Flight of the Conchords Special

Update: HBO has announced that the Flight of the Conchords special will air this May and will be filmed live during the duo’s United Kingdom tour. Our original article follows.

As quickly as the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords became a hit in the United States, it came to an end. After two seasons, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie called it quits in 2009, and fans have always wanted more. Thankfully, it sounds like they won’t be waiting much longer.

According to Jemaine Clement, New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo will be shooting an hour-long special sometime this year. Read More »

What We Do In the Shadows spin-off

There have been rumblings of a What We Do In the Shadows sequel and TV series spin-off almost ever since the film hit theaters in 2014, and now it’s time to add yet another spin-off into the mix: Wellington Paranormal will arrive in 2018. The What We Do In the Shadows spin-off will focus on the hilariously obtuse cops who appear briefly in the 2014 vampire comedy.

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Maori Moana song translation

The entire Moana soundtrack is full of incredible original songs that rival some of Disney’s most classic tunes. But perhaps the most stylish song is “Shiny,” sung by the giant golden crab called Tamatoa. Thanks to Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement channeling both Tim Curry and David Bowie in his performance, it’s a performance that is catchy, funny and simply fantastic. And it sounds even better in Jemaine Clement’s native language.

Moana was already a big deal because it shined a light on the Polynesian culture that isn’t typically in the spotlight of mainstream Hollywood movies. But down in New Zealand it’s connecting with people on another level, because in some areas of the island nation it’s been translated into the indigenous Maori language that has become increasingly rare. Since Jemaine Clement was raised by his Maori mother in New Zealand, he was able to sing the song in Maori for the film’s soundtrack, and it sounds so cool.

Listen to the Maori Moana song translation below. Read More »

Moana Shiny Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement)

Much as I adore the Moana musical numbers, I can’t say I was particularly surprised by most of them. “We Know the Way” was heavily promoted in all the marketing materials, “How Far I’ll Go” is clearly being positioned as the next “Let It Go,” and of course the film’s second lead, Maui (Dwayne Johnson) would have to get a musical moment or two. So going into the theaters, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the soundtrack. But I definitely did not see “Shiny” coming.

Sung by Tamatoa — a big, mean crab voiced by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement — “Shiny” is the antithesis to everything Moana stands for. Tamatoa twirls and sparkles as he preaches the importance of “be[ing] who you are on the outside,” all the while trying to capture Moana and Maui. Oh, and it’s also an obvious David Bowie homage, with Clement serving up his best impression. It’s weird and it’s unexpected and it’s totally delightful, and now that the Moana Shiny clip is out you definitely want to revisit it below. Read More »

Moana clips

Disney Animation’s Moana has shown us quite a bit of Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and Moana herself (Auli’i Cravalho) at this point, but the latest marketing materials shine a light on two of the supporting players. One is Gramma Tala (Rachel House), one of the few in the village who encourages Moana’s dreams of exploration. The other is Tamatoa (Jemaine Clement), a gigantic crab who loves shiny things. Think Smaug, but, you know, as a goofy crab instead of a terrifying dragon. Watch two Moana clips below.  Read More »

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FX Legion

We don’t know a ton about FX’s Legion, which is no surprise seeing as it won’t premiere for another several months. But it’s sounding more and more intriguing with every new morsel of information we get, and thanks to New York Comic-Con we’ve gotten a whole bunch of new details recently.

For starters, series creator Noah Hawley has announced that Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) will be joining Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza in the cast. Meanwhile, the producers also touched a bit on the show’s connection (or lack thereof) to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. And to top it all off, there’s a new Legion poster to take in as well. Read about the Legion Jemaine Clement casting and much, much more below.  Read More »

What We Do In The Shadows TV Series

Over a year ago, there were rumblings of not only a What We Do In The Shadows sequel, but also a TV series spin-off. Since then, we’ve learned that the feature film sequel will be called We’re Wolves, following Rhys Darby, Stuart Rutherford and the rest of the werewolves we see in the first movie. Just recently we heard the sequel is probably at least a couple years away, but we haven’t gotten on update on the spin-off series. At the time, co-director, co-writer and co-star Jemaine Clement thought gettng the series off the ground would be a long shot, but today we have good news on the What We Do In The Shadows TV series front. Read More »

what we do in the shadows sequel

Taika Waititi co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed one of our favorite films of last year, What We Do in the Shadows. While promoting his latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople — which is about as delightful as the vampire mockumentary — he discussed plans for a sequel to Shadows. The proposed sequel wouldn’t center on Viago (Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) or the bad boy of the group, Deacon (Jonny Brugh); instead, it’ll focus on their adversaries–the werewolves.

Below, Taika Waititi discusses the plot of the What We Do in the Shadows sequel, which is titled We’re Wolves, and when we might see the film.

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The BFG Trailer

After premiering at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival this weekend, one more trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s fantasy film The BFG has arrived. Based on Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s novel of the same name, the film follows a young girl (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) who finds herself in the world of giants after befriending one of the 24-foot inhabitants, played by Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance.

In the latest The BFG trailer, we get to see much more of the giant world and impressive visual effects. Just from a technical standpoint, this already looks better than the recent giant adventure Jack the Giant Slayer, though it’s clearly a much more family friendly, whimsical tale. See for yourself in the new trailer after the jump. Read More »

Don Verdean Trailer

While we wait to see what Disney does with its never-gonna-get-recast icon Indiana Jones, Napoleon Dynamite duo Jared and Jerusha Hess have mounted their own search for the Holy Grail. Don Verdean stars Sam Rockwell as a Biblical archaeologist who gets caught in the rivalry between two congregations led by Danny McBride and Will Forte. Needless to say, this is a much sillier quest than the one Indy went on in The Last Crusade.

Also starring are Jemaine Clement as his Holy Land associate Boaz, Amy Ryan as his assistant Carol, and Leslie Bibb as McBride’s wife. Watch the Don Verdean trailer after the jump. Read More »