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21:25 // 10 months ago
April 13, 2012
Live now: Michael Bloomberg attempts to upstage Cory Booker with the help of the Muppets.

Live now: Michael Bloomberg attempts to upstage Cory Booker with the help of the Muppets.

11:34 // 2 years ago
March 26, 2012
theatlantic:

Newt and Rick Are Becoming the GOP’s Statler and Waldorf

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have withered from being Mitt Romney’s legitimate competitors into mere “hecklers,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes. The scenarios by which they could win the Republican nomination are becoming more and more “far-fetched,” their rhetoric becoming more desperate. The Atlantic Wire would like to take this image one step further, naming them then Statler and Waldorf of the Republican presidential primary — guys that never get to be the main characters, instead serving as a tool to lower the self-esteem of those Muppets who do. […]
The Times’ Trip Gabriel reports that even “humiliation has not changed [Newt’s] will to stay in the race.” His colleagues Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Wheaton write, “The question facing Mr. Santorum was not whether he intended to press forward with his candidacy, but whether he should.” Both men, several reports say, are making less progress towards winning the nomination than towards embarrassing Romney on the daily. Both Gingrich and Santorum toted Etch-a-Sketches last week when a Romney aide referenced the toy to explain how the candidate would pivot to a general election message. They looked cynical and trivial, just like classic hecklers from the Muppets, though without the jokes.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire.


Dead on. In this case, “playing spoiler” is a nice way of saying “wasting everyone’s time.”

theatlantic:

Newt and Rick Are Becoming the GOP’s Statler and Waldorf

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have withered from being Mitt Romney’s legitimate competitors into mere “hecklers,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes. The scenarios by which they could win the Republican nomination are becoming more and more “far-fetched,” their rhetoric becoming more desperate. The Atlantic Wire would like to take this image one step further, naming them then Statler and Waldorf of the Republican presidential primary — guys that never get to be the main characters, instead serving as a tool to lower the self-esteem of those Muppets who do. […]

The Times’ Trip Gabriel reports that even “humiliation has not changed [Newt’s] will to stay in the race.” His colleagues Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Wheaton write, “The question facing Mr. Santorum was not whether he intended to press forward with his candidacy, but whether he should.” Both men, several reports say, are making less progress towards winning the nomination than towards embarrassing Romney on the daily. Both Gingrich and Santorum toted Etch-a-Sketches last week when a Romney aide referenced the toy to explain how the candidate would pivot to a general election message. They looked cynical and trivial, just like classic hecklers from the Muppets, though without the jokes.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire.

Dead on. In this case, “playing spoiler” is a nice way of saying “wasting everyone’s time.”

11:21 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2012
Today in things we can indirectly thank Jason Segel for. (Curious to see what this new Muppet will be like.)

Today in things we can indirectly thank Jason Segel for. (Curious to see what this new Muppet will be like.)

14:03 // 2 years ago
February 26, 2012
"Man or Muppet" wins! Bret McKenzie on working on "The Muppets": "I was genuinely starstruck when I got to meet Kermit the Frog … but once you get to know him, he’s not so bad."

"Man or Muppet" wins! Bret McKenzie on working on "The Muppets": "I was genuinely starstruck when I got to meet Kermit the Frog … but once you get to know him, he’s not so bad."

22:22 // 2 years ago
January 30, 2012

It took them a couple of months, but The Muppets have formally responded to Fox Business’ claims that they were brainwashing kids into hating big oil companies. (Which, mind you, they later apologized for.) Kermit’s take? "And besides, if we have a problem with oil companies, why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce?" 

10:43 // 2 years ago
December 11, 2011

Box office has worst weekend in three years — so, what’s to blame?

  • $78 million the amount the entire box office made over the weekend, with the strongest movie being the objectively awful “New Year’s Eve”
  • $68 million the amount the entire box office made on Labor Day weekend 2008, the last time the box office dipped this low source

» A bad crop of films, or something else? With a bunch of also-rans in the theater and two weak films — a movie that scored 7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes in the lead and a Jonah Hill vehicle, “The Sitter,” right behind — to hold up the box office, it may not have been the best week for films … but December is a very strange time of year for the box office to struggle like this. One analyst blames a lack of male-oriented films. We blame a lack of exposure for Foozie Bear, who is by far the the best part of “The Muppets.”

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21:11 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011
OK. So apparently I said some things that offended little Kermit and Miss Piggy the last few days. And I — listen, I apologize. … I just wanted to say, listen, froggy — what’s his name? Kermit, Miss Piggy, if you want to debate this any time, I’m all for it. So let’s bring it.
Fox Business’ Eric Bolling • Apologizing for a segment last week, in which he and the Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor ripped “The Muppets” for daring to have a plot with an evil oil baron. They’re still idiots. Meanwhile, a great Twitter hashtag has cropped up over the last day — #GOPMuppetHearings.
20:49 // 2 years ago
December 5, 2011

More on “The Muppets” and the evil protagonist

puddinheadwilson says: The question is, why did they choose an “oil baron” as the evil protagonist? Why not … oh let’s say “power-hungry politician”? Or maybe “left-wing radical activist”? The subtext of the message is clear.

» SFB says: Here’s why they chose an “oil baron”: Because unlike the Media Research Center, most people who create art don’t create it with an ulterior motive. Let’s face it, the character is cartoonish at best: This villain is a guy who raps. This is a guy who says “maniacal laugh” instead of actually making a maniacal laugh. It’s meant to be absurd. If you bother to take the “subtext” of the villain in “The Muppets” seriously and suggest it’s brainwashing kids, you get your pundit card taken away. — Ernie @ SFB

» SFB also says:  The 1998 Norm MacDonald film “Dirty Work" has a real estate mogul as its villain; does that make “Dirty Work” an anti-real estate mogul film? Suppose the villain in “The Muppets” was the owner of a baseball team. Would that constitute a subversive anti-baseball team owner message? A film’s antagonist has to have some profession (unless the point is that they’re unemployed). The fact that the writers chose a profession that plays a role in the political zeitgeist doesn’t, in and of itself, mean there’s a political statement being made. — Seth @ SFB

14:43 // 2 years ago
It’s amazing how far the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message. I mean this is a Muppet movie for goodness sakes! The only thing green on the screen should be Kermit!
The Media Research Center‘s Dan Gainor • Missing the point of “The Muppets” by assuming that it had anything to do with the environment whatsoever. (Rather, the plot had to deal with an oil baron who planned the destroy The Muppets’ film studio, with no real eco-friendly focus.) Excuse me, friend, we just took away your pundit card. You’re not allowed to say anything on television anymore. For your own safety. source (viafollow)
10:34 // 2 years ago