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4 Reasons Why 'The Muppets' Is Being Slammed For 'Adult' Content


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The break up of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog ahead of the airing of the first episode of their new series 'The Muppets' nearly broke the internet, and for a good reason; people have always been fascinated by the pretence of these puppets as celebrities in the real world. However, have these beloved TV characters gotten too real? There are pressure groups out there who think so.

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'The Muppets' is now being accused of being way too 'adult' for the original audience. Despite the fact that it's on ABC at night and Miss Piggy and Kermit's relationship has always been a factor in the storyline even though it gets slightly uncomfortable if you think about that too deeply, a Christian pressure group called One Million Moms is campaigning for it to be taken off air. They allege that the show is 'weighing in on interspecies relationships and promiscuity' and questions how parents will explain 'sexually charged jokes' to their kids. But are they right?

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Miss Piggy Channels Adele In 'Hello' Parody At American Music Awards


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Since their shocking split earlier this year, Miss Piggy and Kermit seem to be getting along fine as friends. Of course, they have no choice really; they still have to work alongside each other on 'The Muppets'. But they've still managed to make light of their problems in a parody of Adele's 'Hello' video.

The MuppetsMiss Piggy and Kermit's Adele parody

Both Muppets appear in the black and white 'Hello' snippet as part of the promotion for the upcoming season of the new series of 'The Muppets'. The skit aired at the American Music Awards, and, it has to be said, Miss Piggy's take on Adele is on point with everything from the doleful eyes to the windswept hair.

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Liam Hemsworth Joins 'The Muppets' As Miss Piggy's New Man!


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Miss Piggy appears to have moved on swiftly following her shock break-up from Kermit the Frog last month. ‘The Muppet’s’ star’s new man is none other than Hunger Games hottie Liam Hemsworth, who flaunted the pair’s blooming relationship on Instagram, telling Kermit ‘sorry not sorry’.

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Miss Piggy Presented With Feminist Award By Gloria Steinem


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Miss Piggy has received a feminist award from Gloria Steinem. The beloved Muppets character was awarded the Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The award ceremony took place on Thursday (4th June).

Miss PiggyMiss Piggy is well known for her charitable works such as for Red Nose Day UK in 2013.

Read More: Vivienne Westwood Designs Miss Piggy's Wedding Dress, And It's Fabulous.

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Miss Piggy To Receive Feminist Award From Brooklyn Museum


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Miss Piggy has delighted viewers for decades, but now she’s being honoured by the Brooklyn Museum’s center for feminist art with the Sackler Center First Award.

She’ll be receiving the award in New York on Thursday night, thus joining previous recipients like Sandra Day O’Connor, Susan Stroman and Toni Morrison.

Reacting to the news, the Muppet said “Moi is thrilled, but frankly, not surprised to be receiving this Sackler Centre First Award. It is truly wonderful to be celebrated and share this honour with fellow legends, role models, and pioneers of female fabulosity. We rock!”

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ABC Bringing Back 'The Muppet Show'? 'Big Bang Theory' Creator Reportedly Set To Write Pilot


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The Muppet Show will be revamped for ABC with a little help from the executive producer and co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, Bill Prady. Prady, who worked on the original series, has already been working on the script and a pilot episode is already in production, according to reports.

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Miss Piggy will reportedly return for the revamped version of The Muppet Show.

Read More: Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake. 

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Bert & Ernie Spark Equality Debate After Bakery Refuses To Create 'Support Gay Marriage' Cake


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A Northern Ireland bakery has been contacted by the government and is facing legal action after it refused to create a cake with an image of Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie and the words "support gay marriage" on the icing.  There has long been controversy surrounding the sexual orientation of the Sesame Street characters, which whilst an interesting point, isn't exactly the issue here. 

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Ernie and Bert have sparked debate in Northern Ireland.

Read More: Sesame Street Spoofs The Hunger Games With Catching Fur.

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Not Even Ricky Gervais Could Steal The Limelight From Those Muppets


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Despite enjoying a starring role in the new Muppets movie, Most Wanted, Ricky Gervais felt second best to Kermit, Piggy and the rest of his fuzzy co-stars – and like every star that has performed with them, he felt utterly upstaged. That’s just a rite of passage in showbiz, though.

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“I knew it was going to happen. I knew from day one ... It's funny because the first thing that worried me in the script is the song and dance number. I'm OK at singing, I'm a failed pop star,” he explained, referencing his young years in which he attempted to make it in the music industry.

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The 'Muppets Most Wanted' Meet The Press


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With their new movie taking global cinemas by storm, The Muppets have been out on the press trail chatting to journalists and keeping them laughing. When asked about the experience of shooting this action-comedy-musical sequel, Kermit says, "We had a lot of fun." But Miss Piggy takes it further: "We had exactly 2.7 times the fun. Drama, comedy, music, romance and lots of close-ups of me!"

Muppets Most WantedTina Fey and Kermit in 'The Muppets Most Wanted'

In the film, Kermit is kidnapped and sent to a Siberian gulag, swapped for look-alike evil frog Constantine. But Kermit doesn't see the resemblance at all. "I don't understand why people think all frogs look alike," he says. "We're both green but that's where the similarity ends. And Constantine isn't as bad as he seems."

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Kermiggy Vs. Kimye - The Muppets Mock Kim Kardashian & Kanye West's Vogue Cover


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A war of words has been waging on social media between those who believe Kim Kardashian is the height of fashion and sophistication and those who feel her name should not be mentioned in the same sentence as such words. Since she appeared on the cover of US Vogue with fiancé Kanye West, a number of couples have stepped forward to show they can out do the loved up couple. These aren't just any couples either: Miss Piggy and Kermit as well as James Franco and Seth Rogen have made their own photographic contribution to the Kimye Vogue debate.

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Kim Kardashian wangled the cover of US Vogue, realised on Friday (21st March).

Miss Piggy is a style icon. No one can possibly deny this: she can sing (sort of); dance (most definitely); has worked for Vogue (as a Plus Size Editor); and has graced our screens since 1974. She's one of the greatest stars of all time, yet she was still pipped to the cover of Vogue by none other than the reigning Queen of popular culture, Kim Kardashian. We can weep at the cruel injustice - everyone knows Miss Piggy and her beau are considerably more Vogue friendly than Kardashian and Kanye but alas it was not meant to be.

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'The Muppets' Are Still Most Wanted - But Who's Your Favorite?


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The Muppets: Most Wanted’ hits US theatres today, and our guess is that both young and old are going to be queueing up for this one. For many of us The Muppets have been part of our consciousness since childhood and our love for them doesn't seem to wane as we get older. So what is it about Kermit and his loveable band of felt misfits that keeps us coming back for more?

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Back in 1955 Jim Henson created ‘The Muppets’ and they first appeared on a five minute show entitled ‘Sam and Friends’ They then began being used on children’s show ‘Sesame Street’, which brought Henson's puppeteering attention but he was still trying land his creations their own show. It didn't happen until 1976 when ‘The Muppet Show' was finally picked up by British channel ITV, after being passed on by American networks. The show featured a combination of sketches and musical performances and was presented with an old vaudeville style feel, albeit being performed by puppets. The show soon built up a reputation for being able to attract a wide variety of big name guest stars to appear alongside the Muppet characters with guests at the time including Elton John and the then Bond Roger Moore.

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After A Shaky Start, 'Muppets Most Wanted' Strikes A Chord With The Critics


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It must be difficult to follow 2011’s The Muppets, featuring Amy Adams and Jason Segal in a musical that delighted critics and fans alike. And Muppets Most Wanted certainly fell victim to that pressure early on, but a recent surge of positive reviews have seen the Ricky Gervais-starring film garner a more than respectable average on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Muppets Most WantedThe Muppets and Gervais out for dinner in Muppets Most Wanted

The film sees The Muppets embarking upon a world tour, hitting the iconic cities in Europe like Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. Things aren’t running smoothly for long, though, as the fuzzy friends find themselves embroiled in the middle of an international crime syndicate headed by Constantine, who’s the World's Number One Criminal, and just so happens to be the spitting image of Kermit the Frog.

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The Muppets Take Their Rightful Place As The Main Stars In 'The Muppets Most Wanted-Review Roundup


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The latest Muppets adventure, 'The Muppets Most Wanted,' is only days away from hitting theatres across the globe, and as anticipation is building, so is the film's expectations, especially as its 2011 predecessor was such a commercial success.

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'The Muppets Most Wanted' is a sequel to the 2011 version

Like most big-screen Muppet spectacles, a cast of well-established actors joins the lovable group, but this ensemble cast could be the most talented yet.

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So Far, The Critics Are Divided On 'Muppets Most Wanted' - Review Roundup


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The last outing for The Muppets on the big screen saw Amy Adams and Jason Segal lauded for their all-singing, all-dancing exploits. Most Wanted picks up directly from the 2011 musical, but has it managed to recapture the magic of its predecessor? The critics are unsure. Some reviews are lovely and doting; some border on insulting. So to give you a fair and balanced cross section of opinion on the new Muppets film, here are three examples of the good, the bad, and the not so good or bad.

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The good – Simon Brew writing for Den of Geek

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'Muppets Most Wanted' Soundtrack To Make Mayhem March 24th 2014

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Video - Kermit And Miss Piggy Congratulate Wills And Kate On Their New Baby Prince


Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy offer their congratulations to William, Duke Of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on their newborn baby boy born July 22nd 2013 in London.

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Jane Henson Dies: Muppets Co-Creator Dead, Aged 78


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Jane Henson, the co-creator of The Muppets, has died at the age of 78, following a battle with cancer, Sky News has reported. Though her husband Jim was perhaps the better known of the pair, Jane was described by the Jim Henson Company as his “partner in marriage and Muppets.” Although Jane and Jim separated in 1986, the couple continued to share their passion for the company, as well as its vision. Jim died in 1990 at the age of 53 and two years later, Jane founded the Jim Henson Legacy, in order to preserve his artistic creations.

Though Jane was modest about her involvement in the success of The Muppets, others argued that in fact, she played a very important role in its development. Whilst Jane often said that Jim “wanted to leave the world a better place,” Arthur Novell, a trustee of the Jim Henson Legacy, said “they both did.” Jane and Jim met at a puppetry class at the University of Maryland and became creative and business partners. Little could they have known of the impending global popularity of their puppet creations. Their partnership went on to create shows such as Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and the sci-fi series Farscape.

Now, the company is run by the couple’s children. Brian is the chairman, Lisa the chief executive and Cheryl is president of the Jim Henson Foundation, which aims to promote puppetry throughout the USA. A statement from the company said that the Hensons shared “a unique approach to puppetry that is joyful and sophisticated.” 

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The World's Favourite Puppets Return With The New Film 'The Muppets... Again!' (Pictures)


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The Muppets are back with a global-wide follow-up to their self-titled 2011 movie entitled 'The Muppets. Again!'.

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You heard right, we have yet another great movie coming up from these amazing characters brought us by Disney. Following the Oscar winning success of 'The Muppets' in 2011 which starred Jason Segel ('How I Met Your Mother') and Amy Adams ('Enchanted'), it's sequel 'The Muppets. Again!' will be released in cinemas everywhere on March 21st 2014. It sees Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and friends on a worldwide journey touring the likes of London, Berlin and Madrid and selling out some of the biggest theatres across Europe. However, they soon run into trouble when they unknowingly get mixed up in a major international crime ring controlled by the formidable Constantine (played by the hilarious Ricky Gervais of 'The Office', 'Extras' and 'Derek' fame) and his assistant Dominic. 

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Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films


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Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites! 

I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites. 

Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!

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Atmosphere, The Muppets and Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Tuesday 20th March 2012 The Muppets are honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Georgia Salpa and The Muppets Thursday 26th January 2012 Georgia Salpa leaves The May Fair Hotel after the UK Premiere of 'The Muppets'

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The Muppets - Man Or Muppet


Man or Muppet is a track from the upcoming movie, The Muppets. It is sung by Jason Segel and Walter, a new Muppet who makes his debut in the movie.

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Amy Adams, Jason Segel and The Muppets - Amy Adams and Jason Segel Los Angeles, California, USA - filming a scene of Disney’s 'The Muppets' on location Monday 17th January 2011

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