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    Daily Reads: Anne Hathaway Can't Win, The Big Flaw in Netflix's 'Hooked Episode' Research, and More

    Plus: The fundamentalist crusade against "The Muppets," and "Empire's" soapy, yet nuanced take on social justice.

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    First Reviews of ABC's 'The Muppets': 'Smug, Unfunny, and Mean-spirited'

    Jim Henson's felt creations are back for a new TV show, but you're much better off watching the old one.

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    How 'Follow That Bird,' The First 'Sesame Street' Film, Became a Beloved Classic After Nose-Diving at the Box Office

    As the first "Sesame Street" film turns thirty, its director reflects on the project -- his first -- and why it was so ahead of its time.

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    The Man Inside the Bird: Caroll Spinney and Filmmakers Look Back on 45 Years of 'Sesame Street'

    A new documentary examines the life of Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street."

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    Walt Disney and Jim Henson: So similar, so different

    Brian Jay Jones' towering new tome, Jim Henson: The Biography, released this past week. It offers the first and most comprehensive portrait of a man who is one of the most important figures in popular culture of the latter part of the 20th century. While reading the book (which despite its length, i...

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    Movie Lovers We Love: Karen Falk Is Releasing Jim Henson's Private Diary

    Twenty years ago, Karen Falk was looking through a publication for museum professionals and saw a job listing for an archivist at The Jim Henson Company. At the time, she was working with museum clients at Christie's, but she was ready for a change of pace.

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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: THE MUPPETS

    I loved the Muppets as a kid -- "The Muppet Show" is one of the few programs my parents' ambitious first-child rules about TV would allow -- and I remember them fondly. But I had misgivings about "The Muppets" going in, for two reasons. The first is that, while I like Jason Segel, he works better fo...

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    VIDEO SLIDE SHOW: The Muppets' greatest hits

    After Jim Henson’s death, the Muppet troupe spent a couple of decades wandering the pop culture wilderness, trying but mostly failing to get in touch with the magic that once fueled their popularity. They got a big step closer two winters ago, when “Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody,” their first hit viral v...

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    8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jim Henson and the Muppets

    Since July, New York's Museum of the Moving Image has been taken over by Muppets, Fraggles, and inhabitants of Sesame Street. The traveling Smithsonian exhibit, curated by Henson archivist Karen Falk, also features a diverse selection of Jim Henson's greatest creations, some of which ha...

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Never Before, Never Again: Henson and Oz; A Muppet conversation

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To mark the opening of Jim Henson's Fantastic in July 2011, Matt Zoller Seitz and Ken Cancelosi created Never Before, Never Again: Henson and Oz, a video essay which describes the nature of that long and fruitful collaboration between Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Press Play is re-posting...

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