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‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic

‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Turns 25! Looking Back on Making the Holiday Classic
“All my friends have worked with the Muppets. Everybody I know has done a thing with the Muppets and I always felt a little bit left out,” Michael Caine told Et in 1992 on the set of The Muppet Christmas Carol, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. “But they only did half-hour television shows and I got to do a two-hour movie, so it's great.”

While Caine donned the trademark robes and night cap to portray Ebenezer Scrooge, the reimagining of the Charles Dickens classic also featured Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie as Mr. Fozziewig (modified from Fezziwig), Miss Piggy as Mrs. Cratchit and Gonzo as Dickens, who hilariously narrates the story with Rizzo the Rat. Despite the recognizable names and faces, some voices of the characters would sound a little different to Muppet fans.

Two years prior, at the happiest place on Earth, no less, there was excitement for a new partnership and the creative
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The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked

  • Indiewire Television
The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked
Holiday episodes are rarely a show’s best, but they’re often the most enduring. CBS still airs a colorized version of the “I Love Lucy” Christmas episode, repackaged as a perennial special, 60 years later. The image of The Fonz eating out of a can, alone on Christmas Eve, is probably one of the best-remembered scenes from “Happy Days.” And “The West Wing’s” 1999 episode “In Excelsis Deo” not only won an Emmy, but its takes on homeless veterans and hate crimes are just as relevant today, nearly two decades later. And of course, it was a Christmas episode that launched the longest-running scripted series in primetime, “The Simpsons,” all the way back in 1989.

As the networks more wholeheartedly embrace the holidays as a marketing tool, there has been an explosion in Christmas-themed movies and specials in recent years. But there’s still something special about celebrating the holidays with
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The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked

  • Indiewire
The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked
Holiday episodes are rarely a show’s best, but they’re often the most enduring. CBS still airs a colorized version of the “I Love Lucy” Christmas episode, repackaged as a perennial special, 60 years later. The image of The Fonz eating out of a can, alone on Christmas Eve, is probably one of the best-remembered scenes from “Happy Days.” And “The West Wing’s” 1999 episode “In Excelsis Deo” not only won an Emmy, but its takes on homeless veterans and hate crimes are just as relevant today, nearly two decades later. And of course, it was a Christmas episode that launched the longest-running scripted series in primetime, “The Simpsons,” all the way back in 1989.

As the networks more wholeheartedly embrace the holidays as a marketing tool, there has been an explosion in Christmas-themed movies and specials in recent years. But there’s still something special about celebrating the holidays with
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Jaden Smith Shares His Dreadlocks With James Corden And Seth Rogen

  • ET Canada
Jaden Smith is all about spreading the love… and his locks. The young star joined fellow guests Seth Rogen and Jason Segel on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. Related: Jaden Smith Says Justin Bieber Is ‘Totally Fine’ After Cancelling Tour Corden, 39, asked Smith about his decision to bring his chopped-off dreadlocks to the […]
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in October 2017

The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in October 2017
For movie lovers, October is the gloriously ghoulish time of year when we celebrate one kind of film above all others. That’s right: Biting comedies about dysfunctional New York Jews who finally decide to air their grievances after decades of resentment! Um… well, maybe Netflix didn’t get the memo. It’s not as though the streaming service isn’t scaring up some choice horror titles in time for Halloween (don’t miss “Raw” or “The Cult of Chucky”), but most of the month’s big new additions aren’t exactly in season.

Case in point: The splashiest arrival is a Noah Baumbach film, and it’s safe to say that “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” is considerably less frightening than any of the Adam Sandler comedies that Netflix has brought to you before. On the other hand, it’s true that movies can terrify you in a
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Five of Our Favorite Serious Jason Segel Movie Scenes

Let me say first off that these were kind of hard to find since Jason Segel seems to be all about comedy. The guy is genuinely funny so it’s kind of difficult to find moments in which he’s not trying to make someone laugh. Of course his kind of funny is actually a little different than a lot of people might be used to since he can go so deadpan at a moment’s notice. That seems to be the way that a lot of comedians do things anymore but there are times when it is uproariously funny. These scenes however

Five of Our Favorite Serious Jason Segel Movie Scenes
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Netflix in October: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

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Netflix in October: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)
Now that the back-to-school rush has settled down, the weather is changing and pumpkin spice is being sprinkled in your coffee rotation, let’s embrace fall. We can also embrace all of the exciting new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in October. Here, we breakdown which ones you definitely shouldn’t miss, and a couple things you definitely have to re-watch before they leave. Coming October 1: “I Love You, Man” We bet you didn’t even realize how much you’d like to watch this movie again until we told you it’s coming to Netflix next month.
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Link Runner 2017

Gurus of Gold pundits make some quick assessments as the new awards season begins

Paste Magazine why isn't Billy Eichner a sex symbol yet?

THR the new version of It is already causing real clowns to lose work

Advocate offers up 17 Lgbt tropes that need to be retired from entertainment. This list is so wide-ranging they'll be no queer characters left on TV if they follow it!

/Film cool stuff: scratch off poster to track your viewing of 100 classic movies

The Daily collects obituaries and tributes to the acclaimed horror director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

IndieWire Dunkirk arranges a special screening at Toronto to celebrate IMAX. Consider that Oscar campaign already ignited

Awards Daily new stills for Call Me By Your Name. These are more likely it. The first few were so underwhelming

Towleroad Heathers is getting a TV adaptation. Leslye Headland directs the pilot which has updates for
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These Photos Of Jason Segel In Front Of Tiny Doors Have The Internet Puzzled

Jason Segel is a tall man—6-foot-4 to be exact—and he may have finally met his match: tiny doors. The “How I Met Your Mother” star posted a series of photos over the last week of himself standing in front of some very small doors in England. pic.twitter.com/ghNMSZPBsF — Jason Segel (@jasonsegel) August 25, 2017 pic.twitter.com/1hdMABlNDr […]
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Russell Brand Marries Laura Gallacher, Mother of Their Child

Russell Brand Marries Laura Gallacher, Mother of Their Child
Russell Brand is a married man once more. The 42-year-old British actor and comedian married fiancée Laura Gallacher, the 30-year-old mother of their baby, in England Saturday. The two had dated on and off for a few years before getting engaged in 2016. Brand announced the news on his Radio X podcast, saying "I'm living a married life now...I'm domestic," BBC News reported, adding that he also told listeners he got his nose hairs waxed for the first time for the wedding. Brand and Gallacher tied the knot in front of about 100 family members and friends, including his Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-star Jason Segel...
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Overspending Is Good: Despite Expensive Risks, Studios Should Keep Opening Their Wallets at Film Festivals

Overspending Is Good: Despite Expensive Risks, Studios Should Keep Opening Their Wallets at Film Festivals
There’s an energy in the sold out theater before a big premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, as the packed audience of industry leaders and indie film fanatics anticipate the unveiling of what could be the next “Beasts of the Southern Wild” or “Reservoir Dogs.” If the film delivers on only a fraction of the lofty expectations, the excited crowd can help a film soar in ways it wouldn’t if potential buyers were watching it in a quiet screening room.

Read More:How Josh and Benny Safdie Used Guerrilla Filmmaking to Hack Their Way Into Hollywood

It’s in this hyped environment that distributors must make acquisition decisions at lightning speed. Often in matter of hours, distributors need to determine a film’s box office potential, put a price tag on that potential, and present a strategy – one that could include promises of publicity and advertising spending, number of theaters,
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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked

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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked
A great ensemble creates a mysterious bond between a show and its viewers. The chemistry shared on screen brings with it a certain level of comfort.

But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.

Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
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The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked

  • Indiewire Television
The 25 Best TV Comedy Ensembles of the Last 25 Years, Ranked
A great ensemble creates a mysterious bond between a show and its viewers. The chemistry shared on screen brings with it a certain level of comfort.

But to refer to this quality as some kind of supernatural power does a disservice to the men and women who forge it. There is the talent of each individual performer to consider: If any of them falter, the whole dynamic falls apart. It’s a dynamic that requires work, too. Whether it’s bonding in real-life or being a good listener on set, chemistry is a science for these casts; it’s made, not found.

Then there’s the versatility of expanding these connections beyond just one or two cast members, but an entire ensemble of six or so series regulars. The best ensembles work no matter who’s paired up in a scene, and it feels like the TV can barely contain
See full article at Indiewire Television »

The Book of Life director signs on for Lego’s Billion Brick Race movie

Jorge Gutierrez, director of The Book of Life, has signed on to develop and direct The Billion Brick Race, a new animated movie from Warner Bros. and The Lego Group.

The Billion Brick Race was first announced back in 2015, with Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Jason Segel (The Muppets) penning the script, although it seems both of those have now departed the project. Plot details are being kept firmly under wraps.

Following the success of The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, Warner Bros. has several features in its Lego franchise incoming, with The Lego Ninjago Movie set to open in September and The Lego Movie Sequel slated for February 2019.

Via THR
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The Book of Life helmer Jorge R. Gutierrez to tackle Lego Movie spin-off The Billion Brick Race

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

The Book of Life helmer, Jorge Gutierrez, has signed up to direct another outing in the Warner Bros Lego series of movies, The Billion Brick Race.

The spin-off from the surprisingly successful franchise was originally being developed by Drew Pearce and Jason Segel from Pearce’s idea, as of yet, a plot line has yet to be released for the new film.

The next Lego movie in the franchise, The Lego Ninjago movie, will hit the big screen in October 2017 it calls to action young Lloyd (Dave Franco), aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and Lego Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu as wisecracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic
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‘Book of Life’ Director Jorge Gutierrez Takes over ‘Lego Movie’ Spinoff

The Lego Movie universe is getting some fresh blood. After the success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 2014 film, Warner Bros. began developing not only a sequel but also a series of spinoffs. The Lego Batman Movie was the first out of the gate earlier this year, The Lego Ninjago Movie hits theaters later this year, and The Lego Movie Sequel is deep in development. But in 2015 Warner Bros. announced another spinoff called The Billion Brick Race, with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) writing and co-directing the featured based on an idea from …
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