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Kermit and Pepe the King Prawn celebrate 35 years of Muppets movie magic

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Thirty-five years ago, the Muppets made it big in Hollywood with their first film, The Muppet Movie, which told the tale of how Kermit and the gang first came together. The film was a hit, an instant classic, and fans have followed them faithfully in seven sequels, adventures that have taken the Muppets to London, the Big Apple, the 19th-century, the high seas, and even space. This week, their latest film, Muppets Most Wanted arrived on Blu-ray and DVD. In the comedy, which co-stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell, among others, Kermit is mistaken for a master criminal named Constantine and thrown into a Russian gulag while the real crook uses the Muppets’ European tour to go on a crime spree.

Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kermit and Pepe the King Prawn to discuss the Muppets’ cinematic legacy of laughter, beginning on that swamp log and stretching into the future—for a possible Muppets horror movie.  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Noah' wreaks Old Testament havoc on its competitors

Russell Crowe’s grungy beard — presumably as well as other elements of Noah – drew in $44 million this weekend, perching it atop a Mount Ararat of box office receipts with a moderately impressive sum by any measurement (including cubits). Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical bonanza took the No. 1 spot, knocking all the films from last week’s Top 5 down one slot. The theologically loose adaptation fared better than the last time Crowe went gallivanting around in a tunic, in 2010′s Robin Hood. (That period epic only made $36 million in its first weekend.) However, there wasn’t exactly a rainbow at the end of the storm, considering audiences gave Noah a “C” CinemaScore rating.

The Divergent Games: City of Bones — er, Divergent – couldn’t quite muster enough YA fandom or non-reader interest to push its to-date take over the $100 million mark. The fantasy drama sits comfortably in a distant second with $26.5 million for the weekend, making for a grand total of $95.3 million. With a reported budget of $85 million, this certainly isn’t a dystopian scenario for the proposed trilogy, but it is less than half of what both films in The Hunger Games series had made by the end of their second weekends. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Noah' floats with $15.2 million on Friday

Darren Aronofsky’s diluvian epic Noah attracted something between a trickle and a flood of moviegoers on Friday, earning the film $15.2 million in its first day of release. While Noah is an adaptation of the original disaster story, in which God plays Roland Emmerich and destroys pretty much everything in sight, the number puts Noah‘s draw closer to that of historical epics like star Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood than any of Emmerich’s big-budget catastrophe porn. It’s unclear whether the film managed to get Christian audiences (who made last week’s God’s Not Dead a sleeper hit) marching two-by-two into the cinemaplex or if news that Aronofsky was playing fast and loose with Old Testament mythology had kept them at bay.

Meanwhile, Divergent made $8.1 million on its second Friday, dropping a modest 64 percent. The hopeful YA franchise may not diverge too much in tone from its allegorical dystopian forebear The Hunger Games, but the numbers do: At this point, Divergent has made $76.9 million, whereas the first film adapted from Suzanne Collins’ trilogy had already taken in $208.6 million over nearly the exact same calendar days. Of course, $76.9 million in a week and a day is no small potatoes. It’s just not freakishly large genetically modified potatoes, either.

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Box office report: 'Divergent' heads straight for $56 million win; 'God's Not Dead' inspires $8.6 million

Divergent was dauntless at the box office this weekend, easily winning the top spot with an estimated $56 million. Meanwhile, the Muppets failed to take multiplexes in Muppets Most Wanted, earning $16.5 million, and the faith-based indie God’s Not Dead inspired an awesome $8.6 million from just 780 theaters.

Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James as rebels in a dystopian future, the PG-13 action film Divergent aimed for the same moviegoers who gave The Hunger Games a surprise $152.5 million opening weekend in March, 2012. With a $56 million debut, Divergent didn’t reach those heights — and even fell slightly below the predictions of some analysts, who had pegged the movie for a $60 million-plus debut.

Like many buzzy films, it started strong out of the gate: A teen-targeted marketing blitz transformed the movie into an event for young fans, who turned out in droves for late-night Thursday screenings that grossed $4.9 million even before the official start of the weekend. Critical reaction has been lackluster, though the film earned a solid A CinemaScore and praise from EW’s Owen Gleiberman, who called it an “agreeably rousing, sensitive-teen-in-Amish-linen-finds-her-inner-tattooed-jock-to-fight-the-power formula dystopian thriller.” Regardless, a sequel, Insurgent, has already been greenlit by Lionsgate for release on  March 20, 2015. The trilogy’s finale, Allegiant, is scheduled for March 18, 2016, showing Hollywood’s continued faith in spring as a box-office launchpad after the success of recent March hits like The Hunger Games ($408 million total) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($234 million). (However, after the first Hunger Games installment’s release, Lionsgate did bump the remainder of the trilogy into the more competitive Thanksgiving time frame.)

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Box office update: 'Divergent' earns $22.8 million on Friday

Divergent, the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth’s hit YA sci-fi book series, had no trouble setting itself apart at theaters on Friday, grossing an estimated $22.8 million. That’s the largest single-day haul at the box office since The LEGO Movie, which made $30.8 million on its first Saturday in February.  Divergent also collected $4.9 million at midnight shows on Thursday, bringing its total to $27.7 million before the weekend officially even begins. For comparison, The Hunger Games, the first chapter of the current gold-standard YA franchise, earned $67.3 million on its first Friday in March, 2012 on its way to a $152.5 million weekend. Divergent, which reportedly cost $85 million to produce, could reach as high as $60 million by the end of the weekend for a decisive win.

In second place, Muppets Most Wanted grossed $4.7 million on Friday. The caper comedy, starring Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and Ricky Gervais alongside Jim Henson’s legendary puppets, marks the Muppets’ eighth big-screen adventure and their first since 2011′s reboot The Muppets. That version, scripted by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, earned $12.1 million on its first Friday and eventual achieved an $88.6 million cumulative gross. Muppets Most Wanted should perform well with families this weekend, and could take in more than $20 million by Sunday night.

In a surprise showing, the inspirational drama God’s Not Dead, distributed by Freestyle Releasing, came in third place with $2.8 million on Friday. The low-budget independent film, which tells the story of a college student who challenges a professor’s belief that God doesn’t exist, played in just 780 theaters, and could earn as much as $8 million in its first weekend.

In fourth place, the animated adventure Mr. Peabody and Sherman earned $2.7 million for a $72 million total gross after 15 days. And in fifth place, 300: Rise of an Empire conquered another $2.4 million on Friday, bringing its total $87 million. Expanding to 304 theaters, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel continued to ride a wave of critical acclaim to an estimated $1.8 million Friday take.

1. Divergent – $22.8 million
2. Muppets Most Wanted – $4.7 million
3. God’s Not Dead – $2.8 million
4. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – $2.7 million
5. 300: Rise of an Empire – $2.4 million

Box office preview: 'Divergent' faces off against 'Muppets Most Wanted'

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The 2014 box office, already up 8 percent from last year, is heating up as Divergent stares down Muppets Most Wanted, both of which open in over 3,000 theaters this weekend. But, the YA adaptation looks to be the clear frontrunner and it would not surprise if it doubled the Muppets’ opening returns.

Divergent is one of the first big-budget films of 2014 to target a primarily female audience after weeks of expensive, male-targeted fare. The interest seems to be there for a big opening weekend, too. Beyond the popularity of the books, Fandango is reporting that Divergent accounts for more than 80 percent of its pre-sales. But, it also has a lot to live up to thanks to the unrealistic precedents set by franchises like The Hunger Games and Twilight, where anything under a $70 million opening could be seen as a disappointment.

Here’s how things might play out:

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Capsule Movie Reviews (Mar. 19): 'Teenage' and four more

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Teenage
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 18 MINS.
Director Matt Wolf uses startling archival footage to capture the rise of pre-Elvis youth culture as the defining surge of the 20th century. He draws links between the flappers, the idle kids of the Depression, and even Hitler Youth to show us how teenagers first found a niche between alienation and ecstasy. B+Owen Gleiberman

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Kermit the Frog attempts a prison break in 'Muppets Most Wanted' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

As everyone knows, it’s not easy being green. But breaking out of a Siberian gulag? That’s downright impossible. In this exclusive clip from the upcoming musical comedy Muppets Most Wanted, Kermit the Frog — who has been mistaken for a criminal mastermind named Constantine and thrown in a Russian prison — keeps trying to escape, only to be thwarted by an ever-vigilant guard named Nadia (played by Tina Fey) who knows all of the angles. “I have Netflix account with search key words ‘prison escape,’ ” Nadia tells Kermit. “I have seen every prison movie ever made, even the ones in space.” READ FULL STORY

'Muppets Most Wanted' premiere, On the Scene: Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, more pick their Muppet doppelgangers

Everyone — the lovers, the dreamers, and Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie — got dolled up to watch the world premiere of the Muppets Most Wanted alongside the titular stars last night in Hollywood.

“This is a bucket-list sort of item,” said Tina Fey, who plays a warden at the Siberian gulag where Kermit The Frog is wrongly imprisoned after his lookalike nemesis Constantine slaps a fake mole on his face in the Disney sequel hitting theaters March 21, when Entertainment Weekly caught up with her on the carpet at the El Capitan Theatre. “I met Lorne Michaels. I met John McEnroe. And now I have met the Muppets. There is no one left from my childhood [to meet] except for maybe Dr. J.”

She wasn’t the only cast member who considers working alongside Jim Henson’s genius creations a career high. “This is an apex moment for me. There’s never been anything where I got to be this involved with a group of characters that I grew up with and that bring up such fond memories and feelings,” Ty Burrell explained. “They have pulled off that really difficult task of keeping the spirit of the original, playing up the nostalgia and making it current.”

WWE wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, a lifelong fan with 39 themed tattoos on his leg to prove it, is thrilled by the franchise’s reboot and believes today’s audiences find the same rainbow connection with the Muppets thanks to the wide variety of characters. “There’s a Muppet for everyone to love and relate to. Actually, I can see pieces of me in a lot of the different characters depending on my mood.”

It naturally left us wondering which Muppet the cast and their famous guests think they have the most in common with. Below, they pick their personal spirit puppet. READ FULL STORY

Hear the opening number from 'Muppets Most Wanted'

We already knew the Muppets were doing a sequel, but now they’re reminding us in song. In a new trailer for the film, the whole gang joins together to sing “We’re Doing a Sequel,” featuring appearances by Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, P. Diddy, and more. The Muppets propose ideas for the sequel’s subplot, and we find out Fozzie Bear didn’t even watch the first movie. Typical Fozzie. The winning idea goes to Gervais: “How about the Muppets go on a world tour?”

Watch the delightful bunch over on the Disney website.

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