With Disney’s Maleficent opening in theaters Friday, it’s the perfect time to remember that a new trend will continue. The trend: Disney reimagining its classic animated films in live action. Cinderella is out next year and then the one that started the revamp pattern, Alice in Wonderland, will get its sequel. Alice in Wonderland 2 will be called something like Alice: Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing and original stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return.
Rumors have run rampant that Sacha Baron Cohen could be playing a role and, apparently, they’re true. He’s also being joined by Rhys Ifans, who’ll be playing the father of Depp’s Mad Hatter. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
The Muppets are nothing if not self-aware, and Muppets Most Wanted opens with a promising joke. Picking up just moments after the last movie left off, Kermit and company launch into a jaunty, toe-tapping musical number that acknowledges all the pitfalls of a follow-up. “We’re doing a sequel,” they sing. “That’s what we do in Hollywood / And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good!”
But all the knowingness in the world can’t save the Muppets from the actual pitfalls of doing a sequel. In the end, Kermit’s early admission feels more like a warning than a joke. Muppets Most Wanted isn’t bad; in some parts, it’s very good. Still, it struggles to match the highs that the first one hit so easily.
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Even if you take away his two Muppet movies, writer/director James Bobin is a guy you want to talk to. He helped shape Sacha Baron Cohen’s legendary Da Ali G Show and the HBO show Flight of the Conchords, and is helming the next Disney Alice in Wonderland film, Alice Through the Looking Glass. He also helped bring The Muppets back to the big screen in the 2012 hit and co-wrote and directed this week’s hilarious sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. This James Bobin fellow has it going pretty well.
We were lucky enough to speak to Bobin and discussed a myriad of topics. In addition to an Alice tease, we discussed the self-referential nature of Muppets Most Wanted, having to change elements of the story when songs have already been finished, the canon of the Muppets, the rules for shooting and working with the Muppets, action sequences, dance and much more. If you’re a fan of the Muppets, or filmmaking in general, I think there’s a lot to learn here. Read our full interview below. Read More »
“I interviewed Kermit the Frog.” That’s a sentence I’ll probably be bragging to my kids about when I’m old and gray. On the occasion of the Muppets latest film, Muppets Most Wanted, I sat down with the frog, myth and legend to discuss the sequel. We talked about his isolated role in the story, the incredible spot on casting of his doppelgänger Constantine as well as his co-stars including Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.
But this is Kermit the effing Frog. A Hollywood icon. I also talked to him about his movie going habits, his thoughts on the current state of cinema and if he feels blockbusters will cripple the system. We talked about the on demand generation, his favorite films of 2013 as well as director James Bobin‘s next film, Alice in Wonderland 2.
We also talked about other roles Kermit has been up for, including potential roles as the Hulk or Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Universe and if he contacted J.J. Abrams about Star Wars Episode VII. It was an eclectic, 9 minute discussion which you can not only read, but listen to, in its entirety, below. Read More »
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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]
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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 »