10 Songs That Make You Cry

Most movie audiences will be choosing between two big releases for the upcoming holiday weekend: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. If you don’t mind secretly sobbing in a dark theater, and your mom is tagging along (moms really love Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman), you’ll probably find yourself transported to 19th-century France for the adaptation of Victor Hugo’s famous novel. The trailer for Les Mis reveals footage of Anne Hathaway as the ill-fated prostitute Fantine performing a weepy, whispery rendition of the beloved “I Dreamed a Dream.” Whether you appreciate movie musicals or not, the song instantly turns on the waterworks for a lot of people. It’s a heartbreaking lament. This got us thinking about other tunes that call for Kleenex and a shoulder to cry on. For a song to tap into such emotion is an incredibly intimate thing, and not all of the reasons are sad ones. Sometimes the sheer magnificence of a piece of music elicits a few tears. We selected a group of tracks that tend to make people sob. What songs really bring out your cry face? … Read More

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How the Disney Deal Could Save ‘Star Wars’

It would’ve taken a seismic shock to get Twitter and the blogosphere to stop chattering about Frankenmummystorm Sandy yesterday afternoon — and that’s exactly what happened (okay, maybe just metaphorically). Late in the day, Disney announced that they’d closed a $4.05 billion deal to purchase George Lucas’ LucasFilm production company; the same announcement also included news that a new Star Wars feature film will be released in 2015, an Episode VII that will mark the beginning of a new trilogy. Movie geeks across the Internet went, shall we say, ape-shit. And so did we, initially — how on earth can anyone in their right mind expect anything but the worst from another Star Wars trilogy? Didn’t the last one sully our beloved childhood memories enough? But the more we’ve thought about it, the more we’ve come to the conclusion that this whole Disney/LucasFilm business could, ultimately, be a very good thing. … Read More

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Million Muppet March Planned to Protest Romney's PBS Threat

Mitt Romney should have known better than to diss Big Bird. Despite Sesame Street’s reluctance to get involved with politics, a pair of fans are planning the Million Muppet March (which looks like it may have recently been renamed the Million Puppet March) in response to the candidate’s promise to defund PBS. Animation… Read More

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25 Behind-the-Scenes TV Photos That Will Mess With Your Mind

Last week, we took a look at some of Hollywood’s most mind-blowing behind-the-scenes movie photos, and that post left us wondering whether those images might have equally impressive TV equivalents. Good news: they do. Despite the fact that film budgets tend to run higher than their small-screen counterparts, television has plenty of its own magic that’s ripe for elucidating (or, you know, ruining). After the jump, we collect 25 behind-the-scenes TV photos that are sure to change how you see your favorite shows. Find out how Breaking Bad gets its famously crazy point-of-view shots, witness True Blood vampires on set in broad daylight, learn what those Mad Men are really smoking, peek into the not-so-intimate bedroom of Friday Night Lights’ Mr. and Mrs. Coach, and watch living characters hang out with dead ones (or just their pint-size doppelgängers) in our gallery. … Read More

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Jim Henson Company Cuts Ties With Anti-Gay Chick-Fil-A

Ah, the Chick-Fil-A dilemma: Sure, the company makes some of the tastiest fast-food chicken in the business, but when you eat there, you’re supporting a company whose conservative Southern Baptist views have led it to donate millions of dollars to anti-gay groups. So, is the delicious junk food worth it? Last fall, the NYU student… Read More

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Watch Hilarious Test Footage from 1979’s ‘The Muppet Movie’

Jason Segel’s The Muppets brought no shortage of bonus footage, some of which is still trickling out over half a year after the film’s release. But as much as we enjoyed the recent eight-minute blooper reel, it can’t hold a candle to the wonderful bit of test footage from 1979’s The Muppet Movie that io9 has discovered. These improvised scenes find Jim Henson’s Kermit and Frank Oz’s Fozzie and Miss Piggy getting meta on the realities of being a puppet — at one point, Kermit tells his ursine companion, “You’ve got foam rubber and fake fur. You’re an artificial bear,” while Fozzie hits back with, “You’ve got a wire on your arm.” Later, Piggy makes a confession so shocking and hilarious that Henson almost breaks character. Get your day made after the jump. … Read More

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Literary Favorites Illustrated Muppets-Style

When he’s not busy creating covers for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles micro series, writing and illustrating his Eisner award-winning comic book fantasy series Mouse Guard, and contributing to Free Comic Book Day, Michigan artist David Petersen is making us fall in love with his literary-inspired Muppets illustrations. We first spotted Petersen’s mashup covers on io9 and fell hard for Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang as characters out of Snow White, Robin Hood, King Arthur, and other treasured tales. The covers were created for BOOM! Studios, but with this kind of loving attention it’s clear that Petersen is a fellow puppet fiend. Check out our gallery below, smile like crazy, and then head to the artist’s website for more great artwork. … Read More

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Watch an Amazing ‘Sesame Street’/N.W.A. Mash-Up from 1994

If its YouTube description is to be believed, the clip below hails from a time before “mash-up” was a buzzword and everyone with a computer could be a video editor: “This VCR-made remix was created by an unnamed student at Florida State University in 1994 by combining footage from Sesame Street with the protest rap song ‘Fuck the [sic] Police’ from N.W.A’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton.” The video (which apparently isn’t exactly new to the Internet, although we hadn’t seen it before) is just about as simple as that, but the syncing is spot-on and the editing witty. And of course, who could deny the thrill of watching the Muppets get radical? Watch it after the jump, and consider the possibilities of bringing the revolution to preschool. … Read More

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Watch the Muppets Take Down Kyle MacLachlan and Goldman Sachs

Drop everything, readers, because Funny or Die has just posted a video called “Muppets vs. Goldman Sachs.” And guess what? It’s even better than it sounds. First of all, it features none other than Kyle MacLachlan as a Goldman exec. Then there’s the dude who snorts coke off the meeting table. But the real fun comes when the Anti-Muppet Defamation League bursts in, inspired by Greg Smith’s revelation that the firm calls their clients “muppets,” to Occupy Wall Street extract their revenge. Some surprisingly highfalutin economic debate ensues. It’s the best Muppet takedown since they destroyed Fox News. Watch it after the jump. … Read More

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BBC to Air Jim Henson Company Puppet Talk Show

In case you needed even more proof that British TV is just better, here you go: The BBC is collaborating with the Jim Henson Company to develop a puppet talk show. With a working title of No Strings Attached (see what they did there?), the series will feature several new puppets — Sesame Street‘s resident… Read More

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