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Not many of us can relate to Riggan Thomson’s exact predicament, because not many of us got world-famous playing avian heroes. But you know who can? Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird, in this pitch-perfect spoof of Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman.

Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants follows Spinney as he asks himself questions like “How did we get here?” and gets advice from a certain giant bird. Watch the Sesame Street Birdman parody after the jump. Read More »

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The Cookie Thief Cookie Monster special

For over 40 years, the characters of Sesame Street have been delighting children everywhere. It’s such a crazy, fun cast of characters and every few years, it feels like one or two of them get a moment in the sun. Big Bird had a few movies, Elmo had his tickle toy thing and now, it seems like it’s the Cookie Monster’s moment. PBS has announced everyone’s favorite blue…thing, will star in his own special called The Cookie Thief, co-starring Rachel Dratch. Read more about the Cookie Monster special below. Read More »

LOL: ‘Sesame Street’ Takes on ‘Star Wars’

Sesame Street Star Wars parody

There are about eighty million Star Wars parodies on the Internet, roughly five thousand of which we’ve featured here on /Film. But leave it to Sesame Street to come up with the sweetest of them all. And we do mean “sweetest” — this one is called “Star S’Mores” and takes place “a long time ago, in a cookies and milky way galaxy far, far away.” Watch the Sesame Street Star Wars parody after the jump.

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Sesame Street - The Hungry Games Catching Fur

Katniss Everdeen and Cookie Monster wouldn’t seem to have a whole lot in common. One is a serious, prickly teen living in an oppressive dystopia; the other is a jolly mop of blue fur who resides in the world’s friendliest neighborhod. One hunts to feed her starving family; the other is famous for a destructive addiction to baked goods. And so on.

And yet, after seeing Sesame Street‘s Hunger Games parody The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, we can’t think of anyone better to play “Cookieness Evereat” than Cookie Monster. As he puts it, “being strong heroine of entire franchise hard work,” but he’s more than up to the task. Watch the adorable video after the jump.

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Watch Sesame Street’s ‘Homeland’ Parody

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Sesame Street has never been afraid to reference and parody movies and television shows that might be out of the radar of their core audience. The most recent example is their parody of the Showtime series Homeland.

The Big Bad Wolf is on the lamb. Special Sheep Agent, Nicholas Ba-a-a-a-rody is the agency’s only hope for bringing the Big Bad Wolf to justice. But is he a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Or just a sheep in wolf’s clothing in sheep’s clothing?

Watch Sesame Street: Homelamb embedded after the jump.

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Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo and the subject of the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, has resigned from Sesame Street amid allegations of underage sex.

The first accusation surfaced last week, prompting Clash to take a leave of absence from the company. Although the accuser has since recanted his statement, fresh allegations of sexual impropriety have just been raised by another party. Elmo will remain among Sesame Workshop’s stable of characters, but will now be portrayed by a different performer. Read more after the jump.

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Original Muppeteer Jerry Nelson Has Died

Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers hired by Jim Henson, died yesterday (August 23rd 2012). Even though you might not recognize the name, all of you have grown up with Jerry’s performances. He puppeteered almost 1,000 named Henson puppet characters during his 47-year career, credited for performing over 120 different named characters on The Muppet Show, and almost double that on Sesame Street.

Jerry was fighting with various health issues for the last decade, and in 2004 announced he would no longer be puppeteering full-time (although he continued to provide the voice for his Sesame Street characters into the recent seasons). Tough Pigs broke the news.

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This past Sunday marked the start of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that two of today’s Bits have to do with trivia surrounding the AMC drug drama. But there’s plenty of other goodies in here for non-BB watchers as well. After the jump:

  • BSG‘s Ronald D. Moore will adapt the fantasy series Outlander for television
  • Roberto Orci offers a minor update on a possible Star Trek series… or two
  • Street Fighter heads to the small screen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
  • Bryan Fuller‘s brilliant-but-cancelled Pushing Daisies eyes a Broadway run
  • Dexter hires a Heroes alum to swing by Miami and snoop around for a few eps
  • AMC’s Hell on Wheels and HBO’s Treme drop trailers for their upcoming seasons

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‘Sesame Street’ Headed to Big Screen

After Kermit and his gang (re)took Hollywood by storm last year, the town suddenly and predictably rediscovered a love for Jim Henson. A second Muppets movie quickly got underway, NBC picked up a new puppet sitcom, The Happytime Murders got a kickstart with the casting of Katherine Heigl, Fraggle Rock hired new writers, and earlier this week, the BBC announced the Muppet Show-esque No Strings Attached.

So it was only a matter of time before studios began eyeing one of Henson’s most famous creations, Sesame Street. And indeed, it now appears that Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and company are set to follow their Muppet pals to the big screen. More details after the jump.

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