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 »
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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 »
Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
We thought we’d seen the last of The Muppets parody trailers with that one parody trailer that parodied the Muppets’ own parody trailers (so meta!), but our fuzzy friends are apparently having some trouble breaking their addiction. So Kermit and company are back for one more round, with Bollywood as the latest target of their gentle ribbing. There isn’t much about this trailer that’s really new, but in typical Muppets fashion it’s adorable, self-aware, and above all, fun. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
Jason Segel is probably most recognizable to moviegoers as the star of such R-rated comedies as Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (in which he did full-frontal male nudity before Michael Fassbender made it cool). But his next big screen appearance will be in Thanksgiving’s all-ages movie The Muppets, which he wrote with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, and it seems he plans to stick with the family-friendly fare for the time being.
In a recent interview, the actor and screenwriter revealed that he’s considering a children’s adventure movie in the vein of Goonies for his next big project, which will also involve puppets. More details on that, plus info on his other upcoming films, after the jump.
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Below you’ll find a minute of the opening of Disney’s The Muppets, whcih hits screens on November 23. The scene is a fun little song and dance number that introduces new Muppet Walter and his human friend Gary, played by the film’s co-writer Jason Segel.
This is a pretty effortlessly charming little piece of film that helps sell The Muppets as a film that still has at least one foot firmly planted in the classic musical storytelling style that always made the show a small wonder. I think you’ll like it. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
Frequent collaborators Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller may have toned down their raunchy humor for The Muppets script, but they could be diving back into adult-themed material with Sex Tape. Stoller is in talks to direct the raunchy comedy, written by Kate Angelo, while Segel has been offered the male lead. Though neither has officially signed on just yet, given the material and their proclivity for working together, it seems reasonably likely they’ll ultimately board the project together.
Less certain is who’ll play Segel’s co-star, should he sign on. Though Reese Witherspoon is Sony’s top choice, the A-list actress is apparently a long shot. Happily, the studio already has a shortlist of other strong candidates, which include some of the usual suspects. More details after the jump.
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