September 16, 2011 |
One of Russia's wealthiest men on Thursday abruptly quit as leader of a party casting itself as a challenger to the Kremlin's stranglehold on politics, suggesting to supporters that a feared power broker had orchestrated a takeover because the party was becoming too independent. The decision several months ago by Mikhail Prokhorov, a businessman who owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team, to try to revive the moribund Right Cause party had been controversial from the start. Prokhorov has decried the lack of alternatives to the governing party.
May 8, 2011 |
The new film "The Beaver" stars Mel Gibson as a mentally ill man who begins to speak through a battered hand puppet that he retrieves from a dumpster in a moment of despair. Although the controversial star made a point to puppeteer the beaver himself, on the set, puppet wrangler Anney McKilligan Ozar was tasked with grooming the creature's fur and even brushing its prominent teeth. "I had to keep his teeth nice and shiny because things wear down," she said. On an average day on the job, McKilligan Ozar said she needs "everything from 18 different sizes of needles to 18 different sizes of drill bits.
April 12, 2011 |
At a recent preview, the star trotting the stage of Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater had a command that was palpable. The audience seemed to watch his every victory with cries of delight, and shouts of dismay at his peril. Not a bad bit of scene-stealing, especially since the performer in question has no lines and is, in fact, made of leather, wire and cane. Even so, Joey, the life-size horse puppet at the center of the play "War Horse," has the power to eclipse anything — and anybody — on the stage.
December 30, 2010 |
Parents with younger kids: New Year's Eve in the club is back on ? and it doesn't mean a puppet show! Ushering in 2011 on a wave of laughs, husband and wife team Bob and Naomi Odenkirk, fixtures in the L.A. comedy scene, are putting on their second annual "Not Inappropriate Show," and it promises to be a sophisticated yet silly mix of humor for adults and kids alike. Playing Friday and Sunday at the edgy Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood, the "Not Inappropriate Show" brings together some of L.A.'s best funnymen (and women)
December 29, 2010 |
Warning to all nostalgic "Sesame Street" fans: The puppets in "Stuffed and Unstrung" are not the Muppets. They do hail from Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and they do exude childlike charm. An orange-haired girl with spongy purple skin accessorizes her tweed suit with pearls. Another, whose bright yellow nose sticks out 5 inches, wears blue hair tied in pigtails. And a rock-star gorilla sports sunglasses, studded bracelets and hoop earrings. But this cast of 80 puppets doesn't work from a script.
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October 5, 2010
Van Snowden Puppeteer for 'Pufnstuf,' 'Pee-wee's Playhouse Van Snowden, 71, who inhabited the costumed character H.R. Pufnstuf in the 1970 film and was the lead puppeteer on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" on television, died of cancer Sept. 22 at a Burbank hospital, said a spokesman for producers Sid and Marty Krofft. After donning the dragon suit for "H.R. Pufnstuf," produced by the Krofft brothers, Snowden worked with them on projects that included the 1970s TV series "The Bugaloos" and " Land of the Lost.
September 9, 2010 |
Lead puppeteer Kara Klein is "dino-checking" her ankylosaurus. From a podium at the rear of the Honda Center in Anaheim, she is getting her 12-foot-tall, 34-foot-long dinosaur to move its head, tail and even gently nudge one of the technicians on the floor all by manipulating a small metal claw contraption dubbed the "voodoo rig. " "We take him through every axis of motion to make sure he is working correctly," she says. It takes two puppeteers and one driver for each of the 10 roaring and snarling creatures to make their way through the arena, while five smaller dinosaurs including a baby T. rex are operated by performers inside the suits.
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September 5, 2010 |
In the annals of odd jobs, this recent listing ranks high. "The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County seeks . . . a full-suit puppeteer for a saber-toothed cat. " "Extremely hot, claustrophobic full-suit puppet with limited sight range. … ," it went on. "Must carry 73 pounds on back in a crawling position, supported by arm stilts for periods of 20 minutes, multiple times a day. " More than 100 people sent in resumes for the chance to face these tough working conditions in a new museum show, "Ice Age Encounters.
June 27, 2010 |
It's been only a few years since Dr. Drew Pinsky first brought C-list celebrities and invasive video cameras to the Pasadena Recovery Center to film "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," and already it's a punchline. At the beginning of each episode of the crude, fantastical, tragic- comedy series "Warren the Ape" ( MTV, Mondays at 10:30 p.m.), our protagonist, a down-on-his-luck puppet attempting to build a comeback after losing an acting career to addiction, sits with Dr. Drew in the same chair that's held the likes of Heidi Fleiss, Jeff Conaway and Rodney King.