December 19, 2011 |
Turns out writing a Muppet script is no easy task. Star Jason Segel and his "The Muppets" screenwriting partner Nicholas Stoller, who previously collaborated on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," spent four years writing a script that both honored the Jim Henson Muppet movies of the past and remained relevant today, they told an audience at the Envelope Screening Series. That required learning the specific rules of each Muppet and simplifying a very complicated initial premise. Learn more about a rather complex writing process -- one that may have involved adult-size Muppet costumes -- ¿in the video clip below.
December 18, 2011 |
When: 7:30. Where: Galen Center On the air: Radio: 690. Records: USC 4-7, TCU 7-3. Update: USC played TCU for the first time last season in Fort Worth and lost, 81-69. The Horned Frogs return three starters and eight lettermen from that team, which finished 11-22. Five TCU players are averaging 9.0 points or more, led by senior guard Hank Thorns, who averages 13.5 points per game. TCU has won four straight games. This is USC's next-to-last nonconference game this season.
November 6, 2011 |
In the world of amphibian celebrities, there's no bigger star than Kermit the Frog. Yet back in January on the set of Disney's upcoming film "The Muppets" — the first big screen outing for Jim Henson's beloved menagerie since 1999's "Muppets in Space" — the bona fide A-lister was all hard work and self-deprecating charm. Just minutes before heading inside a Universal soundstage to film a scene in which he commends his performers on a hard day's work, he took a minute to explain to a reporter that he's found some renewed sense of inner peace, particularly when it comes to being green.
October 14, 2011 |
A high-ranking member of the Zetas crime group suspected of widespread drug trafficking has been arrested, Mexican officials said Thursday. Carlos Oliva Castillo, known as "Frog," was captured Wednesday in the northern city of Saltillo, where he allegedly ran drug-trafficking operations spanning several states, said Col. Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for the armed forces. Gunmen sought to rescue Oliva by trying to distract soldiers with gunfire around the city, authorities said.
October 6, 2011 |
After more than a year of watching their league be picked apart, leaders of Big 12 Conference schools finally made a proactive move Thursday by voting to add Texas Christian as early as next year. It was the first aggressive act by a league desperate to secure its membership amid dramatic shifts in conference affiliation. And if the Horned Frogs join the Big 12, it would be another sharp blow to the Big East, which was expecting to welcome TCU next year. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. suggested TCU is all but ready to join the Big 12. "These discussions with the Big 12 have huge implications for TCU," Boschini said.
August 18, 2011 |
They're Hermit Crabs as much as Horned Frogs, picking up and leaving every 10 minutes or so. The school could merge with a packing company and become TCU-Haul. Next year's move to the Big East will mark Texas Christian's fifth conference affiliation since 1995, the school's last year in the now-defunct Southwest Conference. The Horned Frogs then joined the Western Athletic, moved to Conference USA in 2001 and to the Mountain West in 2005. One thing with the football program hasn't changed much, though: This is Gary Patterson's 14th season at TCU, his 11th as head coach.
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August 17, 2011 |
One of the nation's most ambitious wildlife reintroduction efforts has suffered a setback with the deaths of 104 mountain yellow-legged frogs that had been rescued from the fire-stripped San Gabriel Mountains in 2009, authorities said Tuesday. The federally endangered frogs, which recently metamorphosed from the tadpole stage, died in captive breeding tanks over the last several weeks at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. "We have two frogs left. We're trying to determine exactly what happened," said Scott Barton, director of the zoo, which is highly regarded for amphibian husbandry.
May 7, 2011 |
Around the world, frogs, salamanders and other amphibians are disappearing — and much about their demise has been a mystery. Now, in an episode of amphibian CSI, biologists have used decades-old museum samples of frogs, toads and salamanders to track the relentless path of a killer fungus across Mexico and Central America over the last 40 years. The findings, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, strongly link the amphibians' disappearance to the fungus and suggest that the disease was an alien invader rather than a native disease let loose by climate change.
January 12, 2011 |
Rankman walked away from the Rose Bowl and Bowl Championship Series title game thinking Texas Christian deserved to be No. 1 in something! The Horned Frogs played a crisp, turnover-free game in a 21-19 win over a Wisconsin team that had scored 83, 48 and 70 points in its last three games. The BCS title game was exciting but uneven, with the winning quarterback's late fumble nearly costing his team the national title. Call this a protest vote or a complaint that TCU and Auburn can't meet to decide this on the field.
January 2, 2011 |
Wisconsin players looked up into the Rose Bowl stands Saturday and saw a familiar sight: A sea of red courtesy of Badger Nation. But when Wisconsin's offense ran out on the field during the second half against Texas Christian, it repeatedly looked out upon acres of turf between the line of scrimmage and the end zone. Poor field position, courtesy of TCU's special teams, and uncharacteristic penalties proved too much for Wisconsin to overcome in a 21-19 defeat to a TCU team that finished the season 13-0.