Sometimes, a boy just wants to move. A hectic, itchy feeling wells up from somewhere deep inside, and the only way to release it is to dance. "I became totally obsessed, man," admits dancer and choreographer Ross McCormack by phone from Auckland. "If I didn't do it, I felt like I might explode." He's bringing his new dance show The Clearing to the Nelson Arts Festival, but his fascination with movement started way back when McCormack was just a kid. READ MORE: Dancing from Picton to the world and back again New dance show Triumphs and Other Alternatives New trust hopes to expand Nelson Arts Festival Light installation Piki Mai will return for Nelson Arts Festival "I was born in Picton in 1977, raised in the Waitohi Rugby Clubrooms, and most of my family's still in the Marlborough Sounds. Back in the day, my parents owned the supermarket in Picton's main street." And then, at age seven, his world fell apart. First, there was a serious accident. McCormack fell … [Read more...] about How a wee boy from Picton danced around the world
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Elmo and Kevin Clash have been working together for more than 20 years. Clash has also performed in Labyrinth , Muppets from Space , Follow that Bird and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Photo courtesy of Scott McDermott/Being Elmo hide caption toggle caption Photo courtesy of Scott McDermott/Being Elmo This interview was originally broadcast on December 15, 2011 . Being Elmo premieres on the PBS program Independent Lens on April 5th. When Elmo first appeared on Sesame Street , the little red monster had a deep voice and rarely laughed. But then puppeteer Kevin Clash started working with the furry red creature. Clash, now the senior puppet coordinator and Muppet captain on Sesame Street , further developed Elmo's lovable personality and started providing his trademark voice. Over the past 25 years, Clash has transformed Elmo into one of the most recognizable characters on Sesame Street . Clash's story is told in the new documentary Being Elmo , … [Read more...] about Kevin Clash: Making Elmo Come To Life
By Mark Savage Published 4 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl choked back tears as he played the band's first show since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. The star was singing Times Like These when he paused to collect his emotions on the lyric: "It's times like these you learn to love again." Earlier, Grohl described Hawkins as his "dear friend, bandmate and brother". He said of Hawkins "no-one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could". "And for those of you that admired him from afar, I'm sure you've all felt the same thing," Grohl added. "So sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now." Grohl was speaking as Foo Fighters topped the bill at an all-star concert in honour of Hawkins' life at London's Wembley Stadium. … [Read more...] about Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert: Foo Fighters give drummer a loving send-off
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
‘Lock up your children!’ Yes, Salem, they’re back – and if it can’t quite muster a bang at least Hocus Pocus 2 gives us more magic than a whimper. A whopping 29 years on from the original cult favourite , Bette Midler , Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy return as the child-hungry Sanderson sisters, the one non-negotiable ingredients of the sequel. After so long away, fan expectations have been raised over the material that could finally have tempted the iconic trio back , and there are certainly elements that bewitch . However, Hocus Pocus 2 struggles to truly rival the glories of the original, as is almost always the case in our culture of sequels desperately trying to recapture the magic of their predecessors. Re-spinning it while staying true to the spirt of Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris’ story prototype is the aim, and on the most part it achieves that. The update to 2022 for the film is a little jarring though, considering how powerfully nostalgia … [Read more...] about Hocus Pocus 2 review: Witchy caper casts sporadic spell as it pays homage to cult favourite original
The childhood memories we retain most searingly tend to involve shame. When I was 6, after being chided twice for talking too loudly during lunch, I was made to stand in the cafeteria by myself until the other kids finished their food. I can’t even type that sentence without flushing at how conspicuously bad I felt, and how alone. Humiliation is a kind of trauma; when we experience it, our nervous system floods us with adrenaline, heightening our perception and preserving the memory as a warning against future social transgression. And childhood is nothing if not a series of bungles, one maladroit, painfully public flop after another. Nobody understood this better than Beverly Cleary. The children’s author, who died last week at the splendid age of 104, has been heralded for the way she captured—sweetly, and with humor—all the ordinary ups and downs of childhood: sibling rivalry, misunderstandings, having a teacher who you can sense doesn’t like you. But for me, and I’d posit for … [Read more...] about The Mortifications of Beverly Cleary