The Muppets

The Jim Henson Co. and BBC Ready for New ‘Muppets-Style’ Show

One bit of news that seems to have slipped slightly under the radar is about an upcoming co-production between the BBC and the Jim Henson Company. No Strings Attached (a tentative title) is promising Muppets-style entertainment, complete with sketches featuring celebs and games. We first hinted at the news in March, but it… Read More

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Watch an 8-Minute Blooper Reel from ‘The Muppets’

They tell us you can have too much of a good thing, but where the Muppets are concerned, we haven’t found that to be the case. For about a year now, Jim Henson-related stuff has been coming at us constantly, and we still aren’t sick of it. The newest item is an eight-minute selection of outtakes from last year’s The Muppets, billed as “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever” and featuring some pretty funny faux interviews along with the standard slip-ups. In the video below, watch Jason Segel crack up — a lot — as puppets run amok, monsters miss their marks, and Miss Piggy gets some hair caught in her mouth. Muppets: they’re just like us! … Read More

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Hillary Clinton Hilariously Declines ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2′ Cameo

From where we’re sitting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become quite the charmer of late. Thanks to the insane popularity of the short-lived Texts from Hillary meme — and her clever response to it — she’s managed to reveal a humorous, self-deprecating side to her personality that the majority of the public likely never realized that she had. Now Hillz is at it again, cheekily responding to Jason Segel’s joking request that she make a cameo in Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2: More Forgettable, Sarahier and Marshallest, a movie which, based on the title alone, we’re assuming is a joke itself. Click through to read the delightful letter that she sent Mr. Segel, which includes a non-negotiable demand that the Muppets be involved. Hillary 2016! … Read More

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10 of the Best Viral Movie Marketing Campaigns

If falling in love with an android is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. The Prometheus team released a new viral video yesterday that captured everyone’s attention. We were already sold on seeing the upcoming Ridley Scott film — originally intended as a prequel to the director’s classic 1979 film Alien, about a space crew searching for the origins of humanity who happen upon something much more terrifying. The new clip featuring star Michael Fassbender has increased our anticipation tenfold. In the viral bit, Fassbender’s David makes an appearance in the form of an advertisement for sinister corporation Weyland Industries. Fassy plays an android indistinguishable from humans that promises he can carry out directives others might find “distressing or unethical.” Although the video is under three minutes long, it’s clear that the actor’s android transformation is flawless and delightfully creepy. We’re dying to see more. The video made us recall other fantastic viral marketing promotions that got us incredibly anxious for opening night. See some of our picks past the break, and check in with us below about your faves. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park this summer, Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline are taking the stage for a special one-night only performance of Romeo and Juliet. But before you get too excited, be warned: tickets for the staged reading start at $1500 a pop. [via PopWatch]… Read More

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Watch Jim Henson’s Original Pitch for ‘The Muppet Show’

From where we’re sitting, it’s kind of hard to imagine there was a time when Jim Henson had to sell someone on the idea of The Muppet Show. Laughing Squid tipped us off to the puppeteer’s original network television pitch reel that he sent to CBS back in the early ’70s. “Small children will love the cute cuddly characters,” explains the Muppet anchorman. “Young people will love the fresh innovative comedy. College kids and intellectual eggheads will love the underlying symbolism of everything. Freaky long hair, dirty, cynical hippies will love our freaky long hair, dirty, cynical Muppets.” Click through to watch the clip, and let us know if it would have wooed your inner TV exec. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, a new feature in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got some newly streaming indies, recent favorites soon to be remade and sequelized, and a couple of classics that have been on our minds as of late. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Portraits of Pop-Culture Soul Mates from Different Worlds

Do you ever daydream of what would happen if your favorite pop-culture characters from entirely separate universes could meet? We have, predicting which television characters might be best friends in real life and doing some speculative matchmaking for gay and straight TV teens. So naturally we’re thrilled by Chris Gerringer’s I Know That Feel, Bro series, which pairs geek icons that share a common trait — Batman and Harry Potter, for instance, are “orphaned heroes,” while The Incredible Hulk and Kermit the Frog both know it isn’t easy being green. Click through for some of our favorite duos and visit Gerringer’s DeviantArt page to see a whole lot more. … Read More

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Fantastic Pop-Culture Mash-Ups of Famous Paintings

Nothing will bring an artist Internet fame more quickly than a clever appropriation of pop culture. But although we see dozens — really, we’re not exaggerating — of gimmicky juxtapositions of high and low art every day, we’re really quite taken with Hillary White’s “pop-reinterpetations,” which we discovered via The Mary Sue. Inserting the Muppets in a familiar Rembrandt or Freddy Krueger in Van Gogh’s ubiquitous Café Terrace at Night, White shows both wit and skill, seamlessly integrating contemporary characters with centuries-old masterpieces. Click through to see some of our favorite remixes, and visit White’s website for more. … Read More

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Which Pop Culture-Inspired Nail Polish Line Is the Most Baffling?

Clearly, here at Flavorpill, we love nail art almost as much as we love pop culture, and we get especially enthusiastic when those two interests merge. So do other people, apparently, because it’s become incredibly trendy now for polish makers (especially OPI) to launch lines inspired by television, movies, books, and celebrity branding. Sometimes the mash-ups make sense; sometimes they really don’t. We’ve rounded up some of these nail polish lines and ranked them by how confused we are by their existence, after the jump. … Read More

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