Here’s a bit of sweet to savor until The Muppets comes out. A new video has dropped of Kermit singing the opening tune from the film with its composer, Bret McKenzie. We’ve already been treated to glimpse of the actual sequence as it’s seen in the movie, in a clip that was posted earlier this month; while you won’t see more sweet moves by Jason Segel, Amy Adams, or Walter in this video, you will get to hear the rest of the song. Spoiler alert: It’s adorable! Watch it after the jump.

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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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I’ve loved all the goofy parody trailers, eaten up every plot detail, and followed each bit of celebrity casting, but at the end of the day, the real reason I’m so eager to see The Muppets doesn’t have a whole lot to do with famous stars or pop culture gags. My excitement all boils down to the something much more basic: the Muppets themselves are just plain freakin’ lovable. So I wholeheartedly approve of the new, scaled-back posters that have just hit the Web. No Academy Award nominees, no David Fincher references, just Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, and a couple of their other friends against a plain white backdrop. Check them out after the jump.

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Okay, the headline of this post may be a tad misleading. Only one of the two videos we have is an actual ad for The Muppets movie; the other’s just a delightful commercial for Wonderful Pistachios featuring a Muppet. But both fit the characters to a T. Miss Piggy takes on the glamorous job of working the Emmy red carpet, Statler and Waldorf get sassy about the film they’re in, and Kermit snacks on some bright green pistachios. And the TV spot for the movie actually contains some interesting new footage. Watch both videos after the jump.

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A few lucky movie fans were surprised yesterday with an 8-minute extended trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but sadly, the video has yet to be released for the general public. On the bright side, the rest of us can now make do with “The Girl with the Froggy Tattoo” — yup, another amusing parody teaser for The Muppets. Watch Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang get gritty and tough after the jump.

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Steve Carell Out of ‘The Muppets’

Now that we have a pretty good idea of who and what will be in The Muppets, we have some disappointing news about who won’t be: Steve Carell. The actor was originally lined up for a cameo, but has since had to pull out due to scheduling issues. More details, including a description of what Carell would’ve been doing, after the jump.

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If you’re looking forward to The Muppets as much as I am — and really, who isn’t excited about this film? — this post will definitely put a smile on your face. Over the weekend, Disney released a slew of new tidbits about the upcoming film, including character descriptions, hi-res promo pics, stills, and trivia bits.

Directed by James Bobin (The Flight of the Conchords) and starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and just about every Muppet you can think of, the film follows Gary (Segel) and his brother Walter (a brand-new puppet created for the film) as they journey to Los Angeles and work with the Muppets to save the Muppet Theater from devious oil baron Tex Richman (Cooper). Check out images and details after the jump.

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In Page 2 today, Peter ran the behind the scenes video of the Muppets on the set of OK Go’s new version of the classic Muppets theme song. The track  is taken from ‘The Green Album’, for which a collection of current bands covered a host of classic Muppet tunes.

Now you can see the full video; it’s a cute, scattershot collection of gags and nods to many of OK Go’s other videos. But the video is worth a look for the moments when the Muppets get to act as puppeteers, and for the truly strange nested set of ‘morning after’ jokes that arrive at the end. Read More »

Loud and proud Muppets fan Jason Segel has not only written the fluffy ones’ upcoming movie, but as The Hollywood Reporter unsurprisingly reveal in their Heat Vision blog, he’s signed on to play the lead role. According to their piece, the plot is under wraps but… er… I’ve read two different drafts of the screenplay, so it isn’t that secret.

Segel’s role is as human Gary, a chap whose best friend is the puppet bear Walter. Together they go on a journey with Gary’s girlfriend Mary to defeat the evil Tex Richman, a man who doesn’t find the Muppets funny and thinks he can smell oil beneath their studio.

There are plenty of celebrity cameos written into the script (please, Sean Penn, say yes) and a great showcase piece each for most of my favorite Muppets. Honestly, I can’t wait for this one. You’re living the dream, Segel, and you’ve turned my eyes green.

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