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.

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


Producer Todd Lieberman Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Planning the Cameos, His Involvement with the DIVERGENT Sequel, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with producer Todd Lieberman.  During the interview he talked about the first time he heard they’d get to make a sequel, the process of developing the sequel and the urgency to get a story together, the cameos and the process of organizing them, his thoughts on Muppets TV specials or possibly a Muppets series, filming in London, his thoughts on getting the Muppets in LEGO form, how he came to be producing Insurgent (the sequel to Divergent), and a lot more.

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 Tina Fey, 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.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21.

Bret McKenzie Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Writing New Songs, Making the Humor More Self-Aware, Cameos, His Animated Fairy Tale, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Bret McKenzie here in Los Angeles.  If you enjoyed the music McKenzie wrote for The Muppets two years ago, you’ll be happy to know that he’s crafted some great songs for the sequel.  During the interview he talked about the scripting process, Tina Fey’s original character, which songs were easy to figure out and the ones that gave him trouble, making the humor more self-aware, what it was like touring with Dave Chappelle last year, the status of his animated fairy tale project he’s developing, and a lot more.  You’ll even get to see him sing a little bit!

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.  The film stars Ricky Gervais and 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.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21.

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.


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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 BobinMuppets Most Wanted opens March 21.  Check out the posters after the break.

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. 

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.


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Check out some new posters from the following films:

  • The Quiet OnesJohn Pogue’s horror film starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and Olivia Cooke opens April 25th.
  • Muppets Most WantedJames Bobin’s Muppets caper stars Ricky GervaisTy 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.

Check out 3 Super Bowl Ads Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, Terry Crews, and The Muppets

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As the old joke goes, the Super Bowl is three hours of commercials interrupted by football.  For football fans, this year has a great match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, and there’s the possibility of them playing in the snow, which would be awesome.  But you don’t get to dominate the ratings every year by only appealing to football fans.  The ads are the comic interludes where everyone can join with an opinion, and I’m always surprised when they’re released online early.  This year, a Super Bowl spot will cost a record $4.5 million, and companies are deciding to jump to gun in order draw attention before Sunday.  Not that anyone’s complaining, and after the jump you’ll find three ads that will play during the Super Bowl.  As always, celebrities sell, so one ad has Scarlett Johansson (although it will be edited for game night since there’s a dig at major advertisers Coke and Pepsi), another has Terry Crews driving around with the Muppets, and a third ad has Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, and Ben Kingsley being villainous.

Hit the jump to check out the ads.

30 Things to Know About MUPPETS MOST WANTED From Our Set Visit

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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.

Kermit Talks New Musical Numbers, Becoming an Action Hero, Miss Piggy’s Diva Antics, and More on the Set of MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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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.

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.

Kristen Bell Talks FROZEN, Being a Princess at Disneyland, the VERONICA MARS Movie, and LADY GAGA & THE MUPPETS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

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Over the past few years, Disney Animation has really impressed me.  I thought both Tangled and Wreck-it-Ralph were huge steps forward for the studio, but nothing could have prepared me for how much I loved Frozen.  Loaded with amazing songs (written and composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez), great characters (wait until you meet Olaf), and enough humor to keep both kids and parents interested, I’m planning on taking my entire family to see it over Thanksgiving weekend and think it’s going to a huge hit at the box office. If you’re not familiar with Frozen, the story centers on a young dreamer named Anna (Kristen Bell) who teams up with Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), an extreme mountain man, to find her sister Elsa, the Queen of Arendelle (Idina Menzel) who has accidentally trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.  For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent New York City press day I landed a great interview with Bell.  She talked about when she first realized Frozen might be a great movie, changes during production, when she first realized she’d be a princess at Disneyland, the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, being part of Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular, getting to do a few episodes of Parks and Recreation, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and make sure to see Frozen in 3D when it opens November 27th.

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