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We're in a London hotel and Elmo has just given us a big kiss to say hello. Yep, the red Sesame Street monster is in the capital for a bit of sightseeing - and to get back to The Furchester Hotel for some new episodes. So we've come to meet him, try not to fangirl too much and have a little Elmo chat.
Over the course of the interview, Elmo lets us tickle him, tells us that he wants to duet with Adele, reveals that he's U-turned on Brussels sprouts, tells us more about The Furchester Hotel and even takes a selfie with us. Understandably, we leave with a huge grin on our face... Read on for everything we found out from Elmo!
Hi Elmo! Are you tired? You've had a long trip.
"A little bit, but that's okay. Elmo's having coffee. Elmo's flight was pretty good - watched some movies. »
It's not the only Henson-related project heading to the big screen either.
There's also the small matter of the Sesame Street film as well, that had been in the works at 20th Century Fox. As it turns out, the movie is still coming, but there's been a change or two.
Firstly, it's switched studios. Sesame Street is now a Warner Bros project, and it's said that it has "brought new ideas to the table regarding the direction of the film". The Tracking Board reports that the new film "will be in the style of the more recent Muppets films" as a result.
Furthermore, Shawn Levy »
The famously fleeced residents of “Sesame Street” are being treated to a remodel after 45 seasons.
Changes to the iconic neighborhood’s set include a new nest for Big Bird and a new community center. They are meant to offer young viewers a better sense of the Muppets’ homes.
“Anchoring our core characters in places around our neighborhood will help kids build an even deeper bond with our characters by better understanding who they are, where they live, and what they do,” Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of “Sesame Street,” said in a statement.
The redesign was helmed by Tony Award-winning set designer David Gallo. In addition to a more vibrant overall look, Gallo’s changes include: a new garden for Abby, a renovated Hooper’s Store with Cookie Monster dwelling upstairs, a rooftop sitting area, a newsstand and a new location for Oscar’s garbage can, (in addition to recycling bins »
- Marianne Zumberge
A Times Square street performer dressed as Cookie Monster has reportedly been arrested for allegedly groping a teenage girl. The New York Post reports Ranulfo Perez, 48, of Passaic, N.J., was appearing as the “Sesame Street” character outside the Toys “R” Us on Broadway on Sunday evening. Perez was hugging a 16-year old girl outside the store when he allegedly grabbed her breast. He was arrested Monday morning and charged with forcible touching and harassment. See Photos: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Premiere: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson Rule the Red Carpet The NYPD did not yet return TheWrap‘s request for comment. »
- Joe Otterson
If you think your wait for Game of Thrones‘ fifth season was interminable, just think about poor Tyrion’s plight.
The youngest Lannister sibling found out his former lover was shtupping his dad, then killed her with his bare hands. Then he offed his dad while the older man was in the privy. Then, he snuck out of town the only way possible: by packing himself into a wooden crate and viewing the world (and doing other things we need not talk about now) through a tiny hole for the duration of an ocean voyage.
Video Late Night‘s Seth Meyers »
Aired April 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
The Host: Taraji P. Henson is that elusive creature known as the “black character actress.” Yes, many have thought them extinct but, as pointed out by the wonderful podcast Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period, the working black actress is something to be cherished. Henson has been working steadily since the late 90s, but thanks to her role as Cookie on Empire, she has appeared to have, per her monologue, “made it.” Henson blends in well with the cast and commits to the loony worlds the show has her inhabit. The best sketches of the night, however, are the ones that don’t have her play straight woman or second banana. This is most prominent is the obligatory Empire sketch, where Cookie »
- Jj Perkins
Henson hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, so it should be no surprise that the outspoken mogul made an appearance on the show. She wrecked havoc on the poor, unsuspecting residents of “Sesame Street,” including Bert and Ernie as she got in between the two.
“No, Burt, he’s trying to play you,” she said after Ernie asked to trade his apple for half of Burt’s sandwich.
Later, when Snuffaluffagus tried to suggest that everyone be friends, Cookie whispered, “Snuffy you need to stop rapping like you from them streets, ’cause you not about that life.”
Matters took on an even darker tone when it was implied that Cookie’s red coat might have something to do with the missing Elmo. »
- Alex Stedman
Taraji P. Henson is at the top of her game since the introduction of her hit show Empire. Even after a month since the season finale, everyone still wants a piece of Cookie Lyon, and what better place than Saturday Night Live. After watching her promo videos prior to her hosting debut we knew it would be an unforgettable night of laughter, and it was. Here are her two best skits:
Cookie Visits Sesame Street:
Imagine Cookie Lyon taking a trip Sesame Street. Whatever crazy scenarios your imagination cooked up, most likely happens happens in this hilarious skit. Cookie meets Cookie Monster, she signs a few artists, and turns Elmo into a fur coat. That sounds spot on to our predictions. Watch below.
Game of Thrones in South Central:
The popular show Game of Thrones kicks off its fifth season tonight, but last night we got a glimpse of »
- Kyle Hodge
TV Rewind: We love “Cookie” from Empire, and last night saw Taraji P. Henson’s first time hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest Mumford & Sons! Henson is smoking it as Cookie in the Fox nighttime soap opera that features the Lyons family and their power grabs in the music world. Check out all the highlights below, including Cookie’s visit to Sesame Street, a new Game of Thrones kingdom, Billy Crystal’s appearance on Weekend Update, and more.Also, make sure to catch Mumford & Sons’ performances of “The Wolf” and “Believe.”Saturday Night Live#SNLHillary Election Video Cold OpenHillary Clinton […] »
- April Neale
"This week on 'Sesame Street,' The Count is making cupcakes, Elmo's got a new backpack, and Cookie is being a real monster," a voiceover announced at the top of the sketch, as Taraji's Cookie appeared next to Cookie Monster.
Photos: 'Empire' Season 1
The actress delivered some of her most famous Cookie lines, ...
Copyright 2015 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Saturday Night Live got hip to the Empire phenomenon early, building an entire sketch around the Fox smash hit back in March and then asking breakout star Taraji P. Henson to host her own show mere weeks later. That's some turnaround time. Still, despite the series' apparent interest in capitalizing on a genuine media dynamo, the Henson-hosted show didn't pack the punch of even the most flaccid of Empire offerings.
Henson's energy remained high throughout – here is a host that, when they say how excited they are to be there, »
Hillary Clinton’s cell phone will help her run for president. Or at least that was the case in the cold open for “Saturday Night Live” this weekend where cast member Kate McKinnon delivered her best impression of the presidential hopeful replete with wild laughter and cell phone jokes. In the sketch, a handler convinced Clinton that she puts the “hil in hilarious” and that she should announce her plans to run for president via a video selfie recorded on her phone. Also Read: Taraji P. Henson Uneven on ‘SNL': ‘Sesame Street’ Works, Nicki Minaj Doesn’t When McKinnon »
- Mekeisha Madden Toby
Our 25-day national nightmare is over.
Almost four weeks after the end of Empire‘s Season 1 finale, Taraji P. Henson (Aka She Who Absolutely Must Be Nominated for an Emmy in 2015) returned to the small screen to host a decidedly above-average episode of Saturday Night Live.
RelatedEmpire Snarks Back: Cookie Lyon’s 22 Greatest Season 1 Zingers!
Yeah, a few skits didn’t quite live up to their promising concepts — I really wanted that Game of Thrones parody to be great… but the jokes played fairly obviously, and it didn’t give Henson much to do. Still, Cookie Lyon’s portrayer performed »
With Taraji P. Henson hosting "Saturday Night Live" this week you might have expected a complete "Empire" parody, but the show did one better: they finally brought Cookie and Cookie together. That's right, Cookie Lyon made her way to "Sesame Street" to meet Cookie Monster and some of his friends including Big Bird, Mr. Snuffaluffagus, Bert and Ernie and more. Major kudos to PBS and the Children's Television Workshop for making this happen even if it means some kids may not get the joke about Elmo's fate (eke!). In any event, it's pretty great and we're still dying over Cookie's blunt reading of Mr. Snuffaluffagus. Check it out for yourself in the embedded clip below. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's regular and quite popular recap. »
- Gregory Ellwood
After a slow start to 2015 (anniversary special excluded), the last two weeks of “Saturday Night Live” have been a return to form. Both the Dwayne Johnson and Michael Keaton episodes were excellent, now the show has the chance to complete the trifecta with Taraji P. Henson as host. There’s bound to be at least one “Empire”-centric sketch tonight (probably involving musical guest Mumford & Sons, because why not), but personally? I’m hoping Taran Killam gets to bust out his amazing Brad Pitt impression opposite Henson in a parody of “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” (Those banking on a “Person Of Interest" parody might be disappointed.) Still, there’s far more than parodies planned tonight, and as per usual, I’ll be covering them in liveblog form. Follow along starting at 11:30 pm Est, and leave your comments throughout the show as I grade each segment in real time. »
- Ryan McGee
With Game of Thrones set to return to TV screens for its fifth season tomorrow night, Sesame Street has produced a parody of HBO’s epic fantasy series entitled ‘Game of Chairs’, which features Grover Bluejoy alongside puppet versions of the likes of Daenerys, Tyrion, Cersei, Joffrey, Ned and company. Check it out here…
See Also: Game of Thrones: Top 5 scenes to psyche you up for Season 5
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 12th. Follow all of our coverage here.
- Gary Collinson
Lisa Simon, a longtime producer and director on Sesame Street, died in New York City on April 4, her 64th birthday. The winner of 20 Emmys over a career spanning than four decades started with a summer job as a file clerk and a caretaker for children who appeared on the show during its early days. She ended up staying with the show while attending night classes at Hunter College to finish her B.A. in communications. Working her way up from production assistant in Season 1… »
Taraji P. Henson is hosting "SNL" this week with musical guest Mumford & Sons, and that means one thing: We're going to learn a lot about "Empire" and, specifically, Henson's character Cookie. Watch as Taran Killam and Henson flub lines, try again, and otherwise kid each other for the sake of "SNL" fun. The concluding "Empire" pun is worthy of a "Sesame Street" sketch, but it's cute for that reason. »
- Louis Virtel
This weekend, all eyes will be glued to HBO when the fifth season of "Game Of Thrones" debuts. But for the kids out there who are swept off to bed so Mom and Dad can watch the very adult fantasy show, and who are wondering what the fuss is about, "Sesame Street" has got you covered. Read More: 'Game Of Thrones' Showrunner Says Show May End Up Spoiling George R. R. Martin's Upcoming Book The show has dropped another excellent parody with "Game Of Chairs." The concept is pretty simple, with Grover Aka Grover Bluejoy learning how to play Musical Chairs. And this is terrific, funny stuff with little nods to the HBO show, and nice sight gags like the Iron Throne being made out of golf clubs and golf balls. Check it out below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This weekend, all eyes will be glued to HBO when the fifth season of "Game Of Thrones" debuts. But for the kids out there who are swept off to bed so Mom and Dad can watch the very adult fantasy show, and who are wondering what the fuss is about, "Sesame Street" has got you covered. Read More: 'Game Of Thrones' Showrunner Says Show May End Up Spoiling George R. R. Martin's Upcoming Book The show has dropped another excellent parody with "Game Of Chairs." The concept is pretty simple, with Grover Aka Grover Bluejoy learning how to play Musical Chairs. And this is terrific, funny stuff with little nods to the HBO show, and nice sight gags like the Iron Throne being made out of golf clubs and golf balls. Check it out below.
- Kevin Jagernauth
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