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Interview with Songwriter Brett McKenzie about Muppets Most Wanted

 

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Muppets Most Wanted came out in theaters a week ago today (on April 21, 2014). Have you seen the film yet? If not, what are you waiting for? LOL! It’s a fun film.

One of the things I really like about this film is the soundtrack. The songs are a lot of fun and very “catchy”. I’ve had a few of the songs stuck in my mind over and over again.

I have the soundtrack for the film and I’ve already listened to it more than a dozen times. I even have some of the songs on my iPhone so I can listen to them when I’m out and about.

My kids thought I was nuts (you’ve got to love teenagers) but after they heard a few of the songs being played over and over again they started to like them too.

While I was out in LA a week weeks ago the blogger group I was with had the opportunity to interview Brett McKenzie. Brett is the song writer who wrote some of the songs for Muppets Most Wanted. He also wrote songs for the Muppet Movie that came out on 2011 and he wrote a lot of songs for the series Flight of the Conchords, which he also stared in and was directed by Muppets Most Wanted Director James Bobin.

Brett McKenzie

Brett McKenzie

Here is some highlights from the interview.

Q: While working on the music for this film did you have any pressure to try to meet that kind of standard again? (This is referring to his song Man or Muppet which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song from the Muppet Movie).

Brett: Yeah I was, obviously yeah there was a lot of pressure because of the Oscar, but really what could I do? There is always going to be downhill. I mean I was appreciative but then I had to get on with the job and just, you know, forget about that. I didn’t work on the last Muppet film to win awards.

Q: Do you get any inspiration from Flight of the Conchords for your songs on the Muppets?

Brett: Those guys are a big influence on me. I mean, in some ways it’s the same sort of thing, writing comedy songs. I guess that’s where I learned how to write comedy songs. So I’m using the same techniques, yeah.

Q: What’s the process like for when you’re told like what kind of song, just the idea of the song but how do you get the ideas going in your head and you don’t write lyrics first, the music first?

Brett: They send me a script with the idea of a song… but it’s usually quite a loose idea. For example the ballad was originally called “Love Ain’t Easy,” and it was a Piggy ballad. And first of all I was nervous because Piggy is a great character, a great comedic character, but not a great singer, and I was worried about her carrying an emotional ballad because there’s only so much of her voice that the audience, I think, wants to hear. Thirty seconds is great, then a couple of minutes you’re really start being a bit painful. So I suggested we try and get a singer to help her and we were really excited when Celine Dion agreed.

I would write the song and then adapt it for the characters and go to James Bobin and play it to him. One of the stranger experiences on the job is I go to the Disney offices to play the songs to them. I sit at the piano and I say “This is Miss Piggy’s ballad,” and I’d sit down in this room with all these suits, these Hollywood suits, and I would go, so Miss Piggy, she turns to the camera and she starts doing like this, [IMPERSONATES MISS PIGGY IN HIGH-PITCHED SINGING VOICE] “How can something so right, be so…” Literally a crazy job but kind of fun. I can do all those Muppet voices.

Sometimes you get a someone like Tina Fey who got the role of prison guard and I always wanted to do this doo wop song in there and then I started working with her and I adjusted the song to suit her voice because it was the wrong pitch and we kind of worked together to find out what her strengths are and where her voice sits. That’s one of the benefits of being the songwriter and producer of the songs. If it’s not working I can just change the song.

Brett McKenzie

Brett McKenzie

Q: Do you have a favorite song from this film that you wrote?

Brett – I do like “I’ll Get You What You Want” (Cockatoo and Malibu) which is the bad frog (Constantine) trying to woo Miss Piggy.

It kind of comes out of left field and it’s a genre that I really love, that kind of early ’80s Lionel Richie/Michael McDonald/Doobie Brothers sound. It was kind of fun to make a Russian frog sing like as Michael McDonald.

Q: When you have writer’s block what do you refer to for inspiration?

Brett – YouTube. It’s kind of fun writing songs in the studio. We can look through (referencing YouTube) because there’s such a great history of recorded music now. You can look at ’70s and ’80s songs. And power ballads. I’m a real sucker for power ballads.

Q: If you could be a Muppet, which Muppet would you be?

Brett – I would probably be one of the two old guys (Statler and Waldorf) because they get a lot of the best jokes. It’s between them and Animal. Animal’s great.

Swedish Chef is a guaranteed laugh at home. If I do a Swedish Chef impression, I mean no matter what the situation, trying to get kids to finish dinner, they’re, it, something about Swedish Chef, you know, [IMITATES SWEDISH CHEF] Snoop du beshdabeers. [LAUGHS] . Everyone can do a Swedish Chef, and the kids just love that character.

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This was a fun interview. He made a good point about Miss Piggy. I love her and all but listening to her sing a power ballad for too long probably would have got annoying. LOL!

The songs are great. I’m not just saying that. I truly mean it. I wouldn’t download them on to my cellphone if they weren’t.

My favorite song is I’ll Get You What You Want” (Cockatoo and Malibu).

… I can give you anything you want

Give you anything you need

I’ll make your dreams come true

Give you anything you want

Fulfill your fantasies

I’ll make your dreams come true

 

You wanna unicorn, I’ll give it to you

You wanna puppy dog, I’ll give it to you

You want an ice cream cone, I’ll give it you

You want a mortgage loan, I’ll give it to you

 

You wanna satin pillow, I’ll give it to you

You want an armadillo, I’ll give it to you

You wanna diamond ring, I’ll give it to you

You wanna a thingy thing, I’ll give it to you…

The scene where Constantine sings this song to Miss Piggy is also funny.

Other memorable songs are “I’m Number One” (I didn’t know Ricky Gervais used to be a pop star in the UK!), “The Big House” (Who knew Tina Fey could sing – and with a Russian accent too) and “Answer Some Questions/Interrogation Song” (Hear Modern Family star Ty Burell sing with a heavy French accent).

It’s a fun soundtrack. The best thing about it is that it’s music the whole family can enjoy, not just kids. This would be a great CD to pop in on a long car ride. I could see the whole family singing along to the songs.

The entire soundtrack is available for download on iTunes, as well as select songs. You can also buy the soundtrack at Amazon or other retail locations.

For more information about the film visit www.Disney.com/Muppets. You can also check out the film on  the various social media sites;

Facebook

Twitter #MuppetsMostWanted

Miss Piggy on Twitter

YouTube

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In addition you can see what other bloggers have to say about the film by  checking out the hashtag #MuppetsMostWantedEvent.

If you saw the film already, what was your favorite song? I would love to hear your thoughts.

MMW

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the enjoyment of my  site readers. I did attend screenings of the film but there was no compensation  involved (only travel expenses).

Interview with Muppets Most Wanted Director James Bobin

 

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Muppets Most Wanted opened in theaters across the country this past Friday (March 21, 2014). Have you had the opportunity to see the movie yet? If so I would love to hear your thoughts about the movie. Did you like it? What did you think about the songs? Do you have any of the songs stuck in your head? LOL!

While I was out in Los Angels a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with other bloggers and interview the Director of Muppets Most Wanted, James Bobin, along with the other wonderful bloggers who were in the group with me.

James Bobin directed the last Muppet Movie (2011) along with the comedy series Flight of the Conchords. He also co-wrote Muppets Most Wanted along with Nicholas Stoller who wrote the last Muppet Movie with Jason Segal.

There was more to the interview with Mr. Bobin but I didn’t want to make this post too long so I chose to highlight a few of the questions which I feel might be questions readers might have asked or were curious to know the answer to.

Q: So who is the most difficult Muppet to work with?

James Bobin: [LAUGHS] I’ll let you guess who the most difficult Muppet is who I work with. None of them, they’re all a total joy to work with. I’m a huge fan. I grew up watching the Muppets as a kid, so working with them for me is like working with my heroes.

Q: So what is the difference between shooting the first movie and then the second movie?

James Bobin: The first movie I’d never worked puppets before, so it was a very big experiential learning curve of how to frame shots, how to make this world feel realistic, that these puppets were alive, breathing people who are interacting with humans and the world’s just, the world we live in, the recognizable world we live in happened to have puppets in it. That idea I love, and that’s a very important part of it.

And that was quite, the training of the first movie was just getting, I think just getting to that level for me was an achievement. I could make a movie that worked on that level. And so for this one I just wanted to push that a bit further. Because the last movie is kinda set in the theater for a lot of the final act. And the last, you know, most of it was and so I thought this time, well, we should just get out and about a bit more and just do some slightly more adventurous, bigger stuff. And, obviously, the fact that the movie’s kind of a caper movie with some criminal stuff in it, feels like you can do bigger action sequences.

Obviously, you never want to put the words “puppet” and “action sequences” in the same sentence [LAUGHS] as a director, because that is very hard. But I like the idea of trying difficult stuff. It’s ambition about the movie I really like about it, it feels like a very different film to me. And the way I love both movies equally, but this film I feel like has slightly more ambition which I love about it and I think that’s when you’re doing a sequel there’s all sorts of things you have to deal with. One of them is you want to try and make a different movie. You don’t want to make the same movie twice, and that’s very important. Yes?

Q: When writing The Muppets did you take any inspiration from your funny show Flight Of The Conchords? And then do you think that adult humor and children’s’ humor are closer than we think?

James Bobin:   [LAUGHS] Good questions. Uh, adult humor and, I’ll do them in the reverse order. Adult humor and child humor, yeah they are kind of different but they can be the same. I mean, we’re all big kids, really, I am, I know for sure. And so often I find things like, things falling over, I will find that funny forever. Like Tom and Jerry makes me laugh as much as my kids might laugh. And that’s always going to be that way. But sometimes it’s useful to have a thing that works on two levels, that they like it for some, a reason, and we like it for a different reason.

Often that’s because we’re putting clever words into the mouths of puppets and so they see a blue thing with a funny nose and white hair, which is funny, but we hear them say smart words. And I love it, that idea works for both adults and children.

(In reference to Flight of the Conchords) I think whenever you make anything you can’t help but put an imprint of yourself in it to a degree. So when you do like a show like Concords and move into Muppets you can’t help but bring a bit of that, your personality, with you.

Especially when you have half [LAUGHS] of the Conchords working on the movie with you. Brett writes the songs and so Brett and I worked together. And so be it set out on the streets of New York and Conchords or set on the streets of London and Muppets, there’s some of it’s Bert in many ways. And then, you know, in many ways the Conchords Muppets aren’t that different, they’re both quite innocent.

I don’t know but Conchords is the quite accessible innocent, sure they’re very kind of likeable innocent people. And the Muppets are also [LAUGHS] very innocent, likeable people. So it didn’t feel like a huge leap going from Conchords to Muppets, so. Yes?

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Muppets Most Wanted Director James Bobin

Q: How much filming do you actually do?

 James Bobin:  A lot, I mean, it’s the principal photography, which is 95 percent of the film, was in London. We shot on the stages at Pinewood, which is just about a half an hour outside London, and then even places like Berlin and Madrid are also shot in or around London. Because going to Berlin with the entire Muppet cast and crew would’ve been a very expensive endeavor in doing it. And London is, as you know, a very ancient historical city, and therefore has lots of different architectural styles in it.

So you can kind of get a rough idea, “this looks a bit like Madrid,” ” this looks a bit like Berlin,” and certainly enough with some, you know, added set dressing and stuff, you could really feel like you’re there. And so most of the movie was shot in London, and in or around London. Which is kind of nice because the Muppet show back in the ’70s, uh, was made in London and not many people know that, you know. I mean, it feels like a thing that just, well it felt very much like a homecoming for Muppets.

Because of the Muppet Show being from London, these guys felt like they were coming back. And they actually ended up hiring a lady name Louise Gold, who is the only female puppeteer and who back in the ’70s worked on The Muppet Show and hadn’t, is always, and still puppeteering but, and being back in London now I could hire her again to do the characters that she did in the show in the ’70s. So she–– she reappears in this movie as Annie Sue Pig, which the Muppet fans amongst you will know as Miss Piggy’s great rival from Series 4 and 5 Muppet Show, has this kind of blonde afro. And she’s back in the movie, because Louise Gold was available. And that’s a really fun thing.

Q: Do you approach celebrities to do cameos, or do they come to you and say, “I want to appear in the movie?”

James Bobin: Generally we write them in for the right specific idea in mind, then we have a person, or a type of person in mind, quite often it’s the actual person who we write in. Like, you know, the Usher is going to  be played by Usher, that’s a good, that’s that joke, you know? Sometimes there are roles which are just like “a guy who’s delivering something,” or “a waiter” or something where by it could really be anybody. And then we start finding out just subtly who are Muppet fans. And people who we know, and we hear about who like the Muppets. For example, Christoph Waltz I knew, we heard liked the Muppets, and I thought, “Well if here’s a Muppet show today, obviously what you do with him, his name is Waltz, you are going to do a Waltz with him somewhere, [LAUGHS] and somehow that came about that way. So it’s kind of  mostly us writing people in, but sometimes we hear about people that want to be in the show too.

Q: On the last film you were just the director, on this film you’re the writer and director. How does that transition feel?

James Bobin: Yes, yes two hats. It’s fine, what you find about it, though, is often you’re writing brain is writing checks so you’re writing brain can’t cash. [LAUGHS] And in this sense then often as a writer you have like the sky’s the limit, you can do anything. And you really want to try and, you know, be as ambitious as you possibly can. And then your directing head’s going, “Wait a minute, this is going to be really [LAUGHS] difficult, and take a longer time and be very expensive.”

So you have to be on both, generally the writing head always wins because you want to try to make the movie the best as you possibly can. But at the same time for me it feels slightly more of a personal one because obviously you can’t help but be, you know, when you write it’s really you. So for me this felt slightly more, I guess, well it’s more of a comedy so it felt more personal to me because I want a comedy. But I’m not, to be fair, on the last one as a director you also often help out with just a bits of writing here and there.

So I did a bit of writing on the last one. It wasn’t a completely new experience. And I also have been writing for a long time so it’s not my first go, wasn’t the first movie, this is something I’ve been working on for a while and I knew Nick really well, and he’s our good friend outside of work. He’s just my friend. And so I knew working with him would be a, you know, and that’s one of the most important things about writing partnerships is having just a friendship. Because, you know, it’s like your friends, you just get on and you laugh together and we just write stuff down, and that’s the movie.

Q: The scene where Constantine was dancing on the rail or whatever, was that difficult because it was the whole body?

James Bobin: That was difficult, yes, that’s whole body and, again, that, that generally is a situation where you have guys, sometimes they’re just all, yeah they’re going to blue in blue, those guys were in blue on the set and you remove them later on. So that Constantine part is being manipulated by I think six guys. So they’re all in there kind of a doing this or this or this or this, and so it, that’s my rule of thumb is always there has to be puppeteering involved. I never want to do a full animated Muppet ’cause it feels wrong to me.

The whole point of this film is that you can come to say a meter marker and you can hope, you know my daughter comes and sits and hugs Kermit, I love that idea, you know. It’s really really sweet [LAUGHS] but you can’t do that if he’s CG. And I feel that’s important about Muppets that they’re the last kind of bastion of puppeteering and this kind of tactile entertainment. So I think it was really important that we keep it that way. So generally I’m filming, we always always have a puppeteer operating a puppet, even if it’s like big blue screen moment.

It’s going to be a guy doing it somewhere. Um, but yeah that was, that was a thing where we’re on the set and Matt is doing Constantine but we have five or six helpers doing each limb, basically. So it gets [LAUGHS] really complicated, but you know, it takes a while but it’s always, when you get it, you know it. And it just goes natural and organic and real and that’s really fun.

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James Bobin – Muppets Most Wanted Director

Q: Do you have a favorite scene?

James Bobin: Favorite scene? Wow, that’s a good question. Uh, what do I like? I–– I, uh, I really like Piggy’s song about Constantine and Kermit, that thing “Something’s So Right” song, with Celine. Because I really felt that that’s going to because it’s like, Piggy’s wanted this thing all of her life, and she’s finally got it and it’s not going to feel the way she thought it would felt, uh, feel, and I think that’s a very common thing to all of us. That’s something we’ve all experienced. And so to sing about that and say, “Why aren’t I feeling the way I would,” and “why aren’t I happy that I am about getting married” is really sweet I think.

But also at the same time it’s kind of funny ’cause it’s got [LAUGHS] Celine Dion in it, and it’s like, it’s weird projection of the future and whatever, weird kids sitting there, the pink frog and the green pig, and that sort of stuff. It’s just really fun. So all my favorite scenes tend to have an element of humor to them and emotion, they’re both kinda working at the same time, and that’s pretty much my aim for the whole movie. You should feel emotionally engaged but laugh, be laughing at the same time. That’s a very difficult part of the trip. But that sequence I feel works very successfully like that.

Q: How much input did you have in the writing of the songs?

James Bobin: Uh, quite a bit ’cause I’m, Brett and I have worked together for a long time, so generally what happens is that when I write the script I write an idea for where a song’s going to go, and always I write, I usually write more songs than we have to end up with. I always write like 10 or 12 ideas in and then we cut them down to six or seven. But usually it’s because at this juncture of the story it feels like a song would be funny, or is a good idea for a song goes here. So normally in this which I write, you know, the title of the song, hopefully a funny title if I can, if I have a good idea. Or not.

And then a brief, like, paragraph/description of what the song is about, and what it’s going to do in the story. And then Brett just has that paragraph to work from and goes away and then comes back [LAUGHS] in about two months with an incredible song I usually like. And then I then say to him, “Well how about this,” and it still goes back and forth about the visual of bit, the storytelling of it, and the musicality of it, in one kind of go.

So a fair amount, but in the actual of the writing of the music I have nothing to do with that. That is purely Brett’s genius and melody, that’s not me at all. Occasionally, I’ll help out with lyrics, but generally that’s also Brett. So, you know, I have often the initial idea and then he just does everything else, and I just say, “Great,” at the end.

Q: The first movie was kind of like a comeback movie for the Muppets. What are you hoping to accomplish with this movie?

James Bobin: I think the last movie I loved but it was kind of like we were in this situation we couldn’t deal with the Muppets until kind of halfway through, because they have to get back together again, just by the nature of the movie. This time we have all the Muppets in the very beginning. So it’s kind of slightly more Muppets-focused, I guess, which I really like about it. So for me it feels like this one could really show you what the Muppets do, like what they do in a movie, like what they do, what the roles they can play, how they can interact with each other, mainly just by being brilliant on stage and doing acting funny things in the show, but also outside of that, just being, you know, any, at any kind of movie genre situation they’re going to be interesting and funny. And I think that’s a really, it’s a good showcase for the Muppets and what they can do.

I hope that means that in the future there will be many more, so I think this sets it up so nicely that they can do any sort of thing, any genre and it’s, you know, and as I said, it’s the last, for me it’s the last form of this kind of entertainment. So I really hope that they keep going.

Q: Have you started on the next Muppet movie?

James Bobin: [LAUGHS] No, too tired, sorry, no no no, no no no, I’m exhausted. Ask me again in another year’s time, but no they’re sadly not, but, I mean, maybe, who knows. I love working with these guys, and as you know they’re my heroes, so I really loved it. So I don’t know when in, in what capacity it would be, I don’t know, but I would love to do more ’cause this is really fun. I mean, I’m incredibly lucky to have this job, it’s like my dream so, you know, I’m so pleased. [LAUGSH] Really.

I’ll be sharing the interview with Songwriter Bret McKenzie on Friday. If you would like to read (and listen to!) the fun interview with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Constantine you can find it here – Chatting with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Constantine from Muppest Most Wanted. That was a super fun interview.

You can also read my review for Muppets Most Wanted here – Muppets Most Wanted Review.

For more information about the film visit www.Disney.com/Muppets. You can also check out the film on  the various social media sites;

Facebook

Twitter #MuppetsMostWanted

Miss Piggy on Twitter

YouTube

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In addition you can see what other bloggers have to say about the film by  checking out the hashtag #MuppetsMostWantedEvent.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.


Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the enjoyment of  my site readers. I did attend screenings of the film but there was no  compensation involved (only travel expenses).

Chatting with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Constantine from Muppest Most Wanted

 

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Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the villainous Constantine about their new film Muppets Most Wanted, which opens in theaters tomorrow (March 21, 2014).

I have been very fortunate to meet Kermit and Miss Piggy in the past. I consider them my BFF’s. 🙂 Once when I stopped by and watched a scene being filmed for their last film and one other time at the press junket for their previous film. I was super excited to meet them again. They are so much fun to interview.

Kermit and Constantine entered the room looking like… frogs. Miss Piggy on the other hand was done up in a beautiful dress, perfectly coiffed hair and dripping in jewels. Miss Piggy knows how to “bring it”. I would love to see her dress down just once, perhaps in sweatpants, a tee shirt, no make up and her hair in a ponytail.

The bantering back and forth between the three of them was so much fun!  I am including the audio file of the interview in this post (below). You can listen to the whole interview (which is a lot of fun) or simply read highlights from the interview (or both!).

AUDIO RECORDING of the interview with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Constantine.

Q:  Hi Miss Piggy who’s more romantic Kermit or Constantine?

Miss Piggy: Well that’s easy it’s Kermie. He’s so much more handsome than this, this uh, toad (referencing Constantine).

Q: (For Miss Piggy) What is your secret for looking so great?

Miss Piggy: I just woke up one morning and decided I’m not gonna’ eat. It’s not for me.  I’m gonna’ do something else with my life.  I’m not gonna’ waste my time aging you know.  I’m gonna’ drink some coffee. That’s what I’m gonna’ do.  I’m gonna’ drink coffee. I’m not gonna’ age. I’m gonna’ go get my nails done.  I’m not gonna’ age.

Constantine: She also has good plastic surgeon. [LAUGHS] It is true. I only speak truth.

Q:  You always look so fashionable Ms. Piggy and I was wondering if you have a favorite designer and how was it working with Vivian Westwood?

Miss Piggy: Yes. right now Vivian Westwood is my favorite.  She made me some exquisite dresses, including a certain white gown.

Kermit: I’ve seen it.

Miss Piggy: That I wear down a certain isle in the movie.

Kermit: Which you fortunately you did not get fortunately from me.  You didn’t get to keep your wardrobe.

Miss Piggy: Well I, I can call her. I can call Vivian. I’m sure shed let me borrow it again you know.

Miss Piggy: Anyways, I love her fashions.  And the dress that she made is really quite something. It’s actually made out of recycled plastic.

Kermit: Yeah it smells like sour milk. [LAUGHS]  But it looks great. It’s true, it’s true, it’s true.  We’d say Piggy you got milk?  That was our big joke on set. [LAUGHS].

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Q: (For Kermit) So we saw Ms. Piggy’s dream sequence.  Your future together, you guys get married and you have a cute like pink frog and green pig. Any plans to make that come true?

Kermit: Well to the extent…

Miss Piggy: Yes!

Kermit: …that Miss. Piggy…

Miss Piggy: Oh I’m sorry that, that was for him?

Kermit: Oh I was gonna’ say that then you can be a mommy blogger.

Miss Piggy (looking at the blogger group: You are the future me.

Q: Speaking of history is there any truth to the love story (between Miss Piggy and Constantine)?

Kermit: That sounds very kinky. I don’t think mommy bloggers should be running on things like that. Wow.

Constantine: I was doing best acting of my career. Pretending that I like the pig.

Miss Piggy: Oh yeah.  Oh yeah.

Constantine: It is true.

Miss Piggy: Well I was acting too.

Kermit: We knew it was risky bringing Constantine on a P.R. tour.

Constantine: I tell it like it is.

Q: (For Constantine) So how did you feel about doing the villain role and blowing stuff up?

Constantine: Oh it was the greatest pleasure of my life.

Kermit: Yeah.

Constantine: I enjoy blowing things up.  I enjoy stealing things.  I enjoy stealing the movie from a pig and other frog.  I think I will now go steal other things from other shows.

Miss Piggy: Well I think, I think you should go do that.

Constantine: I will go do the Modern Families.  I will steal that show.

Kermit: Yeah.

Constantine: I think I would be great on 60 Minutes.  The in depth report.

Miss Piggy: Why don’t you go now?

Constantine: I will.  Right now I’m going to be here to mess with you pig.

Kermit: Yeah hold onto your wallets.

Constantine: Yes.

Q: (For Constantine) I wonder if you had to work out a lot for your fight scene?

Constantine: No actually, well I learned a lot of my skills are natural.  And then we also had Stunt Coordinator who was very helpful to me.

Miss Piggy: Yeah, that was me.

Constantine: Yes, you were very good at teaching e how to hit, punch and kick.

Constantine: Who knew you were so good at parkour? (Parkour is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training).

Miss Piggy: Yeah well you know.

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Q: Kermit, the last couple of decades what makes the Muppets so timeless?

Kermit: None of us have watches. We really don’t keep up with it you know. Except Walter. Yeah well he will not be timeless. He’s going to age.

Miss Piggy: He’s gonna’ be all gray.

Kermit: Believe me he ages on you. I think we try to stay current. We live in the real world you know. We’re out there just like all of you.

Constantine: Right now we’re here.

Kermit: Hopefully everybody watching sees an aspect of somebody they know, or maybe themselves, or maybe their friends. I think that’s part of it. We sorta’ keep up with what’s going on.

Q: Apparently it’s in the cards that you are gonna’ get married at some point. So I’d like to know who’s gonna’ be your best man?

Kermit: I’ve been considering a number of people. If I were to ever tie the proverbial knot – strap on the ‘ol ball and chain…

Miss Piggy: Uh Humm…

Kermit: I felt Fozzie and Gonzo ’cause they’re friends. But I will tell you that I’m going to invite Constantine to the wedding.

Miss Piggy: Constantine?

Constantine: You will?

Kermit: Sure, sure.

Constantine: I will get an invite?

Kermit: Yeah.

Miss Piggy: But he’s not comin’. He’s not gonna’ be able to accept.

Constantine: I will be there.

Miss Piggy: Why?

Kermit: Well he’s a frog. He’s a co-star.

Constantine: And in case uh frog gets cold flipper I can take your place.

Kermit: That’s what I’m thinking. Are you saying that if Constantine comes it’s a problem?

Miss Piggy: It’s a big problem.

Kermit: My best man would be Constantine. [LAUGHS].

Miss Piggy: That is devious.

Kermit: I know.

Constantine: Yes, he is taking lessons from me.

Q: (For Constantine) Are you still a bad guy?

Constantine: What do you think? The only problem is that now with film my face is everywhere. So it be would be very difficult to pull off big caper having my face out there. Authorities will always be after me.

Kermit: Yeah, yeah.

Constantine: So I may have to try to do other things.

Kermit: We have to find something else for you to do.

Kermit: You know I think, I think with your skills as kind of an extortionist, a robber and someone who just is devious I think you could be a Hollywood agent. I think that’d work pretty well. You’re in the right town.

Constantine: That is good. Hollywood does make me feel at home.

Kermit: Yes, yes, yes. There’s some slime goin’ on.

Interpol car from the film.

Interpol car from the film.

Q: Miss. Piggy what is your favorite song to sing?

Miss Piggy: Well any song  – any song that was written for moi of course.  You know wrecking ball was actually written (for me).

Kermit: Well is that right?

Miss Piggy: Yes, yes. As was Celine Dione’s big hit My Heart Will Go On.

Kermit: That was written for you?

Miss Piggy: Me, yup, yup.  I gave it to her.

Kermit: Wow.

Miss Piggy: Yeah I gave her a big break.

Kermit: Talk about a sinking ship.

Miss Piggy: Which is what I did in this movie too. I gave her another big break you know. That she will sing alongside moi for a couple of verses.

Q: I just was wondering what Ms. Piggy’s favorite food is and could it be frog legs?

Kermit: The crowd gasps.

Miss Piggy: I would say that I do like to nibble on Kermit’s toes. [LAUGHS]

As you can see it was a FUN interview. It was so much fun to hear them bantering back and forth. Constantine’s Russian accent cracks me us as did their facial expressions, especially when Kermit tried to do impressions of Ray Liotta and Danny Trejo (both stars appear in the film).

The film, Muppets Most Wanted, opens in theaters nation wide tomorrow (March 21st). I’ll be posting my move review tomorrow so please keep an eye out for it. I also have more interviews to share with songwriter Bret McKenzie and director James Bobin.

If you want to check out the fun I had at the Muppets Most Wanted red carpet event and after party you can read about it here (plus see plenty of pictures) – The Muppets Most Wanted Red Carpet Premiere at the El Capitan Theater Plus After Party.

You can learn more about the film on it’s official website, Disney.com/Muppets. You can also check out Muppets Most Wanted on the various social networking sites – Facebook, Twitter (#MuppetsMostWanted), YouTube and Tumblr. You can even follow Miss Piggy on Twitter.

To see what other bloggers who were on the trip with me have to say about the movie check out the hashtag #MuppetsMostWantedEvent.

Here is the official trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I did receive free travel and accommodations to attend the press junket and premiere however the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

The Muppets Most Wanted red carpet premiere at the El Capitan Theatre plus after party #MuppetsMostWantedEvent

 

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted in theaters March 21, 2014

Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted in theaters March 21, 2014

Last week I was out in Los Angeles doing some press junkets for Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Solider and DisneyNature Bears (among other amazing things). While I was there I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the red carpet premiere of Muppets Most Wanted.

I consider myself a very lucky and fortunate person that I have been able to attend a few red carpet events over the past few years. This is my third red carpet event at the beautiful El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. I have also attended the red carpet premiere of Gnomeo & Juliet there as well as the premier (on a white carpet) for Frankenweenie.

Before we headed to the theater the blogger group I was with stopped to have a group photo taken on the steps by the theater where the Oscars (Academy Awards) are held each year.

#MuppetsMostWanted Event Group Photo

Perhaps there are a few bloggers pictured here that you know?

Before heading over I took a few random photos of the event and there was even a surprise guest – the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. What was he doing there?

Stay Puff Marshmallow Man

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Muppets Most Wanted Red Carpet Premiere Event

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Normally at red carpet premieres the non-talent (bloggers, guests…) get whisk across the red carpet behind the talent who are having their photos taken and interviewed on the red carpet. This time around we were lucky enough to be able to stop and take plenty of pictures. 🙂

Here is a photo of Tina Fey (Nadya) as she exited her car at the beginning of the red carpet.

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Doesn’t she look amazing?

Did you know she can sing? I didn’t know that until I saw the movie. She has a lovely singing voice – and she can sing with a accent.

I was also able to snap a not-so-great picture of Ty Burrell (Agent Napoleon) as he entered the red carpet. I got a much better picture of him later at the after party.

I was even able to snap a photo of singer Josh Groban who also appears in the film.

Josh Groban #MuppetsMostWanted Event red carpet

I am happy that I was able to stop and pose for a photo as well as take other random shots on the red carpet before having to head inside to watch the film. The weather was PERFECT that day too.

Here are a few random photos taken outside on the red carpet.

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Me on the red carpet in front of the movie poster.

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Random shot. They had an old phone booth on the carpet too.

Random shot

Random shot

Terry Crews, Miss Piggy, Kermit and Constantine

Terry Crews, Miss Piggy, Kermit and Constantine

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Julie Bowen - Ty Burrell's on screen wife on Modern Family

Julie Bowen – Ty Burrell’s on screen wife on Modern Family

Once inside we took our seats and waited for the movie to begin. For our entertainment the organist played several songs on the organ, including many Disney tunes.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the El Capitain Theater I would recommend it. They show regular movies there. The inside is BEAUTIFUL. We were not allowed to take pictures inside so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Just before the show began Statler and Waldorf (the two old guys) made an appearance and naturally they made fun of the Muppets and the movie. That was a fun surprise.

The audience watched the film. There were a lot of laughs and plenty of clapping at the end of the film.

Once the film was over we headed out across the street for the after party.

When we are outside waiting to head out across the street I saw Ricky Gervais (Dominic) and Josh Groban rush by. I tried to snap their photos but they were took quick.

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(L) Ricky Gervais (R) Josh Groban

Random night time shot

Random night time shot

Hollywood Boulevard was closed down for the event.

Hollywood Boulevard was closed down for the event.

I also noticed that right in front of the El Capitan Theater is a star for the Muppets on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What a fun coincidence.

Muppets Star Hollywood Walk of Fame

The after party was just a short walk across the street.

The place was decorated with a lot of fun things from the film. I had taken a few photos but they all turned out too dark. I didn’t want to use the flash and bother people. I wish I had more fun photos to share.

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Entrance to the after party

Car from the film. Ty Burrell drove around in this tiny car.

Car from the film. Ty Burrell drove around in this tiny car.

There was plenty of food and drink to be found. My favorite was the authentic Fish & Chips served wrapped in newspaper, the same way you would find it in the United Kingdom. Part of the film takes place in London.

I didn’t eat much (I wish I had – I was starving afterwards) because I was just too busy taking in my surroundings.

I will admit that I get star struck. I’m not one of those people who squeal loudly, cry and pounce on a favorite celebrity. No way! I just stay off in the background and watch them (I hope that doesn’t seem creepy?). I don’t have the nerve to approach celebrities, especially when they are chatting with industry people or enjoying a meal or conversation with their family and friends.

There was no getting near Ricky Gervais or Tina Fey. I tried but was unsuccessful in getting a good photo of either of them. This is the best photo I could get of Ricky Gervais (the quality is horrible too).

Ricky Gervais

I know there were plenty of Disney stars there, there usually are at these events for Disney. I did see Cameron Bryce (Jessie, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2) race past me but I couldn’t track him down. The Disney kids are always happy to talk to us and take photos. I was hoping to get a few for my kids who are big fans of Disney shows (even if they are teens) as are me and my husband.

I saw Ray Liotta (he is also in Muppets Most Wanted). I have seen his film Goodfellas at least 50+ times. I can pretty much talk along with the movie at this point. I really wanted to meet him but he was always surrounded by people. By the time I had the nerve to get close enough to him he left. 🙁

Josh Groban was someone I REALLY wanted to meet. I absolutely LOVE his voice. He’s amazing. He also seems like a really nice guy. I saw him a few times around the party but never had the nerve to approach him.

I did try and snap his picture a few times.

Josh

Finally I had the opportunity to meet Josh IN PERSON and chat with him for a bit thanks to my friend Vanessa (The Queen of SWAG) who introduced me to him. We talked a bit about music and how therapeutic it can be for children.

My son doesn’t really watch TV or movies. The ONLY movie he will watch from beginning to end whenever it’s on is The Polar Express and he loves the theme song which is sung by Josh Groban. I was able to get my photo taken with Josh to show my son. I cropped myself out of it (for my blog that is) because I hated how I looked in the photo.

You can see my dress on the left side of the picture.

You can see my dress on the left side of the picture.

I was THRILLED for this once in a lifetime opportunity. It totally made my night. :-)!

I also had the opportunity to meet and have my photo taken with Ty Burrell and Terry Crews (White Chicks, Everybody Hates Chris, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). I hate how I look in both pictures, plus they are not the best quality but at least I have them to remember the night.

Terry Crews Muppests Most Wanted

Ty Burrell

The whole night was a lot of fun and amazing. It’s something I will NEVER forget. I consider myself very blessed for amazing opportunities like these. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I would attend red carpet events in Hollywood and meet my favorite celebrities I would have thought you were crazy. LOL!

Keep an eye out for my interviews with Miss Piggy, Kermit, Constantine and others from the Mupppets Most Wanted film, as well as the film’s review, later on this week. In the mean time you can check out the film and follow it on the various social media sites.

Facebook

Twitter #MuppetsMostWanted

Miss Piggy on Twitter

YouTube

Tumblr

You can also check out the official website, Disney.com/Muppets.

You can also read about the experiences of other bloggers who were on the trip with me using the hashtag #MuppetsMostWantedEvent.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

Bye Bye New York – Hello Hollywood!

 

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I am been carrying around a secret with me for a couple of weeks. I was waiting for the right time to make a special announcement.

I’m going to Hollywood!

I’m not moving to California, I’m just going there for almost a week for a press junket, red carpet premiere, set visits and more.

Get ready for your head to spin because my trip is JAM PACKED with a lot of great stuff.

I’ll be gone from Sunday, March 9th until Thursday, March 14th. I actually won’t get home until around 2:00 AM on the 15th. I know what I’ll be doing all day on the 15th – SLEEPING!

So what will I be doing while I’m out on the West Coast? I don’t have my specific itinerary yet but this is a run down of what I’ll be doing along with 24 other bloggers.

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Screening the film Muppets Most Wanted (in theaters March 21, 2014) and interviewing Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other cast members and the filmmakers.

I have actually met Kermit and Miss Piggy in the past. They are my “besties”. LOL!

Me-and-the-Muppets

In addition we’ll be attending the red carpet premiere of the film. I’m excited to see what celebrities we’ll see also walking the red carpet with us.

You can follow Muppets Most Wanted on Facebook and Twitter.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough we’ll also get to screen the upcoming film Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in theaters April 4, 2014) as well as interview the cast and filmmakers. I hope we get to interview Chris Evans. Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford would be awesome too. I know some of the make bloggers are excited about maybe interviewing Scarlett Johansson. I can’t wait to see who we’ll get to interview.

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You can check out the film’s official Facebook and Twitter pages too!

But wait! There is more!

We’ll also get to screen the upcoming DisneyNature film, Bears, which will be in theaters on April 18, 2014 as well as visit the LA Zoo to visit the bear exhibit. I love zoos! I can’t wait! I also love DisneyNature films.

DisneynatureBears

To learn more visit the film’s Facebook page and DisneyNature on Twitter.

As an added bonus we’ll also screen the upcoming movie release of The Pirate Fairy which is a direct to Blu-ray/DVD movie featuring the beloved Disney Fairies.

ThePirateFairy

This is all just with the first half of my trip with Disney. The second half of our trip we’ll be with ABC.

We will be touring the studio where both Grey’s Anatomy and General Hospital are taped and get to tour their sets. Our tour guide on the set of Grey’s Anatomy will be Jessica Capshaw who plays Dr. Arizona Robbins.

Following the set visits we are going to have a cocktail hour with both real moms and TV-moms from popular ABC shows and new ABC shows. That is going to be a lot of fun! I hope some of my favorites are there.

Later that day we’ll be screening a couple of TV shows including the second episode of the new series Resurrection and the two part wedding episode for the series Trophy Wife.

The next day (Thursday) we’ll visit the set of one of my favorite television shows The Middle. I LOVE The Middle! I reviewed the show (pilot episode) before it even aired. I’ve been a fan since day one. I try not to ever miss an episode. I love that it’s in syndication too.

We’ll be able to have a Q&A with the show’s creators and executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. Additionally we’ll be able to meet and greet any cast members who are on set that day. I hope they are all there! I’ve met Atticus Shaffer before (“Brick”) at the Frankenweenie press junket. It will be great to meet the entire cast.

Lastly we’ll have a chance to view a special “junior” episode of the series Shark Tank featuring amazing kid entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to the “Sharks”.

ABC Shows #ABCTVEvent

Is your head spinning yet? Mine is. LOL! That is A LOT of fun stuff to pack into a few days.

I’ll be sharing my experiences and the interviews in a series of posts when I get back. You can also follow along with what the other bloggers going on the trip with me.

Andrew from Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy

Staci from 7 On A Shoestring

Bobbie from The Rebel Foodie

Colby from Days of a Domestic Dad

Rachel from Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom

Leanette from Teach Me 2 Save

Melanie from Giveaway Bandit

Dawn from Blogging Mom of 4

Sherry from Family Love & Other Stuff

Dawn from The Frugal Mom

Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel

Stefani from Moms Blog At Mommy Enterprises

Kasandria from Southern Bella’s Ways

Dawn attending for 5 Minutes for Mom

Stefanie from Making of a Mom

Tiffany from Fabulous Mom Blog

Matt from Geek Dad

Deanna from Mommy Gaga

Melanie from Kate n’ Kaboodle

Heidi from Save More Spend Less With Heidi

Louise from Mom Start

Vanessa from The Queen of Swag

Jeana from Surf and Sunshine

Tara from Trippin With Tara

Sunny for Babble.com

You can also follow us on the social media outlets. Here are the official hashtags we’ll be using.

#MuppetsMostWantedEvent

#CaptainAmericaEvent

#DisneyNatureBears

#ABCTVEvent

If you don’t follow me already here are my social networking sites so you can follow along with me as I post about what is going on and sharing photos.

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Or just look for SheScribes on any of the sites except Twitter (@She_Scribes).

If there are any questions you would like me to ask or anything you would like me to find out for you about any of these movies or TV shows feel free to leave a comment and let me know and I’ll do the best I can do.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I just wanted to share the exciting news with my readers.