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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, childhood nostalgia is going to wash over you like a tidal wave in 2011. “The Smurfs” are heading to the big screen in August. Winnie the Pooh is getting a feature-length film. And The Muppets are putting on one more show in an effort to save their cherished theater.
“It’s kind of like ‘Being John Malkovich.’ It is a new twist on the Muppets. Very cerebral and meta,” said Jack Black, who revealed that he will be playing himself in Jason Bobin’s new feature which also stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Emily Blunt and Zach Galifianakis – some as co-stars, and some as celebrity cameos.
For instance, The Playlist »
- Sean O'Connell
Disney’s new Muppet movie--now called “The Muppet Movie”--has had more actors attached to it than the Academy Awards. On the surface the plot is classic Hollywood but according to a recent interview with Jack Black, there’s an interesting kick to it. No, we're not talking about an “Inception” type kick, although we would like readers to pause for a moment and contemplate that story arc. Instead, Black will play someone very close and familiar. “I will be playing myself,” Black said. “It’s kind of like 'Being John Malkovich.' It is a new twist on the Muppets. Very cerebral and meta.”… »
I remember the summer of 1982 quite fondly. That was a very good summer for cinema, well at least for a 9-year old boy. Because my parents rarely ventured to the cinema -- that was an event saved for New Years Eve and Summer vacation -- I can easily list the eleven films that I watched in movie theaters prior to that summer: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Elephant Man, The Black Hole, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Chariots of Fire, Popeye, Superman, Superman II, Moonraker, and The Muppet Movie. I saw every one of those films with my parents (or at least my mother). The summer of 1982 marked when I started going to the cinema with friends (though usually with a parental chaperon) -- which was a different viewing experience altogether! As I remember it, I was in the local movie theater every week that summer; though that is probably an exaggeration, »
- Don Simpson
It seems that the folk parody duo, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, from Flight of the Conchords have decided to spread their “pillow feather” wings and head into the realm of family films. First up is news that Clement is ready to be the bad guy in Men in Black 3, and now Stuff (New Zealand) reports that McKenzie will serve as music supervisors on the new Muppet film, currently known simply as The Muppet Movie (nice). McKenzie told the site, ““[the offer] was really unexpected. [...] It was a very surreal experience.” McKenzie was thought to be involved in the film after EW revealed a image from the film production which included him and director James Bobbin.
Things are so far looking pretty good for the project, with Forgetting Sarah Marshall writers Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller working on the script and a large number of cameos packed in for good measure. Emily Blunt, »
- Laura Stackhouse
The Muppet Movie is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies since the last movie featuring the lovable felt scamps, and now it’s even better. According to The Playlist, Bret McKenzie – a member of New Zealand’s 4th most popular folk parody duo – will be acting as music supervisor for the film as well as penning some songs for it. This is a fantastic marriage. McKenzie has the sort of childlike wonder and ridiculous instrumental prowess that could churn out some truly great songs to be sung by hands inside artistically shaped cloth. Hopefully he’ll suggest a massive ensemble of Mahna Mahna. »
- Cole Abaius
The Muppets feature film, directed by Jason Segel, was originally slated to be released next Christmas but the studio has moved it up a month. There have been tons of rumors about various cameos and the Disney press release confirms a few of them.
Based on the press release, it seems like it will be called The Muppet Movie. That seems unlikely though since that's the same title as the characters' first foray onto the big screen back in 1979. The title has previously been reported as The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!!
Disney To Release New Muppets Movie Thanksgiving 2011
Burbank, Calif. – December 8, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios announced today that it has moved the release date for its upcoming The Muppets Movie to November 23, 2011. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, »
Since pretty much every cameo and celeb appearance has been given away for the upcoming "The Muppet Movie," we're left with telling you won't in the film. Paul Rudd was mentioned in a early batch of names that were said to be appearing in the film but like Jane Lynch before him, it appears word on his participation was a bit premature. Speaking with MTV at the 2010 Gotham Awards, Rudd reveals his role in the film, which was said to be the voice of the new Muppet Walter, was all a rumor. "I wish that I was [in it].… »
We’ve brought you quite a bit of news already about the upcoming Muppet Movie, previously titled “The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever”, now “The Muppets” and now we have a veritable bounty of on-set snaps for your viewing pleasure as well.
As well as giving us these stills, SlashFilm have rather kindly summarised some of the casting news and plot elements as well.
James Bobin is directing from a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. The film will be in the tone of the classic Muppet films like The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and Muppets Take Manhattan. Jason Segel will play the lead role, a human named Gary, whose best friend is a Walter, a new iPhone-wielding Muppet named Walter voiced by Paul Rudd. The character has been described as “a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friend and roommate of Segel’s character, »
- Dave Roper
As Jason Segel’s The Muppets gears up for production, the cast/cameo appearances are stacking up – much as one would expect for any self-respecting Muppet movie! (Check out the First Look here.)
We’ve previously reported Segel himself, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, and Amy Adams, were signed on to the project while Zach Galifianakis was rumored to be involved. And now Production Weekly tweets have revealed Jack Black, Donald Glover (Community), Kristen Schaal (The Flight of the Conchords), Jane Lynch, and Danny Trejo are linked to The Muppets. While Black and Glover’s roles are unknown at present, Prod Weekly notes Schaal “has been mentioned as the Moderator” while First Showing reports Lynch will play a prison guard to Trejo’s prisoner (obvs) and Galifianakis has signed on as “Hobo Jo.” Expect small cameo roles – like Steve Martin in The Muppet Movie.
Then there’s the rumor that Lady Gaga is to appear, »
- Kristy Puchko
Amy Adams has seemed a little Mia lately, as she followed up her January turkey Leap Year with the birth of her first child in May-- enough to make anyone take a breather from the public eye, I'd think. But with her next film The Fighter hitting theaters later this year Adams is ready to pick up where she left off, and apparently has three big roles to consider. According to Entertainment Weekly she's eyeing starring roles in the Jason Segel-starring Untitled Muppet Movie and Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo, plus "a significant role" in Welcome to People, which will be writer Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut. The Muppet movie is apparently the one closest to actually happening, and given Adams' natural adorability and giant eyes that make her resemble a human Muppet, I'm 100% on board for this one. We Bought A Zoo would have her starring »
Amy Adams is reportedly considering roles in three upcoming films: James Bobin’s untitled Muppets movie, Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, and Alex Kurtzman’s Welcome to People. According to EW, negotiations for Muppets appear to be the most solid, but Disney isn’t commenting. We don’t know much about the Muppet movie. We know that Jason Segel co-wrote the script and will star and that the title is rumored to be The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Co-writer Nicholas Stoller told Steve back in May that there are tons of cameos, it will be similar in tone to The Muppet Movie, and that the movie breaks the fourth wall every five minutes.
Hit the jump for more on We Bought a Zoo, Welcome to People, and what roles Adams might play in those films.
In We Bought a Zoo, Adams would play a zookeeper opposite a »
- Matt Goldberg
For every classic theme song, a dozen are seemingly forgotten. Here’s our list of ten movie tunes that deserve to be rediscovered…
Sometimes a big hit emerges from the mix, but most often, songs used to promote the film in another venue, say iTunes, quickly disappear into the ether.
Gone, but not entirely forgotten, most, if not all, of the following songs from movies have found their way to the afterlife of YouTube.
Here are ten top tunes to seek out...
Sweet Talkin' Candy Man (Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls)
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls features the usual perks of a Russ Meyer flick (including a star turn by Dolly Read), great rapid-fire editing, and boasts a script full of quotable lines by Roger Ebert. »
As much as I know about movies, that's about the opposite of how much I know about wine. In fact, I'm probably less informed than the waiter in the restaurant scene from Going the Distance. I'd love to be a connoisseur, though, and I wonder if the key for someone like me to learn the ways of the grape are to do so through film. I don't mean like how I first heard of Pinot Noir thanks to Sideways or that a 95-cent Idaho bubbly is likely a bad choice via The Muppet Movie. Or how I've bought certain bottles just because they have a filmmaker's name on them (I had some sparkling Sofia Coppola this past weekend, in fact). I mean something more specific, like the list Focus Features had compiled for its own titles back in June as a promotion for The Kids Are All Right, or how »
- Christopher Campbell
Paul Vasquez (Hungrybear9562) saw a double rainbow from his yard in Yosemite National Park and decided to grab his video camera to record the meteorological phenomenon. Interesting enough, but not the sort of thing set to become a YouTube hit, let alone one that inspires a song. The video's true value — and reason for its viral success — is this dude's reaction to seeing the double rainbow.
Here at Reelz, we're split. The cynics say it's a shrewd attempt at grabbing an audience, perhaps even an audition tape of sorts; while the romantics simply see a burly-man broken down to his rawest emotions by nature's beauty. One thing we can agree on is that odds are good Hungrybear9562's screen de plume might hint at a certain recreational habit. Which got us thinking it might be fun to do a little re-casting, especially given Hollywood's relentless release of sequels and remakes. »
- reelz reelz
San Diego -- The Muppets are getting Pixar-lated.
Principals involved with Disney's upcoming live-action pic toplining Jason Segel flew to Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., on Wednesday for a table read of the project with the animation powerhouse.
The involvement comes just months after Pixar helped shape reshoots for Disney's upcoming sci-fi tentpole "Tron Legacy."
In other words, this is the second recent example of the animation house assisting parent Disney with a live-action feature.
Some of the members of the so-called "Pixar Brain Trust" -- filmmakers John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Michael Arndt, Bob Peterson and president Ed Catmull -- were there for the consultations. Docter is a particularly avid Muppets fan, so he almost certainly was one of the attendees. On the Disney side, Muppets director James Bobin and producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman were likely in the room along with Segel. Neither Pixar nor Disney would comment. »
- By Borys Kit
I’ve been a fan of Jason Segel’s work for a long time. While some of you still haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, if you haven’t, you’re missing out on great television and some fantastic work by Segel. But even though both of those shows died well before their time, Segel’s landed on his feet, as he’s one of the stars of the very popular CBS show How I Met Your Mother, and he’s even been the leading man in a big Hollywood movie – Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Anyway, with the 3D CGI movie Despicable Me opening tomorrow, I was able to talk with Segel as a reporter for our partners at Omelete. During the almost 6 minute interview, we talked about Brazil, the World Cup, what got him involved in Despicable Me, his next film Jeff Who Lives at Home (directed by »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Early this afternoon Walt Disney Pictures announced that Jim Henson's Muppets will be back on the big screen on Christmas Day 2011 in the tentatively titled The Muppets. Following his puppet-related experiences on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel pitched the idea of resurrecting the Muppets to Disney. Since then, Segel and Nick Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, have been working on the script. No plot information is currently available, and Disney did not announce whether or not the movie would be in 3-D. While The Muppets have been a cultural icon for decades, their box office track record is mixed. Their first big screen outing, The Muppet Movie, made over $65 million in June 1979, or the equivalent of over $205 million adjusted for ticket price inflation. To this day, The Muppet Movie remains the highest-grossing puppet movie of all-time, indicating that the genre as a whole has been relatively unpopular. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
If you’re nervous that Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) second film would somehow disappoint, I’m happy to report Get Him to the Greek is extremely funny and definitely worth seeing. Since we’ve been covering the film a lot over the past few months (here’s my set report, a bunch of new images, on set interviews with Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and writer/director Nicholas Stoller) I’d like to think most of you are familiar with the film and are excited to see it. But for the three people that have no idea what it’s about, watch this awesome red band trailer. Trust me, you’ll laugh a lot.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The director discusses the effect that the original film will have on his screenplayChud recently caught up with director Nicholas Stoller for his upcoming Russell Brand/Jonah Hill comedy Get Him to the Greek.
"If you watch The Muppet Movie now it's amazing how much they break the fourth wall and how Simpsons-esque it is, but obviously before The Simpsons. It's very self-aware and kind of amazing. I call The Muppets the gateway drug for all comedy nerds - it's what you see that makes you want to do comedy for the rest of your life."
If you hate The Muppets, you hate life.How could anyone not like The Muppets? I grew up watching Kermit and the gang on The Muppet Show. I've seen all the movies and laughed at all the guest appearances. But I always wondered why there wasn't a new Muppet movie? When Disney bought the rights, I was glad. Now The Muppets had the marketing muscle of Disney to get them back in the spotlight for a whole new generation of kids growing up on crap like Digimon.Comingsoon spoke with Nick Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the upcoming Get Him to the Greek, about The Muppets and his other project Stretch Armstrong.Here's a bit on Stretch:"Rob had a great take on 'Stretch' and he told me about it, and I said, 'Please let me write it.' It's a superhero origin story taking it totally seriously, »
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