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  • '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,...
  • 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,...
  • Caroll Spinney's proudly worn Big Bird's yellow feathers for 45 years

    Caroll Spinney's proudly worn Big Bird's yellow feathers for 45 years
    Imagine your dream grandpa: He's the best storyteller. Dotes on your grandma. Has plenty of sage wisdom to share. Calls you "cutie." Oh, and he's also Big Bird. That's basically Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old puppeteer who has played the 8-foot-...
  • Puppets with purpose

     
    “Gruff!” is not your typical fairy tale. Loosely based on the fable “Three Billy Goats Gruff” there are goats and there are trolls, but there is also a message of sustainability. Mix in fuzzy Muppet-like puppets, wacky...
  • Bette Midler's picnic for NYC raises the roof -- and $1 million dollars!

    "I ALWAYS knew that 'Sesame Street' would be a success -- I just didn't know it was going to be this much of a success!" said co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney at the annual Sesame Workshop blast last week. It happened at Cipriani 42nd Street, which I happen...
  • Celebrating 45 Years with the Writers of 'Sesame Street'

    Before settling on "Homelamb" as the punny title for a parody of the hit Showtime series, veteran "Sesame Street" scribe Belinda Ward toyed around with many iterations, none of them quite right. " 'Homeland' was a very interesting writing process,"...
  • TV Review: 'Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge'

    The latest Syfy reality entry to tap this particular vein, "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" is a run-of-the-mill elimination contest, distinguished almost entirely by the cool creatures the players -- none of whom are novices, given the particular...
  • 'Divergent' delivers strong $4.9 million from Thursday showings

    'Divergent' delivers strong $4.9 million from Thursday showings
    The teen sci-fi film "Divergent," starring Shailene Woodley, opened with a strong $4.9 million from Thursday night showings, according to Lionsgate. The movie, which the studio hopes will launch its next successful young-adult franchise following...
  • Brian Henson on His New Reality Show, the 'Fraggle Rock' Movie and More

    On Tuesday night, Syfy premieres "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge," a reality series akin to "Project Runway" with 10 designers scrambling to make the next Yoda instead of an overflowing dress. The first episode features a sea animal assignment...
  • Concert Review: Paul Williams makes dreams come true

    Concert Review: Paul Williams makes dreams come true
    Van Morrison, the famously moody singer-songwriter, once grew annoyed with an interviewer's questions about his craft. "Nobody asks a bricklayer about laying bricks," he protested. "Why ask me about writing songs? There's no difference." Perhaps there...
  • Tribeca Film Review: 'Zombeavers'

    If Sam Raimi and Jim Henson had dreamed up a movie together … well, it wouldn't have looked very much like "Zombeavers," though you can tell that's the target director Jordan Rubin was vaguely aiming for with his well-meaning but wan, title-tells-all...
  • Penguin Random House Book Fair starts Friday

    The popular book fair at Carroll Community College might have a new name this year, to reflect the merger between publishing giants Penguin and Random House, but organizers expect the annual event to provide family fun for all ages Friday and Saturday,...