The Throwback: Behind-the-scenes on 'Muppet Babies'
A picture of Coulier’s characters was drawn by “Muppet Babies” producer Roy Smith.
December 1st, 2011
06:34 PM ET

The Throwback: Behind-the-scenes on 'Muppet Babies'

“The Muppets” opened in theaters last week, and it has already raked in more than $29.5 million at the box office.

The movie was close to perfection.  Only one thing was missing: the Muppet Babies.

Launched in 1984's “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and given their own animated series (aptly titled “Muppet Babies”) the following fall, they also made a split-second appearance in the 1987 television special “A Muppet Family Christmas.”

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While you were working...
December 1st, 2011
06:19 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • “The Full Monty’s” Peter Cattaneo may step into the job left vacant by "Bridesmaids'" Paul Feig. The "Monty" helmer is in talks to direct “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” the third installment of the Renee Zellweger-starring franchise. [Deadline]
  • Daniel Day-Lewis traded in Abraham Lincoln’s top hat for a pair of jeans. Steven Spielberg transformed Day-Lewis into the 16th president for his upcoming flick, “Lincoln.” [The Film Stage]
  • Hogwarts is coming to Los Angeles. NBCUniversal has plans to expand its theme park with a “Harry Potter” attraction, similar to the one in Orlando.[The Wall Street Journal]
  • Breaking news: Taylor Swift got bangs! The country music star, famous for her soft curls, showed off her sleek new style on Twitter Thursday.[Twitter]
  • Why was Michelle Trachtenberg considered for a role in “Twilight”? “Because there's only so few pale girls in Hollywood,” she says. She makes a good point.[Us Weekly]

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William Faulkner's works land at HBO
December 1st, 2011
05:54 PM ET

William Faulkner's works land at HBO

American writer William Faulkner’s works could show up on HBO by way of “Deadwood” creator David Milch, according to Time.

HBO has announced that Milch (who also created "NYPD Blue") has signed a new contract with the network, and he's bringing the opportunity to cull material from Faulkner’s literary estate with him.

"I'm delighted to expand my longstanding relationship with HBO to encompass the adaptation of some of the most important literary works by any American writer into television films and series," Milch said in a statement.

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What's the verdict: 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter'
December 1st, 2011
05:31 PM ET

What's the verdict: 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter'

Fox’s new sitcom “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” premiered with respectable ratings after “The X Factor” on Wednesday night.

About 6.8 million people tuned in to watch the multicamera comedy about the disconnect between moms and their – you guessed it – teenage daughters.

But, despite a decent turnout, the show isn’t resonating with critics.

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'The X Factor' pays homage to the King of Pop
December 1st, 2011
05:05 PM ET

'The X Factor' pays homage to the King of Pop

Right off the bat, “X Factor” got me in a good mood by paying homage to my favorite artist of all time, Michael Jackson. With seven contestants left in the game, each performed some of the best songs by the King of Pop on Wednesday night.

Plus, the late musician’s three kids and his mother were on hand to watch the finalists sing.

So who would have made him proud with their performances? Let’s take a look back.

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Jeremy Piven confirms 'Entourage' movie
December 1st, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Jeremy Piven confirms 'Entourage' movie

Straight from Ari Gold’s mouth: “Entourage” is coming to the big screen.

Jeremy Piven announced the upcoming movie while visiting “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday, New York Magazine's Vulture reports.

After sharing the good news, Piven, famous for playing foul-mouthed talent agent Ari Gold on the HBO show, apologized for all the bleeps caused by his character’s "fudge," and "flarfegnugen."

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