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Coming Soon: The 'Flight of the Conchords' Movie?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 28th 2011 7:00AM
Time for 'Flight of the Conchords' fans to break out the animal sweaters and do the happy dance: Bret and Jemaine are headed to the big screen! Maybe. Star Bret McKenzie told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that "We're gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story."

McKenzie joked, "I'm gonna go back to New Zealand tomorrow, maybe film it next week. And then edit it the week after. I don't know how familiar you are with movies, but there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that could take one or two weeks. And then, probably in about a month we'll have a premiere."

'Conchords' co-creator James Bobin, who's fresh off directing the new 'Muppets' movie, told StarPulse that he's game: "I'd love to do it. It's just a question of what it would be and when we would do it, but I'm sure because that's what I want to make happen at some point."

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'The Simpsons' Premiere: 'Glee,' 'Flight of the Conchords' Show Up and Sing (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 27th 2010 1:00AM
'Simpsons' Premiere: 'Glee,' 'Flight of the Conchords' Show Up and SingThis is the 22nd season of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox). Wow, has it really been that long? The years have just flown by. This particular 'TV Squad' writer still remembers when the first episode of the show came on. I happened to be in middle school when 'The Simpsons' debuted, which means that:

1) I'm really old now.

And ...

2) Gosh, 'The Simpsons' has been on TV for a really long time. I also recall when the show was considered so scandalous that Bart Simpson t-shirts were banned in my school for being too "in your face," but that's neither here nor there ...

At any rate, moving on ... 'The Simpsons' is now a beloved cultural institution, featuring many, many celebrity guest stars. And tonight's episode is no different. The show welcomes Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, stars of 'Flight of the Conchords,' -- and members of the identically named band, which is "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo." Yay! ... Oh, and some people from 'Glee' show up as well.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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From the horse's mouth: no more Conchords

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 11th 2009 2:03PM
Flight of the ConchordsWe wondered before if Flight of the Conchords would make a third season, and now we know. It won't. The final episode of the HBO series' second season had them returning to New Zealand to be shepherds and that's where they're staying.

Jermaine Clements and Bret McKenzie (co-stars and co-writers of the series as well as the only two members of the group) wrote on their website that while the characters Jermaine and Bret are done, the real ones will still be around.

At first I thought this was a tactic for getting more money from the producers, but after some thought there is likely some truth to their statements about the series being hard to produce. The first season was much easier because they already had the library of songs to use. The second season was probably so much harder that it put them off a third season.

There is always the possibility of a movie. Keep buying those DVD sets.

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Has Flight of the Conchords flown the coop?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 3rd 2009 8:05PM
Flight of the ConchordsSome more sad TV news that thankfully doesn't involve Kirstie Alley: Flight of the Conchords might not be returning to television.

Jermaine Clement, one of the show's stars, told the Reuters News Service that their hilarious show might not return to television for a third season because the amount of work that it requires.

This isn't his or anyone else's final decision on the matter. Clement and his costar Bret McKenzie will discuss the possibility of a third season with directors and producers and should come to a decision by the end of the month. So all of you fans with Flight of the Conchords prayer alert hidden in your closet might want to a light an extra candle before you go to bed tonight.

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Flight of the Conchords revisit original radio show

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 7th 2009 1:02PM
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Back in the day, before Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie became America's favorite Kiwi musician-comedians, they did a six-episode radio series for BBC Radio 2. The audio has been floating around YouTube for a while, pleasing the fans desperate to get as much folkin' action as possible. To make things a little more legit and extra-fun (thanks to bonus materials), BBC Audio is about to re-release a bigger CD set of the Flight of the Conchords radio show.

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Flight of the Conchords to release new album

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 24th 2009 12:03PM
Flight of the Conchords albumOh, my. This is just like Christmas! Christmas in July. It's been revealed that Flight of the Conchords will have a new album coming out from Sub Pop Records, featuring music from the second season of their HBO series. It's called "I Told You I Was Freaky."

Despite the fact that season two didn't pack quite the bite that the first did, we're getting "Carol Brown" and "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)," and that's all that really matters.

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Flight of the Conchords: New Cup

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 26th 2009 11:29AM
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(S02E02) "We're back at square one ... Typical isn't it? We were at square two, but now we're back." – Murray, after bailing the boys out of jail

For me, the best thing about Flight of the Conchords is the deadpan minimalist humor that stands in sharp contrast to the elaborate song sequences. (It should be noted that my favorite FotC song is "I Like to Rock the Party.") It's the comedy that's barely there that makes this show funny. Murray checking his notes to confirm that Bret should have a guitar. Bret offering nut loaf to potential "Janes." The "dad guitar." That's the good stuff.

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Flight of the Conchords man up for Time Out

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 9th 2009 2:33PM
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My apologies to Flight of the Conchords. Being a heterosexual dude, I'm not too turned on by the Hasselhoff-eclipsing manliness Bret and Jemaine have apparently been hiding under all that hipster garb. I do applaud the duo for doing this photo shoot, though. They've shattered the idea that all city-dwelling indie dudes have to look like Conor Oberst. Now I can show off my TV on the Radio T-shirt and my awesome biceps with pride.

Yes, these are the actual covers of the latest issue of Time Out New York and not some obsessive fan girl's Photoshop fantasy (unless the Time Out page designer is an obsessive FotC fan girl). I was already excited about the Conchords return to HBO, and now this has me counting the days until their show premieres on January 18. I do have one question, though: Why no topless Murray?

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Conchords gets 250,000 viewers online

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 29th 2008 10:01AM
Flight of the ConchordsIt looks like the Flight of the Conchords premiere shown exclusively online at FunnyOrDie.com and HBO.com drew 250,000 views in the first 10 days. The article doesn't say whether or not that represents unique views or the same person viewing it 250,000 times (where was Kristen Schaal during the past 10 days?), but it likely was the former.

It says a lot about the power of online buzz, given that the last season premiere had only 100,000 views (before Flight of the Conchords had mainstream popularity in the States). Fans like me have waited two years for the next season (which, I understand, was held up because the duo was busy writing new songs for the second season), and it was nice to be able to watch the premiere online in advance of its initial television broadcast. Other networks should follow HBO's pattern to generate buzz for their programming.

I received a couple of their albums for the holidays (better late than never). My favorite song of theirs is "Bowie".

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Flight of the Conchords season two - An early look - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 17th 2008 5:01PM
You guys, you guys! Flight of the Conchords is back. The show saw huge success when it premiered on HBO way back in 2007, and the soundtrack has been a must for all comedy fans that have their iPods surgically attached to their ears. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have captured hearts with their awkward deliveries and showed the world that funny music can be original and catchy without sacrificing the jokes.

The second season will kick off in January, but the first episode is already available on FunnyOrDie.com. You can also click after the jump to watch the full episode (US only) and read some words that I thought up about it. Catch the episode before it goes offline in a few days! Naturally, spoilers ahead, as well.

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Flight of the Conchords online premiere: An early Christmas miracle - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 1st 2008 7:50PM
Flight of the ConchordsIf you are anything like me, then you have been dying to see the second season of Flight of the Conchords since the last credits rolled. I was starting to doubt my ability to make it until January, when Bret and Jemaine officially return to HBO, so thank goodness for the lovely folks at FunnyOrDie.com.

The website will be premiering FotC's first episode on Wednesday, December 17th at 12:00 p.m. EST, just in time to keep me from doing something terribly illegal and breaking and entering some place to hunt down the new episodes myself. Make sure you start watching the episode as soon as you can, because it will be up for only four days. That means if you budget your time like a hardcore fan should, forty-eight viewings can be squeezed out of that time frame. I know, I know: "Forty-eight viewings only?"

To ease the pain and hold you over those two and a half weeks, click after the jump and check out some of the promos that have been airing on HBO.

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Flight of the Conchords to end after second season

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 31st 2008 9:03AM
Bret and McKenzieBad news, Flight of the Conchords fans. It looks like the upcoming season of their HBO show will be the end. The boys, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, have confirmed that they've been having trouble making the second season, struggling with making new music and sitting around with a lot of half-songs, "an album's worth of beginnings of songs." Sure, sure, they deserve to take it easy, especially after bringing us twelve episodes of goodness, but can fans really help but feel brokenhearted? Commence full body-shaking sobbing.

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Nine people who must host SNL next season

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 4th 2008 12:45PM
Flight of the ConchordsIf there were a way to completely stop people on the Internet from saying, "Why do you keep watching this? Saturday Night Live hasn't been good since the days of Gildaphil Belushikroyd Normfeyrrell!", I would punch that button (or that person). Thinking a little more optimistically, there can always be better days ahead, for SNL is forever renewable, with an ever changing cast and crew. The thing that gets the fastest turn-over is the host, who has the opportunity to bring something new and exciting from week to week.

Now that the so-so 33rd season is over, I like to pretend everyone at SNL has kicked aside all the beach time and BBQ invites to plan something exciting for their return. Picking good hosts is an important part of having a successful season, so I've compiled my own list of nine people that must host, just in case SNL decides to re-work the entire show based on blog responses. I'm just covering all my bases, all right?


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Flight of the Conchords test new songs on tour

by Annie Wu, posted May 13th 2008 11:22AM
Bret and JemaineThis fan post from Oh No They Didn't! contains two super-sneaky clips of new songs from Flight of the Conchords' recent Milwaukee tour stop. The audio isn't top-notch, obviously, what with all the audience laughter, echo-y acoustics, and the overwhelming roar of girls everywhere doing that thing where they take off their bra under their shirt and then fling it on the stage. Chick magnets, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are. Anyway, we still have a long while to wait before their self-titled HBO show returns for a second season. Perhaps we can give a listen to this new material and start thinking about what January 2009 will bring.

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Flight of the Conchords EP and pictures of Jemaine's lips - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 9th 2007 11:23AM
Flight of the ConchordsOver the past few weeks, my quiet adoration for Flight of the Conchords and their HBO show has quickly spiraled into something dangerously close to rabid fanaticism. This transformation is marked by my sudden desire -- nay, my sudden need -- to listen to and watch all that the boys have ever done, and then take screencaptures of everything and then use those screencaptures in Photoshop to make little 100 x 100 avatars so that I can share my love with other fans on Flight of the Conchords forums and message boards. However, I'm glad to say that I'm not quite there yet, because my self-control has helped me contain my creepiness to a certain extent. That said, I do have a PSD file of screencaptures of the last episode on my Desktop right now. I'm just saying.

Okay, enough story time, because I have some good stuff to share...

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