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by emira » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:17 pm

Starting from 16th August in New York, Austenland will be 'touring' America for a month. Dates and cinemas here. Who's going?
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by emira » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:53 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdqLQXoa3B0[/youtube]
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by emira » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:08 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cEco1UrI4g[/youtube]

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by emira » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:22 pm

one more clip with Bret #love3#

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by emira » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:28 am

two interviews with Bret and JJ Feild

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK_xfHniCAs[/youtube]
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by emira » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:24 pm

Exclusive Interview: Bret McKenzie on Austenland & Muppets Most Wanted
Songwriter Bret McKenzie says he didn’t think The Moopets were funny, and describes his new fantasy musical.
August 14th, 2013 Fred Topel

I’ve been waiting to talk to Bret McKenzie since I saw Austenland at Sundance in January. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the movie this week, starring Keri Russell as a woman obsessed with Jane Austen who goes to a Jane Austen theme park. McKenzie plays one of the servants who takes a liking to her, but everyone from the servants to the love interest are actors hired to play their Jane Austen roles, and they hang out out of character when the clients aren’t around. I hung out with McKenzie on the outdoor patio of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills talking about movies, music, Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets.


CraveOnline: Are you pursuing acting more these days?

Bret McKenzie: When things come up. When they’re fun. So not really. I really enjoy doing it but I also enjoy doing the music and writing stuff, so it is still a mixture of jobs.

Did you ever expect acting to be something you were asked for?

I don’t know. I’ve done a little bit of it. I definitely like it.

It was “Flight of the Conchords” that really presented you as an actor.

Yeah, yeah. I guess I always have done a mixture of music and theater, so I’ve had experience in both.

And one of the bonuses of being an actor is now you’ve gotten to do a “Simpsons” voice. Is that the ultimate?

I know, I almost should retire. I should give up now.

Do singers love pretending they can’t sing?

I don’t know, because actors love singing. I’ve noticed that, even if they can’t sing. I think actors love singing and singers like acting, but singers putting on bad voices? Yeah, I think that’s pretty fun.

They talk about Olivia Newton-John’s “Suddenly” in Austenland. Was that ever an influence on your music?

Olivia Newton-John? She’s not a big influence on me. [Laughs]

Did you think it was funny in the movie how important “Suddenly” was?

I loved it. I love the whole easy listening thread that went through the film. I was really happy with that. One of my favorite moments is when I’m singing “Suddenly” in the background, you see Keri and J.J. [Feild] over here. I loved it.

Why did you decide this character would have a lower back tattoo?

The tramp stamp? That was Jerusha [Hess]’s idea and I’m glad you picked up on that.

Well, I remember at Sundance you showed your back to prove it wasn’t real.

Oh right, yeah, yeah.

If you hadn’t done that I would have asked if it was real.

Now I’m thinking I should just tell people it’s real. I think Jerusha just wanted the character to be as trashy and seedy as possible.

Is it a unique challenge being an actor playing an actor?

There’s a lot of layers going on. For a fairly simple, broad film, there’s surprising details and levels within it. I just wanted to make it as real as possible and I love comedies, which I think have become very popular in the last 10 years, where the comedy is grounded with a story that genuinely resonates. I think people have gotten it wrong a lot recently. It’s a difficult balance to get, but I think Jerusha really managed to crack it on this where it’s absolutely ludicrous, but I feel the audience still cares about Keri’s character.

Is it true that you’re cousins with Keri?

[Laughs] That’s a funny rumor. That’s from Sundance also. You’ve got a good memory.

Well, I wrote it down. I knew one day I would ask you.

Yeah, she has a relative in New Zealand so we may be cousins.

So really she just knows someone in the same country.

[Laughs] I think everyone’s related. If you know someone in New Zealand then you’re a cousin.

After doing Austenland do you have any sense of why women love Mr. Darcy?

I was thinking about this. In New Zealand, everyone reads Jane Austen at school. Is that the same in America. Do you have to read Jane Austen?

Maybe Pride and Prejudice.

I wonder if it’s because people are reading it at a time in their teenage years where they’re quite vulnerable, or the world of romance and love is opening up. So many women I know are hardcore Jane Austen fans. They started little Jane Austen book clubs and they get together. Do you know people like that? I feel like a few people I’ve talked about this film and they go, “Oh my God, I love Jane Austen. When I was a teenager we used to read that all the time.” Not so much guys, or definitely they don’t talk about it so much. I wonder if it’s the romance in the novels and the fact that people are reading them when they’re teenagers is what’s making it click in.

The other thing about the Darcy thing is I feel like there’s a lot of people waiting for the knight in shining armor, this romantic idea of love that is so strong in all the media and all the movies and all the books, and it’s so unreal. It’s a strange thing that we grow up being fed these stories, the fairy tale romance and yet reality is just so different to that.

Maybe I’m just cynical, but could it be that they hope the good looking A-hole is really a nice guy who loves them underneath? In real life they’re probably not.

Yeah, yeah, right. The good looking asshole usually is an asshole.

What are your favorite movie theme songs?

I love Randy Newman, Toy Story, “You’ve Got a Friend In Me.” I love Bowie’s “Magic Dance” in Labyrinth. “Dance the magic…”

That’s my favorite movie of all time, so I love that.

Yeah, let’s talk about that for a bit. It’s so good. Such a weird film though, right? I’m working on a musical fairy tale at the moment and I’ve been watching films like that and the story in that is insane. She hates her baby brother. She gets angry with this baby and it gets taken away. It’s such a strange premise for her to leave, so then she’s chasing this baby that she didn’t like and wants to get it back and there’s this weird love interest between Bowie and her, this sort of unspoken… They’re at the ball dancing as though there’s a romance.

No, he says he wants her to be his wife.

It’s so weird, right? I don’t know if you could do that now. Anyway, I love that song, that’s great and then I also like all the ‘80s ballads. I’m just trying to think of an example.

Top Gun?

Top Gun, yeah, but what was the song in that?

“Take My Breath Away.”

Yeah, I feel like we’ve lost the use of a song the way they were used in the ‘80s. I guess the Bond film was the most recent successful really good song.

Skyfall?

Skyfall, yeah.

Is the musical fairy tale you’re working on Muppets Most Wanted?

No, not Muppety but with creatures.

Is Muppets Most Wanted still a musical?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. They did the first test screening last night for friends and family, so I’m just about to start doing post-production on it.

Are you composing the songs again, or just music supervisor this time?

I’ve written all the songs.

Good, so far the only credit I saw was music supervisor, but it’s just IMDB.

It’s because there really isn’t a formal title for songwriter. It’s more like song any-lyrics-by-me.

Which Muppets do you want to write for this time who didn’t get a song in the last one?

I’m always trying to get Lew Zealand in because his name sounds like New Zealand. Lew Zealand is one of the rarer Muppets. He has a boomerang so he’s sort of a mixture of Australia and New Zealand.

Will Gonzo get a song this time?

Gonzo has a couple of verses. He doesn’t have a feature song. Piggy has a big song. Ricky Gervais has a really great voice so it’s exciting.

We were all surprised by Chris Cooper in the last one.

Yeah, yeah, that was one of the strangest sessions I’ve ever had, getting him to rap. He’s a very serious man.

He committed to it so much.

I think he went kind of method. He went Method Man on it. Anyway, that’s exciting, that film. It doesn’t come out until March which feels like ages away.

Will the Moopets be back?

I don’t know, maybe. I’m not a big fan of the Moopets to be honest, but they do show up a little bit. I like the Fozzy one. [In New York accent] “Wacka Wacka.”

I just thought it was funny that someone thought they could create fake Muppets, and they’re so sad trying to be Muppets.

I feel like it might be a Nick Stoller gag.

Did you actually fight against that?

No, I just didn’t find them that funny.

What is the musical fairy tale you’re doing?

It doesn’t have a name yet. It’s still in script form.

What kind of music will it be?

I don’t know yet. I haven’t decided yet.

Jemaine is busy with his acting career too. Will you guys reunite for a new Flight of the Conchords album? I know you’re not going to do any more of the show but could we at least get more music?

We’re about to do a big tour. We start in a couple weeks with Dave Chappelle. It’s called The Oddball Festival. We’re touring the whole country. That’ll be fun to play some songs again and hopefully come up with some new ideas on the road.

My favorite Flight of the Conchords song is “Mutha’uckas” because I also have too many mutha’uckas ‘uckin’ with my shi’. What can I do about all those mutha’uckas ‘uckin’ with my shi’?

Just tell them. Just tell them to ‘uck off.

How did you guys hook up with Chappelle?

Well, we’re just on the same bill so he’s not joining the band.

No, but to tour together.

It’s Funny or Die.

Those are two big comebacks, both from voluntary retirements.

I know, it’s a bit of a comeback tour because we’ve been away for a few years. He’s been away for ages. It’s interesting. I can’t wait to meet him and hang out hopefully on the tour.

Will the billing be “Academy Award-Winner Bret McKenzie… and Jemaine Clement?”

That’s what I’ve asked for. [Laughs] I think it might be “Flight of the Conchords featuring two original members.”

Let’s talk about Labyrinth a little more.

Yeah, I love it, why not?

I just think it’s the most supremely creative movie.

I know David Bowie’s really proud of what he did for the music in that. Looking back at it, I do agree that he did manage to get a pretty fresh sound on that.

The music is great, but even on the Henson side, the details in the background, the individual characters populating the labyrinth…

That’s the kind of tone I want to get for this film. We have creatures but who are dropped down into interpersonal relationship issues.

I hope you can bring that back.

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by blondesnotbombs » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:26 pm

"The good looking asshole usually is an asshole."

My new favorite quote. Probably because I hate that trope. 8-) #haha#

Martin's theme that was cut/not used in the movie is a bonus track on iTunes, but sadly does not feature Bret. #fingerwave#
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by chrissycubana » Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:35 am

(just saw the film yesterday - it's sweet, cringe-worthy at times, and pretty darn adorable. The actors really nailed their parts, especially Jennifer Coolidge. Bret is adorable . The soundtrack is *awesome* ! #buttrock# )
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by blondesnotbombs » Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:52 pm

It's not playing here yet! #cry#
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by Amily » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:25 pm

blondesnotbombs wrote:It's not playing here yet! #cry#

#therethere# It'll probably never play here. #sadlove#
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by chrissycubana » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:53 pm

Amily wrote:
blondesnotbombs wrote:It's not playing here yet! #cry#

#therethere# It'll probably never play here. #sadlove#


#sadlove# #sadlove#

(there was an early release date for a couple of theaters in LA... Ami, will it be playing in any of the cities you're visiting for the Oddball fest?)
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by blondesnotbombs » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:20 pm

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'Austenland' features unlikely pair, unlikely film
In "Austenland," Jane Austen meets "Flight of the Conchords."

By Katherine Tulich
August 23, 2013 | 3:48 p.m.
It may not seem like your typical rom-com duo: Keri Russell, known as a clandestine Russian spy in FX's retro thriller “The Americans,” and Bret McKenzie of New Zealand's comic-music duo, “Flight of the Conchords.” Put them both in regency costumes in a faux British amusement park devoted to Jane Austen fanatics, and things are bound to get a little freaky.

That's the premise of the new film “Austenland,” directed by Jerusha Hess, the co-screenwriter of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Gentlemen Broncos.” Based on the book by Shannon Hale, Russell plays a plain Jane unable to sustain a relationship while absorbed in her time-warp fantasies of romance and ruffles in Jane Austen books.

Her home is a shrine to Colin Firth's portrayal of the dashing Mr. Darcy from the BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice,” complete with life-size cut-outs of the actor in costume and pillows and throws emblazoned with “I (heart) Darcy” symbols. She blows her life savings on a full-emersion experience at a British resort devoted to role-playing Austen where male actors are hired to fulfill guests' romantic fantasies.

“It started with a lot of giggling about British men in britches,” says Hess, who co-wrote the screenplay with Hale and makes her directing debut. “I wanted to do something different and this is unashamedly a girl's movie.”

“Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer produced the movie under her Fickle Fish Films banner. “It's not just about Austen fans; everyone has a fandom, some world that they would love to go role-play in,” Meyer says. “We would all like to go to a version of our favorite theme park.”

For Russell, it was a welcome break from the more intense roles — including in the horror thriller “Dark Skies” and the upcoming sci-fi sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — she has been playing lately. “I knew it would be fun and poppy, and knowing what Jerusha had done in the past, I knew she would make it weird and specific and funky and I think that's what she achieved,” says Russell.

For McKenzie, who was been spending his “Conchords” break time writing songs for “The Muppets” cinema re-boot (including last year's Academy Award-winning song “Man or Muppet”), it was an offer too good to refuse: playing a Kiwi actor hired to romance the coiffed and corseted women. “It's weird to watch myself do a romantic role. Acting is not really something I have been pursuing, but I did like dressing up in piratey costumes,” he deadpans.

“We didn't have anyone to fill that spot so it was nice to go with a non-actor and someone who is not typically a hunk,” says Hess.” Brett is funny and charming and has his own fan base.”

Teamed again for a recent all-day L.A. press day, Russell can barely contain her laughter, as one joke roles after another between them. “It was like that on set,” she says, as they both reminisce on awkward kissing scenes.

“It was all new to me, but you were used to this, right?” McKenzie asks Russell.

“Sure, I was on ‘Felicity,' [and] she was constantly kissing someone,” says Russell.

“The worse thing is Jerusha couldn't bear to watch. It didn't exactly fill me with confidence,” quips McKenzie.

While filming HBO's “Flight of the Conchords” series, McKenzie was more used to improvising than to following the script. He was in good company with “Austenland” co-star Jennifer Coolidge, playing a loud, buxom, rich American who comes more for the costumes and men than for any real Austen experience.

“My favorite thing was to make Keri crack,” says McKenzie. “She comes from a more scripted background, while for me a script is just an outline. I would just throw all these lines at her and she would look at me in horror and then go straight back to the script, even if it didn't make any sense. After a few days, she learned to roll with it.”

“I was really just hanging on for dear life, as they are just riffing with you in scenes,” says Russell. “It was nerve-racking because they are so fast on their feet. You just hope you don't mess up the moment.”

One of the film's most outrageous scenes was a music video version of Nelly's “Hot in Here,” with cast members in Regency garb dancing to the song. “I was so embarrassed and nervous,” says Russell.

“But weren't you in that Mickey Mouse Club with Justin Timberlake?” McKenzie asks, referring to Russell's first television appearance at 15 as part of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel (along with future stars Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera).

“Yes, I guess you could say I was rekindling that, but I don't think I will be doing a rap album with Nelly any time soon,” says Russell.

“I thought you would be more confident because you have all that music video experience,” adds McKenzie. “I think wearing those britches makes you nervous, whatever you are doing.”

Russell was also six months pregnant with second child Willa at the time of filming. “We had these stretchy corsets but it was a little creepy doing romantic scenes, getting close and rubbing your pregnant belly against them,” she says.

“I recall there was a lot of snacking in between scenes,” adds McKenzie.

“Well, I was lucky you could hide a whole suitcase under some of those dresses,” Russell says.

While McKenzie is returning to “Flight of the Conchords” with a national tour beginning in August as part of the Oddball comedy festival, Russell will be back to her role in FX's “The Americans,” with a second season beginning production in October.

“Do you wear bonnets in that?” asks McKenzie.

“That might be a little hard as we are undercover,” says Russell.

“I am actually trying to get Keri interested in a new project of mine which will incorporate her Jane Austen and spy skills,” says McKenzie. “It's called ‘Jane Austen Powers.'”


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I really want to see Jane Austen Powers. #lol#
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by emira » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:06 am

Bret as a not typical hunk? Someone must be blind!
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