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Bret McKenzie

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Tell the Time by Deep Space 9

You can find this lovely clock on Etsy. (via Neatorama)

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I'll Allow It

Bret McKenzie Is Developing An Animated Series About NASA

Bret McKenzie, otherwise known as the 50% of Flight of the Conchords that isn’t Jemaine Clement, is teaming up with Fox to develop an animated series. At this point, I have one question for you, Mr. McKenzie: will it be a musical?

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DO WANT

Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie Is Writing A Labyrinth-esque Fairy Tale Musical

You might know Bret McKenzie as one half of the Kiwi musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, or as the guy who wrote the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Muppets, or even as Figwit from The Lord of the Rings. But you probably don’t know him like this: McKenzie is writing what he describes as a “fairy-tale comedy musical” that pulls inspiration from The Muppets, The Princess Bride, and Labyrinth.

It sounds awesome. So what’s the sitch with the musical’s development? Head under the cut to find out!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Up‘s Carl and Russell as Batman and Robin

“Mr. Dark Knight Returns” by Abraham Lopez. I don’t need to tell you why this is awesome. (via ScreenRant)

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it's time to play the music

Will Ricky Gervais Have A Major Role In The Muppets Movie Sequel?

British comedian Ricky Gervais is in talks for the upcoming sequel of The Muppets! But who would he play? Hit the jump to find out! 

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Songwriter Bret McKenzie to Return for The Muppets Sequel

I’m going to take full credit for this. Yesterday, when I wrote about the possibility of Christoph Waltz being in the next Muppet movie, I said that if Bret McKenzie didn’t return to write the songs for it I would cry. And last night it was announced that he will be returning. Looks like the universe had my back on this one. You’re welcome, fellow Muppets-Flight of the Conchords fans.

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Christoph Waltz Might be the (Non-Muppet) Star of the Next Muppets Movie

It’s time for a hearty Kermit flail: Christoph Waltz is apparently in negotiations to be one of the human stars of the next Muppets movie.

YAAAAAAAAAYY!!!!!

What we know about the film so far is that it’s a “crime caper” set in Europe; The Hollywood Reporter notes that Waltz is in talks to play an Interpol inspector and that other stand-out human roles will include “a Russian femme fatale and a male lead whose intentions are always in question.”

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Oh Hollywood

The Winners of the 84th Academy Awards

Alright folks, prepare to be nonplussed. The nerdiest moment at this Oscars ceremony was probably when Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow presented an award together and if you squinted you could pretend it was Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. But it also, as TDW points out, had a moment where the Dean from Community made fun of Angelina Jolie, moments after she’d presented his Oscar for writing The Descendants.

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Things We Saw Today: The Hunger Games As a Disney Movie

There she is, the Girl on Fire! io9 has a great collection of fan art gathered from all around the internet of the characters and scenes from The Hunger Games, including this one by DeviantART user Muchacha10. They are awesome and free of spoilers!

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Why Are There Only Two Original Songs Nominated For Oscars?

If you looked through our list of Academy Award nominees for 2012, you may have noticed something odd. The category for Best Original Song only had two nominees – Man or Muppets from The Muppets and Real in Rio from Rio. Now, while here at The Mary Sue were very excited at the prospect of Kermit getting an Oscar, I know when I saw the short list I thought to myself, “There had to have been more original songs this year.” So what gives? Well, turns out you can put the blame squarely on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ stupid rules. 

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