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Kermit the Frog sings 'It's Not Easy Being Green' -- with help from Jimmy Fallon: VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon snagged the St. Patrick’s Day booking for the Tonight Show last night — Kermit the Frog.

Kermit is currently making the publicity rounds for Muppets Most Wanted, and stopped by Fallon’s show Monday night to sing his classic song, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” It’s all very sweet and melancholy and nostalgia-inducing… until Fallon — green beer in hand — shows up mid-song to remind Kermit that March 17 is actually the easiest day of the year to be green.

And with that, the duo got positive. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Muppets take Instagram! Kermit and the gang snap selfies to promote 'Muppets Most Wanted' -- PHOTOS

Social media take notice: Instagram just got a lot more lovable!

That’s because Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets have created their own Instagram account to promote the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted movie, opening March 21. In addition to some promotional pics, the account features some great selfies, with even Statler and Waldorf getting in on the action. Check out some of our favorites below: READ FULL STORY

With 'The Tonight Show' looming, one last look at Jimmy Fallon's best 'Late Night' music bits

Tonight, Jimmy Fallon officially launches the next wave for The Tonight Show when he kicks off his reign as host. (Fallon shared his own excitement about taking over the late night institution with fans on Instagram.) Though he has been saying for months that his version of The Tonight Show won’t waver very much from the format established by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, we won’t know whether or not that is true until after the credits roll on this evening’s premiere (and really, we won’t truly know until Fallon settles into a groove a few months from now).

His first week is packed with huge stars. Will Smith and U2 appear on tonight’s show, with Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig, and Lady Gaga handling guest duties on Tuesday. Wednesday includes Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw, while Thursday’s show welcomes Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, and Arcade Fire. Longtime Fallon friend and collaborator Justin Timberlake will be the sole visitor on Friday.

But there’s at least one thing we can take for granted going into tonight’s kick off, which airs at midnight to accomodate NBC’s ongoing coverage of the Olympics. No matter what bits, characters, and themes make the shift from Late Night to Tonight, the Roots will continue to serve as Fallon’s musical accompaniment and secret weapon. When the hip-hop collective took the job back in 2008, it seemed like a step down for a group who had already won a Grammy and scored a couple of gold records along the way. But now, they’re as big a cultural institution as they’ve ever been, and much of Fallon’s success has been fueled by The Roots’ ability to act as a savvy improv troupe and roll with the host’s musical whims.

In fact, most every one of the best moments from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon are music-related. In honor of the five years Fallon ruled the after-hours slot, here are five highlights of his run.  READ FULL STORY

'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:


Royal Baby: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog send their best wishes to Kate and Will -- VIDEO

With congratulations and well-wishes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of His Royal Babyness pouring in from around the globe, the Muppets apparently didn’t want to miss out on the action.

So Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog — who are the Kate and William of the Muppet-y realm, if you think about it — have recorded a video for the royal family from the London set of their upcoming caper movie Muppets Most Wanted, which hits theaters March 21, 2014. As you might guess, the royal birth has Miss Piggy dreaming of bringing some Kermie Jr.’s into the world. “Can’t you just hear the pitter-patter of little tadpole feet?” she muses. Kermit, however, is having none of it.

Check it out:

Kermit's no longer a fan of Chick-Fil-A

Whether you’re a man or a muppet, one thing is for sure: You don’t want to make Miss Piggy angry.

Following Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s confirmation of the company’s anti-equality stance, the Jim Henson Company, which had been providing toys to go along with the chain’s meals, said Friday that it will end its partnership with the fast food franchise.

The Henson Co. posted on Facebook:

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over 50 years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD.”

Last week, Cathy responded to a question about being against gay marriage, “Guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. … We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
Remember: It may not be easy being green, or to end a business relationship, but judging by the outpouring of support on the Jim Henson Company Facebook page, it looks like Kermit and friends are just gaining even more fans. Life is a happy song, indeed.

Read more:
BBC, Jim Henson Company co-producing new puppet pilot ‘No Strings Attached’
The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Muppets,’ and ‘Dragon Tattoo’ named best trailers of the year
Frank Oz: Muppets maestro discusses ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and the remaking of his classics

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

Haven't gotten enough Muppets lately? They're still hanging out.

If you have ever wished Kermit would lip sync to Queen, you’re in luck. In this new YouTube spot for Google+, the whole gang joins in to show off how the new video-chat service works. Best moment? “Swedish Chef joined this hangout.” Now if I could just get my friends to jam like Animal or air guitar with a dead fish like Fozzie. Check out the video after the jump.

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

'The Muppets': Who was your favorite celebrity cameo?

I walked into The Muppets this weekend completely unsure of what to expect. For the past few weeks — save EW’s cover story (woo for self promotion) — I’d generally avoided any and all stories, blurbs, and clips that threatened to spoil the movie and its surprises for me. When I’m excited about a movie — and, if I’m being honest, there aren’t that many I get excited about every year — there is no greater sin than spoiling it for me. (TV is, obviously, a different story.)

My patience was rewarded this weekend when I walked into the unspoiled glory of The Muppets and was treated to a number of great cameos, including one from [Spoiler alert, obviously…] READ FULL STORY

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