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Wednesday
Mar212012

The Muppets Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Muppets received the 2,466th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Tuesday, joining such fictional stars as Bugs Bunny, Godzilla, Mickey Mouse and The Simpsons on the historic sidewalk monument.

The late Jim Henson's famed fabric creations were enshrined in front of the El Capitan Theatre, where their induction ceremony was held.

Lisa Henson, Jim Henson's daughter, accepted the honor on her father's behalf -- and as the CEO of the Jim Henson Company.  She thanked, "the lovers, the dreamers and the fans," quoting the hit Muppets song "The Rainbow Connection."

After the event, she told ABC News Radio her dad would be proud, saying, "[H]e had a vision that The Muppets would continue for years and years, and that future generations would love them, and I think he'd be pleased and proud to know that it did transpire that way."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov232011

'The Muppets,' 'Arthur Christmas,' 'Hugo' Open Wednesday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three new movies open nationwide Wednesday, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Here's a closer look:

-- The Muppets: Jason Segel, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film, plays Gary, who joins his Muppet brother, Walter, and his girlfriend, Amy Adams' Mary, in a quest to raise enough money to save the Muppet Theater from being demolished.  Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones, plus Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends, star.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Arthur Christmas: After Santa Claus forgets to deliver a gift to one child, his son embarks on a journey to correct the mistake before Christmas morning arrives.  James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

-- Hugo: Set in 1930s Paris, the story focuses on an orphaned boy who lives in the walls of a train station and tries to unlock the secret of a broken automaton left behind by his late father.  Asa Butterfield, Jude Law, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen also star in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov222011

Movie Review: ‘The Muppets’

Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Manah manah (doot doo, dee doo doo) ...
 
Just what the world needs -- another Muppet movie! Whether or not we asked for it, Jason Segel and writing partner Nick Stoller have given us The Muppets.  Did we need it?  We can’t and won’t complain because it’s harmless fun, and then some.
 
Segel plays Gary, the brother of Walter -- who’s a Muppet.  In true Muppet fashion they never explain how Gary, a human, and Walter, a Muppet, could be brothers. At a young age, Walter discovers he’s different than the other kids, yet Gary never leaves his side, including Walter in all of his activities. These two love each other as only human/Muppet brothers can.
 
As adults, Walter and Gary still share a room and sleep in twin beds. In case you forgot or didn’t know, Jason Segel is at least 6’4” or 6’5” so, as intended, seeing him rise from a twin bed across from his Muppet brother is a funny visual.
 
Gary has a surprise for Walter -- he’s taking his girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to Los Angeles for their 10th anniversary, and he bought a ticket for Walter so he can visit Muppet Studios.  A thrilled Walter hopes Kermit will be there but Gary does his best to curb Watler’s enthusiasm by assuring him the studio is only used for tours.  To which Walter responds, “Yeah, I think that’s just an Internet rumor, like there’s a country called Turkey.”
 
Sure enough, when they get to the studio, they find a disappointing, dilapidated mess -- but this is where Walter receives his call to action. After sneaking into Kermit’s office, he hears an evil oil baron, played by Chris Cooper, discuss his plans to tear down the studio and dig for oil. Walter has to find Kermit and let him know so can save Muppet Studios!
 
Gary and Walter find Kermit living in a cavernous mansion he once shared with that legendary ham, Miss Piggy. In one of the movie’s best sequences, Walter, Gary and Mary convince Kermit to round up the gang and save the studio. In the process we’re treated to what may be for some a tear-inducing song, titled “Pictures in My Head.” We also meet “80’s Robot,” Kermit’s right-hand man and limo driver. 80’s Robot is also a highlight but you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
 
Segel and Stoller garnish the script for The Muppets with nostalgic Muppet moments fans will love and little kids will probably like, but probably won’t enjoy as much if the movie is their introduction to the Muppets in general.  The musical numbers that work are fantastic -- sometimes uplifting, funny and moving. The musical numbers that don’t work weigh down this peppy production, but not enough to ruin it.
 
Really, though,  only one question needs to be answered: is this the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational Muppet movie ever made? The answer: sure!  
 
Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Monday
Aug222011

Disney Promotes 'The Avengers,' 'The Muppets' at D23 Expo

Chris Evans as Captain America. Paramount Pictures/Marvel Entertainment(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Over the weekend, Disney staged its D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, previewing some of its most anticipated films over the next few years.

One of those movies is The Avengers, which will feature Marvel superheroes such as Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evans' Captain America and many more.

Despite the star power in The Avengers, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson -- who play Hawkeye and Black Widow, respectively -- said the entire cast rarely spent time together on the set.  Even so, Downey Jr. said they all took a professional approach to the film.

"I think the challenge is to buy into what you're doing, and not take yourself too seriously but take the work seriously, and I think everybody had the right attitude.  You know, it's not rocket science but it's not easy," Downey Jr. said.

The Avengers will be released next May.

Also at the D23 Expo, Jason Segel promoted his Muppets film, which opens in November.  Segel, who wrote the screenplay and is the film's leading star, said he became emotional when the cast read the script for the first time.

He said, "I'm very proud of how much I love The Muppets.  All I can say is you would cry too.  When Kermit comes out and starts saying stuff you've written, it is the most awe-inspiring, humbling moment you can imagine."

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