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The filmmaking team behind 2011’s celebrated film “The Muppets” reunites as Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for “The Muppets” (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award®-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”), who is also executive producer with John Scotti, “The Muppets … Again!” will feature music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”), who won an Oscar® for best original song for “The Muppets” (“Man or Muppet”). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.
“It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,” said Bobin, “some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”
The cast for the new ‘Muppets’ film just keeps getting better and better. Back in December we learned that both Ricky Gervais and Ty Burell were both set to star as two of the three leads in the film, with Gervais being the main character, and Burell playing a “lazy Interpol agent”, but with nothing else known about either character at this time. Now we’ve learned who the final of the three characters in the film will be, and it’ll be no other than Tina Fey, of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ’30 Rock’ fame. Fey is said to be playing a Russian prison guard in the film, so it’s easy to assume that she and Ty Burell will probably working together in the film. The film is said to follow the Muppets, and Gervais, on a European caper, but that’s all we know at this time. It’s also been revealed that the current working title for the film is ‘The Muppets…Again’, but there’s a good chance that won’t be the final title of the film.
Here’s another reason to get excited about the new Muppets film. Last week we learned that ‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell was set to co-star in the film, playing an Interpol agent in the film, but we weren’t sure how big of a part he’d be playing. But we could possibly have our leading man now, because Ricky Gervais is in talks to star in the film. Not much is known about his character at this time, but he will be the lead human in the film, being our eyes and ears into the crazy world of the Muppets. He’ll be one of the three major human characters in the film, including Burrell as the “lazy Interpol Agent”, as we’ve learned. With two of the three major roles cast in the last two weeks, I’m sure we’ll be hearing who the third actor to take on the role will be fairly shortly.
I’m a huge fan of Gervais, he’s done some amazing work on television and film, and I’m a huge fan of the original version of ‘The Office’, which he starred in and created. He’s a huge fan of the Muppets, so having him come on board makes sense, especially following Jason Segal, who was also a self proclaimed Muppets enthusiast. The thing that makes this kind of funny is that Gervais originally shot a cameo for ‘The Muppets’, which was actually deleted from the film, and you can see on the blu-ray and DVD. I would have loved to have seen left in, just to see him interact more with the Muppets, but now I don’t have to worry about that because I can see him in a whole film acting along side them! There really isn’t a better leading man choice, at least in my eyes, to pick up where Segal left off, and I’m really glad to see Disney going to him. This movie just keeps shaping up to be better and better. ’The Muppets’ sequel is currently untitled and has no release date, but will begin filming next year.
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- Ty Burrell Set to Star in ‘The Muppets’ Sequel (chipandco.com)
- Muppet News Flash – Muppets working out details for sequel movie (chipandco.com)
If you enjoy traveling, the best way to get your fix – other than globetrotting around the world yourself – is to live vicariously through the cornucopia of travel shows on cable.tv. While you’ll find plenty of them in your TV guide, not all travel shows are created equal. Here are the three that stand out above the rest:
House Hunters International
House Hunters International follows homebuyers around the world as they look for their perfect abode. Each episode features three homes, and the potential buyer(s) must weigh the pros and cons of each before ultimately making a decision. In addition to showcasing some of the globe’s most unique architectural styles, House Hunters International also gives you a good look at the various lifestyles in different countries around the world.
CBS’ wildly popular reality show Amazing Race follows 11 teams of two people competing in a 25-day race around the world. The first team to reach the “pit stops” at the end of each leg of the race is awarded prizes. The losers face potential elimination. The final leg of the race is run by the last three teams, and the first to make it to the final destination wins the grand prize of $1 million. While the main focus of Amazing Race is centered on the competition and the various obstacles faced by each team, the show also takes the viewer to some of the most interesting places in the world, which really adds to its appeal.
An Idiot Abroad
The documentary series An Idiot Abroad chronicles the travels of Karl Pilkington, an unwilling adventurer who is forced to see the world by the British comedic duo of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Pilkington, equipped with an ambitious bucket list, travels around the globe while Gervais and Merchant, stationed in London, often assign him bizarre tasks despite promising comfortable travel accommodations. While Pilkington’s hysterical reactions to his various travel experiences are enough to carry the show, travel-minded viewers will not be disappointed, either. From the Great Pyramids in Egypt to Machu Picchu in Peru, An Idiot Abroad also provides a unique look at some of the most intriguing places on the planet.
What is your favorite? Let us know in the comment box below!