While this summer has had no shortage of star power and big money films thus far, perhaps the movie creating the biggest buzz this season is a movie that won't be coming out until Thanksgiving.
Then again, it's been a long wait to get even this close.
A decade since their last big screen adventure, Kermit and his Muppet pals are getting a big screen reboot that hearkens back to their great showbiz musical tradition. Written by and starring Jason Segel (and co-starring Amy Adams), the film has been on a viral marketing tear the past few months, first releasing hilarious spoofs on current hit films (the romantic comedy, The Hangover, and Green Lantern), and then, unveiling its own teaser trailer.
Each one has been funnier than the next, but also true to the Muppet legacy of creator Jim Henson. And that's exactly what Segel has been going for.
"To me, I just really wanted to pay homage to those movies that meant so much to me growing up," he recently told a group of reporters. "I wanted the experience, like we talked about, where parents... Our generation of kids, we'll remember those great movies, those great moments. And then also being able to have our age introduce our kids to the Muppets. So yeah, that was my goal."
Here's the synopsis; below that, check out some great still photos from the film and set.
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, "The Muppets" hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.