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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) “Life's a happy song, when there's someone by my side to sing along.” That heartwarming chorus has been replaying in my head since I saw “The Muppets,” whose magic doesn't fade either. Star/co-writer Jason Segel has bottled joy and turned it into a movie, wrapping his arms around both Muppet memories and the beloved characters themselves. He dares to tell them that even in a cynical, ironic, disconnected world, “There is always a place for you here.” How nice it feels to be back in the land of simple pleasures, where (puppet)
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March 20, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (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)
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November 18, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Kermit, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends return to the big screen Wednesday with "The Muppets," a new movie starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel. To gear up for the big opening, the Muppets collaborated with OK Go on their newest theme song, Miss Piggy released a makeup line and, now, nail polish manufacturer OPI offers a holiday collection of 12 colors inspired by the iconic show. Yes, Muppet maniacs can tint their tips and toes with colors like "Gone Gonzo" and "Animal-istic.
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February 9, 2012 | By John Giokaris, For RedEye
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.
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February 9, 2012 | By John Giokaris, For RedEye
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.
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March 20, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (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)
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November 23, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (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...
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November 25, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
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 ...
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December 27, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
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.
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March 5, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
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)
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November 23, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (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 from his Baltimore-area adolescence - where...
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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
***1/2 (out of four) “Life's a happy song, when there's someone by my side to sing along.” That heartwarming chorus has been replaying in my head since I saw “The Muppets,” whose magic doesn't fade either. Star/co-writer Jason Segel has bottled joy and turned it into a movie, wrapping his arms around both Muppet memories and the beloved characters themselves. He dares to tell them that even in a cynical, ironic, disconnected world, “There is always a place for you here.” How nice it feels to be back in the land of...
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November 18, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Kermit, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends return to the big screen Wednesday with "The Muppets," a new movie starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel. To gear up for the big opening, the Muppets collaborated with OK Go on their newest theme song, Miss Piggy released a makeup line and, now, nail polish manufacturer OPI offers a holiday collection of 12 colors inspired by the iconic show. Yes, Muppet maniacs can tint their tips and toes with colors like "Gone Gonzo" and "Animal-istic.
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March 15, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
We're so busy pulling our hair out over March Madness, we almost forgot about our famous friends! Actually, sorry Snooki, we could never forget about you. In the spirit of all things brackets, we decided to face off our favorite train wrecks from this week to see who will emerge victorious. Who's going to hear "One Shining Moment"? Check it out. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana ROUND ONE MATCHUP 1: Rihanna Told Ryan Seacrest that Chris Brown was "the only person that really made sense" to do a guest verse on "Birthday Cake.
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August 16, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James likes to keep himself busy. In addition to his work with the Louisville, Ky., rockers, who released their sixth album, "Circuital," last year, James has evolved into an in-demand collaborator, recording with everyone from Son Volt singer Jay Farrar (the recent Woody Guthrie tribute "New Multitudes") to his Monsters of Folk partners Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and M. Ward. "I've been fortunate to have the best of both worlds," said James, 34, in a phone interview.
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