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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of Sex Abuse Charges

4 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo for 28 years, has been cleared of three charges of sexual abuse after an appeals court threw out the cases. Clash, 53, was accused by multiple men of sexually abusing them over 10 years ago when they were minors. Multiple lawsuits were filed, but in July 2013, a New York judge said that the claims were made too late, as they were outside the state's statute of limitations, which provides that a lawsuit has to be filed within six years of the event or three years after a plaintiff turns 21. Story: Elmo

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Elmo Still Off the Hook: Higher Court Upholds Dismissal of 3 Sex-Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Kevin Clash

16 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kevin Clash is almost in the clear.  A New York appellate court has upheld the July 2013 dismissal of three sexual-abuse lawsuits filed against the man who puppeted Sesame Street favorite Elmo for almost 30 years before leaving the show in the wake of scandalous accusations. It was determined last summer that the plaintiffs, who filed suit separately but were being represented by the same attorney, had failed to meet the statute of limitations for civil action in their respective cases. And the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York agreed that the case was rightly dismissed because the plaintiffs didn't give any compelling reason as to why they were "unable to discover their injuries »

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Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Cleared of Sexual Abuse Charges

17 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The puppeteer who voiced Elmo for decades has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges. In 2012, Kevin Clash was accused of abusing multiple men more than 10 years earlier. The allegations prompted Clash, 53, to resign from Sesame Street. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization, he said in a statement at the time. "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer." But the U.S. Court of Appeals this month threw out three cases, agreeing with a New York »

- Michele Corriston

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Court Dismisses Cases Accusing Elmo Actor Kevin Clash of Sexual Assault

17 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The puppeteer who voiced Elmo for decades has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges. In 2012, Kevin Clash was accused of abusing multiple men more than 10 years earlier. The allegations prompted Clash, 53, to resign from Sesame Street. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization, he said in a statement at the time. "Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer." But the U.S. Court of Appeals this month threw out three cases, agreeing with a New York »

- Michele Corriston

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Michelle Obama Will Guest-Star on Nashville

21 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The First Lady is going country - Michelle Obama will make a cameo on TV's Nashville! Obama, 50, will star as herself on the show May 7, ABC announced. Kellie Pickler is also set to appear in the episode, which finds country music queen Rayna James (Connie Britton) organizing a charity concert at Army base Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The guest spot marks the latest stop on Obama's TV tour: She's visited the sets of Sesame Street, iCarly, and The Biggest Loser to promote physical fitness and healthful eating for her Let's Move! initiative. Next up, she'll appear on Thursday's season finale of Parks and Recreation. »

- Michelle Corriston

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Hollywood Sex Abuse Documentary May Include 'X-Men' Director

18 April 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, The Wrap reported that a federal lawsuit has been filed that accuses X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy named Michael Egan in 1999. Today, it has been confirmed that Michael Egan is also working with filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil) on a new documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood.

Amy Berg confirmed that she has been working on the project for the past two years, through her Disarming Films production company, but she wouldn't comment any further. The Daily Mail reports that the filmmaker seemed surprised that Michael Egan went public with the lawsuit against Bryan Singer, although it isn't known if Michael Egan has been interviewed on camera, or what his involvement in the documentary may be.

Here's what an unidentified source close to Michael Egan had to say in a statement.

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Michelle Obama Books Cameo In Military-Themed ‘Nashville’ Episode

18 April 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

First Lady Michelle Obama will play herself in a cameo appearance on ABC‘s country music drama Nashville on May 7, an episode titled “All Or Nothing With Me” that is set at the Fort Campbell Army base. This comes a couple months after she was set for a cameo on the season finale of Parks And Recreation on April 24, that appearance to promote her “Let’s Move” program targeting child obesity. Aside from numerous late-night appearances and docu-series, Obama has appeared in only a couple  scripted series including Sesame Street in 2009 and in a cameo on Nickelodeon’s iCarly in 2012. Obama taped the iCarly appearance in June 2011 while in La to promote a series of PSAs targeting her “Joining Forces” initiative, designed to raise awareness of military families; iCarly‘s lead character was the daughter of a U.S. service member stationed overseas. That plan was unveiled at the WGA »


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Producer, Friars Club Member Ken Greengrass Dies at 87

18 April 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ken Greengrass, a producer and longtime Friars Club member who was instrumental in putting the famed organization's once-private and profane celebrity roasts on television, died April 10 in New York after a brief illness. He was 87. Greengrass also worked as a personal manager during his career, with clients that included Diahann Carroll, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Florence Henderson, Art Garfunkel, jazz musician John Pizzarelli, the country music supergroup The Highwaymen and Sesame Street actor Bob McGrath. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 A native of the Bronx, Greengrass was a member of the Friars Club for more

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- Mike Barnes

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Ken Greengrass, Music, TV Producer and Personal Manager, Dies at 87

17 April 2014 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ken Greengrass, an Emmy-nominated music and television producer and a personal manager who helped guide the careers of Diahann Carroll, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Florence Henderson, Art Garfunkel, John Pizzarelli, the Highwaymen, “Sesame Street’s” Bob McGrath, as well as producers and writers in the television industry, died in New York on April 10 after a brief illness. He was 87.

Greengrass began his career in the entertainment industry as a professional trumpet player, and his knowledge of music led to a career managing artists and producing many of their albums, garnering dozens of gold records.

As executive producer of television shows for all three major television networks, Greengrass was nominated for several Emmy Awards and won for NBC’s “How the Beatles Changed the World.” Other award-winning programs included “A Piece of Cake,” “C’mon Saturday” and primetime special “My Father the Circus King,” which marked the first time an »

- Carmel Dagan

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Adam Pally Will Star in an Indie Love Story

16 April 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Mindy Project star joins Bad Boys Crazy Girls - The Hollywood Reporter How Frozen really should have ended - HuffPost Entertainment The trailer for The Green Inferno is super-messed-up - Moviefone 5 types of movie adaptations that must be stopped - Cracked The best Glee quotes from this week's episode - BuddyTV Watch what's coming up next for The Originals - Gossip Girl Are you prepared for The Maya Rudolph Show? - Splitsider Things aren't looking too good for Transcendence - Rotten Tomatoes Jon Hamm shows raw emotion on Sesame Street - Popsugar Moms »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more

15 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).

As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes. »

- Marc Snetiker

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Me want cookie: the idiot's guide to being a fun-loving modern fascist | David Mitchell

12 April 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Cookie Monster has been outed as an emblem of the far right, but why stop there? How about Hawaiian shirts?

If I told you that extreme rightwing activists were using a googly-eyed character with a weird flapping mouth to try and build their support base, you'd probably tell me to stop being rude about Nigel Farage. Or applaud me for being rude about Nigel Farage. But for once I'm not slagging off Ukip's straight-talking bitter drinker. I'm referring to someone who, as far as we know, has never touched beer or cigarettes, which is probably a good thing as he seems to have rather an addictive personality. It's the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, surely the world's most lovable personification of an eating disorder, whose image has been adopted by a group of German neo-Nazis in an attempt to recruit children.

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- David Mitchell

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German Neo-Nazis Using Cookie Monster to Recruit Kids (Report)

9 April 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

German neo-Nazis are using Cookie Monster to spread their extremist ideology to kids. Bradenburg police arrested a well-known right-wing extremist dressed in a Cookie Monster costume while he and an accomplice were handing out leaflets that read "To Be German Is Cool" at a school in Senftenberg, a police spokeswoman told NBC News. Video: 'Sesame Street' Spoofs Homeland With Brody as the Big Bad Wolf The cops later found other neo-Nazi material on the suspects' computers, including a picture of Cookie Monster with Adolf Hitler, according to the Daily Mail. The two men, both in their

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Katy Perry Debuts Her New "Slime Green" Hair—Take a Look!

7 April 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When someone refers to their new hair color as "slime green," you don't exactly expect it to be attractive, but Katy Perry manages to pull it off. The singer showed off the new hue on Instagram, writing, "Slime Green For Spring by my bb's @neeenaboo & @brantmayfield at the @mcmillansalon." Perry opted to keep her bangs black, but dyed the rest of her tresses a shade of green similar to Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch (but in a good way...you know what we mean). Perry, who is no stranger to rocking some interesting colors on her locks, told E! News recently that she was planning the hair change. "I've wanted to go slime green for a long time," she said at the »

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what it means to be a woman who loves movies

31 March 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

One of my very earliest memories is of me and my friend Paul — I don’t even remember his last name — running around the schoolyard of Ps 119 in the Bronx, the top button of our sweaters fastened around our necks to form awesome capes, playing superheroes. I’m not sure where we had gotten the idea of superheroes from. This would have been in 1974 or 1975, when I was in first or second grade (my family moved after that, and this memory is definitely from that school), so it was before 1978’s Superman reignited Hollywood’s love affair with comic books. There was Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man on TV, but they didn’t wear capes. Super Grover made his debut on Sesame Street in 1974, so maybe that was our inspiration. Or Saturday morning cartoons, but I don’t recall any specific examples of them.

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- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Muppets: Ranking Every Movie From Worst To Best

28 March 2014 5:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s no secret that Kermit the Frog has worked with more stars than Tom Jones. From Sir Michael Caine to Bob Hope, the Muppets have stood toe-to-toe with the very best the entertainment industry has to offer – simply because they are the best the industry has to offer. They’ve been a constant in the pop culture spectrum, imbuing everything they grace with a certain lovability and a touch of light-hearted class unparalleled in any other cultural institution.

Whether it’s Miss Piggy’s turbulent love affair with Kermit, or the comedic thrashing and chaos that accompanies fan favourite Animal, the Muppets have all the ingredients that allow such a collection of characters to stand the test of time and remain as beloved now as they were when they started out. Their comedy is one laced with innocence, underlined with a heart as big as any. »

- Dale Barham

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Ladies & Gentlemen! It’s The ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Conference Report!

28 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ve been a Muppets/Sesame Street fan since I was aware of television, so what better way for me to spend a Tuesday afternoon than to attend the Muppets Most Wanted press conference?! Full of gags from beginning to end, the film’s main stars – Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Ricky Gervais – were on overdrive, and here’s just a snippet of what they had to say.

Edith Bowman (Eb): Kermit, I’ve got to say I’m loving seeing you in a kind of James Bond-style leading role in this film.

Kermit (K): Well, was James Bond ever in prison?…I think of myself as kind of getting to do a bit of an action role in this. It’s something I haven’t done before. In order to prepare for that role I watched all of Bruce Willis’ movies, and when that didn »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Creationists Want Time on “Cosmos,” Tim McKay Gets “Revenge” and “Archer” Might ‘Unreboot’

25 March 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Debate! The Good Wife and Scandal both abruptly killed off a major character. Which recent shocking TV death was better? The Daily Beast says Good Wife provided a lesson in what a perfect Omg moment looks like , but Vulture took a  different view and called it a betrayal to the characters.  Vulture’s pro-Scandal argument: The political drama’s big surprise was a moment built on weeks of character choices and one that went on to further define the characters.

“…and they made it look like a carjacking?”

The people behind the Creation Museum think Cosmos is being unfair by not giving time to discuss creationism. I believe that will come after the segment about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

EW has more details on the next season of American Horror Story. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett are all set to return, while Denis »

- Lyle Masaki

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

21 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz.  1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »

- Louis Virtel

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Muppets Facts: 19 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Jim Henson's Creations

21 March 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's been decades since visionary Jim Henson first created the Muppets, yet today his lovable creations are as popular as ever.

But for as much time as the Muppets have spent in the spotlight, there's still a lot you don't know about Henson's clever creations. From the first national Muppet "star" to the materials that created the Kermit prototype, here are 19 things you probably don't know about The Muppets.

1. Jim Henson created The Muppets in 1955, making them nearly 60 years old!

2. Henson coined the term "Muppet," but it is not a combination of the words "marionette" and "puppet" -- a belief that was once supported by Henson himself. Rather, it has been reported that Henson just liked the sound of the word.

3. A key factor for the Muppets success is that Henson's realization that TV would allow him to put the puppets front and center, while still hiding the puppeteers. With »

- Jonny Black

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