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Muppets Sequel Can't Top Reboot

Critics are pleased overall, but can't help comparing to the 2011 installment

(Newser) - The Muppets are back following their spectacular 2011 revival . This time, they're headed to Europe (with comedic big-hitters Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell alongside), where all doesn't quite go as planned. Does Muppets Most Wanted live up to the reboot? The critics weigh in:
  • "Refreshingly
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Muppets' John Henson Dead at 48

'Sudden massive heart attack' kills Jim Henson's youngest son

(Newser) - John Henson, the youngest son of Muppets' creator Jim Henson and a puppeteer himself, has died of a massive heart attack at the age of 48, reports People . The Jim Henson Company confirmed Henson's death via a Facebook statement , saying that he died Friday "while at home with... More »

Muppets Co-Creator Jane Henson Dead at 78

'Muppets matriarch' helped husband Jim design characters

(Newser) - Jane Henson, the "Muppets matriarch" who helped husband Jim create the beloved puppets, has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer. She first met Jim Henson in a University of Maryland puppetry class in 1954 and the pair created and performed the characters for... More »

'Million Muppet March' Will Support PBS Funding

Demonstration planned for Nov. 3 in DC

(Newser) - PBS supporters are planning a "Million Muppet March" at Washington DC's National Mall on Nov. 3 to defend government funding for the network, Reuters reports. Organizers aren't sure yet how many will actually attend, but "it does seem like we might get close to the biggest... More »

Voice of The Count, Muppeteer Jerry Nelson Dies

He worked on 'Sesame Street' and 'Fraggle Rock'

(Newser) - Jerry Nelson, voice of Sesame Street's Count and countless other Muppets, has died from emphysema at age 78, reports the Los Angeles Times . Nelson first worked with Jim Henson as a puppeteer in 1965, and joined Sesame Street in the show's second season in 1970. Over the years,... More »

Muppets Cut Strings to Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A

Henson Company says it will donate Chick-fil-A dough to GLAAD

(Newser) - Sesame Street is not brought to you by the letter A anymore, at least not as in "Chick-fil-A." The Muppets and the Jim Henson Company have pulled out of a promotional campaign at the popular fast food franchise after Chick-fil-A's president said the company is opposed to... More »

Miss Piggy Rips Fox News

Channel called Muppets "anti-oil"

(Newser) - The Muppets are firing back at Fox News' claim their new movie is anti-oil . Asked about the accusation at a UK press conference, the Huffington Post reports that Kermit the Frog called the notion "categorically not true. If we had some problem with oil companies, why would we have... More »

Fox Rips 'Commie' Muppets

Eric Bolling lashes demonizing 'Tex Richman' in new movie

(Newser) - Say it ain't so, Kermit. Don't tell us you've gone all Commie and are launching class warfare. Fox TV says you have. "We're teaching our kids class warfare," groused Follow the Money host Eric Bolling about the new Muppets movie. "Where are we,... More »

Twilight Sucks in $62.3M

'Muppets' hit No. 2 with $42M

(Newser) - Breaking Dawn was busily sucking the life out of the box office for a second weekend, taking in another $62.3 million between Wednesday and today. That performance brings its total to $221.3 million, reports the LA Times. But Twilight wasn't the only draw at the box office,... More »

New Muppets Movie Is Terrific

Jason Segel, Amy Adams bring franchise back to life

(Newser) - Resurrecting a legendary franchise is a daunting task—but Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and the guys behind Flight of the Conchords have done it with roaring success. In the new Muppets film, the stars track down the Muppets in puppet retirement for a whole new show. (It's got a... More »

Jim Henson's Early Commercials Rock

He made his mark with funny—and violent—ads

(Newser) - For those whose view of Muppets creator Jim Henson is one of "mild nostalgia," Network Awesome has a must-see compilation of his innovative—and surprisingly violent—commercials and shorts from the 1950s and '60s. Prominent are Wilkins Coffee ads with characters Wilkin and Wontkin. In most of them,... More »

Watch Muppets Jam to Lady Gaga

'Telephone' mashup has disco Grover footage that looks tailor made

(Newser) - The video of the moment is Lady Gaga's "Telephone," featuring Beyoncé and an assortment of consumer products . And Muppets are always a good idea. Voilà—the YouTube video above, which speaks for itself. Neither Lady Gaga nor Sesame Street appears to have been involved in the production.... More »

Tooth Fairy as Fun as Dental Work

One-gag Dwayne Johnson vehicle fails to impress

(Newser) - Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson in a tutu is pretty much the only thing Tooth Fairy has going for it, and critics aren’t exactly enchanted. Here’s what they’re saying:
  • Tooth Fairy is nothing but a “charmless and underdeveloped knockoff of The Santa Clause,” writes Lou
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At 40, Sesame Street Hasn't Aged a Bit

Classic kids' show pioneered educational entertainment

(Newser) - The first kids who learned the letters of the alphabet from Sesame Street could have grandchildren by now—but Big Bird hasn't aged a day. Using TV to educate preschoolers was a radical concept in 1969, when Sesame Street founder Joan Ganz Cooney and Muppet creator Jim Henson launched their... More »

30 Rock Decoded: It's The Muppet Show

(Newser) - For once, the latest viral Internet sensation isn’t a crazy video—it’s a crazy theory: 30 Rock is a rip-off of The Muppet Show. Not crazy, blogger Brian Lynch contends, before marshalling “so many facts you HAVE to concede I'm absolutely right.” From Tina Fey/Liz Lemon... More »

Muppets Hit the Comeback Trail

Disney blitzes media outlets with Kermit, Piggy, before 2010 movie

(Newser) - A generation that never saw the Muppets is about to meet Kermit and Miss Piggy, the New York Times reports. Disney has owned the old puppet/marionette gang for 4 years, but inertia and infighting have kept them undercover. Now the media giant is blitzing outlets with viral video, clothing lines,... More »

Muppets Spring Back to Life on YouTube

Appearance of Henson's famous puppets online has fans buzzing about comeback

(Newser) - The Muppets, largely in retirement since 1981, have been pussyfooting their way back into the spotlight via YouTube, France24 notes. In the past month, Sam the Eagle, the Swedish Chef, Beaker and others have set up accounts, uploading clips on a regular basis and sharing comments like "Meep meep... More »

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