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By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In what one might call ‘the calm before the storm’, two middling wide releases debuted to relatively middling numbers. Next week sees a flurry of major wide releases over the last two weeks of the year, so this frame was a bit of a breather. The top film was New Year’s Eve, which debuted with $13.8 million. That’s one of the weakest #1 debuts of the year, and about $1 million less than Valentine’s Day grossed on its first day back in February 2010. That film scored the record for a romantic comedy debut with $56 million over Fri-Sun. Of course, that film had romantic comedy heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Garner. This film had a slightly lower-wattage cast, with only Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron qualifying as box office draws. The newbies this time around (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, »
- Scott Mendelson
This week on Indiewire, Sundance unveiled the last of their lineup, we sat down with Tilda Swinton and David Gordon Green to talk about their latest projects, Variety made a surprising announcement and much more. News Variety Launches IMDb Competitor Want the name of the second assistant hair stylist on "Hairspray"? The sound recordist on Lynn Ramsay's 1996 short film "Kill the Day"? Continuity errors in"Charade"? The list of characters played by Frank Oz in "The Great Muppet Caper"? You should go to IMDb. (Perhaps you've heard of it.) Now, Variety is launching an alternative. Montclair Film Festival Hits the Ground Running with Colbert and the Doc NYC Team Montclair, NJ, has 37,669 residents - one of them is Stephen Colbert - but no film festival. Until now, that is. This Year's EFPs Shooting Stars For the past 15 years, European Film Promotion (Efp) has showcased ten young actors who have »
Want the name of the second assistant hair stylist on "Hairspray"? The sound recordist on Lynn Ramsay's 1996 short film "Kill the Day"? Continuity errors in "Charade"? The list of characters played by Frank Oz in "The Great Muppet Caper"? You should go to IMDb. (Perhaps you've heard of it.) But since IMDb isn't always quick at updating projects, Variety thinks talent agencies or production companies will pay $1,000 per "seat" for access to Variety's Flix Tracker, which has a team of 150 people to investigate film credits and production information. Fast Company reports that Flix Tracker (which follows on the heels of Variety's acquisition of TV Tracker) is a database that doesn't trust crowdsourcing. Flix Tracker intends to compete with the internal tracking departments in Hollywood agencies and production companies. With Flix Tracker, Variety wants to use the reporting it already does, »
Fox anchor Eric Bolling says the new Muppets movie pushes a dangerous liberal agenda – but what about Kermit's previous films?
The headline in the Hollywood Reporter reads "Fox Business Network Calls Muppets Communist", followed by the deeply dispiriting words "Debate Goes Viral", which here we may take to mean: "Gains Perverse Legitimacy Because Lots of People Clicked On It". It is just the latest in a series of claims about children's films having a leftwing agenda. Last month a New York Post writer described Happy Feet 2 as "Kiddie Karl Marx". Sorry, I forgot to say Spoiler Alert.
If you haven't heard the story yet let me take you – with a heavy heart – back to Friday, when Fox Business Network anchor Eric Bolling announced that the new Muppet movie featured a character named Tex Richman, a greedy oil executive who wants to drill under the Muppets' theatre. The discussion that »
- Tim Dowling
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s The Muppet Top 7! It’s time to list the movies. It’s time to write the rights. It’s time to meet my favorites on the Muppet List tonight!
I like the Muppets. I really like The Muppets, in theaters now. originally, I gave the movie an 8/10. I saw it again over the weekend, and if I could (I don’t allow myself to do this) I’d re-score it a 9/10. The rewatchability is insanely high. Let’s look back on all of the Muppet movies as I list my Top 7 Muppet Movie Moments. I wish I could include The Muppets Christmas Carol. I am thankfully not including Muppets in Space, It’s A Very Muppets Christmas Movie and The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.
Fyi, I’m currently listening to Muppets: The Green Album thanks to Spotify. »
- Jeff Bayer
0:00 - Intro 4:40 - Headlines: First Images from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises Takes Place 8 Years After The Dark Knight, Arrested Development to Return on Netflix, Star Trek 2 in 3D, Should the Oscars Have a Comedy Category? 23:55 - Review: The Muppets 1:03:40 - Other Stuff We Watched: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Follow That Bird, One Night in Vegas, The Real Rocky, Renee, John Candy: True Double Blue, David Spade: Take the Hit, JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America, The Rules of the Game, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Storyteller, Farscape, Page One: Inside the New York Times, The Paper, Knights of Mayhem 1:58:22 - Junk Mail: Star Wars Unaltered Versions on DVD, Star Wars "Making Of" Books, Star Wars in French, Swedish Movie Titles, Watching Classics Just to Say You've Seen Them + Favourite Movie Villains, »
Jason Segel has said that it was an honor to revive the Muppets in the new feature film. Segel co-wrote and stars in The Muppets, which sees Kermit the Frog reunite with Miss Piggy and Fozzy for a telethon to save their Muppet Theatre. In an interview with The AP, Segel revealed that he hoped to return Jim Henson's Muppets to the zaniness of their early films, The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper. "I think at some point, The Muppets changed a little bit. Our goal with this movie is to reintroduce The Muppets to kids in a way that's reminiscent of the movies from the late '70s and early '80s," Segel explained. "The great thing about those movies and what Pixar does now is they don't pander or condescend to children." Segel also disclosed that he's willing (more) »
- By Justin Harp
"Can something be considered fan fiction if it's also an official, canonical studio product?" asks Alison Willmore at Movieline. "I'm going to argue yes, absolutely, because with The Muppets, Jason Segel has crafted what can only be described as the most extravagant work of fan fiction ever, Mary Sue-ing himself into the Muppet universe as a character who helps reunite the gang in order to save their old theater and the day. Segel, who co-wrote the film with Nicholas Stoller, even leaves his own tentative mark on Jim Henson's beloved ensemble by inserting a personal addition in the form of alter ego Walter (voiced by Peter Linz), his character's Muppet brother and the group's most devoted fan even when the rest of the world seems to have forgotten about them." 7.5 out of 10.
It dawned on me earlier this week that I've seen every single Muppet movie in a theater on its original theatrical release, from The Muppet Movie (which I love) to The Great Muppet Caper (my very favorite) to Muppets From Space (oh, dear). I couldn't believe it myself, but it's true. And now actor/writer/Muppet fan Jason Segel has brought us The Muppets, a new movie starring every Muppet he could find, including a new one, and his own non-Muppet self. While it's a fun outing, I would have liked it better with less Segel and more Muppets, but again, look where I'm coming from -- a child who was told when she was growing up that she was the exact same age as Sesame Street (which I found out later wasn't quite true), and who thought that was awesome.
Those of you who are familiar with the felt »
- Jette Kernion
Way back when the Muppets maintained a regular presence on television and movie screens, it seemed like every celebrity was jockeying for a cameo on "The Muppet Show" or one of the characters' feature films.
With "The Muppets" arriving in theaters this week, that tradition continues. Making appearances in the film are everyone from Dave Grohl and Neil Patrick Harris to Zach Galifianakis and James Carville, along with many, many more celebrities with a soft spot for Kermit and his gang.
While the actors, musicians, and other famous faces appearing in the film are joining an impressive list spanning decades of cameos, they also have some big shoes to fill. Over the course of making seven feature films, the Muppets have assembled a memorable list of cameos from some true Hollywood icons.
So without further ado, here are our 10 favorite cameos from the Muppets movies.
His role in »
- Rick Marshall
“But I don’t want to hunt worms. I want Snuffy to come and visit. And if he can’t come and visit, I don’t want to be here anymore. I want to go home!” If you asked a million Muppets fans why they love The Muppets, you would likely get a million different answers, but most of those reasons would probably be rooted in the caring world created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, a world of family and friendship, of acceptance and education. And while Muppet flicks like The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper embody all those traits (and are much more likely to be the feature titles viewers think of when they think “Muppet movie”), my favorite Muppet flick that has always best exemplified all those traits is the very first Sesame Street film – Follow That Bird. As that extremely telling title might let on, Follow »
- Kate Erbland
A lot has been made of Jason Segel's attempt to create, with "The Muppets," a movie that measures up to the "original trilogy" -- "The Muppet Movie," "The Great Muppet Caper" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan" -- but one key element that often doesn't get mentioned is the music involved.
Any Muppets material looking to match those three titans has a tough musical row to hoe given the way songs like "The Rainbow Connection," "Movin' Right Along" and "Saying Goodbye" have been seared into the minds of a generation for decades. The bad news is that the soundtrack to "The Muppets" doesn't live up to those lofty standards. The good news is that, divorced of comparison to its predecessors, it's still a charming collection of original songs, covers, odds and ends that'll please Muppet fans interested in taking home a piece of the movie.
There are a couple of »
- Adam Swiderski
Although at times they don't get the proper credit that they deserve, screenwriters are the ones who first create your favorite movies as they gradually make their way onto the big screen. One of those writers is Nicholas Stoller who's not only contributed to the television series "Undeclared" but several movies including "Yes Man," "Get Him to the Greek" and directed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Now the script writer is at it again, this time collaborating with actor Jason Segel on "The Muppets." It's the highly anticipated latest chapter in the Muppets movie series that may be the film we've been looking for in order to relaunch our beloved felt puppets into super stardom once more, on the big screen and perhaps on television.Oil has been discovered beneath the Muppet Theater and oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) plans to raze the Muppet Theater and Muppets Studio to drill oil. The world's biggest Muppet fan, »
Moviegoers who thought the Muppets would never be the same without Jim Henson are in for a real treat. The franchise, which was once top banana at the box office with 1979's The Muppet Movie and 1981's The Great Muppet Caper, went into decline following its creator's untimely death in 1989. But now Kermit & Co. are getting a 21st century makeover thanks to an unlikely assist from Jason Segel. On the eve of The Muppets' Nov. 23 release, we sat down with one of the film's producers, Todd Lieberman, and discussed the five things you need to know about the new movie. 1. Jason Segel: If it wasn't for the star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and TV's How I Met Your Mother, we »
The beloved Muppets have made seven feature films, and (like many of you), I've revisited the whole lot over the past week -- both the "original trilogy" of The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) and the "secondary" trio that includes Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), and Muppets From Space (1999). And yes, I've seen the new movie, and I adored it. Of course the characters, the humor, the music, and the sweetness are what make the films work, but let's be honest: there's nothing quite like seeing an actor you love pop up in a "kiddy" flick and play along with something silly. With that specific pleasure in mind, I took a lot of notes. Sure, I could have...
- Scott Weinberg
It's been nearly thirty years since a traditional Muppet movie has been released in theaters. More recently, Jim Henson's Muppets have been featured in remakes of classic novels or made-for-tv Christmas specials, but this month's The Muppets seems to be far more in keeping with fuzzy classics like The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper. And while some may think that with so many clips out there the whole movie has been given away, we're always excited to catch another glimpse of Muppet mayhem.
Next Showing: The Muppets hits theaters November 23.
Link | Posted 11/9/2011 by Mandy
- Mandy McAdoo
Amazon  is offering a free movie ticket to The Muppets (up to $12 value) with the purchase of a qualifying Muppets DVD. Here is how it works: Head over to this page to purchase one of the qualifying DVDs: Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa  $13 Muppet Treasure Island - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition  $10 The Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition  $11.50 The Great Muppet Caper - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition  $12 The Muppet Movie - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition  $12 The Muppet Wizard of Oz  $11.49 Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa  $12.60 The Muppet Show (Season 1, Season 2, or Season 3)  $18.50 Complete your purchase before January 1, 2011. Once shipment of the disc occurs Amazon will send an e-mail within 48 hours containing your promotional code, enter it in the provided website and print your certificate.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?t=film-20&tag=film-20&ie=UTF8&docId=1000738921&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo&pf »
- Peter Sciretta
My favorite of the Muppet film openings has always been from 1981's The Great Muppet Caper which featured a smart, meta, and chaotically fun dance sequence layered with all manner of wacky shenanigans from our favorite hand puppets (it even succinctly set up the film's overall story and villain). Will The Muppets follow suit with an equally well-conceived song and dance number? I don't know, but a portion of it has been revealed online for you to hum along to. Like with much of the »
- George Merchan
I know I.m not alone in wanting The Muppets to be the big comeback the Muppets deserve. When the mood strikes, I will find myself quoting The Great Muppet Caper (.Thieves aren.t breathing down your neck!.) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (.Meat makes me ill, Gil..). Will The Muppets rekindle the magic of the earlier films and The Muppet Show? Hopefully, however, it sounds like there are some Muppets veterans who aren.t so sure. Jason Segel, who is not only one of the stars of The Muppets, but also one of the screenwriters, is known to be a huge fan of the Jim Henson created puppets. So one would think the film would be in safe hands with him. The Hollywood Reporter.s Kim Masters ran a feature on the return of the Muppets, focusing a large portion of the article on concerns by certain writers and »
Jason Segel's revival of "The Muppets" has everyone talking, excited, and laughing with their spoof trailers and posters. Except for one group, that is: The original Muppet performers. In a long, sad, and occasionally scathing article in The Hollywood Reporter, the original Muppet performers express their reservations about the upcoming film. They have issues with the fart jokes, portrayal of the characters (even going so far as to call Segel's attitude towards them "dismissive") and the script, which they say is more Segel than Muppet. One anonymous Muppet performer complained the film "creates a false history that the characters were forced to act out for the sake of the movie." Frank Oz willingly put his name to his criticisms, and was more blunt in them. "I don't think they respected the characters," he told the British paper Metro. "But I don't want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie. »
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