Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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It has been fun to watch Disney remind audiences about The Muppets as it prepares to release a new feature starring Jim Henson’s classic characters. There have been some creative, playful trailers and a poster that was a little bit unusual as Muppet depictions tend to go — Muppets with legs! But this new international poster is a pure and simple old-school look at the crew, with no humans allowed. You’ll probably love it. Read More »
In January, I had the awesome opportunity to visit the set of The Muppets. Over the course of the week, I’ll be posting some of the round table interviews we conducted on set with the cast and crew. We’ve posted interviews with Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and today we bring you an interview with co-writer Nicholas Stoller (who also directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek). Here is a short excerpted quote:
We wanted to do a complete return to those first movies and to The Muppet Show. From the beginning we wanted to have that tone. When you watch The Muppet Movie, it hasn’t aged at all. It could have been made yesterday. It feels like an episode of The Simpsons in a weird way, without any cynicism. I would say that’s the only difference. It’s pretty amazing. Most things from 1980 feel like they’re from 1980. [laughs] It just doesn’t. It feels really present. So we really wanted to do that and be really self-referential. But also have that heart and that sweetness that those original movies had.
After the jump you can read the entire interview. Enjoy!
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OK, this is getting ridiculous. The latest bit of news on the John Gotti biopic front (Gotti: Three Generations just lost Nick Cassavetes as director earlier this week) is that Lindsay Lohan is no longer in consideration to play Victoria Gotti. Producer Marc Fiore told People that talks with her reps had stopped, but didn’t offer much by way of explanation. That seems to be the way it goes with Lindsay Lohan these days.
More to the point, how things seem to go with her these days is ‘crazy,’ and the story has already taken another turn. Just as I was about to publish this, TMZ comes out with the report that Lindsay Lohan is in the film after all, but now playing John Gotti Jr.’s daughter-in-law Kim, rather than Victoria Gotti. A smaller part? Probably. The report also links her to another movie called Mob Street. There are reports of reconciliation between her and producers, and, well, let’s see how long this lasts.
After the break, Jacki Weaver goes comic and 21 Jump Street adds another. Read More »
Nicholas Stoller is preparing to direct his third film, Five-Year Engagement, which will be an unrelated follow-up to Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek and mark his return to directing after a screenwriting detour for The Muppets (yay) and Gulliver’s Travels (yay, paycheck!). This film, a romantic dramedy of sorts, stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple in, as the title suggest, a long run-up to marriage. Yesterday Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men, Scream 4) was cast as Emily Blunt’s sister.
Now Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) are boarding, too. Read More »
Briefly: Over the past year Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek director Nicholas Stoller has been pondering his next directorial effort, saying that it was likely to be a relationship dramedy called Five-Year Engagement. Now he is really moving forward with that film. He’s got Emily Blunt and his frequent collaborator Jason Segel on hand to play a couple. And he has now added Alison Brie from Community and Mad Men to play the sister of Emily Blunt’s character. Read More »
After returning from London, I was tipped off by /Film reader Mr Furley that the new muppet movie, The Muppets, was being filmed close to /Film HQ. Jim Henson Studios on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood has been transformed into Muppet Studios, a real life movie studio where the Muppets use to film shows and invite the public in to witness their craziness. The Henson Studios sign had been replaced with a old beaten-up rusted and falling apart Muppet Studios sign. Hit the jump to see more.
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There’s quite a lot of small casting news for The Muppets tonight. Jason Segel and Amy Adams have the key roles, and obviously the other biggest parts will mostly be played by the Muppets. Now Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Danny Trejo and possibly more are on board. Read More »