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Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” marks the eighth theatrical release for Kermit the Frog, who got his start in show business nearly 60 years ago. The iconic Muppet graced the latest cover of Variety, before making a stop on tonight’s St. Patrick’s Day episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
The Muppets have a policy, started by Jim Henson, of only doing interviews with their designated puppeteers. In the case of Kermit, that’s Steve Whitmire, who started voicing the character in the ’90s after Henson died. As a result, a phone interview with Kermit feels like a real interaction with the celebrity frog. Kermit spoke to Variety about Twitter, his relationship with Miss Piggy, working for the Walt Disney Co., Tsa security and his Lady Gaga boxer shorts.
It’s very nice to meet you, Kermit.
Ramin, how are you my friend? I’m calling you from the swamp, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As everyone knows, it’s not easy being green. But breaking out of a Siberian gulag? That’s downright impossible. In this exclusive clip from the upcoming musical comedy Muppets Most Wanted, Kermit the Frog — who has been mistaken for a criminal mastermind named Constantine and thrown in a Russian prison — keeps trying to escape, only to be thwarted by an ever-vigilant guard named Nadia (played by Tina Fey) who knows all of the angles. “I have Netflix account with search key words ‘prison escape,’ ” Nadia tells Kermit. “I have seen every prison movie ever made, even the ones in space. »
- Josh Rottenberg
With the exception of Walter, a perfectly serviceable character who joined an ensemble already way too rich with personalities to add another, 2011’s “The Muppets” was sort of a perfect reintroduction to Jim Henson’s most famous creations: playing directly to the notion that Kermit and the gang were outdated, Jason Segel’s pet project highlighted their timeless appeal with a story as wholesome and yet subversive as the show and movies that inspired it. “Muppets Most Wanted” takes this resuscitated franchise in exactly the right direction, this time focusing primarily on the Muppets themselves and using Hollywood’s star wattage as a power source for punch lines. Picking up literally where the last film left off, the newly-reformed ensemble looks once again to Kermit (Steve Whitmire) for leadership. But despite his cautious attitude about reclaiming their status as superstars, Fozzie (Eric Jacobson), Miss Piggy (also Jacobson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz »
- Todd Gilchrist
Given the deserved critical acclaim of The Muppets preceding endeavour, it was something of a concern to see lead star and co-writer Jason Segel opt out of the opportunity to get involved in their latest project Muppets Most Wanted. However who better to pass on screenwriting duties to, than the director himself James Bobin – as the man who co-wrote the likes of Flight of the Conchords and Da Ali G Show teams up with the returning Nicholas Stoller, to make a triumphant return into the eccentric, surreal world of Jim Henson’s most renowned creation.
Picking up moments where the last feature left off, Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire) is approached by a seemingly shrewd businessman named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who hopes to tempt The Muppets into a world tour. However it soon transpires that he is in fact the sidekick to notorious villain – and Kermit doppelgänger – Constantine (Matt Vogel »
- Stefan Pape
“I interviewed Kermit the Frog.” That’s a sentence I’ll probably be bragging to my kids about when I’m old and gray. On the occasion of the Muppets latest film, Muppets Most Wanted, I sat down with the frog, myth and legend to discuss the sequel. We talked about his isolated role in the story, the […]
- Germain Lussier
Earlier this week, The First Lady had a very special screening of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted at the White House. This very special event was to show support for military families, and it was put together by the Joining Forces Initiative.
Kermit the Frog was there to help Mrs. Obama to help introduce the movie, as well as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. After the movie, they all hung out with the families and spent some time taking pictures. How cool is that??
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave B.)
The premiere of Muppets Most Wanted brought out the biggest A-listers, both muppet and human. Of course, the movie's stars were there like Tina Fey, Ty Burrell and Ricky Gervais And Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Gonzo. Additionally, the stars of TV shows like "Mighty Meds" Jake Short and Paris Berelc, "Dog with a Blog" star G. Hannelius and "Jessie" star Karan Brar all stopped to talk to our friend J.J. Totah (also from "Jessie!"). Check out the interviews in the vid below. Also, check out what other kids are saying about Muppets Most Wanted by clicking Here - and tell us what you think too by clicking on User Reviews!
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
First Lady Michelle Obama had her Muppets moment when Kermit the Frog made his way to Washington DC on Wednesday. The pair took the podium together at a screening of Muppets Most Wanted for military families and children, who gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building as part of the Joining Forces initiative. Things got animated between Michelle and Kermit, who showered the first lady with kisses even after she threw him a little side eye. Take a look at what happened when Kermit met with Michelle Obama. View Slideshow › »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Everyone — the lovers, the dreamers, and Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie — got dolled up to watch the world premiere of the Muppets Most Wanted alongside the titular stars last night in Hollywood.
“This is a bucket-list sort of item,” said Tina Fey, who plays a warden at the Siberian gulag where Kermit The Frog is wrongly imprisoned after his lookalike nemesis Constantine slaps a fake mole on his face in the Disney sequel hitting theaters March 21, when Entertainment Weekly caught up with her on the carpet at the El Capitan Theatre. “I met Lorne Michaels. I met John McEnroe. And now I have met the Muppets. »
- Carrie Bell
- Dave Trumbore
Following her Thanksgiving special, Lady Gaga reunites with The Muppets on the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack. Lady Gaga, her buddy Tony Bennett, and The Muppets perform the meta tune “We’re Doing A Sequel,” which follows Walter, Statler and Waldorf’s sure-to-be-hilarious “They’ve Ordered a Sequel.” Other singers on the soundtrack include Celine Dion, who performs with fellow diva Miss Piggy, Kermits and the whole Muppet gang for “Something So Right” (we’re guessing it’s not the Paul Simon tune of the same name), Josh Groban and Flight of the Conchords’s Jemaine Clement. Among the chestnuts on the album are Scooter and Pepe the King Prawn (remember the shrimp who felt up Lady Gaga in their atrocious Thanksgiving special?) on “Moves Like Jagger,” and Miss Piggy on “Macarena.” Also on the soundtrack, out March 24, are a number of actors who appear in the movie, including Tina Fey, »
The new series will run for 15 episodes and begins on March 28 at 10pm.
Gervais will be joined by two other stars of the movie - Kermit the Frog and his nemesis Constantine.
Gervais recently spoke to Digital Spy about the choreography of Muppets Most Wanted, saying: "I am doing a song-and-dance number. It's a big Hollywood song and dance, me and the frog.
"There's tap dancing and up-and-down stairs. I'm a pretty good singer - I rate myself at singing. Dancing? I'm your dad at a party. »
Attention Miley Cyrus, this is for you. When asked which celeb he'd want to manage, or not manage, Ricky Gervais had a tough time coming up with an answer. "I have trouble managing myself," he told E! News during the Muppets Most Wanted movie junked. "Who would I have the most fun with?" His co-star Constantine, who is Kermit the Frog's evil look-alike in the film, quickly had an answer—Miley Cyrus. "I'd say 'stop it,'" Gervais said. And Constantine added, "Can't you just get her on the right track? I am evil, bad frog and I think she's got to fix something. She's got to figure something out." The comedian noted, "You're »
Celine Dion, the queen of movie soundtracks, has performed at the Oscars a record six times, including when she belted out the nominated ballads from 1991′s “Beauty and the Beast,” 1996′s “Up Close and Personal,” 1997′s “Titanic” and 1998′s “Quest for Camelot.” With some help from her new diva pal Miss Piggy, she could be back at next year’s ceremony singing another love song.
Dion makes her big screen debut in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” appearing in a hilarious cameo during a pivotal, emotional scene in the film. Piggy needs guidance on the eve of her wedding to longtime boyfriend Kermit the Frog, and she turns to Dion for help, which comes in the form of a song they croon together called “Something So Right.”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Review Simon Brew 12 Mar 2014 - 05:43
Can this sequel live up to the pure joy of the first Muppets movie? Simon's still singing that last song...
If ever a film was worth it for the opening number, then Muppets Most Wanted is it. A glorious Bret McKenzie song that's up to the standard of anything in the last film - from which this film picks up directly - it gets the movie going with a few minutes of concentrated in-jokes, madness and sheer brilliance. Arguably, the rest of the film never quite gets to that level again, but conversely, the bar is set so ridiculously high within minutes that it's hardly surprising.
Muppets Most Wanted is no slouch after that outstanding beginning though (the closing number alone will bring tears of joy to anyone who's ever given two hoots about The Muppets). It has to work harder in some ways than the last film, »
It’s hard to make a comeback in Hollywood — unless you’re swine.
In which case, the industry may embrace you. Just ask Miss Piggy. Nearly 40 years after she made her showbiz debut, the diva has never been more in demand. She recently appeared on the final episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night,” singing a melancholy song with her Muppets pals; dished about her love life on “The Bachelor”; and sipped Lipton tea in an Oscars ad. The weekend of the ceremony, she popped up on an E! fashion segment, dressed in a frock designed by Vivienne Westwood, and attended a pre-Academy Awards QVC party, where she entered via cabana lifted by four shirtless hunks. Then the situation got a little sticky. According to tabloid reports, Piggy shoved Joan Rivers into a cake backstage, and Rivers emerged at the party with frosting in her hair.
Like any shrewd publicity-seeking celeb, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
You hate to see a legendary couple argue, but Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy established themselves as the new Burton and Taylor when we interviewed them at the "Muppets Most Wanted" junket. A shame they couldn't be maintain professionalism like their castmates Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and the nefarious frog czar Constantine (interviews coming soon!), but I'm hoping they'll settle their differences with a new duet of "Rainbow Connection" or at least a Broadway revival of "Private Lives." "Muppets Most Wanted" opens March 21. »
- Louis Virtel
At the press conference for Muppets Most Wanted, Kermit the Frog addressed why he wasn't cast to play his dead-ringer Constantine, Piggy talked about her scene with Celine Dion, and Constantine talked about his future plans. Least to say, it was a very interesting press conference.
"It didn't make sense for me to play Constantine because we have a few scenes together," said Kermit in response to a question about how he could quite easily play the look-alike evil frog. He added, "And I don't really work on green screen."
Muppets Most Wanted, like its predecessor, is a musical. However, Ty Burrell only got one song—in which he spoke most of the words. "America and the world was spared my singing voice except for two notes," he laughed.
Sam Eagle, who plays his friendly rival in the movie, protested. "You are selling yourself short. You are a great singer, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Star Reporter Cassandra)
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the rest of the gang are back in Muppets Most Wanted, but it's not altogether a happy occasion. Their world tour is threatened by wanted criminal Constantine, who bears a striking resemblance to everyone's favorite green frog. After having Kermit locked up, Constantine and Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) discuss their evil plan in yet another clip from this Disney sequel, in theaters this month.
Its too bad for Kermit the Frog! He looks enough like wanted criminal Constantine that warden Nadya (Tina Fey) can't tell the difference. Watch as everyone's favorite frog gets locked up in the latest clip for Muppets Most Wanted.
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