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Jason Segel

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To Make Up for Not Doing More Muppets, Jason Segel Has Writen a Young Adult Novel Series

Before I really knew anything about Jason Segel except that he was in that show How I Met Your Mother that my mom really liked to watch (Freaks and Geeks is on my watch list, I’msorrydon’tshootme), I sat spellbound by an interview he gave NPR where he cheerfully talked about what he considered one of the dumbest, silliest decisions he’d ever made: as a young kid, just out of school, he’d decided that what he should really be doing with his life was not trying to get a job but to really buckle down on the completely serious, not a parody, puppet Dracula musical he’d always wanted to get made.

This was why, when his involvement in The Muppets was announced, I knew he was the person for the job. And it’s why, if he wants to write a trilogy of young adult novels based on an idea he came up with when he was twenty-one, I’m absolutely okay with it.

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Olden Lore

Get Ready to Feel Old: The Vanity Fair Freaks and Geeks Reunion Photoshoot

I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but there are children born after the final episodes of Freaks and Geeks aired, following a fan campaign to get three unaired episodes onto television, who are probably already preparing for their Bar and Bat Mitzvot.

Look… I’ll just leave you with some of the pictures from Vanity Fair’s photoshoot. There are lots more at their gallery, and they’ve also got a bunch of never before seen set pictures, a history of the show from the actors and creators, and creator Paul Feig explaining what would have happened in the never-made season two.

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we loled

Hillary Clinton Lets Jason Segel Down Easy For Movie Role Request

We know that Jason Segel has said he won’t be returning to do another Muppets film but he may have to have a change of heart if he ever wants Hillary Clinton to star alongside him. The actor has mentioned several times in the press that he’d love a chance to work with the Secretary of State and she’s finally given him an answer. And it’s pure comedy gold. 

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I Guess I Can't Argue With That

Emily Blunt Thinks Women’s Roles In Superhero Films Are Fairly Terrible

Emily Blunt, actress in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, and The Jane Austen Book Club, has been up for some major roles in blockbuster superhero films over the last few years. Yet she hasn’t taken a single one and with good reason: She thinks the women in superhero films get the short end of the stick. Thank you, Ms. Blunt. 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Han Solo Crayons

We wish we could tell you that you can buy these, but they’ve already sold out of Extramoneyformommy’s Etsy shop. Maybe if you ask nicely, she’ll make some more? (Gizmodo)

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Allow Us To Explain

Why Are There Only Two Original Songs Nominated For Oscars?

If you looked through our list of Academy Award nominees for 2012, you may have noticed something odd. The category for Best Original Song only had two nominees – Man or Muppets from The Muppets and Real in Rio from Rio. Now, while here at The Mary Sue were very excited at the prospect of Kermit getting an Oscar, I know when I saw the short list I thought to myself, “There had to have been more original songs this year.” So what gives? Well, turns out you can put the blame squarely on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ stupid rules. 

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It is a gift!

Jimmy Fallon Bids Us On Our Merry Way With Christmas Mad Libs [Video]

If the thing that bothers you the most about the holiday season is the neverending background music of songs we’ve heard over and over and over again (I’m looking at you, “Jingle Bells”), then Jimmy Fallon has solved your problem. He got some famous friends together — Patton Oswalt, Maya Rudolph, Jesse Eisenberg, Martin Short, T.I., Brian Williams, Jack McBrayer, Zac Efron, Howie Mandel, Jason Segel, and Walter the Muppet — to give the classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” the Mad Libs treatment to change things up a bit. And now it has nipples in it.

(via Mediaite)

Previously in Jimmy Fallon

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Ask a Muppet

Ms. Piggy Doing Impressions of Other Muppets

There are lots of other (SFW but perhaps slightly naughty for the Muppets) gems in this MovieFone Unscripted segment between Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Kermit and Piggy, but we’ll leave you to discover them.

(via ToughPigs.)

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Yes, the Muppets Were on SNL Last Night, But Watch Jason Segel’s Andre the Giant Impression First [Video]

Star and writer of The Muppets Jason Segel hosted Saturday Night Live last night. We are spoiling nothing by saying that yes, the Muppets did show up, and yes, those sketches are after the jump. But since we’ve been inundating you with posts about The Muppets, here is a reprieve from that. Either Segel was merely a child of the 1980s who loved wrestling — or he loves The Princess Bride sooooo much that he figured out how to impersonate the man who played Fezzik, Andre the Giant. We choose to believe the latter.

And after the jump: Muppets.

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A Kermit Double-Header, With Singing and an Interview [Video]

Kermit the Frog and the rest of his crew are busy making the rounds in the media to promote The Muppets. And while we will warn you that some plot points are revealed during the interview in the video above (conducted by Jian Ghomeshi of Canada’s QTV), there are no spoilers. But there is nudity. But nothing you haven’t seen before. (Because Kermit has been fully nude for his entire career.)

After the jump, however, is a slightly more spoilery video — that is, if you don’t want to hear any of the new original songs by Flight of the ConchordsBret McKenzie, who sings one of them with Kermit.

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