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Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is a childhood favorite of mine and a testament to the power of Jim Henson's creativity. Unlike The Muppets or Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal's plush creations inhabit a darker world full of the threat of death and doom. Upon it's release in 1982, The Dark Crystal had undergone a significant series of changes to make it less brooding and dark. While this was not Henson's vision for the movie, he complied. Now, over thirty years after originally being »
- Alex Maidy
The Producers Guild will give its annual awards on Jan. 19, 2014. Here's the full list of TV nominees:
"30 for 30"
"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
The rest of the drama series pack is comprised of usual suspects: AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Showtime’s “Homeland,” which won the 2013 trophy. Notably absent from the race this time around is AMC’s “Mad Men,” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is sitting it out for the second year in a row after winning in 2012.
Broadcast network shows fared better in the comedy series heat: NBC’s “30 Rock,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “Modern Family” got noms along with HBO’s “Veep.” “Modern Family” has taken the trophy for three consecutive years.
The non-fiction category repped a range of genres and formats: Espn’s “30 for 30,” CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” A »
- Cynthia Littleton
This past week, Lady Gaga hosted a fun, somewhat psychedelic hour of television on ABC: Lady Gaga and The Muppets’ Holiday Special. In many ways, the special transported me back to the mid-80s, when a post-Muppet Show troupe of puppets were still dominating all facets of media at the time. Now that the Muppets are successfully making a comeback, this led me to reminisce about the numerous Muppet holiday films over the years and question which one is my favorite.
Growing up as a kid obsessed with any and everything related to Jim Henson, the magic of the Muppets always brightened my spirits with laughter, wonder and imagination. Christmastime was always a magical time of year, but in my home, Christmas was about more than stuffing stockings with candy. Christmas was about stories, and sharing the wonder and belief of the holidays with friends and family. Every year, like stockings filled by Santa, »
- Tony Nunes
It’s that time of year, PopWatchers — when otherwise responsible parents camp out and expose their children to threateningly low temperatures in order to see questionable lip synching and larger-than-life icons on puppet strings. No, I’m not talking about a Today show performance by One Direction… but close! It’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!Like any good spectacular, there was no shortage of 11th-hour drama: High winds in New York City nearly scuttled this year’s march through Manhattan (for only the second time in 87 years), but justice — and giant balloons! – prevailed. So buckle in, turkeys, because »
- Lanford Beard
One of the highlights of the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was definitely "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon and his band, The Roots, performing with the "Sesame Street" Muppets. They performed "Come and Play." There's a Gif above, video below of the performance
Fallon is preparing to take over as host of "The Tonight Show," which happens in February. Do you think he'll be a good Jay Leno replacement? Hopefully it's not another debacle like what happened with Conan a couple years ago.
We're excited to start and end our day with Muppets. First "Sesame Street" during the parade, and later tonight the "Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular." Here are some sneak peek clips, it should be great. It all starts at 9:30 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.
So it’s that time of year again, PopWatchers. The table is set. The turkey’s about to come out of the oven. You’ve firmly claimed a spot at the adults table and you’re contemplating stuffing your face with yet another Parker House roll because you can’t think of anything else to say to your supposedly nearest and dearest dinner companions. But your Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to consist of force-fed small talk. ‘Tis also time of year to be thankful for… the internet. In addition to your manners, be sure to bring your smartphone to the table, »
- Jennifer Arellano
It's time again for the annual Turkey Day tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. Hosted by Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Samantha Guthrie of "Today," the parade for 2013 boasts a cavalcade of stars.
Performers include Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin DeGraw, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots with the "Sesame Street" gang, Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Austin Mahone and many, many more -- plus, look for appearances by the cast of "Duck Dynasty" and the 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri.
Related: Macy's Thanksgiving parade through the years pics
In addition to the traditional balloons, like Snoopy, Ronald McDonald and Spider-Man, there will also be the debut of "Adventure Time's" Finn and Jake and a giant hot air balloon to commemorate the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz."
There will also be a »
On Thanksgiving Day, Glee will join an elite squad of network TV series: the few, the proud, the ones with puppet episodes. Not episodes that revolve around inevitably creepy marionettes — like Buffy’s “The Puppet Show” or Criminal Minds’ “The Lesson” — but ones that instead feature cute, colorful felt facsimiles of one or more main characters. (It’s important to note that these facsimiles are generally not Muppets. To quote an earlier episode of one Puppet Brotherhood member: “Shh! You wanna get sued?”)
Though puppet episodes are a nascent genre, they still generally conform to a certain set of rules. »
- Hillary Busis
Kermit the Frog: lover, Muppet, international thief? The just-released trailer for Muppets Most Wanted reveals that everyone’s favorite felt-skinned friend has an evil doppelganger named Constantine — and he’s using Kermit to get away with the perfect crime! With the help of a well-placed mole, Constantine swaps places with Kermit, landing him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Though it purports to be a sequel to The Muppets (2011), Muppets Most Wanted is more like an updated version of 1981′s The Great Muppet Caper. On crack.
- Andy Swift
The writers at Sesame Street may very well be the wittiest and most intelligent comedy writers current working today. Just last month we go their incredibly impressive Homeland spoof and today, they have set their sights on a slightly different target.
With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire released this week, Sesame Street has unveiled its spoof starring Cookie Monster as Cookieness Evereat as he/she/it competes in The Hungry Games. Alongside Cookie Monster is Pita his companion and Finnicky as they are forced to compete in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur for the second time.
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find how James Bond could be a time lord; When Harry Met Sally in real life; a Sesame Street thanksgiving and Hunger Games parody; a super cut of the third season of Conan; Jubilee getting fired from the X-Men and how America sucks less than other countries. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, Buzzfeed has Everything You Need To Know About Make-a-Wish Foundation’s Adorable, Crime-Fighting Batkid and 30 Images Of Star Wars Behind The Scenes.
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- Justin Vactor
With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire upon us in under three days, the best selling franchise is ripe for parody. And the latest one out of the gate is Sesame Street with the hilarious The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, starring the Cookie Monster as Cookieness Evereat. The little touches are what really make this, Peeta now being a pita as one example. Anybody who has read the books will notice the amount of research that has gone into the video. So sit back and enjoy. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Sesame Street recently did a fun parody of the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The spoof is called The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, and it follows Cookie Monster (as Cookieness Evereat) and Pita, which is a piece of pita bread, as they take on food-related challenges to fight off poking monkeys and overwhelming fog.
Cookieness Evereat is back to play in the Hungry Games. Can Cookieness and her friends, Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita escape from the poking monkeys and tickling winds? Find out in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. May the cookies be ever in your flavor.
It's been fun watching Sesame Street spoof movies recently. This is a fun one, and I imagine they'll keep doing it.
- Joey Paur
One is an Academy Award-winning actress and the other is a blue puppet, but Jennifer Lawrence and Cookie Monster have at least one thing in common - they both star in adaptations of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this week! While Lawrence will hit theaters strong-willed heroine Katniss Everdeen in big screen adaptation of the hit book on Friday, Sesame Street will air a segment parodying the popular book starring Cookie Monster as Cookieniss Evereat on Thursday. In the PBS children's program version, Cookiniss must complete patterns and learn healthy eating habits to win "The Hungry Games" along side her companions Tick-Tock Lady, »
- Patrick Gomez
Well, this was inevitable, we suppose. “Sesame Street” has set its satirical eye on the “Hunger Games” craze with the new video “Catching Fur,” patterned after the upcoming sequel “Catching Fire.” Also read: Why ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Merchandising Is Tricky as Katniss’ Fight for Her Life In the spoof, the Cookie Monster portrays — who else? — Cookieness Evereat, who must emerge triumphant in an eating-related challenge while accompanied by his companions Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady and Pita (the latter of whom is, appropriately, “just a piece of bread). Can Cookieness and his gang overcome obstacles such as over-excited monkeys and thick. »
- Tim Kenneally
If you think The Hunger Games: Catching Fire might be a bit too violent for the young children in your family, perhaps the Sesame Street version would be more their speed. Spoofing the upcoming action sequel, the educational TV show has put together a five-minute short that entertains fans of the book series (and puns in general), while taking some time to teach kids about pattern recognition. Opening this weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Crumby Pictures' The Hungry Games: Catching Fur stars Cookie Monster as Cookiness Evereat. Who turns in the best performance? Hit the jump to find out. Watch the new Crumby Pictures short, The Hungry Games: Catching Fur below: Cookieness Evereat is back to play in the Hungry Games. Can Cookieness and her friends, Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita escape from the poking monkeys and tickling winds? Find out in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. »
- Dave Trumbore
Cookie Monster rarely dresses in drag, but when he does, the results are always spectacular. The sugar-addicted monster plays “Cookieness Evereat” in Sesame Street‘s latest spoof video, this time targeting the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Complete with a Muppetized Effie Trinkett and an actual loaf of pita bread — as Peeta, of course — Cookieness makes her/his way through the Hungry Games for a second time, navigating the all-too-dangerous world of healthy snack selection.
HollywoodLifers, what’s your take on Sesame Street‘s latest spoof? Did you lose count of all the food puns after the first 30 seconds? Drop a comment with your review below!
— Andy Swift
- Andy Swift
"May the cookies be ever in your flavor." If that made you laugh then you're going to Love The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, Sesame Street's spoof of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, if you enjoy watching children kill each other, this might not be for you (it's less true to the source material, in that regard). Here, Cookie Monster is Cookieness Evereat (Lol), Peeta is a pita (Lol) and Finnick is Finicky (that one might go over kids' heads). And unlike some of Sesame Street's other parodies, like True Mud or Homelamb, this one actually seems geared towards children (adults should be able to solve the "puzzles" without much struggle. Then again, »
Warning: While a parody, the following Sesame Street segment does contain minor spoilers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Remember when Cookie Monster was allowed to just be a reckless but lovable monster who would helplessly hurl himself into eating cookies at the slightest opportunity? Well, times have changed, and Cookie has had to learn lessons about self-control and delayed gratification (from Tom Hiddleston no less!) Cookie's food issues and control lessons take center stage in the latest Sesame Street parody of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, called "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur." In the clip up top, Cookie plays Cookiness Evereat, and he and his friends must face the challenges of the Hungry Games, which include pestering monkeys, food-centric puzzles, and lessons in finding patterns. The tributes have to stop and think. And it's tricky. Or as Cookie puts in his signature clunky vernacular, "Boy, being strong heroine of »
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