BBC and Jim Henson Co. Team Up for ‘No Strings Attached’

- 06-19-12TV Posted by NickBungay

It looks like all that hard work Jason Segel did for The Muppets movie is paying off once again, this time in the form of a continental partnership of science fiction and puppetry.

Sadly, this isn’t the long awaited Muppet’s “Pigs in Space” feature film we’ve all waited for, but it does mean Kermit and company are coming back to television — sort of.

Pairing with the United Kingdom’s highly popular BBC network, the one that does the show about that time traveling doctor (perhaps you’ve heard of it?), the Jim Henson Co. will be creating content in the form of No Strings Attached. The show will reportedly be based on the original Muppets Show, where various celebs will show up each week taking part in a series of sketches and games. The catch? Well, these will be different Muppets — no Kermit, no Gonzo, not even a measly Pepe the Prawn.

Here’s a release from the BBC on their partnership:

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Karl Warner, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning, have commissioned BBC In-house Entertainment to make a pilot for BBC One. The project is a co-production with The Jim Henson Company.

In No Strings Attached (working title), a brand new cast of puppet characters will invite two celebrity guests to enter their world. The guests will go head to head in a series of unique games run by the cast of characters and take part in a variety of sketches, in what will be a warm, cheeky, family affair fuelled by a healthy dose of off-the-wall, madcap fun.

Danny Cohen said: “It’s wonderful to be working with The Jim Henson Company and a writing team led by Danny Baker.”

Derek McLean, Creative Director, BBC In-House Entertainment, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be providing both desk-space and an original idea to such a powerful array of showbiz talent, in what promises to be the longest credit roller in history.”

The creative team behind the show includes Brian Henson as lead puppeteer and Danny Baker as lead writer. The puppets have been created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in Los Angeles.

Executive producers are Derek McLean and Andrew Westwell for BBC Entertainment, Brian and Lisa Henson for The Jim Henson Company and Martin Baker and Peter Coogan for Baker Coogan Productions, long time Henson collaborators.

Filming will take place overseas with the new cast of puppets created out of Henson studios in LA, with Jim’s son and current chairman of the Jim Henson Company Brian Henson serving as executive producer of the show. Journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker will be covering all the written material and comedy.

Hopefully this new show will translate well for those of us on this side of pond, otherwise the comedic aspect will be lost on us trying to figure out where No Strings Attached is funny. Oh yeah, did we mention that the celebrities will obviously be British? This gives us hope for the day we’ll all be expecting: The Doctor, any Doctor, in a Muppet’s sketch! Based on that thought alone we should be happy with what we are getting.

Source: /Film

Not Only Will Jason Segel Not Write ‘The Muppets’ Sequel, He Won’t Star in It Either

- 03-05-12Film Posted by NickBungay

After the successful revival of Jim Henson‘s Muppet franchise, you would think that Jason Segel would want to continue work alongside his Muppet pals – wrong. Even though The Muppets was a box office hit, the movie’s co-writer and star has decided to step aside and let others take over from where he left off. James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller are set to write the new Muppets movie.

On top of bummer news, it’s just been reported that Segel won’t even come back to reprise his role as Gary.

According to Bleeding Cool:

Between promoting Five Year Engagement, work on Knocked Up sequel This Is 40 and presumably another season of How I Met Your Mother, there’s just no time left in the day [for Segel] to do proper justice to a Muppets sequel…

During a recent press junket for the upcoming Jeff Who Lives at Home,  Jason (via an interview with Collider) was asked where he stood on his involvement in the sequel:

“It’s true but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects… All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.”

This is rather dis-heartening to hear, given that Jason was such a pivotal part in bringing The Muppets to a newer generation. Plus, he was so damn good in it too. The man sure put a smile on my face.

On the other hand, human characters never recur in Muppet movies anyway, do they?

Source: Bleeding Cool

Disney Gets Ready to Work on a ‘Muppets’ Sequel With a Different Writer

- 03-01-12Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

Even though it had been over ten years since the last Muppets film, their comeback this past year has brought them back to the public eye. They presented at the Oscars and won Best Original Song for their song titled, “Man or Muppet”, what could be better? Well, it has just been announced that The Muppets have been confirmed for a sequel. But hold your horses, Jason Segel has already stated that he will not be involved in the film as a screenwriter.

Segel may come back in an acting capacity, but with his ongoing work on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and films due to hit theaters this year such as: Jeff Who Lives at HomeThe Five-Year Engagement, and This is Forty  he is making sure to keep himself pretty busy. Good news is that despite Segel not appearing in the film, Gary his creation, could possibly be part of the film  seeing a Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller are set to pen the script for the sequel very soon.

Of course the big elephant in the room, is the possibility of Frank Oz being part of the sequel.  After being offered the opportunity to return as the voice of iconic characters Animal, Miss Piggy, and Fozzy Bear; he decided to turn it down and publicly announce that :

“I wasn’t happy with the script. I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

Could the movies success, and popularity allow for the wounds of being beat to the punch with a new Muppets film finally be put to rest or will he really not be involved in this upcoming film as well.  The sky is the limit my friend, but for now we have another Muppets film to look forward to, and I can’t wait.

 

‘The Muppets’ News: Potential Sequel, SoundWorks Video & “Man Or Muppet” Music Video

- 12-13-11Film Posted by Chris D.

For those of you who really enjoyed The Muppets, we’ve got a bunch of news for you!  We’ve got two great videos for you, and there may very well be a sequel in the future.

When the Hollywood Reporter asked about the status of a potential sequel, producer Todd Lieberman replied:

We’ve been discussing the potential for something. We don’t know what it is or anything about it, it just started coming up recently — very early, nascent discussions of something potential that I wouldn’t even say is definitely going to happen.

Basically: no answer.  We’ll just have to see.

Hit the jump for the videos we’ve got for you!

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Fox News – Fair, Balanced, At Least Until the Felt Hits the Fan

- 12-06-11Film, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

Everyone loves a good conspiracy story, from who shot J.F.K. to 911 to the moon landings. Some people get pretty far out there when they start talking about them. So it doesn’t surprise me that someone over at FOX News decided that the latest Muppet’s movie is just the tip of the Felt covered conspiracy feltberg. The conspiracy to brain wash your kids about the evils of capitalism. What makes me laugh is that anyone is writing about it . . . myself included.

The Muppets, in case you haven’t seen it yet, follows Kermit and the gang (with help from Jason Segel, Amy Adams and a new character named Walter) as they put on a telethon to save their beloved Muppet Studios from an oil baron who wants to level it and drill.

What message does Follow the Money host Eric Bolling pull from this? “Is liberal Hollywood using class warfare to brainwash our kids?” he asks, while one of his expert guests lumps The Muppets and Cars 2 in the same category as Syriana and There Will Be Blood.

So does it stand up? The Muppets does paints Chris Cooper’s Tex Richman as an unrepentant villain. And he’s after money, pure and simple. He’s evil and wealthy. Not wealthy because he is evil, but just evil and wealthy. What Bolling and friends miss completely is that, in The Muppets, Kermit is living high on the hog (yes that is a Miss Piggy reference) in a Beverly Hills mansion, with a robot driving his Rolls; Gonzo is a successful toilet magnate; and Miss Piggy is a magazine editor at Paris Vogue. All of them rich, famous, and living the life of Riley.

The Muppets are the 1 percent.

Face it, every television news show, Internet blog or site is hungry for something to talk about. Anything to talk about, even the misbegotten Felt fury of Fox News.

Nerdy Bits, The Sh*t You Skipped: Insanely-Awesome ‘Diablo III’ Cosplay, Miss Piggy’s Impressive Impressions, A Sexy ‘Star Wars’ Pin-Up Calender and MOAR!

- 11-30-11Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Film, Funny Videos, TV, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

By now you might be tiring of the Muppets. I don’t really think that’s possible, so here’s a video of Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy answering some fan questions on Moviefone. You’ll be amazed by Miss Piggy’s impressive impressions! (The Mary Sue)

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Review: ‘The Muppets’, Plus the ‘Toy Story’ Short, “Small Fry”

- 11-23-11Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Sarah Moran

This holiday weekend we welcomed the Muppets back to the silver screen in, uh, The Muppets. It’s been 32 years since their first feature film, The Muppet Movie and 12 years since Muppets from Space. Add in the sensation they stirred up with any of their promotional appearances or parody trailers and it’s clear we’ve been missing the Muppets. And The Muppets, the movie, nails that perfect blend of nostalgia with fantastic fresh material.

Much of The Muppets’ success, of course, goes to the Muppets. These characters are so much larger than the people who bring them to life, and it’s because of this the Muppets will most likely still be making movies long after we’re dead. And this isn’t meant to discredit those who do bring them to life! What they do is incredible. I’ve always been amazed at the amount of emotion and expression a Muppet can show, and in The Muppets, the Muppets deliver some of their best, most genuine performances.

There’s a chance of spoilers ahead, but not an abundance. Too much of the fun is in the surprise, in particular the awesome cameos. (more…)

Nerdy Bits, The Sh*t You Skipped: Ahnuld’s Ah-mazing ‘Total Recall’ Commentary, Yoda Sells Noodles in Japan, The Muppets on SNL and MOAR!

- 11-21-11Comics, Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Film, Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Would you like to watch the awesome lobby shootout scene from The Matrix synced with “Mambo #5?” Of course you do. In fact, I’m surprised how well these two mesh together. The Youtuber claims no editing was involved to make it work, so if we take him at his word, this is almost spooky. (TDW: Geek)

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‘Goonies’ Style is Good Enough for Segel

- 11-09-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

With the upcoming release of The Muppets, screenwriter and actor Jason Segel is looking for his next challenge, and he thinks he’s found it in a script he wrote years ago described as a film in the style of the 1985 classic The Goonies. But it was puppets, like Labyrinth. Of course, we know Segel loves puppets because a puppet musical of Dracula played a pretty big part in the denouement of Segel’s previous script Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

While promoting The Muppets, Segel talked to Playlist about his long lost script:

I actually just got back into possession my first script I ever sold when I was 21-years-old. It sat on a shelf and they didn’t know that it was the same Jason Segel. I came to them because the contract was up and I went to buy it up and they were like, ‘No, wait, that was you? That was your script?’ And I was like, ‘Yep, sorry dudes.’ So I now own it and I want to make it. It’s a kids adventure movie in the style of ‘Goonies’ or ‘Labyrinth’ or something like that. I think that’s the next big thing I’d like to try to tackle.

Sounds interesting, but it’s worth considering this question before we get too excited: how many good ideas did you have at the age of 21? Hmm.

Source: SlashFilm

‘The Muppets’ Starts With a Song, Watch the Film’s Opening Number

- 11-08-11Film Posted by Sarah Moran

“It’s time to start the music…”

I don’t care who you are, child, adult, serial killer, you freakin’ love The Muppets. Everyone does.

The Muppets will make a triumphant return to the big screen this year with their new flick opening November 23rd. The internet has been awash in Muppet goodies, particularly their parody trailers, and the Muppets themselves have been making appearances everywhere, even on a recent episode of WWE Raw. Yeah, The Muppets appeared on a wrestling program.

Today is one of the first bits we’ve seen from the actual film. Sure, we’ve seen a few snippets in the trailers but much of their promotional stuff has been the awesome original material. This clip is the opening number of the movie called, “I’ve Got Everything That I Need.” A delightful opening to what I’m hoping will be a sensational film.

Source: Geek Tyrant