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It's a big week for blue characters in TV and film. On Monday, "X-Men" director Bryan Singer tweeted a photo of Jennifer Lawrence in her full blue glory, done up for her role of Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and this weekend, "Arrested Development" character Tobias Fünke who famously "blue" himself returns with Netflix's release of new "Arrested Development" episodes.
Blue-hued characters have held a special place in pop culture for decades, inexplicably appearing far more often than their counterparts from the rest of the color wheel. Take a spin through a brief history of blue characters below.
The Smurfs may be the most famous blue characters, making their mark in their comic strip, television series, and film.
The Na'vi species »
- Madeline Boardman
Starting out as a commercial model, Fatima Ptacek probably never thought she'd one day be the voice of an iconic animated character while attending the Oscars in the very same year. At only 12 years old, Ptacek has performed in the Oscar-winning 19 minute short Curfew written and directed by Shawn Christensen, and is currently the voice of Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer.
We recently caught up with Ptacek, as she revealed what it was really like to attend the Oscars and after parties, what it was like to film a Sesame Street with a very special guest, and how she was shocked to find out about landing Dora without even auditioning--well, sort of.
When did you know you wanted to be an actor?
I was told when I was younger, 5, people were constantly telling me that I had a great personality, I was super outgoing, and so when I finally had the »
- Stephanie Webber
Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image is adding a Jim Henson gallery set to feature almost 400 pieces of Muppet-abilia. "It’s only fitting that this extraordinary collection of puppets, costumes, props, and more should find a home in New York, where imagination and free expression are part of the fabric of our city, and where anyone who’s watched an episode of Sesame Street sees the inspiration provided by the vibrant neighborhoods and characters that make our city so extraordinary," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The new gallery will launch in winter 2014-2015. The museum recently hosted the Jim Henson's Fantastic World exhibit. »
- Zach Dionne
New York — The Muppets may have taken Manhattan, but they're getting a spiffy new home in Queens.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Bert and Ernie of "Sesame Street" fame, the stars of "Fraggle Rock" and other puppets, costumes and items from throughout Muppets creator Jim Henson's career have been donated to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is building a new gallery to house them, the institution announced Tuesday.
Encompassing almost 400 items ranging from original puppets to behind-the-scenes footage, the gift is a boon for the 25-year-old museum, which saw attendance skyrocket during a temporary exhibit in 2011 and 2012 of Henson's work. And it fulfills a cherished goal for Henson's widow and collaborator, Jane Henson, who died last month at 78.
"She loved the Muppet characters as though they were part of her own family," and the actual puppets themselves were very special to her, one of the couple's daughters, »
Weaver began with the soap, , a sister show to The Young and the Restless, when it started in 1987 and only left the show weeks ago in April after 27 years. He won three daytime Emmys for overseeing thousands of episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, which follows the rich Californian Forresters family and is the most watched soap opera in the world.
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- Nicholas White
According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Bold and the Beautiful producer Ron Weaver has died today at the age of 75. After working on several children's shows such as Sesame Street and The Electric Company, Weaver turned his attention to the well-known soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, where he was the associate producer before [...]
Soap Opera Producer Ron Weaver Dies »
- Nick Dimengo
Emmy Award-winning producer Ron Weaver died Thursday (May 9) at 75 years old. Early in his career, Weaver worked with the Children's Television Workshop as part of the team that created shows like "Sesame Street," "The Electric Company" and "3-2-1 Contact." He was also instrumental in launching international versions of "Sesame Street" in Latin America, according to THR.
After spending 13 years with Ctw, Weaver moved on to become an associate producer of "The Bold and the Beautiful" in 1986, before the soap opera's launch. He stayed with the show, eventually becoming senior producer and then taking the role of vice president of the show's distribution company, until he left this past April.
During his time with "The Bold and the Beautiful" he shared three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. He was also a writer, releasing his first novel, "Soul Mate," in 2010.
Before making his way into show business, Weaver attended Michigan State University, »
Ron Weaver, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV producer who worked on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and who was part of the original team that created “Sesame Street,” died in his Los Angeles-area home on May 11. He was 75.
Renowned for his work on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver joined the skein as associate producer in 1986 and served as a member of the team, which included co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, that launched the series. Weaver climbed the ladder to senior producer and veep of Bbl, Inc., staying aboard the daytime drama ship for 27 years.
Prior to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Weaver served as director of operations and production services for Children’s Television Workshop, where he worked on “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “3-2-1 Contact,” “Feeling Good” and “The Best of Families.” He also played a pivotal role in the international launch of »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
One of the most amazing things about the talented and long-missed Jim Henson is that he was always creating something new, exploring news forms of storytelling and puppetry. While he may have started out with single characters, such as Kermit, he went on to create characters that hawked cereal and interacted with humans on Saturday Night Live. In between, he also helped pioneer engaging and educational children’s television with Sesame Street’s inhuman inhabitants and created a universe of Muppets. When HBO was looking for original fare in the 1980s, it made perfect sense that they turn to Henson who whipped up a brand new universe of characters, the Fraggles. His Fraggle Rock lasted five seasons and 96 wonderful episodes.
Coming this week is Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection, including every episode plus recently discovered behind the scenes interviews, a collectible Red plush keychain, and an all new exclusive »
- Robert Greenberger
That's right - meet Armando, a new neighbor on Sesame Street, who, I'm sure, will be bringing a dose of cultural diversity along with him to the Sesame neighborhood. Armando (or "Mando" as he'll apparently be called by the rest of the community) is a writer, and will be played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova (above) an Nyu Tisch School of the Arts graduate as well as an actor who's appeared in TV shows like The Good Wife. Armando will make his debut on the series, on September 16, when Sesame Street premieres its 44th season on PBS. He joins other new additions to the series: Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Rosita and Ovejita (both played by »
- Tambay A. Obenson
That's right - meet Armando, a new neighbor on Sesame Street, who, I'm sure, will be bringing a dose of cultural diversity along with him to the Sesame neighborhood. Armando (or "Mando" as he'll apparently be called by the rest of the community) is a writer, and will be played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova (above) an Nyu Tisch School of the Arts graduate as well as an actor who's appeared in TV shows like The Good Wife. Armando will make his debut on the series, on September 16, when Sesame Street premieres its 44th season on PBS. He joins other new additions to the series: Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Rosita and Ovejita (both played by Carmen Osbahr). Cordova is said to have won the role after a high-profile search the producers of the show, when hundreds of hopefuls came out to the show’s first-ever »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Move over Elmo, there’s a new character on the block.
"Sesame Street" has announced they are introducing a new Latino character and his name is Armando. As it heads into its 44th season the classic kids show will focus on Hispanic heritage.
Armando or ‘Mando’ as he will be known on the show is a writer from Puerto Rico. He will not be the first bilingual character on the cast, "Sesame Street" already has Muppets Rosita and Ovejita, as well as Luis and Maria, according to a press release from Sesame Workshop.
The search for the newest Latino addition began in August 2012 and many hopefuls passed through the auditions that tested their Spanish fluency, vocal abilities and comedic timing.
The lucky winner was Ismael Cruz Córdova a Puerto Rico native with a Bfa from Nyu Tisch School of the Arts.
“I am honestly still in shock,” said Ismael. “I »
- The Huffington Post
Towie‘s sexy Kirk Norcross has had images of his naked Skype with a girl published on the web. No, the images aren’t at the link, but you can find them easily enough. I’m actually impressed, both with what he has below the belt, and his response to the situation. “People these days!!!! Cooooome oooonnn guys we have all done it I’m just the stupid one that got caught! Sorry guys ” I’m not sorry at all, Kirk.
Will The Muppets…Again! open only seconds after the last movie ended? It sure looks that way.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has reportedly been picked up by ABC, but there’s no official announcement yet. A video of the Hulk mysteriously appeared and disappeared from the ABC YouTube. »
- Ed Kennedy
On Wednesday, "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash found his name in the news for something other than his current legal troubles tied to allegations of sexual abuse. The man behind Elmo was nominated for four Daytime Emmys. Back in November, Clash was hit with a lawsuit accusing him of having had sex with an underage teenager several years earlier. “Sesame Street” suspended him before he ultimately resigned after 28 years of working on the children’s show. Since then, several other men have come forward with similar allegations. The cases are still pending in court and Clash has maintained his innocence throughout. Clash contends for Children's Series Performer as well as a part of the producing and directing teams for "Sesame Street" and as a producer of “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce” which contends for New Approaches (Enhancement of a Program or Series). Clash has an impressive track record at th. »
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards earlier today. This year’s event will be telecast on the Turner Broadcast Networks, Hln on Sunday, June 16. The full list of all nominees in all categories (it's really, really long) can be downloaded at www.emmyonline.tv. Worth noting, Steve Harvey received 2 nominations: Outstanding Talk Show Host (The Steve Harvey Show) and Outstanding Game Show Host (Family Feud); Wayne Brady received a nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host (Let's Make A Deal); and finally, Kevin Clash received 2 nominations: Outstanding Performer In A Children's Series (as Elmo on Sesame Street) and he was also included in the overall Sesame Street nomination (listed as Executive Producer) for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series. I'm sure that last pair of nominations will raise a few eyebrows in light of several allegations...
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Daytime Emmy Awards 2013 nominations were announced Wednesday, and the top networks were CBS with 50 nods, PBS with 44 and ABC with 43. Nearly half of those CBS nominations came from The Young and the Restless, which was the top individual earner with 23, followed by ABC soap General Hospital (19) and NBC’s Days of Our Lives (17). PBS’ Sesame Street also earned 17, including one for Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, who has been dogged by accusations of improper conduct toward minors. Game show host Monty Hall of Let’s Make a Deal fame, and the late legendary producer [...]
The post Daytime Emmy Awards 2013 nominations announced appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Stacey Harrison
All accusers were male and their stories were similar to that of the fourth accuser, identified only as John Doe, who claims he and Clash met in Miami Beach in the mid-1990s, when the accuser was 16 and Clash was in his mid-30s.
The filing released by Doe's attorney claimed Clash invited him to New York, where Clash would be "a dad" to him and give him cash and a free place to stay. Doe alleges the two of them had sex multiple times.
At the time, Clash's attorney Michael Berger said in a statement, "The lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend the case and Mr. Clash's reputation."
He has since been accused by a fifth person, »
New York — CBS' soap "The Young and the Restless" earned a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations on Wednesday, including three of the four competitors for best actor, while ABC rival "General Hospital" had 19 nominations.
The 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network Hln. Nominations were announced Wednesday.
PBS' venerable children's show "Sesame Street" earned 17 nominations, including one for Kevin Clash, who played the Elmo character and resigned last November amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. Clash's lawyer has said that related lawsuits filed against Clash are without merit. Clash, who was nominated for outstanding performer in a children's series, played Elmo for 28 years and already has 23 Daytime Emmy awards.
Nominated for »
The Young and the Restless tallied 23 nominations as honors were announced this morning for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Restless’ impressive take helped CBS lead all networks with 50 overall nominations. PBS and ABC followed, with 44 and 38 nods, respectively.
General Hospital, which earned 19 nominations, joined Restless in the race for Outstanding Drama Series, and Sesame Street received 17 nods, including three for Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Jeff Labrecque
Sam Champion read the 2013 Daytime Emmy Nominations on Good Morning America on May 1, and it’s a great list! General Hospital and The Young & The Restless were some of the many shows nominated, while Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric and the lovely ladies of The View are some of the hosts nominated. Read on for the full list.
Daytime Emmys 2013 — Full List Of Nominations
Outstanding Drama Series
Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer
Ronald W. Weaver, Senior Producer
Mark Pinciotti, Coordinating Producer
Days of Our Lives, NBC
Ken Corday, Executive Producer
Janet Drucker, Tim Stevens, Coordinating Producers
Albert Alarr, Producer
General Hospital , ABC
Frank Valentini, Executive Producer
- Eleanore Hutch
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