MUPPETS MOST WANTED Blu-ray Review

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The Muppets returned to the big screen with a self-titled relaunch in 2011, and it was met with a lot of excitement from fans, but was not a runaway success.  The follow up Muppets Most Wanted was received with less enthusiasm, and barely made fifty million domestically.  Which is too bad as it’s the slightly better film.  Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell are the main humans and are joined by all the main Muppets (like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and more) in this European caper.  My review of the Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray of the film follows after the jump.

Kermit the Frog Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Wanting to Do 50 SHADES OF GREEN, Why He Isn’t in STAR WARS: EPISODE 7, Reading Rainbow, and More

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With director James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted now available on Blu-ray and DVD, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Kermit the Frog.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Tina FeyRicky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, check out all our previous coverage which features interviews and more.

During this new interview with Kermit, he talked about the biggest challenge making Muppets Most Wanted, the real reason he isn’t in Star Wars: Episode 7, how he’d like to make 50 Shades of Green, if it’s any easier being green after seeing Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and Hulk in the Marvel movies, future Muppet TV specials or movies, if he might do another episode of Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here to buy Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-ray.

New to Blu-ray: LOCKE, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, HERCULES, FILTH, BREATHE IN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a wonderfully compelling drama told entirely from the confines of a car, a quartet of older animated Disney films getting an HD upgrade, a new Muppet movie, and more.  Briefly:

MUPPETS Screenwriter Nicholas Stoller Says THE MUPPETS Might Be Coming Back to TV

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The disparity of commercial and critical acclaim between The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted is pretty striking.  The first scored 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and raked in $165 million worldwide; the follow-up dropped to 79% on RT, and only $70 million worldwide.  Box-office-wise, that’s a drastic drop-off for what should have been a surefire hit, and it’s likely stopped the Muppets cold when it comes to their theatrical adventures.  But no one keep the Muppets down, so when will we see them again?

At the press day for Neighbors, Steve spoke with director Nicholas Stoller, and their conversation turned to The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, both of which Stoller co-wrote.  During the interview, Stoller talked about not knowing why Muppets Most Wanted flopped, but more importantly, he talked about the possibility of bring the Muppets back to television.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Watch an Exclusive Clip from MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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We have an exclusive clip from Muppets Most Wanted.  The Muppets set out on a world tour in the caper sequel.  With a carefully placed mole, the infamous Constantine swaps identities with Kermit, who is captured and shipped off to a Siberian Gulag.  The clip takes place pretty late in the film at the Gulag—showing off the sight gag of Muppets in winter clothes—so tread lightly if you are avoiding spoilers.  But go see it already!  The Muppets are the most reliable good time in Hollywood.

Watch the clip after the jump.  Click through to our interviews with Kermit and Miss Piggy, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, director James Bobin, music supervisor Bret McKenzie, and producer Todd Lieberman, plus 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and six more clips.

Director James Bobin Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Finding the Story for the Sequel, Putting Together the Cast, ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive interview with director James Bobin.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.

In my interview with Bobin he talked about how the sequel came together, if there was any hesitation about taking the job, if the story changed a lot during the writing process, deleted scenes, the cast, what’s going on with Alice in Wonderland 2 and the story, and a lot moreHit the jump for our James Bobin interview.

Ty Burrell Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, What it Was Like Working with the Muppets, FINDING DORY, MODERN FAMILY, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Ty Burrell.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.

In my interview with Burrell he talked about how quickly he signed on to the film, how he was offered the role, what it was like working with the Muppets, how they’re incredible improvisers, Finding Dory, Modern Family, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

Ricky Gervais and Constantine Talk MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Performing the Song “I’m Number One,” Stunts, Looking Like Kermit, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Ricky Gervais and Constantine.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Tina Fey, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.

In my interview with Gervais and Constantine, they talked about performing the song “I’m Number One,” the stunts, when Constantine first realized he looked a lot like Kermit, how quickly Gervais signed on to the project, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: DIVERGENT Delivers $56 Million Debut; MUPPETS MOST WANTED Softer than Expected

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It was far from a record-breaker, but Divergent did manage to break the box office curse that has doomed most young adult adaptations over the last two years.  Divergent brought in an estimated $56 million on its debut weekend, which was right in line with pre-release expectations.  It was a different story for fellow new releases Muppets Most Wanted and God’s Not Dead.  While the Muppet sequel underperformed with $16.5 million, the independent Christian film pulled off a surprise top five finish and earned over $8.5 million from just 780 locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Divergent $56,000,000 $56
2.  Muppets Most Wanted $16,510,000 $16.5
3.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $11,700,000 $81
4.  300: Rise of an Empire $8,670,000 $93.7
5.  God’s Not Dead $8,560,000 $8.5
6.  Need for Speed $7,780,000 $30.4
7.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,750,000 $12.9
8.  Non-Stop $6,300,000 $78.5
9.  The LEGO Movie $4,115,000 $243.3
10.  Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club $3,100,000 $12.9

 

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

Friday Box Office: DIVERGENT Collects $22.8 Million on Opening Day

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It’s not exactly The Hunger Games reborn, but Divergent, the latest heir to the YA throne of Katniss and Bella, has pulled in an impressive first day nonetheless.  From 3,936 locations, Divergent earned an estimated $22.8 million, including $4.9 million from its Thursday night previews.  The Lionsgate/Summit release should pull in at least $53 million through Sunday.  That’s on par with studio expectations for the film, but it’s only a third of what The Hunger Games earned on the same weekend in 2012.

Coming in second on Friday was Muppets Most Wanted, the follow-up to Disney’s 2011 Muppet reboot.  The sequel earned an estimated $4.6 million from its 3,194 locations, which should add up to an opening close to $18 million this weekend.  There’s a surprise in third place, in the form of God’s Not Dead.  An independent faith-based feature, God’s Not Dead pulled in a reported $2.8 million from its first day in just 780 venues.  That beat more mainstream holdovers like Mr. Peabody and Sherman and 300: Rise of an Empire on Friday, though God is expected to fall out of the top five this weekend.  Check back for details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Divergent $22,800,000 $22.8
2.  Muppets Most Wanted $4,660,000 $4.6
3.  God’s Not Dead $2,800,000 $2.8
4.  Mr. Peabody & Sherman $2,720,000 $72
5.  300: Rise of an Empire $2,400,000 $87.5
6.  Need for Speed $2,240,000 $24.9

Tina Fey Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Working with Kermit the Frog, How the Muppets are Great Improvisers, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.

In my interview with Fey, she talked about how she was offered the role, what it was like working with Kermit the Frog, how the Muppets are great improvisers, how quickly she said yes to being in the film, and what fans of 30 Rock should do to get more of Jack and Liz’s relationship.

Director James Bobin & Songwriter Bret McKenzie Talk MUPPETS MOST WANTED, the Hensons’ Reaction to the Film, the Pressure of Following an Oscar Win, and More

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Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a tour of Europe’s most exciting destinations, but once they’re overseas, they find themselves caught up in a crime caper at the hands of Kermit’s evil doppleganger Constantine.  Featuring numerous Muppets, great musical numbers and surprising cameos, this action-comedy-musical will most certainly make you laugh, and might even bring a tear to your eye.

During a conference at the film’s press day, director/writer James Bobin and songwriter/music supervisor Bret McKenzie talked about connecting with the original vibe of The Muppets, what the Hensons think of the film, how it was to work with The Muppets again, the logistics of shooting a Muppet movie, the inspirations for this story, finding the right tone for the songs, lining up the cameos, paying tribute to classic old Hollywood films, and telling a story that’s funny for both kids and adults.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Sam Eagle Talk MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Musical Sequences, and More

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Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a tour of Europe’s most exciting destinations, but once they’re overseas, they find themselves caught up in a crime caper at the hands of Kermit’s evil doppleganger Constantine.  Featuring numerous Muppets, great musical numbers and surprising cameos, this action-comedy-musical will most certainly make you laugh, and might even bring a tear to your eye.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Tiny Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Sam Eagle talked about how they felt about doing a musical, why Nadya (Tina Fey) is a better woman for Kermit than Miss Piggy, what kids will like most about the movie, how the actors’ kids feel about them working with Muppets, how The Muppets inspired the humans, and what Kermit is most proud of.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Kermit and Miss Piggy Talk MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Piggy’s Reaction to Tina Fey Licking Kermit’s Back, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted opening this weekend, I recently landed an incredible video interview: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.  As you might imagine, getting to speak with Kermit and Miss Piggy was incredibly cool and even though Piggy has a difficult reputation, I found her affable and easy going.  During the interview they talked about when they found out they’d be making a sequel, how Piggy handled Kermit having so many scenes with Tina Fey, filming in London, and more.

For those unaware, in the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film also stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21.

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