Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
  • Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
  • Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
  • Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2

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The latest All-Dwarf poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey seems to confirm a new Hollywood movie poster design trend — filling a one-sheet with an overcrowded gathering of characters. From what I can tell, the new trend started with the final Toy Story 3 poster, which was created by BLT Communications — a marketing department Disney regularly employs. The design was pretty great, and almost everyone who wrote about it online loved it. So its no surprise that the design was copied by a few international marketing agencies over the past year. The design concept was reused by BLT for The Muppets campaign. And this week Warner Bros has released the all-dwarf Hobbit poster created by marketing company Ignition Print. See them all compared after the jump.

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Original Muppeteer Jerry Nelson Has Died

Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers hired by Jim Henson, died yesterday (August 23rd 2012). Even though you might not recognize the name, all of you have grown up with Jerry’s performances. He puppeteered almost 1,000 named Henson puppet characters during his 47-year career, credited for performing over 120 different named characters on The Muppet Show, and almost double that on Sesame Street.

Jerry was fighting with various health issues for the last decade, and in 2004 announced he would no longer be puppeteering full-time (although he continued to provide the voice for his Sesame Street characters into the recent seasons). Tough Pigs broke the news.

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Ahh, The Muppets. I love that movie. It’s been on Blu-ray for a few months now and one of the more exciting extras on the disc is called The Longest Blooper Reel Ever, Well… At Least In Muppet History, We Think. Eight minutes, 23 seconds of Muppet humor. Check it out below. Read More »

So it looks like Jason Segel won’t be a part of that Muppets sequel after all — for real this time, straight from the star/producer/co-writer’s mouth. Also after the jump:

  • The Grim Reaper wants in on Bill & Ted 3
  • Star Trek 2‘s Alice Eve has been spending a suspicious amount of time in the makeup chair
  • Chuck Norris shows off cool, collected badassery in a new Expendables 2 still
  • More new photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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This is hardly new, but now that The Muppets have a good many new fans thanks to last year’s film, it is worth going back to. Jim Henson‘s early video pitch for the original incarnation of The Muppet Show has been floating around for quite a while, and can be found in at least one or two DVD releases.

But for those who haven’t seen the pitch, and therefore may not quite have a handle on Jim Henson’s irreverent spirit, this two minutes is very much worth watching. And those who have seen it will probably want to watch again, because as the Henson-voiced Muppet pitchman escalates in intensity, he hits notes comic notes that are irresistible. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Katey Rich from CinemaBlend to discuss the quality of the HBO film Game Change, the ineffectiveness of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, the devastating nature of The Snowtown Murders, and the disappointing box office performance of John Carter.

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This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the third-greatest gift, laughter. After the jump:

  • Alex Winter talks about the Bill & Ted 3 script
  • Cloudy 2 gets a holiday release date
  • Jay Chandrasekhar wants to move on Super Troopers 2
  • Disney considers ways to expand the Muppets franchise

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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 »