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The Muppets: “More Entertaining Than Humanly Possible”

The Muppets: In Theaters November 23, 2011

*UPDATE: Interview with Kermit and Miss Piggy coming soon along with fun interactives!

Big, burly teddy bear Jason Segel & Kermit the Frog? Sounds like a winning combo to me! So excited to revert back to 5-year-old me and geek out at the movies watching The Muppets. I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. But then I remembered Jason Segel’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall (aka: Dracula the Musical) and his venture into the muppet world. If there is anyone that can make old-school puppetry present-day funny, it’s Jason Segel. The music is also something to look forward to. The soundtrack was released this week with covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You.” Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie as musical supervisor was obviously a good choice.

Here’s to fans of the Kermit-Miss Piggy love affair, Fozzie Bear’s stand-up, Animal’s mad drum skills, and any kid who went through that awkward stage singing along to “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” I’m looking forward to finding out who I’ll be able to interview for this movie, and I’m sure I will be able to let you know soon. Until then, see you at the movies!

P.S. Who remembers Sandra Bullock’s attempt at “Mahna Mahna?” Probably one of the only four or five times my sister and I got along as kids singing this one around the house. Cheers to old Muppets memories!


The Amazing Spider Man

Can I just say how excited I am for the Spider Man reboot next summer? LOVE Spider Man, LOVE Andrew Garfield, LOVE that it’s coming out on my 23rd birthday. I remember watching the first Spider-Man when I was in 8th grade and falling into a celeb-crush on Tobey Maguire. That first Spider-Man was the best. It had romance, humor and action with a great storyline. Spider-Man 2 was alright, and Spider-Man 3 was a disappointment. I was seriously obsessed with Spider-Man. I had t-shirts, buttons on my mesh backpack, and even bought a bulk package of mints that came in Spider-Man tins. Up until The Dark Knight, I thought it was the best superhero movie I had ever seen.

This reboot looks so promising, and I hope it’s not a letdown! I feel like just starting from scratch with new, young actors, a new director and a whole new concept is such a great idea. I mean, who doesn’t love a zero to hero story, especially with someone cute-as-a-button like Andrew Garfield?

Actions Speak Louder Than Words…Sometimes

In a new era where so many films are premiered in 3-D with insane special effects, I find that I miss movies with great scripts, movies with dialogue and quotes that change our lives. I’ve decided to recognize those movies again, movies that depend on words rather than action.

5. Pulp Fiction (1994), written by Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary:
Mia:  “That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence. ”

John Travolta (Vincent), Bruce Willis (Butch), Samuel L. Jackson (Jules) & Uma Thurman (Mia).

The dialogue in this movie was profound to me even at the age of 7 when I first watched the movie with my dad. Of course he fast-forwarded the part with Marsellus Wallace and Butch, but getting to watch and listen to the rest of it might be why I love movies so much. From Jules and Vincent’s discussion about Quarter Pounders in Paris to Vincent and Mia’s comfortable silence at the diner, this script is legendary.

4. Jerry Maguire (1996), written by Cameron Crowe:
Dorothy: “Do you know what most other women my age are doing right now? They are partying in clubs, trying to act stupid, trying to get a man, trying to keep a man… not me. I’m trying to raise a man.

Tom Cruise & Renee Zellweger

This movie sparked my childhood obsession with Tom Cruise. Ambitious and self-obsessed, his guard falls when he meets Dorothy Boyd and her adorable son, Ray. In the end, Jerry Maguire is a story for people about people. I remember most movies around this time were still all about the dialogue, but this one stuck out for me, even up until now.

3. Casablanca (1942), written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein & Howard Koch.
Rick Blaine: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman

Bogey. Who doesn’t love Bogey? I suppose I love movies from this time period because of the actors’ voices. This man’s man and his voice make this movie a classic. I also think I hold a soft spot in my heart for the “guy who’s rude and mean to everyone else but the woman he loves.” Even then, this war-time romance is one of the greats. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman have such great chemistry, it almost seems tragic they weren’t in love off-screen.

2. Gone with the Wind (1939), book written by Margaret Mitchell, screenplay by Sidney Howard:
Scarlett: “Oh! You sir are no gentleman.”
Rhett: “And you, miss, are no lady. Don’t think I hold that against you. Ladies have never held any appeal for me.”

Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh as Rhett Butler & Scarlett O'Hara

Rhett Butler, quite possibly the most attractive man ever written. With simple words, Mitchell paints the portrait of a man, selfish and uncouth with only one vice: the only woman he’s ever loved is in love with someone else. Scarlett O’Hara is written with conviction and strength, both traits uncommon in real women at the time. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara’s tragic love affair is one of the ages, entrancingly written as well as acted by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

Rhett: ” No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

1. Closer (2004), written by Patrick Marber:
Dan: “What’s so great about the truth? Try lying for a change, it’s the currency of the world.”

Julia Roberts (Anna), Jude Law (Dan), Natalie Portman (Alice) & Clive Owen (Larry).

This movie depends on the script, spoken beautifully by the ensemble cast of Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owens. A story about heartbreak, deception and real-life love and loss, Closer was actually almost rated NC-17 for its crude language. Marber does a brilliant job of writing what everyone in relationships think but don’t say. Alice is damaged and desperate, Dan is debonair and deceitful, Anna is cynical and logical, and Larry is crass and vindictive. This is all portrayed in just words, words between only four people ever on-screen throughout the movie.

Alice: “Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off — but it’s better if you do.”