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Puppeteer John Henson, Best Known As The Muppet Sweetums And Youngest Son Of Muppets Creator Jim Henson, Dies At 48

February 15th, 2014 7:47pm EST
John Henson as Sweetums
John Henson, the youngest son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died.

The puppeteer, who performed for years as the ogre Sweetums, passed away from a sudden heart attack on Friday. He was 48.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that John Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson and brother to Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and Heather, died at age 48 of a sudden massive heart attack on Friday, February 14, while at home with his daughter," a statement from the Jim Henson Company said.

Henson's mother Jane passed away less than a year ago, while his father died in 1990 at age 53 from abscesses in h...
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Disney bosses consider The Muppets for Broadway

June 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
The Muppets
The Muppets are heading for Broadway, according to new industry reports.

Disney bosses are exploring the idea of launching a stage version of The Muppet Show following a top secret showcase, which was held at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York on 31 May (13).

Reports suggest over 85 Muppets were used in the experimental project, which was held to determine if the show would be possible.

The Muppet Show ran on TV from 1976 to 1981, and the beloved puppets also tasted film success in The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet...
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Pierce Brosnan Intimidated The Muppets With Fire Eating Skills

May 3rd, 2013 7:35pm EDT
Pierce Brosnan
Master thespian Pierce Brosnan never thought he'd ever have the need to show off his fire eating skills professionally until he was invited to appear on The Muppet Show.

The former James Bond studied the circus art at theatre school in his youth just because he thought the class would help him meet attractive women and he was thrilled when TV bosses suggested he show off his party trick during one of the Muppets' final TV variety shows.

He says, "I did The Muppets... after I did the first James Bond movie, and they said, 'We'd like you to be on the show. Do you sing or dance?' and I sai...
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The Muppets Express Support For Gay Marriage And Join The Chick-Fil-A Boycott

July 24th, 2012 5:04pm EDT
The Muppet Show
Last week Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy publically voiced his opinion of his franchises support of traditional marriage and opposition to gay marriage. "We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business," Cathy was quoted as saying.

Since then, loyal customers as well as a few celebrities have vowed to boycott the popular eatery. The latest to join the boycott publically are none other than The Muppets, whose characters have been served in toy form with Chick-Fil-A kids meals.

"The Jim Henson Com...
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The Muppets Receive Hollywood Walk Of Fame Honor

March 21st, 2012 12:00pm EDT
The Muppets
The Muppets have been honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and several other characters from the hugely successful film and TV series were at the ceremony to mark the occasion, and the green frog puppet thanked fans for their support.

He said, "Hi everyone. Thank you for coming. I want to say on behalf of the Muppets that we are just really happy to be here on Hollywood Boulevard joining some of the greatest names in showbiz."

The mischievous puppets first appeared on TV in the 1950s, and last year's hit film The Muppets showed they are still a draw ...
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Q&A: Jesse Blaze Snider - A Rock Star Of Many Colors

January 23rd, 2012 1:40pm EST
Jesse Blaze Snider
Don't judge Jesse Blaze Snider solely by the fact that his father is rock legend Dee Snider.

In fact, don't judge him solely by the fact that he's also a musician. While he is in the family business, he's also a successful comic book writer (Dead Romeo, Hulk, Thor) and TV host (MTV2, Fuse and AOL's Top 11 Countdown). In between his many ventures, Jesse took the time to sit down with me and talk about growing up in the spotlight as well as making a versatile name for himself.

You're working on your first solo album right now. What can people expect from it?

I've been trying to kind of b...
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'The Muppets' Returning To TV?

November 23rd, 2011 3:00pm EST
The Muppets
The Muppets are hitting the big screen for Thanksgiving, but they could also be headed back into televisions everywhere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered scripts for a series entitled The New Nabors. The show will follow a family that learns their new neighbors in Palm Springs are puppets.

Jim Henson Studios and Universal Television will work on the project. Executive producer of 30 Rock, John Riggi, will write the scripts. Jim Henson's daughter Lisa will produce alongside John Hoffman.

It appears NBC is on a nostalgia trip, as it has also announced plans to bring b...
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OK Go Land The Muppets For Their Latest Video

August 8th, 2011 8:27am EDT
OK Go
Cult indie band OK Go are to team up with the Muppets in their next video.

The group, who made headlines with their synchronized treadmill promo for Here We Go Again, are set to wow fans after signing up the lovable puppets for their next video.

Frontman Damian Kulash tells Billboard.com the new track, which he and his bandmates have recorded for the forthcoming Muppets: The Green Album, is a "twisted, kind of dark" interpretation of the Muppet Show Theme.

Kulash says, "We played President Obama's birthday party this week, and while I love the president, I gotta say, I'm even more exc...
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Watch The First Official Trailer For 'The Muppets,' Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit The Frog & Miss Piggy!

June 20th, 2011 11:51pm EDT
The Muppets
It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to check out the first official trailer for The Muppets!

During the past few weeks, Disney's MuppetsStudio channel on YouTube has been releasing teaser trailers for this Thanksgiving's sure-to-be hit movie, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the usual gang of Muppets.

The teasers began showing up in late may; the first appeared to be just a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy starring Segel and Adams before revealing that Kermit and Miss Piggy were co-stars.

The second was a take on The Hangov...
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Jason Segel 'Cried Hysterically' When He Met Kermit The Frog

December 20th, 2010 8:24am EST
The Muppet Show
Jason Segel was so thrilled to meet Kermit the Frog during a script read through for his upcoming Muppets movie, he wept tears of joy.

The funnyman is bringing the family-friendly franchise created by Jim Henson back to life in the 2011 project, the first since 1999's Muppets From Space.

But he admits he couldn't control his excitement when he met Kermit and had to halt the reading to compose himself.

He says, "I've been writing this for three years now, and when we did our first table reading they brought the actual puppets, and they brought out Kermit and they had to stop because I sta...
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Dave Grohl To Drum For 'The Muppets'

December 17th, 2010 12:38pm EST
Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has signed up to join the star-studded cast of the upcoming Muppets movie, according to a U.K report.

The former Nirvana percussionist will make a cameo appearance in the family-friendly film, taking Animal's place in his band when the drum-crazy muppet is ordered to attend anger-management classes, according to NME.com.

Jack Black, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais will all appear in the new film, the first in the popular franchise since 1999's Muppets From Space.

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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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Workers Ready Balloons For The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Pics)

November 25th, 2010 12:51am EST
Macy
For most people Thanskgiving Day is about turkey, football and the late afternoon tryptophan coma (a myth that's been debunked - yet we all get sleepy for some reason). But none of it would feel right without starting the day with a little breakfast, a hot cup of coffee and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The yearly American tradition expects 3.5 million people to line the streets of New York City with another 50 million television viewers watching from the comfort of their living rooms.

The parade is most notable for it's gigantic helium ballons, marching bands and dance troupes; as ...
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Jason Segel Scores A Star-Studded Cast For 'Muppets' Movie

November 16th, 2010 10:30am EST
Jason Segel
Funnyman Jason Segel's upcoming Muppets movie is turning into a star-studded venture - Jack Black, Amy Adams and Zach Galifianakis have all reportedly landed roles.

The comic has co-written the script and takes on the lead in the Disney film, based on the original Jim Henson tales involving beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

And he's recruited a string of Hollywood heavyweights, including Black, Adams and Galifianakis, to head up the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Billy Crystal, Chris Cooper and Jean-Claude Van Damme are also said to be making...
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Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

September 30th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...
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Kanye West To Launch Puppet Show

September 24th, 2008 5:45pm EDT
Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West is developing a new puppet show project for Comedy Central. A 30-minute pilot for "Alligator Boots" has already been shot. West has teamed up with comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla's Jackhole Productions for the project, which has been described as hip-hop meets the Muppets.

West and fellow executive producer Rhymefest will serve as musical directors on the show, which is scheduled to debut in 2009.

According to Billboard.com, West hosts the pilot. Like The Muppet Show, the idea is to have a different celebrity guest host for every episode.

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TV Comeback For The Muppets?

August 28th, 2008 2:47pm EDT
The Muppet Show
Cult kids classic The Muppet Show is set to return to TV screens after 27 years.

The popular puppet program - featuring Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy - is being made into a Disney film, due to be written and directed by actor Jason Segel. And it is rumored that the movie will pave the way for a new television series of The Muppet Show - the first since 1981.

A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Jason is a massive Muppets fan and is seen as the man to finally bring The Muppet Show back to TV. It will obviously have all its old fans but Jason's comedy is hugely popular with...
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Segel's Dreams Come True For Muppets Movie

March 25th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Jason Segel
Writing the new Muppets movie is a dream come true for funnyman Jason Segel - he grew up wanting to be Kermit The Frog. The actor/writer begged Disney bosses to let him pen the new film, and when they initially turned him down he wowed them with his knowledge of the lovable puppet stars.

The Knocked Up star says, "I've had a fascination with puppets my entire life. I remember thinking that Kermit The Frog was Tom Hanks. He was the everyman, like Jimmy Stewart. I wanted to be him, which was weird because I knew he was a puppet but I still wanted to be Kermit The Frog.

"I went to D...
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Muppets Heading Back To The Big Screen

March 14th, 2008 8:19am EDT
The Muppets
The world's favorite puppets, The Muppets, are making a return to the big screen. The colorful characters, who were created by puppeteer Jim Henson's workshop, made their debut on Sesame Street in 1969.

They have starred in seven movies to date, the most recent being 1999's Muppets From Space.

Now actor/writer Jason Segal and director/writer Nick Stoller are penning a screenplay for a new film to be released by Disney.

Stoller is set to direct the currently-untitled project.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 24

September 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Happy Birthday to Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (1982), WWE star Stephanie McMahon (1976), Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (1969), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos (1962), "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo (1958), Morphine bassist Mark Sandman (1952; d. 1999), Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (1951), "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman (1948; d. 1998), "NYPD Blue" actor Gordon Clapp (1948), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden (1942), singer Linda McCartney (1941; d. 1998), "Muppets" creator Jim Henson (1936; d. 1990), and "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott...
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Beth Ditto: 'Miss Piggy Is My Mentor'

August 23rd, 2007 8:44am EDT
Beth Ditto
Beth Ditto has revealed the inspiration behind her image and music career - Miss Piggy. The chubby singer insists the Muppet pig is a great female role model and helped shape her as a teenager.

Ditto tells Advocate magazine, "Miss Piggy is extremely iconic. There's no one higher than Miss Piggy. It's funny, but it's true - she definitely was a huge influence on me as a teenager. Oh, and Patty Duke!"

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Quirky Group No More Kings Pays Tribute To 80s Pop Culture

March 20th, 2007 1:00am EDT
No More Kings
No More Kings, the self-titled first major release, is a positive, upbeat, pop/funk/rock party-in-a-box, full of pop culture references and quirky lyrics. "No More Kings is for anyone who's ever wanted a talking car," says Pete Mitchell, the man behind the band. "This album is very character-driven, very story-based."

A trait he learned as an animator that has carried over into his songwriting is communicating a character's core to an audience. In "Sweep the Leg," for example, Pete digs into the head of Johnny, Daniel-san's nemesis in The Karate Kid, and presents a new way of looking ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 24

September 24th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Happy Birthday to Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (1982), WWE star Stephanie McMahon (1976), Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (1969), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos (1962), "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo (1958), Morphine bassist Mark Sandman (1952; d. 1999), Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (1951), "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman (1948; d. 1998), "NYPD Blue" actor Gordon Clapp (1948), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden (1942), singer Linda McCartney (1941; d. 1998), "Muppets" creator Jim Henson (1936; d. 1990), and "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott...
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