So it looks like Jason Segel won’t be a part of that Muppets sequel after all — for real this time, straight from the star/producer/co-writer’s mouth. Also after the jump:

  • The Grim Reaper wants in on Bill & Ted 3
  • Star Trek 2‘s Alice Eve has been spending a suspicious amount of time in the makeup chair
  • Chuck Norris shows off cool, collected badassery in a new Expendables 2 still
  • More new photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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This weekend’s The Three Stooges doesn’t look too promising (though there are a handful of positive reviews), and last week’s American Reunion was only okay. Fortunately, there are a couple of much more enticing comedies on the horizon. The latest project from producer Judd Apatow‘s laugh factory, The Five-Year Engagement, is due out later this month, followed a few weeks later by the opening of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s newest exercise in politically incorrect insanity, The Dictator.

Because we know that not a one of you feel like working on a Friday afternoon (otherwise, you’d be actually working instead of checking /Film), we’ve got new clips from both. For the less humorously inclined, there’s also another new scene from The Avengers. Hit the jump to watch.

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I can hardly keep track of all the projects David O. Russell has been attached to or rumored for since his Oscar nomination for The Fighter, but here’s another one to add to the list. Recent reports claim that he’s signed on for Sony’s American Bullshit, a 2010 Black List script by Eric Warren Singer that Ben Affleck was eyeing earlier this year. The crime drama recounts the true tale of “Abscam,” a Congressional sting set up in 1980 by the FBI in an effort to eradicate corruption. The operation was masterminded by an individual described as “the world’s greatest con man.”

THR writes that Russell may or may not stick with the movie depending on who gets cast in the two lead roles; one rumor names Christian Bale as a potential star for the project. However, according to Deadline, Russell’s reps have flat-out denied that the filmmaker has anything to do with the picture at all. We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out, but either way, it’s worth noting that Russell’s involvement is far from a sure thing at this point.

After the jump, Jake Kasdan gets sexy with Jason Segel.

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Jason Segel needs to take a break from the Muppets. Last week we heard that James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, the director and co-writer of The Muppets, respectively, are working on a script for a sequel to the 2011 movie that brought Kermit the Frog back to the big screen along with all of his friends.

Jason Segel provided the prime momentum behind getting that movie made. He drove the development of the story and co-wrote the script in addition to starring in the movie. But the years of work required to make the film a reality have evidently filled his personal quota for working with felt co-stars, at least for the time being. The actor said this weekend that in addition to leaving the sequel writing duties to others, he won’t star in the sequel. Read More »

There comes a time in every person’s life when they finally have to pick up and move away from home. Some do it as soon as possible. Others, like the title character in the Duplass Brothers’ comedy Jeff, Who Lives At Home, take a little longer. Or, make that a lot longer. Paramount has provided /Film with and exclusive clip from the film, starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer, that shows just that moment in Jeff’s life. The moment that changes everything. The film opens March 16. Check out the clip below. Read More »

It’s not like Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang ever totally disappeared from the public eye, but last fall’s The Muppets definitely went a long way toward reinvigorating the franchise for a whole new generation. The film was a hit both critically and commercially, and it’s in no way surprising that Disney’s now getting the pieces together to move forward on the sequel.

What’s disappointing, however, is that it seems Jason Segel — who not only starred in, but also wrote and executive produced the The Muppets — won’t be involved in a screenwriting capacity. (Don’t freak out, Gary fans — it’s still possible he’ll star.) Instead, Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller have closed a deal to pen the script. More details after the jump. Read More »

Aside from a brief appearance by Miss Piggy and Kermit and a win for composer Bret McKenzie, this weekend’s Oscar ceremony was tragically light on the Muppets. But in just a few weeks, fans will be able to get their fill of the gang when the film hits DVD and Blu-ray.

Today, we have a preview of some of the bonus features from The Muppets, including a making-of featurette, a blooper reel, and a deleted scene — plus a clip of Kermit and Glee star Darren Criss performing “Rainbow Connection” for E!’s pre-Oscars show, just because. Watch them after the jump.

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