It seems Warner Bros. cannot get enough LEGO. After the huge success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. announced that they have a LEGO spin-off movie in development! Called Billion Brick Race, it's going to be co-written and co-directed by Jason Segel (The Muppets) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and produced by LEGO Movie producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Star and writer of The MuppetsJason 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.
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 Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who sings one of them with Kermit.
The premiere of The Muppets is less than a month away and PR for the flick may have ended its campaign of parody trailers, but that certainly doesn't mean that there's nothing more to watch. This spoiler free clip gives us a bit of an introduction to the lives of Walter and Gary, the two best buds and roommates who decide to get the Muppets back together.
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Guys, GUYS: Jason Segel, who wrote and is starring in The Muppets which is opening next month (whoa!), is set to host Saturday Night Live November 19, just four days before the movie opens in theaters on Thanksgiving Day. Those of you who are familiar with both SNL and the Muppets know that the show has a long history with the Muppets, going back to the very first season. Curious? Come inside, won't you?
I’ve done Fozzie, I’ve done Dr. Teeth, and I’ve done Beaker so far. It’s been amazing. That is what knocks your socks off. This is going to sound different than how I mean it, but my hand is inside Fozzie… That’s amazing! I never thought that would happen!
But Segel wasn't just there (talking to /Film) to try not to make innuendo, he also knows exactly what makes the Muppets special.
Every time we have a new thing on the set, he says, 'Do we own that? Do I own that? Can I own that?' I told him, 'You can't have the Muppet Show sign over your driveway. You'll never get married. -- Amy Adams, on filming The Muppets with Jason Segel.
The Mary Sue respectfully defers our response to the oratorical talents of our friend Alexander.
We already know that Lady Gaga has a certain affection for the Muppets. Any performer who could actually get Kermit the Frog to drop her off at the VMAs must have some pull with our felted friends (Especially when you consider that it is Muppet company policy to only have one performer per character. Kermit only goes where Steve Whitmire goes). And so if Production Weekly, Hollywood trade magazine, tweets that Eric Stonestreet, John Krasinski and Ed Helms are cast as members of "Lady Gaga's entourage," we say: Well, that sounds pretty likely.
The new movie, titled simply The Muppets, began filming two weeks ago, according to writer and star Jason Segel, so it's very likely that any cameo actors who are appearing in the movie are already sure things. Who are the others that Production Weekly mentioned?
This past weekend marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Jim Henson, and there really aren't any words to describe the effect that his art has had on the lives of peopleall across the world. Sesame Street, the longest running children's show in history, is still teaching the ABCs; the Muppets are enjoying a resurgence on YouTube, a medium they were practically born for; and even Fraggle Rock is out on DVD and has its own comic series. Disney, after a six-year indecisive lull, is finally making good on the Muppets as a brand.
A new Muppet movie, ambitiously titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever, is in the works, and I have high hopes for Jason Segel's writing. There are many ways I could give tribute to Mr. Henson, but I'm pretty sure that the video montages, nostalgic reminiscing, and philosophic treatises are already out there for the Googling. So I am going to talk about the Muppet movies. The good ones, and the not so good ones, and what differentiates them. Here's hoping the next one is among the former!