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After he’d done years of the show Sam and Friends but before moving on to The Muppet Show, Jim Henson did a set of experimental musical shorts. The animations use paper cutouts to visualize music. In the case of this one, Drums West, the inspiration and backing track is a piece from jazz drummer Chico […]
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- Russ Fischer
The Als Ice Bucket Challenge is growing bigger by the minute, becoming one of the biggest viral marketing charity successes in history. We’ve seen all sorts of celebrities from athletes, actors and musicians take part, and more importantly, a lot of money has been raised for a good cause. One of the latest celebrities to get soaked is arguably Jim Henson’s most famous Muppet creation, the star and host of The Muppet Show, and everybody’s favourite puppet, Kermit the Frog. Yes folks, even muppets are helping out. Although he generally functions as the “normal” and calm center of the show, at times, Kermit can be manic, and in this video he’s a tab bit weary of the outcome. Thankfully Kermit survives and challenges his Muppets Most Wanted costars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. Watch the video below. Enjoy!
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If you are in need of something to do this Monday evening then we may have just the ticket for you. The Roundhouse is hosting a one night only screening of Kid Koala’s film Nufonia Must Fall. The DJ will himself be in attendance to live score his creation accompanied by the Afiara String Quartet. The quirky fun doesn’t stop there though as the film itself will be performed live by puppeteers with their actions projected onto the big screen. At the helm of the night’s proceedings is production designer Kk Barrett who recently worked on both Her and Where The Wild Things Are.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned DJ and music producer. In addition to his albums he has also provided music for Shaun Of The Dead, Looper, and Scott Pilgrim Versus The World. The film Nufonia Must Fall is based on Koala’s own self-penned »
- Kat Smith
Director: James Bobin
Running Time: 107 minutes
Blu-ray Extras: The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History, ‘I’ll Get You What You Want’ Music Video Performed By Bret McKenzie, Rizzo’s Biggest Fan, Mickey Short “No Service”, On Set with Walter, Inside The Gulag
After their nostalgic 2011 comeback, the gang return with Muppets Most Wanted. As mad as a box of frogs, the entertainment value is upped in this spoof-like caper that is equally as ridiculous as it is enjoyable. As an adult, you’ll have no trouble with the forthright plot of mistaken identity. After being talked into a global tour by Ricky Gervais’ Dominic Badguy (“It’s French and pronounced Bad-gey”), we discover he’s in cahoots with an evil, Russian frog by the name of Constantine and they plan to steal »
- Dan Bullock
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Girl Meets World, Mistresses, 24: Live Another Day, and Pretty Little Liars
1 | Does Girl Meets World‘s Cory ever teach any actual history in his class? On that note, do any of Riley’s classmates pay attention to Cory when he’s teaching? Also, wasn’t it great to see Topanga and Auggie’s dynamic?
2 | Since Salem’s Increase was always so quick to invite suspected witches to, ahem, hang with him for a spell, »
Aliya looks back at the film Peter Sellers wanted destroyed and finds it very, very dark indeed...
Peter Sellers is one of those figures of British comedy whom everyone feels, in retrospect, was only laughing on the outside. If you want to know about his less than happy life then it's worth watching Geoffrey Rush give a brilliant performance in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). Rush does a really good job of putting across his deep-seated sense of emptiness. Sellers once said of himself, “I could never be myself… You see, there is no me. I do not exist… There used to be a me, but I had it surgically removed.” This might sound like a deep statement of angst; it seems entirely fitting to me that he said it to Kermit during his 1978 appearance on The Muppet Show. Ten seconds later you can watch him recite »
Muppets Most Wanted disappointed at the box office - so where does that leave plans for another Muppets movie?
Nicholas Stoller's latest film, Bad Neighbours (known as Neighbors in most of the rest of the world) has proven to be the first surprise smash hit of the summer. Starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, the movie opened to nearly $50m of business last weekend in the Us alone.
Stoller directed that one, but he's also been the man who's co-written the last two Muppets films, including the recent Muppets Most Wanted. The latter hasn't enjoyed such box office success sadly, with the film taking a disappointing $70m worldwide. Hurt by competition from the likes of Rio 2 and Mr Peabody And Sherman, the film's take is a long way shy of the $165m grossed by The Muppets two years earlier.
So: what happened? Stoller, talking to IndieWire, said »
Whether you're ready or not, Maya Rudolph is bringing the variety show back. With The Maya Rudolph Show, the Saturday Night Live veteran is throwing back to the days of The Muppet Show and The Carol Burnett Show. "I had always wanted to do something like this but wasn't really sure exactly what it was," Rudolph told reporters. "Once I left SNL, I sort of had the bug and couldn't really cure it. It's hard when you perform live on a regular basis and then you stop performing live…it feels like there's a part of you missing." The genesis of the variety show began when Rudolph left SNL and was rekindled when she started working with Lorne Michaels regularly on Up All Night. "I »
Before Jim Henson’s Muppets became movie stars, they headlined their own sketch comedy series in The Muppet Show, which aired for five seasons (beginning in the mid-1970s). Since then, Kermit the Frog and company have been no strangers to the small screen, having appeared in such programs as Muppet Babies – a 1984 animated spinoff featuring the Muppets as infants – as well as Muppets Tonight, a show released back in the mid-1990s, that resurrected the Muppet Show variety entertainment format.
Walt Disney Pictures brought the Muppets back to theaters in 2011, with the aptly-titled The Muppets. As far as franchise relaunches go, it was a success, bringing in $165 million in grosses worldwide and earning strong reviews from ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Sir Richard Branson boycotts Dorchester Hotels, Maggie Gallagher touts defeat on marriage, Justice Ginsberg reflects on Windsor
Sir Richard Branson says that all Virgin companies and employees are boycotting hotels owned by the Dorchester Collection, and the Sultan of Brunei until he rescinds Sharia Law, including death by stoning for homosexuality.
The Human Rights Campaign is also calling on Lgbt groups and allies to boycott the hotels as well. ““There are a number of hotels and venues in the Los Angeles area that aren’t owned by foreign leaders and governments that allow for the execution of its Lgbt citizens. We’re encouraging members of the Lgbt community and our allies to consider those options instead of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air––which are part of the Sultan’s Dorchester Collection. In addition, we’re calling on organizations that have upcoming events scheduled at these hotels to move them to other locations. »
- Ed Kennedy
While everyone knows The Muppets for their numerous theatrical successes, Jim Henson’s loveable creations also had many excellent outings on the small screen as well. Hosting their own type of variety hour, The Muppet Show really started the world’s love for Kermit and his gang, but a new generation of fans who only have films like the recent Muppets Most Wanted are missing out on a whole section of Muppets history. Thankfully though, that might be changing.
Many people know filmmaker Nicholas Stoller for his directorial work on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, and the uproarious frat comedy Neighbors (which you shouldn’t miss). What you may not know is that Stoller also co-wrote both recent Muppet movies. While in New York City today to promote Neighbors, I sat down with the Stoller and decided to see if there were any future plans for Jim Henson’s franchise. »
- Matt Donato
In the action-packed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap and Black Widow team up to figure out a mystery and, of course, save the world. The duo is so amazing together that we were inspired to create our Top 5 Butt-Kicking Duos. Let's take a look back at all of our favorite pairs from the past!
Tris and Four, Divergent. Tris finds herself to be unlike any of the five factions, and with the help of Four these two begin a rebellion against those who try to divide them.
Katniss and Peeta, The Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta save themselves in The Hunger Games, but when they are forced to re-enter the deadly game in Catching Fire, this butt-kicking duo begins to save the nation from the Capitals forces.
Bella and Edward, Twilight. Bella and Edward may seem like an unlikely couple, but when the two are forced to protect their family, »
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This past Friday saw the UK cinema release of Muppets Most Wanted, directed by James Bobin and starring Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and, of course, those lovable Muppets. This movie marks the 8th theatrical released Muppet movie in the last 35 years, and their creation dates back over half a century. Despite this, The Muppets seem to be as popular as ever, with 2011’s The Muppets drawing $165M at the worldwide box office.
How, after so many years, and numerous ups and downs, are the Muppets still seeing such success? What is it about The Muppets that has made them the most enduring ensemble cast in cinematic history?
The first, and maybe most important, element of The Muppets’ continuing success has to be their creator, Jim Henson. When Henson created these lovable characters, he imbued them with perhaps his most valuable trait. Positivity. In a world where negative emotions and opinions »
- Barry Steele
From the moment Rowlf the Dog pounds his paws on the piano, original fans of "The Muppet Show" get filled with excitement. For kids of who grew up in the late 1970s and 1980s, the raucous hilarity of the show was a moment to pause once a week and laugh with parents -- a cultural moment you all had to enjoy together to be in on the joke.
Before kids shows turned over completely to educational and morality tales, the Muppets effortlessly entertained, connecting kids to big world ideas without banging them over our heads. "The Muppet Show" was art, rooted in the early days of entertainment when performers were required to know how to sing, dance, act and make people laugh all at once.
- Moviefone Staff
Having been turned down by every television studio in America, Jim Henson’s Muppet Show was eventually bankrolled in the UK by legendary cigar-chomping mogul Lord Lew Grade. From its debut in 1976, The Muppet Show was a huge, global success; an instant hit with both children and adults. Three years later, with the Muppets at the zenith of their popularity, Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and company made their big screen debut with The Muppet Movie (‘More Entertaining Than Humanly Possible’) which was one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Since then a further seven big-screen adventures have been released, including this month’s Muppets Most Wanted, as well as several TV specials – not to mention some classic Muppet albums.
The great appeal of The Muppets is its deft blend of childish wonder, a primary-coloured rainbow of felt and ping-pong balls, underscored with a sly, anti-establishment edge and a sureness »
- Cai Ross
Feature James Clayton 28 Mar 2014 - 06:15
As its sequel makes its debut in UK cinemas, James looks back at the 2011 The Muppets movie...
"We're doing a sequel!" they sing and, indeed, Muppets Most Wanted is now in theatres and folks really do want to see The Muppets... Again! (The sequel's working title). In fact, if you scan most 'most wanted' lists you're likely to eventually find the Muppets somewhere in the midst of the myriad desired items.
Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson's ragtag felt-and-foam-based gang of handmade heroes are in demand and universally loved. Even so, it's probably reasonable to suggest that, for a while, people forgot just how much they loved them.
This is where the 2011 movie The Muppets comes in. Easily the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational reboot ever made, the James Bobin-directed comeback flick brought the whole band back together again »
Debate! The Good Wife and Scandal both abruptly killed off a major character. Which recent shocking TV death was better? The Daily Beast says Good Wife provided a lesson in what a perfect Omg moment looks like , but Vulture took a different view and called it a betrayal to the characters. Vulture’s pro-Scandal argument: The political drama’s big surprise was a moment built on weeks of character choices and one that went on to further define the characters.
“…and they made it look like a carjacking?”
The people behind the Creation Museum think Cosmos is being unfair by not giving time to discuss creationism. I believe that will come after the segment about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
- Lyle Masaki
Some people grew up on the Beatles. Others, the Rolling Stones. Then there were the kids who learned about music through Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, the Muppets' house band. For fans of The Muppet Show, the Mayhem were a gateway to rock and roll. The group covered everything from classical to jazz to country, backed up pop stars including Elton John and Diana Ross, and used a psychedelic, Magical Mystery Tour–inspired bus to get around, like they were a bunch of merry Ken Kesey–esque pranksters (minus the drugs, of course).The Mayhem consisted of five members, all loosely based on real-life musicians. Fittingly, Muppet creator Jim Henson voiced the Mayhem’s lead singer, Dr. Teeth. The doctor’s deep, gravelly tone and colorful vests were a nod to New Orleans legend Dr. John. (Funny enough, I learned about Dr. Teeth before I learned about the man he was based on, »
- Alex Suskind
Not just anyone can say they've contributed to something as legendary as the Muppets songbook. Bret McKenzie, known primarily for the comedy duo "Flight of the Conchords," can definitely make that claim, though.
McKenzie is responsible for the original songs in both "The Muppets" and "Muppets Most Wanted," movies that have reintroduced those famous felt puppets to popular culture. Sitting down with Zap2it to talk about "Muppets Most Wanted," McKenzie says, "It is kind of amazing."
Creating music for the characters in the Muppet universe is quite a bit different than it is for other movies. Upon reading an early version of the script, he sits down with director James Bobin to figure out where the songs should go and what they should be about. From there, it's time to get weird.
"I put on whatever character I'm working for. [If it's] Miss Piggy I start singing like Piggy," he explains. »
The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz. 1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »
- Louis Virtel
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