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January 10, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
When Jim Henson's menagerie of talking animals and fish-throwing vaudevillians made their big-screen comeback in 2011's "The Muppets," Kermit the Frog and company faced down a greedy oil tycoon named Tex Richman to save their old theater from demolition. In their newest cinematic adventure, "Muppets Most Wanted," set for release from Disney on March 21, a more dangerous foe lies in wait for the performers - a criminal mastermind named Constantine who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the troupe's genial impresario.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Any talk of a curse on young-adult film franchises was put on hold this weekend with the estimated $56-million opening for “Divergent,” the first adaptation from a series of novels by Veronica Roth, while "Muppets Most Wanted" underperformed and "God's Not Dead" surprised some with a strong turnout from faith-based audiences. Directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" tells the story of a young woman fighting for freedom and survival in a dystopian society.
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November 6, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
In the world of amphibian celebrities, there's no bigger star than Kermit the Frog. Yet back in January on the set of Disney's upcoming film "The Muppets" — the first big screen outing for Jim Henson's beloved menagerie since 1999's "Muppets in Space" — the bona fide A-lister was all hard work and self-deprecating charm. Just minutes before heading inside a Universal soundstage to film a scene in which he commends his performers on a hard day's work, he took a minute to explain to a reporter that he's found some renewed sense of inner peace, particularly when it comes to being green.
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March 20, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The only thing better than one Kermit is two. And the only thing better than two Kermits is one with a Russian accent. Throw Tina Fey into a gulag, force Ricky Gervais to play second fiddle to a nefarious frog, stick Ray Liotta in a chorus line and you have a sense of the zany extremes to be found in "Muppets Most Wanted. " After the magically nostalgic return of the fuzzy-wuzzies to the big screen in 2011's "The Muppets," it's natural to think of "Most Wanted" as a sequel. Don't.
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March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Any talk of a curse on young-adult film franchises was put on hold this weekend with the estimated $56-million opening for “Divergent,” the first adaptation from a series of novels by Veronica Roth, while "Muppets Most Wanted" underperformed and "God's Not Dead" surprised some with a strong turnout from faith-based audiences. Directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" tells the story of a young woman fighting for freedom and survival in a dystopian society.
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December 8, 2011 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Bret McKenzie is the music supervisor and primary songwriter for "The Muppets," and his biggest competition for award consideration may just be himself. He has at least three compositions from the film being touted by those who track such things: gleeful production number "Life's a Happy Song," disco anthem "Me Party" and existential '80s-ish power ballad "Man or Muppet. " Sporting a comfy-looking green hoodie and unruly hair and beard — exacerbated by early-morning dad duties — the affable "Flight of the Conchords" musical comic discussed marrying his adult and meta sensibility with the Muppets via video chat from his home in New Zealand.
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March 20, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The only thing better than one Kermit is two. And the only thing better than two Kermits is one with a Russian accent. Throw Tina Fey into a gulag, force Ricky Gervais to play second fiddle to a nefarious frog, stick Ray Liotta in a chorus line and you have a sense of the zany extremes to be found in "Muppets Most Wanted. " After the magically nostalgic return of the fuzzy-wuzzies to the big screen in 2011's "The Muppets," it's natural to think of "Most Wanted" as a sequel. Don't.
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December 27, 2011
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June 23, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. Quoth the Rowling, "Pottermore!" The "Harry Potter" author unveils an "online experience" for muggles going through magic withdrawal. ( Hero Complex , Jacket Copy ) Report: PopCap, creator of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, is set to be acquired for more than a billion dollars. Dr. Evil impressions running rampant in the corporate hallways? ( Tech Crunch ) Jamie Foxx is close to signing on as Django in Quentin Tarantino's slave revenge tale, "Django Unchained.
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July 17, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen begins the second and quite possibly last American season of his "Da Ali G Show" Sunday night on HBO. Two seasons was all he managed in the UK, where his breakout fame quickly made it impossible for him to practice his stock-in-trade -- the guerrilla spoof interview, in which respectable, even respected, individuals are lured into patience-trying, sometimes revealing, exchanges with one of Cohen's three characters.
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January 10, 2014 | By Gina McIntyre
When Jim Henson's menagerie of talking animals and fish-throwing vaudevillians made their big-screen comeback in 2011's "The Muppets," Kermit the Frog and company faced down a greedy oil tycoon named Tex Richman to save their old theater from demolition. In their newest cinematic adventure, "Muppets Most Wanted," set for release from Disney on March 21, a more dangerous foe lies in wait for the performers - a criminal mastermind named Constantine who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the troupe's genial impresario.
NEWS
December 8, 2011 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Bret McKenzie is the music supervisor and primary songwriter for "The Muppets," and his biggest competition for award consideration may just be himself. He has at least three compositions from the film being touted by those who track such things: gleeful production number "Life's a Happy Song," disco anthem "Me Party" and existential '80s-ish power ballad "Man or Muppet. " Sporting a comfy-looking green hoodie and unruly hair and beard — exacerbated by early-morning dad duties — the affable "Flight of the Conchords" musical comic discussed marrying his adult and meta sensibility with the Muppets via video chat from his home in New Zealand.
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November 6, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
In the world of amphibian celebrities, there's no bigger star than Kermit the Frog. Yet back in January on the set of Disney's upcoming film "The Muppets" — the first big screen outing for Jim Henson's beloved menagerie since 1999's "Muppets in Space" — the bona fide A-lister was all hard work and self-deprecating charm. Just minutes before heading inside a Universal soundstage to film a scene in which he commends his performers on a hard day's work, he took a minute to explain to a reporter that he's found some renewed sense of inner peace, particularly when it comes to being green.
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January 16, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
Backstage at the old Muppet Theater, Kermit the Frog is manning his usual station, thanking his hardworking troupe ? which, in this case, includes his assistant Scooter, a couple of penguins and at least one chicken ? and reminding them that rehearsals begin the next morning at 9 sharp. As the colorful characters film take after take for their return to the silver screen, you'd never guess it's been more than a decade since the Muppets were gearing up to put on a show for moviegoers (their most recent feature was 1999's "Muppets in Space")
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