I can’t believe I still haven’t seen “Muppets Most Wanted.” Not only does it feature all my favorite Muppets, it’s got two of my favorite comedians, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, and a cameo from my favorite singer of all time, Celine Dion. Life dream status. Anyway, while doing press for the movie, Celine answered a few important questions — including which muppet she has a crush on — in her trademark Celine style (read: a little crazy). Hopefully her hubby Rene doesn’t have jealousy issues surrounding frogs… [YouTube via Gawker]
“People certainly have a thing about the glasses. Liz Lemon wore them all the time, and I wore them on ‘Weekend Update’ to see the cue cards. The ones I wore on ’30 Rock’ were fake, but I kept borrowing them for years—I’d take them home and go to the movies. I finally realized they were fake, they did not have my prescription in them. So yes, [they’re] a fetishized object, but I don’t feel like I have to wear them all the time anymore. I try not to wear them if I’m wearing a gown. If I’m too dressed up with glasses, I tend to look like Tootsie.”
I heartily disagree that Tina Fey resembles Tootsie in anyway, glasses or not, gown or jeans. It’s just a case of self-distortion. But I totally understand. Some mornings, I look in the mirror and think my hair looks like a penis. In other news from Tina’s Time Out interview, she admits she has a bit of a crush on Kermit the frog and when asked if she’s a feminist, she replied, “Yeah, sure.” Gotta love the woman. [Time Out via NyMag.com]
Selfies been getting some bad press lately, what with the revelation that teens’ selfie habits may be to blame for a massive increase in lice infestations (#YUCK). But there is one form of selfie that will always elicit smiles instead of sighs, and runs an extremely low risk of spreading lice: Muppet selfies! Yes, the Muppets finally have an official Instagram account, and they’ve been posting selfies as frantically as a 14-year-old girl who just got her first iPhone. There’s Kermit, Rizzo, Swedish Chef, and many more. No selfie from Miss Piggy yet, but I’m anxiously awaiting the glamorous, multiple-filtered masterpiece it will surely be. [The Mary Sue]
I’ve seen “Muppets Take Manhattan” more than 50 times. Maybe more than 100. I can recite most of the dialogue by heart and know the lyrics to every song. Sometimes I open my window and scream, “Do you hear that, New York? I’m gonna be on Broadway!” If you know the movie as encyclopedically as I do, then you’ll recall that Kermit and Piggy get married at the end of the movie. They sing “He’ll Make Me Happy” and the Muppets get all verklempt. Only it’s unclear whether or not it’s technically a real marriage because it’s part of the plot line of their Broadway show, “Manhattan Melodies.” Also, Kermit has just recovered from amnesia just moments before. This has always bothered me. For many years I’ve wondered whether or not they were legally betrothed. It turns out, this might have been bothersome to Kermie and Piggy as well, because according to production designer Eve Stewart, the pair will pronounced Frog and Pig for realz in the next Muppet movie. Keep reading »
This adorable Muppet take on “Downton Abbey” explains gravity to children and stupid adults. Muppet Dowager Countess and Muppet Carson eventually decide to change the name of “Upside Downton Abbey” to “Rightside Upton Abbey.” This might be the most spot on Maggie Smith impression we’ve ever seen. [Youtube]
I’m trying to figure out why someone would do this to their dog and what PETA/the ghost of Jim Henson would say. The doggie has Miss Piggy on one side and Kermit on the other. I almost feel embarrassed for this poor pup! Please someone tell me this is a Photoshop job? [I Am Bored]
You probably know Mr. Snuffleupagus as the heavy-lashed wooly mammoth from “Sesame Street.” He’s the lovable, large, brown creature who swings his trunk to and fro with every step, spends his days hanging out with Big Bird and enjoys nothing more than a bowl of spaghetti. I, however, happen to regard Snuffleupagus as my personal relationship savior.
How could a Muppet be so important to the health of my relationship? Before you go thinking we’re furries or into some kinky Muppet action, let me explain: Snuffleupagus is our safe word. My boyfriend and I use it when we’ve gone too far—not in the bedroom, but in our fights.
The need for a safe word arose while we were temporarily living with his parents and dealing with the stress of the situation. I won’t go into too much detail, but the dysfunction among his family members took its toll on our relationship, and soon we reached a point where we were arguing several times a day. Every comment was an attack and every action was an argument trigger. It brought a whole new meaning to the phrase walking on eggshells. Keep reading »
Geez ladies, by now we should all know that referring to anything other than rape as “rape” is just a bad idea. It trivializes what rape actually is and manages to make you look like a complete buffoon. And that’s exactly what Courtney Love did when she claimed the Muppets — the friggin’ Muppets! — “raped” the memory of Kurt Cobain by using Nirvana’s song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in their movie.
Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. According to TMZ, half of Courtney Love’s rights to Cobain’s music was sold to a company called Primary Wave Music, which gave the Muppets movie permission to use the song. Also, the two surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, gave their permission as well. And Dave Grohol is in the movie. This sounds like another case of What The Hell Are You Talking About, Courtney Love? [TMZ]
Courtney Love is only the latest in a long and tacky line of celebs who’ve used the word “rape” insensitively. Click through our gallery of shame!
OK Go makes awesome music videos. The only thing that could make one of their epics even better? Muppets! Luckily, the band contributed a song to The Green Album, the new collection of Muppet cover songs. My favorite moment? When the guys hop on their signature treadmills—and Bunsen and Beaker speed them up. Oh, and there’s a special twist ending. Amazing. [AV Club] Keep reading »