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first_imgNew wink from Mbappé to Real Madrid. The PSG striker spoke Monday at the presentation of his Foundation, called Inspired by KM, and among other things he said who were his two childhood idols in the world of football. Coincidentally, one is the current Real Madrid coach and the other is the top gunner in the history of the white team: “I’ve gone through phases, As a child my idol was Zidane. If you are a child and French, he has to be your idol. Then it was Christian, which I have been lucky to face. And Brazilians, how they play. “ The PSG player explained the reason for this project, focused on supporting almost a hundred children between 9 and 16 years old from unstructured environments. “Since childhood, I have always dreamed of doing what I do now. And now that I’m in that place, I want to give it back to the younger ones. We are not going to sell them dreams, but to support them and help them build them. We will do everything possible so they can get there. “ Real Madrid closely follows the steps that Mbappé takes, something that has already produced friction between the directives and high-sounding words by the PSG, such as those that Leonardo starred weeks ago after Zidane’s statements regarding the Argentine forward. The white plan is being fulfilled: Mbappé has not renewed yet with the PSG and ends contract in 2022; the idea is to attack his signing next summer, hoping that the player’s pressure on his club will take effect.last_img read more


first_imgThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel series to Jim Henson’s 1982 cult classic, will premiere on Netflix on August 30, 2019. Keeping in the Henson tradition, the characters will be puppets, not CGI. “The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film,” Netflix announced. “The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.”In the new series, when three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.An original Skeksis used in The Dark Crystal. Puppetry Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Heather Kennedy CC by 2.0Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), the series will feature Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) in the main voice roles, with the secondary cast including Mark Hamill, Helena Bonham Carter, and Keegan-Michael Key.Jim Henson with one of his most popular characters Kermit the Frog. Photo by Nancy Moran/Sygma via Getty ImagesLeterrier released a statement saying, “As a filmmaker, one of my earliest influences was Jim Henson’s masterpiece The Dark Crystal, a movie that brought to life a universe rich in detail and teeming with incredible characters. The creativity in the film was limitless and groundbreaking for that time, restricted only by the special effects tools of its day. As I envision Age of Resistance, I am most excited about joining today’s film techniques with the practical visual effects that are such an integral part of The Dark Crystal – the artistry, the craftsmanship, the performances, and of course the puppets!”The original film, directed by both Jim Henson and Frank Oz, received mixed reviews as many were unprepared for the film’s tone, darker than Henson’s previous work. But over the years it has gained many admirers.Original Mystic puppet from The Dark Crystal From an exhibit of Jim Henson’s puppets in the American History Museum. Photo by Andrew Kuchling CC by 2.0Henson’s plan in the 1980s was to get back to the darkness of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales. He felt that children liked the idea of being scared and that working through this emotion could be healthy. But the film made slightly over $40 million, from a $15 million budget. Many parents reportedly felt the film was too scary for their children and preferred films like E.T.Skeksis from Dark Crystal. Cosplay at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015. Photo by GabboT CC by SA-2.0At the time it was made, it was hailed as the only live action film in which a human character makes no appearance and the animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking. In the plot of the original, taking place 1000 years ago, the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began. The race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis were gnomish dragons who ruled their fantastic planet. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, a young elf-like Gelfling, who was raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarked on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gave the Skeksis their power.The prequel mini-series will take place on Thra several hundred years before Jen embarked on the quest to find the missing crystal shard. Check out the amazing trailer for the new series here:In even more Dark Crystal fandom news Boom! Studios has announced that it is creating a 12-issue comic book called Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which will be a prequel that explores the world of Thra even before the events of the story in the Netflix series. A prequel to a prequel!Related Article: Major TV Series set in Middle Earth of Lord of the Rings on its WayJim Henson passed away in 1990 and is also the creator of the popular worlds of The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street. However he has said that his work on The Dark Crystal was the most challenging yet also most rewarding, as well as being the pinnacle of his and his team’s talents and is the work he’s most proud of.last_img read more