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  • 'I Am Big Bird' Documentary Sells to Tribeca Film for U.S.

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to the documentary "I Am Big Bird," directed and produced by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker. The film, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs this year, will be released theatrically and...
  • 'Fraggle Rock' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

    'Fraggle Rock' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90
    Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian actor best known for his roles on the Muppets' "Fraggle Rock" and crime film "The Boondock Saints," has died, his agent said on Tuesday. The actor died at a retirement home in Toronto on Sunday from natural causes and...
  • Billy Crystal Joins Henson Co.'s 'Which Witch' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Billy Crystal has come on board The Jim Henson Co.'s animated movie project "Which Witch" as a writer, producer and star. The company, as part of an expansion of its feature film slate, is aiming to start production early next year with Brian Henson...
  • This Is 40? 'SNL' Revives 'Weekend Update' And Starts Celebrating Four Decades On Air

    "Saturday Night Live" returned for its landmark fortieth season with a new announcer, a revived "Weekend Update" and a couple of digs at the National Football League. But the show continued to serve up something it largely avoided when it launched way...
  • 'Sesame Street' and the number of the day: 45 years on TV

     'Sesame Street' and the number of the day: 45 years on TV
    Calling "Sesame Street" children's programming is like calling "Saturday Night Live" a sketch comedy show or "The Simpsons" a cartoon. Technically it may be accurate, but the label fails to grasp its wide and powerful reach in pop culture. Case in...
  • 'Noah's Ark' Animated Movie Draws 'Kung Fu Panda' Director

    Unified Pictures has tapped John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") to direct its CG-animated feature inspired by "Noah's Ark," slated for completion in 2016. The animated comedy adventure tells the story from the point of view of the animals and follows an...
  • 'Ninja Turtles': What Happened to the Actress Who Played the Original April O'Neil?

    This weekend, Megan Fox plays April O'Neil in Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," but she's not the first actress to portray the character. In 1990, Judith Hoag originated the role of the intrepid reporter who befriends the pizza-loving heroes,...
  • 'Hundred-Foot Journey' Producer Talks Food, Family and France

    What ingredients go into a movie that's part foodie pic and part heartwarming ode to family? A dash of Steven Spielberg, a soupcon of Oprah Winfrey, and a heaping helping of actors -- including Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Stirring the batter are director...
  • Don Pardo dies at 96; 'Saturday Night Live' announcer

    Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but...
  • Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dies at 93

    S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a...
  • The other Birdman

    The other Birdman
    Before Caroll Spinney began playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street," he bombed at a puppeteering festival in Utah. Bad lighting washed out the video-projected animations on the screen, so Spinney, convinced his performance was a disaster,...