Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

MUPPETS PREMIERE: Disney showed that it is easy being green with the premiere of The Muppets, the first movie since 1999's Muppets From Space to feature Kermit the FrogMiss Piggy and other Jim Henson puppet creations on the big screen. At the El Capitan premiere, Kermit was chauffeured down the green carpet in a Jeep, while guests ranged from cameo makers Mickey Rooney and Neil Patrick Harris to furry-creature fan Anthony Hopkins. Straddling the fine line between kiddie and adult fare was key for the filmmakers. "It's a great thing for kids to believe in," said director James Bobin at the Hollywood & Highland afterparty. "At the same time, you can put smart lines in the puppets' mouths so adults are going to like it." Jason Segel, who co-wrote and stars in the movie, admitted that his raunchy-comedy background was a hurdle Disney had to overcome. "The only trepidation was that I was coming from R-rated films, and they worried that I was doing this with a sense of irony. But it doesn't take long watching the movie to see that it's a very purist Muppet film." -- Borys Kit

GOVERNORS AWARDS: The academy of motion picture arts and Sciences, having weathered the abrupt departures of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy from the 84th Academy Awards telecast, happily put that all behind it at the third annual Governors Awards, held at Hollywood & Highland's Grand Ballroom. AMPAS president Tom Sherak set a light tone by coming out in a Darth Vader costume in a tribute to honorary Oscar winner James Earl Jones, who pronounced himself "gobsmacked" -- he was beamed in via video from London, where he is performing Driving Miss Daisy on stage with Vanessa Redgrave. Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award honoree Oprah Winfrey received tributes from Maria Shriver and John Travolta for her philanthropic work, and in the night's most emotional moment, makeup artist and honoree Dick Smith's voice broke as he said "to have so much kindness given to me is just too much." -- Gregg Kilday

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