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‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic
“All my friends have worked with the Muppets. Everybody I know has done a thing with the Muppets and I always felt a little bit left out,” Michael Caine told Et in 1992 on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “But they only did half-hour television shows and I got to do a two-hour movie, so it's great.”

While Caine donned the trademark robes and night cap to portray Ebenezer Scrooge, the reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic also featured Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie as Mr. Fozziewig (modified from Fezziwig), Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit and Gonzo as Dickens, who hilariously narrates the story with Rizzo the Rat. Despite the recognizable names and faces, some voices of the characters would sound a little different to Muppet fans.

Two years prior, at the happiest place on Earth, no less, there was excitement for a new partnership and the creative
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'Young Sheldon': TV Review

The Muppet Babies, the animated series that has become generational shorthand for taking beloved characters and arbitrarily aging them down for cutesy reasons, was not a prequel. It existed outside of the continuity of The Muppet Movie and The Muppet Show and just placed Kermit, Piggy, Animal and the gang in a youthful context because it was adorable; it never claimed that the events taking place in the nursery were going to shape the adult versions of the characters. For that reason, The Muppet Babies is often mocked for its lowest-common-denominator brand opportunism.

I mention Muppet Babies because CBS' new...
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Chrissy Teigen Shaded by Kermit the Frog in Twitter Tattoo Tiff

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Chrissy Teigen Shaded by Kermit the Frog in Twitter Tattoo Tiff
Sounds like Chrissy Teigen might have gotten under Kermit the Frog’s skin a little bit, figuratively if not literally. The “Lip Sync Battle” host and the “Sesame Street” icon got into a mild social-media spat on Thursday, after Teigen declared that she was glad she never had the famous frog’s image permanently inked onto her body. The semi-heated back-and-forth began when Teigen told her 7.5 million Twitter followers that she dodged a lifetime of regret when she opted not to get a Kermit tattoo when she was younger. Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Gives Ivanka Trump a Much-Needed Language Lesson “What is a tattoo.
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Concert Review: ‘Muppets Take the Bowl’ Is Timeless and Clever for All Ages

Concert Review: ‘Muppets Take the Bowl’ Is Timeless and Clever for All Ages
The Muppets have succeeded where few pop cultural phenomena have, maintaining their relevance and celebrity status among both adults and kids from the moment they first landed on the scene in the late 1950s. In a world in which almost everything invented pre-iPhone has been eclipsed by something shinier and sleeker, the Muppets have never lost their unflappable charm and indefatigable ability to entrance audiences young and old.

While their voices have changed over the years (and the puppeteers inside them), and there have been crises of character along the way (Kevin Clash, the original voice of Elmo, was accused and later cleared of sexual abuse charges), Jim Henson’s zany gaggle of whimsical, hilarious, furry friends have remained iconic, inimitable and downright cool.

Which is why the Hollywood Bowl Friday night was filled to the hilt with moms and dads — some tipsy on chardonnay; others designated sober carpoolers — and children, in
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Meet the New Kermit the Frog in Latest Muppets Video

Meet the New Kermit the Frog in Latest Muppets Video
It is the end of one era and the beginning of another for The Muppets. It was recently revealed that after more than three decades, Steve Whitmire had been fired as Kermit the Frog. He was the man who took over the role following Jim Henson's death, so it is a very big deal that someone else is now going to take on the role. That man is Matt Vogel and his very first performance as Kermit the Frog has just been released online.

Matt Vogel makes his debut as Kermit the Frog on the latest Muppet Thought of the Week video, which was released on The Muppets YouTube channel. The video is quite brief, but it does give us a sense of what we can expect from the new Kermit the Frog. The video was supposed to be released a few weeks ago, but following the news of Steve Whitmire's firing,
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Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects

Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects
When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we
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Ousted Kermit the Frog Actor Steve Whitmire Fears Disney Could 'Destroy' Iconic Character

Ousted Kermit the Frog Actor Steve Whitmire Fears Disney Could 'Destroy' Iconic Character
Steve Whitmire voiced Kermit the Frog for 27 years — and now, he’s concerned about the future of the beloved green Muppet.

Whitmire, 57, was let go by Disney in October due to what officials claimed was “unacceptable business conduct.” Family members of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson have also spoken out about the firing, with Jim’s son Brian telling The Hollywood Reporter that Whitmire used his status as the famous frog to make “outrageous demands” and often “played brinkmanship,” which he was told to stop as far back as the mid-1990s.

Whitmire has maintained he was fired over
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Kermit the Frog Gets a New Voice Actor After 27 Years

Kermit the Frog Gets a New Voice Actor After 27 Years
Kermit the Frog will be sounding a little bit different moving forward.

Puppeteer Steve Whitmire, who has performed as Kermit for 27 years, will no longer be voicing the famous amphibian in various Muppets TV programs and films, a spokesperson for The Muppets Studio confirmed to NPR on Tuesday. Longtime show veteran Matt Vogel will take his place.

Watch: Et Top 5: 5 Fun Facts About Kermit the Frog

Whitmire first joined the Muppets in 1978, and voiced Kermit since the death of show creator Jim Henson in 1990. He has also played Ernie, Rizzo the Rat and Beaker, among other characters.

Thoughout his career, Whitmire has also voiced Sesame Street's Big Bird and Count von Count.

Exclusive! ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Scenes You Didn’t Get to See!

Et sat down with Kermit in 2015, where he gave his first interview since his split from Miss Piggy.

Watch below.
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The Muppets: Matt Vogel debuts as Kermit The Frog

Kirsten Howard Rob Leane Aug 30, 2017

Here's the new voice of Kermit The Frog, Matt Vogel, in his first clip since replacing longtime puppeteer Steve Whitmire...

Kermit The Frog was recast in rather sad circumstances a while back.

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Steve Whitmire, who had held the position of the Muppet's puppeteer and voice for 27 years, was essentially fired from the role, and immediately replaced by Matt Vogel, who had also been working for the Studio for over two decades.

Whitmire wasn't happy about the move, and you can read all about that below, but this week a new Muppets Thought of the Week has appeared on YouTube, confirmed to be the first appearance of Kermit as voiced by Vogel.

Watch it here.
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Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Steve Whitmire Replaced After 27 Years

Longtime Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Steve Whitmire Replaced After 27 Years
It really isn’t easy being green, apparently.

Kermit the Frog will sound slightly different next time you hear him: Longtime voice actor Steve Whitmire has left the Muppets and will no longer provide the voice of the iconic green frog after 27 years on the job.

Disney’s Muppet Studio confirmed the news to Muppets fan site ToughPigs, stating that “Steve Whitmire is no longer working with the Muppets. Matt Vogel will be the new performer for Kermit the Frog.”

As a puppeteer, Whitmire first joined the Muppet family back in 1978 with the original Muppet Show. When creator Jim Henson passed away in 1990, Whitmire took over as the voice of Kermit the Frog. Most recently, he voiced Kermit on ABC’s short-lived sitcom The Muppets, along with characters like Beaker, Rizzo the Rat and elderly heckler Statler.

Vogel has been with the Muppets since 1996, and is currently the performer behind Camilla the Chicken and Sesame Street‘s The Count.

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Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Gets Replaced After Nearly 30 Years

Kermit the Frog Voice Actor Gets Replaced After Nearly 30 Years
It's the end of an era. If you are now or have ever been a fan of The Muppets, this is a very big deal. Kermit the Frog, easily the most recognizable of all the Muppets, has been voiced by Steve Whitmire ever since Jim Henson died in 1990. Now, after nearly three decades, Whitmire is leaving the role behind for undisclosed reasons. But as they say, the show must go on and Kermit will continue on with another voice actor taking over the role.

As reported by Muppets fan site ToughPigs, Matt Vogel, who has been working with The Henson Company for a very long time, is going to replace Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog. Some fans had been speculating that this was going to be the case for several weeks, as Whitmire hasn't been voicing Statler in some recent promos and since Kermit hasn't been featured in the
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Bob Odenkirk Recalls His First Emmy Win

Bob Odenkirk Recalls His First Emmy Win
These days Bob Odenkirk is best known for his Emmy nominated work as the star of the acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul.” But Odenkirk’s first brush with Emmy came thanks to his career in comedy writing. In his second season on staff at “Saturday Night Live,” Odenkirk was part of a crew including Conan O’Brien, Mike Myers and Al Franken who went home with Emmy gold.

What do you remember about your first Emmy experience?

We were all so young. I rented a tuxedo because I didn’t own one. I didn’t see why I would ever need to own a tuxedo in my life. Now I have four. I don’t think I need four, but whatever I have them. It was comical to all of us. It was a weird mix of an honor, and a joke. We just felt like such interlopers in the actual business. We
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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt
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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV shows

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Star Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsStar Trek, Serenity, Muppets and more: our favourite movie adaptations of TV showsJenny Bullough4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am With the movie adaptation of the classic 80s TV show CHiPs out in theatres now, and the Baywatch movie just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about the classic and beloved TV series that have been reborn on the big screen as movies (and sometimes even movie franchises)! Not all of these movies ended up as critically-acclaimed award winners, but frankly, we love them anyway. There’s just something sweetly nostalgic about seeing a TV show you loved when you were younger, or even an older TV show that you missed out on, reimagined for the movie screen. Here’s our list of the top ten TV shows adapted into movies: 10: The Brady Bunch Movie How do you adapt
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A Delightful SXSW Conversation with Some ‘Muppet Guys Talking’

We talk to Frank Oz and the other original Muppeteers about creating characters, watching them evolve, and giving them sentience.

After a few moving documentaries about individual puppeteers, this year’s SXSW debuted a new documentary directed by Frank Oz called Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets of the Show the Whole World Watched. The film is an hour-long free form discussion with Jerry Nelson (The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew), Fran Brill (Zoe, Prairie Dawn), and Bill Barretta (Pepe, Tree-Face-Guy) loosely moderated by Oz. Because it features so many of the key personalities that have been only briefly touched upon in spotlight docs on Big Bird or Elmo, it’s a must-watch for any Muppet Show obsessive who wants to hear about what it’s like being buried in a room under a fire pit so they could perform a song with John Denver.

You wouldn’t know it from the way they talk
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‘Muppet Guys Talking’ Review: Frank Oz’s Doc Is a Loving Tribute to the Creative Spirit (And Muppets) — SXSW 2017

‘Muppet Guys Talking’ Review: Frank Oz’s Doc Is a Loving Tribute to the Creative Spirit (And Muppets) — SXSW 2017
Filmed in 2012 but proving timeless, Frank Oz’s loving and free-wheeling “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” is a must-see not only for Muppet fans and the people who made them, but for anyone seeking insight into the power of creativity.

Its title is nearly longer than its 65-minute runtime, but that’s a fine length for a doc that plays like a snappy conversation between pals. Oz assembled said “Muppet Guys” (Oz plus Muppet maestros Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta) for an unprecedented gabfest, all filmed and assembled into a satisfying inside look at the people behind (and sometimes under) the world’s most beloved puppets. In his introduction, Oz promises a look at “the spirit of The Muppets,” and “Muppet Guys Talking” delivers on that claim.

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Netflix UK: 25 underappreciated comedies to watch now

Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016

Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...

Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.

We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have
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Inventive Puppet-Centric Web Series ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ Ends Its Wild Run With A Jolt

Inventive Puppet-Centric Web Series ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ Ends Its Wild Run With A Jolt
When most people think of the best puppetry filmmaking has to offer, they usually think of the whimsy and heart of “The Muppets” or “Sesame Street.” The Jim Henson Company’s work is revered worldwide, and the feeling Kermit or Elmo can give to an audience as they perform a tune or dance a number is nothing short of magical.

Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling are aware of this feeling. Their web series, “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared,” which just released its sixth episode, subverts the Henson musical experience. Under the guise of that cheerful tone, they tell stories with puppets who discover the world and become uncomfortable, disturbed, and, well, scared.

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For those unfamiliar with the series, let’s back up to the beginning. “Don’t Hug Me I’m
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The Muppets Cancelled at ABC

The Muppets Cancelled at ABC
It’s time to cut the music, it’s time to kill the lights. It’s time to… Ok, you’ve probably figured out where this insensitive parody is headed by now.

ABC on Thursday confirmed what many a felt-lover has feared: The Muppets will not return for a second season.

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The Muppets’ latest small-screen venture found them working for Up Late With Miss Piggy, a talk show starring — who else? — Miss Piggy, fresh off a breakup from her longtime love/producer Kermit the Frog.
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George Clooney, Hugh Laurie Unite for ER 'Reunion' Sketch on Jimmy Kimmel

George Clooney, Hugh Laurie Unite for ER 'Reunion' Sketch on Jimmy Kimmel
Is there a doctor in the house?! (Two, actually. And they both look oddly familiar.)

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George Clooney and Hugh Laurie stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday for “an ER reunion… sort of!” The two actors appeared as their respective doctor characters — Clooney as ER‘s Doug Ross and Laurie as House‘s titular pill popper — to offer their medical services to Jimmy Kimmel.

The sketch was originally introduced as an ER “reunion,” but because none of Clooney’s co-stars were available — Julianna Margulies is filming The Good Wife,
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