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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 »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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
- Mike Barnes
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
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
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
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
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
- THR Staff
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 »
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
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
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.
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
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.
- Lyle Masaki
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
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
Graham is in fact an author in real life, with a book, "Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel." For "Sesame Street," she and Grover create a new story together. It's about a dill pickle. After a "terrible deli accident," the pickle moves home, ending up "living in a tropical fish tank."
Alas, there is a bit of a controversy toward the end of the video. Grover points out that this book seems to be writing itself -- at this point, the book contests authorship.
Will copyright law be included in the next "Sesame Street" video? »
Hell hath no fury like a fired-up Billy Eichner. The 35-year-old comedian returns tonight for a third season of Fuse’s fun-and-frenetic game show from Funny or Die Billy on the Street, in which he tests New Yorkers’ pop culture knowledge at a turbo pace and very loud volume. What kind of manic antics can you expect to see from Eichner, who also guest-stars as the easily enraged Craig on Parks and Recreation? Below, he gives EW 11 teases for the upcoming 10 episodes, which air Wednesdays at 11 p.m.
1. “To kick off the season of the show back in December, I »
- Dan Snierson
If Wolf of Wall Street had less drugs and more cookies, it almost definitely would have won the Oscar for Best Picture. In fact, all movies should have more cookies in them. Someone send an email to Joss Whedon that we want a story about evil Thin Mints in Avengers 2. Thanks. Anyway, here is the mashup you knew was coming when you realized that Wolf of Wall Street and Sesame Street both end in the same word. Some USC film students decided to take their expensive and prestigious education and put Cookie Monster in Leonardo "I will win an Oscar one day if it kills me" DiCaprio's role and Elmo in Jonah Hill's role. And obviously, it's not money or fame Cookie Monster is after…it's »
Ellen TV somehow I hadn't see Cate Blanchett's post Oscar win visit to Ellen until just now. So funny and I love what she says about sleeping with her statue at the 4:30 mark
In Contention lessons learned from this Oscar season. I've been preaching the "don't open in December" thing for a long time but finally other pundits are coming round!
Comics Alliance whoa. superhero figures are getting way more realistic than when I was a kid! Here's Black Widow -- I assume Scarlett Johansson gets a huge cut of this for allowing her likeness. Can you imagine the market if they could make sex dolls this realistic. »
- NATHANIEL R
It’s hard to make a comeback in Hollywood — unless you’re swine.
In which case, the industry may embrace you. Just ask Miss Piggy. Nearly 40 years after she made her showbiz debut, the diva has never been more in demand. She recently appeared on the final episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night,” singing a melancholy song with her Muppets pals; dished about her love life on “The Bachelor”; and sipped Lipton tea in an Oscars ad. The weekend of the ceremony, she popped up on an E! fashion segment, dressed in a frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, and attended a pre-Academy Awards QVC party, where she entered via cabana lifted by four shirtless hunks. Then the situation got a little sticky. According to tabloid reports, Piggy shoved Joan Rivers into a cake backstage, and Rivers emerged at the party with frosting in her hair.
Like any shrewd publicity-seeking celeb, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Sesame Street has released a spoof version of Les Misérables.
Jean Bon Bon then comes across a host of other characters including Flantine, her daughter Creamette and E-pie-nine, who are all sad as they have no cookies.
After figuring out why they are upset, Jean Bon Bon has an epiphany that he should be less selfish and share his treats.
He then brings the whole cast together to sing 'One Day S'more' as he hands out the chocolate and marshmallow snacks.
The spoof trailer features the best-loved songs from the musical including 'On My Own', 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'One Day More' re-imagined to be about biscuits.
Sesame Street has previously »
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