Sesame Street sues over violent, puppet-based Happytime Murders film

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The creators of the famous children’s TV show Sesame Street have launched a lawsuit against an upcoming sex, drugs and violence-laden puppet-based movie called the Happytime Murders.

The movie uses the tagline “No Sesame. All Street” on promotional material.

The lawsuit says this tarnishes the Sesame Street brand and confuses people into thinking the two are linked.

Melissa McCarthy stars in the film, slated for August release, where humans and puppets co-exist.

She is given a new puppet partner in the R-rated film to try to solve a string of murders.

Warning: make sure the kids aren’t around when you click on this trailer.

Sesame Workshop, the educational organisation behind the TV show, filed the lawsuit against the film’s producers, STX Productions, in New York. The lawsuit calls for punitive damages and a jury trial.

Sesame Workshop says that although the trailer for the movie is “indescribably crude”, it is not seeking to block the film’s promotion.

“It is only [the] defendants’ deliberate choice to invoke and commercially misappropriate ‘Sesame’s’ name and goodwill in marketing the movie – and thereby cause consumers to conclude that ‘Sesame’ is somehow associated with the movie – that has infringed on and tarnished the ‘Sesame Street’ mark and goodwill.”

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Just what Bert and Ernie would make of the new flick is anybody’s guess

It says the ‘”No Sesame. All Street’ tagline has confused and appalled viewers”.

The film is directed by Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson, who helped develop Sesame Street characters for its launch in 1969 and later went on to create the Muppet Show.

STX issued a response via a character from the film, a lawyer called Fred, saying the movie was “the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they’re not performing in front of children”.

It continued: “While we’re disappointed that Sesame Street does not share in the fun, we are confident in our legal position.”

Iconic Movie Car Crash

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National Lampoon’s Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 American road comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, and Anthony Michael Hall. John Candy, Imogene Coca, Christie Brinkley, and a young Jane Krakowski appear in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by John Hughes, based on his short story “Vacation ’58” which appeared in National Lampoon.

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One of the hardest working Actors in the business

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Liam Neeson is an Irish actor and voice actor, who rose to prominence with his acclaimed starring role in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winner Schindler’s List. He has since starred in a number of other successful films, including Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Taken, Michael Collins, Les Misérables, Batman Begins, Kinsey, Clash of the Titans, and The Chronicles of Narnia series. He has been nominated for a number of awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Empire magazine ranked Neeson among both the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” and “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.”

97 credited movies!

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Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Pilgrim’s Progress Jesus Christ / Evangelist
1979 Christiana Greatheart
1981 Excalibur Gawain
1983 Krull Kegan
1984 A Woman of Substance Blackie O’Neill
Ellis Island Kevin Murray
The Bounty Charles Churchill
1985 Lamb Michael Lamb
The Innocent John Carns
1986 Hold the Dream Blackie O’Neill
If Tomorrow Comes Insp. Andre Trignent
The Delta Force Delta Force commando Uncredited role
The Mission Fielding
Duet for One Totter
1987 Sworn to Silence Vincent Cauley
Suspect Carl Anderson
A Prayer for the Dying Liam Docherty
1988 Satisfaction Martin Falcon
High Spirits Martin Brogan
The Dead Pool Peter Swan
The Good Mother Leo Cutter
1989 Next of Kin Briar Gates
1990 Darkman Peyton Westlake / Darkman
The Big Man Danny Scoulars
1991 Under Suspicion Tony Aaron
1992 Shining Through Franz-Otto Dietrich
Husbands and Wives Michael Gates
Leap of Faith Sheriff Will Braverman
1993 Ethan Frome Ethan Frome
Ruby Cairo Dr. Fergus Lamb
Schindler’s List Oskar Schindler
1994 Nell Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Lovell
1995 Rob Roy Rob Roy MacGregor
1996 Michael Collins Michael Collins
Before and After Ben Ryan
1998 Les Misérables Jean Valjean
1999 The Haunting Dr. David Marrow
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Qui-Gon Jinn
2000 Gun Shy Charlie Mayo
The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition Narrator (voice) Documentary
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Qui-Gon Jinn (voice) Uncredited cameo
K-19: The Widowmaker Mikhail Polenin
Gangs of New York “Priest” Vallon
Martin Luther Narrator (voice) Documentary
2003 Love Actually Daniel
Coral Reef Adventure Narrator (voice) Documentary
2004 Kinsey Alfred Kinsey
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Godfrey of Ibelin
Batman Begins Ra’s al Ghul
Breakfast on Pluto Father Liam
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Aslan (voice)
2006 Home Himself Documentary
2007 Seraphim Falls Carver
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Aslan (voice)
The Other Man Peter
Taken Bryan Mills
2009 Five Minutes of Heaven Alistair Little
Ponyo Fujimoto (voice) English dub
After.Life Eliot
Chloe David
2010 Clash of the Titans Zeus
The A-Team John “Hannibal” Smith
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Aslan (voice)
The Next Three Days Damon Pennington
The Wildest Dream Narrator (voice) Documentary
2011 Unknown Dr. Martin Harris
2012 The Grey John Ottway
Wrath of the Titans Zeus
The Patriot of America Colonel Edward Thompson (voice) Documentary
Battleship Admiral Shane
The Dark Knight Rises Ra’s al Ghul Cameo
Taken 2 Bryan Mills
2013 Third Person Michael
Khumba Phango (voice)[2][3]
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues History Channel Rep Cameo
2014 The Nut Job Raccoon (voice)
The LEGO Movie Bad Cop / Good Cop & Pa Cop (voices)
The Prophet Mustafa (voice)
Non-Stop Bill Marks
A Million Ways to Die in the West Clinch Leatherwood
A Walk Among the Tombstones Matthew Scudder
2015 Taken 3 Bryan Mills
Run All Night Jimmy Conlon
Entourage Himself Cameo
Ted 2 Customer
A Christmas Star Narrator / Radio DJ (voice)
2016 The Huntsman: Winter’s War Narrator (voice) Uncredited[4]
Operation Chromite Douglas MacArthur
A Monster Calls Monster (voice)
Silence Father Cristóvão Ferreira
2017 Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Mark Felt
Daddy’s Home 2 Actor in Missile Tow (voice) Cameo
2018 The Commuter Michael McCauley
Widows Post-production
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