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Sutton Foster and Elmo talk 'Sesame Street,' premiere clip from the Broadway star's upcoming appearance

Talking to celebrities is a blast. Talking to celebrities and celebrity puppets sounds even better. So when Tony nominee Sutton Foster and Sesame Street’s Elmo offered to reunite to discuss the former’s upcoming appearance on the children’s show next fall — and give PopWatch readers an exclusive peek at the full-length video — I jumped to say “yes.” Turns out the old friends — Sutton auditioned with Elmo for a regular spot on Sesame Street in 2004 — were as cute and funny as I thought they’d be. And obviously enamored with each other: Foster’s boyfriend, fellow Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale, who accompanied her to Sesame Street when she filmed the clip, better watch out! Read our chat and then check out the video below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, Sutton and Elmo, you’re back together.
ELMO: Miss Sutton. Oh, I’m so happy to hear you!
SUTTON FOSTER: I’ve missed you!
Elmo: Congratulations! Elmo wish he could be there [on Tony night].
SF: I wish you could be there, too. I wish you could be my date.
Elmo: No, you already have a date. Elmo met him.

Elmo, did you know Sutton’s date, Bobby, is nominated, too? READ FULL STORY

Andy Samberg sits down with 'Sesame Street' resident Bert. Move over Ernie (and James Lipton, for that matter)!

Consider the talk show wars over, people! There’s a new reigning champ on the gab fest circuit… and it’s Bert from Sesame Street. Yes, everyone’s favorite unibrow-ed puppet has his own new series, called, fittingly, “Conversations with Bert,” and it’s equal parts hilarious, adorable, and surprisingly insightful. In his first installment, Bert — who opted to go sans sidekick, as Ernie is nowhere to be found — sat down with Saturday Night Live star and “all-around groovy guy” Andy Samberg for a hilarious round table conversation, compete with “snappy comedy banter,” fun facts (if Andy he could be any fabric he would be velour or rayon, Bert’s last read was a book by a “depressed Russian novelists”), and milk breaks! All we have to say is watch and learn, Charlie Rose and James Lipton. Watch and learn. READ FULL STORY

'Hoodwinked!' writer-director launches world's 'first episodic Twitter series': 'Roger Cosmonkey'


Many writers crave voluminous space in which to relate their stories. (That’s right, Marcel Proust, we’re looking at you.) But Cory Edwards has restricted himself to 140 characters or less for each ‘chapter’ of his new project, Roger Cosmonkey, a cartoon about a super intelligent ape that Edwards is touting as the world’s “first episodic Twitter series” that launches today on his Twitter feed.

“I happened to tweet artwork that I had drawn,” says Edwards, who co-directed and co-wrote the 2005 animated film Hoodwinked! “I thought, ‘Gosh, has anybody ever told a story in this very limited format?’ And I don’t think anybody has. At first I thought, ‘I don’t even know if it’s possible.’ And I think I’ve found out that it is. I don’t know that Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson would want to tell a story on Twitter. But the guys who do Spongebob or Ren & Stimpy — they might. So I’ve created something that is kind of in that vein, something that can work in short bursts.”

After the jump, Edwards talks more about Roger Cosmonkey and the status of his long-gestating Fraggle Rock movie.


Elmo adorably poses with pregnant fan at Sundance

Being Elmo, a documentary about puppeteer Kevin Clash, premiered at Sundance this week. This video of Clash, Elmo, and a pregnant fan sums up the enduring wonder of Muppets in general, and the specific joyous charms of Elmo in particular: Even though you can see Clash putting the Elmo puppet on, it still really feels like Elmo is a sentient — and deeply loving — being. Is it dusty in here? There’s… something in my eye… READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: Cookie Monster wants to land sweet 'SNL' hosting gig

After the successful Internet campaign to get Betty White to host SNL, several other celebrities turned to the masses for their support. And now, even Cookie Monster is getting in on the action. And it is wonderful. READ FULL STORY

Jim Parsons and Ty Burrell on 'Sesame Street'

Jim Parsons on Sesame Street: great! Ty Burrell on Sesame Street: even better? Both are pretty charming, but I’m partial to Parsons’ exploration of the word “arachnid” over Burrell’s meditation on the hexagon. Behold: READ FULL STORY

Sesame Street spoofs Old Spice commercial. 'Moo!'

Sesame Street and Grover have gifted the universe with a spoof of Old Spice’s “I’m on a Horse” campaign — disguised as a lesson about the word “on”! Do stick around for the easy rider’s divine click-click-hair toss at the end. Don’t worry, I’m not going to turn this into an Isaiah Mustafa vs. Grover “Who’s Hotter?” poll. We all know Gladys would win as a write-in, anyway. That is a hot cow. READ FULL STORY

Elmo and Grover on 'GMA': Katy Perry's welcome for another play date

Elmo and Grover swung by GMA this morning to weigh in on the Katy-Perry-has-breasts controversy. “Elmo loves Miss Katy,” the beloved red monster said, and insisted that they’d have a “play date” again in the near future. Grover asked about his outfit being “too revealing,” but mostly, they just kinda made jokes. No wonder Liz Lemon and Carol love when Muppets present at awards shows. READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand on Katy Perry controversy: 'Today's Sesame Street will NOT be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D'

perry-brand-elmoImage Credit: Jody Cortes/ Retna Ltd; Sesame Street WorkshopScore one for comedian Russell Brand! Amid the continuing hubbub over his fiancé Katy Perry’s oh-so-scandalous, (sort of) boob-baring (and now relegated to YouTube) appearance on Sesame Street, the comedian tweeted a few hilarious missives to his soon-to-be wife. Starting with: “today’s Sesame Street will NOT be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D.” Hehe. Wait just a minute now — did Brand just reveal that Perry wears a size 34D? Hmmm. He followed that up with this riff on the show’s theme song: “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sex-with-me Street?” You gotta love that he’s having fun with this. And all right, I’ll admit, it’s kind of fifth-grade humor, but we’re talking about Sesame Street here, so that’s probably more than warranted.

The only thing I could think after reading those two jokes from Brand is…I want more! And that’s not something I say very often about comedians — especially of the Russell Brand variety. So Bravo. Funny stuff. Russell Brand might just have a new follower on his Twitter feed.

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Katy Perry 'Sesame Street' appearance gets yanked over negative feedback

C is for Controversy, that’s good enough for me. The venerable children’s show Sesame Street has announced they have decided not to air Katy Perry’s guest appearance after a clip of it released online generated a bit of a hullabaloo. In the clip, Perry sings a tweaked version of “Hot N Cold” with Elmo, but it was her relatively revealing outfit that prompted some parents to complain.

Sesame Street has quite often made reference to things that are likely to be over the head of their average audience member — for example, look no further than their new True Blood parody, “True Mud,” or, my personal favorite, the Lynchian “Twin Beaks” — but the show is usually a paragon of appropriateness. Producers released this statement explaining their decision to cut Perry, “Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists.  Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult.  We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver.  We also value our viewer’s opinions and particularly those of parents.  In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on You Tube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on You Tube.”

Watch the video below, PopWatchers, then tell us: Is that segment too racy for kids?


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