The Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas movie has tapped Bret McKenzie to write the script and the music for a new take on the 1970s ABC special from the Jim Henson Company. McKenzie is no stranger to Henson-related material, having written the script and the songs for both The Muppets and its sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. This story follows some very poor otters (unlike those fancy wealthy otters) who enter a talent show to win money for Christmas gifts.
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Flight of the Conchords ended all too soon with its final second season back in 2009, and fans have been hoping for some kind of revival during this ongoing period of Peak TV that has seen plenty of previously concluded shows brought back from the dead. They’re getting their wish next month with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie reuniting for a concert special on HBO next month. And to help promote their return, New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk duo appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to debut a new song. Read More »
It’s finally business time again.
You might remember back in January when news broke that Flight of the Conchords would be coming back to HBO. The titular New Zealand folk music and comedy duo portrayed by Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have been on tour, and part of that tour was going to include a live concert special that would air on the cable network in May. However, the tour was postponed a bit when McKenzie sustained a hand injury, so the special was pushed back too. But now everything is on schedule, and HBO has announced the live special is coming in October with the perfect teaser. Read More »
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 »
If you’re a fan of the work of author Neil Gaiman (Coraline), when you hear the talent coming together for an adaptation of his children’s book Fortunately the Milk, you’re going to flip your lid.
Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright is teaming up with superstar Johnny Depp for the adaptation of the children’s book that is perfectly described as “a story of time travel and breakfast cereal.” And the writer on board the project only sweetens the deal. Read More »
Hot on the heels of news that a sequel to the vampire mockumentary comedy What We Do in the Shadows is in the works, it seems Jemaine Clement has another big screen project in the works, and it’s one that will make his longtime fans very happy.
In a new interview, Clement revealed that he just recently sat down with Bret McKenzie to begin writing a Flight of the Conchords movie, featuring their comedic folk music duo of the same name, which has already had a hit HBO show that lasted two seasons back in 2007 and 2008. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Bob the Musical has been in development for over ten years at this point, with everyone from the Lego Movie directors to the Frozen composers linked at various points. But the latest incarnation seems to be picking up steam, with a high-profile team on board.
Tom Cruise has been circling the Disney movie since April, Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is attached to direct. Now award-winning music composer Bret McKenzie (The Muppets) and screenwriter Michael Chabon (John Carter) have joined the party as well. More on the Bob the Musical Bret McKenzie and Michael Chabon news after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
The Muppets are nothing if not self-aware, and Muppets Most Wanted opens with a promising joke. Picking up just moments after the last movie left off, Kermit and company launch into a jaunty, toe-tapping musical number that acknowledges all the pitfalls of a follow-up. “We’re doing a sequel,” they sing. “That’s what we do in Hollywood / And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good!”
But all the knowingness in the world can’t save the Muppets from the actual pitfalls of doing a sequel. In the end, Kermit’s early admission feels more like a warning than a joke. Muppets Most Wanted isn’t bad; in some parts, it’s very good. Still, it struggles to match the highs that the first one hit so easily.
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The fact Bret McKenzie, one half of Flight of the Conchords, won an Oscars for The Muppets still makes me smile. McKenzie won the award for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” back in 2012 and followed that up by beginning work on next year’s sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. It also gave him some well-deserved caché and McKenzie is using that to develop a passion project.
In a new interview, the Oscar-winning song writer revealed he, along with Muppets director James Bobin, are working on a live-action musical described as a blend of The Muppets and The Princess Bride. Much like Labyrinth. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
The elaborate courtship rituals of Jane Austen’s England bear little resemblance to the no-strings hookups and domestic partnerships of the 21st century dating scene, but that hasn’t stopped modern romantics from hoping to find a Mr. Darcy of their very own. In the Sundance romcom Austenland, one particularly hardcore fan gets an opportunity to do just that.
Keri Russell stars as Jane Hayes, who splurges on a trip to an Austen-themed resort complete with Regency costumes, era-appropriate activities, and even handsome suitors (played by paid actors). But the experience isn’t all she’d hoped, and in her disillusionment she finds herself increasingly drawn to “stableboy” Martin (Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords). Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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