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.

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.

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.

Watch 20 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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The Muppets return to the big screen later this month in the caper Muppets Most Wanted, and Disney has provided us with 20 minutes of fantastic behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  Included in the video are great on set moments, the cast and Muppets recording some of the songs, some of the big stars that cameo in the film, Bret McKenzie singing one the songs, and so much more.  I promise if you’re a fan of The Muppets, you’re going to love the video.  Saying that, if you’re trying to stay spoiler free, you might want to wait to watch this as some of the jokes/cameos will get spoiled.

Directed by James Bobin, the follow-up finds the gang on a successful tour in Europe when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine, and thrown in jail.  The human cast is led by Ricky Gervais as a hotshot agent named “Dominic Badguy”, Tina Fey as a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent.  Hit the jump to watch the extended behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.

Watch 6 Clips from MUPPETS MOST WANTED Featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey

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If you want to take a look at James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted before it hits theaters March 21st, you’re in luck, because we have six clips from the sequel to share with you today.  In addition to appearance by the famous Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, these clips also feature their human co-stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell.  There’s humor, intrigue, romance, betrayal, and musical numbers aplenty on display, truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Also featuring appearances by Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Lady Gaga, and Stanley Tucci to name a few, Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

MUPPETS MOST WANTED Soundtrack Features Vocals from Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, and More

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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 copyMuppets Most Wanted opens March 21st. 

Ricky Gervais Name-Drops in First Clip from MUPPETS MOST WANTED; New Images Released

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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 BurrellMuppets Most Wanted opens on March 21st.

New Trailer for MUPPETS MOST WANTED Sings the “Sequel Song”

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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 FeyMuppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.

WARCRAFT Adds Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu; Michael K. Williams and Zach Gilford Join THE PURGE Sequel; Ricky Gervais Returns in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

New Trailer and Images for MUPPETS MOST WANTED Starring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey; Celine Dion, Danny Trejo, and More Cameos Announced

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Disney has released a new trailer for director James Bobin‘s upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted.  In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. I really enjoyed 2011′s The Muppets, but almost everything I’m seeing from this sequel is doing nothing for me.  It’s not a bad premise, and it’s amusing to see Constantine try to impersonate Kermit, but it’s still a fairly tired plot and there’s almost none of the irreverence or wackiness I’d expect to see from a Muppet movie.  Here’s hoping it’s just a bad trailer and not a bad movie.

Hit the jump check out the new trailer and images, and find out about some of the cameos.  The film stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21, 2014.

First Poster for MUPPETS MOST WANTED Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey

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Disney has released the first poster for The Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted.  In the follow-up, 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.  Considering how much I enjoyed The Muppets, I’m surprising lukewarm on the sequel.  The first trailer didn’t do much for me, and this poster looks painfully bland.  I’m not sure why Gervais and Fey are doing jazz hands, or why Constantine is doing a Dr. Evil impression.  But the canted angle lets you know this movie will sure be wacky.  The poster’s release signals that a new trailer will probably arrive soon, so hopefully it will be more encouraging than what we’ve seen so far.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21, 2014.

First Teaser Trailer and New Images for MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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Disney has released the first teaser trailer and some new images for director James Bobin’s sequel Muppets Most Wanted.  In the follow-up, 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.  This first teaser trailer appears to be geared towards very young audiences, and thus could easily be mistaken for one of those Chipmunks movies if it weren’t for the, you know, muppets.  We don’t get to see much of Gervais’ performances, but from the brief glimpses it looks like Fey and Burrell will be scene-stealers here.  The majority of the creative team behind the first film is back, including Bobin as director and co-writer and Nicholas Stoller as the screenwriter, so here’s hoping they strike a similar tone as well.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer and to check out the new images.  Muppets Most Wanted opens on March 21, 2014.

Ricky Gervais Returns as THE OFFICE Boss David Brent for 10-Minute Special and Reggae Music Video “Equality Street”

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The Office left David Brent in an optimistic place when it signed off in 2003 with the Christmas special.  He had a promising date, stuck up for himself with Finchy, and made the office staff laugh.  Ricky Gervais brought back the character for a ten-minute special for Comic Relief on Friday, and as suits Gervais’ M.O., all hope is gone and Brent is lonelier than ever.

Brent sells cleaning products now, but is still pursuing his true passion, music.  He is excited about his new protege, rapper Dom Johnson, and especially proud to have a black “friend.”  Dom says the partnership clicked when Brent agreed to “support my studio time financially,” but Brent still manages to rope him into filming a black-and-white music video for his painful political reggae song “Equality Street.”  The special is ultimately sad, extremely uncomfortable, and yes, pretty funny.  Watch it after the jump.

Ricky Gervais to Bring Back David Brent from THE OFFICE for a One-Off Mini Episode

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British comedian Ricky Gervais is reviving his most famous creation, David Brent from The Office (U.K.).  According to the teaser trailer “Brent’s Back,” we find Brent these ten years later seeming to be doing just fine, and attempting to get back into music (who could forget his earlier forays, from “Free Love Freeway” to “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”?)

The segment will air on BBC One on Red Nose Day (a British fundraiser mega-event that gets some of the country’s biggest names to help raise money for charity) March 15th, and will also be available on Gervais’ YouTube channel that same day.  Hit the jump for more on this mini episode and for a teaser clip.

AN IDIOT ABROAD Season 3 Review: Warwick Davis Joins Karl Pilkington on a Journey from Italy to China

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Of all the things Ricky Gervais enjoys doing — acting, directing, writing, taking pictures of himself in the bathtub – annoying his friend Karl Pilkington has got to take top billing.  The first two seasons of An Idiot Abroad were based solely on this idea: sending Karl out into a world that he wants nothing to do with (left to his own desires, he would never have even left Manchester for London).

While most people would salivate at the opportunity to go to the places Ricky sent Karl (though maybe not in the style he went in), Karl has never had any interest in the Seven Wonders or traveling “anywhere you have to get a vaccination to visit.” His unique perspective though, and very real displeasure at some of the things he was asked to do, resonated both emotionally and with humor for viewers.  It’s what Ricky discovered over ten years ago on their London radio show when Karl was just an unknown producer, and has continued to successfully bring to audiences in different mediums (books, podcasts, TV shows).  But has the joke run its course?  Hit the jump for my take on how this third season of the travel series panned out, with its new addition of Warwick Davis.

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