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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 StoryPeter Billingsley (Couples Retreat) will direct the script he penned with Michael J. Wilson (The Tuxedo). [Variety]

Click below for new projects for Sarah Jessica ParkerShirley MacLaineChristopher PlummerMark StrongHugo WeavingRose Byrne, and Miranda OttoREAD FULL STORY

'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Muppets,' and 'Dragon Tattoo' named best trailers of the year

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

Frank Oz: Muppets maestro discusses 'Little Shop of Horrors' and the remaking of his classics

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

'The Muppets' on DVD: Kermit, Walter, and Miss Piggy play hardball -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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

No soft, felty underbelly for Muppets in first art from 'The Happytime Murders'

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

'The Muppets' latest parody trailer: 'The Hunger Games' -- VIDEO

Jason Segel may not be involved with the sequel to The Muppets, but he is at least appearing in one final parody trailer for the Oscar-winning hit.

In anticipation of The Muppets‘ March 20 release on DVD and Blu-ray, those adorable felt creatures have fashioned a, er, tribute of sorts to this month’s highly anticipated release of The Hunger Games. I’m not sure how practical Fozzie Bear’s fart shoes would be during the Hunger Games, of course, but check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

Jason Segel not involved in 'Muppets' sequel


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Though a sequel for The Muppets
has been greenlit, one star who was integral to bringing the franchise into the new millennium won't be a part of it, reports Collider. Jason Segel told the site he won't be signing up for another round with Kermit and Co. "It’s true [that I won't be in the seque]

,” said Segel, “but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I did that, leaving them in very good hands.”

Segel said he wants “to pursue more human-related projects,” adding, “All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.”

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'Muppets' sequel in the works; Jason Segel's role still unclear

The Muppets won’t have to wait another dozen years for their next movie, but it’s unclear if the entire team that brought them back will return for the sequel. EW has confirmed a Variety report that The Muppets co-writer Nicolas Stoller and director James Bobin will reunite to pen a new script. But Jason Segel, who co-wrote, starred, and was the driving force in resurrecting the beloved Muppet characters, is less certain about his role, depending on his other film and television commitments.

The Muppets grossed more than $88 million at the box office, and songwriter Bret McKenzie won an Oscar for Best Original Song at last week’s Oscars.

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Oscars 2012 red carpet: George Clooney and Viola Davis win awards... from EW -- VIDEO

Last night, were you hoping to see the likes of Viola Davis and George Clooney pick up awards? Well, you’re in luck — though the actors didn’t win Oscars for their work in The Help and The Descendants this year, they did nab special awards from Entertainment Weekly, who reported from the Kodak Theater’s red carpet before the ceremony. Sure, winning Most Inspirational Speaker and Least Skin Shown in a Hawaii Movie might not be as satisfying as a little gold man, but at least they didn’t walk away empty-handed! What EW awards did Jason Segel, Jean Dujardin, Kristen Wiig, Glenn Close, and more win? Watch the video after the jump to find out, and to see a bonus performance from Rio‘s Original Song nominees. Hey, if Oscar won’t let them perform, we definitely will! READ FULL STORY

Oscars on the Scene: Jason Segel has a wardrobe malfunction

It may have been a winning night for Jason Segel’s friend and “Man or Muppet” composer Bret McKenzie, but for Segel the ceremony proved bumpy. The Muppets and How I Met Your Mother star was seen cracking up with Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonah Hill and Muppets scribe Nick Stoller when Segel told EW that some buttons had accidentally popped off his tuxedo shirt earlier this evening. His solution? Double-stick tape. “Every woman at the Oscars apparently has double-stick tape,” Stoller laughed. But from which red carpet attendee did Segel get his quick fix?


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