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'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

'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' trailer: Ty Burrell is another goofy dad, but this time also a dog

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Your nostalgia is getting a 3-D twist.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman — from the 1960s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon — are getting a big-screen adventure, featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, and Max Charles. In the family comedy, Sherman takes off with his dad’s time machine, The WABAC, screwing up history. When the gang must all go back to fix things, they stumble upon all sorts of big history moments — from the mummies in ancient Egypt to the painting of the Mona Lisa.

“At first, we were thinking, ‘Will we have to find somebody who will do a Bill Scott impression?'” director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) recalled about casting Mr. Peabody at an event for the film this week. “That’s sort of where we quickly came to the conclusion that that would be a bad idea because we couldn’t really find anyone that did that. And so we sort of liberated our thinking and thought, ‘Who is this character and who is this character for today?’… This was something that was done over 50 years ago, and we wanted to make sure that we really brought him to life in the right way. And I think that Ty… he kind of embodied all the different aspects we were trying to convey, not just, you know, the intellect or the suave personality. But somehow, there was a sort of an underlying warmth that we really, really liked and wanted to bring to this character.”

Check out the first trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Muppets Most Wanted' teaser trailer: Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais get in on the felt-covered fun -- VIDEO

They’re back!

Two years ago, The Muppets won our hearts (and cash) with their return to the big screen. Thankfully, our favorite felt puppets are coming back again next spring — March 21, 2014, to be exact. Actor Jason Segel, who co-wrote and starred in 2011’s flick, won’t be returning for the sequel, but Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and Ricky Gervais have all stepped in for Muppets Most Wanted. Check out the teaser trailer below:
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Casting Net: Terrence Howard joins mega ensemble 'Prisoners.' Plus: Ty Burrell in 'Muppets' sequel, James Marsden

• Terrence Howard has joined the A-list stuffed ensemble Prisoners alongside Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, and Maria Bello, about a carpenter (Jackman) whose daughter and her best friend are kidnapped, and then goes rogue trying to find them, going head-to-head with a detective (Gyllenhaal). French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve, known for 2010’s Oscar-nominated Incendies, is directing from a screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Sean Penn eyeing thriller 'Prone Gunman.' Plus: John Hawkes, George Clooney, Ty Burrell

• Sean Penn is in talks to star in the action thriller Prone Gunman, based on the novel by the late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette about an international assassin who runs afoul of the organization that hires him after he says he wants out of the business. (Silly assassin; shadowy global organizations are never keen on quiet retirement.) Peter Travis adapted the screenplay; there is no director yet attached. [THR]

• John Hawkes, lately winning Oscar buzz for The Sessions, has signed on for Low Down, a biopic of jazz pianist Joe Albany. He replaces Mark Ruffalo, who had originally been attached to tell the story of Albany’s relationship with his young daughter Amy through the 1960s and 70s. That same daughter co-wrote the screenplay as an adult, with Topper Lilien (Where the Money IsDungeons & Dragons). Commercial director Jeff Preiss will make his directorial debut with the project. [Variety]

• George Clooney is in talks to star in Disney’s tightly guarded sci-fi project 1952, which Brad Bird is attached to direct. Damon Lindelof co-wrote the film with EW senior writer Jeff Jensen. [Variety]

• Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell will play a love interest for Bill Hader in the indie dramedy The Skeleton Twins, about grown siblings (Hader and Kristen Wiig) who reevaluate their lives after they both have a near-death experience on the same day. Luke Wilson plays Wiig’s husband. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) cowrote the film with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). [Variety]

• Eric Bana is negotiating to star in the paranormal thriller Beware the Night, about a cop who investigates possessions — and not the drug kind. (Cue scary organ music.) Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct from the script he penned with Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Urban Legends: Final Cut). Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. [TheWrapVariety]

• The cast for the drama You’re Not You — starring Hilary Swank as a woman living with ALS (i.e. Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Emmy Rossum as the self-involved co-ed who is hired to care for her — has filled out its cast. Marcia Gay Harden, Loretta DevineJason Ritter, Ernie Hudson, Frances Fisher, Ali Larter, and Julian McMahon have all joined the cast, which also includes Josh DuhamelGeorge C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) is directing the script from Shana Feste (Country Strong) and Jordan Roberts (Around the Bend), adapted from the novel by Michelle Wildgen. [THR]

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David Duchovny grows a mane and bleats in 'Goats' trailer

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If you ever wanted to see how well Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here look suits David Duchovny, here’s your chance. He’s not mumbling incoherencies on David Letterman’s late night show, but he is bleating plenty as Goat Man in the new trailer for upcoming movie Goats.

Duchovny’s character is just one member of 15-year-old Ellis’ (Graham Phillips) eccentric household, along with his New Age-hippie mother (Vera Farmiga) and her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). Also rounding out the cast are Modern Family star Ty Burrell as Ellis’ father and Keri Russell as his new stepmom.

Watch the trailer below to hear Farmiga scream and see Duchovny have a Mr. Weasley moment à la Goblet of Fire. READ FULL STORY

Ty Burrell joins 'Jackie Brown' prequel

Somewhere in L.A., there’s a celebratory Delfonics dance party going on. EW has confirmed that Modern Family star Ty Burrell has been cast in Dan Schechter’s Jackie Brown prequel The Switch. Burrell will play Marshall Taylor, a guilt-riddled country clubber who witnesses the kidnapping of a woman he secretly desires.

Dan Schechter wrote the script and will direct the in the crime drama based on the same-name Elmore Leonard novel, which is set 15 years before Jackie Brown. John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) will play Louis Gara and Ordell, portrayed in the 1997 film by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson. Filming is scheduled to begin in May, though no release date has been announced.

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