Cue Kermit’s patented arm-flailing “Yaaaaaay!” Following their successful return to the pop culture spotlight with 2011’s The Muppets, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the rest of the gang are heading back to the big screen. The Muppets…Again!, currently shooting in London and due in theaters March 21, 2014, finds the Muppet repertory company enjoying a triumphant world tour, only to become tangled up with a criminal mastermind named Constantine, who is out to steal an enormous diamond—and who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit. “I always loved those classic jewel-heist capers from the ’60s and ’70s, so I was very keen to do a movie that had elements of that [genre] featuring the Muppets and comedy and songs,” says returning director James Bobin, who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller. Starring opposite the Muppets this time are Ricky Gervais (as Constantine’s villainous sidekick), Tina Fey (as a Russian prison guard), and Ty Burrell (as an Interpol agent). For more inside scoop on the project, we went straight to the source: Kermit the Frog himself. READ FULL STORY
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Casting Net: James Franco to step behind and in front of the camera for 'Tabloid.' Plus: Dwayne Johnson, Ray Liotta
• James Franco is in the early stages of preparing to direct and star in an adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1995 novel American Tabloid, about three members of law enforcement in the years leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Nothing, however, is close to a firm deal. If you’re about to say, “Hey, wait a minute, didn’t Franco also recently line up Beautiful People, a biopic about famed hair stylist Jay Sebring, as his next acting-directing venture,” we’re waaaaay ahead of you. [MTV]
• Dwayne Johnson will produce and possibly star in film with the working title of Teddy Bear, about a courageous stuffed animal who defends its owner from all manner of monsters. The project is based on an illustration by Alex Panagopoulous of that very thing — and it’s pretty effing cool — but no writer or director are yet attached. [THR]
• Speaking of adorable creatures from childhood, Ray Liotta has joined the cast to the sequel of 2011′s The Muppets, in an undisclosed role. He’ll join Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell. James Bobin is returning to direct the film, penned by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. [Variety]
Casting Net: Charlie Hunnam aiming to join Emma Stone in ‘Crimson Peak.’ Plus: Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina to play a couple
Casting Net: James Franco to direct and star in biopic ‘Beautiful People.’ Plus: Liam Neeson lands action pic, Paul Dano to play Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson
Casting Net: Al Pacino and Brian De Palma to tell Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s story. Plus: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Dylan McDermott
After a period of relative quiet in the House of Mouse’s feature film department, Disney’s magic cinema cauldron is brewing once more.
The studio announced today that Angelina Jolie’s live-action Maleficent — a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of its wicked villain — has been shifted from its original release date of March 14, 2014 to the far more high profile release of July 2, 2014, smack in the middle of the Independence Day holiday. It will also be released in 3-D. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Tina Fey teaming up with the 'Muppets.' Plus: Josh Brolin, Christopher Meloni entering 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'
• Tina Fey once made a muppet-y episode of 30 Rock, and she’s once again returning to the world of felt skin and feather hair. The upcoming Golden Globes cohost is in final talks for a lead role in the sequel to 2011′s The Muppets, as a guard in a Russian gulag. She’ll join Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell. Director James Bobin is returning for the second installment, writing the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller. [THR]
• Josh Brolin and Christopher Meloni are joining the growing ensemble cast of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Brolin, whose casting was announced by Dimension Films, will play a younger version of Clive Owen’s character Dwight from the 2005 Sin City. In the new film, Dwight is hounded by an ex-flame, ultimately leading him to change his face into Owen’s visage. Meloni, meanwhile, will play a (likely dangerous) cop. They join returning actors Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Jaime King, and new recruits Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, and Jamie Chung. Like the last film, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will both write and direct. [Deadline]
• Will Forte and Tim Robbins have signed up for The Switch, and in one of Hollywood’s nice little ironies, they’re taking over roles originally occupied by Ty Burrell and Dennis Quaid, respectively. Based on the Elmore Leonard crime novel of the same name, the film will serve as something of a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) playing younger versions of Robert DeNiro and Samuel L. Jackson’s career crooks from Tarantino’s film. Robbins will play the wealthy husband of the woman (Jennifer Aniston) they kidnap, and Forte will play a man who witnesses the crime. Dan Schechter (Supporting Characters) is directing from his script. [Variety]
Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt signs up for ‘Sin City’ 2. Plus: Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard join Kevin Costner thriller
Casting Net: Maggie Gyllenhaal joins Michael Fassbender’s band in ‘Frank.’ Plus: Ashley Tisdale, Stephen Lang, Vinnie Jones
Casting Net: Ricky Gervais in talks to star in ‘The Muppets’ sequel. Plus: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Eddie Redmayne, Berenice Bejo
What happens when David Brent meets Fozzie Bear?
We’ll find out when Disney’s sequel to The Muppets hits theaters. Gervais confirmed rumors via Twitter today that he will play the lead in the new film, a European adventure that is also set to star Ty Burrell as a bumbling Interpol inspector. Here’s Gervais’s tweet:
Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles' closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn
• YES: Christoph Waltz is in talks to star in the sequel to The Muppets, as an Interpol inspector. While star Jason Segel won’t reprise his role, director James Bobin and writer Nicholas Stoller are expected to return in their respective roles, with Bobin also co-penning the script. [THR]
• Jennifer Garner will join Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyers Club, a drama about a real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who smuggled pharmaceuticals into to the U.S. for himself and others living with the disease. Garner will play the Woodroof’s physician, Dr. Eve Saks. Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) will direct from a script by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Craig Borten. [Deadline]
• Vince Vaughn is attached to star in Triple Time, an action-thriller about a U.S. marshal (Vaughn) accompanying an accused prisoner to D.C., when all hell breaks loose. Regular Vaughn collaborator (and child star of A Christmas Story) Peter Billingsley (Couples Retreat) will direct the script he penned with Michael J. Wilson (The Tuxedo). [Variety]
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The first full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the clip that showed an entire football field collapsing, was named Best in Show at the 13th annual Golden Trailer Awards. The preview for Christopher Nolan’s superhero epic was also named Best Summer 2012 Blockbuster at last night’s awards celebration in Los Angeles. The Bridesmaids red-band trailer earned Best Comedy, and The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo was named Best Drama. Click below for more winners: READ FULL STORY
To the generation that grew up watching The Muppet Show, Frank Oz is the man behind Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. To the Star Wars fanboys, he’s Yoda. To the under-10 set, he’s Bert and Cookie Monster. For lovers of musical theater, though, he’s the director who brought a nerdy florist and his bloodthirsty plant to toe-tapping life on the big screen. Little Shop of Horrors — a 1986 adaptation of the Off-Broadway show based on a Roger Corman film of the same name — holds a special place in our hearts for the music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (of Beauty and the Beast fame) and that Mean Green Mother From Outer Space himself, Audrey II. With news breaking of a potential remake and rumors suggesting his movie will finally be re-released with its original ending intact, EW reached out to the filmmaker to learn what is in store for his cult classic, which screens tomorrow night as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “A Night of Oz.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Little Shop seems to have grown in popularity over the years. Are you at all surprised by that, given the film’s initial release?
FRANK OZ: Yes. It did only okay when it came out and it’s been nice [to see it become] a cult film. I was surprised, yeah. Although with me, I do my films, I work the very best I can, and I go on, so I don’t think about it too much. I haven’t seen it hardly at all since it opened up. I’ll be curious about the audience’s reaction, because this was made 25 years ago. READ FULL STORY
From time to time, Entertainment Weekly is lucky enough to host some of the most famous stars in the industry. But perhaps no special guests have ever created a bigger stir in our New York office than the Muppets, who swung by last week to promote the video release of their latest hit movie. At least that’s what we thought they were visiting to do. Walter actually came fishing for swag, in particular, an advance screener copy of the upcoming superhero spectacular, The Avengers. Miss Piggy had even more ambitious plans, and when she sets her mind to something, woe to the green frog or naive EW editors who stand in her way. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. Take a look. READ FULL STORY
Though Courtney Love likened The Muppets to rapists today, she’s apparently not the only one who is gunning to take out the felty folks. Brian Henson’s The Happytime Murders showcases the darker side of the brand in its first concept art. Jim Henson’s son, who will direct, has been developing the Muppets-for-adults noir for years, but it looks like Happytime is finally gaining some traction.
Per an official synopsis, the just-released image to the right shows disgraced ex-cop Phil Phillips. Phillips exists in a world where puppets are acknowledged but play second fiddle to humans. Phil is searching for a serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting cast members of ’80s television show, The Happytime Gang. The catch? The clues to the killer’s identity begin to point back to Phil himself. See another gruesome (by Muppet standards) imagining below. READ FULL STORY
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