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If you’re not aware, every Sunday Amazon rotates most of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've updated our deal list with the new stuff. In addition, if you’re a Criterion fan, Amazon still has a number of Criterion DVD and Blu-rays over 50% off. Finally, they also have a number of Pixar movies on sale for 50% off. They’re listed below with the rest of the deals: Casablanca (70th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $29.99 (54% off) The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus 16 Ton Megaset $29.99 (70% off) Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection $20.99 (70% off) Sesame Street: Old School - Volume One (1969-1974) featuring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney and Jerry Nelson $17.99 (55% off) Sesame Street: Old School - Volume Two (1974-1979) $17.99 (55% off) Save up to 70% on Select TV Shows like House, The Office, Psych, Parks & Recreation, Warehouse 13 and more Sex and the City: The Complete Series »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
One of the original Muppet performers, Jerry Nelson has passed away at the age of 78. He reportedly died on Thursday of complications from the various cancers and respiratory diseases that he'd been battling for years.
Back in 1965, Nelson started working with Jim Henson when Frank Oz took a break and a new right-hand performer was needed for Rowlf the Dog on The Jimmy Dean Show. Oz returned to work but Nelson stayed with the troupe, performing various characters for Henson's TV specials.
Nelson joined Sesame Street in its second season and went on to develop numerous characters like Count von Count, Herry Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, The Amazing Mumford, Frazzle, and Grover's long-suffering customer, Mr. Johnson. Nelson served as a mentor to a young Ricard Hunt and the two quickly became a team, performing duos like Sully and Biff and the Two-Headed Monster. »
In sad news, Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82. The first man to set foot on the moon, Armstrong was more than just an American hero, he was a global pioneer who helped a generation dream of things bigger than themselves.
In one of the more touching stories I've read lately, longtime comic book writer Karl Kesel is selling his extensive collection of rare comic books collected over a lifetime. Why? To help pay the medical and adoption bills for his new son, who was born addicted to heroin. But it's all for the best cause, children.
Among the amenities that Republicans can expect in Tampa Bay is free admission to a bathhouse, a HomoCon party held in a fetish club, and a Paul Ryan-double go-go boy.
Speaking of surprises, the Republicans blinked and moved Ann Romney's speech to Tuesday night so the networks would televise it. »
Jerry Nelson, who provided the voice of Sesame Street's Count von Count, has died aged 78. Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, confirmed the news on the company's Facebook page today (August 25). "Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality," she said. "He joined The Jim Henson Company in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable. "On behalf of the Henson family and everyone (more) »
- By Alison Rowley
News and Notes Hugh Laurie has dropped out of playing the villain in RoboCop, not that he was ever officially in to begin with. Word is Clive Owen is in talks to play the villainous rich CEO of OmniCorp. [Variety | Deadline] On the heels of Summit tapping Limitless director Neil Burger to helm a film adaptation of the Veronica Lake young adult fiction series Divergent, Fox has now launched their own Ya film adaptation, naming Wes Ball as director of The Maze Runner. The book follows a teenage boy named Thomas who wakes up one day with no memory of his past and finds himself enclosed in a place called The Glade. The book was written by James Dashner. [Deadline] After fighting various health issues over the past decade, Jerry Nelson has died. Nelson was one of the original...
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Jerry Nelson, longtime voice actor and puppeteer, has passed away at the age of 78. For more than 40 years, Nelson voiced various "Sesame Street" muppets, including Count von Count, Sherlock Hemlock, Snuffleupagus, the Amazing Mumford and Herry Monster.
The "Sesame Street" website posted this statement:
"The cast and crew of 'Sesame Street' and the staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson. A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide through his portrayal of Count von Count, Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock, the Amazing Mumford and many other beloved characters. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street."
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This is a Muppet News Flash: Puppeteer Jerry Nelson, the man behind Sesame Street muppet Count von Count, died yesterday at age 78. Nelson, a cast member of the show for over 40 years, also brought to life the characters Herry Monster, Fat Blue, Sherlock Hemlock and the Amazing Mumford.
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Nelson’s first job with the Muppets was The Jimmy Dean Show in 1965 as Rowlf the Dog’s right hand man, literally. After learning that the Muppets were used on Sesame Street, he rejoined Henson and Oz as a puppeteer, beginning in the second season. He received a number of his major characters early in the show’s run, including the Sherlock Holmes parody Sherlock Hemlock, a hapless magician named The Amazing Mumford, and the overly strong but sensitive Herry Monster (1970–2012). His most famous character is the arithmomaniac vampire Count von Count, which he voiced until his death. »
- Glenn Hauman
Jerry Nelson, a puppeteer with Sesame Street for more than four decades, has died. He was 78. Nelson was best known for voicing the numbers-obsessed Count von Count, but was behind dozens of beloved characters including Snuffleupagus, Sherlock Hemlock, Camilla the Chicken and Kermit’s nephew Robin. Nelson also played Gobo Fraggle on the Jim Henson series Fraggle Rock, and worked on several Muppet movies. A statement on the Sesame Workshop website expressed the impact Nelson had on the long-running children’s series: “He will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide. We will miss his extraordinary spirit and the joy he brought to our Street.” »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
"Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined The Jim Henson Company in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable," company CEO and Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa, said in a statement on Facebook. "On behalf of the Henson family and everyone at The Jim Henson Company, our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry's family and to his many fans."
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- Kate Stanhope
Jerry dedicated his life to entertaining & educating children, and continued to voice the fanged, felt-skinned Muppet until he died. Long before Edward Cullen sparkled his way into the hearts of every American, Sesame Street's Count Von Count was the hottest vampire around. And now, the CBC reports, his puppeteer Jerry Nelson died Aug. 23 at the age of 78. Though he gave up puppeteering in 2004, Jerry continued to lend his voice to several Muppets until he passed away. You might also remember Jerry as the voice of Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street, as well as the purple-haired Gobo Fraggle on Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock. To celebrate Jerry's memory, let's all enjoy a (slightly twisted) version of "The Song of the Count": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AXPnH0C9UA — Andy Swift Follow @AndySwift [CBC News] More Sesame Street: Cookie Monster Spoofs Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' — Watch Katy Perry »
- Andy Swift
Shall we count the ways children around the world loved Jerry Nelson? Read this in the voice of Count von Count, please: One, he voiced the aforementioned number-loving vampire to life on Sesame Street. Those not in their more impressionable years might have preferred the censored spoof of the Count's innocent-turned-very-inappropriate counting that went viral. Two, he gave life to the purple-haired explorer Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock. And if that's not enough, three, he popped up not only on The Muppet Show but movies and specials throughout the years. Which makes it all the sadder that Nelson passed away yesterday. The puppeteer passed away Thursday at the age of 78 from unspecified causes, »
Jerry Nelson, the skilled puppeteer who played Sesame Street's math-addicted vampire Count von Count, has died, The Jim Henson Company confirms. He was 78. In a statement posted to the studio's Facebook page, Lisa Henson, CEO and daughter to its legendary founder Jim Henson, writes, "Jerry Nelson imbued all his characters with the same gentle, sweet whimsy and kindness that were a part of his own personality. He joined The Jim Henson Company in the earliest years, and his unique contributions to the worlds of Fraggles, Muppets, Sesame Street and so many others are, and will continue to be, unforgettable.
- Seth Abramovitch
Jerry Nelson, who voiced "Sesame Street" characters including Count von Count during more than 40 years with the show, has died, the show said. "The cast and crew of 'Sesame Street' and the staff of Sesame Workshop deeply mourn the loss of cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, Jerry Nelson," said a message on Sesame Street's website. "A member of the 'Sesame Street' family for more than 40 years, he will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the »
- Tim Molloy
It's a sad day for numbers. Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer known for playing the instructional Count von Count on Sesame Street, died Thursday of unspecified causes, according to CBC Radio-Canada. He was 78. Besides the non-threatening vampire, Nelson, a Tulsa native who grew up in Washington, D.C., also performed Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show's Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem band; "Pigs in Space" stalwart Dr. Julius Strangepork; Kermit the Frog's nephew Robin; and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken, among other roles, says the site. He first trained with American puppeteer Bil Baird, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Sad news for Muppet fans: original performer Jerry Nelson has died at the age of 78. Muppet Central first reported the news, with it being verified by the CBC. Although no cause of death has been released, Nelson had struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and prostate cancer. Nelson first began working with Jim Henson in 1965, when Frank Oz was drafted, and Henson needed a new right-hand performer for Rowlf the Dog on "The Jimmy Dean Show." When Oz failed his physical, Nelson stayed on board performing various characters for Henson's TV specials, including the full-bodied Thog the Monster and developing Kermit's nephew Robin. He joined "Sesame Street" in its second season developing the characters of Count von Count and Mr. Sunffleupagus, among others. A fruitful relationship with Richard Hunt, inspired the creation of the Two-Headed Monster. On "The Muppet Show," Nelson performed a variety of one-off characters, with some »
- Eric Larnick
Jerry Nelson, whose versatile talents invigorated Muppet productions for six decades through characters like The Count Von Count, Emmet Otter, and Lew Zealand, has died. He was 78. Nelson’s path first crossed with that of Jim Henson while both worked at NBC affiliate Wrc in Washington, D.C.—Nelson as a page and Henson as onscreen talent, using Wrc as the home base for early Muppet commercials and his first TV series, Sam And Friends. Yet it wasn’t until both were living and working in New York City that Nelson, having performed with puppeteer Bil Baird as part »
Directed by Constance Marks.
A documentary on the man behind the Muppet - Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.
I have little doubt in my mind that The Avengers will end up being my favourite movie of the year, but one film has come really close to taking the top spot in the form of Jason Segel’s attempt to bring The Muppets back into the public eye. But there was another Muppet related movie that made the headlines at film festivals around the world last year and did well amongst some film critics during its very small theatrical run a few months back. That film was Constance Mark’s documentary on Muppet legend Kevin Clash – the puppeteer behind Elmo.
The documentary charts Clash’s childhood obsession with the work of Jim Henson and his desires to be a puppeteer. From creating his very first puppet »
Muppets fan Luke Owen weighs in on the debate over the 'new voices'...
Yesterday, I reviewed the newest movie from Muppet Studios, The Muppets. But one point kept coming up when I was talking about the film that I wanted to address here.
There has been one big problem hanging over the Muppets, not just for this latest film, but for the last 20 years. In 1990, the world sadly lost Muppets creator Jim Henson to a form of bacterial pneumonia. It was Henson’s vision that brought the Muppets to our screens and his tireless dedication is what made the Muppets so truly special.
Since Henson’s death, the role of Kermit the Frog has been handled by Steve Whitmire, who had been working with the Muppets team performing as Rizzo The Rat – a character he would make popular in The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) before he »
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