We still may not be able to tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but the neighborhood’s beloved denizens know their way to the EW offices. Last year, Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped in to give us their versions of some popular TV shows, but this time around Elmo was too busy working on Elmo: The Musical—the show’s new singing-and-dancing segment that will replace the popular Elmo’s World—to make another visit. Luckily for us, Grover and Cookie Monster (a.k.a. the Blue Brothers) had enough wiggle room in their schedules to stop by to sing a few musical numbers of their own, parodying the likes of The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and even The Newsroom. So if you were one of the many viewers who thought Aaron Sorkin’s biggest mistake was not saddling his newsman protagonist with a crippling cookie addiction, then this video is for you!
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We may not be able to tell you how to get to Sesame Street, but we can tell you that the iconic children’s show will be making its way to the big screen again. Sources close to the project confirm that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and 20th Century Fox are taking on the third feature film outing for Children’s Television Workshop’s landmark program — as The Hollywood Reporter first reported. But it is still very early in the process — too early to say exactly what direction it’s going in or who should be the focus. But we’ve got some ideas for that.
The first movie, Follow that Bird (1985), shined the spotlight on the big yellow bird who’s a friend to everyone. And by the time Elmo in Grouchland (1999) came along, the little red puppet with that earworm of a laugh was the hottest thing going. (The countless hours my young son spent watching that movie was only made tolerable by my enjoyment of Mandy Patinkin’s broad performance as the bad guy who learns a lesson.)
So whose turn do you think it is to take the lead? My vote goes to Bert and Ernie . You want to talk about pop-culture staying power? Just last year, Sesame Street had to issue a release saying that contrary to popular opinion the two roommates were not gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Vote in our poll below!
Hunger Games fans, are you unsatisfied with this ho-hum world full of naturally occurring animals? Well, never fear! According to a New York Times article, the books’ symbolic mockingjay — the Capitol-flouting hybrid of a mockingbird and the fictional jabberjay spy bird — isn’t inconceivable. “The tools needed to modify organisms are already widely dispersed in industry and beyond. Do-it-yourself biology is growing,” writes James Gorman. He cited Freeman Dyson of the Princeton-based Institute for Advanced Study (former home to Albert Einstein), who “envisioned the tools of biotechnology spreading to everyone, including pet breeders and children, and leading to ‘an explosion of diversity of new living creatures.'”
The chance to hear the mockingjay’s rebel song got us thinking: What other fictional animals would we like to see made real? Read on for a few of our ideas, then share your own. READ FULL STORY
I remember it like it was yesterday: I’d put on my brown skort, a white long-sleeved t-shirt, my freshly ironed Girl Scout vest, replete with newly-earned community service patches, and step outside my front door with a clipboard in hand, ready to take on even the most crotchety of homeowners. It was Girl Scout cookie time and neighbors, I was coming for you.
That said, when #GirlScouts began trending on Twitter today, I couldn’t help but think about all the ways pop culture has ingrained the beloved cookie into our minds and stomachs: READ FULL STORY
Sesame Street has handled a lot of tricky tasks over the past 42 years, from teaching tykes the alphabet to explaining television to Keith Staskiewicz, but nothing quite like this before. Today’s Sesame Street PopWatch is brought to you by the letter M, for the Missing original Gordon.
In an open letter on their website, the Sesame Workshop explains that they’ve been on the hunt for an actor who played Gordon in an un-aired test pilot that was shown to a focus group of children in the summer of 1969. While all of the other Gordons (played by Matt Robinson, Hal Miller, and Roscoe Orman) are accounted for, they can’t seem to find the mystery man who originated the role of the beloved science teacher. No one, not even Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) knows who is he is… and Big Bird knows everything. READ FULL STORY
It’s one thing to meet that actor who was once in that one movie you liked, but it’s another to meet the folks that taught you how to count. Elmo and Cookie Monster made the trip from Sesame Street to the EW offices to tell us about their new season (which starts next Monday), and we couldn’t have been more excited had it been Johnny Depp sword-fighting with a time-traveling Theodore Roosevelt. In honor of their upcoming slate of guest stars, the two of them took us through their interpretations of some of TV’s biggest shows — including The Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami, and The Office (which, coincidentally, name-checked Sesame Street in its premiere last night) – and we have to say, Cookie Monster would actually make a pretty good replacement for Michael Scott. Check out the video below and watch as your adult and childhood television viewing habits collide. (By the way, I’m the Muppet in the middle.) READ FULL STORY
Today’s PopWatch post is brought to you by the letter ‘G’, as in, “Greatest Glee parody ever!” Leave it to Sesame Street to teach a lesson about the grooviest letter in the alphabet, all while doing the most spot-on spoof of Glee that you’ve ever seen.
In fact, if you closed your eyes, it would actually be kind of hard to tell where regular Glee ends and Sesame Street Glee begins (or G, if you will.) Puppet Rachel is still a diva with an unwavering crush (“I like you Finn, I’m looking at you longingly!”), puppet Schuester (complete with chin dimple!), now Mr. Gooster, is overly-encouraging to the point of annoying, and puppet Sue is still getting in zingers (“You know enough about gel, Gooster, you use enough of it.”) Complete with a musical number (“Don’t Stop Your G’ing”) and inside jabs (“Good thing we have a big budget!”), the ingenious parody could have very well just solved the season 3 dilemma for Glee: Have more puppets. Watch the full hilarious clip below: READ FULL STORY
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