April 23, 2014

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Oscars: Muppets, Cirque du Soleil confirmed for the Academy Awards – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some would argue that the annual Oscar telecast is a real circus. This year, it will be more like Cirque du Soleil.
Oscar telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced in a press release Friday morning that Cirque du Soleil will present a “wholly unique and exclusive” performance during the 84th Academy Awards, which will be televised on Sunday, Feb. 26, on ABC.
The producers claim that this one-time-only event will “feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act,” and will be accompanied by music by Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman, who scored the music for Cirque du Soleil’s “IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema.”
The act marks the second time Cirque du Soleil has performed during an Academy Awards telecast. The troupe’s first appearance, at the 74th Academy Awards, sparked discussions about creating a permanent show at the Kodak Theatre and resulted in the creation of “IRIS.”
In addition, Muppets fans disappointed that their viral campaign to get the puppets as Oscar hosts will be happy to hear that Kermit, Miss Piggy and possibly more Muppets at least will present at this year’s ceremony.
According to another press release, “Hollywood icons Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at the 84th Academy Awards … Their place in motion picture and television history has been cemented for decades, as evidenced by their well-deserved invitation to be presenters at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.”
You’ll no doubt be tuning in. Whom else are you excited about seeing?
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Miss Piggy Photos: Hollywood Hot Star of the Week

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected “Hollywood Hot Star of the Week” is international star, role model and diva – the fabulous Miss Piggy. Enjoy the photo gallery:

“Miss Piggy needs no introduction; star of film, TV and the upcoming Disney movie ‘The Muppets’ released nationwide on February 10th, she has been a pop culture icon known for her wit, charm and for having a certain frog on her arm.”
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Oscars: Bret McKenzie talks “Muppets,” music and the magic of Jim Henson – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: “The Muppets” soundtrack rarely leaves the CD player in our house. My boys, ages 7 and 3, adore the movie’s catchy tunes, from the opening number of “Life’s a Happy Song” to the sentimental “Man or Muppet.” My youngest repeats Fozzie’s line “I didn’t do it, I’ve been framed” ad nauseam, which is cute, until it drives you a little crazy.
For that, I must blame Bret McKenzie, one half of the famed “Flight of the Conchords” duo who served as Music Supervisor on James Bobin’s winning Muppet reboot. McKenzie penned a number of the movie’s signature songs, from “Me Party” –a self-righteous duet between Amy Adams and Miss Piggy – to the Chris Copper rap “Let’s Talk About Me.”
Now McKenzie’s catchy tunes are catching the eye of year-end award voters. The Broadcast Film Critics Association filled three of its five Best Song nominations with “Muppets” tracks. The Satellite Awards also recognized “Man or Muppet” and the cheery “Life’s a Happy Song.”
Will the Academy follow their lead? It’s one of the topics McKenzie and I discussed during a recent interview:
HollywoodNews.com: The original “Muppets” television program balanced a fine line between adult and adolescent humor. When writing the songs for “Muppets,” were you thinking of kids or their parents?
Bret McKenzie: Yeah, no, I totally agree. I watched a lot of the original films and TV shows, and I was really amazed at how funny they are, how they completely hold up. I think that was part of Jim Henson’s secret. He made children’s entertainment that was also funny for adults. He didn’t second guess or patronize children. And I think we took that approach to the film. We wanted to make a film that we’d like to watch, and I think kids like to watch it as well.
In that sense, the songs in the film will appeal to adults. All we had to do was make sure that the songs stayed clean. I was tempted to have some “motherfrogger” lines in there.

HollywoodNews.com: Well, you know, I’m glad you didn’t. The film is such a throwback to a time of wholesome family entertainment, and I don’t think that kind of walk-the-line humor of “Shrek” wouldn’t fit with “The Muppets.”
Oh yeah, I totally agree.
HollywoodNews.com: The songs are technically proficient and yet surprisingly simple. The yare effervescent. Did they come easily to you?
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Could the Muppets replace Eddie Murphy as Oscar host? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. According to an instantaneous Twitter movement, it’s time for the Academy to make the right move by naming Kermit, Miss Piggy and their fellow Muppets as the Oscar hosts tonight.
The Twitter page @MuppetOscars popped up this afternoon and already has attracted more than 2,300 followers and more than 4,000 Facebook likes. The hashtag #muppetoscars started popping up on Tweets by Twitch editor Scott Weinberg and InContention columnist Kris Tapley.
“The Oscars are on ABC. Disney owns ABC. The Muppets is a Disney joint. MAKE THIS HAPPEN,” Tapley wrote.
Can Eddie Murphy be replaced as the host of the 84th Academy Awards by Kermit the Frog? Unlikely. This comes across as a pleasant pipe dream, a rainbow connection between fans of Jim Henson’s Muppets, the upcoming “Muppets” movie, and the Oscars.
But more realistic options are being discussed elsewhere. On Grantland, the editorial staff tosses out names like Billy Murray (wouldn’t ever happen), Neil Patrick Harris (probably should happen), Hugh Jackman (he has history with the show) and Billy Crystal (he has even more history with the show).
So the Academy has options. But they need to make the right decision if they hope to reverse some of this PR nightmare and get the Academy Awards back on track.
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“The Muppets” full trailer arrives online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: After weeks of (extremely clever) spoof trailers taking on everything from “The Hangover” to “Green Lantern,” Disney’s new Muppets movie finally has a real trailer.
And it’s awesome!
The theme of “getting the band back together” has helped blow the dust off of countless franchises, but the tone of this project just feel right … and has felt right since the first bit of new leaked out regarding a Muppet makeover.
Jason Segel and Amy Adams are the chief human leads alongside Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the gang. But the trailer suggests all of the tongue-in-cheek show business humor that made the Muppet television show (and subsequent movies) special.
“The Muppets” comes out on Nov. 23. The full trailer is below. Tell us what you think!

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Disney unveils first “Muppets” poster

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Kermit, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy have remained mainstays in pop culture, but it has been years since Jim Henson’s Muppets have had a feature film to call their own.
That changes in November when James Bobin brings a live-action Muppet movie back to theaters with the help of Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis and many more.
“The Muppets” finds the kooky ensemble of puppets reuniting after years in an effort to save their legendary theater from an oil tycoon.
Today, Disney has unveiled the first poster from the anticipated family film. We have it below. What do you think?
“The Muppets” opens everywhere on Nov. 23.

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Lady Gaga has a good romance with the Muppets

HollywoodNews.com: Talk about lightening in a bottle.
Evidence that the Muppet brand is just about to get hipper with current crowds, news arrive that Lady Gaga will make an appearance in their new movie.
Rounding out Gaga’s entourage in the film, are funny men Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”), John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Ed Helms (“The Office,” “Hangover”).
There’s no question that Gaga is a fan of the frog in green. She wore a dress made out of Kermit the Frogs during a German TV interview. Also, she took Kermit as her date to the 2009 Video Music Awards.
Earlier announced as part of the Muppet cast: Jane Lynch as a prison guard and “Machete” man Danny Trejo and Upright Citizens Brigade player Donald Glover.
The new Muppet movie will get released next Christmas, their last installment being 1999’s “Muppets From Space.” ($17 million)
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