IMDb > Caroll Spinney > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

1-20 of 58 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


Watch Stephen Colbert End the Report With a Glorious Musical Number

5 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We've been preemptively mourning this moment for a while but, on Thursday night, it finally arrived: Stephen Colbert gave his last sign off on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. The good news is he didn't have to do it alone. In a farewell to top all farewells, a classy Colbert sang Ross Parker and Hughie Charles's "We'll Meet Again," inviting Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Michael Stipe, James Franco, Samantha Power, Big Bird, and many, many other famous friends to stand by his side and help. Roll the clip below to catch an seemingly endless number of cameos, and then check back with Vulture tomorrow morning for a full take on Colbert's final Report. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

Permalink | Report a problem


Stephen Colbert Cheats Death in Star-Studded Final Episode of ‘The Colbert Report’

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After nine years on his own show, and even longer as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” Stephen Colbert finally bid farewell to his conservative pundit alter ego in the final episode of “The Colbert Report” Thursday night on Comedy Central.

“If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news,” he said. “This is in fact your last time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report.'”

It was a star-studded farewell for the long-time host when Colbert broke into a goodbye song. He was joined on-stage by many of his favorite past guests including Jon Stewart, »

- Jason Hughes

Permalink | Report a problem


Stephen Colbert Signs Off ‘Colbert Report’ with Star-Packed Sing-Along

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Many wondered if Stephen Colbert, after playing a bloviating conservative for 1,447 episodes of his “Colbert Report,” might finally break character and just speak as Stephen Colbert, human being, in Thursday’s final episode. He did not.

Spoiler Alert: Don’t read this if you don’t want to learn details about Stephen Colbert’s final “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central before you’ve seen it for yourself.

In fact, Colbert took things in the opposite direction. In the show’s middle segment, he defeated death and then declared himself immortal. After a commercial break, he warbled the Ross Parke and Hughie Charles tune “We’ll Meet Again” with a wide-ranging and random assortment of well-wishers -ranging from George Lucas to Katie Couric, to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to Arianna Huffington to Cookie Monster – then took off in a sled to Eternity with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek. »

- Brian Steinberg

Permalink | Report a problem


James Franco, Bryan Cranston Help Us Bid Adieu To Stephen Colbert and ‘The Colbert Report’

7 hours ago | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

-Courtney Enlow

“Folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news for you.” With a mighty leap over the word “grippest,” Stephen Colbert began his final episode of The Colbert Report.

For the first half, it was actually a very normal episode, with talk of Syria, a shout-out to the Prescott Group, and a special “The Word” devoted to Colbert’s impact on television. Oh, and he also killed Death. Shooting Grimmy the Grim Reaper, he was rendered immortal. Your standard stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s how Jack Parr went off the air.

But it wasn’t all the fantastically self-important bombast we’ve loved since 2005. For starters, the auction Colbert held for his desk and fireplace earned over $313,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. And, he thanked his audience, his “Nation,” for everything he’s done over the past nine years. »

- VH1

Permalink | Report a problem


Colbert Report's Final Episode: Murder, Santa Claus and So. Many. Celebrities.

7 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Nation, “Stephen Colbert” has left the building.

The Colbert Report host on Thursday officially buried his “well-intentioned, poorly informed high-status idiot” character during the final episode of his Comedy Central show.

“If this is your first episode tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news,” he told viewers. “This is your last time watching the Colbert Report … until 10 years from now when they reboot it, directed by J.J. Abrams.”

After a quick recap of the latest Syrian shenanigans, Colbert turned to his viewers, his Nation, for a thanks-a-lot edition of The Word:

“While I’ve always reminded you to be afraid, »

Permalink | Report a problem


Is A Muppet Family Christmas the best holiday special ever?

15 December 2014 11:53 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Yes, The Muppet Christmas Carol is wonderful, but children of the 80s might remember another classic Muppet special...

The Muppet Christmas Carol is wonderful. It’s perfectly pitched, sharp and witty, yet also genuinely moving. It’s genius lies in how seriously it takes the material. It lets the full horror and pathos of Dickens’ original tale fill the screen, letting the Muppets manoeuvre around it, instead of dominating, so it’s just as riveting as it is hilarious. But without wanting to get heretical here, it might not actually be the best holiday themed Muppet special. I’d argue that title actually falls to a criminally under-seen 1987 ABC television special, called A Muppet Family Christmas.

Adored by those who’ve seen it, it’s been mostly keep out of circulation due to a copyright mess. A mess that results mostly from it’s greatest selling point - that is the one big, »

- sarahd

Permalink | Report a problem


Kaleidoscope to launch documentary brand

3 December 2014 8:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dedicated documenary brand will see a full slate of feature documentaries released theatrically, digitally and to home entertainment, including The Square [pictured].

Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (Khe) will launch a dedicated documentary brand from Jan 1, 2015.

Spectrum will see a full slate of feature documentaries released theatrically, digitally and to home entertainment, both domestically and internationally, through Kaleidoscope Film Distribution.

The first title to be released is Marshall Curry’s Point & Shoot, about a young American imprisoned in Libya during the revolution. It will be in UK cinemas from Jan 15, with a special Q&A preview event on Jan 12 at Curzon West End.

This will be followed by a digital release of Jehane Noujaim’s The Square on Jan 17 and a theatrical release of Peter Anthony’s The Man Who Saved the World about a Soviet General who, during the Cold War, helped to avert a potential nuclear war.

Other titles on Spectrum’s slate include I Am Big Bird, Amazonia »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

Permalink | Report a problem


Watch: Cameo Filled Trailer For 'Portlandia' Season 5

21 November 2014 6:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

2015 is looking up a particularly good year to be a Carrie Brownstein fan. She'll be back on the road with the reunited Sleater-Kinney, who will also be dropping No Cities To Love, their first new album since 2005's The Woods. You'll also see Brownstein pop up in a role in Todd Haynes' "Carol." But before all that, "Portlandia," the show that has raised her profile over the last half decade, will be back, and a new trailer has arrived. And make no mistake, the fifth season of the hipster skewering show will be bigger than ever. Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch are all confirmed to make appearances, with Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Begley Jr. and Kyle MacLachlan reprising their roles. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Portlandia’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, New Trailer

20 November 2014 10:38 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Carrie and Fred are back, and as epic as ever.

IFC’s “Portlandia” released its season five trailer Thursday, giving glimpses at some of the very unique characters and scenes from the minds of “Portlandia” stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

IFC also set the premiere of the new 10-episode season for 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015.

Coming up in the new season, Bryce and Lisa’s precious Taxidermy Shop is vandalized, Malcolm and Kris are a public failure as parents, Lance and Nina seek out couples therapy, and Fred and Carrie attempt to buy a home in Portland’s cutthroat real estate market.

“‘Portlandia’s’ characters have always been central to the show, but this season we went deeper into their lives so that viewers can connect with and appreciate them even more,” said Armisen and Brownstein. “We can’t wait to share their new adventures and what keeps ‘Portlandia’ so special. »

- Kevin Noonan

Permalink | Report a problem


Portlandia Sets Season 5 Premiere Date

20 November 2014 8:16 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you’ve ever wondered what Women & Women First looked like long before it opened its doors, Portlandia‘s fifth season — bowing in January — is for you.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch-comedy series returns to IFC on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 (10/9c) for a fifth season, the network announced Thursday.

Expect the episodes to go deep with your favorite characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, who’ll reveal how they came to open Portland’s lady-championing storefront.

The 10-episode season’s slate of guest-stars features faces both familiar and new; it includes Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live »

Permalink | Report a problem


Doc NYC 2014 Boasts An Expanded, Impressively Diverse Slate

14 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Doc NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., which runs this year from November 13-20, gets even bigger with its fifth edition, with well over 150 films, panels, masterclasses, and tributes, spanning across three venues: the IFC Center, the Sva Theatre, and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas. The subject matter runs the gamut from abortion, capital punishment, the gun control debate, dirty cops, and the controversial policing tactic of stop-and-frisk, and Edward Snowden to Big Bird, Washington D.C. punk music, burlesque acrobats, ping-pong champions, and Spandau Ballet.Besides offering the best of new documentaries, Doc NYC this year also honors the past with lifetime achievement awards presented to documentary pioneers Da Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, and Albert Maysles, as well as retrospective screenings of such classics as...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]

»

Permalink | Report a problem


Sesame Street Marks 45 Years With Big Bird and the Gang

10 November 2014 12:50 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In honor of its 45 years on television, Sesame Street has mounted an exhibit at the New York Public Library For the Performing Arts that will thrill fans both young and old - and, yes, Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie are all there! We spoke with show archivist Susie Tofte to learn about Sesame's special magic and how it's continuing to thrive into its fifth decade on air. »

- Allie-Merriam

Permalink | Report a problem


'Sesame Street' Turns 45! See the Show's Biggest Celebrity Cameos

10 November 2014 8:06 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's a sunny Monday! On Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street premiered on TV, and 45 years later, Cookie Monster, Elmo and Big Bird have met their fair share of celebrities.

Video: Mindy Kaling and Elmo Dancing Together Will Melt Your Heart

On the first season of Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch was orange. #45SesameFacts pic.twitter.com/YU050LX3IH

Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) November 10, 2014

The beloved PBS program is the longest-running children's show in history and has won a staggering 159 Emmy Awards. Seeing as this educational show reaches 156 million kids worldwide in 150 countries, it's no wonder that the stars have been eager to show up on Sesame Street.

Video: Lupita Nyong'o Tells Elmo She Loves Her Skin

However, it took a whole decade on the air before a celebrity came to the neighborhood. In 1979, James Earl Jones was the first star to appear on the kids program. Since then, Neil Patrick Harris, Destiny's Child, Cameron Diaz and Janelle »

Permalink | Report a problem


Tribeca Film to Release Venice Award Winner ‘Still Life’

6 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tribeca Film, the New York-based distributor loosely affiliated with the Tribeca Film Festival, has picked up North American rights to “Still Life,” the Uberto Pasolini film that premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

Starring Eddie Marsan (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) and Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), “Still Life” will hit theaters Jan. 16, just after the movie is released on VOD and digital platforms Jan. 13.

The plot follows a solitary South London councilman (Marsan) and the unexpected relationship that blossoms between him and the daughter (Froggatt) of an elderly alcoholic who is one of his cases.

The pic won four awards at Venice, including a trophy for best director. Felix Vossen, Christopher Simon and writer-director Pasolini produce.

Still Life” joins a slate of Tribeca releases including “Listen Up Philip,” “Nas: Time is Illmatic,” “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife” and “I Am Big Bird.”

»

- Gordon Cox

Permalink | Report a problem


Kaleidoscope flies with Big Bird

5 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].

UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope has picked up documentary I Am Big Bird, the story of Caroll Spinney, the man who has played Sesame Street’s Big Bird since 1969.

The deal covers worldwide distribution of all rights, excluding North America.

Chad N. Walker and Dave Lamattina of Copper Pot Pictures direct.

The film has played at a number of festivals including Hot Docs, AFI Docs and Docnyc.

The deal was signed by Caroline Stern, director of sales and acquisition at Kaleidoscope, and Abby Davis at Preferred Content

Stern said: “We needed only to see the first few images from the film to fall in love with it.  But as the story of the little known man behind the feathers, it takes a compelling look at how artist and entertainer Caroll Spinney brought Big Bird to life - and how that shaped him and us, globally over the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

Permalink | Report a problem


Sesame Street Turns 45!

3 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You don't get to be the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching Sesame Street can still see old favorites like Big Bird, things on the street have changed since the show debuted 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969. Cookie Monster now exercises self-control and sometimes eats fruits and vegetables. Millions of kids watch the show on phones and computers instead of TV. And there's less time spent on the street with human characters. They're just not energetic enough for today's viewers. In Britain, a BBC kids' show, »

- Associated Press

Permalink | Report a problem


Sesame Street Turns 45!

3 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You don't get to be the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching Sesame Street can still see old favorites like Big Bird, things on the street have changed since the show debuted 45 years ago on Nov. 10, 1969. Cookie Monster now exercises self-control and sometimes eats fruits and vegetables. Millions of kids watch the show on phones and computers instead of TV. And there's less time spent on the street with human characters. They're just not energetic enough for today's viewers. In Britain, a BBC kids' show, »

- Associated Press

Permalink | Report a problem


Tribeca Film acquires Big Bird documentary for 2015 release

27 October 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The next Sesame Street character to receive his own documentary for the big screen is about as big as they come. Tribeca Film announced today that the distributor has acquired the rights to the documentary I Am Big Bird, a career-long look at the man behind the bird, Caroll Spinney, who has played the character for over 40 years. The film already premiered earlier this year at the Hot Docs film festival and will also be screened at the Doc NYC festival this November. Tribeca Film has set the film for a theatrical and video-on-demand release in the first quarter of »

- Jonathon Dornbush

Permalink | Report a problem


RADiUS, CNN Films team up on sex crimes doc

27 October 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kirby Dick will direct an untitled film about campus sex crime for RADiUS and CNN Films. Separately, Tribeca Film has picked up the documentary I Am Big Bird.

Dick and his producer Amy Ziering will follow several people struggling to deal with trauma.

The filmmakers collaborated on The Invisible War, which covered the issue of rape within the military, and will highlight similarities between the two environments.

“The statistics are staggering – our country has a moral obligation to address this issue,” said Dick. “We hope our film will provide a wake-up call to our nation to better protect our students.”

RADiUS will distribute the film theatrically and CNN/Us has acquired the broadcast rights.

The film is expected to be ready in 2015 and will appear as a CNN Films broadcast for the network later in the year.

RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego negotiated the co-production deal with Vinnie Malhotra and Stacey Wolf for CNN and »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

Permalink | Report a problem


‘I Am Big Bird’ Documentary Sells to Tribeca Film for U.S.

27 October 2014 8:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary “I Am Big Bird,” directed and produced by Dave Lamattina and Chad Walker.

The film, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs this year, will  be released theatrically and on VOD day-and-date in the first quarter.

“I Am Big Bird” is a portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has portrayed Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for four decades. The film includes  Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson and traces his journey from bullied child to TV star.

The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Alison Diviney, and Abby Davis of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.

 

»

- Dave McNary

Permalink | Report a problem


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

1-20 of 58 items from 2014   « Prev | Next »


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners