January 16, 2011 |
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")
February 2, 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green will sing together -- with the Muppets -- at the Grammy Awards. ( MTV ) Halle Berry's custody battle with model Gabriel Aubry over their daughter has turned nasty, with accusations of racial slurs. ( People ) Lindsay Lohan is under investigation in connection with the possible theft of a $5,000 necklace from a jewelry store. ( Los Angeles Times ) Some are asking if Al Jazeera's coverage of Egypt is its "CNN moment," but it goes beyond that.
November 23, 2011 |
You know times are tough when even the Muppets are facing bankruptcy, or worse, playing in a Muppet tribute band. What happened to the "rainbow connection"? That and more will be answered with nostalgic charm and big, splashy production numbers in the very warm and fuzzy musical comedy of "The Muppets. " The movie stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and pretty much every Muppet that has ever graced a screen, small or large, since the late Jim Henson first brought them to life many decades ago. This newest Muppet fable begins in an idyllic slice of '50s-era Americana, Smalltown, USA, with old home movies of best friends and brothers, Gary (Segel)
November 28, 2011 |
The good news for studios was that, overall, people liked what they saw in theaters over the long Thanksgiving holiday. The bad news was that there were a lot fewer of them than in years past. In fact, despite some highly regarded new movies, it was the slowest Thanksgiving moviegoing weekend in the last four years. Ticket sales were down roughly 11% compared with the same period last year. So far this year, attendance is off about 5%, and box office receipts are down about 4%. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was easily the No. 1 film, taking in $62.3 million Wednesday to Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment.
October 22, 2012 |
Greg Smith appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, stirring serious interest in his book "Why I Quit Goldman Sachs," which publishes today. Smith scored a book deal after writing an explosive New York Times op-ed after leaving the company. Smith spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs, starting as an intern and working his way up to a position as a vice president. "Why I Quit Goldman Sachs" is an indictment of the investment firm's corporate culture, which, in the end, Smith found intolerable.
December 2, 2011 |
After a glut of family films opened over the Thanksgiving holiday, no new movies are slated to hit theaters nationwide this weekend — leaving a clan of felt "Muppets" to rule the box office. The post-Turkey Day weekend has traditionally been one of the slowest moviegoing periods of the year, as Americans emerge from their tryptophan-induced hazes and begin their holiday shopping. In 2010, it was the second-lowest-grossing weekend of the year, according to Box Office Mojo. This weekend, Walt Disney Studios' modern spin on "The Muppets" is expected to ring up about $20 million in ticket sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.