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 »
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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 »
Walt Disney Studios will release the new Muppet Movie (which at one time was to be titled The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made or The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made) on Christmas 2011 (December 25th 2011). The movie is written by Forgetting Sarah Marshall scribe/star Jason Segel and Get Him to the Greek/Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, and is being directed by Flight of the Conchords helmer James Bobin.
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A couple weeks ago it was reported that Flight of the Conchords director James Bobin has signed on to direct the new Muppet film for Walt Disney Pictures. The screenplay written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), was titled The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, but has now been renamed The Greatest Muppet Movie Of All Time. In my opinion, a much better title — but can the movie live up to the title? The Playlist has talked to someone who has read the script and has a few details about the plot of the film.
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Update: Entertainment Weekly reports that this story is false.
Emily Blunt won’t be the Black Widow, but she will be co-starring in the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced comedy, Get Him to the Greek. Most of you will remember that this film is actually a semi-sequel/spin-off of Nicholas Stoller‘s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Russell Russell reprises his role as British rock star Aidous Snow, who has fallen off the waggon. According to Moviehole , Blunt will co-star as a “pop musician: who “may duet” with Snow. I’m sure the relationship runs deeper than that. In the movie, Jonah Hill plays a young music executive who bullshits his way into accompanying Aidous (or babysitting the rockstar) from London to Los Angeles, where he has a big performance at the Greek Theatre.
The other night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand appeared to promote his new book. During the appearance, he talked briefly about the announced Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off film Get Him to the Greek, where Russell reprises his role as British rock star Aidous Snow.
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Okay, so far we don’t know much about the new Muppet Movie that Jason Segel and Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller are developing, but Segel’s promises that it will be a call back to the old school Muppet films has us excited. Soller recently revealed a couple new details to the Defamer.
“It’s gonna be an old school Muppet movie like The Great Muppet Caper or Muppets Take Manhattan. Basically the Muppets have to put on a show to save their studio. And in the intervening years, there’s been a Muppet Diaspora, so the main Muppets need to go off with Jason [Segel] and collect other Muppets from all around the world. We’re in the middle of writing it now. We’re on page 50.”
This is interesting because in interviews Segal had been dodging questions on if he would star in the new movie, but Stoller clearly says otherwise.