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Elizabeth Banks Joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Happytime Murders’

Elizabeth Banks Joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Happytime Murders’
Elizabeth Banks has joined Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders,” which began filming this week in Los Angeles.

STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a classic puppet show. Brian Henson is directing.

The production companies are Henson Alternative, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. McCarthy is producing with partner Ben Falcone, along with Brian Henson and Jeffrey Hayes. Executive producers are Lisa Henson, Dee Robertson, and John W. Hyde.

McCarthy plays the lead detective opposite longtime Henson puppeteer Bill Barretta who performs Phil Phillips, the puppet detective. Banks portrays a burlesque dancer named Jenny and Rudolph plays Bubbles, Phil’s secretary. STXfilms has set an Aug. 17, 2018, release
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A Delightful SXSW Conversation with Some ‘Muppet Guys Talking’

We talk to Frank Oz and the other original Muppeteers about creating characters, watching them evolve, and giving them sentience.

After a few moving documentaries about individual puppeteers, this year’s SXSW debuted a new documentary directed by Frank Oz called Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets of the Show the Whole World Watched. The film is an hour-long free form discussion with Jerry Nelson (The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew), Fran Brill (Zoe, Prairie Dawn), and Bill Barretta (Pepe, Tree-Face-Guy) loosely moderated by Oz. Because it features so many of the key personalities that have been only briefly touched upon in spotlight docs on Big Bird or Elmo, it’s a must-watch for any Muppet Show obsessive who wants to hear about what it’s like being buried in a room under a fire pit so they could perform a song with John Denver.

You wouldn’t know it from the way they talk
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‘Muppet Guys Talking’ Review: Frank Oz’s Doc Is a Loving Tribute to the Creative Spirit (And Muppets) — SXSW 2017

‘Muppet Guys Talking’ Review: Frank Oz’s Doc Is a Loving Tribute to the Creative Spirit (And Muppets) — SXSW 2017
Filmed in 2012 but proving timeless, Frank Oz’s loving and free-wheeling “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” is a must-see not only for Muppet fans and the people who made them, but for anyone seeking insight into the power of creativity.

Its title is nearly longer than its 65-minute runtime, but that’s a fine length for a doc that plays like a snappy conversation between pals. Oz assembled said “Muppet Guys” (Oz plus Muppet maestros Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta) for an unprecedented gabfest, all filmed and assembled into a satisfying inside look at the people behind (and sometimes under) the world’s most beloved puppets. In his introduction, Oz promises a look at “the spirit of The Muppets,” and “Muppet Guys Talking” delivers on that claim.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted
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Newswire: Frank Oz can neither confirm nor deny the return of Yoda

Other than Jim Henson, Frank Oz is the most famous man behind The Muppets, as the voice of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Grover, among others. He’s at South By Southwest right now promoting his new documentary, Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind The Show The Whole World Watched. Variety reports that the “film is a candid, often bitingly funny conversation between Oz and four of his closest colleagues: Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Bill Barretta (Rowlf The Dog), Fran Brill (Little Bird), and Jerry Nelson (Count Von Count), who died in 2012.”

Bringing those beloved characters to life might be enough for some people, but Oz went on to become a director for films like Little Shop Of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and In & Out. He also happened to voice another iconic character: Yoda, who first appeared in Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back.

At SXSW, Oz candidly ...
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Frank Oz on the Legacy of Jim Henson’s Muppets

Frank Oz on the Legacy of Jim Henson’s Muppets
On Sunday morning, Frank Oz — the celebrated puppeteer behind such Jim Henson characters as Miss Piggy, Grover, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle — premieres his new documentary “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched” at SXSW. The film is a candid, often bitingly funny conversation between Oz and four of his closest colleagues: Dave Goelz (Gonzo), Bill Barretta (Rowlf the Dog), Fran Brill (Little Bird), and Jerry Nelson (Count von Count), who died in 2012.

Oz, 72, started his career as a puppeteer when he met Jim Henson at 19, and he went on to become a successful director of such comedic hits as “What About Bob?,” “In and Out,” and “Bowfinger.” He got the idea for his latest movie from his wife, Victoria, a business consultant, who thought the close camaraderie he shared with his co-workers is rare — proof that business culture can still be fun.

Oz shot the conversation some years ago,
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The Muppets: Bad News? ABC Orders Just Three More Episodes

ABC loves the Muppets -- well, the network kind of likes them. ABC has ordered three more installments of the Tuesday night series, bringing the freshman season tally to 16 episodes. Other news shows have received full season orders for 22 episodes. So, is this good news or bad news?

Set in a mockumentary style, The Muppets follows the lives of the crew behind talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy. As you might expect, diva Miss Piggy is still driving Kermit the Frog and the rest of the gang crazy. The Muppeteer performers include Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz.

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‘The Muppets’ Gets Additional Episode Order From ABC

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‘The Muppets’ Gets Additional Episode Order From ABC
ABC has given a full-season order to freshman comedy “The Muppets,” the network announced Thursday. The latest TV adaptation of the Jim Henson franchise, following Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppet gang as they produce late-night talk show “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” will air a total of 16 episodes. Bill Prady and Bob Kushell co-created the series and serve as executive producers. Randall Einhorn, Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin also executive produce. The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio. Also Read: Why the Media Won't Stop Treating the Muppets Like Real People The series’ most.
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The Muppets: Season One Ratings

The Muppet Show was a huge success in syndication back in the 1970s but the follow-up series Muppets Tonight ran for two short seasons before being cancelled by ABC in 1998. Is the public ready for another Muppet TV show? Will this one be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

Set in a mockumentary style, The Muppets follows the lives of the crew behind talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy. Diva Miss Piggy is still driving Kermit the Frog and the rest of the gang crazy. The Muppeteer performers include Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as
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The Muppets

Network: ABC

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: September 22, 2015 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and Peter Linz.

TV show description:

This mockumentary TV series features characters originally imagined by Jim Henson's workshop. The cast of Muppeteers all perform multiple roles. The series follows the lives of the Muppet crew behind the Up Late with Miss Piggy talk show.

Originally against the idea, diva Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson) is persuaded by ex-boyfriend and Executive Producer Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire) to allow the documentary to take place.

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'The Muppets' Review: More Mature But Just as Fun As Ever

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'The Muppets' Review: More Mature But Just as Fun As Ever
After hitting the big screen in recent years, starring alongside such big-name stars as Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and others, the Muppets are heading back to the small screen where it all began.

ABC's new comedy stars all of our favorite Muppets, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn, Beaker, Animal, the Swedish Chef and everybody else, including a brand-new Muppet named Denise. There's a lot of characters who show up on The Muppets, either as part of the main storylines or in the background, but you can never have enough Muppets, am I right?
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New ‘behind-the-scenes’ teaser for The Muppets

With just three days to go until The Muppets return to the small screen, ABC has released a new ‘behind-the-scenes’ teaser for the sitcom, which we have for you here…

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See Also: Two posters for The Muppets TV show

The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages.

The Muppets stars Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog and Beaker, Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Bill Barretta as Pepe the King Prawn and Rowlf the Dog. The show will premiere on September 22nd
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Why does ABC's 'The Muppets' seem to miss the point of the Muppets?

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Why does ABC's 'The Muppets' seem to miss the point of the Muppets?
Long before he co-created "Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady broke into show business as a low-level Jim Henson Co. staffer, working in licensing and other tangential Muppet-related departments before eventually getting to write for Gonzo and company himself. Now, his career has come full circle, as co-developer (with Bob Kushell) of "The Muppets," a new primetime series featuring Kermit and the gang that debuts on ABC on Tuesday night at 8. Back at press tour, before I had seen a full episode of the show, I spoke with Prady for a while about his history with Henson and these characters, and the specific approach he was taking with the new show, a mockumentary where Kermit is executive producing a late night talk show hosted by Miss Piggy, featuring Fozzie as her announcer, Electric Mayhem as the house band, and all the other familiar Muppet characters working backstage. Because ABC has tried
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8 celebrity couples who tried to nail Dirty Dancing's iconic lift scene - can you?

8 celebrity couples who tried to nail Dirty Dancing's iconic lift scene - can you?
What do Ryan Gosling, Harry Styles, Miss Piggy and Jimmy Fallon have in common? They've all recreated that iconic lift scene from Dirty Dancing, which celebrates its 28th birthday today, with varying degrees of success.

Getting it right in reality, though, is another challenge entirely. There's the run-up, the leap, the hold and the dismount - if any of these are off-kilter, you'll be banished to the corner with Mr and Mrs Houseman.

But before you too get in the anniversary mood and make like Swayze and Baby at home, shuffling excitedly in your socks across the kitchen, first watch the finest celebrity wannabes who've emulated the finale for tips on how to have the time of your life (or at least pretend to).

1. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

2011's very good rom-com Crazy Stupid Love saw Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone do a stellar job of mimicking the lift.
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3 'Muppets' Promos Go Flirting with Kerry Washington and Nathan Fillion

3 'Muppets' Promos Go Flirting with Kerry Washington and Nathan Fillion
ABC is rolling out the welcome wagon for their highly-anticipated new series The Muppets, bringing in some of the network's biggest stars to greet Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and The Swedish Chef in three new promos. The first video addresses Kermit and Miss Piggy's breakup, as Scandal star Kerry Washington watches their spat unfold. We also see The Middle star Patricia Heaton try to interact with The Swedish Chef and Castle star Nathan Fillion "interrupting" Miss Piggy's promo.

The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages. Throughout The Muppets' storied history, they have been well known for bringing in countless celebrities for brief cameo appearances,
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Five posters for The Muppets TV show

Last week we got a ten-minute first look preview of The Muppets’ new sitcom [watch it here], and now ABC has debuted five posters for the series, which you can see here…

The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages.

The Muppets stars Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog and Beaker, Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, Dave Goelz as Gonzo and Bill Barretta as Pepe the King Prawn and Rowlf the Dog. The show will premiere on September 22, 2015.
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'The Muppets' TV Show Posters Reunite Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo

'The Muppets' TV Show Posters Reunite Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and Gonzo
Last week, ABC decided to show fans the 10-minute pilot presentation video that helped secure a series order for The Muppets, debuting September 22. Today, the network has released five new posters, featuring the beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo. The posters poke fun at the fact that this show will feature Kermit the Frog "full-frontal nudity," while Miss Piggy takes a selfie, Fozzie Bear tries "manscaping" and Gonzo works the phones while clutching a script.

The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages. Along with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo, the show will feature a slew of other Muppets characters,
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ABC has released a 10-minute first look at The Muppets

Believe it or not, it took ABC a bit of convincing to give the Muppets their own show on the channel. In fact, Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Bob Kushell (The Simpsons) and others made a 10-minute pilot to persuade the network that a more adult Muppets show should be green-lit. Although the video was never supposed to be released, ABC decided to treat fans and put it online, following it being shown at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

In terms of style, The Muppets will be similar to such mockumentaries as The Office and Parks and Recreation, which is an entirely new direction for the franchise.

The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.
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Watch 'The Muppets' 10-Minute Pitch That Landed New TV Show

Watch 'The Muppets' 10-Minute Pitch That Landed New TV Show
Back in May, ABC announced that The Muppets will air this fall in the Tuesday 8 Pm time slot, debuting September 22. We have already seen the first trailer for this upcoming series, but today, the network has decided to air the full 10-minute pilot pitch video, which convinced executives to move forward with the series. The video's intro, which features a "crawl" similar to the Star Wars franchise, reveals that the "general public" was not meant to see this footage. The network eventually caved, after fans demanded to see it during the show's Comic-Con panel, with ABC asking that fans "stop yelling at us" now that the footage is available to the public.

The Muppets TV series didn't go through the traditional development cycle, with the show first announced in early April, just one month before a series order was handed out. Instead of crafting a traditional, 22-minute pilot, the producers
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‘The Muppets’ Woo Comic-Con; Kermit & Miss Piggy Reveal ABC Series Details

‘The Muppets’ Woo Comic-Con; Kermit & Miss Piggy Reveal ABC Series Details
If you thought “Game of Thrones” was the star at Comic-Con, think again. “The Muppets” panel in San Diego on Saturday kicked off with a full house of cheers — louder than the room for “The Walking Dead” — and wrapped with a standing ovation.

Co-creator Bill Prady made his second Con appearance of 2015, following Friday’s panel for “The Big Bang Theory,” introducing the crowd to the first surprise of the hour — a 10-minute short, which he and his team pitched to the network to get “The Muppets” on the air this fall.

If the reaction from the room was any indication, it’s easy to see why ABC picked up the comedy.

Prady was joined by exec producers Bob Kushell, Randall Einhorn and Bill Barretta, who pulls double duty as a “muppeteer” on the show, voicing Pepe and Rowlf the Dog, along with panelists Steve Whitmire (who voices Kermit), Dave Goelz
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Comic Con 2015 Saturday Schedule

Comic Con 2015 Saturday Schedule
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.

10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants

The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a
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