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.

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.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Review

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DreamWorks Animation has established a brand, and it’s a mediocre one.  Their goal is to turn out as much product as possible, and turn the hits into franchises.  With the exception of How to Train Your Dragon, their movies feature lukewarm emotions, serviceable animation, a dearth of style, and humor that’s clearly delineated between jokes for kids and jokes for adults.  Kids tend to eat these movies up, and they’re tolerable enough for parents.  The studio’s latest, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is yet another movie adults will have to tolerate as a smattering of weird, fun, and inspired moments occasionally break into a rote, forgettable family film.

Ty Burrell and Max Charles Talk MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, Bill Scott, Honoring the Original, Recording with Cookies, FINDING DORY and More

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Based on the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a boy who’s adopted by the smartest dog in the world.  However, much unlike the original 1960s material, this 3D CG-animated version doesn’t just feature the pair exploring the past courtesy of Mr. Peabody’s time travel machine, the WABAC; it also chronicles the evolution of their relationship as father and son.

With Mr. Peabody and Sherman making its way into theaters on Friday, March 7th, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with the duo responsible for bringing these characters back to life, Ty Burrell and Max Charles.  Catch what Burrell had to say about paying homage to the man responsible for voicing the original Mr. Peabody, Bill Scott, the tricks Charles used to put himself in Sherman’s shoes while in the sparse sound booth, an update on Finding Dory and loads more after the jump.

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.

Sundance 2014: THE SKELETON TWINS Review

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Comedic actors moving into dramatic territory is not a new concept.  Many make the transition with ease, while some have trouble crossing over or getting audiences to buy into them doing “serious” things.  SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig make a striking move to drama to excellent results in The Skeleton Twins, a darkly comic drama from director Craig Johnson.  This isn’t a “look how serious I can be” performance from the Hader/Wiig duo, as the film does have some very funny moments, but the two bring a formidable about of weight to the characters, with Hader in particular turning in a stellar performance as one half of the troubled sibling pair.  Read my full review after the jump.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Wins SAG Best Ensemble Award; Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’O, and Jared Leto Take Home Trophies

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place earlier this evening, and the performance-centric American Hustle won the big Best Ensemble prize.  That wasn’t a huge shock given the amount of talent on display in David O. Russell’s film and the fact that Hustle landed an Oscar nomination in every single acting category.  Elsewhere at the SAGs, Matthew McConaughey continues to look more and more like an Oscar winner with another Best Actor trophy, 12 Years a Slave breakout Lupita Nyong’O won Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto won their umpteenth Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards, respectively.  On the TV side of things, Breaking Bad won Best Dramatic Ensemble and Modern Family won Best Comedic Ensemble.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and take note in your respective Oscar pools.

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 Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for director Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Sadly, this trailer did absolutely nothing for me other than one kind of funny joke at the end.  It’s different footage than the Spanish-language version we posted yesterday, but even in English this feels incredibly forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

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.

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