The Rundown

Entertainment Express: The Muppets…Again, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Depeche Mode, Justin Timberlake

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* A Muppets sequel has started production in London. This time, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey triple the fun, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the gang in The Muppets…Again! The film is directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, Da Ali G Show), who also happens to be nominated for a BAFTA for The Muppets (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer). Looking forward to welcoming the crew back next March!

* Add Barbra Streisand to the list of those performing at the upcoming Oscars ceremony and it might not matter what kind of job Seth McFarlane does. “Babs”, a Best Actress winner for 1968’s Funny Girl, will perform her own special segment. It’s the first time in over 35 years she’s sung on an Oscar stage. She last performed at the ceremony in 1977, when she sang Evergreen, the theme for A Star is Born, which earned her Best Original Song. That’s the award Adele, who’ll also be performing, is up for this year too.

* Steven Spielberg may not be receiving much love in the way of directing awards for Lincoln, but he will be honored with the American Cinema Editors Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award at the Eddie Awards in February. The organisation has, rightly so, called him a “cinematic treasure” and wants to honour him for the past 4 decades of his work.

* Justin Timberlake will don his “Suit & Tie” (you know I couldn’t resist) to perform at the Grammys on February 10th. The 6-time Grammy winner joins the pack of performers, which already includes the likes of Rihanna, Fun., Taylor Swift, Jack White, the Black Keys, Carrie Underwood, the Lumineers, and Mumford & Sons, plus a special first-time duet between Elton John and nominee Ed Sheeran. That, I cannot wait to see.

* Depeche Mode finally seem ready to release more details about their newest album – the first studio record in 13 years. “With this release we’ve completely shifted our idea of how to create an album,” Dave Gahan has said, making me wonder how much of a departure from their traditional sound they’ve made. All will be known in March, when Delta Machine is set for release. A sneak-peak video come out on Friday.

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