It was hard to get a sense in the trailer if Five-Year Engagement, the new film from Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller,is going to be good. The pedigree is there both in front and behind the camera but the trailer included a pretty awful "I heard that black pianese are much bigger" joke. So what have the critics been saying?
Currently, it's at a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 59 on Metacritic, which is definitively in the pretty good range. (In comparison, Forgetting Sarah Marshall clocked in at 84% and 67 respectively.) What's interesting is most of the negative reviews and positive reviews [...]
Jason Segel will not be in the next Muppet movie – no way – don't even think about – it won't happen – no chance – stop asking. In an interview promoting the soon-to-be-released Five-Year Engagement, he made it very clear he won't even cameo in a Muppets sequel. He explained to The Playlist:
"It was a very distinct choice on my part… My only goal was to bring back the Muppets that I loved. And I did that. I kinda don’t know what I have left to do in that regard. I like doing these R-rated comedies. I loved working on The Muppets but, you know, it [...]
No more marveling at how gigantic Jason Segel looks next to tiny puppet versions of himself. Segel has said that not only will he not be writing the next Muppets movie, he also won't be starring in it. He said:
My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here [...]
Jimmy Fallon offered up a new spin on his traditional reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, mad-libbing it with guests Martin Short, Patton Oswalt, T.I., Maya Rudolph, Jesse Eisenberg, Jack McBrayer, Brian Williams, Zac Efron, Howie Mandel, Jason Segel and Walter the Muppet. I don't want to spoil too many of their beautiful, reverent verses, so I shall only say this: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a fried penis.
Fresh off SNL, Jason Segel continues effortlessly riding the gale-force winds of The Muppets promotion by taking us through his past roles. He even reveals the true goals behind Judd Apatow's movie making career:
[Undeclared] was really good, and they canceled it the same way they'd canceled Freaks and Geeks, so that was the moment when Judd was like, "All right, watch this: I'm single-handedly going to make all these people movie stars. You think you're so smart, network? Watch what I'm about to do." And from that show being canceled, Judd went on a Count of Monte Cristo-style revenge mission to make every one of us famous. [...]
How do you want How I Met Your Mother to end? I'm hoping it goes like this: "And that's how I met your brother. We saw him in the window of the orphanage. Oh! Have I been saying, 'mother' this whole time? Ooops. I just met her through friends. No, not those friends. Just friends from work. We got drinks a couple times and on our fourth date we went to that Italian place we took you two to the last time we were in the city. Anyway, your brother is adopted." Jason Segel has a slightly different idea and it may or may not involve machine guns (Hear [...]
Yeah, no, Sex Tape is just the name of the movie. The movie in which Segel and an as-yet-uncast female lead play a couple who make a sex tape. Again, Jason Segel and Jake Kasdan (the director of Bad Teacher and Walk Hard) are definitely not going to have intercourse and film it. Well, I suppose I wouldn't say definitely not. We don't know what the atmosphere on set is gonna be like. No assumptions.
The new movie upholds the feel-good tradition of the older Muppet movies. "At least half of my critical thinking went out of the window, overwhelmed by sheer nostalgia," notes Time Magazine's Mary Pols. It's [...]
During SNL's first season in 1975, a recurring segment was an appearance by the Muppets. These slow, lengthy pieces took place in The Land of Gorch and featured ugly, monstrous characters like King Ploobis and Scred, whom Lorne Michaels and Jim Henson initially pitched as more adult versions of Muppets “that can stay up late.” Unfortunately, what Americans saw was King Ploobis and Scred bumbling around humorlessly for eight minutes. The writers loathed writing these pieces — “I don’t write for felt,” Michael O’Donoghue famously proclaimed — forcing then-rookies like Alan Zweibel to write them every week:
I look in the corner of the room and there’s this guy [...]
This weekend, on NPR's Morning Edition, human hug-machine Jason Segel sat down to talk about Five-Year Engagement with the perfectly NPR-voiced Rachel Martin and impressively stepped up his earnest discussion game. Spot on is his commentary on romantic comedies, the genre he is best known for:
"The movies that I love and model after — like Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, and, in particular for me, Broadcast News — [have] the tone of life, which isn't a set-up/punch line every two minutes. I think you get bored of that movie."
If you're not the type to shy away from advance clips of awesome-looking movies, check out these three clips from the Duplass brothers' Jeff, Who Lives at Home, featuring Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Jason Segel. In just under three minutes, the footage manages to be semi-sad and very funny and a little bit scary. If you are the type to shy away from advance clips of awesome-looking movies, don't watch this, but consider taking more risks in your life. What if you died tomorrow without having seen Jason Segel ride shotgun in a tiny Porsche?
Here's the trailer for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, written by the Duplass brothers and starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Judy Greer. Looks good! I'm gonna go with "sad in a funny way" but I reserve the right to change my mind if that Porsche scene ends with Judy Greer telling Ed Helms that he can "say goodbye to these!"
Are you sick of Jason Segel interviews yet? NEVER. Not in a million years of muppets and a million questions about being tall. This particular interview is best read with one window open to Erik Voss' SNL recap, because it basically functions as a host's commentary on the weirdest sketches of the night, best sketches cut after dress rehearsal, and musical sketches that Segel and Kristen Wiig absolutely bombed at the table read. And how Segel and Paul Rudd made out so hard in dress rehearsal that they were asked to tone it down for the live show. Ah, what an episode! I'm gonna have the Blue [...]
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