Sesame Street unveils muppet with parent in jail

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:24 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

The long-running children's televisi0n show "Sesame Street" has introduce a character with a problem all too many Oklahoma children share -- he has a parent in jail.

The muppet, named "Alex," deals with feelings of sadness, anger, and abandonment as he shares his predicament with other human and muppet characters.

Oklahoma, as of the latest data available, leads the nation in the incarceration of females per capita, and ranks fourth for male incarceration per capita.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy estimates that on any given day, more than 26,000 children in the state have parents behind bars.

Nationally, it's estimated that 1 in 28 children has an incarcerated parent -- a higher ratio than children with parents deployed in the military.

The United States also reportedly has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.

Alex tells his friends "I just miss him so much. I usually don’t want people to know about my Dad."

The show doesn't plan to make Alex a regular character on the show, but he's featured prominently in the website section called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration."

It's designed to help children ages 3-8 deal with the feelings raised by having a parent behind bars.

Police: At least 19 dead after explosion near Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 10:35 PM

An explosion was reported near Manchester Arena in the U.K. where an Ariana Grande concert was being held on Monday. Greater Manchester police said so far 19 deaths have been confirmed and there are “around 50 others injured.”

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BBC News reported that police have warned people to avoid the area around the venue amid reports of an explosion around 10:35 p.m. local time.

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Greater Manchester police confirmed the reports of an explosion in a statement on Twitter.

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem dive into Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

Actors, from left, Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and Orlando Bloom attend the European premiere of Disney's ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’  Depp and Bardem have both signed on to play monsters in Universal’s new ‘Dark Universe’ film series, a reboot of sorts of classic monster movies.
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Universal Pictures has signed on more A-listers to star in its new monster franchise, the studio announced on Monday.

It also announced the name of the new franchise, “Dark Universe,” which includes a series of film reboots with classic horror movie monsters and characters. 

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“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. #DarkUniverse,” the movie studio said on Twitter.

Award-winning actors Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem are the latest superstars to hop on the franchise. Depp has signed on to play the Invisible Man plan, and Bardem will play Frankenstein’s Monster in a remake of the “Bride of Frankenstein,” according to the press release.

The first film in the series, “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe, among others, opens in June.

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley said.

The “Dark Universe” films are all connected by a “mysterious, multi-national organization, known as Prodigium,” the studio revealed. The group’s mission is to “track, study, and – when necessary – destroy evil” in the world, and that includes monsters, and protect the public.

 

Apparently the NBA doesn’t recognize local comedian Dave Chappelle

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Either the person who runs the official NBA Twitter account doesn’t know who Dave Chappelle is, or the joke’s on us!

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On Saturday night, May 21, the NBA tweeted out this gif of Amy Schumer and “a fan.”

A reddit user screenshot the tweet and posted it to the /facepalm subreddit, where people got worked into a frenzy.

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Fans of Chappelle consider this quite the snub. One reddit user even wrote, “To know who Amy Schumer is, and not Dave Chapelle (sic) is a travesty.” 

Others thought that the NBA played the ultimate prank on its internet trolls. 

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Smash hit ‘Mama Mia’ film sequel in works; original cast set to return

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:51 PM

Cast members from the hit film ‘Mama Mia!’ in Athens, Greece, in 2008. From left to right, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgard, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan at a photocall for the movie. A sequel is reportedly in the works with most of the original cast members set to return.
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A sequel to the 2008 box office smash “Mama Mia” is in the works with most of the original cast members, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan, expected to return, according to media reports.

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“Mama Mia: Here We Go Again” is shaping up as both a prequel and a sequel and will be directed by “The Best  Exotic Marigold Hotel” writer Ol Parker, The Hollywood Reporter said, with a release date sometime next year.

The original Universal film was based on the Broadway musical which used songs from the 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA to tell the story of a girl trying to find her real father before her wedding in Greece.

The hit movie grossed a whopping $609 million worldwide, according to THR.