| Jul 4, 2014
Before Caroll Spinney began playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street," he bombed at a puppeteering festival in Utah. Bad lighting washed out the video-projected animations on the screen, so Spinney, convinced his performance was a disaster,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:29 PM
If Sam Raimi and Jim Henson had dreamed up a movie together â¦ well, it wouldn't have looked very much like "Zombeavers," though you can tell that's the target director Jordan Rubin was vaguely aiming for with his well-meaning but wan, title-tells-all...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:06 AM
Shirley Johannesen Levine sways back and forth at the Ellicott City Senior Center, her arms moving to the left and then the right as she recites the classic nursery rhyme, "Old Mother Hubbard."
"Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her poor...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 4:30 PM
On Tuesday night, Syfy premieres "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge," a reality series akin to "Project Runway" with 10 designers scrambling to make the next Yoda instead of an overflowing dress. The first episode features a sea animal assignment...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Van Morrison, the famously moody singer-songwriter, once grew annoyed with an interviewer's questions about his craft.
"Nobody asks a bricklayer about laying bricks," he protested. "Why ask me about writing songs? There's no difference."
| Mar 18, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Oswald Morris, a renowned British cinematographer who won an Academy Award for the 1971 musical "Fiddler on the Roof" and who was known for his innovative color work on films such as "Moulin Rouge," has died. He was 98.
Morris died Monday at his home in...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Teen sci-fi should rule the box office this weekend, with the highly anticipated "Divergent" poised for a strong launch of a new franchise.
"Divergent," from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment, could generate $55 million or more in ticket sales from...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:22 AM
High spirits and good times are hard to come by in "Muppets Most Wanted," the anxious follow-up to the commercially successful 2011 reboot ("The Muppets") and the seventh Muppet sequel to follow in the animal tracks of "The Muppet Movie" in 1979.
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:16 AM
The teen sci-fi film "Divergent," starring Shailene Woodley, opened with a strong $4.9 million from Thursday night showings, according to Lionsgate.
The movie, which the studio hopes will launch its next successful young-adult franchise following...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The latest Syfy reality entry to tap this particular vein, "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" is a run-of-the-mill elimination contest, distinguished almost entirely by the cool creatures the players -- none of whom are novices, given the particular...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:00 PM
For author Brian Jay Jones, it's not easy finding a biography of Jim Henson.
Of all the surprising revelations he uncovered about the late entertainer, inventor of The Muppets, puppet-maker of "Sesame Street" and the voice of "Ernie" (of "Bert and...