ALERT! ALERT! The first theatrical trailer for the new Muppet movie is out!! In Muppets Most Wanted, a case of …Read More
Sorry Curious George, Babe the pig, Babar, and Toto, but bears make the greatest fictional animals. And this weekend marks the 55th anniversary of one of our favorite fictional bears, Paddington. The stories of a marmalade-eating, toggle coat-wearing, Peruvian-born bear trying to figure out his new life in England have brought joy to generations of children, ensuring that Paddington is one of the greatest fictional bears ever created. But where does he rank among our top …Read More
Fire up your Blu-ray players: The Muppet Movie is out today for your high-definition viewing pleasure. The 1979 family classic set the template for all of the Muppet flicks, with charming songs, big laughs, and a lotta heart. But it was also chock full of adorable celebrity cameos, and that’s a tradition that has continued in the 34 years since its release. After the jump, we’ve picked our favorite celebrity cameos from all of the Muppet movies.
There will always be something a bit surreal about seeing images of actual humans with their hands stuffed inside familiar faces like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and Gonzo — not to mention a man sporting Big Bird’s legs like casual trousers. As A.V. Club pointed out over the weekend, many behind-the-scenes photos taken from the early days of Sesame Street have been making the rounds online lately. Here are some more photos from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and even a couple of Muppet movies, courtesy of Muppet Wiki. And no, we didn’t forget about Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band …Read More
In a welcome response to ’90s nostalgia, PBS recently hinted that Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? could be coming back to TV. It’s exciting to think that a whole new generation of kids will be introduced to a show that made so many of us genuinely excited to learn. This got us to thinking about other shows from our childhood that could benefit from the recent wave of nostalgia. Here are ten picks from yesteryear that are also ripe for a revival.
Say what you will about its other flaws — and there’s plenty to say — but Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (out today in wide release) delivers what it promises: giant goddamn robots fighting giant monsters in the ocean. Gazing upon the magnificence of the film’s enormous machines, it’s easy to marvel at how far moviemakers have come in their onscreen portrayals of mechanical beings. A brief history:
It feels great to see the Muppets in movies again. The Muppets, the first theatrical release in 12 years for Jim Henson’s beloved characters, was a huge success. Next year, the Muppets return with Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Tom Hiddleston, and friends for The Muppets…Again!. The spirit of Henson’s extraordinary creations is alive and well.
Iron Man 3 is out in theaters tomorrow, and it should come as no surprise that those who are willing to sit through the end credits — and seriously, they run something like ten minutes and include more names than a small-town phone book — will be rewarded with an extra (and very funny) bonus scene. Some call these little bonuses “credit cookies,” others call them “stingers.” In Roger Ebert’s Little Movie Glossary, Serdor Yegulalp dubs them the “Monk’s Reward,” defined thus: “A surprising final line or image, tagged on after the credits have finished rolling… so named because it usually takes monk-like devotion to sit through the credits to get to it.” The previous Marvel movies made a regular habit of including credit cookies, mostly as preparation for The Avengers, but they’re not the only movies to throw in a little something extra for those who stick around to find out who the unit accountant was. (Warning: minor spoilers ahead, but all for movies that have been out for a year or more.)