March 27, 2012 |
Imagine a hulking, growling, 8-foot-tall woodland creature so elusive that professional trackers can't find it, scientists can only speculate about it and believers can't prove -- definitively -- that it exists. Hiding deep in the forest may be your modus operandi, Bigfoot, but Hollywood and Madison Avenue are pushing you -- however reluctantly -- into the spotlight. A slew of documentary, TV and film projects including Animal Planet's current hit "Finding Bigfoot," and a Sasquatch film trilogy from "Blair Witch Project" director Eduardo Sanchez are poised to get past the old grainy images of yesterday and give the hairy 800-pound biped a high-def close-up.
June 28, 1987 |
Sitting in an office cluttered with toy gorillas, plastic skeletons and books about primate evolution, anthropologist Grover Krantz was on the phone recently making arrangements to send casts of some rare footprints to France. It is a normal activity for a physical anthropologist whose specialty is human evolution. What is unusual is these 14 1/2-inch footprints are not those of ancient man or ape or even bear. Krantz claims that they belong to Sasquatch--also known as Big Foot.
June 5, 2011
SUNDAY "If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook" from "The Social Network" is our pick in the newly minted best-line-from-a-movie category at the "2011 MTV Movie Awards. " "SNL's" Jason Sudeikis hosts. (MTV, VH1, 9 p.m.) Would-be cryptozoologists traipse through America's backwoods and bayous in hopes of "Finding Bigfoot" — the mythic man-beast also known as Sasquatch — in this new reality series. Do us a favor: Ask him where he buys his shoes.
January 27, 2008 |
At 5 years old, makeup effects designer Robert Hall went to the drive-in for the first time for a double feature of "Dawn of the Dead" and "Alien." His mother had planned to cover her son's eyes, but he stared at the screen in rapt fascination. "I really was into how they blew the zombies' heads off in 'Dawn of the Dead,' " he says. "Because even at that point, I knew that it couldn't be real, and I just wanted to know how they achieved it. So it was more of an inspirational sort of outing."
December 4, 2011
Abarat Absolute Midnight Clive Barker Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $24.99, ages 13 and up In the third installment of this lavish series, a teen girl is menaced by a powerful sorceress in a mystical fantasy world. The Annotated Peter Pan J.M. Barrie, edited with an introduction by Maria Tatar W.W. Norton, $39.95, all ages The tale of a forever youthful boy and his friends in a handsome edition edited by an authority on classic fairy tales.
June 26, 2011 |
Full disclosure: I am no Bigfoot junkie. In fact, before strapping my mom, my 3-year-old and myself in the car and traveling north on U.S. 101 to Arcata, Calif., then swinging east on California 299 to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it town of Willow Creek, I believed all things Sasquatch were laughable at best. I knew that lots of honest folks did believe that Bigfoot or Sasquatch or, as crypto-zoologists call him, Gigantopithecus , not only exists but also thrives in Klamath River country between the Humboldt County coast and the Shasta Cascade.