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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 Muppets': Our Favorite TV Stars Join Mahna Mahna Craze

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 10:35AM
The Muppets Mahna MahnaIt's safe to say we're pretty flipping excited for 'The Muppets' movie.

Not only does the new film star Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, but some of our favorite TV stars like Rashida Jones and Neil Patrick Harris round out the cast. And just like us, they're not immune to the Mahna Mahna song.

In the video below, Jones, Harris, Ken Jeong and more of our favorite scene-stealers join the Mahna Mahna phenomenon.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the video is promoting MuppetsMahnaMahna.com, a site where fans can upload clips of themselves singing the classic song.

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'Bob's Burgers' Cast Talks Getting Animated & Big Guest Stars (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 21st 2011 11:00AM
'Bob's Burgers' is the most appropriately inappropriate addition to Fox's Sunday night animation lineup in a long time.

Following burger dive proprietor Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and his family of misfits -- including wife Linda (John Roberts) and children Louise (Kristen Schaal), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Tina (Dan Mintz) -- the show isn't afraid of a little weird (like Louise's ever-present and adorable bunny ears) and a lot of awkward (daughter Tina, voiced by a man, had a serious case of itchy crotch in episode one).

I caught up with the cast to find out a little more about their characters, which big names are lending their voices to the show and what's next for Bob and his possibly inhumane/possibly human burger meat.

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Unintentionally Hilarious Product Placement on Soap Operas (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 15th 2010 6:30PM
Over the weekend, Kristen Schaal, comedian, actress and now Twitter trend-setter, posted video links over this weekend to awkward examples of product placement in 'Days of Our Lives.'

Now made aware of this unintentional hilary, Twitter users have started finding and linking over bad examples of soap opera advertising under the tag #soapoperaproductplacement.

Few TV shows and big budget movies are completely void of product placement these days. '30 Rock' characters even make clever winks and nods toward the camera when they're forced to schlep a product.

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Review: Modern Family - Fifteen Percent

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:30AM
Modern Family: Fifteen Percent
(S01E13)
As usual, there was a ton going on this week, with all three families dealing with different types of crises. Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords) was in one of the more unusual guest roles I've seen in awhile. You can't really describe how she came to be on the episode without it sounding all kinds of creepy, and yet the show managed to avoid any of the cliche reactions to what happened.

The way they've handled Jay's reaction to and dealing with the ongoing situation of his son's homosexuality has also managed to avoid the trite and formulaic "tough guy" dads we're used to seeing. There's just something more authentic about all these relationships, and I think a lot of it is bucking expectations. Gloria's not a gold-digging foreigner, nor is she just looking for a green card marriage. She's a sweet and understanding woman who genuinely loves her husband and son. Maybe a little too understanding.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actress

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:02AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the women who made us laugh the most during the decade.

Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.

The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.

Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:

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Fox Orders 13 Episodes of 'Bob's Burgers'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 1st 2009 2:30PM
Fox has announced a new addition to its Sunday night animated comedy bloc.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network will serve up 13 new episodes of 'Bob's Burgers.' The show is based on Loren Bouchard ('Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,' 'Home Movies') and Jim Dauterive's ('King of the Hill')12-minute presentation, with a voice cast that includes H. Jon Benjamin, 'Flight of the Conchords' alum Kristen Schaal (pictured), Eugene Mirman and 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' writer Dan Mintz.

The show centers around Bob, a struggling burger joint owner, his "tightly wound wife" and their three reckless kids. Bouchard told the Reporter that the original idea was to write a show about a family of cannibals, but the latter aspect was ultimately dropped -- probably for the best, considering the family runs a burger joint.

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Have you experienced Snake 'N' Bacon?

by Annie Wu, posted May 15th 2009 5:03PM
Snake N BaconOn Sunday night/Monday morning, [adult swim] premiered something called Snake 'N' Bacon. What is Snake 'N' Bacon? Well, I'm not entirely sure, actually. But I liked it. I think. Yes. Actually, I really liked it.

Like most [as] shows, Snake 'N' Bacon is a fifteen minute program with its own distinct aesthetic, presenting an interesting mix of animated sequences with live-action bits. I never thought there would be a way to translate creator Michael Kupperman's stuff on the small screen, but there we go. Weird, extra-funny, weird.

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Comedy Central Presents ... some familiar TV faces - VIDEO

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 3rd 2009 11:03AM
John Mulaney, form Comedy Central PresentsIf you tune in to the premiere of the new Comedy Central Presents... stand-up shows tonight, you'll see a couple of familiar faces in John Mulaney (11PM) and Kristen Schaal (11:30PM).

Schaal might be the easier face to place - her role as Mel, the lone groupie on Flight of the Conchords expanded this season, to the point where Bret and Jemaine were actually living at her apartment for a while. Mulaney has done more work behinds the scenes writing for Saturday Night Live (he's been on camera once or twice, in the fine tradition of writers like Conan O'Brien). But he's also been on shows like Important Things with Demetri Martin and Best Week Ever.

Both are worth catching for their stand-up acts. Schaal brings some of the quirkiness of her Conchords character, without the creepiness. She's got a great, vivid imagination, which is easy to see in this clip about her dreaming of George Washington.

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

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 17th 2008 5:01PM
FotC
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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The Daily Show: July 17, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 18th 2008 2:29PM
Jon StewartFirst up, congratulations to The Daily Show for their multiple Emmy nominations! Hey, Jon Stewart even grabbed a nomination for hosting the Oscars. Well done, well done. Awards night will definitely be interesting, as The Colbert Report also got lots of Emmy attention, but in the very same categories as Jon and his team. I'm so torn between the two that I may have to avoid the issue all together and just blindly root for some other show.

Secondly, if you saw The Colbert Report last night and felt a little embarrassed for Stephen Colbert for interrupting Rush's performance of "Tom Sawyer"... It was a planned joke about the length of the band's songs. I cannot believe the number of people who went online to rip on Colbert for being clueless enough to do that. Come on, as if Colbert would screw up Rush's first American TV appearance in 33 years with something like that. I feel silly for even having to clear this up.

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The Daily Show: June 5, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 6th 2008 12:37PM
Sandler and StewartUsually respectable news institutions have been suffering after failing to fact-check breaking news. Entertainment Tonight is no exception to this, making a boo-boo after falsely reporting that Angelina Jolie's never-ending pregnancy has actually come to an end. This also knocked the credibility of Jon Stewart's "Ultimate Celebrity Baby Website" ("Is Jamie Lynne Spears' baby pregnant yet?... Verne Troyer: Sort of celebrity baby").

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The Daily Show: April 15, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 16th 2008 10:21AM
Jon StewartIf you've been having trouble touching yourself recently, it may be because the Pope is in the States. Because he doesn't really have anything better to do, President Bush picked up the Pope from the airport. More coverage has been promised for Wednesday night, so I guess anyone that was expecting some in-depth Popewatch was sorely disappointed.

"House of Pain" (the alternate was "Itty-Bitty Torture Committee", which is so much better): To further creep out the entire country, Bush admitted that six of the top members of his administration have extensively gone through what is considered torture. No wonder CIA Director George Tenet and company have freely and happily repeated that the government does not torture. Their definition probably stops just short of killing the interrogation subject. Asf for Condoleezza Rice's chuckle-inducing evasive maneuvering from that interview clip, it really shouldn't have been so chuckle-inducing. Ha-HA! Sadist government.

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The Daily Show: March 13, 2008 - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 14th 2008 11:43AM
Kristen Schaal"You're Not Helping: Campaign Edition": Taking a break from the Eliot Spitzer news, Jon talked about some of the least helpful campaign supporters in the Democratic race. First up, Hillary Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro said that Barack Obama is lucky to be who he is, because a white man with his background would not have made it this far. On the other side, Obama's supporter and pastor Jeremiah Wright got a bit too excited, threw down one of those "God damn America!"s and it was all over.

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