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Blu-ray Review: 'The Muppets'

3/27/2012 12:22pm EDT
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Can the likes of Jason Segel and Amy Adams bring the glory of the famed Jim Henson critters to a new audience? We’re gonna check it out in the form of the new to Blu-ray release of "The Muppets," out now from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. Why don’t we get things started!

Title: "The Muppets"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper

Director: James Bobin

Rating: PG

Runtime: 103 minutes

Release Company: Walt Disney Home Entertainment


The Flick: The new film that definitely seems like a love letter to all things Muppets is...

New 'HIMYM': Barney Makes Ted Take The Broath

3/20/2012 11:10am EDT
After a short break How I Met Your Mother returned last night with an all new episode written by the show’s co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The last episode left us with Ted (Josh Radnor) in a transition. Robin (Cobie Smulders) told him that she didn’t love him, and as a result she moved out of the apartment above MacLaren’s. Ted, sensing that he needed a change too, gave the apartment back to Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and began looking for a new place.

Of course the other big storyline of the last few episodes was Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Quin...

Two Jews' Review 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' (Video)

3/17/2012 12:00pm EDT
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: We are all connected... Everyone and Everything... Nothing is random... There are signs everywhere.

Don't believe it?

Apparently you haven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's film 'Signs'.

Jeff (Jason Segel) has seen it many, many times. In fact, he's obsessed with it. And so Jeff waits... for a sign. While waiting, Jeff spends his days smoking pot and hanging out in his mother's basement apartment where he lives.

Jeff knows he's destined for something. He's just not sure what that 'something is.' But that's about to change, after our slacker gets...

Check Out 'The Muppets' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy March 20

3/17/2012 7:10am EDT
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When an evil oil man discovers black gold beneath Muppet Theater, Kermit recruits a Muppet super-fan and his two best friends to help gather up the gang for a telethon that will save the venue from being razed and replaced with a giant oil pump in "The Muppets."

Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) never met an oil field he couldn't suck dry. So when Tex discovers a bountiful reservoir right underneath Muppet Theater, he begins drawing up plans to claim the land and start drilling. Little does Tex realize that devoted Muppets fan Walter is currently in Los Angeles with his best friends Gary (Jason ...

Jason Segel's Tuxedo Ripped Apart & Lost Buttons During Academy Awards

3/13/2012 8:57am EDT
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Jason Segel suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction at the Oscars - his fitted tuxedo started to "self-destruct" as he sat through the awards ceremony.

The star admits he felt like he crashed the "cool kids' party" at the Academy Awards last month, and his discomfort wasn't helped by his tight outfit.

Segel says, "Slowly, I'm sitting there and buttons started falling off my shirt until my shirt is held together by my bow-tie and that it's tucked in. That's it. I'm not exaggerating.

"I stood up and applauded for somebody... and I sat back down and my pants ripped from, like, my butt...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - '21 Jump Street,' 'Casa de mi Padre,' & More

3/12/2012 11:00am EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
I can’t believe it took me so long to finally watch 2009’s “Pirate Radio.” Set in the 60s, this period piece superbly captures the spirit, styles, and music of the era. The film tells a compelling story about a group of rebels challenging the system, who are portrayed by a fantastic cast of actors. It’s one of the few movies I’ve watched in recent months, that I had zero complaints about. My Grade: A+

Comedies are in abundance at the box office this week with the 1980s inspired action comedy “21 Jump Street,” the Will Ferrell western comedy “Casa de mi Padre,” the Jason Segel familial...

Ke$ha's Twitter Account Hacked

3/12/2012 8:33am EDT
Pop star Ke$ha has fallen victim to internet pranksters after her blog was hacked on Sunday.

The TiK ToK hit-maker's fans were whipped into a frenzy after an announcement about Ke$ha's latest song went up on her Twitter page.

The message declared, "Single out in a couple hours. Ugh so f**kin stressful... wish I could stay on da (the) beach forever."

The singer later spotted the fake message and quickly deleted it after realizing her account had been compromised.

She tweeted, "Animals!! I love u (sic)! I got hacked. Single is not out yet. Promissse (sic) you'll be the fir...

Susan Sarandon Still Sizzles At 65 At 'Jeff, Who Lives At Home' Premiere

3/8/2012 10:00am EST
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If you've got it, flaunt it, and that's just what Susan Sarandon did at the "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" premiere in Los Angeles yesterday. But she's a classy sexagenarian, and that's just one of the things we love about her.

We also love that she's still got the same face (more or less) we've seen on screen since "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in 1975. She's aged gracefully and beautifully without succoming to the botox and facelift craze like so many other actresses do.

In the film she plays Jeff's (Jason Segel) mother. Jeff is a slacker who spends much of his time smoking marijuana and e...

Jason Segel Is 'Very Willing' To Do Full Frontal Scenes

3/7/2012 2:27pm EST
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Emily Blunt admits her pal Jason Segel loves to get naked. The funnyman strips for a full-frontal scene in their upcoming romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement."

She told E! Online, "Jason was happy to get that thing out at all times. He seems to be very willing."

In the film (in theaters April 27), Emily and Jason play a couple who ride out an unusually long engagement. Judd Apatow produces, and Segel co-wrote the script.

The actor famously went nude in the 2008 film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

'HIMYM': Ted And Robin Back Together?

2/21/2012 9:30am EST
Earlier in the season, older Ted (voiced by Bob Saget) alluded that a lot of changes were coming for him and the gang, but none of it could happen until the feelings were resolved between him, Barney, and Robin. Victoria told him that this thing the three of them were doing isn’t going to work. Before he could move forward, Ted had to go back to the beginning one more time.

At the end of last week’s episode he professed his love for Robin once again. “No pressure,” Ted says, “Just let me know what you think.” Before anything can really be hashed out, Robin is whisked away on a busine...

Jason Segel's Twitter Account Hacked For Second Time

2/7/2012 8:15am EST
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Comedian Jason Segel has had his blog hacked for the second time in as many months.

The Muppets star first discovered he had fallen victim to internet pranksters in December after taking a flight from Australia to Los Angeles, and now he's been targeted again.

The actor found out about his latest Twitter attack on Monday, when an unauthorized message was posted on his page linking fans to a third-party website.

It read: "are you serious about starting your own business in 2012? you have to check this out".

Segel quickly addressed the hack job and warned fans not to pay atten...

Martin Short Is 'The Burning Beekeeper' On New 'HIMYM'

2/7/2012 8:12am EST
How I Met Your Mother returned with a new episode last night, kicking off sweeps month for CBS. Expectations are running high, with HIMYM in its highest ratings season ever. Things got a little more crowded on Monday nights as the second season of The Voice moved into its new timeslot across the dial on NBC. The Peacock went for the bold move of premiering the singing reality competition right after Super Bowl XLVI, and over 40 million people stuck around after the game to watch. It will certainly be one of the more interesting ratings showdowns of the season.

Last night’s episode, “Th...

Jason Segel Takes Serenading Superfan Chelsea Gill As Date To Awards Show (Watch Her Video)

1/8/2012 1:00pm EST
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Jason Segel was left speechelss after superfan Chelsea Gill serenaded him with a song she wrote on Youtube. In the song she asks him to "just have a drink with me before this year ends" - but Jason did one better - he took her as his date to the Chicago Film Critics Association awards on Saturday night.

The tune includes clever lyrics like, "Now I know you're super busy, what with Sarah Marshall and Miss Piggy/ But I swear I'm worth your time, just wait and see. Now I know what you're thinking, another crazy girl with heightened feelings/ But I swear I'm sane, tested, and disease-free" - a...

Jason Segel's Twitter Hacked

12/24/2011 1:29pm EST
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Comedian Jason Segel has fallen victim to internet pranksters after his blog was hacked on Friday.

The Muppets star was shocked to find a number of pitiful posts on his page after arriving in Los Angeles following a flight from Australia, and he immediately set about changing his password to prevent further unauthorized messages.

In a series of tweets on Friday morning, he writes, "Just landed back in LA. Sadly account hacked while flying. All they did was change my pic a bunch and a tweet about 'not being mean to me'

"As I'm finding out now, (there are) a few more tweets. An...

New 'HIMYM': Is Barney Robin's Baby's Father?

12/7/2011 9:40am EST
At the end of last episode HIMYM fans were left with the shocker revelation that Robin was pregnant. With a rerun last Monday, it gave two weeks for the rumor mill to churn up gossip. I reported on my blog that the most reliable sources said that Barney was not the father, it was Kevin. Half of that rumor turned out to be true.

As we return to the moment right after Robin revealed she was pregnant, we find out that she is a week late, and doesn’t actually know for sure. Barney points out that it could be Kevin’s, right? However, Robin claims that she and Kevin aren’t sleeping togeth...

Top 5 'HIMYM' Shocker Endings

11/28/2011 11:38am EST
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HIMYM fans are still coming down off of last week’s shocker ending, and with a rerun airing tonight (last year’s thanksgiving episode in most areas) I thought this was the perfect opportunity to reflect upon HIMYM’s best surprise endings. Here are my top 5.

5. Bachelor Party, Season 2 Episode 19.

Barney can often times be a nuisance, but every once in a while he shows how much his friends really mean to him. After Barney completely ruins Marshall’s bachelor party, Marshall asks whether Barney even wants the wedding to happen. Then Lily reveals that when she was out in San Francisco, it...

'Breaking Dawn' Sinks Its Teeth Into Another Number-One Weekend At Box Office

11/28/2011 8:29am EST
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The latest installment of hit vampire franchise "Twilight" continues to slay the competition at the U.S. box office after grossing $42 million in its second week on release.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, remained the most popular movie among Americans over the Thanksgiving weekend, boosting its domestic total to date to $221.3 million.

The film continues to draw the crowds worldwide too - weekend box office sales outside the U.S. grossed $71.5 million.

Meanwhile, Jason Segel's new family movie "The Muppets" debuts on the chart...

Review: Bobin And Segel Do Justice with 'The Muppets'

11/27/2011 9:33pm EST
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Disclaimer: I normally don't write reviews in the first person. Given my lifelong appreciation for the Muppets though, I felt my opinion wouldn't carry the same weight otherwise.

Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s, I watched Jim Henson's Muppets in all their wonderful forms: “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” “Muppet Babies,” and reruns of “The Muppet Show.” Like other children my age, I was drawn to Kermit the Frog and his friends because of their vivid imagination, unflinching optimism, and ability to express themselves through entertaining songs.

As I got older, I kept watching the Mup...

Kermit The Frog And Miss Piggy Talk (Argue) About Their New Movie And Possible TV Comeback

11/22/2011 12:00pm EST
Kermit The Frog And Miss Piggy Talk About Their New Movie
It seems you can’t turn on the TV this week, or month, without seeing the Muppets. Thanks to their brand new Hollywood movie, The Muppets are back. The Muppets is a star studded affair written by Jason Segel, costarring Segal, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, with cameos from everyone who’s anyone.

Of course, the real stars are the Muppets and they have smartly made the Muppets the center of attention. So Kermit the Frog himself and Miss Piggy herself actually did the press junket to talk about the film. Here then is the only Muppets interview that matters, Kermit and Piggy.

Q: It must be nice...

SPOILER ALERT! Bomb Dropped On New 'HIMYM'

11/22/2011 9:48am EST
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Monday’s new HIMYM, “The Rebound Girl,” began with Lily and Marshall preparing to once again host Thanksgiving dinner and ended with a huge revelation.

Marshall and Lily had recently been given Lily’s grandparents’ house on Long Island. They were now forced to decide to either sell it or move. Their original idea was to sell, but after spending some time in the house, their Manhattan apartment seemed a little cramped. They decide to host Thanksgiving out in Long Island and give everyone a chance to check out the place.

Meanwhile, a forlorn Ted and recently rejected Barney were bemo...

Jason Segel And Paul Rudd Kiss On 'Saturday Night Live'

11/21/2011 12:00pm EST
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I Love You, Man! Jason Segel hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and he brought some friends along with him - The Muppets and pal Paul Rudd. It was the latter who kissed him passionately during a sketch!

The long-running sketch features a family that takes public displays of affection to new levels. This time, the Kissing Family welcomed Jason home for the holidays with his new girlfriend. His gal-pal quickly realizes that this family isn't all that normal after Jason has make-out sessions with his mother, father, brother, and a homeless guy. However, when Paul Rudd shows up (he a...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Muppets,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' 'Hugo' & More

11/21/2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk
This week Jason Segel brings back everyone’s favorite puppets in The Muppets, Martin Scorsese gives 1930s Paris life in Hugo, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung feud in A Dangerous Method, Simon Curtis gives us an intimate look at Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, Santa’s son Arthur embarks on an adventure in Arthur Christmas, and a silent film star deals with the arrival of talking pictures in The Artist.



Three huge Muppet fans Gary, Mary, and Walter (Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and voice of Peter Linz) help reunite the Muppets to save their...

Barney And Robin Kiss On A New 'HIMYM'

11/8/2011 9:33am EST
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In Monday’s all new HIMYM, the gang recounts the story of surviving Hurricane Irene. The storm blew through the east coast summer of 2011.

Kevin (Kal Penn) asks why there is a sign outside MacLaren’s that reads, “Absolutely NO Boogey Boarding,” and it prompts Ted to begin retelling the story. Ted (Josh Radnor), always thinking ahead, had rented a car and offered to drive everyone out to his fixer upper in Westchester. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) asks the gang to swing by his apartment first to pick up a few things. When they get there, Barney says the storm is not a big deal and the...

Katie Holmes Guest Stars As The 'Slutty Pumpkin' On New 'HIMYM'

11/1/2011 9:22am EDT
Katie Holmes guest stars as the Slutty Pumpkin
The promise of the return of the Slutty Pumpkin made this year’s Halloween episode of HIMYM one of the most anticipated episodes in a long time. HIMYM continues to pull in the A-list guest stars with Katie Holmes appearing as Naomi, the girl Ted ran into at a party 10 years earlier. She was wearing a strategically carved pumpkin costume, and forever became known as the Slutty Pumpkin. Ted lost her number, and since then he has been returning to the same party every Halloween hoping that he would run into her.

Ted ends up finally tracking down Naomi after recognizing the costume she wore...

New 'HIMYM' - Are You Dating Your Mom?

10/25/2011 10:43am EDT
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In Monday’s all-new HIMYM, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) realizes that his new girlfriend Nora (Nazanin Boniadi) is a lot like his mother. Will it be a deal breaker?

Last week Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) new boyfriend Kevin (Kal Penn), who is a therapist, pointed out that the group had a lot of issues. These included Ted (Josh Radnor) and Marshall’s separation anxiety, Robin’s trust issues, Barney’s pathological lying and denial, and the whole group’s generally abnormal social behavior. My apologies to my thousands of fans for not getting around to doing a recap for last week’s episode (del...

Check Out 'Bad Teacher' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download Oct. 18

10/14/2011 7:00am EDT
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A booze-swilling, pot-smoking, hard-swearing seventh-grade teacher rallies to get out of the classroom for good by wrangling a rich substitute teacher into marriage in "Bad Teacher."

Cynical teacher Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) hates her job. She can't wait for the day she finds a man who makes enough cash to let her walk away from her life of middle-school misery, and when her fiancé cancels their wedding plans, her frantic search intensifies. Just when it starts to look like Elizabeth will have to muscle her way through another semester of skull-crushing hangovers, however, handsome substitu...

Robin Dates Kal Penn On A New 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Field Trip'

10/11/2011 10:17am EDT
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Is it weird to date your therapist? That is the question that Robin (Cobie Smulders) and the rest of the gang wrestled with on an all new HIMYM.

Kal Penn returned as Robin’s court appointed therapist, Kevin. He said that he could not continue as Robin’s therapist because he was “moving to Alaska.” When Robin later runs into Kevin, he admits that he ended it because he was attracted to her, and he was not allowed to date his patients. Realizing that they are attracted to each other, Robin and Kevin continue to see each other while not calling it dating.

Meanwhile, Ted (Josh Radnor) w...

Kal Penn Works On Robin's Issues In New 'HIMYM' - 'The Stinson Missle Crisis'

10/4/2011 9:27am EDT
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HIMYM returned last night with “The Stinson Missle Crisis.” The fourth episode of the new season pulled out some big name guest stars and cameos, but did not meet the intensity and hilarity of the first three.

Kal Penn made his first appearance on television since leaving his role of Kutner on House to work for the Obama administration. He appeared as Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) court appointed therapist. It turns out that Robin had assaulted a woman. In typical HIMYM fashion, we find out what happened first and then are told the story of all of the events that led up to that point.


Victoria Returns On An All-New 'HIMYM'

9/27/2011 9:27am EDT
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How I Met Your Mother’s seventh season continued last night with “Ducky Tie.” I was excited because this episode was written by show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and they did not disappoint.

Also exciting was the return of Ashley Williams as Victoria, Ted’s (Josh Radnor) ex-girlfriend. The two had a passionate love affair in season one, but when she took a culinary art fellowship in Germany the long-distance was too much of a strain on the relationship. Ted ended up cheating on Victoria with Robin (Cobie Smulders), and he had felt really bad about it ever since.

To break th...

'HIMYM' Makes A Legendary Return With 'The Best Man'

9/20/2011 10:39am EDT
HIMYM 'The Best Man'
How I Met Your Mother returned last night with a pair of brand new episodes. This marks the seventh season of the CBS sitcom, and with the end of Entourage, the Charlie Sheen meltdown, and Steve Carell saying goodbye, HIMYM is now the longest running sitcom with its original cast currently on television. I actually liked the second episode better, but lets start from the beginning.

“The Best Man” was written by HIMYM’s co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and showed a lot of the style we’ve grown to love. It started out with a flash forward to Barney’s wedding. He was showing sign...