Briefly: Rebelling against the argument that, with the film out in theaters and already relaxing at home with an Oscar, there’s no more work for The Muppets to do, here’s the latest and perhaps last (for real!) parody trailer for the film. This time the target is The Hunger Games. The reasoning being, I suppose, that The Muppets hits DVD on March 20 and The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23. Close enough. Read More »
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Jason Segel needs to take a break from the Muppets. Last week we heard that James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, the director and co-writer of The Muppets, respectively, are working on a script for a sequel to the 2011 movie that brought Kermit the Frog back to the big screen along with all of his friends.
Jason Segel provided the prime momentum behind getting that movie made. He drove the development of the story and co-wrote the script in addition to starring in the movie. But the years of work required to make the film a reality have evidently filled his personal quota for working with felt co-stars, at least for the time being. The actor said this weekend that in addition to leaving the sequel writing duties to others, he won’t star in the sequel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not like Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang ever totally disappeared from the public eye, but last fall’s The Muppets definitely went a long way toward reinvigorating the franchise for a whole new generation. The film was a hit both critically and commercially, and it’s in no way surprising that Disney’s now getting the pieces together to move forward on the sequel.
What’s disappointing, however, is that it seems Jason Segel — who not only starred in, but also wrote and executive produced the The Muppets — won’t be involved in a screenwriting capacity. (Don’t freak out, Gary fans — it’s still possible he’ll star.) Instead, Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller have closed a deal to pen the script. More details after the jump. Read More »
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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Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Although the Muppets have recently seen a resurgence in popularity — not unlike the one they enjoyed in the plotline of last year’s The Muppets, which contributed to that popularity — they’ve had some trouble getting into Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. First, the powers that be decided to go with Billy Crystal rather than the Muppets to replace Eddie Murphy as host, despite impassioned pleas from fans. Then, news broke that in a departure from tradition, this year’s Best Song nominees (of which “Man or Muppet” is one) would not be performed live during the telecast.
But fans can cheer up, because it seems the Academy’s finally found a place for the beloved puppets in this year’s ceremony after all. Kermit and Miss Piggy are now set to present at the Academy Awards, joining the all-star ranks of Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and more. Read more after the jump.
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The Muppets star Miss Piggy went on the red carpet to interview all the celebrities and award contenters at the 2012 British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The resulting 8-minute video features off-the-cuff exchanges with Jon Hamm, Chris Dowd, Jessica Chastain, James Corden, Michael Fassbender, Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Adam Deacon, Daniel Radcliffe, Tate Taylor, Octavia Spencer, Tom Hiddleston, Viola Davis, Jonah Hill, and more. Watch Miss Piggy’s red carpet coverage embedded after the jump.
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The sequel news keeps coming, and this is almost a specialty update on a couple of upcoming ‘next chapters.’ Below it’s all Muppets and Star Trek as we run down the possibility of sequels to The Muppets and The Dark Crystal, and look at the licensing plans Paramount has for the now-shooting sequel to Star Trek. Read More »
If you walked out of The Muppets feeling like you were on top of the world, Bret McKenzie was a big reason. The actor/singer/songwriter, best known for his HBO series Flight of the Conchords, was hired by director James Bobin to write many of the brand new songs for characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and others to sing in the Muppets triumphant return to the screen. And to that aim, McKenzie was a success. He was rewarded for his work with an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet,” which features Jason Segel’s character Gary and his brother, Walter the Muppet, signing about their true identities. It’s funny, clever, catchy and has a 50/50 shot at gold since only two songs are nominated.
We sat down to talk to McKenzie about the honor, his process integrating songs in the film, the song not being performed at the Oscars, as well as his upcoming role in a tiny film called The Hobbit and more. Watch the video interview after the jump. Read More »
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