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Rachel Griffiths ends 2010 on a sweet, furry note when she appears alongside Elmo on Sesame Street. "It's, like, the best job I've ever been offered," proclaims the mother of three — Banjo, 7, Adelaide, 5, and Clementine, 1 — who was thrilled at the chance to let her two oldest children watch as she taped a "Word on the Street" segment in which she explains to Elmo the concept of a dozen. "It was the sweetest thing," she says. "[Adelaide] didn't integrate ...
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- Megan Walsh-Boyle
A spoiler free review of Being Human USA is out, and while they reviewed a really rough cut, they liked it. They love the chemistry between Sam Witwer and Sam Huntington. They’re shocked that Witwer doesn’t have to use his abs to carry the performance. Cautiously optimistic?
George Takei and a bottle of Jim Bean wearing a cowboy hat. Takei, not the bottle.
Disney has installed a command center under Cinderella’s castle. But it’s not to take over the world using singing woodland creatures. It’s to manipulate visitors to the park when it’s crowded. They’ll send characters out to long lines, or to lead parades of guests to less crowded parts of the park.
- Ed Kennedy
The Grey's Anatomy star recently filmed a cameo role for the beloved kids' show, in which she teaches children all about wellbeing.
Accompanied by cuddly character Elmo, she says, "The word healthy means taking good care of yourself and there are lots of ways to keep your body healthy.
"(Fruit and vegetables are) healthy. Good hygiene is very healthy. Resting is healthy. Exercise is definitely healthy Elmo!"
Los Angeles (AP) — Elmo is tickled by his time away from Sesame Street. The not-so-self-aware furry red monster, who has testified before the U.S. Congress and presented at the Daytime Emmys, is now leading lively literacy lessons from the zoo in his new Nintendo DS, Wii and PC video game "Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure." It's the first time Elmo and his neighborhood friends have starred in a title on Nintendo's popular systems. The optimistic muppet is also preparing for another hallmark: Kevin Clash, Elmo's veteran puppeteer, is the subject of the upcoming documentary, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey," debuting at the »
- Derrik J. Lang (AP)
Ellen Pompeo may only play a doctor on television. But the actress can still give helpful lessons on living a healthy lifestyle.
In the following adorable clip from this PBS program, Pompeo eats an apple; pretends to sleep; brushes her teeth; and jogs in place. Why? All in the name of teaching Elmo about the word "healthy," of course.
Watch the actress and the muppet below and remember: Grey's Anatomy returns on January 6 with a new episode.
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Regardless of what your response is, you might be interested in a documentary about the man, titled Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, which will screen in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Clash officially became a puppeteer on Sesame Street in 1984, and has been the man behind Elmo since then. He has won Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work as Elmo and Hoots the Owl on Sesame Street 7 straight years in a row – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and again in 2009.
No trailer for it yet for the documentary, but check out the video interview below with Mr Clash:
Some furry red monsters have all the luck! Ellen Pompeo is the latest big-name celeb to make a playdate with Elmo, Sesame Street's forever 3-and-a-half-year-old Muppet. The Grey's Anatomy doc shows her silly side as she demonstrates habits that help keep kids shipshape.
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- Megan Walsh-Boyle
Good news: Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton has given birth to a healthy baby boy with her hunky husband Chris Diamantopoulos. Bad news: Her new sitcom Love Bites still doesn’t have a time slot and just had the episode order cut from 13 to 9.
We all know that the Spurf™ is launching his own TV site come January, and he’s finally revealed the name: TVLine.com. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue, does it? But best of luck to Michael, he’s really good at what he does.
Out Olympic skater Blake Skjellerup is competing in China right now, and taking the time to shop for knockoff Gucci for everyone on his Christmas list. But he does wonder if China can really become a superpower while remaining Communist.
I admit that I’m fairly neutral on the music of Nelly Furtado, but I’m loving this quote. »
- Ed Kennedy
Katy Perry’s shapely bosom is more than welcome in the cartoon world of “The Simpsons,” even though her breasts were declared persona non gratia on “Sesame Street.” Perry, 26, appeared in Sunday’s episode of the long-running Fox cartoon show, lampooning “Sesame Street’s” decision not to air a scene featuring the buxom singer because her heart-shaped dress was deemed “too revealing.” But in a guest spot on the Christmas episode of “The Simpsons,” she poked fun at the children’s show for banning her duet with Elmo. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith Girard)
On Sunday night, Fox aired another Christmas episode of the long-running Simpsons series, titled "The Fight Before Christmas." At the end of the episode, the crazy characters were "Muppetized" and appeared as puppets. The segment contains numerous allusions to the classic Muppet Show (including geezers in the balcony) as well as Sesame Street.
Katy Perry plays herself in the clip. One would think that it was done as a nod to the "controversial" performance she did with Elmo a couple months back. Word is that this segment was filmed before that incident and just happens to be a happy coincidence.
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What do you think? A well done parody or a miss? Anything that particularly made you laugh? »
Attn: People of Earth
For every decade, there is one celebrity couple that embodies the era’s zeitgeist. The 1960s had John Lennon and Yoko Ono, representing the revolutionary times and the thin line between art and crap. The 1980s had Charles and Diana, feeding the era’s obsession with extravagance and unattractive people in outrageous clothing.
The 1990s brought Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, defining the backlash to ’80s excess and the accompanying darker side. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took the 2000s, a decade as infatuated with celebrity culture as saving the world. (You’ll notice I skipped the 1970s, a decade in which people were too busy with disco and key parties to stay in couplings.)
Rob and K-Stew should be the next ones to join that list. Why? Because »
- Ryan McKee
Having her segment with Elmo being cut off from "Sesame Street" apparently doesn't stop Katy Perry from flaunting her sexiness on small screen. In fact, the "Firework" singer vamped up her look when she appeared as a special guest on the Christmas-themed episode of "The Simpsons".
In a live action sequence aired on Monday, December 6, the 26-year-old took the role of Moe the Bartender's girlfriend. Donning a provocative Pvc low-cut red dress adorned with faces of The Simpsons characters, she at one point gave Mr. Burns a sensual hug in hopes to improve his usual grumpy mood.
Joined by the puppet versions of the animated family, Katy delivered a rousing version of "The 39 Days of Christmas". Her raunchy segment continued on when the credits rolled. In a final scene, Moe tried to kiss Katy's lips, but failed. He then said, "I'll just kiss your belly button," before pushing his face in between the singer's legs, »
HollywoodNews.com: As any pop star can tell you, the moment that you’ve made it hits not when you get on the cover of Rolling Stone, not when you attend the Grammy’s, but when you get a duet on Sesame Street. Unfortunately for Katy Perry, her adorable performance with Elmo was cut due to the singer’s risque outfit.
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According to the New York Daily News, her spot on The Simpsons Christmas special took multiple jabs at Sesame Street. This comes after Sesame Street banned a duet that Perry performed with Elmo because parents complained that Perry’s outfit was too controversial aka revealing. The star got her revenge.
“In the wake of Elmo’s terrible betrayal, ‘The Simpsons’ puppets wish to announce they stand felt-shoulder-to-shoulder with Katy Perry,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly at the time. »
On Sunday's (Dec. 5) holiday episode, the show concludes with an all-puppet segment that features the "Firework" singer.
It's a nod to The Muppets, not only "The Muppet Show" but also "Sesame Street," the PBS children's show that had yanked Perry's music video with Elmo from its broadcast because of negative attention paid to her low-cut dress.
The tone and dialogue is classic "Muppet Show," and when the Mr. Burns puppet celebrates, he echoes Kermit's stiff armed, head back posture. "Yay!" It's all a little disturbing, but we do like Grandpa Simpson and his pal Jasper Beardly playing the Statler and Waldorf roles in the balcony. »
Forget all that Katy Perry breast exposure nonsense. Can we talk about this? Jennifer Garner was on Sesame Street this week, teaching Elmo how to stretch. Mmhmm. He’s all “thanks for the mammaries” and tries his muppety best to graze the bosom currently owned by Ben Affleck. Elmo is creepy as hale in this video. He’s one driver’s license away from stopping short on this girl. You can even see it in his beady, gigantically bulging eyes. He Know What Is Up America. »
- Michelle Collins
Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying) are the latest celebrities to sign up for cameos in the new Muppet movie. Add them to other stars who will make 5 seconds or less appearances: Jack Black (School of Rock), Zach Galifianakis (It's Kind of a Funny Story), Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Jean-Claude Van Damme as well as unconfirmed but rumored Lady Gaga, John Krasinski ("The Office" and Blunt's husband), Sean Penn (Fair Game), Ed Helms (Meet Dave) and Danny Trejo (Machete).
The question is: do all of these celebrity appearances make kids care? Celebrity cameos were a staple of the muppet movies that were popular in the 1980s because The Muppets had a TV show where there was a different celebrity guest host per episode. But The Muppets no longer have a show and are no longer relevant. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Looks like the new Muppet movie is becoming something of an “Office” reunion party, with past and present cast members including Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Ed Helms, and John Krasinski coming in for starring/cameo roles.
Now we can add Krasinski’s wife, actress Emily Blunt, and the creator of the original British “Office” Ricky Gervais to the ever-expanding bonanza of cameos lining up to be part of Disney’s “The Muppets.”
Heat Vision has scored the news that the two Brits will join previously announced Jack Black, Zach Galifiniakis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Billy Crystal and Alan Arkin, as well as rumored Danny Trejo, Donald Glover, Mickey Rooney, and Lady Gaga. It was even suggested last week that George Clooney (!) is trying to carve out time in his schedule for a splashy drop-in appearance.
Blunt is no stranger to acting opposite funny looking furry characters, as she co-starred in “The Wolfman” earlier this year, »
- Max Evry
Themes of alien love, family values and puppetry look set to dominate next year's Sundance film festival after the lineup for the festival in Park City, Utah, was announced yesterday. The festival will showcase 115 features, culled from an initial 3,812 submissions. John Cooper, the event's artistic director, claimed the list reflected the "very healthy" state of independent cinema.
Among the 16 films in dramatic competition are Higher Ground, the directing debut of Up in the Air star Vera Farmiga, who stars in the film as a housewife within a religious cult. Mike Cahill's Another Earth spotlights a love affair on a parallel planet, while The Loved Ones is a wedding farce featuring Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth and Ellen Burstyn. Elsewhere, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey offers a profile of Kevin Clash, »
- Xan Brooks
It has been another great year of film. I still have but seven movies left to watch before I complete my “Best of the Year List” but we are already looking towards 2011.
The 57 feature films selected for the four competition programs of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, and the titles include some exciting works from returning filmmakers. While the lineup isn’t has loaded with big names it does feature the return of James Marsh whose documentary Man on Wire won the Grand Jury Prize at the fest in 2008. Some interesting movies we should mention that appear on the list are Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, Carlos Moreno’s All Our Dead One (Todos Tus Muertos), Anne Sewitsky’s sexual drama Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) Rashaad Ernesto Green‘s Gun Hill Road, Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean‘s On the Ice, Dee Rees »
It's the first day in December, and whether you want to recognize it or not, January isn't too far away. Today the awesome folks at the Sundance Film Festival unveiled their first list of films, international and domestic, which will be presented at the festival. Check it out, and yes there are more to come. Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.For the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, 115 feature-length films were selected, representing 28 countries by 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition. These films were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 U.S. and 1,869 international feature-length films. »
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