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Yesterday evening, there were thousands of people lined up
along Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo by Alice Hill
Not to mention hundreds more peering down from nearby rooftops.
Photo by Alice Hill
And why were all of these folks staring so intently at the El Capitan Theatre.
Because that's where the world premiere of "Muppets Most Wanted" was
being held last night.
And as a long time Muppet fan, I have to say that it was really pretty sweet that
Walt Disney Pictures decided to have Sweetums lead off last night's parade of
And after that big, hairy ogre went galumphing by, who came
rolling down the red carpet but Miss Piggy and Kermit.
FYI: The 2014 Toyota Highlander was the Muppets' vehicle of
choice last night. Below you can see Rowlf the Dog, Fozzie Bear, the Great
Gonzo, Scooter, Animal and Walter rolling up to the El Cap in a custom
Sadly, there were no Toyotas waiting for the human members of the "Muppets
Most Wanted" cast. So Danny Trejo & Tina Fey ...
(L to R) Danny Trejo &
Tina Fey work the press line outside of the El Capitan Theatre. Photo by Alice
... and Ricky Gervais had to hoof it to the theater.
Ricky Gervais grabs a selfie with some very
excited Muppet fans. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved
And as you might expect, what with this being the world
premiere of a Walt Disney Pictures release and all, there were lots of Disney
Channel & Disney XD stars on hand last night. Talented young people
like Francesca Capaldi from "Dog
with a Blog," Skai Jackson from "Jessie" ...
(L to R) Skai Jackson & Francesa Capaldi
talked about who their favorite Muppets are. Photo by Alice Hill
... and Jake Short from "Mighty Med." Who -- in the great Ebert &
Siskel "At the Movies" tradition -- was already giving "Muppets
Most Wanted" two big thumbs up.
But as it always is at events like this, once the last members of the film's
cast have strolled down the red carpet ...
Ty Burrell smiles for a sea of photographers at
last night's "Muppets Most Wanted" world premiere. Copyright Disney
Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved
... and the official studio photographers have gotten all of the glamour shots
they need of that night's event ...
(L to R) Tina Fey, Constantine, Miss Piggy,
Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell at last night's event. Copyright
Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved
It's time then for everyone who had tickets to this world
premiere to head on in the El Capitan. Where -- after
they walked past all of the "Muppets Most Wanted" props that were on
display out in the lobby ...
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Inc. All rights reserved
... who did this star-studded audience discover was up in
the balcony but Statler & Waldorf!
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Meanwhile out on Hollywood
Boulevard, as the light began to fade and the huge
crowds of Muppet fans began to slip off into the night ...
... teams of workers quickly broke down the special bank vault set that had
been specially built for the "Muppets Most Wanted" premiere ...
... because -- believe it or not -- the El Capitan will be hosting another
world premiere less than 36 hours from now. One that has to do with a Marvel
superhero that Sam the Eagle would surely approve of: "Captain America: The Winter
Copyright 2014 Disney / Marvel. All rights reserved
So which of these two soon-to-be-released Walt Disney Pictures production are
you most looking forward to seeing?
Awesome! I'm looking forward to the film.
Jim, have you heard of any recent work or plans for future Muppet attractions in the Parks?