Halloween is in the air! And there's little that can put some of us in that festively macabre spirit like the rantings of the great Theodore Gottlieb, a.k.a. Theodore, a.k.a. Brother Theodore. A fixture for decades on the Manhattan theatre scene, this one-man spook show - storyteller, actor and stand-up absurdist philosopher - was one of the pioneers of what is now called "performance art."
Theodore ultimately gained a small degree of mainstream celebrity, as a curmudgeonly, hilariously contentious talk-show guest. But he'd been on the fringe of American show business since the 1940s, soon after he'd fled his native Germany and wound up in California, with few skills beyond a talent for chess. His long, peculiar list of credits ranges from porn movies to NPR radio drama, from serials to Tolkien to Tom Hanks.
If you've never heard of him - and even you have and want to relive his high points, as you should - here are ten highlights from a strangely great career...
1. David Letterman Guest
Theodore had been a frequent talk-show guest since at least the '60s, grousing and grumbling to Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and especially to Merv Griffin - it was Griffin who, noting his clerical or monastic appearance, had dubbed him "Brother." But the generation who grew up on Stupid Pet Tricks and Top Ten Lists first became aware of him through his many appearances, in the '80s, on Late Night With David Letterman.More >>
While people have put actual dead things on quad-copters before, this simulated spook with its glowing red eyes seems like a better bet for the insta-scare. Last weekend I frightened preschoolers at a Halloween event just by standing under a tree wearing a sheet with two eyeholes cut out, so imagine what more havoc this could create?
(The kids got their revenge, incidentally, by way of the stomach flu.)
Hit the jump to see the creepy copter in action.More >>
Disney's been having a D-23 Expo over in Tokyo and it seems like the Japanese fans are actually getting some genuine reveals rather than the generic stuff we got. For one thing, a fairly detailed advance look at what Florida's simulation of Pandora will involve.
There's going to be a boat ride into the bioluminescent jungle:
A Banshee-flying simulation similar to Soarin' Over California, but in 3D:
No, there probably won't be a ponytail intercourse simulator (maybe we can get Tasha Reign working on an unofficial one), but there's more...hit the jump to see a video of the development process, including a sneak peek at the Banshee ride.More >>
What's this? What's this? It's what Jack Skellington might have actually sung, were he not trapped in a Disney movie.
Coincidentally, it's also what I say every time I hear about whatever remake it is Tim Burton's doing next with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Inspired by an oft-reblogged Tumblr post, Jack's signature song is now called "The fuck?" And it is a thing of beauty.
Watch after the jump, but don't play it aloud at work or anything.More >>
The new 2015 series, which will feature CG characters on live-action miniature sets, has its Lady Penelope in Pike, most recently seen in The World's End. Even better news for longtime fans, though, is that David Graham will reprise his role as her chauffeur, Parker.
The rest of the cast are not as familiar:
Unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker) whilst Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones). Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale, Lead Balloon) has been cast as both the youngest and oldest Tracy brothers Alan and Scott. The fifth Tracy brother, Virgil, will be played by David Menkin.
Tracy Island matriarch Grandma Tracy is voiced by Sandra Dickinson (Amazing World of Gumball, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and master villain The Hood played by Andres Williams (M.I. High, Foyle's War).
Plus Thunderbirds Are Go! will feature new characters including Kayo, the Tracy brothers' friend and fellow island resident, who will be played by Angel Coulby (Merlin, Dancing on the Edge) and Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Doctor Who)
I'm still really not sure the retro aesthetic of Thunderbirds can work particularly well today, but it sounds like they're trying their best. Then again, hiring original voice actors doesn't always mean fealty to source, as Peter Cullen could probably attest.
Good news for those of you who (correctly) consider Face Off to be one of the network's best shows - Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, airing in 2014, will be the same sort of thing, but with creature-building. Judged by Brian Henson and others, the most sensational, celebrational, inspirational winner will get a job working at the actual Creature Shop.
In fact, Syfy so clearly knows that Face Off has more credibility than most of its shows that they're almost positioning this as a spin-off:
"As Face Off does with SFX makeup application, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge showcases the incredible imagination and artistry of lifelike creature construction," said (president of original content Mark] Stern. "We are honored to partner with The Jim Henson Company and Brian Henson on this series. The Creature Shop has set the bar for a caliber of work that is unmatched in quality, design and sheer imagination."
Yet you didn't think to use this angle on your cosplay show.
It's too bad they couldn't call it "Master of Puppets."
Source: Press release
In honor of next week's Blu-ray release of Curse of Chucky, the filmmakers have teamed with Movieclips to digitally insert the demon-worshiping doll, Forrest Gump style, into the original Psycho. It's a clever piece of work - a fan mashup using original assets, and genuinely manipulating them to look smoothly meshed.
Well, aside from the one shot where it's obviously a kid's legs because they're too long to be a dolls. But work with them here. Or rather, "Give them the power I beg of you!"
Watch after the jump.More >>
The god of mischief may have met his match.
Still, when he tries to teach this puny Earth creature a lesson, it's the positive one of delayed gratification. And he learns that blue id monsters are considerably friendlier than the green rage variety.
Click through to watch. It's adorable in the best way, like all things Sesame Street.More >>