags: UK, Movies, Video Games, Horror, Ghosts, Nintendo, Cool Stuff, Host, Caroline, Daryl, Jim Henson, FMV, Graham Humphreys, Caroline Ward, Xbox One Nintendo, Jemma Moore

All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus - from 'The Mandalorian' to 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Disney+; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider Disney Plus has several new shows based on big franchises, like "Star Wars" and Marvel. The service also offers a lot of non-fiction shows and documentaries. Disney Plus costs $8/month or $80/year, and you can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for $14/month. Monthly Subscription Service (small) Disney Plus has a lot of new shows to stream. There are spin-offs, s...
Tags: Reviews, Star Wars, Hayden Christensen, TV, Minnesota, Entertainment, Office, New York City, Marvel, Disney, US, Trends, Tech, Earth, Features, New Jersey

‘Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street’ Trailer Reveals the Origins of the Beloved Children’s TV Show

One of the standouts from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was the documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. The documentary from Marilyn Agrelo (Mad Hot Ballroom) dives into the origins of the beloved children’s program Sesame Street, a groudbreaking venture that dared to use television to educate children at a time when it was being used for nothing but mindless entertainment to keep them occupied. As you can see in the first trailer for the documentary, that was ...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Documentary, Sesame Street, Movie Trailers, Michael Davis, Jim Henson, Jon Stone, Cooney, Joan Ganz Cooney, Screen Media, Joe Raposo, Street Gang, Marilyn Agrelo, Lloyd Morrisett, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

‘The Dark Crystal’ is Coming Back – as a Ballet

While the pain of the The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance‘s cancelation still hasn’t faded (we deserve season 2, Netflix!) Jim Henson‘s creation will live on in some way or another. This time as…a ballet? That’s right, a ballet take on The Dark Crystal is in the works, and is coming to London’s Royal Opera House for its 2021-2022 season. Prepare yourself for some dancing puppets. For its 2021-2022 season, the Royal Opera House in London is hosting an all-new, original ballet titled The Dark ...
Tags: London, Movies, Fantasy, Netflix, Royal Ballet, Stage, Brian, Royal Opera House, Wayne McGregor, Lucy Carter, Jim Henson, Henson, Wendy Froud, The-Dark-Crystal, Uzma Hameed, Wayne McGregor Based

Happy Birthday to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

We sincerely apologize for doing this but you’re about to feel old. Today, March 22, is the 30th anniversary of the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze. That means the film you probably loved as a kid is officially starting to find grey hairs, gain weight in new places, and consider a…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Hbo, Science, Films, Joan Rivers, Raphael, Bebop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ralph Nader, Vanilla, Leonardo, Jim Henson, Donatello, Ninja, Michaelangelo, Susie Essman

‘The Muppet Show’ on Disney+ Makes It Clear: It’s Time for Variety Shows to Stage a Comeback

A few weeks ago, Disney+ took a big step forward in terms of what shows it presents to audiences worldwide. Although most audiences were spending each Friday talking about the latest installment of WandaVision , that nine-episode limited series pales in comparison to the long-awaited arrival of The Muppet Show . All five seasons of the late-1970s variety show (save for two episodes from the fifth season) are available to stream on Disney+, with only a handful of episodes being slightly sho...
Tags: Star Wars, Movies, Nbc, Abc, John Oliver, Disney, Features, Muppets, Broadway, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Sylvester Stallone, Joel Mchale, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, Martin Short

Saturday Night Live’s Very First Sketch: Watch John Belushi Launch SNL in October, 1975

How do you kick off the longest running live sketch comedy show in television history? If you’re in the cast and crew for the first episode of Saturday Night Live, you have no idea you’re doing anything of the kind. Still the pressure’s on, and the newly hired “Not Ready for Primetime Players” had a lot of competition on their own show that night. When Saturday Night, the original title for SNL, made its debut on October 11, 1975, doing live comedy on television was an extremely risky pr...
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Watch 12 Seasons of the Dick Cavett Show, 18 Seasons of Johnny Carson & Many Other Classic Shows on Shout! Factory

Dick Cavett was sometimes called the “thinking man’s Johnny Carson,” and he came up in a similar fashion—a stand-up, a joke writer for hire— until he was given a chance to host a late night show. But compare a Cavett episode to any late night host today, and it feels like a very different time. Sure, stars were booked to talk about their upcoming movie or album or television show, but Cavett was so laid back, so chatty and conversant, that it often felt like you were eavesdropping. It’s ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Television, College, America, Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa, James Earl Jones, Terry Gilliam, Dick Cavett, Carl Sagan, Facebook Twitter, Carson, Cavett, KCRW, Jim Henson

POLL RESULTS: What is the Best Saturday Morning Cartoon of All Time?

POLL RESULTS: What is the Best Saturday Morning Cartoon of All Time? Well, this is quite shocking! After polling nearly 3,000 readers, we have the results for the Best Saturday Morning Cartoon of All Time. And while we missed a few — sorry G.I. Joe and Transformers — the choices were still diverse enough to offer some fairly stiff competition. Check out the results below! RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Who Should Win in Godzilla vs. Kong? if (typeof readAdmiralCookie ...
Tags: TV, Movies, Disney, TV News, Poll, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, Arnold, Joe, Fat Albert, Bobby, Kong, Doug, Jim Henson, Popeye