Bob Hoskins (1942 – April 29, 2014)

Bob Hoskins died on April 29, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was 71-years-young at the time.  In an October 12, 1989, interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer he said in a  Monty Pythonish nasal upper-class-twit British accent, “You’ve heard those actors who …

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

I have missed the 50th anniversary milestone of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey by exactly one week.  I am only off by less than 0.04%, but that degree of error would cause a capsule re-entering the atmosphere to skip off to parts unknown… maybe off to Jupiter, like the …

Acme Warehouse

A former powerhouse/factory was set dressed to act as the Acme Warehouse.  It is located in the White City/Shepherd’s Bush area of central London, near the White City underground station on the Central line and the Wood Lane underground station on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.  The building …

Puppeteering at Elstree Studio in London

Principal live-action filming was done at Elstree Studio in Borehamwood, near London.  It was a 20-minute trip by rail from St. Pancras Station.  The producers initially budgeted for one puppeteer to be on set for several days.  Instead, a core crew of seven puppeteers were on set for the whole …