Posts Tagged ‘Jason Segal’


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Here’s a nice way to procrastinate. The 20 best cold opens for The Office. (UpRoxx)

Some sad news today. A sequel to The Muppets is in fact in production, but Jason Segal will not writing or starring in it. Cue sad face. (Collider)

Project X is being marketed as the greatest party you will ever witness on the silver screen. Here are ten other parties witnessed on the silver screen that were the opposite of great. (Pajiba)

The Duplass brothers (The Puffy Chair, Cyrus) aka the newfound heroes of indie comedy are back with some comedic star power in Jeff Who Lives At Home. Coming off of the critical and box office hit in The Muppets, Jason Segal plays a slacker still loving in this mother’s basement. Things start to unravel for him, however, when he spends a day with his happily married, employed brother (Ed Helms). Jeff Who Lives at Home releases in limited theaters on March 16.

If you’re a fan of the new Muppets movie, and let’s be honest…who isn’t, this next Jason Segal film should be of interest to you. No, The Five-Year Engagement does not have any furry and witty puppets, but the script does come from Segal and his writing partner Nicholas Stoller. Stoller will also direct the comedy of a couple who goes through a longer-than-expected engagement. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Parnell.

The Five-Year Engagement releases April 27, 2012.

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Full disclosure. I never really watched the muppets growing up, and with their absence from the public eye for a dozen years, I never had an opportunity to get re-acclimated. It’s a shame not only because Fozzie and I would’ve been best friends…but also because a whole generation of children (and their parents) are listening to Justin Bieber instead of Kermit the Frog. All that being said, the muppets are back! And the world is taking notice. Or at least they should be.

The Muppets tells the story of two brothers — Gary (Jason Segal) and Walter (a muppet himself) — who attempt to save the old muppet theater from an evil oil tycoon. It’s not exactly the most original of plot ideas, but it’s an adequate one to bring the old gang together again for one final show. What follows is a rousing, hilarious sequence of scenes that give several muppets their own individual spotlight. Whether you’re a fan of Gonzo or The Swedish chef, rest assured that they’re not pushed to the background for the sake of Kermit, Miss Piggy, or even the human actors.

The other strength of The Muppets is that it was never about the humans. Jason Segal (who basically plays Sarah Marshall’s Peter Bretter minus the penis) and Amy Adams (who brings the latest edition of Enchanted‘s Giselle) are merely supporting characters to the muppets. And even with the countless cameos (Emily Blunt, Jack Black, Dave Grohl to name a few), the big names never outshine the soft, furry puppet characters.

In fact, the star of the film aren’t even the muppets we’re all familiar with. The Muppets feature a brand new character to the mix…Walter, a meek and naive muppet from Smalltown, USA with only one obsession: the muppets, ironically enough. Audiences will immediately fall in love with his innocent demure and human-like desires to merely be accepted by his heroes. Walter is also a large part of the film’s soundtrack, including the powerful and hilarious duet quartet “Man or Muppet”. Am I a muppet or a man/If i’m a man that makes me a muppet of a man.

That’s the essence of what The Muppets are. Lines and lyrics (not scenes and songs) packs itself with both a comedic and a sentimental punch. On the outside, the kid within us will laugh uncontrollably. And yet, we’ll also be pensive, in thoughtful reflection. Hand it to Segal and his writer partner Nicholas Stoller for updating this film for the modern audience without relinquishing the spirit of the muppet characters or comedy in general.

P.S…The short before the feature film is can’t miss. SPOILER — It involves a cowboy, an astronaut, and his friends.

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When The Muppets return to the big screen tomorrow, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will be joined by a new muppet we’ve never met before: Walter. Said to be a sweet, slightly-naive, and lacking self-confidence, Walter works with Gary (Jason Segal) and Mary (Amy Adams) to save the Muppet Theater from the villainous an oil tycoon.

But here’s another interesting tidbit about Walter. According to Peter Linz (who voices the new muppet), he was told to model Walter after the awkward, naive Michael Cera (Superbad, Scott Pilgrim). Linz said:

“They told me to think about Michael Cera — that if he was a puppeteer he would already have the job.”

I’m not sure if this piece of trivia ruins Walter or makes him even lovable. But physical characteristics between the two already appear uncanny.

In the first half of this episode, SNL was almost flawless. The only flaw was its opening segment — another political spoof on the Republican primary race — this time on Governor Mitt Romney. Ever since Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Will Farrell left the show, the writers and the actors don’t carry the same satirical weight and it’s honestly starting to become a waste of time. It’s tie SNL gave up on the political bit and find their own voice. The next hour of the show demonstrates they clear have one.

This show isn’t very much about Jason Segal, which is great. As with The Muppets and How I Met Your Mother, there are bigger things than him. Realizing this, the first thing he does is sing a song (I know, another monologue with a song, bleh), but then he is joined by the muppets. In our current state of comedy — from the awkward to the raunchy — we forget what comedy really is: wit and timing, two characteristics the muppets know full well. The monologue is fun, lovable, and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The first skit out of the commercial break may be the best of the year. It sets Kelly Ripa testing auditions to replace Regis Philbin. Every impression is spot-on and for once, they pull off a perfect ending. Among the impressions include Ricky Gervais, Charles Barkley, George Lopez, Rosie O’Donnell, Zooey Deschanel (this is my favorite), and Denzel Washington.

There is then the best commercial since “Red Flag” — an ad for a temper-Pedic mattress that allows you to do “questionable” activities while your partner is fast asleep.

The shows rolls on with the Vogelchecks aka The Kissing Family with a perfect make-out session from Jason Segal and Paul Rudd (I Love You man geek-out!).

Finally, Weekend Update was its usual witty self and it was highlighted by a Really?!? segment with Seth and Kermit the Frog. Kermit really nails the “really?” tone better than Seth, Amy, and even Tina.

And then…you can shut it off. SNL reverts back to its awkward situations that aren’t very funny at all. It dials up the weird, uncofortable situations till the audience can no longer stand to keep the television on. Even a Digital Short couldn’t save this horrendous back half of the show. Do yourself a favor. Turn off the television after Weekend Update. If you managed that, you’ll go hoe with happy thoughts of Segal and Rudd.