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ABC Bringing Back 'The Muppet Show'? 'Big Bang Theory' Creator Reportedly Set To Write Pilot


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The Muppet Show will be revamped for ABC with a little help from the executive producer and co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, Bill Prady. Prady, who worked on the original series, has already been working on the script and a pilot episode is already in production, according to reports.

Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy will reportedly return for the revamped version of The Muppet Show.

Read More: Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake. 

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Time To Magic Dance Again? Is ‘Labyrinth’ Really Getting A Sequel?


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The news that there could be a sequel to 80’s cult classic Labyrinth has hit the internet hard. It’s been years since we've read so many mentions of David Bowie’s crotch and hair. But who could blame them? The idea of another Labyrinth movie really is enough to set imaginations and heart’s racing. But it's time to take a breather and ask, is it actually happening?

David BowieDavid Bowie starred in Labyrinth back in 1986

The story that Labyrinth 2 (and seriously, they better not call it that) was in the works all started thanks to an article in Variety about Billy Crystal joining The Jim Henson Company’s new animated project Which Witch.

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Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake


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A Northern Ireland bakery has been contacted by the government and is facing legal action after it refused to create a cake with an image of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie and the words "support gay marriage" on the icing.  There has long been controversy surrounding the sexual orientation of the Sesame Street characters, which whilst an interesting point, isn't exactly the issue here. 

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Ernie and Bert have sparked debate in Northern Ireland.

Read More: Sesame Street Spoofs The Hunger Games With Catching Fur.

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Jane Henson Dies: Muppets Co-Creator Dead, Aged 78


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Jane Henson, the co-creator of The Muppets, has died at the age of 78, following a battle with cancer, Sky News has reported. Though her husband Jim was perhaps the better known of the pair, Jane was described by the Jim Henson Company as his “partner in marriage and Muppets.” Although Jane and Jim separated in 1986, the couple continued to share their passion for the company, as well as its vision. Jim died in 1990 at the age of 53 and two years later, Jane founded the Jim Henson Legacy, in order to preserve his artistic creations.

Though Jane was modest about her involvement in the success of The Muppets, others argued that in fact, she played a very important role in its development. Whilst Jane often said that Jim “wanted to leave the world a better place,” Arthur Novell, a trustee of the Jim Henson Legacy, said “they both did.” Jane and Jim met at a puppetry class at the University of Maryland and became creative and business partners. Little could they have known of the impending global popularity of their puppet creations. Their partnership went on to create shows such as Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and the sci-fi series Farscape.

Now, the company is run by the couple’s children. Brian is the chairman, Lisa the chief executive and Cheryl is president of the Jim Henson Foundation, which aims to promote puppetry throughout the USA. A statement from the company said that the Hensons shared “a unique approach to puppetry that is joyful and sophisticated.” 

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Muppets Creator Jane Henson Dies Aged 78


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Jane Henson, who co-created the beloved children’s show The Muppets with her husband Jim, has died. The Jim Henson company confirmed the news, stating that Henson died on Tuesday, at the age of 78, following a prolonged battle with cancer, The Daily Mail reports.

Jane and Jim Henson met at the University of Maryland back in the 1950s. They became creative partners early on, working on a number of concepts together. The Hensons’ first joint project was the show Sam and Friends. However, the couple did not begin dating until a few years later when Jim returned from a tour around Europe to study European puppetry. In 1960, Jane quit muppeteering, following her marriage to Jim, in order to raise the four children they would go on to have. However, she still stayed involved in decision-making and the creative process.

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The Hensons launched their phenomenally successful Muppets franchise almost four decades ago. 

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Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood - Miley Cyrus drives herself to Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Friday 29th March 2013

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Jim Henson and Miley Cyrus

Jim Henson - Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit Washington DC, USA - offers audiences a rare peek into the imagination of the brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird, and other beloved characters. The exhibition documents Henson’s process of 'visual thinking' through works of art, photographs, documents, puppets and other 3-D objects, currently on display at the Smithsonian Museum Ripley Center Wednesday 6th August 2008

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The Dark Crystal Review


Good
Is there such a thing as a children's cult film? The Dark Crystal may be as close as we have, but Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration won't keep many of today's kids entertained for long. Kooky creatures are the lasting legacy of the film; the story doesn't inspire much excitement -- as one puppet (whose mouth barely moves when he talks) is tasked with healing a broken crystal and thus thwarting the impending rule of a gang of other, evil puppets. His journey takes the form of an almost casual stroll through his magical kingdom, as he encounters one outlandish creature after another en route to victory. Overly simplistic, I'll frankly take Labyrinth when it comes to fantasy puppet movies.

The Great Muppet Caper Review


Very Good
"Great?" I'm not sure about that, but this minor kiddie classic is reasonably entertaining, if only for the chance to see Charles Grodin falling in love for a stuffed pig.

The film opens with amazing promise: Immediately dazzling us with a plethora of Hollywood in-jokes (the poking of fun begins with Kermit and Fozzie mocking the opening credits). A musical number ensures us of the myriad thrills and chills that will soon arrive.

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The Great Muppet Caper Review


Very Good
"Great?" I'm not sure about that, but this minor kiddie classic is reasonably entertaining, if only for the chance to see Charles Grodin falling in love for a stuffed pig.

The film opens with amazing promise: Immediately dazzling us with a plethora of Hollywood in-jokes (the poking of fun begins with Kermit and Fozzie mocking the opening credits). A musical number ensures us of the myriad thrills and chills that will soon arrive.

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The Muppet Movie Review


Excellent
Like most movies of its year, The Muppet Movie looks (and is) really dated. But it's worth it to willingly suspend disbelief at how dated it is --- to appreciate the good-natured humor and comedic flair of Jim Henson. Henson tried to entertain both kids and adults, and though both audiences were probably easier to please in the days before all comedy became irony-soaked, Henson was one of the first to add sly postmodern touches. And while the movie promotes the annoying myth of Hollywood as the dream factory, magic store, etc. it more than makes up for it by borrowing comedians from several generations, from then-new comics like Steve Martin and Elliott Gould to veterans like Bob Hope and Orson Welles(!), for an endless string of cameo appearances.

The plot loosely follows the odyssey of Kermit the Frog from his swamp home to Hollywood in search of celebrity. The desirability of fame and stardom is never questioned. The Hollywood worship becomes pretty maudlin at the end, thanks mainly to songwriter Paul Williams, whose songs are palatable at first ("Rainbow Connection" was a hit) but become too much before the end of the movie.

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The Dark Crystal Review


Good
Is there such a thing as a children's cult film? The Dark Crystal may be as close as we have, but Jim Henson and Frank Oz's collaboration won't keep many of today's kids entertained for long. Kooky creatures are the lasting legacy of the film; the story doesn't inspire much excitement -- as one puppet (whose mouth barely moves when he talks) is tasked with healing a broken crystal and thus thwarting the impending rule of a gang of other, evil puppets. His journey takes the form of an almost casual stroll through his magical kingdom, as he encounters one outlandish creature after another en route to victory. Overly simplistic, I'll frankly take Labyrinth when it comes to fantasy puppet movies.
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Jim Henson

Date of birth

24th September, 1936

Occupation

Miscalaneous

Sex

Male

Height

1.91


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