We finally get a glorious look at the new Muppet movie.

Thank you to Coming Soon for scanning this new spread in Entertainment Weekly, where we get a look a brand new Muppet character. Here is their description of what the magazine article says:

Entertainment Weekly is featuring a two-page first look article at Disney’s The Muppets, to be directed by James Bobin from a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. The December 25, 2011 release will stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper.

The article mentions that the new Muppet in the film will be Walter, who you can see holding the smartphone below. He’s described as “a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friend and roommate of Segel’s character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans.”

“Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit,” Bobin told the magazine. “Walter has a little bit of a self-confidence issue because he’s the only person like him that he’s seen aside from the Muppets,” Segel explained. “His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him.”

EW says that when Gary and Walter learn that the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting Kermit, Piggy, and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.

I am so excited for this. The world could use more quality Muppets.

Take the jump to see the other half of the spread, which has the new Muppet showing off his iPhone.

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Celluloid Screams Festival Roundup

Celluloid Screams is a horror film festival based in Sheffield (in England) that enjoyed a successful second year at the end of October. I was there to catch (pretty much) every ounce of blood, gore and other such depravities the festival could throw at me. Below are a handful of short reviews for everything that screened other than I Spit On Your Grave, which I skipped due to tiredness and the thought that it’d get released soon enough anyway.

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“No Strings Attached” Trailer

Like it or not, this has the potential to kill any chance of Portman being recognized for her work in Black Swan. I suppose a case could be made for Evolution, but otherwise it seems Reitman hasn’t really done anything worthy or 90 minutes of your time since Ghostbusters in 1984. So I’m not sure why I’m surprised; but this is lame – on so many levels.



After the Credits Episode 91 – November Preview

Dale (Digital Doodles), Colleen (Mary Ostler Wood Butchery & Other Stuff) and I talk about the movie opening in November.

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Review: Change of Plans


“Everyone pretends they’re fine.” So says one of the characters toward the end of Danièle Thompson’s new ensemble comedy Change of Plans. It’s not a particularly profound statement or one that can’t be found in plenty of other movies, but it does describe pretty accurately the state of affairs among the characters in the film. They first meet attending a dinner party put on by Marie-Laurence (nicknamed ML) and Piotr (played by Micmacs‘ Dany Boon), a married couple struggling a bit with their marriage. The other guests include ML’s sister and her new beau, a potential new boss, some old friends, and a flamenco teacher – in other words, various backgrounds, degrees of connection to ML and Piotr, and a wide range of intimacy with them.

As they gather for dinner, it becomes clear that potential boss Lucas and his wife Sarah (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly‘s Emmanuelle Seigner) are very not happy together, that friend Melanie is about to leave her husband Alain, that one of the guests has had an affair with ML, and that sister Juliette’s new beau is as old as their father – who, by the way, drops by nearly unannounced, much to Juliette’s chagrin. She hasn’t spoken to him for years. The dinner party continues, focusing on building character, relationships, and drama through dialogue. Dialogue which both hides and reveals each character’s unhappiness, joy, and desire – the ways they’re pretending to be fine and the ways they really are not.

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Trailer: “The Way Back”

This is about as cliché as it can possibly get kids. Peter Weir is notorious for overwrought, dramatic bullshit layered over the top of pretty heavy or epic story lines. The Way Back looks to be no different than the rest; in fact it looks like a prototype of Weir’s M.O. How many times have we seen a prison camp movie with people trying to escape or on the run? Put three zeros behind any digit and I would venture to say that guess would be pretty close to an accurate answer.

Still, if it’s been done a thousand times, there’s usually a reason. Watching human courage battling the odds (as obvious as they may be) still makes for compelling story telling. Drop in a cast of familiar faces that everyone loves (Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan) and you’ve probably got a critically acclaimed blockbuster on your hands.

The Way Back was scheduled to open in January, but now I guess there will be early screenings in L.A. and New York on December 29th… last minute try for the Oscars anyone? And judging from the subject matter and the straight-up “Hollywoodness” of this trailer, it’s exactly the kind of tripe that Academy eats up. At any rate, the domestic trailer was just dropped by Yahoo!, but there’s an embedded version right here. Just check under the seats…
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How bad is it really? Trailer for Ondi Timoner’s “Cool It”

Bjorn Lomborg

Hot on the heels of Mike’s recent “5 Hidden Treasures of 2010″ post in which he highlighted this film, the time seems ripe to highlight the trailer for what certainly looks like one of the must watch documentaries of the year.

The global environmental crisis has, of late, been overshadowed by the financial crisis but that doesn’t mean that docs (and movies) aren’t still being made with an environmental message. What’s sad is that the message is one of doom, gloom and the coming apocalypse. Yes, things are bad, but how bad are they really? Director Ondi Timoner presents another side to the argument by focusing her documentary Cool It on Bjorn Lomborg, an academic and environmental writer who authored the controversial book “The Skeptical Environmentalist.”

Timoner follows Lomborg as he travels the world exploring the real facts and true science of global warming and its impact and the result may not be what we might expect, especially if we buy into the An Inconvenient Truth‘s the sky is falling, end-of-the-world scenario. I can see how some might think that Lomborg is doing a disservice to the push for change but we’re entitled to the truth – or at least both sides of the story.

Mike sings its praises and I love Ondi so this is a no brainer. Cool It opens November 12th.

The Trailer is tucked under the seat.

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