As you would expect from the Muppets, the Muppets Most Wanted marketing campaign satirizes Hollywood’s marketing cliches. A new set of international posters follows suit and parodies posters for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Face/Off, and (surprisingly, wonderfully) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There are naturally some fun fake titles (Animal Piggy Frog Spy) and clever redesigns, but all I need is Kermit’s finger guns.
Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey star alongside the Muppets in the sequel directed by James Bobin. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21. Check out the posters after the break.
James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted hits screens in just three weeks, but you’ll be able to enjoy the soundtrack of the crime caper comedy a few days earlier. Featuring songs by the Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie and scored by the award-winning Christophe Beck, the sequel’s soundtrack will be available starting March 18th. You can get a taste of the music in this trailer that includes the “Sequel Song”. Much like the film itself, the soundtrack features vocals from Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion, and More.
Hit the jump for the track listing and press release. Click here to pre-order a copy. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
Disney has released the first clip from director James Bobin’s upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted. The follow-up finds the titular gang on a successful tour in Europe when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine, and thrown in jail. The pic looks quite different from the first film in that there appears to be no clear human protagonist, as the charming Ricky Gervais plays a shady, hotshot agent named “Dominic Badguy”. In this first clip, Badguy pitches Kermit and his friends on what he could do for them as their agent, namedropping some rather successful acts in the process like U2 and One Direction.
Hit the jump to watch the debut clip and to check out some new images. The film also stars Tina Fey and Ty Burrell. Muppets Most Wanted opens on March 21st.
Even though I’m not as excited as I feel I should be for Muppets Most Wanted, the marketing has become fairly clever as they’ve parodied Twitter and now they’re taking aim at Hollywood’s demand for sequels. The latest trailer features new footage from the upcoming movie while the Muppets sing a catchy song about returning to a second go-round. This time, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film’s human cast features Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
Check out some new posters from the following films:
- The Quiet Ones – John Pogue’s horror film starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke opens April 25th.
- Muppets Most Wanted – James Bobin’s Muppets caper stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, and opens March 21st.
- Cuban Fury - James Griffiths’ dance comedy starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Chris O’Dowd opens February 14th in the U.K.
Hit the jump to take a look.
The year’s most-watched television event is upon us, and as with anything that’s seen by a large number of people, consumerism reigns supreme. We’ll be compiling all of the Super Bowl TV spots for upcoming films like Transformers: Age of Extinction, Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, Muppets Most Wanted, The Monuments Men, and plenty more in one handy dandy spot for your on-demand viewing pleasure. Additionally, we’ll be adding some of the better regular commercials to the article as well. This post will be updated throughout the night, so be sure to check back frequently.
Hit the jump to watch the 2014 Super Bowl TV spots and commercials, including a new full-length trailer for Captain America 2.
During last night’s Golden Globes, Disney released a new TV spot for Muppets Most Wanted. In the upcoming sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. This new TV spot is in the vein of the one that was released last week, which also poked fun at poor grammar and communication on Twitter. I don’t know if the movie is going to be any good, but at least these spots have been an entertaining parody of Twitter discourse. And obviously, it’s preposterous to quote actual Twitter users for the purposes of marketing. Who would do that?
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot, and click on the respective links for our set report, and interviews with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Walter, and producer Todd Lieberman. The film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.
Available via Netflix Watch Instantly as of late December, last weekend I finally got the chance to check out writer/director Joe Swanberg‘s romantic comedy Drinking Buddies. I should disclaim that it’s near impossible for me to be objective when talking about Swanberg given that he’s a fellow Southern Illinois University alum and few things make me prouder than a Saluki film student enjoying success in the industry. That out of the way, I enjoyed the heck out of Drinking Buddies. Much has been made of the film’s stellar cast and I won’t try and dispute those claims at all. As someone who has never watched a minute of Fox’s New Girl, I loved Jake Johnson‘s turn in the pic and I bought he and Olivia Wilde‘s romantic chemistry hook, line, and sinker. As for Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston? Lets just say that I love each of them in almost everything and this is no exception. All in all, Buddies is a funny, sweet, realistic teetering on the verge of understated look at the universal concept of being just friends.
Instant stream recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 includes our Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit set visit coverage, the first look at the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King starring Ben Kingsley, a set visit recap for Muppets Most Wanted, some villain rumors surrounding Batman vs. Superman, and Adam’s latest installment of Oscar Beat that breaks down the guild nods and what they could mean for Oscar season. Like you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Last May, when director James Bobin‘s Muppets Most Wanted was filming at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters. As you might imagine, getting to watch the Muppets film a scene from the sequel was insanely cool. During breaks in filming, I got to participate in group interviews with the cast and producer Todd Lieberman. While everyone was careful with what they said, I did manage to put together a list of thirty things to know about the upcoming sequel. Hit the jump for more.
The fact is, Kermit has every reason to be standoffish. After all, he’s been famous around the world since the 1970s, and no matter where he goes, people want to talk to him. And while that kind of popularity might make some of his colleagues difficult to be around (Miss Piggy), the thing about Kermit is no matter who you are or what you do, he treats you with the same respect and is always willing to talk. It’s one of the reasons why Kermit is one of my favorite actors in any medium.
During a break in filming The Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, I got to participate in a group interview with Kermit at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. He talked about becoming an action hero, Miss Piggy’s diva antics, how the sequel compares to previous Muppet adventures, whether they ever considered having him play the role of Constantine (the villain of the sequel that happens to look a lot like Kermit), what it was like working with Tina Fey, the new musical numbers, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
With director James Bobin‘s Muppets Most Wanted opening March 21, Walt Disney has provided us with fourteen new behind-the-scenes images to go with my set visit coverage (which you can read here). In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent. Hit the jump to check out the new images and here’s the latest trailer.
We’ve all heard the stories about Miss Piggy. How she’s thrown people out of press conferences for looking at her the wrong way, the way she fires hair dressers almost every week if even one hair is out of place, and her twenty person entourage that makes J. Lo look normal. However, when I visited the set of Muppets Most Wanted with a few other online reporters last May in Los Angeles, I found Piggy to be a delight. Not only did she walk over to us without any of her publicists, she was willing to answer all of our questions without incident! She talked about what happens in the sequel, the romance, whether any of her European friends are in the movie, her solo musical number, what it was like working with “extras” like Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, her relationship with Kermit, and so much more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.
A few years ago Walter could walk down the street with ease. He could wait in line at Starbucks without incident. But with the success of The Muppets, that’s all changed. Now it’s common to see Walter talked about on the evening gossip shows. They all wonder who he’s dating and if it’s true that success hasn’t gone to his head just yet. Well, I’m happy to report on the set of Muppets Most Wanted, Walter was as nice and friendly as I remember, and it’s pretty clear he’s still having the time of his life working with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the other Muppets.
During a group interview on a break from filming, Walter talked about what it’s like to be embraced by the Muppets community, whether he misses Jason Segel being on set, what it’s like working with Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
While it’s always great to talk to the actors on a movie set, they’re usually pretty guarded about revealing the plot. Enter the filmmakers. While producer Todd Lieberman didn’t reveal any of the twists and turns of The Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, during a group interview last year, he did provide a lot of information. Here are a few highlights:
- Muppets Most Wanted picks up where The Muppets left off, though it goes in a completely different direction.
- On the cameo appearances in the film, Lieberman said: “We filled it with some pretty amazing people, from Oscar winners to Grammy winners to really recognizable actors. I think it’s going to be an insane spread of some very talented people.”
- There will be a couple of Muppet characters in this film that weren’t in The Muppets.
- Lieberman said there will be a wedding in this film, though he refused to confirm which characters it involves.
In addition to what I already mentioned, Lieberman talked about casting Ricky Gervais, the quality of the script, the musical numbers, filming in Europe, the famous landmarks that are in the film, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
When Pixar announced that it was pushing the release date of its 2014 film The Good Dinosaur from May to 2015, the studio was left without a movie to release this year. Though it’s unfortunate to have to wait until 2015 for another Pixar film, many also wondered what would happen to the Pixar short Party Central, which was set to debut in front of The Good Dinosaur. Thankfully, Disney has now announced via EW that Party Central will get its big screen debut in front of Muppets Most Wanted when the sequel opens in theaters on March 21st. Directed by Kelsey Mann, the short takes place in the world of Monsters University and revolves around the fellas of Oozma Kappa throwing their first frat party.
As for the rest of Pixar’s slate, the next release is Up director Pete Doctor’s Inside Out on June 19, 2015, followed by The Good Dinosaur on November 25, 2015 and Andrew Stanton’s sequel Finding Dory on June 17, 2016.