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  • Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry hosts shadow puppeteer Jim Napolitano

    On Nov. 15, Jim Napolitano performed for two sold-out audiences at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Napolitano performed "Shadows Around the World," one of four programs, built entirely around shadow puppets, that he brings to audiences all over the state. "Father Goose's Tales," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Sing Along with Nappy's Puppets" are geared toward children, but entertaining enough to keep adults interested. "Shadows Around the World" examines the history of puppetry, which has been used by different cultures for thousands of years for a variety of reasons including ceremony, religion, education, therapy and entertainment. Napolitano calls shadow puppetry "the most magical and cinematic" form of puppetry.
  • 'I Am Big Bird' Documentary Sells to Tribeca Film for U.S.

    Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary "I Am Big Bird," directed and produced by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker. The film, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs this year, will be released theatrically and on VOD day-and-date in...

    'Fraggle Rock' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

    'Fraggle Rock' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90
    Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor best known for his roles on the Muppets' "Fraggle Rock" and crime film "The Boondock Saints," has died, his agent said on Tuesday. The actor died at a retirement home in Toronto on Sunday from natural causes and...

    Billy Crystal Joins Henson Co.'s 'Which Witch' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Billy Crystal has come on board The Jim Henson Co.'s animated movie project "Which Witch" as a writer, producer and star. The company, as part of an expansion of its feature film slate, is aiming to start production early next year with Brian Henson...

    This Is 40? 'SNL' Revives 'Weekend Update' And Starts Celebrating Four Decades On Air

    "Saturday Night Live" returned for its landmark fortieth season with a new announcer, a revived "Weekend Update" and a couple of digs at the National Football League. But the show continued to serve up something it largely avoided when it launched way...