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Jim Henson Pictures Launches Talent Search For New Film

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Luke, Jul 16, 2002.

  1. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    'Good Boy!' Looking for A Good Boy

    - Jim Henson Pictures and MGM Looking for Lead for New Family Comedy Adventure

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Henson Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are beginning a nationwide talent search hoping to find the right young actor to play the lead in their upcoming family adventure comedy "Good Boy!." The filmmakers and casting directors will scour the country to find the right ten- to twelve-year-old to play Owen, a self- possessed, bright, individualistic boy who runs a dog-walking service. When Owen finally gets his own dog, he discovers the dog is actually from outer space. A completely original take on the "boy and his dog" genre, "Good Boy!" will mix live-action cast members with CGI-enhanced canine co-stars. Production is set to begin on the film in Vancouver, British Columbia, on August 26th, 2002.

    The first Los Angeles casting call is set for July 20, 2002, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Jim Henson Studios, 1416 N. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. Other cities set for the search include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. Interested young performers can find further information, sides, descriptions, and updates at www.goodboymovie.net .

    The plot of "Good Boy!" proposes that thousands of years ago, dogs from the "Dog Star" Sirius came to colonize and dominate Earth. Now, when rumors spread across the galaxy that the Earth dogs have strayed from their original mission, one interplanetary scout dog comes to Earth to investigate. Quickly introduced to the "unusual" lifestyle of canines on this planet, he's eventually adopted by a young boy and reluctantly drawn into what becomes a deep and lasting friendship.

    "Good Boy!" is being directed by John Hoffman, whose credits include "Northern Lights," "Queen Bess," and "Indianapolis." Based on original material by Zeke Richardson with a screenplay by Hoffman, the film is being produced by Lisa Henson and Kristine Belson, with Stephanie Allain as executive producer.

    Jim Henson Pictures (JHP) was established in 1995 as a division of The Jim Henson Company. JHP combines creativity, technical wizardry and powerful stories to create distinct, innovative, fantasy/sci-fi and family films. JHP develops and produces high-quality features designed for the global family film market, including the very successful franchise of Muppet feature films. The division works with a variety of partners including Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, MGM, Dimension and Universal Pictures. A complete listing of credits and additional information about JHP can be found at www.henson.com .

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE: MGM - News), through its Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. subsidiary, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of entertainment product, including motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The Company owns the largest modern film library in the world, consisting of approximately 4,000 titles. Its operating units include MGM Pictures, United Artists, MGM Television Entertainment, MGM Networks, MGM Distribution Co., MGM Worldwide Television Distribution, MGM Home Entertainment, MGM On Stage, MGM Consumer Products, MGM Music, MGM Interactive, and MGM Online.

    In addition, MGM owns a 20 percent equity interest in four of Rainbow Media's successful national cable networks -- American Movie Classics (AMC), Bravo, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and WE: Women's Entertainment, and internationally has ownership interests in television channels reaching more than 40 countries around the globe. For more information on MGM, visit MGM Online at http://www.mgm.com .

    For further information please contact: Eric Kops of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, +1-310-449-3320

    SOURCE: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Jim Henson Pictures (Via Yahoo News/PR Newswire)
  2. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Zack, can you pass for a 10-12 year old boy? ;) For some reason I immediately thought of you for this role. I'm not sure why... maybe it was the "... a self- possessed, bright, individualistic boy who runs a dog-walking service." Maybe they would let you wear your Rowlf hat during the movie.:D
  3. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Hey Cindy,

    My plan is that we take either Zack or BlueFrackle to the studios, and pretend to be their entourage in order to get a free tour of the studios.

    I'll be the executive assistant, you can be the co-executive assistant, someone else can be the executive assistant's executive assistant and so on until we've got 300 muppet fans and one auditionee !

    You think they'll notice ?
  4. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    man i wish, I could have tried out !

    Only if i wasnt 17, and very tall...

    see ya
  5. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Well-Known Member

    What about Gorry? I could be his manager..... or his tutor....
  6. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Luke, it was Moi's idea, so I think I should be the executive assistant. :p
  7. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    I'll tell you what Cindy - you can be President & CEO ...... i guess that makes Phillip the 'First Frog' ! :D

    Of course any Penguins accidentally 'borrowed' from the Henson Studios will be allocated to the relevant department, likewise with any stocks of Junior Mints.
  8. Cindy

    Cindy Moderator Staff Member

    Oh sure, if I could only be so lucky as to actually find myself in the Henson studios AND they have Junior Mints for me to "accidentally borrow"!

    By the way, CEO sounds great! Uhm... just what does 'Chief Eater of Oreos' have to do with getting Zack a part in this movie, anyway?
  9. scott

    scott Active Member

    I wish I could still pass as 12...

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