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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?


Oscars 2012: EW goes inside the star-studded rehearsals for tonight's show! -- PHOTOS

Billy … who?

In a place full of celebrity sightings, sometimes even the host can find himself camouflaged.

Tonight the 84th annual Oscars bring a close to Hollywood’s award season, but before that, EW takes you behind the scenes as stars gather to rehearse the big telecast.

Here’s what happened when Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, and the ladies of Bridesmaids (among others) came together to put on a show. Even past Oscar-winners like Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured here, can have a “d’oh” moment.

Among the stories from backstage over the past two days is the hilariously bizarre account of what happened when the voice of Darth Vader met Miracle Max — and said he mistook him for “a hoodlum.”


Image Credit: Chris Carlson/AP

It’s rehearsal time for the Academy Awards, and a woman striding offstage pretending to be a winner is holding an Oscar so fake it could be a child’s art project.

In the shadows beside a great velvet curtain, the stand-in for best actress comes face to face with none other than the real Tom Cruise, who has an envelope clasped in his hands and is waiting for his cue to walk out and practice presenting the next award.

AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The Mission: Impossible star tips a slight bow and raises his eyebrows with a wry, mega-watt smile. “Congratulations!” he declares, like he really, really, means it. Really. He chuckles, and – after a beat – so does the stunned stand-in.

If sincerity is the goal, it is surely one of Cruise’s worst-ever performance. But he’s just goofing around.

That’s the great thing about being backstage in the final few days before the Academy Awards — guards are down, and a guy like Cruise can just kid around. Though the crew is working hard, the stars are literally going through the motions.

Tonight when the real show begins (8:30 p.m. Eastern and 5:30 Pacific, on ABC), the pressure returns for everyone with a vengeance.

MORE ON REHEARSALS: Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr. and the shadow dwellers

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Oscars 2012: Kermit and Miss Piggy on their acting snubs (and Michael Fassbender's -- Piggy is a fan) -- VIDEO


Sunday’s Oscars will mark the Muppets’ fifth appearance at the Academy Awards. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, stars of 2011′s The Muppets, which is the third Muppet movie to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, will be at the ceremony to introduce a surprise. “Something very special,” Kermit told EW yesterday. That is, of course, if Piggy’s deal closes. As we learned when we interviewed the power couple alongside Academy president Tom Sherak, she’s demanding to take home an Oscar statuette after years of being snubbed for her acting. She’s also outraged on Kermit’s behalf. Did he not play twins with Fozzie in The Great Muppet Caper? Did he not suffer amnesia in The Muppets Take Manhattan?

Watch Piggy grill Sherak about why the Academy refuses to recognize them in part 1 of the interview below. In part 2, we find out that Piggy shares our disappointment that Shame‘s Michael Fassbender was also snubbed this year.  READ FULL STORY

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