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Extra! Extra! Somebody’s getting married!
No, we’re not channeling the show-stopping closing number from The Muppets Take Manhattan — we’re previewing Grey’s Anatomy‘s upcoming Season 9.
Series creator Shonda Rhimes tells TVLine exclusively that the ABC drama’s new season will find one of the show’s couples exchanging “I dos.”
“We are going to have a wedding this season,” Rhimes confirmed. “But that’s all I’m going to say.”
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Considering that three of the show’s main duos — Derek/Mer, Cristina/Owen, »
- Michael Ausiello
It's time to start the music, it's time to light the lights … it's time to watch back-to-back Muppets until the inside of my brain turns into blue felt.
I've always been a Muppet at heart so when I heard the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square was holding an all-day Muppet marathon, I got there quicker than the Great Gonzo shot from a cannon. Seven films were in the lineup (the TV movies were omitted) and the atmosphere in the room was buzzing. I have to admit I was jealous of the couple in Gonzo and Kermit hoodies (complete with a blue hooked nose on the hood, and green neck ruffle respectively). There were Fozzies in every cup holder, and Muppet-themed straws in every drink.
Watching so many Muppet films in quick »
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to read an update on the new Muppet film tonight!
As you might assume from my lead, a sequel to The Muppets has officially been confirmed, and there’s even an image to prove it. [MTV]
Disney made the announcement yesterday during a panel at CinemaCon, and while the studio neglected to divulge any further details, the news did cement the plot leanings that Muppets co-writer Nicholas Stoller dished on earlier this month. So far, we know that Muppets 2 will be a “comedy caper” in the tradition of The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan, and that the felted cast will return with the addition of new characters.
As for the human side of the film, Jason Segel won’t return to write or star (except for a possible cameo), but Stoller »
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Now that any gloom pertaining to Jason Segel‘s withdrawal has probably worn off, we can just discuss a sequel to The Muppets as its own, standalone piece. (Well, I’m hoping that’s the case.) And what a good place this is to start: When speaking to Collider about his next film, the Segel-led Five-Year Engagement, Muppets co-writer Nicholas Stoller let loose with some nitty gritty on the follow-up.
Muppets fans will be delighted to hear that, true to the characters’ original sequel, the new film will be “a comedy caper.” Just as Stoller saw “dramatic connections” between Henson‘s first Muppet movie and their inaugural stint, this will take a few cues from The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets Take Manhattan — all filtered through the lens of he and director James Bobin, of course. Everyone’s favorite characters will return, to no one’s surprise — and some »
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Last year’s The Muppets corrected a crime committed against an entire generation of kids: it redeemed Jim Henson’s legacy spoiled by shamefully bad Muppet films like Muppets in Space or The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. James Bobin directs a script written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller that draws heavily upon the classic vibe of the original series and classics like The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Muppet Movie. Even though the film features a prominent story with Segel and Amy Adams, it never dominates the film’s larger purpose of reintroducing Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the rest to modern audiences as they reunite to put on a big show. For longtime fans, The Muppets packs quite an emotional wallop and makes it clear that it’s once again time to put on makeup, light the lights, and get things started on The Muppet Show tonight. »
- Lex Walker
As if The Muppets needed more good news, what with the awesome film releasing today and so on, they got a star on the walk of fame. I know. They didn’t already have one?
Star Ceremony Held at Historic El Capital Theatre Coincides With the In-Home Release of “The Muppets” Available Today
The world-renowed Muppets received a star on the Hollywood Walk (“Wocka Wocka”) of Fame today from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the release of Disney’s “The Muppets” on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The celebration was emceed by Chamber President and CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speakers Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios and Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company. Several Muppets were on hand to receive the star including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums, and Walter, the newest Muppet, who made his debut in Disney’s 2011 film. »
- Marc Eastman
Sunday’s Oscars will mark the Muppets’ fifth appearance at the Academy Awards. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, stars of 2011′s The Muppets, which is the third Muppet movie to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, will be at the ceremony to introduce a surprise. “Something very special,” Kermit told EW yesterday. That is, of course, if Piggy’s deal closes. As we learned when we interviewed the power couple alongside Academy president Tom Sherak, she’s demanding to take home an Oscar statuette after years of being snubbed for her acting. She’s also outraged on Kermit’s behalf. »
- Mandi Bierly
When it was announced that there would indeed be a new Muppet movie, I had equal feelings of elation and dread. I grew up on The Muppets, be it reruns of The Muppet Show, their first three feature films – The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan – or any number of television projects, like A Muppet Family Christmas, or even Muppet Babies, which still seemed to keep much of the magic that made the group so darned lovable. After the death of creator Jim Henson, there were ups (A Muppet Christmas Carol) and downs (Muppets from Space, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz ). So it’s not hard to understand why many of us fans were more than a little skeptical about a new feature film. That being said, I was glad to find that The Muppets not only met, but also exceeded any expectations I had. »
The love story has captivated audiences since storytelling began, and almost every movie seems to be required to have at least small romance in it. Throughout the history of movies, though, Hollywood has created some pretty non-traditional couples; from interracial to interspecies to inanimate objects. Some of the couples are innocent enough, while others are… well, just read the list.
Belle and Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
Disney movies are innocent enough, right? Beauty and the Beast tells the tale of the most beautiful girl around, who exchanges her own freedom for that of her father’s. She falls in love with a giant wolf-bear-creature who actually turns out to be an ok guy (although he did imprison her father for no good reason). The strangeness of this couple is pretty obvious. Beast is a gigantic man-beast, while Belle is a sweet dainty girl. Today we call that bestiality, back »
Muppets fan Luke Owen weighs in on the debate over the 'new voices'...
Yesterday, I reviewed the newest movie from Muppet Studios, The Muppets. But one point kept coming up when I was talking about the film that I wanted to address here.
There has been one big problem hanging over the Muppets, not just for this latest film, but for the last 20 years. In 1990, the world sadly lost Muppets creator Jim Henson to a form of bacterial pneumonia. It was Henson’s vision that brought the Muppets to our screens and his tireless dedication is what made the Muppets so truly special.
Since Henson’s death, the role of Kermit the Frog has been handled by Steve Whitmire, who had been working with the Muppets team performing as Rizzo The Rat – a character he would make popular in The Great Muppet Caper (1981) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) before he »
The Muppets, depending on where you live, are about to return or have returned to the big screen, with that wonderful new blockbuster paradigm of a movie that is both a reboot and sequel (or prequel) at the same time.
Simply titled The Muppets, the movie stars and is co-written by Judd Apatow regular, Jason Segel. The original songs are written by one half of Flight Of The Conchords, Brett McKenzie. The traditional Muppet movie roster of celebrity cameos includes the likes of Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and Neil Patrick Harris.
So: are the Muppets getting a little edgier this time around? If you look at the history of the Muppets, not really.
Right from the start, the Muppets (much like Bugs Bunny, Popeye and »
Is it right for us to see the Muppets out of their natural habitat? That question was posed to audiences in the 1990s, as Walt Disney Pictures brought us The Muppet Christmas Carol in 1992 and Muppet Treasure Island in 1996, two adaptations of famous novels with Muppets inserted into key roles. There were humans present in both films, but humans play second fiddle to the Muppets. Simply by being Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, and more, the Muppets take the spotlight away from the humans beside them. There have been different ways of saying it, but the biggest flaw in The Muppets is that Jason Segel and Amy Adams aren’t as compelling as the felt creatures standing next to them. But the problem in The Muppets isn’t nearly as frustrating as what happens in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
- Josh Spiegel
12 items from 2012
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