Muppets Most Wanted was, at one time, entitled Muppets...Again, which would have been both entirely appropriate and a bad marketing hook. It suggests - accurately - that all you have do at this point is give people the Muppets again, and they will come. Of course I will, and of course I was entertained...mostly (hell, I'd even go see Tyler Perry's Madea Meets the Muppets, if only to keep myself guessing which of the gang ends up coming to Jesus - Beaker, obviously). But when I think back to those first three Muppet movies, I find myself asking: didn't they have coherent plots and such? Weren't they more than just a bunch of funny bits thrown together?
Such a pragmatist, was Owen Lars. Always telling his nephew to worry about a practical career rather than damn fool idealistic crusades, or academy pipedreams.
But, er.. mightn't there have been an earlier time to raise such objections? Dorkly.com thinks so, and has imagined exactly how it played out...More >>
Not the kind of dental dam you were expecting? Don't be a wally and leave it to these critters...to eat you!
I found this trailer thanks to The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, who Tweeted that it's the next Sharknado - but there are multiple differences in its favor. For one, this clearly has a level of gore and creatively stupid profanity that would keep it off network TV. For another, most the effects appear to be practical, with some old-school Troma-esque monster puppets.
The trailer in and of iotself may be sufficient. Watch below...More >>
Yeah yeah, I saw this image going around over the weekend too. I was waiting to actually get some footage to show you. And now I khan, because a benediction has cumb to where the air is sweet. By sheer luck, you might say. And with a sidekick he can COUNT on...More >>
In related news, Choking Jabba, Dying Tauntaun is also the name of an upcoming Star Wars standalone movie to be directed by Ang Lee, featuring the in-universe martial art of Teras Kasi.
(No it isn't.)
You might think the obvious "Darth Hader" puns would have led Bill a different way when it came to impersonations. But no - dying puppets it is. And he's great at it.More >>
Animatronic Hulk-walking. Cap shield-throwing. Thor hammer-tossing. These and more are part of what you see being practiced in this new video showcasing the preparation for the touring spectacular, which now appears to be primarily an arena stunt show (initially what was promised sounded more like a middle-finger to Universal for still keeping east-coast Marvel theme-park rights from Disney, with a ride and props, which this admittedly does not rule out, but indicates the focus will probably not be that).
Movie-style Avengers will mingle with redesigned X-Men and Spider-Man (Fox and Sony own the Matrixy mutant duds and goofy new Electro look, respectively, but not the characters themselves), and tickets/tour dates are now available: they appear to run from $45 to $150 before Ticketmaster fees and all that BS.
Worth it? Check out the video and maybe you'll be able to decide. For $150, I sorta feel like they ought to throw in a five-minute makeout session with either Thor or Black Widow.More >>
Reader-submitted highlights of things we and you might have missed over the past week and weekend.
This week's tipsters include: James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, Anyone00, Citrus_King, Gallen_Dugall, Canadian.Scott, skrag2112, jaganar, and even me.More >>