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Dreams Do Come True: Paul Rudd is in for the Muppet Movie!

It’s official!  As we, and everyone else on the Internet, predicted, Paul Rudd is joining his Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You Man co-star Jason Segel in The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made (but we maintain we called it first).  As soon as word leaked the Segel was writing the movie with his Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, we began speculating which members of the Apatow-verse would be joining in, and Rudd was at the top of the wish list.  When we learned that Apatow-charter Rashida Jones and comedian of the moment Zach Galifiniakis were also slated to appear, Rudd seemed like an inevitability.  And, now, according to Production Weekly, it’s a reality, with Rudd on board to voice the new “anything Muppet” Walter, who, as we previously noted, will portray Segel’s roommate in the movie.  And this, even without any direct Judd Apatow involvement, cements The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made‘s status on the Judd Apatow Chart.

But that’s not all!  Production Weekly also reports that fellow Apatow-charters Jack Black and Jane Lynch are in, as is Rashida Jones’ former TV flame John Krasinksi (who we suggested over a year ago might make for a great Muppet), Krasinki’s Office co-star (as well as Galifiniakis’ Hangover castmate) Ed Helms, Krasinski and Helm’s NBC Thursday night comedy brother Donald Glover, and Danny Trejo, who cameo’d in the Apatow-produced Anchorman (and Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, whom we’re having trouble connecting to the rest of the cast).  So in a word: WOW.

Oh, and Lady Gaga, apparently.  Whatevs.

Here’s a preview of what the Muppet-Rudd collaboration might look like:

via Vulture

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‘The Office’ Halloween: Over the Top

Halloween often brings out the best in Dunder Mifflin (and the “best” usually means the worst in the characters), and this year’s entry, “Costume Contest,” joined that distinguished class of strong Office holiday themed episodes.  We’ll say that it wasn’t quite as good as last week’s outing, “The Sting,” but we’re also grading “Costume Contest” on the far end of a true bell curve.  The holiday episodes immediately have an advantage, especially Halloween eps with their possibilities for outrageous costumes, so we have to give them something of a reverse benefit of the doubt.  But, with that in mind, Halloween 2010 continued a bit of a return to form for The Office.

Really, in what has become something of a hallmark of the season, this was an ensemble effort (other great examples from season six are the staff venturing out for Andy’s play and the sex ed discussion moderated by Andy).  The series really began to hit in season two when it moved beyond the UK Office paradigm of “obnoxious boss –  good-natured salesman – weirdo salesman – shy receptionist” and began to more successfully integrate the rest of the Dunder Mifflin team (you saw this immediately in the season two premiere “The Dundies“), but this episode, with the clever conceit of a costume contest (for a Scranton coupon book), was truly a showcase for the whole cast.  This might have led to a somewhat unfocused episode, as Alan Sepinwall argued, but we think it worked, and we’ll take a fun episode with the whole cast as the A story instead of a weak, grating episode that clearly focuses on a weak, grating Michael Scott.

Following a brief sidebar we discuss the rise of Darryl, the eventual showdown between Todd Packer and Danny Cordray, and we give our picks for best costume!

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SNL Week 2: Better, but Lady Gaga Can’t Be On Every Week

Quick reaction to the second outing of the 35th season of SNL:  Generally an improvement over the premiere, although still not firing on all cylinders.  There’s a lot of talent there, but it just seems like at this point this sum is less than the parts.

The Good: Jenny Slate did not utter the F word or any other obscenity (although, she didn’t get a big sketch like “Biker Chick Chat,” but my hunch is that’s unrelated).

The Bad(?): Lady Gaga did slip in a swear word during her performance of Paparazzi.  But like Slate’s transgression, don’t expect many consequences from this.  If it happens a third straight week though…well, we know how baseball works.  But then again, this is TV and not baseball, so who knows.

The Okay: Ryan Reynolds turned in a perfectly fine performance, but one that was probably overshadowed by Gaga’s two musical performances as well as her appearances in two sketches (including her awkward cat-fight with Lady Madonna in the latest installment of the abominable “Deep House Dish”).  So instead of a Ryan Reynolds sketch, let’s take this opportunity to check him out as a young boy on Nickelodeon’s forgotten gem Fifteen:

The Old: Scarlett Johansson (Mrs. Ryan Reynolds) reprised her role as a Grecian Long Island princess, this time helping her dad hawk porcelain fountains.  However, I prefer, the original, Mike’s Marbleopolis (You gotta get yourself some marble columns!):

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The Eh: The Family Feud sketch featuring the John Phillips clan vs. the Osmond siblings fell a little flat, but I’m all for anything that includes Richard “The Kissing Fool” Dawson.

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My Favorite VMA Moment: 15-Year Old Defends Taylor Swift, Starts Beef?

I returned home late last night after absorbing a brutal pub trivia loss, compounded (or alleviated) by the fact that the winning team included Thom Yorke.  Yes, that Thom Yorke.  I mean, I don’t see how we could have won when out of three categories one was a music round and we were competing against a team with Thom Yorke.  Yes, that Thom Yorke.  From Radiohead.  And another round centered on world geography, and everyone knows Americans have no concept of the world outside of the US (and not much within it).   And Thom Yorke has probably been to more countries than I can name.  So yeah, it was unfair.  Cause they had Thom Yorke.  You know.  Kid A.  OK Computer.  Hail to the Thief.  In Rainbows.  The Eraser.  Yes!  That Thom Yorke (not to be confused with Theodoric of York).

ANYWAY, I came among to find the blogosphere aflutter with talk of Kanye West and his villainous deeds.  I had remembered that the NFL started yesterday, but totally forgot about the VMAs.  But, apparently, by ripping the microphone from a frozen Taylor Swift, Kanye made the show relevant again.  After reading the litany of comments on Facebook and Twitter, I decided to turn on MTV to see if I could catch the replay.   Luckily I tuned in just in time to see Lada Gaga’s brilliant?/tramautizing/bloody/WTF? performance.

However, it was after the next commercial break when my favorite moment arrived.  Coming out to introduce Taylor Swift’s defiant musical performance were Miranda Cosgrove and a previously unknown to me adolescent Canadian singer named Justin Bieber (Dylan and/or Cole Sprouse must have been busy).  What I didn’t know was that Bieber, with the sleeves of his Members Only jacket pushed up past his elbows, was about to defend the honor of Miss Swift:

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Got to give the kid credit, he demonstrated some courage, calling out Kanye like that.  I just fear that this will start a beef, and it’s only a matter of time before Kanye strikes back in rap form, backed by fellow stage crasher Lil’ Mama (then again, maybe they’ll bond over the way they both like to wear their circa 1980s jackets).  Something tells me that young Master Bieber is hoping his chivalry will pay off with a kiss from the damsel in distress.  Or at least an opening slot on her sold out next tour. 

And then Swift, still no doubt trying to figure out what the hell happened earlier in the show,  belted out her VMA winning song in an F line subway car.  After riding that train to and from Manhattan for 3 years I can tell you that never happens.  To be honest, it was kind of a cool performance, but you just know there was some guy at the 57th Street Station wondering where the F was the F train.

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Oh, and Lady Gaga and Kermit the Frog on the red carpet.  I honestly don’t know what to make of this.

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Oh, I guess the joke is “Who is more fake?”

I’ll let you decide.


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