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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

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[This review has been cross-posted with permission from Kabooooom!]

When The Muppets released in 2011 it was a celebrated return to the movies for Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the whole gang. That film was a nostalgia-laden trip through Muppet history and brought them back to relevance after years away. Their follow-up film, Muppets Most Wanted, is an enjoyable caper but as The Muppets themselves sing early on, “everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good.”  (more…)

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It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to press play on the first teaser trailer for the sequel to The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted. Coming from the same creative team (sans Jason Segel), the sequel will continue the big screen adventures of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozie and the rest of the gang as they find themselves on a European adventure. In the trailer you’ll see scenes of new stars Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais hamming it up, and you will confirm once and for all if Scooter does indeed have moves like Jagger. But let’s put aside the preamble and get to the trailer:

Plot SynopsisDisney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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I seem to be writing about all manner of sequels this week: From brilliant ideas that will never happen, to big budget sci-fi sequels that will likely be buried under the avalanche of Star Wars hype…

Today, we’ve got ourselves a fictional sequel I know I desperately wish was more than just a clever comedy bit about two forgotten actors trying to regain some relevancy in Hollywood.

Below is the trailer for the series finale of Life’s Too Short–the semi-autobiographical HBO comedy series created by and starring Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis. The show is apparently based around Davis’ daily trials and tribulations…I wish I could say more about it, but I don’t get HBO–looks awesome, though. The trailer features Davis and Willow co-star Val Kilmer attempting to pitch Willow 2 to investors.


Life’s Too Short Special Trailer (HBO) by HBO

The Life’s Too Short Series Finale Special airs on July 5 on HBO.

Source: The Mary Sue

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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

ABOVE: Nerdy father of the year award goes to the Dad who crafted an X-Wing bed for his kid. It has everything a Star Wars youngling could want: an Astromech droid, X-foils that open and close, and a cockpit where you can sit and watch DVDs on the screen in the nose of the ship. [Technabob]

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Gervais Kermit Piggy

2011 saw the return of everyone’s favorite colorful hand puppets in Disney’s The Muppets. The film was met with much commercial success and critical praise.

Personally, the flick left a great impact on me. It reminded me how much I loved and missed The Muppets. It was 10 years since The Muppets last cinematic outing and I kind of forgot about them. The movie totally called attention to that, and kicked me in the childhood. Kermit and friends were back, and I couldn’t have been more happy. I was left feeling like I kid again.  That, and the toe-tapping music put a smile on my face. I’ve sung “Am I Muppet or  Man” more times than I care to admit.

Point is, I have Muppet fever, and can’t wait for the sequel.

Thankfully, the wait for their next film won’t be quite too long. The Muppets… Again is on point for release sometime next year, and Disney is already teases us fans with a plot synopsis and a couple of first look images — including one of human star Ricky Gervais.

Kermit sat down for an interview with EW, in which he divulged some story details.

The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppleganger. He’s the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won’t tell you any more than that, but let’s just say mayhem ensues.

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Ricky Gervais is reported to be in negotiations to star in The Muppets sequel as the lead “Human” actor. I guess he’s got to work with felt since no one in Hollywood wants to work with Gervais after his Golden Globe rant. (Joking here, I loved his performance! ! !) Production starts in January. Gervias, if the contracts are signed, will join Ty Burrell of Modern Family as one of the three main “Human” roles. Burrell  is said to be playing a lazy (I know he will play it “Bumbling” I am willing to bet he draws inspiration from Peter Sellers Inspector Jacques Clouseau) Interpool Inspector.

Gervais is no stranger to The Muppets stage, he shot a cameo for the first movie, but like many scenes shot in Hollywood, the scene didn’t make the final cut. The real question is, will Gervais have to sing like the first movie? I can’t remember him singing except while in his The Office character, who wasn’t supposed to be able to sing, that was the funny part.

Director James Bobin is returning for the sequel along with the rest of the Muppet crew. The as yet untitled The Muppets II is set to hit theaters in late 2013.

Via: THR

 

Shoalin Monks Do It Frog Style

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“Your Tiger style is no match for my Crane style!”  Oh those golden Sunday afternoons of Kung-Fu theater.  There were flying, punching, sword swinging masters of the martial arts that had me “Hi-Yaaaaa-ing” through the neighborhood.  I ate that stuff up and even took some lessons until this guy wanted me to do push-ups on my knuckles.

Well those movies had some real kernels of truth in them.  Shoalin monks continue training in the martial arts today and they can do some pretty impressive things.  Check out this video of a Shoalin monk throwing a sewing needle through a pane of glass, shot on video at 1000 frames per second.

Pretty cool.  You can see a novice try the same trick with much different outcome.  There’s a show that just started airing in the States called “An Idiot Abroad.”  Produced by comedian Ricky Gervais, he plays a practical joke: sending his reluctant doofus pal on a worldwide trek in “An Idiot Abroad,” a comedic travel documentary on the Science Channel.  You can check it out after the jump along with another video of Shoalin Frog style.  It’s not just a witty title.

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