Flight of the Conchords HBO Special

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 »

wellington paranormal trailer

The clueless cops from What We Do in the Shadows have their own TV series now: Wellington Paranormal. The series hails from Shadows creators and stars Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, and is set to hit New Zealand TV next month. No U.S. home for the show has been announced yet, and I need that to change immediately. Watch the Wellington Paranormal trailer below.

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what we do in the shadows tv series

What We Do In the Shadows TV series is officially happening now, so it’s time to celebrate. FX has gone ahead and given a series order to a new show based on the 2014 vampire mockumentary. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who directed the film, will serve as co-creators and executive producers on the series.

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An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn review

The Sundance Film Festival is often populated with unconventional love stories, but An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn may take the proverbial cake this year. Legion co-stars Aubrey Plaza and Jemaine Clement make an unlikely pair in this deeply odd movie, a screwball odyssey into the absurd in which barely a single scene plays out in a conventional manner. There’s a touching love story to be found here, but the off-the-wall humor encasing it is sure to throw off those who aren’t willing to give themselves over to the film’s outlandish world. Buckle up, because things are about to get freaky. Read More »

what we do in the shadows tv series

After being teased for years, the What We Do in the Shadows TV series is finally a go. FX has ordered a pilot from creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, based on the 2014 mockumentary about a group of vampires sharing a flat in New Zealand.

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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 »