Review: The Happytime Murders

The term gimmick has a negative connotation, but it doesn't have to. Gimmicks can work. When a gimmick is implemented appropriately it turns into creativity and fresh ideas. The key to making a gimmick work, I would argue, is it can...


Muppets showrunner and co-creator steps down

ABC's The Muppets is one of the network's highest-rated comedies in years, but it's been taken to task by critics. That's why it's only somewhat surprising to hear that that showrunner and co-creator Bob Kushell has left the show, according...


Muppets Most Wanted spoofs action movie posters

The Muppets Most Wanted promotional campaign has been as delightful as expected from the franchise, though with these new parody posters, The Muppets have upped their game yet again. Each poster parody's a famous action movie poster, Skyfal...


First song for 'Muppets Most Wanted' is crazy adorable

Every time Kermit the frog dances with a gold hat and cane, my heart grows three sizes. After watching the music video for the first song from Muppets Most Wanted entitled "Sequel Song," my heart nearly burst out of my chest alien-sty...

NF: Muppet Carol photo

Nick's Flixmas: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets have had a few Christmas specials over the years: It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, A Muppet Family Christmas, and even the awful Artpop commercial, Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular. But there's always bee...

Muppets Most Wanted photo

Second trailer for Muppets Most Wanted is still adorable

This second trailer for Muppets Most Wanted shows off a lot more than the teaser released a few months back. We get a story (an "Evilen Froggen" named Constantine frames Kermit and takes his place), more celebrity cameos (Danny Trejo, P. D...

Muppets Most Wanted photo

First poster for Muppets Most Wanted is too adorable

Muppets Most Wanted (formerly The Muppets...Again!) is one of the few sequels I'm happy they're making. The first Muppets was a hilarious trip down memory lane, and Muppets Most Wanted looks to continue that judging by that first teaser.&nb...


The Muppets...Again! will have Miss Piggy's wedding again

Some new news has surfaced about a scene in The Muppets...Again! During an episode of BBC's The Film Programme, production designer Eve Stewart -- fresh from her BAFTA Film Award win for Les Miserables -- revealed what she's working on next...


Muppets sequel gets official title, plot details and pics

It looks like The Muppets' next globe trotting adventure finally has an official title. Brace yourselves. It's The Muppets...Again! Yeah, I didn't make that up, though I gladly would have if Disney paid me instead of whoever came up wi...


Ty Burrell replaces Christoph Waltz in The Muppets 2

For a while Cristoph Waltz was in talks to star in The Muppets 2, a Europe-set sequel that starts shooting early next year. Unfortunately it looks like Waltz had to decline because of his schedule. I assume this has something to do with Ter...


The Muppets sequel begins shooting in January in London

Last years The Muppets seemed to be a surprise success for Disney, though I'm not sure why they didn't expect it, because anyone who's seen the movie can tell you it's fantastic. Anywho, the studio got the ball rolling on a sequel pret...


Christoph Waltz may star in Muppets sequel set in Europe

The Muppets was a good nostalgia trip that left lots of people longing for a follow-up. There's finally some casting news on The Muppets 2. Christoph Waltz is currently in talks for a starring role in the film. If he takes the part, Waltz w...


Puppet noir film The Happytime Murders going for R rating

A while back this birdy dropped some concept art for The Happytime Murders, a noir film done with puppets from the Henson people. No word what happened to the source, but I figure the bird's singing them canary tunes in a concrete cage in t...


A new Sesame Street movie is in the works

Sesame Street: The Movie is a thing that's happening through 20th Century Fox. The show's longtime writer Joey Mazzarino will be writing the film's script. Obviously no word on story, and Fox has yet to comment on the project which is just ...


Fraggle Rock gets fraggle writers

The upcoming film adaptation of Jim Henson's belovedly weird, musical puppet-a-ganza Fraggle Rock has now got some writers attached to it. Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian, who both worked on Rango, are signed on to write the Fraggle script. Ne...


The Happytime Murders: concept art for a puppet film noir

Got back from the city and there was an email about some new Henson project called The Happytime Murders. It's a proposed noir picture done with puppets. Think Roger Rabbit, but plush instead of paint. It looked Dillinger, like a couple fin...


The Muppets are brainwashing your kids, says Fox

Hello, folks! Liberal media here. Have you seen The Muppets yet? I thought it was pretty good. My main complaint? Not nearly enough messages to children that capitalism and rich people are evil. There's a time and place for subtlety, but c...


Muppets lifted "Mahna Mahna" from softcore porn

I love old porn, and apparently the Muppets do, too. The super catchy "Mahna Mahna" that I always thought was an original song is actually from the 1968 Italian film Sweden: Hell and Heaven. The movie was portrayed as a documentary about s...


Flixclusive Interview: Max Ivins, LOOK Effects [Part 2]

Since posting part one of my interview with LOOK Effects Supervisor Max Ivins, I was able to see his handiwork in the The Muppets for myself, and I must say that the film is amazing. I haven't laughed that hard that consistently in a very, ...


The alternate ending to The Muppets

The Muppets did well over the holiday weekend, both a critical darling and a financial success. Because of the film, NBC is currently developing a new show with muppets with Jim Henson Studios. It's not the Muppets, but ...


Flixclusive Interview: Max Ivins, LOOK Effects [Part 1]

There are two types of interviewees: ones that need to be poked and prodded in order to say anything meaningful, and ones who will continue talking until you unintentionally cut them off during a pause. Max Ivins, Supervisor for the VFX com...


The Flixist Show #4: The Self-Hating Amish

So, I'm really, really sorry for this episode. We were two people shy, and it's just unfocused and bizarre as hell. We talk about movies really briefly, but we mostly talk about Amish hate crimes and bulls**t. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this ...


Review: The Muppets

The Muppets aren't often in the public eye anymore. Disney hasn't been pushing them very heavily, and their one theme park attraction is shoved off in the corner of California Adventures- you know, the one nobody visits. Kids can probably s...


The Muppets masterminds wanted to keep things "tangible"

I think I've made it very clear that I am not a fan of CGI. Films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes are far less effective due to their reliance on CG characters. Fortunately, the men and women behind The Muppets felt the same w...


Bret McKenzie and Kermit The Frog duet will melt you

Sometimes you put things out into the universe and the universe miraculously delivers. The stars must've heard me in this case, because the New York Times captured a duet between 1/2 of Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie and everyones fa...


Fantastic Muppets & Tolkien mashup illustrations

Guys, get ready for your mind to be blown. These are some super awesome drawings by various artists that are mashing up J.R.R. Tolkien's famous books (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and -- The Muppets. With glorious results! You...


Watch Jason Segel and Kermit beg Amy Adams to co-star

Ever since watching Freaks and Geeks (over and over again), I can't help but think of Jason Segel as a really creepy teenager no matter what role he's in. There's just something about his face, you know? I mean, I still like him, and it's ...


The Muppets are way into Twilight

If you don't follow Twilight or write for a movie website, you might not know that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is coming out this Friday. Well, the Muppets are certainly aware, and they dressed up to celebrate. I'd love to see ...


Contest: Win a Muppet tee from Threadless

You may have noticed that we're a bit excited about the return of the Muppets on November 23 in their new movie The Muppets. We've pretty much been throwing up an epic amount of coverage because everything about the film has us excited. For...


Trailer: The Muppets, Bollywood style

Those darn Muppets just can't get enough of a good thing, and while they sadly may not be hosting the Oscars this year (Billy Crystal is never a bad thing) they can deliver unto us another parody trailer. The felt covered gang of misfits h...


New behind the scenes Muppets featurette

Over the past day or so -- since Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy resigned as producer and host of the 2012 Oscars, respectively -- the world (internet) has seen an explosion of the mostly grass-roots movement to get the Muppets to host the O...


The Flixist Show #2: Inglorious Kill Bill

Oh god, why did you let us do a second episode? Seriously, we're a bunch of jibbering idiots. We're one man short today, as Max isn't feeling well, but that doesn't stop us from talking at length about the recent Oscars controversy, as ...


Support grows for The Muppets hosting the Oscars

So yesterday we reported that Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy both bowed out of the Academy Awards. Veteran producer Brian Grazer (24, Arrested Development, Apollo 13) has since stepped in to replace Ratner, but the question remains: who will...


Body Snatchers: Threadless Muppets Tees!

Today, Threadless -- the online t-shirt company that makes shirts based off of user-submitted designs -- debuted its new line of Muppets inspired T-shirts! They're pretty rad! They have men's, women's, and kid's shirts, and they have a ton ...


I refuse to watch the opening dance number to The Muppets

Look, I spoil a lot of crap for myself writing for Flixist. It comes with the territory and I understand that. But I absolutely, 100 percent, completely and totally refuse to watch the above video of the opening number from The Muppets no ...


Flixclusive Interview: Elmo, Being Elmo

Have you ever had one of those moments where you think to yourself, "Man, this is way too cool. I am never going to top this"? I had that on Friday, when I got to have a chat with Elmo. Yes, that Elmo. The fuzzy red monster adored by child...


Hang out with Muppets on Google+!

Have you ever wanted to hang out with Kermit and Miss Piggy? Oh, that's not really a question. Of course you have. Well, today is the day for all your dreams to come true, since the cast of The Muppets wants to hang out with you (yes, you) ...


Interview: Kevin Clash and Constance Marks, Being Elmo

I absolutely adored Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, and I was delighted to be able to talk to director Constance Marks and puppeteer Kevin Clash about the film. We spoke a bit about Clash's work, Elmo's past, and what aspiring puppeteer...


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