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'The Rock,' Muppets in NYC

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson speaks at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J. (Feb. 16, 2012) Credit: AP

BE A "HERO" Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is producing the upcoming TNT competition "The Hero," testing "physical, mental and emotional strength." Want to test yourself? Casting for both men and women hits Manhattan's TRYP Hotel Times Square South next Saturday. Details at theherotnt.com.

MUPPET TRIBUTE The late Muppet puppeteer Jerry Nelson is celebrated next Saturday at 2p.m. at Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image. One of Jim Henson's earliest collaborators, Nelson (who died Aug. 23) had played Count von Count, Gobo Fraggle, Marjory the Trash Heap, Kermit's nephew Robin, Sgt. Floyd Pepper and many more. Guests will screen clips and offer remembrances. More at movingimage.us.

MORE "MYSTERY TOUR" The Beatles' 1967 "Magical Mystery Tour" TV film is being screened in restored form Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Manhattan's Paley Center for Media. In-person guests include Elvis Costello and Steve Van Zandt. Info at paleycenter.org/events.

POLITICAL HUMOR Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell and Jessi Klein discuss "Poking and Jabbing: Writing Political Comedy in an Age of Discord" at 7p.m. Oct. 29 at Manhattan's Paley Center for Media. Info at paleycenter.org/events.

NEW YORK TELEVISION FEST Founded in 2005, NYTVF again showcases new talent and series pilots in Manhattan starting Monday (through next Saturday). Details at nytvf.com.

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