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By Jared Jones

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a statement that will likely draw some controversy: Flight of the Conchords are *the* best two-piece, New-Zealand based comedy band of them all, and that includes Kiwi Calamari Express, The Sheep Shearers, and Liam Blake and the Aquada Speedsters. I know, hot taek.

When the Conchords’ two-season run on HBO ended back in 2009, it left a massive void in the New-Zealand based comedy rock genre to say the very least. The fan outcry for more was deafening, which of course led to the usual tease of a reunion/movie that all cult shows like FOTC are given before everything inevitably falls apart. But now, it appears that Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie actually might be heading back into our television lives. Surely my restraining order is in the process of being lifted! (I am being told that the restraining order shall remain.)

Clement spilled the goods in a recent interview with The Guardian while discussing his upcoming vampire spoof flick What We Do in the Shadows:

Are the Conchords, dormant at the moment, waiting to erupt again? “We talk about a movie every so often,” says Clement. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we all want to do a musical. It would be good to do something all together…I miss playing Flight of the Conchords gigs.”

HBO have commissioned a new, four-episode comedy show, he reveals. “It was supposed to be this year but then we decided to put What We Do in the Shadows out ourselves.”

 

There’s only one way to celebrate this news. Commence with the music videos!

[UPDATE] 9/3

You remember what I was saying about cult shows always teasing reunions and movies only to never deliver on them? Yeah, this right here:

 

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Oscar Nominee Bret McKenzie: “We Were Really The Guardians Of This Magical (Muppet) World” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oscar-nominee-bret-mckenzie-we-were-really-the-guardians-of-this-magical-muppet-world/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/oscar-nominee-bret-mckenzie-we-were-really-the-guardians-of-this-magical-muppet-world/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:38:54 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245068 "I just really wanted to make something that felt like it belonged to that world."

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I had one important question for Flight of the Conchords star and The Muppets song writer Bret McKenzie. Who was a better Oscar nominee: Phil Collins or Three 6 Mafia?

“Phil Collins,” he answered without hesitation. “Better drum sound.”

While clearly a talented comedian, it was McKenzie’s love of all things music that made him the perfect choice for The Muppets, a fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to recognize. His Oscar nomination for Best Original Song stems not from his ability to write entertaining lyrics, but rather his ability to do so in a way that also pays tribute to the source material.

“I just really wanted to make something that felt like it belonged to that world.”

McKenzie stresses that as with Flight of the Conchords, writing for The Muppets wasn’t about simply parodying the work of Jim Henson, but rather paying homage.

“A lot of the Choncords’ music comes from a similar place. There’s a lot of respect in it, and a lot of love goes in it. And I think that really comes through in the final product.”

But in order to give a proper tribute, McKenzie had to learn the rules of the the Muppet franchise, a task that proved daunting despite his years of being a fan.

“I had to learn the rules about the Muppets‘ world,” McKenzie said, still impressed by the level of detail involved. “Sam the Eagle refused to sing one of the lines in the song because it didn’t fit his character. So I rewrote the lyric in the studio for the character.”

But having to rewrite lyrics for a felt-based prima donna didn’t seem to diminish his enthusiasm. If anything, McKenzie came away with a renewed appreciation of the characters.

“Going into it, I loved Animal. Going out of it, I just loved Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys. Because now that I’ve made a TV show, seeing how they … criticize their own show within the show, it’s just such a great idea. It means that if an idea or a sketch isn’t working, they can point it out to the audience. It’s so self aware.”

This awareness of the audience was inspiring yet intimidating to McKenzie. While he felt honored to be part of the project, he knew that expectations were ridiculously high, a fact that he and the film’s creators took very seriously.

“Sometimes it felt like I cared more about it than the studio,” he said. “They’ll do whatever, it’s more of a business model. So we were really the guardians of this magical world. And there was a lot of pressure. So there was that responsibility.”

But at the end of the day, the overwhelmingly positive reception by fans and critics alike seems to have validated McKenzie’s commitment.

“My favorite comment was people saying ‘It felt like a Muppet Movie,’ cause that was my aim, and I think we all achieved that. And that’s why I’m really proud of it.”

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‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Tease Us With Movie Talk http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/flight-of-the-conchords-tease-us-with-movie-talk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/flight-of-the-conchords-tease-us-with-movie-talk/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:00:25 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=237879 It's hard to type with finfgners croxssed.

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Fans of acerbic musical comedy were kicked in the nuts when Flight of the Conchords made the decision to not continue their HBO series. It’s time to stop icing our janglies.

Bret McKenzie has announced a film is in the works. “We’re going to try and do a movie. We just need a story.”

No, you don’t. The Transformers franchise is HUGE.

Given the success on The Muppets (on which McKenzie served as music supervisor), this is likely to become a priority project. All they need is the story, which should totally involve puppets. (via Vulture)

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‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Nabs Indie Cool Elf Role In ‘Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/flight-of-the-conchords-star-nabs-indie-cool-elf-role-in-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/flight-of-the-conchords-star-nabs-indie-cool-elf-role-in-hobbit/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 03:36:45 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205371 Bret McKenzie is playing the elf of choice for people who aren't into mainstream elves like Turgon (so overrated).

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Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords“) played a background elf in Lord of the Rings parts one and three, who is known on the interwebs as Figwit. He’s the elf of choice for people who aren’t into mainstream elves like Turgon (so overrated).

Now director Peter Jackson has asked McKenzie to return to Middle Earth, this time as the Elf of Rivendell himself, Lindir, in The Hobbit. Hopefully this will give McKenzie a chance to strap on an accoustic guitar and sing a comedy song that inspires you to faintly smile and nod your head a tiny bit in amusement.

Based on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel, The Hobbit also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett. The two parts will venture into theaters late 2012 and late 2013. (Variety)

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Peter Jackson Wants That ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Guy In ‘The Hobbit’. The Other One. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-wants-that-flight-of-the-conchords-guy-in-the-hobbit-the-other-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-wants-that-flight-of-the-conchords-guy-in-the-hobbit-the-other-one/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 22:44:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205089 If he's not too busy that is...

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Peter Jackson really wants to get the band back together. That band being the cast of Lord Of The Rings. But what if one of those band members has moved on to join an actual band?

Flight Of The Conchords“ star Bret McKenzie had a brief cameo in Lord Of The Rings before finding success by dressing up as a rapping robot. During the council meeting in Fellowship Of The Ring, the camera pans to a random elf played by McKenzie. His character never factors into the plot nor was he given an official name. He actually became known as Figwit once fans nicknamed him that.

As he’s doing with most of the original cast, Jackson wants McKenzie to reprise his role in The Hobbit. There’s no word on whether his role will be expanded, but I kind of hope that he’s once again only featured when the camera pans to reveal him listening in. Maybe this time he can be eating a sandwich or something. (Stuff)

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HBO Okays ‘Flight of the Conchords’ But For Ladies http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-okays-flight-of-the-conchords-but-for-ladies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-okays-flight-of-the-conchords-but-for-ladies/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:39:18 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16829 The benevolent patriarchs at HBO have taken another bold step in the march towards equality for ladies.

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The benevolent patriarchs at HBO have taken another bold step in the march towards equality for ladies. Comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates (actual names Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) have signed a pretty little development deal with the cable channel, and are writing a pilot episode with Richie Keen, who also developed “Important Things with Demetri Martin.” Very nice of him to take time out of his important career developing masculine TV shows to help out a couple of girls, isn’t it? If the pilot is greenlit, there is some kind of web component to the show planned, perhaps in which pictures of pretty dresses and shoes are posted on the internet for other ladies to look at if they get bored during the show. It’s not known whether the pilot is going to be a sitcom like “Flight of the Conchords,” some kind of musical sketch comedy, or an instructional program informing ladies how to cook, clean their homes, and keep their husbands sexually satisfied. Since these two girls have a man helping them, who’s to say it can’t be all three? (via Warming Glow)

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James Bobin May Have a Hand in the New Muppet Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-bobin-may-have-a-hand-in-the-new-muppet-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-bobin-may-have-a-hand-in-the-new-muppet-movie/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Muppet Gang leisurely rushes Kermit to the hospital. Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin has been given the go-ahead to direct Disney's New Muppet Movie, he just has to decide if he wants to play with dolls all day. The choice could prove to be a difficult one considering Judd Apatow is also tugging on Bobin's sleave to direct his new movie Bridemaids, written by awkward-character-playing SNL cast member Kristen Wiig. "What to do, what to do?!" screams Bobin's conscience. One would think Bobin would like to dive head first in to Apatow's bouncy castle of go-to guys, but taking the reins of a Muppet Movie written by Jason Segel and Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller could give his feature career the soft, furry kick in the pants it needs. With Bobin et al manning The Muppets, we're sure to get something more edgy than pies in the face and spinning bowties on bears. But I'm not expecting hot pig-on-frog action either. (Vulture)

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The Muppet Gang leisurely rushes Kermit to the hospital.

Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin has been given the go-ahead to direct Disney’s New Muppet Movie, he just has to decide if he wants to play with dolls all day. The choice could prove to be a difficult one considering Judd Apatow is also tugging on Bobin’s sleave to direct his new movie Bridemaids, written by awkward-character-playing SNL cast member Kristen Wiig. "What to do, what to do?!" screams Bobin’s conscience. 

One would think Bobin would like to dive head first in to Apatow’s bouncy castle of go-to guys, but taking the reins of a Muppet Movie written by Jason Segel and Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller could give his feature career the soft, furry kick in the pants it needs. With Bobin et al manning The Muppets, we’re sure to get something more edgy than pies in the face and spinning bowties on bears. But I’m not expecting hot pig-on-frog action either. (Vulture)

 

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No Third Season for HBO’s ‘Flight of the Conchords’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/no-third-season-for-hbos-flight-of-the-conchords/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/no-third-season-for-hbos-flight-of-the-conchords/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Bad news, nerdy guys. You won't have any new Flight of the Conchords songs to sing-along to in a failed effort to impress girls anytime soon. The New Zealand folk duo have announced that this past season of their HBO show will not be followed by a third. The show had grown too difficult to produce with the pressures of writing multiple original songs per episode. Though they are still expected to record albums, there is no word on when those may be released. So, sorry fellas. Looks like you're going to have to rely on Lonely Island to get you almost laid for the foreseeable future. (via Reuters)

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Bad news, nerdy guys. You won’t have any new Flight of the Conchords songs to sing-along to in a failed effort to impress girls anytime soon. The New Zealand folk duo have announced that this past season of their HBO show will not be followed by a third. The show had grown too difficult to produce with the pressures of writing multiple original songs per episode. Though they are still expected to record albums, there is no word on when those may be released. So, sorry fellas. Looks like you’re going to have to rely on Lonely Island to get you almost laid for the foreseeable future. (via Reuters)

 

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