Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Yesterday we premiered the poster for Jeff Who Lives at Home, the new film from Cyrus writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass. This one stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon in a story of family dynamics and emerging self-awareness.
The trailer has just been released and, put simply, it looks wonderful. Check it out below. Read More »
Jay and Mark Duplass are following up their film Cyrus with Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, where it was called “a lovely, nicely paced and completely heartfelt look at a complicated relationship between brothers” (CinemaBlend) and the best film yet from the Duplass brothers, which “doesn’t suddenly break your heart, but, rather, it suddenly heals it — with a moment of such delicacy and sincerity that you feel lucky to witness it.” (The Playlist)
Jeff Who Lives at Home will open limited on March 16. The trailer for the film premieres tomorrow on Apple. In the meantime, check out the new poster below. Read More »
I’m not going to assume that this is true for everyone, but I think a lot of people in my generation and the one or two that follow me have had the “it’s just different now” marriage conversation with some elder family members. For many couples, it takes a lot longer to get to the point where marriage seems like the best step to take, and even after getting engaged, the path to the altar isn’t always a short one.
So here are Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, the team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the co-writers of The Muppets, to toy with that generational attitude towards marriage in The Five-Year Engagement. Based on this new trailer, the film appears to take a gently comic approach to telling the story of a couple (Segel and Emily Blunt) whose nuptials are continually preempted by other life events. Check it out below. Read More »
This is the first edition in a new regular series where I attempt to answer your questions about the film industry. We’ll be taking a look at the box office, forgotten Hollywood landmarks, the marketing process and more. Sometimes I’ll attempt to answer the question myself, and other times I will contact experts in the particular field to give a more detailed answer. Please feel free to send your questions to email@example.com. I decided to start off this series with an easier question, and use it as a jumping-off point to delve into the more complex world of screen credits.
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After a long promotional runup that included a never-ending string of parody trailers, photo shoots and gleeful audio experiments, The Muppets is finally in theaters. Jason Segel‘s loving ode to Jim Henson‘s puppet troupe combines some winking modern showmanship with a whole lot of love for the Muppets and what they have always represented in pop culture. Because the Muppets mean a lot to many of our readers, it is possible that the film has a difficult standard to live up to.
So the question is: did director James Bobin, co-writers Segel and Nicholas Stoller, songwriter Bret McKenzie, co-stars Amy Adams, Jack Black, Chris Cooper and all the Muppet puppeteers manage to craft a modern Muppet vision that jibes with the classic image of the characters? Tell us what you thought in the comments after the jump. As always, spoilers are fully cleared to go in this discussion. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
For those who came of age any time between the ’50s and the ’90s, the Crayola-colored felt faces of the Muppets hold a certain unshakeable allure. Kermit’s familiar green visage is a face I grew up with, and I still have a knee-jerk tendency to break out in a smile whenever I see him or his pals. While the Muppets have never entirely left the public consciousness, they’re hardly the ubiquitous powerhouse they once were. This year’s The Muppets marks the first real introduction for a whole generation of kids who were born too late to remember 1999’s Muppets in Space, let alone 1979’s The Muppet Movie.
So if The Muppets coasts just a tiny bit on the goodwill that people like me still reserve for them, I’m pleased to say it’s still a solid enough film to appeal to the uninitiated while also pleasing old(er) fogies who recall them fondly from past decades. Which, not coincidentally, is also the characters’ goal within the storyline itself.
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Jason Segel was the guest host this weekend on Saturday Night Live, and the co-stars of his new film also made an appearance — that’s right, The Muppets! Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo and Scooter crashed Segel’s opening monologue which involves a song performance. Also, Kermit joined Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers for a segment titled “Really!?! with Seth and Kermit.” Watch both clips embedded after the jump now!
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As the magnificent movie The Muppets gets ready for release on November 23, one of the best behind-the-scenes stories centers on writer, producer and star Jason Segel creating a video with Kermit the Frog asking Oscar-nominee Amy Adams to play the female lead in the movie. When /Film talked to Amy on set, she spoke about the video:
This is something I grew up with and was in love with. When I heard they were doing a new one I was really excited. Jason sent me a DVD where he and Kermit were inviting me to be part of The Muppets. It was really cool. Once Kermit asks you to do something it is really hard to look at him and say, ‘No.’ So I was hooked.
Up until now, though, no one had seen the message. But Deadline got a hold of it. Check out the video and some early thoughts on the movie after the jump. Read More »