Screen Junkies » the muppets http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:35:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Muppet Selfies. Because You Work Hard, And You’re Worth It. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/muppet-selfies-because-you-work-hard-and-youre-worth-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/muppet-selfies-because-you-work-hard-and-youre-worth-it/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:57:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259696 Selfies are still self-indulgent and terrible. Unless you're a Muppet.

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Life’s hard sometimes. So it’s important that, in between moments of hurrying and stress, we find a way to take a deep breath and appreciate the things that really matter. Our health. Being around friends. Ice cream sandwiches. Muppet selfies.

The Muppet Instagram account (Oh, like you don’t follow it!) has posted a series of selfies that are pretty terrific. Take a moment to enjoy, why don’t you?

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Muppets Musical Will Give Muppets Fans Something New To Cheer/Piss And Moan About http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/muppets-musical-will-give-muppets-fans-something-new-to-cheerpiss-and-moan-about/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/muppets-musical-will-give-muppets-fans-something-new-to-cheerpiss-and-moan-about/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:58:29 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255285 I hope it goes better than the Spider-man musical.

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With The Muppets…Again! currently filming, you would think those woolen beasts would be satisfied with their success, rather than go greedily trolling for more money through alternative avenues.

But no.

They’re back at it again, this time with talk of a Muppets Broadway musical which would probably make a trillion dollars no matter how bad or good it was because Muppets. However, if it gets Statler and Waldorf two box seats to shout criticisms at the dump little puppets performing, then I think we’ll all be in pretty good shape here.

At the very least, let’s se if we can’t find a copycat production of Fraggle Rock in Branson, Missouri.

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‘The Muppets’ Is Getting A Sequel. Also, The Sky Is Blue. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-muppets-is-getting-a-sequel-also-the-sky-is-blue/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-muppets-is-getting-a-sequel-also-the-sky-is-blue/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:39:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246633 Apparently the Muppets aren't so anti-capitalist after all.

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With an Oscar, critical acclaim, and a boatload of box office receipts all in its favor, it was all but a certainty that The Muppets would be getting a sequel.

Now, it’s a certainty.

Disney is in the process of locking down co-writer Nicholas Stoller and director James Bobin for a victory lap. No word on Jason Segel‘s involvement yet, but I could see a decision on including him going either way. He was a competent and likable star, and no one has the enthusiasm for Muppets like he has, but the star of the movies should always be the Muppets, and not some dude whose wiener we saw in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

No word on release date, but I would bank on Thanksgiving of “as soon as f*cking possible.”

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Oscar Nominee Bret McKenzie: “We Were Really The Guardians Of This Magical (Muppet) World” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oscar-nominee-bret-mckenzie-we-were-really-the-guardians-of-this-magical-muppet-world/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oscar-nominee-bret-mckenzie-we-were-really-the-guardians-of-this-magical-muppet-world/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:38:54 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245068 "I just really wanted to make something that felt like it belonged to that world."

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I had one important question for Flight of the Conchords star and The Muppets song writer Bret McKenzie. Who was a better Oscar nominee: Phil Collins or Three 6 Mafia?

“Phil Collins,” he answered without hesitation. “Better drum sound.”

While clearly a talented comedian, it was McKenzie’s love of all things music that made him the perfect choice for The Muppets, a fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to recognize. His Oscar nomination for Best Original Song stems not from his ability to write entertaining lyrics, but rather his ability to do so in a way that also pays tribute to the source material.

“I just really wanted to make something that felt like it belonged to that world.”

McKenzie stresses that as with Flight of the Conchords, writing for The Muppets wasn’t about simply parodying the work of Jim Henson, but rather paying homage.

“A lot of the Choncords’ music comes from a similar place. There’s a lot of respect in it, and a lot of love goes in it. And I think that really comes through in the final product.”

But in order to give a proper tribute, McKenzie had to learn the rules of the the Muppet franchise, a task that proved daunting despite his years of being a fan.

“I had to learn the rules about the Muppets‘ world,” McKenzie said, still impressed by the level of detail involved. “Sam the Eagle refused to sing one of the lines in the song because it didn’t fit his character. So I rewrote the lyric in the studio for the character.”

But having to rewrite lyrics for a felt-based prima donna didn’t seem to diminish his enthusiasm. If anything, McKenzie came away with a renewed appreciation of the characters.

“Going into it, I loved Animal. Going out of it, I just loved Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys. Because now that I’ve made a TV show, seeing how they … criticize their own show within the show, it’s just such a great idea. It means that if an idea or a sketch isn’t working, they can point it out to the audience. It’s so self aware.”

This awareness of the audience was inspiring yet intimidating to McKenzie. While he felt honored to be part of the project, he knew that expectations were ridiculously high, a fact that he and the film’s creators took very seriously.

“Sometimes it felt like I cared more about it than the studio,” he said. “They’ll do whatever, it’s more of a business model. So we were really the guardians of this magical world. And there was a lot of pressure. So there was that responsibility.”

But at the end of the day, the overwhelmingly positive reception by fans and critics alike seems to have validated McKenzie’s commitment.

“My favorite comment was people saying ‘It felt like a Muppet Movie,’ cause that was my aim, and I think we all achieved that. And that’s why I’m really proud of it.”

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The Muppets Own Fox News http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-muppets-own-fox-news/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-muppets-own-fox-news/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:10:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=244118 You can't shake showbizz pros.

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Back when The Muppets had their new movie in theaters, Fox News attacked the film accusing it of being “liberal” and “anti-capitalism.” The accusations were lobbed toward the puppets because the film’s villain was depicted as an evil oil tycoon named “Tex Richman.” Big deal? Did Fox not also notice the talking eagle?

During a recent press conference in England, a reporter mentioned the Fox report to Kermit and Miss Piggy. Being the media-savvy swine that she is, Piggy (well, the person with her hand up Miss Piggy’s butt) absolutely shut down the cable news channel.

Take notes, Chelsea Handler. (via /Film)

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8 Children’s Shows That Will Turn Your Kids Into Communists http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-childrens-shows-that-will-turn-your-kids-into-communists/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-childrens-shows-that-will-turn-your-kids-into-communists/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:26:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238717 Statler and Waldorf are the only ones that represent the sentiments of the right.

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Fox News recently (and rightfully) asked whether The Muppets are “trying to brainwash your kids against capitalism?” Of course, the liberal left got all up in arms even though, as the question mark clearly indicates, this is an innocuous question intended to open a dialog.

That said, the answer is “yes.” Those rat bastards in the entertainment industry have started pushing their politics on children at a younger and younger age, knowing that their mushy brains are too soft and stupid to know the difference between right and wrong. Sadly, the children most susceptible to this brainwashing are the ones raised in sound families with two working parents. They’re betting that while you are out working at Exxon/Mobil or tending to your independently-owned rifle store, they can sink their claws into your children.

Well, it stops now. Here is an introductory list to the most egregious offenders of this practice.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Way to tell half the story, Captain Planet! Of course you’re the brainchild of noted land-hoarder Ted Turner. You demonstrate how children the world over can band together to preserve threatened eco-sysytems, but you don’t ever discuss how drilling for oil in national parks can preserve US hegemony at the low, low price of a few birds or maybe a species of rare otter.

Also, Captain Planet is weakened by pollution, like smog and nuclear radiation. Oh, I’m sorry CAPTAIN PLANET! Maybe we’ll just power our houses and skyscrapers with rainbows and happy thoughts. It’s like he doesn’t even care that Detroit is losing market share to Japan even as I type this.

Also, his slogan… “The power is yours?” HA! Maybe if the child watching the show happens to be a US Senator, otherwise, the power lies in Washington, where it belongs.

Babar

Babar is French, and, as such, represents the biggest threat to American values in the world right now. As I’ve said before, his green suit tacitly condones an alternative lifestyle. He also wears a crown. What’s he the king of? You can’t just make yourself a king! You know who does that? Qadaffi. Pol Pot. Stalin. Jimmy Carter. In other words, bad people do that.

Fat Albert

Fat Albert promotes obesity. He’s just too damn fat. I don’t care if, when children watch the show, they “just might learn somethin’,” and I certainly don’t care if they’re “gonna have a good time.” I care that a planet of a man in a giant red sweater is “Hey hey hey”-ing his way into co-opting my child’s values with stories of sharing.

Also, that Mushmouth simply butchers the English language, while Dumb Donald is just too dumb.

Starting at an early age, children should be taught that the way to live well is by studying hard so that one day you can get a job in the financial services industry, not by hanging out with your friends and helping people out. Typical liberal bullshit.

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Fox News Exposes The Great Muppet Caper: Brain Washing Your Children http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fox-news-exposes-the-real-great-muppet-caper-braining-washing-your-children/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fox-news-exposes-the-real-great-muppet-caper-braining-washing-your-children/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:13:03 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=238652 "The only thing green that should be up on that screen should be Kermit the Frog."

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Note: I honestly hate writing articles critical of Fox News. It’s not because I have any affinity for the network, but rather because doing so feels so cliché. Every Jon Stewart wanna be on the Internet is already going to jump all over whatever they say, so why should this two-bit Internet hack join the pile on? That said, sometimes they leave me no choice, so here we go. F**k you for making me write this, Fox News.

Finally, someone has the balls to nail those Muppet bastards right to the wall and expose them for the filthy leftists they are. In a recent segment, Fox News decried the latest Muppet movie for depicting a wealthy oilman as a villain, thereby indoctrinating a generation of children into the Marxist movement. First they take Manhattan, then they take Berlin.

Here’s a few of my favorite quotes from this hard-hitting news segment:

“The only thing green that should be up on that screen should be Kermit the Frog.”

BURN!

(Kids) have been indoctrinated for years by this kind of stuff.

No argument here. I’ve been sucking dick ever since I heard The Rainbow Connection at age 6.

“You wonder why we’ve got a bunch of Occupy Wall Street people walking around all around the country.”

In all fairness, the OWS people (if you consider them “people”) were doing a lot more sitting in one place than they were walking. And now that I think about it, have you ever seen Oscar the Grouch walk? Coincidence?

“I just wish liberals could leave little kids alone.”

God damn liberals like Jerry Sandusky need to stay away from my kids!

“They should have…the evil person be the Obama administration?”

Good idea, but I’m not very comfortable with my child being exposed to a black Muppet.

“Over the years they’ve gotten more liberal.”

Have you ever seen a picture of Jim Henson? He’s a god damn pinko if I’ve ever seen one.

Of course, to keep things fair and balanced, Fox’s token leftist straw man (who in this case, was a woman named Caroline Heldman) came in to confirm the grand Muppet conspiracy.

“You call it brainwashing, I call this education. It’s a shame they couldn’t have put up a financial services tycoon.”

Smooth move, Caroline. You blew the whole thing. Here’s a tip for anyone being asked to come on Fox News to stick up for a Democratic cause: If they’re asking you, it’s because you’re stupid. Don’t go (or do, I don’t care).

But perhaps the most insulting part of the whole segment is the fact that host Eric Bolling lifted a quote from Adam Carolla’s recent (and kind of awesome) anti-Occupy Wall Street rant.

Carolla’s rant:

It used to be, back in the day, father’d be walking his son down the sidewalk and you’d see a guy go by in a Rolls Royce and the father would say, “There goes Mr. Jenkins. Look up to him. That guy works hard. That guy built a company. That guy built an empire. Now look at him. He’s got his Rolls Royce.” Now it’s like, “Oh! Look at him. Does he need that car? Why does he need that car?”

Eric Bolling’s quote:

I remember when I was a little kid, we were poor, we were dead broke, in fact, and my parents would see someone wealthy driving by and be like, “See that guy, he started a business, he worked hard, you can be like that.” Not pointing the finger at Tex Richamn and saying “he’s a bad guy.”

If you want to bitch about Occupy Wall Street, more power to you. But at least be original (says the guy who just stole an article idea from Vulture).

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The 10 Meanest Things Muppet Fans Said About Me Last Week http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-10-meanest-things-muppet-fans-said-about-me-last-week/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-10-meanest-things-muppet-fans-said-about-me-last-week/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:30:33 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238188 Muppet fans are some cruel bastards.

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Just before Thanksgiving, Screen Junkies ran my article “9 Lesser-Known Muppets You’ll See In The New Movie.” My intent was to profile some Muppets featured in the film that might not be as well recognized by the general public, as opposed to icons like Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear. While nobody denies the Muppets have a devoted and passionate fan base, the gang has been out of the spotlight for over a decade. What was the harm in building a guide for the new, or perhaps lapsed, Muppet fans who might have been intrigued by the new film’s ads but only remembered the Muppets from the front of their lunchbox? Along the way we could learn a bit more about the rich depth of Muppet history!

Well, that was the idea. And then die hard Muppet fans tore me a new asshole. I post these comments in the hope of defending my actions, and perhaps ending all the hard feelings I’ve generated. Or at the very least, preventing anyone else from keying “Muppet Hater” into the side of my car. Seriously guys, that was harsh.

Thomas Powers

OK, lets address this first: I never claimed to be a Muppet expert, but I do consider myself a fan. As a child of the 80′s, I was raised on The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan. It was the latter film that inspired me to start Ohio‘s first and most celebrated Dabney Coleman Fan Club. Aside from this, I had an impressive array of Muppet stuffed toys, as well as the complete collection of Muppet Babies McDonald’s Happy Meal figures. Any or all of these credentials qualify me to look up Muppets I’m less familiar with on Wikipedia and report what I’ve found to the general public. Also, Tom, my article wasn’t a “review” of the film at all. Just intended as a helpful tool!

Stephanie Foresta

I got a lot of complaints for including Pepe. Apparently, since being introduced in the 90′s on Muppets Tonight, Pepe has become a high profile Muppet. I apologize for any perceived slight to Pepe fans. I have nothing against the character, I was simply trying to identify him for the small percentage of Americans who haven’t watched a new Muppet film or show since 1988. There are only a few of us, but we have rights too. As for not liking my commentary, fair enough. I also never claimed to be funny. If it’s any consolation, Stefanie, I get paid in rubbing alcohol.

Andrew Darren Whitakker

I got a few responses along these lines. One said “worst Muppet list ever,” and perhaps it is. I certainly haven’t read every Muppet-related list ever written, but I could see mine being on the lower end. Bottom 20%, easy. However, I do take exception to it being called “one of the worst lists”. This implies that my work is being judged amongst every list ever written, on any topic. Surly the Internet has provided thousands of lists worse than mine. Many of them are on this very site!

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9 Lesser-Known Muppets You’ll See In The New Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-lesser-known-muppets-youll-see-in-the-new-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-lesser-known-muppets-youll-see-in-the-new-movie/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:48:39 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237806 Who's the big blue guy? Read on and find out.

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This weekend sees the release of The Muppets, the first theatrical Muppet film since 1999′s Muppets From Space. The film has been promoted like gangbusters over the last three months, with constant TV appearances by classic Muppets like Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and Rowlf the Dog. But while even novice Muppet fans recognize these top tier characters, many are clueless to the lesser known Muppets appearing in the film’s trailers and publicity stills. As such, we’ve established this guide to some of the great unknown (or at least lesser-known) Muppets you’ll be seeing in the new film. They may not have lines or much screen time, but they are valid characters just the same, and probably more fun to drink with than many of their human co-stars.

Crazy Harry

Crazy Harry is known for his love of explosions. This may not qualify exactly as pyromania, but it was close enough for the original Muppet producers to shift his character to the background after The Muppet Show’s first few years. He did have a great cameo in the original Muppet Movie, however, and will be on hand (hopefully with dynamite) in the new film.

Lew Zealand

Although most casual Muppet fans don’t know his name, Lew Zealand is pretty recognizable as the Muppet with the amazing boomerang fish. He’s also very creepy in his appearance. Still though, at least he doesn’t have an explosives fetish, like Harry.

Pepe the King Prawn

This bizarre character is relatively new to the Muppet world, first appearing on Muppet’s Tonight. Pepe has a heavy Spanish accent, and takes great pride in being a Prawn, as opposed to a shrimp. In fact, he looks down upon shrimp, which pretty much makes him the only bigoted Muppet, except of course for Big Bird, who hates Mexicans.

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NBC Thinks A Puppet-Based Sitcom Is Something You’ll Watch http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-thinks-a-puppet-based-sitcom-is-something-youll-watch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-thinks-a-puppet-based-sitcom-is-something-youll-watch/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:59:41 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237506 It was only a matter of time before they resorted to fisting.

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If this doesn’t pull NBC out of 4th place, nothing will.

The ailing network has given the green light to The New Nabors, “a comedy about a human family and the repercussions they encounter living next door to a family of puppets.” Yeah, that’s right, it’s a puppet show. Say what you will, but unlike The Munsters, at least it’s an original idea.

The good news is that The Jim Henson Company is involved, which gives the puppets some instant street cred. The bad news is it’s on NBC, so even if it’s hilarious, no one is going to watch and it will be lucky to squeeze out two full seasons.

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Everyone Thank Jason Segel For Not Ruining ‘The Muppets’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/everyone-thank-jason-segel-for-not-ruining-%e2%80%98the-muppets%e2%80%99/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/everyone-thank-jason-segel-for-not-ruining-%e2%80%98the-muppets%e2%80%99/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:00:50 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237265 Go and see the Muppets, and if you don’t like it, go straight to hell.

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I was expecting the worst. And why not? Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Karate Kid: The titles of beloved films that have been defecated upon by the Hollywood sequel/remake machine are too many to list. Why should The Muppets be any different? And the fact that Frank Oz was boycotting the project for various reasons, including the inclusion of fart jokes, seemed to confirm my fears.

Fart jokes? What is this, Phantom Menace?

But thankful, I was completely and unequivocally wrong. The Muppets was an enjoyable film on every level. Somehow, over 30 years after its premiere, Jason Segel and director James Bobin managed to capture the spirit of the original film and still appeal to a modern audience. It’s funny without being crude, earnest without being sappy, and self-referential without being smug. But most of all, unlike other attempts to recreate nostalgia, The Muppets is fun to watch because it feels like the old gang is really back together. I suppose the fact that Muppets don’t age probably helped, but it’s more than that. I could tell that the filmmakers were as excited to make this film as I was to watch it.

The movie begins in Small Town, U.S.A., where a very Muppet-esque character named Walter is living with his brother Gary (Segel). All his life, Walter has been obsessed with The Muppets, so he’s overjoyed to learn that Gary and his longtime-girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) have arranged for a trip to Los Angeles and a tour of The Muppet Studios. However, his joy is short-lived.

Upon reaching Los Angeles, the three quickly realize that The Muppets are no longer the draw they once were. The Muppet Theater is in complete disrepair, and The Muppet Studios are a shell of their former glory. The highlight of the tour is the door of Kermit’s old office, followed by a trip to the room where industrial cables are stored.

Bored with the official tour, Walter sneaks away from the group, and while hiding under Kermit’s old desk, he overhears the fiendish plot of Tex Richman (played perfectly by Chris Cooper), a billionaire who wants to tear down the studio and drill for more oil. But of course, there’s a catch. If the Muppets can raise $10 million, the studio will remain under their control.

And we’re off. Harry, Gary and Mary set out to warn Kermit of the impending danger, and from there Kermit must track down his old friends. It’s not a groundbreaking plot, but it works, and it gives us the perfect opportunity to see what’s become of our old friends. Fozzie is working a sad lounge act in Reno with a knock-off group known as “The Moopets,” Gonzo is running a pluming corporation, and Ms. Piggy is a designer in Paris. There is never any doubt that they’ll all agree to reunite, but the filmmakers manage to spin the predictability to their advantage, making light of the contrived plot twists rather than trying to mask them.

Despite the fact that I knew what was coming at every turn, I was still constantly surprised. Rather than simply rehashing what made the previous Muppet movies work, the film managed to tweak things just enough to keep it fresh without straying too far from what the audience expected. This includes the ending, which takes us exactly where we know we’re going, but by a slightly different route. Even the celebrity cameos set the right tone. The big names were there, but they weren’t the focus. Somehow, Jack Black managed to tone it down and let the Muppets be the center of attention. And the notable absence of Lady Gaga, who was previously rumored to be in the film, was a welcome treat.

Even the musical numbers, which usually lend themselves to cringe-worth moments, somehow kept me laughing. Yesterday, if you had told me the film included a rap number by Chris Cooper, it would have made me nauseous. But as much as I wanted to hate the scene, I just couldn’t. The movie was impervious to my cynicism. And considering I’m a cynical prick who works on the goddamn Internet, I think that says a lot. Hack writers like myself love to accuse movies of “raping” their childhood. Well, the only thing this movie raped was my bad attitude.

Go and see the Muppets, and if you don’t like it, go straight to hell.

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Here’s Why The Muppets Should Be Hosting The Oscars Instead Of Billy Crystal http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/heres-why-the-muppets-should-be-hosting-the-oscars-instead-of-billy-crystal/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/heres-why-the-muppets-should-be-hosting-the-oscars-instead-of-billy-crystal/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 22:54:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236044 That can't be kosher...

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News just broke a few minutes ago that no one’s favorite comedian, Billy Crystal, has been picked to host next year’s Academy Awards after the departure of producer Brett Ratner and subsequently, host Eddie Murphy. In the past day or so, a grassroots movement sprang up with the purpose of having The Muppets host the Oscars. Sure, it’s stupid. The Muppets are puppets, and the only reasons they’re occupying real estate in anyone’s brain right now is because they have a movie coming out in a few weeks.

Nonetheless, they’re not only a more inspired choice than Billy Crystal, but a better one. With Billy Crystal, we will get effectively, the same ceremony we did in 1990. And 1991. And 1992. And 1993. Then again in 1997. Then in 1998. Once again in 2000. Then once more in 2004.

Well, it’s all moot since Billy got the call, so this list is somewhat masturbatory, as it always is with me and The Muppets. Even so, here’s why the Muppets were the better choice.

The Muppets Haven’t Hosted Before

Billy Crystal has hosted eight times. We know what we’ll be in for. We’re going to get 10,000 Bruce Vilanch-penned jokes about Helen Mirren being a slut, or Samuel L. Jackson asking out Dakota Fanning. They will be moderately funny, very familiar, and ultimately unremarkable.

With The Muppets, we could get watered-down, mass-marketed puppet humor. Or we could see Miss Piggy make a joke about Eddie Murphy banging out a tranny. Or we could see Beaker get handsy with Jude Law to the point Law has to awkwardly tell a puppet to stop grabbing him.

That last one probably wouldn’t happen with Billy Crystal, but if someone could guarantee it, I’d be fine with Crystal hosting.

The Muppets Look More Human Than Billy Crystal Does

David Gest called. He wants his visage back!

Billy Crystal Has Dropped Off The Radar

Crystals last feature-length film in which he was more than a voice was in 2002. Boo! And it was Analyze That. BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

With the criticism of the Oscars last year, everyone was expecting the tightasses at the Academy to swing back the other way. I mean, after Nipplegate, the following year’s Superbowl halftime show was Paul McCartney. Well, people didn’t count on the human wild card that is AMPAS president Tom Sherak. He went with Eddie Murphy, and people were actually talking about the Oscars seven months before they occurred.

Well, with the fallout from Brett Ratner’s exit, it would be easy to say “screw it” and unfreeze Billy Crystal for 24 hours to host. But it would be wildly counterproductive to the Academy’s stated cause of reaching out to a younger generation. Hiring Crystal says, “We tried young people last year. It didn’t work. We’re going back to what people like until all the people that like it die.”

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The Muppets http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-muppets/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-muppets/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:22:37 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=236469 Director: James Bobbin Cast: Amy Adams, Jason Segal, Chris Cooper Synopsis: With the help of three fans The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. Release Date: November...

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Director: James Bobbin

Cast: Amy Adams, Jason Segal, Chris Cooper

Synopsis: With the help of three fans The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

Release Date: November 23, 2011

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The New ‘Muppets’ Film Does NOT Have The Frank Oz Seal Of Approval http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-new-muppets-film-does-not-have-the-frank-oz-seal-of-approval/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-new-muppets-film-does-not-have-the-frank-oz-seal-of-approval/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:59:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233254 So Jason Segel is picking up Frank Oz's Muppet scraps. Yeah, that sounds about right.

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With The Muppets in the on-deck circle (coming November 23), and the dregs of the fall season making it difficult to fill an ever-more-frequent news cycle, the media has recently grabbed on to the story of whether or not the new Muppet film will satisfy purists. You know, those Muppet purists that seem to be everywhere, haunting us about Kermit’s ACTUAL timbre and Miss Piggy’s shoe size.

While most of these people are just embittered weirdos, perhaps the one “Muppet purist” with a legit gripe is Frank Oz, the man who created Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy. He said in an interview with Metro that he passed on the project because he felt the script strayed a little too far from who he thought the Muppets were.

He offers, “‘I wasn’t happy with the script. I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

Well, I can understand why a man so integral to their creation and existence can be a little nonplussed by the new take on the gang, but as for everyone else, just eat your popcorn and watch the damn puppets. They’re not THAT important to you.

Seriously. They’re not.

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Your Day Will Get Better With This ‘Muppets’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/another-the-muppets-full-length-trailer-is-here-as-is-newest-muppet-walter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/another-the-muppets-full-length-trailer-is-here-as-is-newest-muppet-walter/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:50:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=232394 It was smart of the producers to cast Chris Cooper. People who like Muppets generally also really like Chris Cooper.

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Going into production of the newest Muppet film, titled simply, The Muppets, star and writer Jason Segel promised to handle the institution with the respect it deserves in another full-length trailer.

The biggest news from this trailer would be that we get a look at Walter, the newest member of the gang. Where do new Muppets come from? Bulgaria? Burning Man? It’s not addressed in the trailer, but I’m guessing we’ll find out.

However, when the parade of guest stars was announced, it was easy to be a little skeptical of Disney’s intentions. Was this film going to actually have something to say, or would it simply be a crass remake appealing to the lowest common denominator?

From the trailer, it appears to be the former, more or less. Sure, the involvement of NPH and Jack Black doesn’t exactly scream “integrity,” but there premise seems cute and likable, much like the fuzzy character themselves. Sure, there are some chickens doing a musical rendition of C. Lo’s “Fuck Forget You,” but beyond that, it maintains a timeless quality that its predecessors had.

Also worth noting is a late appearance by Chris Cooper, who we at Screen Junkies desperately hope is reprising his role as the closeted disciplinarian from American Beauty.

 

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'The Muppets' Trailer, For Real This Time

Those lovable monsters/puppets The Muppets are coming to a theater near you (again) on November 23rd. In anticipation of this, Disney recently unveiled a bunch of new photos from the movie. You can check them out above – highlights include appearances by Chris Cooper and Wanda Sykes, not to mention a bunch of Muppet faces, both familiar and obscure. Want more funny pictures?

Apparently, the presentation on The Muppets at D23 was a success, with the clips and live portions getting positive reactions from those in attendance. Nobody from Screen Junkies is at D23 though, so you’ll have to make do with these photos.You read it here first. (The Playlist)

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Disney Throws Their Very Own Comic-Con, D23 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-throws-their-very-own-comic-con-d23/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-throws-their-very-own-comic-con-d23/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:31:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224052 This isn't your grandfather's Disney! Unless your grandfather was Roy Disney, in which case, it is.

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Last year, Disney took one look at Comic-Con and said, “Wait a minute! This convention isn’t exclusively Disney-themed!” Well, The Mouse has enough on its docket that it is rolling out its stars and sneak peaks again for D23 from August 19-21. However, if you’re just buying a day pass, you’ll probably want to shoot for the 20th at the Anaheim Convention Center. That’s the day they’ll be rolling out looks at John Carter, Avengers, The Muppets, Pixar‘s The Brave, and Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie.

There’s also a rumor that the cast and clips from The Lone Ranger could be appearing, but if you breathe that rumor in anything more than a whisper, it will likely vanish forever.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting Disney’s current stars, including, but not limited to, Jack McBreyer, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Garner, Jason Segel, Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, and some dude named Kermit.

There will also be a panel and profile of the Pixar creative team, and, if you want to dork out REALLY hard, one featuring many of the Disney execs. YES! The convention floor will be riddled with props from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, though no explanation will be given as to how it made so much goddamn money.

See ya in Anaheim!

Not.

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‘The Muppets’ Trailer, For Real This Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-muppets-trailer-for-real-this-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-muppets-trailer-for-real-this-time/#comments Sat, 18 Jun 2011 17:20:46 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=216790 It's 'The Muppets'. What are you gonna do, not watch it? Come on.

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New Teaser For ‘The Muppets’ Tries To Put One Over On You Again

If you’ve been keeping track of the trailers for The Muppets (and why wouldn’t you be?) starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel, you know they’ve been doing a lot of trailer parodies, designed to “trick” and “fool” viewers into thinking they were watching something else, only to “surprise” them by being about Muppets instead. Well, not anymore – this complete and official trailer for The Muppets does nothing to disguise its own Muppetness – I guess that’s just life in Obama‘s America.

Anyway, the trailer looks pretty funny, if you’re into Muppets and everything. What I happen to like the most is that they kept most if not all of the movie’s copious celebrity cameos out of the trailer, leaving them as a fun surprise for people who go to see the movie. Whoa, that takes me back.

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The last trailer for The Muppets put one over on us all, tricking us into thinking it was for some romantic comedy. Now, in their second showing, the teaser is a parody of The Hangover, which brings the implication of drunk Muppets right to the front of my mind.

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There’s also a cameo from Wanda Skyes as a not-sassy police officer. Watch out for another surprise celebrity cameo in that scene, as well. Any guesses for what the next Muppets teaser will be a parody of? I’m guessing Schindler’s List.

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Ha ha, you should have seen the look on your face when you watched the above trailer, thinking at first that it was some lame romantic comedy starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams. But it isn’t! It’s The Muppets, starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams.

It’s a pretty hilarious trailer, and they commit better than most to the “fake trailer” conceit. I would have loved to post this as a trailer for “Green With Envy,” but they do such a good job faking it that you probably would have turned it off after 10 seconds or so. And that would have been a shame, because you would have missed the really expensive explosion at the end.

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As if they weren’t mutant-y enough.

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The Muppets have been full-body walking, even dancing, in movies for years. Yet, this first poster for The Muppets looks strange to me. Maybe it’s just because a new Muppet anything that’s not a t-shirt at Disneyland is a shocking change of pace for the foa rubber animal crew. This is your moment, guys. Walk with pride… and with the help of many, many grumbling Muppeteers.

The Muppets come to theaters November 23rd. The film is directed by James Bobin, starring/written by Jason Segel. Interesting choice of tagline: “They’re Closer Than You Think.” Wait. Hear that? I think there might be a Muppet in my apartment right now. I’d better get my baseball bat, in case it’s one of the giant monsters. He got the nickname “Sweetums” in prison, you know. (AICN)

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Henson is so fashion forward.

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‘Toy Story’ Goes Hawaiian In New Shorts That Hopefully Won’t Make Us Cry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/toy-story-goes-hawaiian-in-new-shorts-that-hopefully-wont-make-us-cry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/toy-story-goes-hawaiian-in-new-shorts-that-hopefully-wont-make-us-cry/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:00:46 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29789 Hopefully these "Hawaiian Vacation" shorts won't end in Mr. Potato Head getting buried at sea or something.

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After the frightening, emotionally-intense sobfest that was Toy Story 3 – “dear lord, not the incinerator…” – it’s nice that Woody and the gang get a “Hawaiian Vacation.” Hopefully it won’t end in Mr. Potato Head getting buried at sea or something.

Below are pictures from the first Pixar short in a series that’ll follow Buzz, Woody, the little alien guys, uh… the new characters… the whole gang on what looks like a pretend island vacation, while their asshole human guardians get to do the real thing. Here’s what director Gary Rydstrom (who also helmed Pixar’s “Lifted” short) has to say about the series:

“Woody becomes kind of like what’s-his-name on “Love Boat”…Captain Stubing!”

You know, all these years I’ve always associated Woody with a post-”Mary Tyler Moore Show” Gavin MacLeod. Now I finally know I’m not alone.

“As toys who get played with all the time, they have a pretty good imagination, when it’s time for a little playacting, they’re good at it.”

Will their pretend island vacation be anything like Charlie Sheen‘s porn star filled real one? Only one way to find out: the first short will open in front of Cars 2 on Jun 24, and you can catch the second installment ahead of the way cooler Disney film The Muppets this December. (The Playlist, Photos From Entertainment Weekly)

“I’m pretending to be a fish, you guys. I’m totes imaginative.”

They didn’t used to be sad all the time.

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It’s Time To Meet ‘The Muppets,’ But Only The Logo. Maybe. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-time-to-meet-the-muppets-but-only-the-logo-maybe/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-time-to-meet-the-muppets-but-only-the-logo-maybe/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 03:33:15 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23661 Kermit has been killed, cut up, and his chest has been re-sewn into a letter "M," perhaps by the still-at-large 'Sesame Street' Killer.

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If you’re a Muppet dork like me, you wanna know everything about the upcoming Disney feature film re-launch of the animal crew with hands up their butts. All you Muppomaniacs in the house hold onto your seats, before they fly away because Dr. Bunsen Honeydew turned on the Ultra-Hurricane-Vacuum 9000. Here’s another potential peak at The Muppets.

On the maiden voyage of Disney Dream, a “majestic cruise ship” that features stuff to do for everyone except dudes who want to bang chicks without husbands and kids, Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs gave a presentation to passengers about upcoming Disney projects. Someone snapped a picture of this preview slide for The Muppets, and it looks like the film’s logo has been revealed. Kermit has been killed, cut up, and his chest has been re-sewn into a letter “M,” perhaps by the still-at-large Sesame Street Killer.

The Muppets comes to theaters November 23, 2011, directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Concords”), written and starring Jason Segal and some dorky new Muppet character who I assume is based on me. (/Film + Stitch Kingdom)

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Fozzie Uncensored http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/fozzie-uncensored/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/fozzie-uncensored/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:55:02 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22767 What in God's name is happening on the set of the new Muppet Movie?

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What in God’s name is happening on the set of the new Muppet Movie?

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Links Away: The Muppets Do Kanye http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-the-muppets-do-kanye/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-the-muppets-do-kanye/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 01:14:33 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=14396 If there was ever any doubt in your mind that the Muppets are straight up gangster, this rendition of Kanye West's "Monster" should convince you otherwise.

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If there was ever any doubt in your mind that the Muppets are straight up gangster, this rendition of Kanye West‘s “Monster” should convince you otherwise. Jim Henson is rolling over in his grave and reaching for his 40.

I’m gonna need to see these f*cking links at the concert:

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Julia Roberts Campaigns for Javier Bardem Oscar Nod (PopEater)

The 25 Best ‘Simpsons‘ Quotes (Ranker)

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He's busy doing...other stuff.

It has been rumored that Paul Rudd would voice the new (dork) muppet Walter in his friend Jason Segel’s The Muppets. Well the actor just called bullsh*t on that idea. Rudd told MTV, “I wish that I was [in it]. It’s all rumor… I wanted to be in it, and I talked to Jason, but I think there was some things that happened and I don’t know if I’m gonna get to do it.”

Things that happened? What are these things?! That’s the juicy stuff right there. Did Segel accidentally stab Paul’s wife in the cheek with a pen knife? Or was it something even more scandalous, like a scheduling conflict. Paul’s addition to the plush cast would have been a major win. It’s a shame he ran over Segel’s dog and ruined the possibility. I’m speculating. (/Film)

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Deciphering ‘The Muppet Movie’ Cameos http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/deciphering-the-muppet-movie-camoes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/deciphering-the-muppet-movie-camoes/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:03:30 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8541 Using the awesome power of the Screen Junkies super computer (The SJ 3000), I was able to determine the most probable roles for those rumored to be appearing in the film, and you can't argue with science. So sit back and see for yourself who will be playing what in the upcoming Muppet Movie.

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Everyday, the list of cameos in the upcoming Muppet movie seems to grow. And while there are plenty of rumors about who will play what, the truth is, no one really knows what’s going on. But fear not, Muppet fans. Using the awesome power of the Screen Junkies super computer (The SJ 3000), I was able to determine the most probable roles for those rumored to be appearing in the film, and you can’t argue with science. So sit back and see for yourself who will be playing what in the upcoming Muppet Movie.

In a traumatic flashback scene, Jean-Claude Van Damme will play the leader of an infamous Belgian pedophile ring that pays Nanny $30,000 USD to use the Muppet Babies in his films. Animal, go bi-bi! Go bi-bi, indeed.
Alan Arkin will play a kindly old man who is savagely beaten to death by Animal after inadvertently triggering the flashback scene described above.
It is rumored that Zach Galifianakis will play a hobo in the film. Our computer says it will be a hobo that everyone really likes, but who is starting to wear on people because he pops up everywhere.
Jack Black will play a ghost who is sent back to warn Zach Galifianakis’ character about the dangers of overexposure.
Kermit took issue with Lady Gaga‘s frog coat and decided to cast her in his own snuff film. Soon, he will lure her to his “private studio” deep in the swamp, where no one can hear the screams. It’s not easy, being reamed.
Chris Cooper plays a right-wing, Christian oil man who is so desperate to stay in the closet that he shoots Gonzo in the head to keep him from spilling the beans.
Danny Trejo will play a vicious enforcer sent to teach Bunsen and Beaker a lesson. The lesson being that if you’re going to make meth in this town, you better clear it with the Cártel de Tijuana.
After a successful lobbying effort via the Internet, Donald Glover landed the role of Fozzie, marking the first time the character will be played by a black man rather than a brown bear.
Rashida Jones will play the actress who only got a part in the new Muppet movie because her father, Quincy Jones, is good friends with Dr. Teeth.
Billy Crystal will play a devout Jew who, despite her strong advances, refuses to pork Ms. Piggy.
Amy Adams will play Rowlf the Dog’s love interest. There’s a “doggy style” joke in there somewhere, but I’ll let you make it.
Jane Lynch isn’t officially on board yet, but if she is cast, it will no doubt be in the role of Big Bird’s long-lost mother.
George Clooney will play a smug actor who, after giving a crappy, self-referential cameo, goes home and bangs any woman he wants while you sit alone and watch on-line porn.

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Lady Gaga Befouls Cast of ‘The Muppets’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lady-gaga-befouls-cast-of-the-muppets/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lady-gaga-befouls-cast-of-the-muppets/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:51:52 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8051 In the latest Muppet movie, one name stands out like a brown stain on an otherwise clean pair of tighty whities: Lady Gaga.

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Jason Segel has added nine new cast members to his upcoming Muppet movieJack Black (Tropic Thunder) Paul Rudd (Role Models), Jane Lynch (Glee), Danny Trejo (Machete), Eric Stonestreet “Modern Family“), Donald Glover (“Community”), John KrasinskiThe Office“) and Ed Helms (“The Office“) have all been confirmed for the ensemble. However, one name stands out like a brown stain on an otherwise clean pair of tighty whities: Lady Gaga.

That’s right; the woman who struts around in an outfit made of Kermit the Frog heads has been cast in the latest Muppet film. Unless she’s playing an evil villain or is killed off in the first 20 seconds, I have to seriously question this decision. In my last Muppet related article, I said that Segel could name the film “The Cancer Causing Anti-American Puppet Crapstravaganza,” and I’d still go see it twice. Well, Lady Gaga alters the deal. Sure, I’ll still see it twice, but once is definitely going to be a matinee. (Collider)

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