Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers hired by Jim Henson, died yesterday (August 23rd 2012). Even though you might not recognize the name, all of you have grown up with Jerry’s performances. He puppeteered almost 1,000 named Henson puppet characters during his 47-year career, credited for performing over 120 different named characters on The Muppet Show, and almost double that on Sesame Street.
Jerry was fighting with various health issues for the last decade, and in 2004 announced he would no longer be puppeteering full-time (although he continued to provide the voice for his Sesame Street characters into the recent seasons). Tough Pigs broke the news.
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Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Thanks to Independence Day, it’s been a fairly slow week for film news — but it looks like the TV folks have been keeping themselves plenty busy over the past few days. After the jump:
- Danny McBride talks the surprise fourth season of Eastbound & Down
- A Fraggle Rock spin-off, The Doozers, will shoot in Canada this month
- Watch a teaser for Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
- Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir pics show Jon Bernthal and Simon Pegg
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A movie version of Jim Henson’s ’80s musical TV show Fraggle Rock has been in the works for years, and development took a good step forward when New Regency started backing the project last year.
There has been speculation over whether the new film would feature classic puppets or CGI characters, though the success of The Muppets would lead one to think puppets will get another chance here. We do know one thing, however: the feature has new writers. Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian, both of whom worked on Gore Verbinski’s beautiful Oscar-nominated film Rango, will script. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve got a lot of the usual news bits about casting, renewals, and so on in today’s TV Bits, but first, don’t you want to read about a possible racial slur in a decades-old episode of Fraggle Rock?
After the jump:
- A Texas man reports an offensive slur in a 1984 episode of Fraggle Rock
- Fox’s J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz changes showrunners
- NBC picks up Bryan Fuller’s The Munsters pilot
- Comedy Central renews South Park for like the next million* seasons
- Becki Newton heads to CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
- Lone Star actor James Wolk lands on ABC’s Happy Endings
* And by “million,” I mean “five.”
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Jim Henson‘s hit ’80s puppet TV series Fraggle Rock has been on the verge of moving to the big screen for several years. The Weinstein Company had the rights, a director, and a distinct vision of what they wanted, but years passed with very little movement save for a few scattered rumors. Deadline is now reporting the rights to the series reverted, were shopped around Hollywood, and went to the highest bidder: New Regency. They’re the same company currently swimming in cash thanks to another Eighties family TV show turned film franchise: Alvin and the Chipmunks. Maybe “another day” is finally here. Read more after the break. Read More »
There was a time when it looked like the new Muppets movie would have company in theaters from a new Fraggle Rock film. Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked) was set to write and direct the film for The Weinstein Company. But Mr. Edwards started to talk about how the Weinsteins wanted something different from what he was doing — an older-skewing, edgier movie — and over the past year the movie has stalled altogether. The last word we had came from the writer/director:
There’s nothing to report except that The Weinstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year.
Now a new report suggests the movie isn’t dead, and that it will have musical numbers penned by unlikely artists: Jake Shears and Babydaddy of disco/glam-pop band Scissor Sisters. Read More »
It’s been almost a year since we heard any news about a Fraggle Rock movie. That goes for the director too. As more and more properties from the Seventies and Eighties get remade, rebooted or reimagined, the idea of a Fraggle Rock movie like a no-brainer. Now Cory Edwards, the director of Hoodwinked who has long been attached to Fraggle Rock: The Movie has posted an update to his blog about the film and it seems like the ball is totally in the court of the Weinstein Company. Read Edwards’ update after the break. Read More »
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Last month we told you that Fraggle Rock director/screenwriter Corey Edwards had been told that The Weinstein Company has begun a wide search for a new screenwriter to come aboard the project after demanding the the script was “not edgy enough.” Edwards’ blog post caused a stir in the blogosphere and we now have an update on the situation.
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