Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
2011′s The Muppets was a rousing success, earning big box office returns and strong reviews to completely reinvigorate the flagging Muppets brand. So naturally, Disney’s now following it up with a sequel. Because “that’s what we do in Hollywood,” as Kermit sings in the latest trailer. So cue the Muppets sequel song…
The newest promo for Muppets Most Wanted features tons of new footage along with our first listen at the charming opening number, “We’re Doing a Sequel.” The lyrics claim that “everybody knows the sequel is never quite as good,” but they could’ve fooled me — so far, Muppets Most Wanted looks every bit as lovable as its predecessor. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Muppets Most Wanted will whisk Kermit and his pals off to Europe next month, but first it’s making a pit stop in the U.S. for Super Bowl Sunday. The new TV spot has everything you could ask for: the whole gang, plus glimpses of human stars Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, cameos from Danny Trejo and Tom Hiddleston, and emoticon-filled tweets from people who’ve seen some of the other trailers for the movie.
Check it out, along with a cute Toyota spot featuring Terry Crews, after the jump.
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Briefly: Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp are getting set to have a little Sweeney Todd reunion in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass. Cohen is in talks to play an unknown role in the film that Disney is putting together, which also will have Mia Wasikowska reprising the role of Alice.
James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct; no plot details have been revealed. While Through the Looking-Glass is well-known as a novel, and one which somewhat inverts or reverses the sequence of Alice, given the degree to which the film Alice in Wonderland deviated from original text it’s safe to say that this will be its own creature as well. The film is set to open on May 27, 2016. [Variety]
Briefly: Wow, that was fast. Mere weeks after first hearing about Jon Favreau‘s live-action 3D remake of The Jungle Book, Disney has given the film a release date. It’ll open October 9, 2015, making it the first film to claim a date in that month. But that’s not all. Disney also announced the follow up to the billion dollar hit Alice in Wonderland will come out a year later. Alice in Wonderland 2, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, opens May 27, 2016. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct.
Also, Ron Howard‘s sea-bound film, Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, will be released March 13, 2015. [ERC]
The gang’s back, and they have a devious new leader in the three new trailers for next year’s Muppets Most Wanted. Kermit has been captured and replaced by the world’s most famous thief, Constantine. Will the Muppets figure it out? And how many cameos, to go along with leading roles from Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell, will it take to help them solve the case? Find out in the domestic, and two international, trailers below. Read More »
The fact Bret McKenzie, one half of Flight of the Conchords, won an Oscars for The Muppets still makes me smile. McKenzie won the award for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” back in 2012 and followed that up by beginning work on next year’s sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. It also gave him some well-deserved caché and McKenzie is using that to develop a passion project.
In a new interview, the Oscar-winning song writer revealed he, along with Muppets director James Bobin, are working on a live-action musical described as a blend of The Muppets and The Princess Bride. Much like Labyrinth. Read More »
Lewis Carroll wrote more than one adventure in Wonderland, so the notion of a sequel to Alice in Wonderland is hardly new. But the idea of a film carrying on the approach of Tim Burton’s superficial, action-oriented film from 2010 does sound a bit ridiculous. Nevertheless, Burton’s film made over a billion dollars, propelled in part by a post-Avatar interest in 3D. So a sequel was probably inevitable.
At least it won’t be called Alice in Wonderland 2; right now the working title is Into the Looking Glass. (Presumably to be presented as a subtitle, so we’ll likely be calling the film Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass.)
Now the film has a likely director in James Bobin. The veteran of Da Ali G Show and Flight of the Conchords directed The Muppets for Disney, and is finishing up The Muppets…Again! for the company. Seems like a big thumbs-up from Disney, which has decided that Bobin is a director who can create what the Mouse House wants. Read More »
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I’m surely not the only person who is over the moon knowing a new Muppets movie is currently in production. The Muppets…Again! reunites director James Bobin with all your favorite Muppets, along with new stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell and Ray Liotta. It’s scheduled for release March 21, 2014.
The latest update is two-fold. First up, a video has surfaced showing Gervais on set, conversing with everyone’s favorite prawn Pepe. Next, Bobin has hired Louise Gold, the first female puppeteer on the original Muppet Show, to revive her character Annie Sue, a bitter rival of Miss Piggy. Check out the video and read more below. Read More »