April 21, 2014

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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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“The Muppets” has a perfect RT grade (for now)

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m afraid I’m jinxing “The Muppets” just by typing this, but so far – as of Tuesday morning – James Bobin’s delightful family comedy is batting 100 on Rotten Tomatoes.
All 27 reviews are Fresh to date. Eleven Top Critics have weighed in on Kermit and Miss Piggy’s reunion, all giving thumbs up to what should be a massive Thanksgiving holiday hit.
“No matter who you’re taking to the movies, and even if you’re going by yourself, you can’t go wrong with this one,” Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir writes.
“Effortlessly blending wised-up, self-reflexive humor with old-fashioned let’s-put-on-a-show pizzazz, The Muppets is an unexpected treat,” Justin Chang of Variety adds.
In my review of “The Muppets,” filed from the film’s world premiere at the Savannah Film Festival, I called Bobin’s film “a delightful mixture of nostalgia and Charlie Kaufman-esque, pop-culture punchlines wrapped in a comfortable, getting-the-band-back-together structure.
“Co-writers Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel (who stars) obviously grew up on the weekly variety program that entertained those of us now know as Generation X. And there’s a loving subplot about reclaiming family entertainment from the vapid, insensitive reality programming that passes for television these days.
But beyond that, “The Muppets” – much like their feature films of old – is infused with goofy charms and non-ironic glee. The Muppet voices are a little off, but the humor and sentiment is spot on. Rapid-fire jokes appear to grow smarter as the film progresses, and the movie-concluding variety show will transport you back to your childhood living room, where you gathered as a family to laugh and sing along with the Muppets and their weekly celebrity guest host.”
Can the film sustain it’s perfect rating? Will notorious contrarian Armond White derail the love parade? We shall see.
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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” delights at Savannah surprise screening

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “You are the first audience in the world to see this film.”
With that, Savannah Film Festival Exective Director Danny Filson pulled back the curtain on Friday night’s Director’s Choice, which – to the delight of the supercharged audience in Trustees Theater – was James Bobin’s joyous, clever “The Muppets.”
Thunderous applause bookended the screening, which was an admittedly out-of-left-field choice for a festival that, so far, had screened mature fare like David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” and Lynne Ramsay’s harrowing “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
“The Muppets” was the perfect antidote, a delightful mixture of nostalgia and Charlie Kaufman-esque, pop-culture punchlines wrapped in a comfortable, getting-the-band-back-together structure. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the vaudeville gang of cornball entertainers reunite after decades of separation, hoping to stage a telethon that’ll raise enough money to prevent greedy Tex Richman (Chris Cooper, who raps) from bulldozing their beloved theater.
To borrow a line from one of the movie’s winning musicals, “I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face.”
Co-writers Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel (who stars) obviously grew up on the weekly variety program that entertained those of us now know as Generation X. And there’s a loving subplot about reclaiming family entertainment from the vapid, insensitive reality programming that passes for television these days.
But beyond that, “The Muppets” – much like their feature films of old – is infused with goofy charms and non-ironic glee. The Muppet voices are a little off, but the humor and sentiment is spot on. Rapid-fire jokes appear to grow smarter as the film progresses, and the movie-concluding variety show will transport you back to your childhood living room, where you gathered as a family to laugh and sing along with the Muppets and their weekly celebrity guest host.
“The Muppets” is wonderful. Segel, Stoller and Bobin cracked the code, recreating a Muppet movie that can in over a new generation of clever kids as it reminds their parents what they found amusing about Jim Henson’s creations in the first place. Checking out “The Muppets” means casting a vote for quality family entertainment. Supporting “The Muppets” is a necessity.
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“Muppets” exclusive clip features new character Walter

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Despite the onslaught of “Muppet” marketing leading up to the film’s Nov. 23 release, in which Jim Henson’s creations spoofed everything from “The Green Lantern” to “The Hangover Part II,” we haven’t seen a whole lot with Walter, the new character created for this movie who acts a catalyst for the plot. But a new clip finally puts Walter in the spotlight, if only for a moment.
Posted on Yahoo Movies, this clip features Walter and his best friend (Jason Segel) as they plan a trip to California. Their adventure will find them fighting to save the theater in which the original Muppets show was filmed.
It’s shaping up to be a meta movie-within-a-movie concept, overrun with cameos. Much like the year-long string of teaser trailers that established the new film’s tone.
This clip’s still my favorite. As they say, it’s a parody of their own parody trailer. “We’ve taken this as far as it will go.” Very clever.

Now bring on the movie. “The Muppets” returns Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the puppet clan to theaters. It opens everywhere on Nov. 23.
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Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie are totally platonic

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: After decades of speculation, an official announcement has been made: puppets Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street fame have a relationship that is totally platonic. Not only did the Sesame Workshop go so far as to deny an amorous relationship between the two, a representative confirmed that neither is gay.
“Bert and Ernie are best friends,” said the organization via its Facebook account after an online petition to learn the puppets’ sexual orientation gained momentum. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

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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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Gwyneth Paltrow & Cee Lo Green reportedly off to Grammys

HollywoodNews.com: Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green are apparently going to continue their musical adventure together and take it to the Grammys.
The two will reportedly be performing together with the help of Jim Henson Company Puppets, states People. As of now, it is reportedly unknown what song they might choose to perform together, but they have previously worked on “F**k You.”
Paltrow originally impressed Cee Lo when she performed his song on ‘Glee.’ The Grammys will air on February 13th.
Will you tune in for their performance?
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Katy Perry uses ‘Simpsons’ to take shot at ‘Sesame Street’ ban

HollywoodNews.com: As any pop star can tell you, the moment that you’ve made it hits not when you get on the cover of Rolling Stone, not when you attend the Grammy’s, but when you get a duet on Sesame Street. Unfortunately for Katy Perry, her adorable performance with Elmo was cut due to the singer’s risque outfit.

According to the New York Daily News, her spot on The Simpsons Christmas special took multiple jabs at Sesame Street. This comes after Sesame Street banned a duet that Perry performed with Elmo because parents complained that Perry’s outfit was too controversial aka revealing. The star got her revenge.
“In the wake of Elmo’s terrible betrayal, ‘The Simpsons’ puppets wish to announce they stand felt-shoulder-to-shoulder with Katy Perry,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly at the time.
Do you think Perry is right to poke fun at Sesame Street or was it in bad taste to wear such a revealing outfit in the first place? Let us know what you think.
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