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?
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!
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.
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."
Red Nose Day: Comedy for Cure Kids, held just this past Friday, August 24th, was meant to be all about raising money for research into battling life-threatening illnesses in kids in New Zealand. The whole goal of Cure Kids, in fact, is exceptionally worthwhile. Who could turn down helping out kids like this, when asked? It should come as no surprise then that Flight of the Conchords, New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based folk-parody duo, was involved. They even wrote a new song, with some help, and it's exactly what you'd expect.
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.
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!
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.
Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter sing "Life's A Happy Song" in The Muppets but Kermit the Frog recently got together with its composer and singer (on the soundtrack), Flight of the Concord's Bret McKenzie, to do an impromptu duet. I think it's delightful but Susana, our resident Muppet expert was highly critical of the performance. "I was luke warm on it because there's some bad kermit lip synching," she said, adding that things got better when he started rhyming. This is why we love her. Enjoy!
p.s. Susana really loves it.
Kermit the Frog and the rest of his crew are busy making the rounds in the media to promote The Muppets. And while we will warn you that some plot points are revealed during the interview in the video above (conducted by Jian Ghomeshi of Canada's QTV), there are no spoilers. But there is nudity. But nothing you haven't seen before. (Because Kermit has been fully nude for his entire career.)
After the jump, however, is a slightly more spoilery video -- that is, if you don't want to hear any of the new original songs by Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who sings one of them with Kermit.
Remember the year 2002? Internet fandom was in full swing, but in many ways was still getting it's legs, and sites like The Tolkien Sarcasm Page didn't seem hopelessly quaint. And a little movie called The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring had just come out, and a little scene known as the Council of Elrond happened and in it there was a little unnamed elf who, for standing quietly on the edge of one, seconds long cut, captured the hearts and libidos of thousands of fans.
And he was to be called Figwit, "Legolas for the thinking woman."
According to Variety, the actor who played him, Bret McKenzie (of later Flight of the Conchords fame), has been signed for The Hobbit.