February 9, 2012 |
I never thought we would see the day when the Muppets would have to defend themselves against accusations of pushing a liberal agenda. But sure enough, during a press conference to promote their new movie last month, Kermit and Miss Piggy found themselves doing just that. For anyone who hasn't seen the movie, the villain is an oil baron named Tex Richman who wants to destroy the Muppet studios in order to dig for oil. Shortly after the movie debuted in November, a conservative guest on a Fox News program claimed the Muppets were brainwashing kids with anti-corporate messages.
March 20, 2014 |
*** (out of four) In "Muppets Most Wanted," a scene in Berlin features Christoph Waltz, who is part German. A scene in Dublin features Saoirse Ronan, who is Irish. And a scene in Madrid features Salma Hayek, who is Mexican. This is either offensive or a missed opportunity to joke that Penelope Cruz wasn't available. Or both. Fortunately, most of the sequel to 2011's franchise rejuvenation "The Muppets" gets its gags right. The plot, a bit too reminiscent of the 1981 classic "The Great Muppet Caper," involves a dastardly liar (Ricky Gervais)
November 23, 2011 |
*** (out of four) “The Muppets” star/co-writer Jason Segel sees nothing wrong with adults loving to entertain children of all ages with puppets. Neither does Kevin Clash, who grew up admiring Jim Henson and later befriended the entertainment innovator as Clash worked on “Labyrinth” and “Sesame Street” and, through his voice and puppetry, turned Elmo into the superstar he is today. This 73-minute documentary by Constance Marks and Philip Shane traces Clash's life...
November 25, 2013 |
Holiday specials and special holiday episodes are all the rage this week on TV, but that's not all. Here are some highlights from the TV schedule for the week of Nov. 25 to Dec. 1. Monday, Nov. 25 Major Crimes 8 p.m. Monday, TNT The squad searches for the drug dealer who sold two brothers the doses that killed them. Monday premieres 8 p.m. "Christmas with Tucker," Hallmark Movie Channel 9 p.m. "Independent Lens: Young Lakota," PBS Tuesday, Nov. 26 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox ...
December 27, 2011 |
Struggling to define yourself as a "nice guy" or something a little gruffer? RedEye is here to help. Take a minute to answer the quiz below to determine whether you're a total softy, a total jerk or someone in between. Your top artist of the year was ... a. Tyler, the Creator b. Michael Buble c. Bon Iver d. Drake (a. -2, b. +2, c. +1, d. +0) When it comes to "The Office," you're a ... a. Jim b. Creed c. Ryan d. I still bring up the U.K. version in conversation.
March 5, 2012 |
Emily Blunt wants to jump off a building. Don't worry; she's just talking about taking on an action role, which she hasn't had a chance to do yet. “Something where I have to wear a wire,” the English actress says with a laugh. “That could be good.” For now, Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) is working on a smaller scale. In the low-budget romantic dramedy “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” opening March 9, she plays Harriet, who works with a fish expert (Ewan McGregor)