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The follow-up to the 2011 film "The Muppets" now has an official title -- "The Muppets ... Again!"
New details about the movie were released by Walt Disney Studios on Wednesday, January 30, including plot information and celebrities who will star in the film, like comedian Ricky Gervais. The funnyman Tweeted out a photo of himself, Miss Piggy and Kermit on what appears to be a set for a London underground train station.
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Jason Segel says he's happy to see the success of "The Muppets" after a long hiatus from the big screen, but he is not planning to write the follow-up film to his successful re-launch of the franchise.
Segel explained to The Hollywood Reporter that his co-writer of the film, Nicolas Stoller, and its director, James Bobin, are returning for the follow-up movie. "My goal was to bring back 'The Muppets,' and I feel like we did it," he told the trade paper. "I just felt like I did what I set out to do. I'm really happy that they're back to where they belong."
Muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy and "30 Rock" star Tina Fey will be presenters at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, the ceremony's producers announced on February 17.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, who remain a Hollywood power couple, will be making their fifth appearance at the Academy Awards. They recently appeared in "The Muppets," which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, "Man or Muppet." The song was written by "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie and performed by the film's human stars, Jason Segel and Amy Adams.
Amy Adams claims her Fozzie impression is so terrible that it belongs on "The Muppets" DVD bloopers.
"I'm so bad at [Muppet impressions]," Adams told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere. "Did Jason [Segel] tell you to ask? Jason, you're the worst! They asked everybody on-set to do a Fozzie impression and I got the most laughs because mine was the worst. I'm sure it will be on the DVD extras, I let them tape it, it was a bad idea."
Sir Anthony Hopkins has portrayed plenty of impressive roles in his career, but the Oscar-winning actor has big plans, which include "The Muppets."
"If they offered me [a Muppet movie], I'd do it!" Hopkins told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere. "I'd be Kermit's alter-ego... it's very psychological. I'm Kermit's alter-ego, or he's mine."
Jason Segel finally brought his "labor of love" to life and could not mask his excitement at the Hollywood premiere of "The Muppets."
"It's certainly up there," Segel told OnTheRedCarpet.com when asked if the premiere was the best day of his life. "I never dreamed that I would be writing and starring in a Muppet movie. Everyone just seems so happy - that was my goal."
Rashida Jones, who is known for her roles in "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office," says that one of the side-effects of starring in "The Muppets" movie was believing the magic was real.
"It's pretty awesome [working with Muppets]," Jones told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere. "I forgot that they weren't real a lot of times and I would request them for off-camera and I would often talk to them and forget that there was like, a person controlling them. It was kind of sad."
Miss Piggy says longtime love Kermit the Frog deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance in the new "Muppets" film, adding that she has herself "denied her fans" the privilege of seeing her on the big screen for far too long.
Check out a Q&A with the famous Muppet duo Kermit and Miss Piggy below, carried out by George Pennacchio.
Jason Segel brought his own love for "The Muppets" to life not only with a movie, but with a brand new Muppet named Walter, but who is the bigger fan of the franchise?
"We debate this all the time," Segel told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent press junket for the film about the pair's fan boy status. "It's Walter."
Amy Adams says her 18-month-old daughter and her own childhood nostalgia inspired her to film "The Muppets."
The 37-year-old actress made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com ahead of the November 23 release of the film, the latest in a series of on-screen adaptations of the hit children's franchise. Adams and fiance Darren Le Gallo welcomed Aviana, their first child together, in May of 2010.