A Dark Crystal Exhibition Just Opened in Atlanta

The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company

With its mix of puppetry and gruesome characters, Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy flick The Dark Crystal was an unlikely success. Although it received a somewhat lukewarm reception at first, the movie has since become a cult hit—so much so that Netflix is working on a prequel entitled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

The 10-episode series is expected to premiere later this year, but in the meantime, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, has something to tide fans over. An exhibition entitled “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic,” featuring more than 50 props and artifacts from the movie, recently opened to the public, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

A puppet of Jen
Chris Hunt Photography, Center for Puppetry Arts

Skeksis skulls
Chris Hunt Photography, Center for Puppetry Arts

Guests will have the chance to check out some animatronic prototypes of Dark Crystal characters, as well as original puppets used in the film. The Gelfling hero Jen and UrAc the scribe make an appearance, as does a fiberglass skull of one of the Skeksis. Original paintings and drawings by artist Brian Froud, who served as the film’s conceptual designer, are also on view.

Visitors might be surprised to see how large some of the puppets are. The film was made before Henson switched to remote-control puppets, and their sheer size made some of the characters unwieldy to operate. The Skeksis puppets, for instance, required four people to control the rods and wires that made them move.

Dark Crystal puppets in cases
Chris Hunt Photography, Center for Puppetry Arts

This isn’t the first time a museum has set out to dedicate an exhibition to Henson’s work. The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City launched a campaign last year to raise funds for a permanent Jim Henson exhibition. To date, the museum has raised more than $144,000 on Kickstarter.

The Center for Puppetry Arts's Dark Crystal exhibition will remain on view through the winter. Tickets can be purchased online.

[h/t The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Star Wars Fans Are Petitioning George Lucas to Release His Four-Hour Cut of Revenge of the Sith

Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, Ewan McGregor, Colin Ware, and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, Ewan McGregor, Colin Ware, and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Lucasfilm Ltd.

You've probably come across the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. For the past several years, comic book movie fans have been begging Hollywood to release Zack Snyder's director's cut of Justice League (2017)—and they're finally getting their way. Earlier this month, it was announced that Snyder's personal cut of the superhero movie will finally get a release via HBO Max, likely some time in 2021. It was a long time coming, but the successful petitioning seems to have emboldened other fandoms.

Case in point: Star Wars devotees are desperate to catch a glimpse of George Lucas's extended version of Revenge of the Sith (2005). As reported by Yahoo!, Star Wars super fan Fraser Beitzel has started a Change.org petition aimed at getting Lucas to release his four-hour-long cut of his prequel trilogy film. The petition reads as follows:

"The original Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith (2005) cut was over four hours long, and we think that George Lucas should do the right thing and give the fans what we deserve and what is rightfully ours. We love democracy, and we hope he does too. By signing this you are letting your voices be heard. If this petition does go viral, then we will have unlimited power and if George does the right thing then he would be strong and wise and we would all be very proud of him. This whole operation is our idea and we need to ensure that it is done. We will proclaim ah, victory when we achieve our goal. May the force be with you all and have faith."

The petition has currently amassed more than 18,500 signatures, with a final goal of 25,000 names. You can check out the campaign—and sign the petition—here.

Evidently, the original version of the film features numerous scenes that were cut from the theatrical release, including a group of senators plotting against Emperor Palpatine and a sequence featuring Yoda’s arrival in exile on Dagobah. If Snyder's fans can do it, why not Lucas's?

[h/t Yahoo!]