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Jane Henson may not have been the same sort of household name that her husband, the late Jim Henson, was, but her contributions to the work that Henson did were essential, and without her, who knows if we would have ever enjoyed the genius and the humanity of Henson's various creations?
She met Jim in the early days, when they were both still students, and when he worked on his first major television project, a show called "Sam and Friends," she was one of the Muppet performers, right there alongside her husband. It has been said that she was the one who first proposed the system that allowed them to see monitors as they performed, so they had some sense of how their work was playing.
It wasn't until the late '50s that the two of them began a personal relationship away from work, and they had a total of five children together, including Brian and Lisa, who both followed their parents into the family business. When Jane stopped performing, it was Frank Oz who was hired to take her place, and she's the one who trained him and got him ready to perform. Even once she was not officially a Muppet performer, she would frequently jump in for big scenes where there needed to be a lot of Muppets at the same time.
You want to see what I look like when my brain shuts down for no good reason right in the middle of an interview? Well, today's your lucky day.
I've spoken with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg dozens of times over the years, and I always enjoy seeing them and talking about what they're doing. Yet for some reason, as I'm making the introduction in this piece, you'll see me completely blank on Evan's name. It's just a few seconds, but internally, it was a full-system reboot, one of those "what did I just do?!" moments.
Thankfully, Evan and Seth laughed it off and we had a great chat about their first film as co-directors, "This Is The End," which arrives in theaters later this year. On the 16th of this month, I'll be publishing some observations and interviews from my time on the set of the film in Louisiana last year, and we'll have longer interviews with both Craig Robinson and Danny McBride this week that we did at WonderCon. That's the long way of saying, "We've got a lot to share with you."
“The Great Gatsby” is turning into a family affair. Jay-Z, who is producing the soundtrack to the film, has recruited his wife, Beyonce, to record a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for the film.
Beyonce will collaborate with Outkast’s Andre 3000 on the remake, according to E! News Daily. The pair previously worked together on Beyonce tune, “Party.”
The Baz-Luhrmann-directed “The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mullligan. It will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.
The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” will come out on Interscope. Jay-Z is also scoring the film, as we previously reported.
And because the mogul is clearly not busy enough, Jay-Z has now launched Roc Nation Sports with Creative Artists Agency. Their first client is New York Yankee Robinson Cano.
I hope this is the last trailer that Warner Bros. cuts for "The Conjuring," and I hope the TV spots don't reveal anything more than this.
James Wan made his name with the first "Saw," and in many ways, he's spent the rest of his career since then trying to establish that he is more than just that one movie. I am quite fond of "Insidious," his haunted house movie from a few years ago, and that film helped him finally shake the idea that "Saw" was all he had to offer. I think once "The Conjuring" hits theaters this summer, he will finally put that behind him completely, and this will be the film that everyone knows now.
One of the highlights of this past weekend for me was spending some time with Lorraine Warren, who appeared on the Warner Bros. panel that I moderated for "The Conjuring," along with James Wan and Andrea and Cindy Perron, two of the girls who lived through the events that inspired this film. Lorraine is definitely old now, and there's a fragility to her that is a little deceptive. When we spoke, I got the sense that she's still all there, still sharp, and that the events we see in this film remain fresh to her.
Last week, I listed Steve McQueen's much-anticipated third feature "Twelve Years a Slave" among the films I was most hoping would appear in the Cannes Film Festival lineup, which will be announced later this month. But it seems we Croisette-bound journos will have to wait until the fall to see the star-studded slavery drama: according to the Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock, the film simply won't be finished in time for the May fest.
In the music video for "High School," Nicki Minaj plays the lady-friend of a Latino crime boss, and Lil Wayne shows up as a dude who does business with him. The Young Money imprint founder is soon tussling around a bed with the Young Money signee. I assume they're playing Parcheesi, and both are winning.
So naturally Minaj spends the video in bandages masquerading as dresses and strings serving as swimsuits. Dress code for at the palace for men (well, Wayne, as per usual) is jeans-casual. Toward the end, director Benny Boom attempts to integrate a plot; but judging from Twitter, all anybody really wants is a Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sex tape.
Like in several Weezy music videos, Minaj and Wayne resolve into a "this is just a video shoot" posture, bringing the fantasy of mudflap girl poses and swinging slow-motion dreadlocks to a close. Wayne even brought a couple of other extra girls along for this steamy ride, because he has just that much love to give.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Barbra Streisand as the recipient of its 40th annual Chaplin Award at the Society's annual gala on April 22. The event launched in 1972 with a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the US from exile to accept the honor.
Today the role call of presenters has been revealed, including Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson. Given that Streisand has had a ground-breaking career in both film and music, there will be a large musical component to the tribute as well. Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis and Liza Minelli have been tapped for performances.
HBO has officially renewed "Game of Thrones" for season 4.
Everyone working on the hit fantasy drama has been operating under the assumption that there would be a fourth season, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have elected to split George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "A Storm of Swords," over two seasons, with this being the first. But the contracts for a fourth season weren't finalized until today.
The show returned to series-high ratings on Sunday night.
On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake!
Drake pays homage to his hometown with his new clip for “5AM in Toronto." As he tweeted this morning about the video: “Doing it for the city this time around. Well, every time, but this time especially.”
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