The Muppets: How Nicholas Stoller Landed His Dream Job

by Ethan Alter November 22, 2011 6:05 am
<i>The Muppets</i>: How Nicholas Stoller Landed His Dream Job

Since breaking into Hollywood in the early '00s, writer/director Nicholas Stoller has written jokes for such big-name comic actors as Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Russell Brand. But those assignments paled in comparison to his most recent gig, scribbling jokes for Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppet crew for their upcoming big-screen relaunch, The Muppets. Paired with his good friend and collaborator Jason Segel (who starred in Stoller's directorial debut Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and served as both the co-writer and human lead of The Muppets) Stoller describes The Muppets as a "dream" assignment. He spoke with us on the phone from Los Angeles about the four-year process of writing the movie and why Kermit never, ever says anything mean.

Saturday Night Live: Never Enough Muppets

by Ethan Alter November 21, 2011 11:15 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: Never Enough Muppets

We love Jason Segel as much as the next Freaks and Geeks fan. And normally, we'd be perfectly satisfied with him as the sole host of Saturday Night Live. But because there were also Muppets in the mix, we couldn't help but spend most of Saturday night's episode wishing that Kermit, Piggy, Rowlf and the rest of the Felt Pack were handling the hosting duties.

The Muppets: How Bret McKenzie Went From Conchords to Kermit

by Ethan Alter November 21, 2011 6:00 am
<i>The Muppets</i>: How Bret McKenzie Went From <i>Conchords</i> to Kermit

As one-half of the New Zealand folk duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie has toured the world with his onstage partner Jemaine Clement, serenading audiences with such hilarious tunes as "Bowie", "Foux du Fafa" and "Robots." Now he's helping another crop of characters get their musical comedy groove on: those lovable, indefatigable Muppets. McKenzie served as music supervisor on their highly anticipated comeback vehicle, The Muppets, a job that required him to oversee productions of all of the movie's original songs, including two that he wrote himself. McKenzie spoke with TWoP by phone from L.A. about growing up as part of the Muppet generation, plans for a Conchords reunion and how he learned that Muppet chickens don't sing.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 17, 2012

by Ethan Alter February 17, 2012 4:33 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, February 17, 2012

I can't tell if this is tasteful or tasteless. Either way, I guess E! is going to hit the ratings jackpot.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 31, 2011

by Ashley Chervinski October 31, 2011 1:35 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 31, 2011

The '90s are here yet again.

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