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.

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.

14 New Behind-the-Scenes Image from MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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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.

Miss Piggy Talks Romance, Working with “Extras” Like Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, Her Solo, and More on the Set of MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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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.

Walter Talks His Role in the Sequel, His Kermit Watch, Working with Ricky Gervais, and More on the Set of MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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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 GervaisTina Fey and Ty Burrell, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Producer Todd Lieberman Talks Casting Ricky Gervais, the Sequel’s Connection to the First Film, the Music, and More on the Set of MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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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.

New Footage Revealed in Twitter Parody TV Spot for MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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Disney has released a new TV spot for director James Bobin’s upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted, and as with the various spots for the first film, this one puts a comedic spin on a familiar type of advertising.  The target this time around is the plethora of awards TV spots that are currently playing in anticipation of the impending Oscar nominations and the new trend of using Tweets as quotes.  This Muppets spot pulls quotes from presumably fake Twitter accounts, and the results are pretty funny and accurate.  The promo also features some new footage from the pic, giving us brief glimpses at cameos by the likes of Tom Hiddleston and Zach Galifianakis.

Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.  The film also stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty BurrellMuppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.

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.

Bret McKenzie Talks AUSTENLAND, THE HOBBIT, THE MUPPETS Sequel, the Flight of the Conchords Tour with Dave Chappelle, What He Collects, and Much More

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Opening this weekend in limited release is director Jerusha Hess’ comedy AustenlandThe film stars Keri Russell as a woman in her 30s who is so obsessed with the Pride and Prejudice character Mr. Darcy that no real-life man can compare, and her love life pays the toll. She decides to spend her life savings on a trip to a Jane Austen-themed resort in England.  Once there, she quickly realizes that finding the perfect Regency-era gentleman may be much more of a challenge than she ever could have imagined.  The film also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart, James Callis, and Bret McKenzie as the male love interest.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an extended video interview with McKenzie.  During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about making Austenland, his Sundance experience, how it feels to be an Oscar winner (he won for writing a song for The Muppets movie), the upcoming Flight of the Conchords tour with Dave Chappelle, The Hobbit movies, what he collects, and more.  In addition, McKenzie talked about Muppets Most Wanted, the songs, if he has seen a rough cut, his relationship with Disney, and future projects – revealing he’s writing a fairy tale comedy musical similar to Labyrinth.   Hit the jump to watch.

Ty Burrell Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, MODERN FAMILY, and More at D23

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At this weekend’s D23, I was able to get a few minutes with Ty Burrell on the red carpet.  As a huge fan of Modern Family and The Muppets (he plays Jean Pierre Napoleon in the sequel, Muppets Most Wanted), it was cool to hear him talk about making the sequel and what it was like working with the Muppets for the first time.  In addition, he talked about making Modern Family and how he’s still amazed at the quality of the scripts even as they enter the fifth season.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Disney Unveils Logos for Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND, MALEFICENT, MUPPETS MOST WANTED, and SAVING MR. BANKS

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Disney wrapped its live-action presentation at the D23 convention earlier today, and shortly after the panel ended the studio unveiled title treatments for some of its upcoming films.  Briefly:

  • Tomorrowland – Directed by Brad Bird and written by Bird and Damon Lindelof, this secretive film stars George Clooney as an unspecified inventor.  Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, and Thomas Robinson also star, and the “action-packed adventure” hits theaters on December 12, 2014.
  • Maleficent – A reimagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty story told from the villain’s point of view.  Angelina Jolie stars as the title character for director Robert StrombergSharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, and Sam Riley also star, and the film opens on July 2, 2014.
  • Muppets Most Wanted – The James Bobin-directed sequel stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell and opens in theaters on March 21, 2014.
  • Saving Mr. Banks – Director John Lee Hancock’s film tells the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins as Tom Hanks portrays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays Poppins author P.L. Travers.  The film opens wide this coming December 20th.

Hit the jump to check out the logos and click here to catch up on all of our D23 coverage thus far.

Bret McKenzie Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED; Says There Are Six or Seven Songs and Reveals That Ricky Gervais Sings with Kermit

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While The Muppets was a hit with audiences when it was released in 2011 for a number of reasons, one of the highlights of the film was the collection of original songs that were showcased—particularly those penned by Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie.  The multi-talented writer, actor, and composer went on to win an Oscar for “Man or Muppet,” and he’s back penning even more songs for the James Bobin-directed follow-up Muppets Most Wanted.

Steve recently sat down with McKenzie in anticipation of the upcoming comedy Austenland, and during the course of their conversation McKenzie talked quite a bit about the Muppets sequel.  He revealed that there will probably be six or seven songs in the finished film, Miss Piggy will sing a ballad, Ricky Gervais sings a song with Kermit, and he talked about how the film differs from its predecessor.  Hit the jump to read on.

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.

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