Venus wrote:Josh Groban has revealed that he is collaborating with Bret on an upcoming project that he can't talk too much about yet. I'm guessing it's for "The Muppets...Again!" but we'll see.
http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/josh-grob ... eo-5333098
Big names on bill for childcare centre fundraiser
Last updated 05:00 26/02/2013
Cake stalls have been replaced with a star-studded musical variety concert as a fundraiser for a Newtown childcare centre.
Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott, and Fat Freddy's Drop's Toby Laing are among the acts at tomorrow's Playspace Society Variety Show.
All the performers have children at the parent-run co-operative childcare centre in Adelaide Rd.
"This generation of parents, it's our chance to make our mark," Scott said. "[It's a reflection of] people who have played in bands before who are now in their mid-30s with children.
"It's an acknowledgement of not necessarily being young party rock'n'roll bands any more, but being something else."
The concert is being held at St James Church in Newtown, which will fit about 100 people. "It's really going to be a community kind of event. We're not putting on a big concert, it's going to be quite small. There'll be crowd participation and singing along."
The concert was expected to raise about $6000 for the childcare centre. "We usually have cake stalls and stuff like that, but we were finding these things to be fairly low yield," Scott said.
"If we raise $6000, we're looking at about 60 cake stalls - so this is much more efficient."
This year there were 15 children attending the centre, many the offspring of musical parents.
Also in the lineup are Trinity Roots' Rio Hemopo, Mara TK, Jessie Moss, and The Yoots.
Scott said the bands would play their well-known songs, including Phoenix Foundation songs performed by a band made up entirely of fathers, and a duo with Scott and McKenzie.
The money raised would "help keep things ticking over". Limited tickets for tomorrow's 7pm show are still available from underthe radar.co.nz for $30.
Musical stars turn out for the kids
Stars band together for childcare fundraiser
Last updated 06:36 28/02/2013
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HELPING OUT: Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott, left, and Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie play at St James Church in Newtown last night.
It may have been for the kids, but it was the parents up and dancing at a star-studded fundraiser including Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie.
The variety show last night, organised by Playspace childcare centre in Newtown, was held to raise funds for the co-operative, parent-run centre.
On the sloping wooden floor of St James Church in Newtown, people sat cross-legged while listening to folk and acoustic tunes from McKenzie, Samuel Flynn Scott of the Phoenix Foundation and their musical friends.
Childcare centre parents organised the variety show with a goal of raising $6000.
Songs were played in honour of Tame Iti, craft beer flowed freely and so did a fair few swear words while the audience swayed in time.
As guitarist Mara TK put it, it was time to send the kids to bed.
McKenzie said his daughter Vita and son Leo were at home while he helped their childcare centre earn a few dollars.
The hit of the night was a rendition of McKenzie's Oscar-winning tune Man or Muppet, with Scott and him leading the crowd in a sing-along.
"I'm going to be the man, and Sam has sort of volunteered to be the muppet," McKenzie said.
"We'll see how that goes."
Groban says he has plans to collaborate with two of our own – Flight of the Conchords duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.
"The thing that we're collaborating on is a top secret cameo for something that we're working on that's going to be released sometime next year," he says.
Late night Shopping brings out the stars
'For it to be enjoyed by Kiwis means a lot'
Last updated 05:00 30/05/2013
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IN THE AUDIENCE: Bret McKenzie and partner Hannah Clarke at the premiere.
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RUGGED UP: Movie director Taika Waititi with Chelsea Winstanley.
Wellington's hottest stars braved a chilly night for the premiere of local film Shopping at the Embassy Theatre.
Family, friends and stars such as Bret McKenzie, Ladi6, Oscar Kightley and Taika Waititi mingled at the opening night of Kapiti film-making duo Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland's first feature film.
The award-winning writers and directors said Shopping might have already screened at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, but this was the night that really counted.
"We can't wait to show everyone - our friends and family who have talked to us for six years about the making of it," Albiston said.
The loosely autobiographical movie, set in 1981, follows a young Kapiti boy seduced into a gang of shoplifters by a charismatic criminal.
The reaction of the New Zealand audience would be the film's true test, Sutherland said.
"For it to be enjoyed and shared by Kiwis means a lot more to us than anything else."
The premiere was also a chance to reunite the cast and crew. For many of the young lead actors, including Kevin Paulo (Willie), Laura Peterson (Nicky) and Julian Dennison (Solomon), it was their first experience of the red carpet.
Dressed in his best, 10-year-old Julian was at home among the glitz and glamour with his mum and sister. His twin brother, whom he pipped for the role, remained at home.
The Naenae Primary pupil was nervous about people watching his portrayal on screen.
"It's kinda like it's me, but it's not me."
Waititi and partner Chelsea Winstanley said that though neither had worked with Albiston or Sutherland, both were long-time "admirers from afar".
That's Brett from Flight of the Conchords, guys, I swear @BoardwalkEmpire
chelseyajohnson My boss embarrassed me last night and made me take a picture with her friend Bret...though I'm not all that mad about it. #thethirdconchord #flightoftheconchords
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