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James Earl Jones Thought 'Sesame Street' Would Be A Flop

November 30th, 2010 10:11am EST
James Earl Jones
Hollywood actor James Earl Jones was convinced long running children's series Sesame Street would be a big flop - because he feared the colorful puppets would be "too scary for kids."

The Star Wars legend joined pal Burt Lancaster to film pilots for the show in 1969, teaching tots how to count and recite the alphabet, but he was sure the then-groundbreaking format would fail to entice young viewers to learn with Jim Henson's Muppets.

He tells the New York Post, "It was Burt Lancaster and I. He had the letters, and I had the numbers, or vice versa. I said to one of the producers, 'You kn...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 2

November 2nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Nelly
Happy Birthday to Country music star Erika Jo (1986), Hip-Hop artist Nelly (1978), Canadian singer k.d. lang (1961), Hart to Hart actress Stefanie Powers (1942), politician Pat Buchanan (1938), actor Burt Lancaster (1913), 29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding (1865), 11th President of the United States James K. Polk (1795), Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755), and frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734).
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Man-On-Man Cowboy Smooch Voted Best Screen Kiss Of All-Time

February 14th, 2007 9:18am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger's gay kiss in Brokeback Mountain has been voted the best screen kiss of all-time. The controversial embrace beat other famous clinches from romantic classics including Gone With The Wind and Dirty Dancing to top the online poll conducted by a DVD rental company. Top 10 Below!

Fliss White, marketing manager for Lovefilm.com, said: "When we asked our members to share their favorite movie kiss, we never expected the results to be so varied. Our top 10 has covered everything from sexy passionate embraces to more sinister, threatening kisses."

Top 10 be...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 2

November 2nd, 2006 3:00am EST
Nelly
Happy Birthday to Country music star Erika Jo (1986), Hip-Hop artist Nelly (1978), Canadian singer k.d. lang (1961), Hart to Hart actress Stefanie Powers (1942), politician Pat Buchanan (1938), actor Burt Lancaster (1913), 29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding (1865), 11th President of the United States James K. Polk (1795), Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755), and frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734).
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TCM Celebrates Legendary Hollywood Stars This August

June 28th, 2006 2:32pm EDT
John Wayne
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) struts its stuff in August with the annual Summer Under the Stars festival, a month-long celebration during which each day is dedicated to one of Hollywood’s most enduring personalities. This year’s festival is bigger than ever, with more than 400 movies and specials featuring 31 top stars.

It kicks off Monday, August 1, with a tribute to legendary actress Angela Lansbury, who sits down with TCM host Robert Osborne to discuss her life and career in a one-hour Private Screenings interview. Though perhaps best known today as author and sleuth Jessica Fletch...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 2

November 2nd, 2005 9:22am EST
Nelly
Happy Birthday to Country music star Erika Jo (1986), Hip-Hop artist Nelly (1978), Canadian singer k.d. lang (1961), Hart to Hart actress Stefanie Powers (1942), politician Pat Buchanan (1938), actor Burt Lancaster (1913), 29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding (1865), 11th President of the United States James K. Polk (1795), Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755), and frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734).
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