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If you head out to theaters this weekend to see "The Muppets" (and believe me, you should), you'll be treated to a rare opportunity when Jason Segal and his writing partner and director of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," Nicholas Stoller, deliver a big screen "welcome back" for the famous troupe of puppets.

It's no spoiler to say that the Muppets have to throw an old-fashioned, but big screen, edition of "The Muppet Show," something older fans of the franchise are sure to love. But when it came time to write the sketches for the show, the team unfortunately couldn't fit all the ideas they had originally thought up.


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MuppetsIt's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights, and if you ask the roughly 36,000 people who have joined online campaigns on Twitter and Facebook, it's time for the Muppets to host the Oscars.

After two days of stealing headlines, the 84th Academy Awards have founds themselves without a host. It didn't take long after Eddie Murphy announced his resignation as host for a Twitter account, @MuppetOscars and Facebook group "The Muppets Should Host the 2012 Oscars" to start to gain momentum. Both accounts date back to before Murphy was selected by then-producer, Brett Ratner, to host the show, and now with the new hosting flux, the accounts have exploded in popularity. Each profile gained thousands of followers in a matter of hours.


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Jack Black and Jason Segel are arguably two of the funniest men working in movies right now. Black has been a fixture on the comedy scene for many years, lending his unique brand of manic humor to films from "High Fidelity" to "School of Rock" to the animated "Kung Fu Panda." Segel, meanwhile, has earned his funnyman stripes on the TV show "How I Met Your Mother" and in the recent flicks "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "I Love You, Man." He's also the guy pulling the strings of the upcoming, cameo-laden and much-buzzed-about "Muppets" movie (in which Black co-stars).

With Black and Segel's modern-day comedic adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" hitting theaters Christmas Day (December 25), MTV's Josh Horowitz asked the duo to educate him in the art of being funny. The result is the extremely amusing video "Humor: A Comedic Exploration," in which the funnymen impart pearls of wisdom such as these: Rainbow-colored clown wigs are highly comical, and going sans pants equals instant laughs (something Segel knows plenty about from his "Sarah Marshall" days). But more than anything else, Segel and Black wanted to emphasize that the best kind of comedy springs forth from the loins... as in the literal groin area. Read More...

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Muppet movie castingThe new Muppet movie (titled "The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made," "'The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time" or nothing at all, depending on where you look) snowballed together a good collection of talent this year as Jason Segel and Nick Stoller's project picked up "Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin to direct. The cast surrounding Segel just expanded, too, with Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones reportedly hammering out terms for joining the film.

Segel and Adams will play a boyfriend-girlfriend duo that helps the Muppets in their battle against Cooper's villain, who's threatening to tear down the Muppets' old studio; Jones will play the role of an ABC exec, according to a story on Heat Vision. Read More...

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In just a few short weeks, "Lost" will be over for good. As creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof prepare to provide all of the answers that fans are ever going to get, they've obviously been having lots of meetings. In the video below we get a glimpse into one of those final season meets, rudely interrupted by an unauthorized Muppet-led tour of the "Lost" offices.

This is the video I referred to earlier in the week. It's great. My favorite part is when Rizzo the Rat mistakes Lindelof for comedian and "Arrested Development" star David Cross.

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This is a fantastic time to be a Muppets fan. There's the upcoming movie, "The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made," written by and starring Jason Segel. There are also the wildly successful YouTube shorts; 79 Muppets assembled to re-create Queen's classic video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" in November of last year. It was an instant sensation, gathering more than 14 million views to date and four Webby nominations. That's not even mentioning the universe of branded Muppet materials out there for serious fans to indulge in.

So the Muppets are back, and in a very big way. They weren't ever really gone, but they've re-emerged in the pop culture consciousness thanks to this recent viral excitement on the Internet. It turns out that this is all part of Disney's master plan, as Muppets Studio general manager Lylle Breier explained in an interview with MTV last week. Read More...

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There's been a flurry of activity surrounding the Muppets over the past few months. First, there were those great Muppets Studio YouTube video (see: "Bohemian Rhapsody"). Then there was word that Disney is very interested in having "The Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin direct. Then, the first details emerged about the story laid out in the script written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.

The awesome news today is the Segel will also join the cast as the live-action star, and Bobin is "on board" to direct, according to a report on THR's Heat Vision blog. Segel will also produce with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV ("The Proposal"). Read More...

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DESCOn the surface, Jason Segel's involvement as the co-writer alongside Nicholas Stoller of "The Greatest Muppet Movie Of All Time" is kind of bizarre. Sure, Segel knocked it out of the park with the Dracula musical in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," but was it enough of a solid showing to prove his weight when it comes to the Muppets?

Apparently not, according to one insider who has read Segel and Stoller's script. Writing into The Playlist, the script reviewer described the plot of "The Greatest Muppet Movie" and said that while it's a fun premise, it fails to live up to the quality seen in previous Muppet films such as "The Great Muppet Caper." Read More...

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Few things in life are as consistently entertaining as Jim Henson's Muppets. They date all the way back to the mid-'50s, before "Muppet" existed as a word, on the TV series "Sam and Friends." And even today, they still delight the masses with fun diversions, such as the recent Muppet/"Bohemian Rhapsody" YouTube sensation. And yet, as popular as Henson's colorful characters have remained over the years, we haven't seen a proper, theatrically released story about them since the 1999 release "Muppets in Space."

The big screen hiatus might be ending soon. It seems that James Bobin, co-creator of the HBO comedy series "The Flight of the Conchords," is Disney's pick to direct the next Muppet movie, Vulture exclusively reports. As an unnamed Disney rep put it, "the movie is James' to direct — if he wants it." No one on either side -- Bobin's reps or the studio -- would comment officially. There's a potential problem though: Judd Apatow. Read More...

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Jason Segel

Jason Segel, star of last year’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” has already made it known that he intends to work with Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and all the other Muppets. The question now, however, is whether Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and all Segel’s flesh-and-blood funnymen will come along for the ride as well.

Last March, actor/writer Segel announced that he‘d be trying his comedic hand at a new “Muppets” movie – and was eager to fill the movie with cameos - hopefully making Jim Henson’s beloved puppet characters hip once again to the Judd Apatow generation.

“We're several drafts in,” Segel said of the film’s current status. “And just waiting to see if it's going to come together.” Read More...

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