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Puppeteer John Henson, Best Known As The Muppet Sweetums And Youngest Son Of Muppets Creator Jim Henson, Dies At 48

February 15th, 2014 7:47pm EST
John Henson as Sweetums
John Henson, the youngest son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died.

The puppeteer, who performed for years as the ogre Sweetums, passed away from a sudden heart attack on Friday. He was 48.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that John Henson, son of Jim and Jane Henson and brother to Lisa, Cheryl, Brian and Heather, died at age 48 of a sudden massive heart attack on Friday, February 14, while at home with his daughter," a statement from the Jim Henson Company said.

Henson's mother Jane passed away less than a year ago, while his father died in 1990 at age 53 from abscesses in h...
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Take A Load Off Jimmy -- Fallon Gets 'Late Night' Send-Off With Help From The Muppets

February 10th, 2014 10:10pm EST
Jimmy Fallon and the Muppets
Jimmy Fallon wrapped his final show as host of "Late Night" Friday with a musical number featuring The Muppets.

The host, who will take over for Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" next week, got behind the drums to play a rendition of The Band's classic "The Weight," which was a perfect sendoff.

Wasting no time with the transition, Fallon got up from behind the kit at the end of the song, walked off stage and down the hall, opening the door at the end where his new show, "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," awaited its host.

At the beginning of Fallon's final show in the late night slot, he...
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Disney Releases Two New Trailers For 'Muppets Most Wanted'

November 20th, 2013 11:05pm EST
Muppets Most Wanted
Disney released two brand new full-length trailers for next Spring's "Muppets Most Wanted" on Wednesday, revealing that the whole Muppet gang will be hitting the road for a world tour -- but ultimately finding themselves at the center of an international crime investigation.

It all starts when an international criminal named Constantine, who bears a very striking resemblance Kermit the Frog, sets up the Muppet leader and takes his place while Kermit is thrown into a German prison for Constantine's crimes.

Disney gave us all a quick tease of the upcoming sequel to 2011's The Muppets back i...
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16 Of Our Favorite Blue Movie Characters, From 'Avatar' To 'X-Men'

August 5th, 2013 8:05pm EDT
Avatar
Last week, director James Cameron promised not one, not two, but three sequels to his hit film Avatar.

Hot off the success of the 2009 film, Cameron revealed that there were plenty more tales to tell about the planet Pandora and its race of blue beings - the Na'vi.

Cameron plans on shooting the three sequels simultaneously, and he's got four new screenwriters on board to help him pen the three stories.

"Building upon the world we created with Avatar has been a rare and incredibly rewarding experience," the director said in a statement. "In writing the new films, I've come to realize that...
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Muppets Co-Creator & Puppeteer Jane Henson Dies

April 3rd, 2013 8:36am EDT
The Muppets
Jane Henson, co creator of The Muppets, died on Tuesday in Greenwich, Conn., after a long battle with cancer. She was 78.

Henson met Jim Henson in 1954 in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland. They created "Sam and Friends," a forerunner of the famous puppets, for a TV station in Washington, D.C.

In 1955 the couple created The Muppets and several films, television series, and music recordings featuring the famous crew, which includes memorable characters such as Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog and Gonzo.

The couple wed in 1959 but legally separated in 1986, four years before Jim's ...
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Hillary Clinton Rejects Jason Segel's 'HIMYM' Role Offer

May 1st, 2012 2:21pm EDT
Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned down the chance to play actor Jason Segel's mom on hit TV comedy How I Met Your Mother.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star publicly appealed to Clinton to play his on-screen character Marshall Eriksen's mother during a March interview, but the busy politician has politely declined the offer, although she admits she fully intends on starring opposite the funnyman in the future when her schedule dies down.

Internet blog Politico has obtained a copy of Clinton's rejection letter, which reads, "I was delighted to read about your interest in...
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Courtney Love Escalates Dave Grohl Feud, Accuses Him Of 'Hitting On' Frances Bean

April 12th, 2012 8:57am EDT
Courtney Love
Courtney Love has stepped up her war of words with Dave Grohl by accusing the rocker of destroying Kurt Cobain's memory by allowing a Nirvana song to be used in The Muppets movie.

The Foo Fighters frontman, who played in Nirvana with Love's late husband Cobain, was forced to defend himself this week after the Hole star claimed he had "hit on" her teenage daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

Grohl vehemently denied the allegations, branding Love's comments "another hateful Twitter rant," and the blonde star has now hit back by accusing her adversary of staining Cobain's legacy by letting Smells...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Muppets'

March 27th, 2012 12:22pm EDT
The Muppets photo
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

Website: www.Disney.com/Muppets

The Flick: The new film that definitely seems like a love letter to all things Muppets is...
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Check Out 'The Muppets' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy March 20

March 17th, 2012 7:10am EDT
The Muppets
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 ...
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Jack Black Defends Muppets Over Courtney Love's 'Raping Kurt Cobain's Memory' Comment

March 16th, 2012 8:44am EDT
Jack Black
Jack Black has come to the defense of The Muppets after Courtney Love reportedly accused the popular puppets of destroying Kurt Cobain's legacy by covering a Nirvana song in the latest movie.

The Hole star was said to be fuming to discover Smells Like Teen Spirit was used in The Muppets film in a scene featuring Black, and is reported to have told pals the cover was "raping" her late husband's work.

However, Black is adamant no offense was intended as he is a big fan of the Nirvana frontman.

He tells E! Online, "I beg to differ... That's absurd, absurd, absurd... I personally hold no ...
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'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' And 'Hugo' Dominate 2012 Saturn Award Nominations

February 29th, 2012 9:57am EST
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The final Harry Potter movie and Martin Scorsese's Hugo will lead the way at the 2012 Saturn Awards after scooping 10 nominations apiece.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Hugo will compete with Immortals, The Muppets, Midnight in Paris and Thor to be named Best Fantasy Film at the prize giving, which recognizes achievement in movie genres such as sci-fi and horror.

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams' Super 8 nabbed eight nods and Captain America: The First Avenger scooped seven, while The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol both picked up six nominations.

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Fandango Fans Give 'The Help' Best Picture Award

February 25th, 2012 10:32am EST
The Help
"The Help" has landed another major movie prize after winning the Best Picture trophy at the Fandango Fan Choice Awards.

Tens of thousands of film fans gave the hit movie the edge over blockbusters "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

The awards will be presented at the CinemaCon event during its 2012 Big Screen Achievement ceremony on April 26 in Las Vegas.

In associated voting, Fandango moviegoers named "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" the film with the Most Mind-Blowing Action Sequences, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" the Mo...
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Kids' Choice Nominations Announced - Katy Perry, Taylor Swift & More Make The List

February 17th, 2012 9:27am EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Daniel Radcliffe are among the top nominees for the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The boy wizard franchise's eighth and final film, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2," will compete against "The Smurfs," "The Muppets" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" for Favorite Movie, while Radcliffe will face off against Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill).

Radcliffe's Potter co-star Emma Watson is shortlisted for Favorite Movie Actress alongside Kristen Ste...
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Bret McKenzie: 'Oscars Bosses Have Made A Big Mistake By Axing Songs'

February 9th, 2012 8:44pm EST
Bret McKenzie
Oscar nominee Bret McKenzie has urged Academy Awards bosses to reinstate the Best Song performances for next year - because he's sure the telecast will be a little boring without a musical number or two.

Officials have dropped the traditional performances of the Best Song nominees for 2012, which means the comedian and actor won't get the chance to croon his "Man or Muppet" tune at the big awards show - and he thinks that'll prove to be a big mistake.

He tells Fandango, "It's disappointing... It's a shame... but I'm not complaining because I still get to go to the Oscars... It would be fu...
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Christmas Greetings From The Stars (Video)

December 17th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kermit the Frog and other celebs are wishing their fans "Merry Christmas" in this new video. Watch their greetings below!
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'New Year's Eve' Beats 'The Sitter' At Weekend Box Office

December 12th, 2011 8:49am EST
New Year's Eve
Star-studded romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" has crawled to the top of the box office chart in the slowest weekend of ticket sales in three years.

The movie, starring Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, grossed a weak $13.7 million in its opening weekend - a stark contrast to director Garry Marshall's last hit, 2010's "Valentine's Day," which also featured an ensemble cast and debuted with a healthy $56.3 million.

Jonah Hill's new funny film "The Sitter" opened in second with a lacklustre $10 million.

"The Twilight Saga: Breakin...
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'Twilight' Maintains Number-One Hold At Box Office

December 5th, 2011 8:47am EST
Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is still a big hit in cinemas, keeping "The Muppets" off the top of the box office for another week.

"The Muppets" were expected to take over the top spot on Sunday, but a weekend surge from "Twilight" fans kept the sequel at number one with ticket sales of $16.9 million.

In 17 days since its release in the U.S., the film has grossed an impressive $247.3 million domestically.

"The Muppets" came in second with $11.2 million.

Martin Scorsese's 3D family film "Hugo" grossed $7.6 million to take third place and animated festive movie "Arthur Chris...
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Review: Bobin And Segel Do Justice with 'The Muppets'

November 27th, 2011 9:33pm EST
Muppets 1
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...
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'The Muppets' Returning To TV?

November 23rd, 2011 3:00pm EST
The Muppets
The Muppets are hitting the big screen for Thanksgiving, but they could also be headed back into televisions everywhere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered scripts for a series entitled The New Nabors. The show will follow a family that learns their new neighbors in Palm Springs are puppets.

Jim Henson Studios and Universal Television will work on the project. Executive producer of 30 Rock, John Riggi, will write the scripts. Jim Henson's daughter Lisa will produce alongside John Hoffman.

It appears NBC is on a nostalgia trip, as it has also announced plans to bring b...
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'Flight Of The Conchords' Will Return, Their Director Promises

November 23rd, 2011 10:15am EST
Flight of the Conchords
HBO would have produced more episodes of Flight of the Conchords and the fans certainly would have watched them. But the Conchords themselves decided to stop making the show after only two seasons. You can hear some Conchord-y music in The Muppets, as Bret McKenzie wrote new songs for the film. TV series director James Bobin also directed the Muppets movie, and he assured fans that McKenzie and Jemaine Clement will return. Not on a series, but maybe a special or a movie or something.

“I’m sure,” Bobin said. “Jemaine, Bret and I are constantly in touch. We’re good friends. It’s just a quest...
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Kermit The Frog And Miss Piggy Talk (Argue) About Their New Movie And Possible TV Comeback

November 22nd, 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...
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Jason Segel And Paul Rudd Kiss On 'Saturday Night Live'

November 21st, 2011 12:00pm EST
Jason Segel and Paul Rudd kiss
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...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Muppets,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' 'Hugo' & More

November 21st, 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.

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: The Muppets

THE MUPPETS

Three huge Muppet fans Gary, Mary, and Walter (Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and voice of Peter Linz) help reunite the Muppets to save their...
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Fashion Fail: 'Dancing With The Stars' Regular Kym Johnson Goes See-Thru At 'The Muppets' Premiere (Pics)

November 13th, 2011 7:43pm EST
Kym Johnson
Sexy Australian Dancing With The Stars pro Kym Johnson joined Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy and the gang at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood for the premiere of The Muppets on Saturday.

We're not sure what Kym was thinking when she put on a see-through mesh shirt and paired it with leather pants & boots, but we think it might be just a little inappropriate for the premiere of a kids' movie.

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal, Sweetums, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog and Gonzo along with the film's main stars Amy Adams, Jason Segel and Chris Cooper were all on hand for the big night.

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Fans Want Billy Crystal Or The Muppets To Host The Oscars

November 10th, 2011 10:02am EST
The Muppet Movie
Billy Crystal has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars host in a new online poll.

Fandango.com asked film fans to vote for the star they'd like to see on the Academy Awards stage in February as soon as the news about Murphy quitting the show hit the headlines on Wednesday morning.

Website editor Harry Medved tells WENN, "We put the poll up at 12 noon and we had over a thousand people voting in less than three hours."

Crystal is the early favorite in the ongoing poll with 16 percent of the vote, while The Muppets are ranking second with 14 percent and Tom Hanks ...
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Watch The First Official Trailer For 'The Muppets,' Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit The Frog & Miss Piggy!

June 20th, 2011 11:51pm EDT
The Muppets
It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to check out the first official trailer for The Muppets!

During the past few weeks, Disney's MuppetsStudio channel on YouTube has been releasing teaser trailers for this Thanksgiving's sure-to-be hit movie, starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the usual gang of Muppets.

The teasers began showing up in late may; the first appeared to be just a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy starring Segel and Adams before revealing that Kermit and Miss Piggy were co-stars.

The second was a take on The Hangov...
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Jason Segel Accidentally Reveals Amy Adams' Panties On 'Muppets' Set (Photos)

January 18th, 2011 12:01pm EST
Amy Adams and Jason Segel
Jason Segel and Amy Adams made a song and dance of it on the set of the new Muppets movie, shooting overnight in Los Angeles.

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.

Amy looked at home with the dance number, but Jason appeared a little clumsy, even accidentally revealing his partner's panties at one stage!

The big production number was shot overnight on Hollywood Boulevard.

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