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In 1980, the idea of having a puppet as a supporting actor was still untested. Ryan looks back at The Empire Strikes Back's big gamble...
"You will go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from Yoda, the Jedi master who instructed me..."
George Lucas may have had a wider saga planned out in his head, but he couldn't have predicted just how much hunger there would be for more space adventures in the wake of Star Wars. But as audiences flocked to watch and rewatch the film through the summer of 1977, Lucas was already putting the groundwork in place for a sequel, with its title, The Empire Strikes Back, firmly in place by November that year.
Miss Piggy effortlessly upstaged the AMAs with her windswept take on Adele’s blockbuster single – and she’s not the only one to tackle the torch song
Related: Someone like you: how Adele's broken-hearted ballads become blockbusters
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- Anne T Donahue
There she is, still on ABC, Miss America! ABC has extended its contract with Dick Clark Productions and the Miss America Organization to continue airing the Miss America competition through 2018. The new agreement for domestic broadcast rights adds three years to the existing contract. “We are so pleased to continue our successful partnership with ABC. Miss America, Dick Clark Productions and ABC have worked tirelessly to make the national competition one of the most important specials on television,” said Sam Haskell, chairman and chief executive officer, Miss America Organization. Also Read: Miss Piggy, Kermit Are Latest to Parody Adele's 'Hello' in. »
- Tony Maglio
After her well-publicized split with Kermit this summer, Miss Piggy seems to have found the perfect outlet for her emotions: Adele — or specifically Adele's Xavier Dolan-directed music video for "Hello." This is also a friendly reminder that Miss Piggy is a fictional character and her relationship (or lack thereof) with Kermit is not a real relationship. Adele, however, is very much real and so are any and all emotions her music produces. »
- Jackson McHenry
So that’s it for another Strictly! Only seven couples left now, and any of them could make the grand final in just four weeks’ time, so all getting very exciting. I’ll be back here next week, so please join me then, and feel free to swing by Twitter @heidistephens for a chat in the meantime. Thanks for all your comments as ever, you guys are the best. Have a great week! Hx
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- Heidi Stephens
This week, Neil Calloway questions the wisdom of remaking classic films…
In the 1980s Frank Oz, the man who is both Miss Piggy and Yoda, asked Michael Caine if he wanted to star in a remake of Bedtime Story, a 1964 film that despite starring David Niven and Marlon Brando, was not a success. Why Caine asked, would anyone want to remake a film that nobody liked the first time around? Oz replied that there was little point making a new version of a film that was good the first time around, as it couldn’t be improved on, but with a bad film, you could make a better version of it.
Caine signed up, the film – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – was a huge hit, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance and the film lives on as a musical to this day.
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- Neil Calloway
The new martial arts western on AMC and Amazon Prime is loosely based on the 16th-century Chinese fable Journey To The West – better known as the source material for cult classic Monkey
As the nights draw in, it’s not just Miss Piggy bringing emphatic karate chops back to our screens. Into the Badlands – a six-part series that launched in the Us on AMC on Sunday and is available in the UK on Amazon Video – features extended scenes of brutal hand-to-hand combat and genuinely dazzling swordplay, set in a ravaged retro-futurist world ruled by feudal barons and policed by lethal enforcers known as “Clippers”.
Related: Into the Badlands: slavery sci-fi with a kung fu edge that's unlike anything else
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- Graeme Virtue
This week, moviegoers around the world will get their final glimpse of The Hunger Games' dystopian future. But first, we want you to enjoy The Hunger Games' dystopian ... past? In this week's Vulture Remix, we imagine what the megahit franchise would have looked like if it had been launched in the heady days of the early 1990s, when our visions about the dangers of technology and government were much more Day-Glo than they are today. Video artist Louis Plamondon (a.k.a. Sleepy Skunk) stepped up to the pixelated plate. Enjoy the static, and stick around for the twist. Speaking of the future, don't forget to come back every Monday for more Vulture Remixes! And regarding the past, you can always check out our Vulture Remix archive, featuring such videos as the one where Avengers: Age of Ultron came out in 1995 or the one where Miss Piggy sings Rihanna. »
- Louis Plamondon
Man Trouble: Rad Enters Race for Worst Film Ever Made
A unique oddity even amongst contemporary counterparts competing for notoriety as one of the worst films ever made, John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men is, without a doubt, a terribly made film. What is perhaps most fascinating is the laborious production of the film. Rad, an Iranian immigrant, began making his labor of love in the 1980s, and would continue to film sequences over the next two decades. In that time, cast members and characters seem to have disappeared, explaining a jumbled narrative and a myriad of unexplainable events. The film does perhaps usurp Tommy Wisseau’s strange perseverance to complete his 2003 opus The Room, another director seemingly clueless about all aspects of the filmmaking process yet still determined to complete his compromised vision.
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- Nicholas Bell
Raven-Symoné has had a rough go of it, as of late. The former child star (The Cosby Show! Hangin' With Mr. Cooper!), former young-adult star (That's So Raven! The Cheetah Girls!), and former innocuous cultural also-ran (Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue? Revenge of the Bridesmaids?) joined the permanent cast of The View in June and ... well, let's just say the past few months have not been so Raven. She keeps putting her foot in her mouth with controversial political and personal statements, and we can't help but wonder: How would young Raven, so innocent and wide-eyed, feel about the life she would someday make? (And stay tuned for the chilling twist ending.) Check out new Vulture Remixes on Mondays, and watch our past hits, like the one where Batman and Superman fight in 1949 and the one where Miss Piggy sings Rihanna! »
- Diane Bullock,Mike Schuster
Henry Selick to team with Key & Peele for new animated stop-motion film
It has been awhile since director Henry Selick made Coraline, one of the better animated films in years, and he has been looking to move on to a new project. While Disney and Laika have both passed on The Shadow King by Selick, it looks like a famous duo will help the director get his next project made.
According to Variety, Key & Peele are set to help create a new animated feature with Selick that will be called Wendell and Wild. The site adds that the project is in the early stages with the duo and Selick ironing out creative details while looking for a distributor at the moment.
Selick spoke about the project, telling Variety that:
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, »
- Zach Dennis
After Wednesday night's Cma Awards, Blake Shelton took to Twitter to show some gratitude. The country singer tweeted that it was an "awesome night," adding, "So many great things happening in my life. Congrats to @ChrisStapleton!!!! Long time coming brother." The social media shout-out came after what Blake predicted would be an "awkward" show. He expected a few jokes about his split from Miranda Lambert, and hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood did give a nod to the couple's divorce. "Of course we can't ignore the breakup that really rocked our world. The one that's on everybody's mind," Carrie said as the camera panned to Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Brad joked, "But on a completely unrelated topic . . . Howdy, Blake!" Earlier in the day, Blake made headlines when it was confirmed that he and Gwen Stefani are dating. Gwen's rep said, "Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who wrote screenplays for filmmakers as varied as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Frank Oz, has passed away after a battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 65 years old. Although her filmography showcases a command of several genres, she will forever be known as the woman who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. […]
- Jacob Hall
On Wednesday, Brad Paisley hosted the 49th annual Country Music Awards for the eighth consecutive time alongside Carrie Underwood, and the pair wasted no time poking fun at Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's recent divorce (at 3:35). "Of course we can't ignore the breakup that really rocked our world. The one that's on everybody's mind," Carrie said. After the camera hilariously panned to Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, Brad joked, "But on a completely unrelated topic . . . Howdy, Blake!" We can't say Blake didn't see this one coming, because he totally called it. Blake made headlines this week when Gwen Stefani's rep officially confirmed their romantic relationship, saying, "Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating." While you might have been surprised by the news, Miranda sure wasn't. According to E! News, the singer knew Blake and Gwen "were always pretty flirty." Take a look at the video above, »
- Monica Sisavat
Parks and Recreation”Greg Pikitis” (Season 2, Episode 7)
There are a lot of great Halloween episodes of “Parks and Recreation” but this one is less about emotions and more about humor and that’s why I love it. In the episode, Leslie spends the entire night trying to take down her nemesis who just happens to be a teenage boy, Greg Pikitis. This horrible young man is known for ritually destroying government property and totally driving Leslie nuts. To where she makes this face:
Not to mention she enlists her boyfriend, the lovable, soft spoken, voice of reason, Dave the cop (played by Louis Ck), to help tail Pikitis all night. Only to return to the Parks office late that night to see it vandalized just as she suspected Pikitis would do. How did he do it when they have tailed him all night? That is the gem at the end of the episode. »
- Sarah Sommer
American Pharoah may have ended his storied career with a Breeders’ Cup Classic win on Saturday, but TVLine’s Quotes of the Week keeps racing forward.
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This time around, we’ve got a Good Wife reference on Quantico, a cocktail origin story from the Sleepy Hollow-Bones crossover, a New Adventures of Old Christine rant via Billy on the Street, and a Miss Piggy put-down thanks to the Muppets‘ timeslot neighbor Fresh Off the Boat.
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We all know that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to bring back a host of characters from the Original Trilogy, with Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3Po – and even the likes of Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb – all confirmed as returning.
There have of course been some wild and crazy rumours thrown out there too, such as the potential return of Emperor Palpatine and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now thanks to Star Wars News Net, we have another rumour, and one that should also probably be marked as “dubious”.
So, according to a source for the site who claims to have worked on the foreign dubbing of the movie, The Force Awakens contains a scene with the Jedi Master Yoda, which will presumably be as part of a flashback, »
- Gary Collinson
Fans are still reeling from last week's final trailer from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which coincided with tickets to this highly-anticipated movie finally going on sale. It remains to be seen when Disney and LucasFilm will start rolling out the first clips and TV spots, but until then, Stitch Kingdom has unveiled six new photos, which give us a closer look at the film's new heroes. These images feature our best look yet at C-3Po, and his mysterious red arm, along with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Bb-8, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega).
Even though there are less than two months left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, there is still so much that we don't know about this adventure, especially regarding Luke Skywalker. Rumors have spread throughout the past two years, some claiming that he has gone into exile following Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi »
In less than two months, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally hit theaters, thus bringing to an end a constant flow of rumors regarding this highly-anticipated adventure. Three trailers have been released thus far, and new details have slowly started to be revealed, but there is still so much we don't know about this new Star Wars movie that will not only spawn a new trilogy, but three spinoffs as well. Today we have a new rumor from Star Wars News Net, which claims that the iconic Yoda will return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The site's source is an unidentified non-us resident who works in audio dubbing for the international release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, no details about this Yoda scene were released, and it's worth noting that, while this beloved Jedi died in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, »
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Zayn Malik and One Direction. Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards. Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez. Oof. It's been a rough year for celeb breakups. Couples you thought were forever went suddenly (or not-so-suddenly, depending on who you ask) kaput. A famous duo that represented your #relationshipgoals now represent Nothing. We get it, you guys. If we may borrow a phrase from Dwight Schrute, all these breakups are leading people to believe that love is "as dead as every dead animal who has ever died." But wait! You may mourn the loss of »
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