(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Hemingway
Where You Can Stream It: PBS
The Pitch: A six-hour, three-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that explores the life and work of Ernest Hemingway.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Ernest Hemingway is a literary giant. With his terse, minimalist prose he changed the face of American writing, influencing countless writers for years to come. His contribution to the printed page cannot be ignored. But for all his greatness he was also a deeply flawed man – someone who built up his own self-image of a man’s man who liked to fight, drink, and hunt. Despite being inflicted by the horrors of World War I, he reveled in bloodshed. And despite his rigid writing schedule, he created a life of chaos – a life of constant movement, where he would burn through wives, endure multiple head injuries, and ultimately die by suicide.
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Lowell High School in San Francisco is the top public school in the city. Every student is practically a genius and will do everything they can in order to be accepted to schools like Stanford, Harvard, Brown, MIT, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and more. While it might seem like just a first world problem for these teens to worry about what upscale, prestigious university they’re trying to attend, the documentary Try Harder! from director Debbie Lum paints a universal portrait of the challenges facing today’s teens as they’re not only scrutinized by their parents and college admission officers, but constantly comparing themselves to their peers as they try to figure out how to stand out from the crowd. Read More »
Come and play! Everything’s A-OK! Friendly neighbors there, that’s where we meet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Starting next month, not only will you know exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but you’ll be able to build it yourself. The latest LEGO Ideas set to be approved and sent to production for release on shelves is 123 Sesame Street, and it includes all the colorful life of the educational and friendly New York City neighborhood, and all your favorite friends too. Read More »
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street. Following their history-making moment as the first television show to celebrated by the Kennedy Center Honors, all of your favorite fuzzy friends fro Sesame Street gathered at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a rap that has all the fun of the children’s television program and celebrates all of the show’s colorful characters who have helped kids learn so much over the past 50 years. Watch the Sesame Street 50th anniversary rap below! Read More »
Sesame Street is set to make a splash in San Diego. SeaWorld and Sesame Workshop announced the plans to build a new Sesame Street theme park at SeaWorld San Diego, making it the first Sesame Place on the West Coast.
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In case you haven’t been keeping up with the Crawley’s in the Emmy Award-winning British period soap Downton Abbey, a new Downton Abbey featurette is here to remind you of who’s who ahead of the feature film. And you’re going to have to keep a little more in your head than simply referring to Hugh Bonneville as “Mr. Downton.” Watch the new Downton Abbey featurette below.
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Last year, Hasbro started a new crowdfunding initiative for unique and expensive toys called HasLab. It began with a massive Star Wars playset of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge from Return of the Jedi that cost $500. The project ended up meeting its goal, and everyone who supported the project got their own sail barge scaled to 3 and 3/4 inch Star Wars figures. But HasLab’s next project isn’t quite as expensive, and it might have a little more appeal to the general public.
HasLab has announced their next crowdfunded project is a life-size replica of the beloved Sesame Street character known as Cookie Monster. It’s not exactly an action figure, but it’s not a full fledged puppet either. It’s a fully poseable, screen accurate blue plush replica of Cookie Monster with a skeleton that allows his arms, legs and fingers to be positioned in endless ways. Check it out and find out how you can pre-order it below. Read More »
Late last year, we learned about a new Sesame Street movie in development. The project was intended to be the first theatrically released big screen adaptation of the popular children’s television show since Elmo in Grouchland in 1999, so it’s going to be a big deal. Anne Hathaway was being courted to star in the movie set up at Warner Bros. Pictures, and now she’s not only confirmed, but production could start late this summer. Plus, we have details on the Sesame Street movie’s story, thanks to Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel, who will be behind the camera for his feature length directorial debut. Read More »
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A few things have remained constant at Sesame Street since the children’s show debuted on PBS in 1969, and one of them is the presence of puppeteering legend Caroll Spinney. The puppeteer and performer has played two of Sesame Street‘s most famous characters since the show’s debut: Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. But, 50 years since he stepped into the big, yellow suit, Spinney is flying the coop.
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