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Taraji P. Henson, co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for ‘Hidden Figures,’ poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California


For those of you who don’t know what this adorableness is, it’s a 1991 children’s picture book from Jim Henson & Co. called The Phantom of the Muppet Theater, which focuses on a very positive and benevolent version of the Phantom story in which a benevolent old ghost of a theater-owner haunts the Muppets’ theater and helps them get out of trouble (by rescuing people who get stuck in things, finding and replacing lost items, and leaving helpful notes for management telling them when something needs to be repaired).  By the end, the Muppets discover their haunter when he has to appear in order to help rescue Gonzo, who has become trapped in the ceiling ropes after being shot out of his cannon, and everyone happily accepts his presence and asks him to continue haunting the place as long as he’d like.  Much more comfortable than our usual Phantom endings!

This is actually the second time the Muppets got excited about a Phantom among them; the same story idea was used in The Muppet Show itself, in the show’s 121st episode in 1976.  Various Muppets see evidence of a phantom haunting the theater, but Kermit (doing his duty as the manager of the place) doesn’t believe their superstitions until confronted with the Phantom himself, who turns out to be a crabby old Muppet named Uncle Deadly whose acting debut was panned so thoroughly that he was effectively blacklisted from acting, so he’s attempting to stop anyone else from acting, either.

Uncle Deadly was given the permanent nickname “Phantom of the Muppet Theater”, and they later did a little wink and nudge to him when he appeared in the 2011 The Muppets movie, where they said he and the actual Phantom of the Opera spent their filming days alternating haunting a nearby set, in order to give both of them a little time off.


Daredevil + behind the glass

The best thing about this perspective choice is the idea of being privileged with getting into contact with the private lives of these people. It’s as if you’re allowed to listen to their conversations, but you don’t get to intervene; you’re there, you watch them, you see the spaces in which they move, but you don’t get to be near them and I believe this contributes to the fascination. 

Netflix Sets ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ Preschool Series From Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Co.
By Cynthia Littleton

Netflix is taking aim at “Sesame Street’s” turf in a deal with Julie Andrews and the Jim Henson Co. for a live-action series about the arts aimed at the preschool demo.

“Julie’s Greenroom” is designed to introduce pint-size viewers to various aspects of the performing arts. Andrews will play the leader of a performing arts company who works with a host of new puppet characters created by the Henson Co.

The series, which began lensing in New York last month, will feature original music and guest stars including Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Irwin, Ellie Kemper and Idina Menzel. Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes that are set to debut early next year.

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TriStar Rebirths World Of ‘Labyrinth:’ ‘Spider Web’s Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu Aboard
EXCLUSIVE: TriStar has set Fede Alvarez to direct and Jay Basu to write a film that will delve into the universe Jim Henson hatched in the 1986 Jim Henson-directed cult classic Labyrinth. That duo …
By Mike Fleming Jr

TriStar has set Fede Alvarez to direct and Jay Basu to write a film that will delve into the universe Jim Henson hatched in the 1986 Jim Henson-directed cult classic Labyrinth. That duo will take on that hallowed project after Alvarez directs the script he wrote with Basu for The Girl In The Spider’s Web, the continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga that Sony began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Alvarez, who helmed for Sony the genre blockbuster Don’t Breathe, will do Labyrinth after he and Basu complete Spider’s Web. That film is casting and will begin production this fall.

Insiders stress that what they will do with Labyrinth after The Girl in the Spider’s Web is create a new story within the universe created in the original movie and that it is not a remake; indeed it sounds more like a spinoff than a sequel. The original was the last film Muppets’ creator Jim Henson directed before he died tragically in 1990. Jennifer Connelly played a teen who wished away her baby brother. When The Goblin King Jareth (played by David Bowie) stole away the infant away and took him to his castle to be turned into a goblin, the regretful teen has to find her way through his maze-like kingdom to rescue her sibling. The movie wasn’t a box office smash, but it was considered one of the strongest screen turns for Bowie and is beloved by a lot of filmmakers. Bowie’s character will not be part of this. The film is a co-production between TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. with Alvarez and Basu writing the script. Lisa Henson will produce and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar. Lisa Henson of The Henson Co. will produce.

Eep. Well, let’s say I’ll believe it when I see it. The Henson Company doesn’t have the greatest track record of getting projects off the ground and this still seems like a long way off, but I must say that I’m encouraged by the involvement of Fede Alvarez, as I’ve heard nothing but good things about Don’t Breathe.

Taraji P. Henson can’t be stopped. The Empire star, b.k.a. Cookie Lyons, is taking over NBC’s Saturday Night Live on April 11.

Henson and her Empire co-stars including Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett scored huge ratings for Wednesday night’s finale (March 25). The hour-long cap nabbed 21.92 million viewers and an 8.8 rating in the 18-49-year-old demo.

No stranger to winning, the Oscar-nominated actress recently gave VIBE her secret to running a successful empire. “Stay positive, know what is important in life, surround yourself with people who understand you and bring you joy,” she said. “Become educated about how to achieve your dream. And never forget to dream!”