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 Home, The 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.
Next years Oscar awards are in a bit of a pickle, thanks to the recent departures of both host Eddie Murphy and producer Brett Ratner, which rocked headlines today. A few hours ago, it was announced that Brian Grazer will be replacing Ratner. However, it still leaves the Academy Awards down a host and people are looking towards Jim Henson’s Muppets to host, which would be a first for the awards show.
A Facebook page has been advocating for the Muppets to host the Oscars since February 28th and now appears to be gaining traction thanks to this Murphy Ratner shenanigans. Kermit, Ms. Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang may be one step closer to that reality. The Oscars themselves are aired on ABC, owned by Disney and they own the Muppet franchise-and they just so happen to be releasing the latest Muppets movie on November 23rd. A reasonable possibility it seems. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Beaker (Meep) giving out the award for Best Director?
Granted, using puppets instead of a living cast is going to change a few things (more tables), but having a fuzzy cast of characters on broadcast television could bring in a much younger viewing audience. Of course that would make the Academy Awards relevant and why would they want that? In other words, this probably is never gonna happen. Meep!
It’s just been announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Wait, what? No Billy Crystal, No Steve Martin, No John Stewart and No NPH (Neil Patrick Harris never hosted, that’s just an un-fufiiled nerd dream of mine that has been crushed yet again)? Hathaway. Franco. This is a very odd choice.
Well I don’t hate the idea. Franco is damn good at comedy ( Pineapple Express, his appearance on 30 rock) and has carisma. Hathaway might be problematic, but she has perky tits so she’ll be ok.
More intriguing about this announcement is that Franco is potentially competing for Oscar gold with 127 Hours. What would a Franco-hosted Oscars, featuring a Franco win for Best Actor, look like? Would he win, can he win? Can a host be nominated for an award?
What do you all think about James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the awards show?
Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy, the duo that won an Oscar for their short film, Logorama, is apparently now working on short live-action film Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon series. The film will serve as advertisement and a prequel to the upcoming Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Seems like Ubisoft is hoping that what they did with Assassin’s Creed, they are hoping it will work for Ghost Recon, and getting the folks from Logorama may make it work right to get people pumped for the game. Let’s just hope a certain evil company, *cough*Activision*cough,* doesn’t get the idea to make movies for their games because really, who would want a Band Hero movie.
Live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted the 82nd Academy Awards. But Neil Patrick Harris easily stole the spotlight with his opening number.And it was kinda nice to see those almost bare chicks dancing around him. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin made their entrance from above the stage and graciously held each others’ hand as they made their way to the front of the stage. (more…)
So after all this time, they finally got him. Roman Polansky was nabbed in Switzerland. As far as I know, his trial will not be nice, and I do not believe he will be getting off easy. It’s been 31 years since he “got off easy” the first time with a 13 year old girl, like draws like I suppose. (more…)