Shadow-theater company Attraction made a viral splash with its performance on a U.K. talent show. The troupe's actors use their bodies to cast realistic silhouettes of famous landmarks while telling a story of war and loss.
Actor and puppeteer Carroll Spinney is discussing his experiences playing Big Bird on "Sesame Street" for generations of young people. He discusses getting annoyed with children, singing at Carnegie Hall and almost taking an ill-fated ride on the space shuttle.
Weather-responsive digital advertising is making a splash this summer, from a U.K. cocktail campaign that shows up when the temperature hits a certain point to signage that promotes allergy pills on high-pollen-count days.
Cirque du Soleil is aggressively "seeking to create artistic experiences -- or content -- that help brands appeal to their key audience," said the Montreal-based entertainment troupe's CEO Daniel Lamarre. Matching the brands that work well with Cirque's artistry is a balancing act, analysts say, though 2010 partnerships - Microsoft Kinect for XBox 360 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo -- seemed right sized. "Brands like Google, Coca-Cola and Nike, which have strong identities that complement Cirque du Soleil's strengths, could be great partners," says Nigel Hollis, Millward Brown chief global analyst.
Twitter-using reporters and pundits should keep a level head during crises such as the Boston bombing, Jeremy Stahl writes, noting that they should avoid retweeting rumors or trollish comments, and shouldn't spiral into political point-scoring. It's also important to halt automated postings to avoid saying something that appears insensitive in light of recent events, Stahl writes.
Training up a virtual thoroughbred horse to race against others is the goal of the Breeders' Cup-branded game "Blazing Silks, Breeders' Cup Edition." The game features photo-realistic 3D races set at famous racetracks such as Santa Anita Park.