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The Obama campaign has put up a new Web ad using Big Bird to attack Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for threatening to kill funding for "Sesame Street" and PBS during last week's debate, E! News reports.
"Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about, it's Sesame Street," intones the narrator in the spot, which features a clip of the Muppet saying, "It's me, Big Bird."
Big Bird's forced cameo didn't go over so well with the folks behind the legendary children's educational show.
"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," read a statement from "Sesame Street's" producers. "We have approved no campaign ads and, as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."
No word from the president's camp yet whether he will honor that request.
British police on Tuesday charged a 26-year-old Polish national with vandalizing a priceless Mark Rothko work at the Tate Modern museum, an act that caused a minor stir in the U.K. art world, the Associated Press reports.
Scotland Yard said in a statement that Wlodzimierz Umaniec would appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court in south London court today and be charged with one count of "criminal damage in excess of 5,000 pounds (about $8,000)."
Umaniec was arrested after patrons discovered a scrawl across the bottom of a Rothko mural on Sunday.
A "Peanuts" film will be hitting theaters in 2015. It will be based on Charles Schulz's comic strip, which continues to appear in many newspapers around the world.
It has no title yet, but it does have a release date of Nov. 25, 2015. That places it during the year marking the 65th anniversary of the debut of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the landmark TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
The screenplay is ready to go, according to an announcement made Tuesday, and will be produced by Charles' son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, along with Cornelius Uliano.
Fox and Blue Sky Studios will distribute, produce and animate the new movie.
Anderson Cooper has nothing more to say to his TV nemesis, E! News reports.
On today's edition of "Anderson Live," a guest brings up the spat the newsman-turned-talk show host got into with Star Jones last week over his public coming out, prompting Cooper to state once and for all that he's "done" talking about it.
The row comes up when Anderson is speaking via Skype to Ann Marie Avey, a Seattle native who is appearing with her cat Colonel Meow. When the CNN anchor asks her what made her feline friend so angry, she replies that she asked the Colonel about the former "View" diva and the cat purportedly quipped, "Who?"
"Don't get me in a war with Star Jones now. I said my piece on Star Jones. I am not one to have a feud," says Cooper. "She tweeted back something. I said my piece, and then she tweeted me, and I'm not responding."
Cooper is referring to the "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant's cynical comment on the "Today" show in which she said that his admission that he's gay was a ploy "for ratings."
Cooper replied on his own show that he was annoyed by that response, considering that he only came out via a letter that his friend, gay columnist Andrew Sullivan, posted on his blog at the Daily Beast in July. He also said he hadn't "thought about" Star in ages and was "unaware she was even on TV still."
Never one to shy away from a fight, Jones fired back with the tweet that Anderson said he'd just as soon ignore.
"I was wrong. @andersoncooper didn't come out as a ratings ploy. He used ME talking about him coming out @today show as a ratings ploy. #mybad," she wrote.
In today's episode of "Anderson Live," Cooper reiterates his intent to not engage his fellow TV gabber.
"Actually, the 'Today' show tried to book me to go on with Star Jones so we could tussle. I was like, I've got nothing more to say, nor do I want to be in a room with her. I'm done," he says.
So far, no response from Jones.
They're back on! Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have gotten back together, several sources confirm to People.
The "Twilight" pair -- who play Edward Cullen and Bella Swan -- broke up after Stewart admitted in July to having a brief fling with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director, Rupert Sanders.
After some time apart, Stewart, 22, and Pattinson, 26, met up in Los Angeles over the weekend of Sept. 15 and began spending more time together.
Here comes the bride all dressed in yellow!
Amber Tamblyn opted for a bright, nontraditional wedding dress when she said "I do" to actor/comedian David Cross over the weekend.
All of Tamblyn's "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" co-stars -- Blake Lively, America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel -- came out to celebrate.
Amy Poehler, who recently split from husband Will Arnett, was also in attendance.
This is the first marriage for both Tamblyn, 29, and Cross, 48.
First Published October 10, 2012 12:00 am