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Tina Fey answers Kermit the Frog's ice bucket challenge...kind of

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In the realm of celebrities nominating celebrities for the ALS ice bucket challenge, some are headscratchers (like Britney Spears nominating Adam Sandler, because…the ’90s?) and others make complete, perfect sense.

Consider Tina Fey’s challenge at the request of one Kermit the Frog in the latter category. Fey accepted her Muppets Most Wanted co-star’s nomination and took to the rooftops of Brooklyn to complete the drop…for the most part.

Fey did play ball, but she enlisted her daughter Alice (who has subbed in for her lookalike mother before) to take some of the heat off the icy cold challenge.

Watch the video below, originally posted to Kermit’s Facebook page:

And here’s Kermit’s original video:

'Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular' react: Cross-promotional cheer for one and all

Let’s be real: the Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular is a cross-promotional commercial. Gaga gets to perform songs from her new album ARTPOP, and the Muppets remind us why we love them long enough to get excited for this spring’s big-screen Muppets Most Wanted. That doesn’t mean the special is boring — on the contrary, it’s delightful! Yet it’s still a commercial, making me feel the way I feel after watching a charming Black Friday ad: equal parts warm, fuzzy, cynical, and depressed by consumerism overtaking the so-called “holiday spirit.” But why fret? It’s Lady Gaga and the Muppets!

The “spectacular” kicks off with an introduction from Pepe the King Prawn, who thinks he’s starting his own special. Silly King Prawn, this isn’t your special — or even The Muppets Show that I desperately want back on TV — it’s a Gaga/Disney 90-minute promotional feature! In the real introduction, Gaga shares that the first time she fell in love was during the holidays. That’s sweet until she reveals that her first love was Kermit, which, sorry, is just weird. Sprinkled throughout the showcase are various sketches featuring the Muppets and special guests such as Kristen Bell and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But the spectacle of this spectacular comes from the musical performances. Here’s a run-down on the night’s extravagant productions:

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day without leaving your house with this 24-hour movie marathon!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s a day of national Irish pride that also somehow gives people an excuse to vomit up their green beer by 10 a.m. If you’re looking to celebrate the Emerald Isle but don’t want to get stomach bile on your Adidas, here’s the alternative: Your four-leaf-clover wielding friends at EW have programmed a 24-hour movie marathon that will not only give you a full range of St. Paddy’s Day-related tie-ins, but also an excellent reason not to leave the house.

So stock up on snacks, grab some like-minded friends, and dive right in! The marathon begins at 10 p.m. on Saturday night and wraps up at 10 p.m. on Sunday night (just in time for a brand new episode of The Client List). Feel free to sneak in some e-mail checks and bathroom breaks in between titles, but no showering — though you’ll still smell better than the dude in the green Dr. Seuss hat double-fisting fifths of Jameson.

All of the films below are available via Netflix or iTunes, for your convenience. Away we go! READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell, Louis C.K., Pinterest, and 'Sesame Street' Muppets among Webby Award winners

Over a decade after it debuted on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush impression is still paying dividends. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced today that Ferrell had nabbed a Webby Award for Best Individual Performance in an online video; the clip in question, which appeared on Ferrell’s site Funny or Die, shows Ferrell’s Bush learning about the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Ferrell wasn’t the only big name to score a spiral-shaped Webby. Icelandic fairy Bjork won a Special Recognition Award for Artist of the Year, while Graydon Sheppard and Juliette Lewis of the “S— Girls Say” videos got cited as Actresses of the Year — despite the fact that Sheppard isn’t actually a girl. Funny or Die’s “Drunk History Christmas,” which featured performances by Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Jim Carrey, won for Best Online Film or Video Comedy, although none of those stars received individual awards. New essentials Pinterest and Spotify won for top social media site and music app, respectively. The adorable Sesame Street Muppets page was named Best Youth Website. READ FULL STORY

'Muppets vs. Goldman Sachs': Neal McDonough is the winner!

Muppets read The New York Times. Or they use Google alerts. After former Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith alleged in his resignation letter published as a New York Times op-ed piece that he’s witnessed colleagues refer to their clients as “muppets,” some fabricated fuzzy Americans are striking back. In a Funny or Die video set in dim boardroom, the Anti-Muppet Defamation League confronts suits played by Kyle MacLachlan and Neal McDonough (who dials down his Justified character Quarles for the occasion — we approve). Personally, I think they should have sent in Miss Piggy — that would’ve been a fair fight.  READ FULL STORY

Cirque du Soleil to perform at Oscars, yet still no Muppets...who would YOU rather see? -- Poll

The Academy announced today that producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have invited Cirque du Soleil to return to the Oscars. Their last visit to the main stage was in 2002, when their performance was so well received they spun it into a standalone show, IRIS: A Journey through the World of Cinema™. Danny Elfman composed the music for that program, and he will also create the score for this year’s program, which, according to an AMPAS release, “will feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act.”

Though Kermit and Piggy will be presenting at the Oscars, reports have been circulating that this year’s Best Song nominees (from The Muppets and Rio) will not be performing during the Feb. 26 telecast. This news is a mixed blessing. Certainly Cirque du Soleil’s 50-person cinematic spectacular will be stunning. But in this case, Guy Laliberte’s gain appears to be Walter’s loss. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' contestant Reed Grimm christened as the new Casey Abrams after playing the drums

“I am the next American Idol because I got something ain’t nobody got,” announced the (overbearingly?) quirky Reed Grimm, 26, before settling in on the Hollywood Week stage to begin the episode’s 78th cover of Ray Charles’ “Georgia on my Mind.” What had Reed got? A special “GrooveSauce”? An impressive music collection of exclusively TV theme song CDs and movie soundtracks?

No! I mean, yes on the latter for sure, but what Reed wanted to pull out of his underwear tee and lord over the others was his impression of Animal from the Muppets. READ FULL STORY

Muppet or an 'Awww maaaan!'?: Oscars to reportedly nix Best Original Song performances

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Haven’t you heard? Life’s a happy song! Unless, of course, you were hoping to sing that happy song on stage at the Academy Awards. According to Deadline, the Oscars are not having performances from either of this year’s Best Original Song nominees. That means no Bret McKenzie (or Jason Segel) doing a duet with Walter (or Jim Parsons) on their song from The Muppets, “Man or Muppet,” or a bouncy number from legendary Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes and the nominated song from Rio, “Real in Rio.”

While Deadline reports that the decision to not have musical numbers this year isn’t “locked yet,” it wouldn’t be the first time the Oscar ceremony didn’t have them. (The 61st annual Academy Awards opted out of performances for the Best Song nominees, but did, however, have that now-infamous musical number with Rob Lowe and Snow White.)
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OK Go 'Sesame Street' video will edu-tain you about primary colors

The guys who previously taught us how to properly use a treadmill and master the art of canine-based dance are now tackling another subject: color theory.

Rock band OK Go, known for their offbeat viral videos, created an educational music video called “3 Primary Colors” for the folks down on Sesame Street. If we know anything, it’s that Sesame-related music videos are a special breed of wonderful.

The video features the same creative stop-motion style that the band commonly employs, with kid-friendly lyrics that explain the basics of primary colors: red and blue make purple, yellow and blue make green, red and yellow make orange, and so on and so forth. (If any of those statements came as a shock to you, then you might want to tune in when the clip airs on February 2nd.)

Check out the song after the jump, and let an educational palette of primary hues wash over you:
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Is 'The Muppets' a communist Trojan horse?

While I was driving home yesterday after seeing The Muppets, joyfully singing along to “The Rainbow Connection” with my two young children, I noticed my eldest had gone silent right around the verse that goes, “Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?” I peeked at him in the rear-view mirror and saw he was staring out the window with a furrowed brow. “What is it, buddy?” I asked.

“Why were the Muppets so mean to that job creator, Tex Richman?” my boy said. “He never did anything to them, except provide the gas that allowed them to drive to Paris underwater and find Miss Piggy.”

Ah, from the mouths of babes… READ FULL STORY

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