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Frank Oz: ‘Disney Doesn’t Want Me’ Involved with ‘Muppets,’ Has Taken Soul Out of Franchise

Frank Oz revealed in a new interview with The Guardian that he has not been involved with “The Muppets” over the last several years because Disney, which bought the rights to the franchise in 2004, is not interested in working with him. Oz, the iconic puppeteer and voice actor behind Yoda and the director of […]

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Frank Oz on life as Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Yoda: ‘I’d love to do the Muppets again but Disney doesn’t want me’

He played some of the most memorable characters of all time on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street – then became a brilliant comedy director. What is he most proud of?I ask Frank Oz if he feels like the Paul McCartney to Jim Henson’s John Lennon, the one left behind to carry the flame after […]

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‘It was truly an experiment’: how did we get to Sesame Street?

A new documentary, Street Gang, traces the early days, radical roots and creative energy of the groundbreaking childhood TV showIn 1970, cast members of Sesame Street, still in its first season on public television, traveled the country to gauge interest in the iconoclastic new show and its strange, magnetic array of puppet characters. The program […]

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ABC Uses Oscar Platform to Promote ‘American Idol,’ ‘Big Sky,’ NFL Draft

ABC is spreading its promotional wealth on Oscar night around a few key programming priorities, notably “American Idol,” dramas “Big Sky” and “Rebel” and comedy “Home Economics” as well as “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the NFL Draft and the upcoming “Sesame Street” documentary.The network today released a clutch of promos and trailers that will air tonight […]

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‘Street Gang’ Trailer: ‘Sesame Street’ Documentary Promises Sunny Days Ahead

Screen Media today released the first official trailer for the critically acclaimed “Sesame Street” documentary, “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street.” Directed by Marilyn Agrelo (“Mad Hot Ballroom”) and inspired by Michael Davis’ eponymous nonfiction New York Times bestseller, the documentary chronicles the improbable origins of the groundbreaking children’s television show that had […]

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‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ Trailer: The Children’s Television Workshop Gets The Spotlight

It’s played all over the world in countless languages, but if you grew up in North America, chances are nothing is more beloved from your childhood than the children’s educational program “Sesame Street.” And it’s hard to understand and put in context just how groundbreaking “Sesame Street” was at the time, and how influential; a […]

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The Exchange Exec Team Opens Up About the Indie Film Market at Berlin

By forging key partnerships with filmmakers, financiers and distributors through the years, The Exchange, founded by veteran sales executive and CEO Brian O’Shea, has grown to become a leading worldwide sales and finance company. Together with VP of acquisitions & production Caddy Vanasirikul, and the rest of the team, The Exchange has backed a diverse […]

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‘The 355’: Simon Kinberg Femme Action Ensemble Heads To MLK Weekend 2022

Universal’s domestic release of Simon King’s directorial The 355 is jumping from its MLK 2021 weekend release to MLK weekend Jan. 14, 2022.While Universal has committed a number of fresh wide releases during the pandemic to exhibition during Q4, i.e. Focus Features’ Come Play, Let Him Go, Blumhouse’s Freaky, Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods: A New […]

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‘Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe’ Review: Infectiously Revives the Show’s Fast-Break Spirit

In 1969, when “Sesame Street” premiered, it invented a thing called children’s “educational” television, and few would deny that it fulfilled that mission — to teach kids and delight them at the same moment. The legacy of “Sesame Street” is vast, to the point that dozens of children’s shows that don’t call themselves educational, or […]

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