Over more than 40 years, Dave Goelz has portrayed one of the cornerstone Muppet characters, the loopy Great Gonzo. On The Muppet Show, Gonzo was primarily a daredevil in the style of Evel Knievel, but over the course of a handful of films, he’s been everything from an alien to a pirate to Charles Dickens. The first of those films, the superlative The Muppet Movie, celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this summer; in commemoration of the milestone, The Muppet Movie is playing in theaters around the country on July 25 and July 30.

Via phone interview, Slashfilm sat down with Goelz, the longest-tenured Muppet performer, about making his first movie, working with Jim Henson, the next Muppet project, and more.

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Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The cast of Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance just keeps getting better and better. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), Benedict Wong (Avengers: Endgame), and Sigourney Weaver are among the new additions to the cast, which already includes the likes of Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Hamill, Jason Isaacs, and more.

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Muppets Comic Con panel

Even though fans were going crazy over the panels for shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones at Comic-Con, one panel that we didn’t get to check out that had equally rabid fans was for The Muppets and their return to television in the self-titled ABC mockumentary series.

We’ve already seen a trailer teasing the promising return of Jim Henson’s favorite creations, but seeing Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the crew take on a panel at Comic-Con is something entirely different. It’s actually kind of magical, continuing to make these characters feel real. So watch the entire Muppets Comic Con panel after the jump and learn some new details about the show too! Read More »