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May 18, 1990
A spokesman for Jim Henson's production company said Thursday that those wishing to honor the memory of the creator of the Muppets may contribute to the Henson Foundation at 117 E. 69th St., New York City 10021. The foundation supports emerging artists in the field of puppetry. Henson was 53 when he died Wednesday in New York, where a memorial service will be held Monday at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of the 2011 reboot "The Muppets," which delighted critics and grossed more than $165 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. Opening March 21, "Muppets Most Wanted" picks up right where the Muppet gang left off and sends them on a grand tour of Europe. According to a number of early reviews, however, "Most Wanted" pales in comparison to its predecessor. Variety's Justin Chang calls the film "a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and sincerity that made 2011's 'The Muppets' such a delight.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1987
Jim Henson's production earlier this year for NBC of "Hans, My Hedgehog," about a boy who was half human and half hedgehog, has prompted the network to order eight additional stories from Henson for next season. The collection of European fairy tales will be filmed in London, with John Hurt returning as "The Storyteller." Henson is the executive producer of the half-hour family specials.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea. Toyota, for those who missed the Super Bowl ad, has enlisted the help of Jim Henson's finest to sell its all-new Highlander SUV. This would be a hoot except for one awkward fact: This thing holds Muppets a lot better than actual people. The new Highlander has less head- and legroom in the third row than the previous generation model. In fact, it has less space back there than nearly all of its SUV and crossover rivals. That's disappointing, particularly because the outside of the Highlander is actually about 3 inches longer.
NEWS
July 26, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta announced plans Wednesday to build a Jim Henson wing that would include an "institution-changing gift" from the heirs of the Muppets creator: between 500 and 700 puppets, props, sketches, films, videos and other pieces. The gift is contingent on the center raising money to build the wing, officials said. They are launching a capital campaign toward that end but did not initially disclose how much money they need.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1991 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Dixieland band played at his memorial service; no one was to wear black. When Muppet genius Jim Henson died of pneumonia in 1990 at the age of 53, he left instructions that he be remembered with smiles, not tears. That spirit can be found in a happy new album, "Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration," a collection of 20 years of songs in which Henson gave voice to Kermit the Frog, Ernie and a few lesser-known Muppet characters.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2001 | Bloomberg News
EM.TV & Merchandising hired Allen & Co., a U.S. investment bank that specializes in media transactions, to help it find a buyer for Jim Henson Co., the creator of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. EM.TV, which bought Jim Henson a year ago for $680 million, hired the New York-based bank Wednesday, said spokeswoman Marion Moormann. EM.TV plans to hold on to the European merchandising rights of the Muppets as it tries to turn around the business. EM.
NEWS
May 17, 1990 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Henson, creator of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets who entertained and educated millions of preschoolers and their parents around the world, died early Wednesday of pneumonia. He was 53. Henson died in New York Hospital in Manhattan, where he had been taken to the emergency room less than 24 hours earlier suffering from "acute respiratory distress and symptoms of pneumonia," hospital spokesmen said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1994 | Lynne Heffley
Some tributes lend themselves to razzle-dazzle production numbers and guest spots by whatever celebs can be rounded up to participate, although sincerity may ring a bit hollow. But in "The World of Jim Henson," only those who genuinely appreciated him, worked with him and loved him pay homage to the creative genius whose Muppet empire began with "a hand in a sock."
BUSINESS
May 12, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER and CHUCK PHILIPS
Sony Pictures Entertainment is closing in on a deal with Jim Henson Productions to develop, produce and distribute motion pictures specifically aimed at the family market, according to knowledgeable sources. The agreement--which would cover feature films only--is being finalized and is not expected to be consummated for at least several weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
When Jim Henson's menagerie of talking animals and fish-throwing vaudevillians made their big-screen comeback in 2011's "The Muppets," Kermit the Frog and company faced down a greedy oil tycoon named Tex Richman to save their old theater from demolition. In their newest cinematic adventure, "Muppets Most Wanted," set for release from Disney on March 21, a more dangerous foe lies in wait for the performers - a criminal mastermind named Constantine who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the troupe's genial impresario.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
Jane Nebel Henson knew Kermit before he was the Frog, saw the Cookie Monster before he lost his "fiendish" teeth and was around for the pre-diva days of Miss Piggy. Henson, the wife and longtime artistic collaborator of legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson, died Tuesday at her home in Greenwich, Conn., after a long battle with cancer, the Jim Henson Co. announced. She was 78. As the first partner to the famous Muppeteer, Henson was instrumental in the creation of the earliest characters in the brood of marionette-puppet hybrids.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Jane Nebel Henson, who collaborated with her husband, Jim Henson, in creating, designing and marketing the Muppets, died Tuesday at her home in Connecticut after battling cancer. She was 78. Her death was announced by the Jim Henson Co. The couple met in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in the 1950s. Combining marionettes and puppets, Jim Henson began performing with his creations on a TV show called “Sam and Friends” in Washington, D.C. He asked Jane to join him on the program as a performer and puppet designer, and she became his creative and business partner in the endeavor that spawned Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the “Sesame Street” characters Big Bird, Ernie and the Cooke Monster.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. Please see note below.
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer who gave voice to dozens of characters on "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock" and "The Muppet Show," died at home in Cape Cod, Mass., on Thursday night after suffering from emphysema for several years. He was 78. A statement on the Sesame Workshop's website (the company that produces "Sesame Street") paid tribute to Nelson, saying, "A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Bret McKenzie is the music supervisor and primary songwriter for "The Muppets," and his biggest competition for award consideration may just be himself. He has at least three compositions from the film being touted by those who track such things: gleeful production number "Life's a Happy Song," disco anthem "Me Party" and existential '80s-ish power ballad "Man or Muppet. " Sporting a comfy-looking green hoodie and unruly hair and beard — exacerbated by early-morning dad duties — the affable "Flight of the Conchords" musical comic discussed marrying his adult and meta sensibility with the Muppets via video chat from his home in New Zealand.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The good news for studios was that, overall, people liked what they saw in theaters over the long Thanksgiving holiday. The bad news was that there were a lot fewer of them than in years past. In fact, despite some highly regarded new movies, it was the slowest Thanksgiving moviegoing weekend in the last four years. Ticket sales were down roughly 11% compared with the same period last year. So far this year, attendance is off about 5%, and box office receipts are down about 4%. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was easily the No. 1 film, taking in $62.3 million Wednesday to Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1992 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The simple message sat framed atop Jim Henson's office fireplace--words from an admirer who shared one of his gifts. "Dear Jim," wrote Edgar Bergen over a black-and-white photograph of himself and the inanimate Charlie McCarthy, "Keep the magic alive." Like Bergen, Henson could bring life to mere objects. Sesame Street, the Muppets, Kermit the Frog--they were only a few examples of his contributions. But without Henson, can the magic live on at his company?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The recent death of puppeteer Jim Henson jolted "Sesame Street" fans of all ages. Would children notice a difference on the show that bears the unmistakable stamp of Henson's genius? What was to happen to the Muppet creations that he himself gave voice to--his froggy green alter-ego, Kermit, mischievous Ernie and toothy game-show host Guy Smiley? Anxiety was further heightened by national news reports that Ernie had been singled out for retirement.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
You know times are tough when even the Muppets are facing bankruptcy, or worse, playing in a Muppet tribute band. What happened to the "rainbow connection"? That and more will be answered with nostalgic charm and big, splashy production numbers in the very warm and fuzzy musical comedy of "The Muppets. " The movie stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and pretty much every Muppet that has ever graced a screen, small or large, since the late Jim Henson first brought them to life many decades ago. This newest Muppet fable begins in an idyllic slice of '50s-era Americana, Smalltown, USA, with old home movies of best friends and brothers, Gary (Segel)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
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.
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