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Cookie Monster's 'Call Me Maybe' spoof -- VIDEO

C is for cookie “Call Me Maybe”?

This post really only needs one sentence: Cookie Monster sings a brand-new song “Share It Maybe” to the tune of (as if I had to explain!) “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. The chorus? Lyrics such as “Me just met you, and this is crazy/ But you got cookie, so share it maybe?”

Watch the video below:

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A new 'Sesame Street' movie: Whom do you want to see?

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!

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Mockingjays: Coming soon to a laboratory near you!

MOCKINGJAY

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

As the Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years, we celebrate our favorite pop culture cookie moments

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

OK Go 'Sesame Street' video will edu-tain you about primary colors

The guys who previously taught us how to properly use a treadmill and master the art of canine-based dance are now tackling another subject: color theory.

Rock band OK Go, known for their offbeat viral videos, created an educational music video called “3 Primary Colors” for the folks down on Sesame Street. If we know anything, it’s that Sesame-related music videos are a special breed of wonderful.

The video features the same creative stop-motion style that the band commonly employs, with kid-friendly lyrics that explain the basics of primary colors: red and blue make purple, yellow and blue make green, red and yellow make orange, and so on and so forth. (If any of those statements came as a shock to you, then you might want to tune in when the clip airs on February 2nd.)

Check out the song after the jump, and let an educational palette of primary hues wash over you:
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Gets Better Every Time: He's Elmo and he knows it!

I’ll be the first to admit, I have spent way too many Friday nights revisiting old viral videos on YouTube. There’s something entrancing, hypnotic even, about re-watching favorite clips that have somehow managed to permeate everyday conversation and are entertaining enough to view 5, 10, or 50 times. (I wish that was hyperbole, but I digress.)

That’s why I’m happy to introduce Gets Better Every Time, where we’ll share the funny (Charlie bit that finger!), sad (Army veteran reunites with dog!), and disturbing (orange, anyone?) videos that, even months later, we just can’t seem to get out of our heads.

One such culprit is “I’m Elmo and I Know It,” a kid-friendly parody of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” featuring the eternally cheerful Elmo and a crew of supporting puppets who bop along as Elmo dances atop globes and serenades Whoopi Goldberg’s upper thigh. READ FULL STORY

Can you tell this man how to get to 'Sesame Street'? They're looking for him!

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

Elmo and Cookie Monster re-enact 'The Office,' 'CSI: Miami,' and more! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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

'Sesame Street' parodies 'Glee' perfectly: Watch and learn!

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

Bert and Ernie are asexual puppets, will not wed

In response to an online petition asking Sesame Street producers to let odd couple Bert and Ernie marry as a way to teach tolerance to young children, Sesame Workshop has issued a statement on the nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship: “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Sesame Street begins its 42nd season next month. Putting the Bert and Ernie issue to bed, would you like to see a same-sex couple introduced on the show? I haven’t watched Sesame Street in close to 30 years, but if there are no official puppet couples, then you can’t fault producers for holding to that tradition. But what about introducing a same-sex human couple?  READ FULL STORY

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