or


[03/29/05 - 12:00 AM]
ABC's 'The Muppets' Wizard of Oz' Makes Its World Premiere Wednesday, April 27th at the 2005 Tribeca Family Festival

[via press release from Muppets Holding Company, LLC]

ABC's 'The Muppets' Wizard of Oz' Makes Its World Premiere Wednesday, April 27th at the 2005 Tribeca Family Festival

Ashanti, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the Rest of the Muppet Gang to Attend the Star-Studded Red Carpet Festivities

NEW YORK, March 29 -- The fun and fanciful new ABC telefilm "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz," starring Ashanti and the Muppets and directed by Kirk Thatcher, will have its world premiere on Wednesday, April 27th as part of the Tribeca Family Festival. The Tribeca line-up addition was announced today by Festival co-founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The film's executive producers are Lisa Henson and Brian Henson; Martin G. Baker and Warren Carr are producers, and Bill Barretta, Kristine Belson and Eric Poticha are co-producers. The Tribeca Family Festival runs concurrently with the Tribeca Film Festival. The Tribeca Film Festival is presented by American Express.

The premiere will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in lower Manhattan with Ashanti, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn in attendance, along with other special guests. "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" will air in May 2005 as part of the hit family franchise, "The Wonderful World of Disney." This is the Muppets' first major television event since the franchise was purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 2004.

Muppet fans are also invited to visit http://www.Muppets.com to enter to win a chance to attend the premiere; and to visit http://www.disneyauctions.com to bid on a "Muppets' Wizard of Oz" Tribeca world premiere vacation package (bidding closes March 31).

Based on the book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" twists and tweaks the original story without ever losing the central meaning of the classic. Contemporary teenage Dorothy, played by recording star/actress/poet Ashanti ("Coach Carter"), is a girl with dreams of showbiz that seem far from coming true in the Kansas trailer park where she lives. Joining her in this madcap adventure movie with original music are Queen Latifah ("Chicago") as her beloved guardian Auntie Em and comedic force David Alan Grier ("Life with Bonnie"), who portrays Uncle Henry. Director Quentin Tarrantino ("Kill Bill," vols. 1 and 2) appears in a cameo as himself, and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") is the Wizard.

Of course the biggest star in the film -- she's absolutely certain -- is Miss Piggy, who will take on the roles of all four witches: Wicked Witch of the East, Wicked Witch of the West, the Good Witch of the North and Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Kermit the Frog is the Scarecrow, in search of a brain; The Great Gonzo is the Tin Thing, in search of his heart, and Fozzie Bear is the Lion looking for some courage. Pepe the King Prawn takes on the role of Toto, Dorothy's constant -- and constantly chattering -- sidekick.

When Dorothy's transported from workaday Kansas to the magical land of Oz, she joins with the Scarecrow, the Tin Thing and the Lion to fight the Wicked Witch of the West and journey to the Wizard, who, she hopes, will make her a star.

"We couldn't think of a better place to debut this much-anticipated television film event than the Tribeca Family Festival," said Chris Curtin, general manager and vice president, The Muppets Holding Company, LLC. "As our first endeavor since adding the Muppets to the Disney family of brands, we are extremely proud of the finished product and are excited to share this world premiere."

"We're thrilled to be premiering this movie at Tribeca," said Quinn Taylor, senior vice president, movies and miniseries, ABC Entertainment. "It's a perfect fit -- this movie is as brash and colorful as New York itself. And I hear every designer in town is fighting to dress Miss Piggy for the red carpet!"

About the Tribeca Film Festival

Festival packages and passes are currently available to the public. Individual tickets for film screenings, panel discussions and other events will be on sale April 3 to American Express Cardmembers and on April 10 to the public. For more information on the Tribeca Film Festival and to purchase tickets, the public should visit the Tribeca Film Festival website at http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now in its fourth year, the Festival's mission is to promote New York City as the world's independent film capital and to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The first three festivals attracted nearly 1 million visitors and created in excess of $125 million in economic activity for Lower Manhattan.

American Express is the Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival. Part of a multi-year relationship, the sponsorship demonstrates American Express' dedication to the goals of the Festival and the revitalization of lower Manhattan.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of their Signature Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch, General Motors, Prada, WNBC, Delta Air Lines, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The New York Times, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg LP, Regal Entertainment Group, and Sony Electronics. The Festival is also honored to welcome the following new sponsors to the Tribeca Film Festival: Apple, Nokia, Dewar's 12 and the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

About Muppets Holding Company

The Muppets Holding Company, LLC (MHC) is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). MHC was established in April 2004 when The Walt Disney Company purchased the Muppets from The Jim Henson Company. MHC's mission is to ensure that this beloved, world-class brand franchise entertains audiences of all ages by leveraging Disney's best creative resources and worldwide distribution platforms. MHC plans to develop new content in all arenas, including television, feature films, music, stage plays and theme parks, and to enhance the Muppets global licensing and distribution presence.

SOURCE Muppets Holding Company, LLC
Web Site: http://www.Muppets.com





  [march 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (NETFLIX)
· LIFE WITH BONNIE (ABC)
· MUPPETS' WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (ABC)
· WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY, THE (ABC)





[12/13/17 - 04:00 PM]
Bryan Cranston to Guest Host Tonight's Broadcast of "The Late Late Show with James Corden"
Cranston will fill in while James Corden enjoys time with his family following the birth of his daughter yesterday.

[12/13/17 - 02:39 PM]
The Biggest Night in "Lip Sync Battle" History Celebrates the Biggest Name in Music History
"Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration," a one-hour special, airs Thursday, January 18 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/13/17 - 01:00 PM]
Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Film Partner to Debut First-Ever Live Theatrical Commercial
Holiday tentpole "The Greatest Showman" will debut a live, two-and-a-half minute commercial during the network's upcoming three-hour live musical event, "A Christmas Story Live!"

[12/13/17 - 12:14 PM]
Comedy Series "High Maintenance," Created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, Returns for Second Season Jan. 19 on HBO
New guest stars this season include Danielle Brooks, John Gallagher, Jr., Jessica Hecht, Luzer Twersky and Kate Lyn Sheil.

[12/13/17 - 11:20 AM]
Paramount Network Teams Up with mitu to Develop "Browntown," A New Sketch Comedy Series
Featuring a prominent multicultural cast of emerging comics, improv actors, popular social influencers and celebrity cameos, "Browntown," will be set in a fictional, predominantly Latino neighborhood, designed to reflect today's diverse America.

[12/13/17 - 11:20 AM]
Bebe Rexha to Kick Off "A Christmas Story Live!" with Performance of New Original Song "Count on Christmas"
The song was written specifically for the live musical event by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony Award winners for the musical "Dear Evan Hansen," and lyricists of "La La Land's" Academy Award-winning song, "City of Stars."

[12/13/17 - 11:10 AM]
Four-Part Documentary Event "The Defiant Ones" Wins IDA Documentary Award for Best Limited Series
The documentary recently received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Music Film.

[12/13/17 - 10:03 AM]
America's Leading True Crime Network, Investigation Discovery and Bestselling Author, James Patterson Write the Book on Intrigue and Deceit in All-New Series, "Murder Is Forever"
Patterson's first foray into true-crime television, based upon the authentic stories featured in his upcoming paperback books - is set to debut on Monday, January 22 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/13/17 - 10:03 AM]
"The Vet Life" Returns with Cy-Fair Animal Hospital's Unwavering Dedication to the Animals of the Texas Community in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey
The third season of "The Vet Life" premieres Saturday, January 13 at 10:00/9:00c on Animal Planet.

[12/13/17 - 09:58 AM]
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Inductees
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.

[12/13/17 - 09:01 AM]
ABC Announces the Midseason Return of "Designated Survivor" in 2018
The series will resume its sophomore run on Wednesday, February 28 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/13/17 - 08:22 AM]
Red Nose Day Campaign Returns to NBC with a Night of Special Programming on May 24, 2018
Since its launch in 2015, Red Nose Day in the U.S. has raised over $100 million and has sold 30 million of the campaign's iconic Red Noses, positively impacting the lives of more than 8.3 million children living in poverty.

[12/13/17 - 08:16 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "The Voice" Hold Off the Demo Competition
The Peacock's reality franchise is the night's top draw among adults 18-49.

[12/13/17 - 08:09 AM]
We Have Plenty More Battles to Fight - "Mr. Robot" Has Been Renewed for Season 4
USA confirmed the news via social media this morning.

[12/13/17 - 08:02 AM]
Comedy Central Acquires "The Office" from NBCUniversal to Premiere with All-Day Marathon on Monday, January 15
Select episodes will be available to stream on cc.com and the CC App.