April 27, 2015 | 2:15 p.m.
The countdown is on for the moment when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finally opens in North American theaters on Friday, kicking off the summer movie season and sweeping all of pop culture up into its vortex of superhero action. While international audiences can already see the movie — and have been to the total of $201 million in overseas grosses — fans in the U.S. and Canada will just have to pass the time with “Sesame Street’s” take on the film, “Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon.” And as far as place holders go, it’s hard to beat this one. Presented as part of Cookie Monster’s “Crumby Pictures” series of film parodies, “Aveggies” features a superhero lineup including Cookie Monster as the mild-mannered Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye. Their villain in this world […]
Feb. 04, 2014 | 1:16 p.m.
Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his performances as the eponymous detective in “Sherlock” and the villainous Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is appealing to the “Sesame Street” crowd. In an adorable video from PBS titled “Benedict Cumberbatch and the Sign of Four (or is it Three?),” the actor receives a “perplexing puzzle” from Murray Monster, who has dubbed himself “Murray-arity” — a reference, of course, to the brilliant Sherlockian villain Moriarty. “Are you ready for my brain-bending challenge, Sherlock?” the furry red monster asks Cumberbatch. “I’m not really Sherlock,” Cumberbatch responds. “I just play him on the television.” “What’s your name, then?” Murray asks. “Benedict.” “Well then are you ready for my brain-bending challenge Benedict Sherlock?” The Muppet proceeds to ask Sherlock whether there are more apples or more oranges on the table. “You’re the super-sleuth. Figure it out!” […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
First he was spending time with Loki actor Tom Hiddleston. Now, Cookie Monster’s starring in a new “Sesame Street” “Lord of the Rings” parody that arrives just in time to coincide with the release of filmmaker Peter Jackson’s latest adventure based on the writings of author J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in theaters Friday. Jackson’s new fantasy blockbuster centers largely on the middle section of Tolkien’s landmark 1937 children’s novel, but for its latest skit spoofing pop culture, the “Sesame Street” masterminds returned to his previous Tolkien trilogy, the “Lord of the Rings,” for ideas for “Lord of the Crumbs.” Here, Cookie Monster is seeking the long-lost recipe for the “one dessert to rule them all” — chocolate chip cookies, naturally — and with the help of a Galadriel-inspired guide, he attempts to remember how to […]
Nov. 18, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
Cookie Monster enters the arena in a new “Sesame Street” parody of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur,” released Monday, is replete with “Hunger Games” references, kicking off with an announcement by a Muppety version of Effie Trinket. “The time has come to choose who will play in the Hungry Games,” the pink puppet says. “And may the cookies be ever in your flavor.” Cookieness Evereat — Cookie Monster with a Katniss Everdeen braid — is lured in by the promise of cookies. “Me volunteer!” Cookieness yells. “Me volunteer to play!” Puppet versions of Finnick Odair (who is a finicky eater), Peeta Mellark (a piece of pita bread) and Wiress (who carries a clock with her) also make appearances. QUIZ: Test your ‘Hunger Games’ knowledge Cookieness and company must solve food-related puzzles to fend off the horrors of the Hungry Games arena, which are, […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 4:08 p.m.
Tom Hiddleston, best known for his performance as the villainous Loki in the Marvel superhero movies, is appealing to the milk-and-cookies set. In a new video from PBS, “The Avengers” star proffers a lesson in patience to none other than Cookie Monster. In the video titled “Tom Hiddleston helps Cookie Monster learn about self-control,” released Wednesday, Hiddleston is holding a cookie when the sweet-toothed “Sesame Street” character approaches him. “Me happen to smell something,” the Muppet monster hints, not too subtly. “Ah yes, I’ve just made the correlation between your name and what I’m about to eat,” Hiddleston responds. Hiddleston proceeds to teach Cookie Monster about delayed gratification — a big word for the Sesame Street crowd — and teases the Cookie Monster while he waits piteously for his own plate of treats. “Didn’t it taste better after waiting?” Hiddleston […]