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Super Bowl's Best Ads: Puppies & Horses & Muppets – Oh, My!

PEOPLE's TV Critic: The 8 Best Super Bowl Ads

Originally posted 02/03/2014 06:45AM

The commercials that aired during Sunday's Super Bowl to a large degree were already pre-broadcast. The big campaigns not only streamed online, but also preceded themselves with "teaser" versions.

As a result, their official arrivals tended to feel like a smallish baby dropped by a drooping stork. Then they were instantly viewed, discussed, graded up or down and made to run the gauntlet of social media.

In the future, everyone will be Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music Live! for 15 minutes. It won't be pretty.

This year's Super Bowl ads didn’t send out any real ripples – nothing like 2013's oddly sensational Go Daddy spot with Bar Refaeli making out with a gratefully passionate nerd. In general, they settled for cute, if not always as cute as they were supposed to be. A Volkswagen ad that imagined German engineers getting wings ended with a proctological gag that stayed within good taste but never escaped the fact that it was a proctological gag.

Here are the ones I liked best.

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UpdatePosted 01/14/2014 05:30PM

The Muppets Take on Twitter Trolls in Latest Muppets Most Wanted Trailer

Originally posted 01/13/2014 03:30PM



If you watched the Golden Globes on Sunday night, you'll know that Muppets Most Wanted was totally shut out when it came to nominations. Of course, this is because the movie doesn't come out until March, but still – The Muppets aren't too happy about it.

The latest trailer for the upcoming film, which debuted during the 2014 Golden Globes broadcast, finds fans of the eponymous puppets arguing about the lack of respect given to the film during the 2013 awards season. (For the record, the franchise itself hasn't exactly been snubbed by the award-giving elite: The Muppets's 2011 comeback won an Oscar for Best Song in 2012.) In classic online form, the dispute soon devolves into a cavalcade of misspelling, name-calling and spam links, from such wits as @HotFudge1218 and @Babybean1128.

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Filed Under: Muppets, Movie News
Watch: The Muppets' Swedish Chef Battles Gordon Ramsay in an Epic Food Fight

Watch: The Muppets' Swedish Chef Battles Gordon Ramsay in an Epic Food Fight

Originally posted 12/09/2013 06:00PM

The hot-tempered Hell’s Kitchen star takes on the lovable, unintelligible Muppet in a new “Muppisode” web video

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4 Must-See Moments from Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular

UpdatePosted 11/29/2013 01:40PM

4 Must-See Moments from Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular

Originally posted 11/29/2013 12:00PM

As Kermit the Frog recently noted, the Muppets have a long history with Lady Gaga. Mother Monster took the dapper amphibian as her date to the VMAs in 2009, and has even worn him as a fashion statement.

So, it wasn't a huge surprise that the "Born this Way" songstress was joined by the Muppets crew for a holiday-themed musical special that aired on ABC Thursday evening ... especially since Gaga is promoting her new album, ArtPop, and Kermit, Piggy and Co. star in the upcoming flick Muppets Most Wanted.

In case you missed the show, which featured guest appearances from RuPaul, Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kristen Bell, we've rounded up some of the most memorable clips below.

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Filed Under: Muppets, Lady Gaga
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See Lea Michele and the Glee Cast  with Their Puppet Look-Alikes

See Lea Michele and the Glee Cast Pose with Their Adorable Puppet Doppelgängers

Originally posted 11/14/2013 09:00PM

They've done a Grease episode, they've done a Rocky Horror episode, and now it appears Glee may be doing a Muppets episode.

On Wednesday, star Lea Michele posted a series of shots of the Glee cast posing alongside specially made puppet doubles, prompting speculation that the FOX musical dramedy is about to unveil yet another high-concept episode.

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Muppets Developer Jane Henson Dies

Jane Henson Dies of Cancer

Originally posted 04/02/2013 07:45PM

Jim Henson's partner in marriage and Muppets has died.

Jane Henson died at age 78 Tuesday at her Connecticut home following a battle with cancer, according to the Jim Henson Co.

She and Henson met in a University of Maryland puppetry class in the mid-1950s, and they became creative and business partners in the development of the Muppets.

The Hensons married in 1959 and had five children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John and Heather. The pair separated in 1986, and Jim Henson died in 1990.

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Filed Under: Death, Muppets, Jim Henson
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How Miss Piggy Keeps the Paparazzi at Bay

Miss Piggy Keeps Paparazzi at Bay by Tossing Cupcakes

Originally posted 11/23/2011 08:00PM

In the Internet age, it's harder than ever for celebrities to avoid the prying cameras of the paparazzi – and no one knows that better than Miss Piggy.

"Sometimes they get a little bit too close," the porcine diva told PEOPLE during a recent interview at the Beverly Hilton. "It is not like they catch my bad side, because I don't have one. So that is never the problem. The problem is being seen with the wrong guy."

Piggy's new movie, The Muppets, opened Wednesday, and though it's brought her back in the spotlight, the star says her promotional tour has been "grueling."

"I am telling you, I have never worked so hard in my life," Miss Piggy says.

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POLL: Should the Muppets Host the Oscars?

Should the Muppets Host the Academy Awards?

Originally posted 11/10/2011 03:00PM

With Eddie Murphy out as host of the Oscars, the search is on for his replacement. But who is beloved, charming and recognizable enough with the comedic timing to carry the most famous awards show? No one said it had to be a person.

A social media campaign has emerged on Facebook and Twitter advocating for Jim Henson's Muppets to take over hosting duties at the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26.

With their own feature film out in theaters Nov. 23, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the gang are certainly experiencing a career resurgence. And just imagine the fashion possibilities for Piggy.

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Filed Under: Academy Awards, Muppets
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So Foo-Foo! Miss Piggy Gets Dressed in Designer Duds

So Foo-Foo! Miss Piggy Gets Dressed in Designer Duds

Originally posted 10/18/2011 05:00PM

Miss Piggy's closet just got a lot more enviable.

The Muppet is back – and armed with a brand-new, custom wardrobe thanks to designers like Prabal Gurung, who created the white silk number Miss Piggy models in the November issue of InStyle.

"Simply beautiful, yet deliciously exotic and enticingly romantic," Miss Piggy says. "Yes, I'm talking about myself – as well as this fabulous frock designed by my new BFF Prabal Gurung."

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