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Re: The Muppets!

Postby Venus » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:10 am

:lol: :thumb:

Ooh, so you've moved over to Germany then, YisBot? Great stuff! It was a late night for me as well but it was definitely worth it. :nod:

Loved the "losing face" article. :lol:


So funny how James is dragged into singing along on the red carpet but he did a great job!


Bret's win was #5 in the most tweeted about Oscar moments on the night according to Twitter's blog. 8)

Lol, even Walter got on the phone to Radio Live NZ after Bret's win.
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby LauraK » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:23 am

Awwwww, that was great!! James did that really well, his voice is just right for it, lol!
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby Nancy » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:39 am

Heh, heh, adorable and funny, as always.

SW, you're not the only one to mention the sound on the show, and those complaining all seemed to be in the New York/New Jersey area. I had no sound problems. The Grammys were another matter. I kept checking other channels, they were fine, but the Grammy channel sucked so bad that by the time Paul McCartney sang at the end, there was NO SOUND, just his lips moving. :roll:
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby gibbsrus » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:42 pm

Okay..... you guys are BAD, bad, bad for me!!! :P Not that I need much encouraging but.... I'm just on the work laptop, so i don't have my big guns in photoshop, but I just HAD to do a quickie for ya. :P

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I'm so sorry :P It had to be done. :D

So who do you think I should substitute Jemaine for? ooooooh, I've just had another very, very bad idea!!!! :D :D See if I can post the idea before I create it!! :)

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Re: The Muppets!

Postby Venus » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:54 pm

Haha, that's so good, gibbs! :lol: :clap:

LauraK wrote:Awwwww, that was great!! James did that really well, his voice is just right for it, lol!


:nod: :lol: Here's Sergio and Carlinhos Brown's impromptu performance of Real in Rio on the red carpet from 0:56 which was pretty fun too. :)

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Some more pics of Bret at the pre-Oscar party:
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Academy governor Charles Bernstein, Oscar nominees Bret McKenzie (The Muppets), Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Howard Shore (Hugo), Ludovic Bource (The Artist) Siedah Garrett (Rio), John Williams (War Horse / The Adventures of Tintin) and SCL President Dan Foliart at The Society of Composers and Lyricists Oscar reception.

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Oscar nominee Bret McKenzie with Academy governors Charles Bernstein and Arthur Hamilton.

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(Left to right) Bret McKenzie, Siedah Garrett, Alberto Iglesias, Howard Shore, Ludovic Bource and John Williams.
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:37 pm

Oh wow. Wonderful! :heart:

This is so dangerous for me. Is there such a thing as too much Bret? :hrm: Cuz I may be overdosing. :thud: I think I downloaded 120 pics just from the last 24 hours - and not a bad one in the bunch. :drool: :drool: :drool:

A few of my faves, that I don't think are posted yet. (sorry, no sources...it started to be ridiculous to manage. Anyone can get these pics with a quick Google of "Bret McKenzie")

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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:38 pm

From the ceremony...

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:yay: :yay: :yay: I still almost can't believe it. :biggrin:
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:41 pm

I don't know what Bret did, but I love this pic...

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And lookie-lookie! Bret was 4th on this all important list. :horny:

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Absolute perfection. :heart:

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Was that too many? I feel I've shown remarkable restraint...
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:50 pm

Oscar-Winner Bret McKenzie Talks Songwriting for 'The Muppets,' Red Carpet Video

by Jacob Combs | February 28, 2012

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Bret McKenzie is best known for being one half of the Flight of the Conchords, a musical comedy group that became the subject of an eponymous HBO show, or even his turn as the elf Figwit in "Lord of the Rings." (Seriously, just Google it.)

Now, though, he's the Oscar-winner for this year's Best Original Song (beating out Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett for "Rio"). Sadly, the Oscar producers opted out of going with a Muppet performance of the song. Too bad, because we wanted to see Jason Segel belt at the Kodak Theatre. So did McKenzie. "We had big plans," he said on the Oscar red carpet. "A big number on stage, with Jason and the Muppets, a Busby Berkeley-type number. They threw us out of the room." (See the red carpet video below.) Audiences had to settle for an underwhelming short bit with Kermit and Miss Piggy in their seats.

Here's our pre-Oscar phoner with McKenzie:

Jacob Combs: You were nominated for "Man or Muppet," but is it your favorite song from the movie? Or is there another one that holds a special place in your heart?

Bret McKenzie: We won the Critics Choice Award for "Life's a Happy Song," but I think "Man or Muppet" is my favorite musical moment in the film, so I'm really proud that that's the one they chose.

JC: I also watched the New York Times video where you and Kermit performed "Life's a Happy Song."

BM: Oh yeah. That was really fun.

JC: I loved it when you were rhyming together and he was trying to stump you. And when he says, "Life's a taco," you just kind of stopped playing and laughed!

BM: (laughs) Yeah.

JC: Watching that, it reminded me that the puppeteers are so much more than just people pulling strings. They're actors and they're singers and really almost improv comedians. Did you have a lot of interaction with them?

BM: I worked with them in the studio a lot, recording their voices. They didn't have their puppets with them, though. That would have been one of the great things about working with Jim Henson. The people writing it were the puppeteers. And that's different now—you have different groups working on it. It would have been amazing with Jim Henson and Frank Oz writing the jokes and creating the moments for themselves. Now the process has a lot of second-guessing in it.

JC: How so?

BM: Well, it's just not such a cohesive creative team now. I'm really proud of the film, but it must have been incredible when Jim Henson was at the helm. Now I think you're working with puppeteers who don't so much own the character but are the guardians of it. So they make decisions based on the character's history, but not necessarily new choices of their own.

JC: Tell me about your experience in the studio when them.

BM: Well, for example, Sam the Eagle would refuse to sing one of my lyrics because it didn't fit with the integrity of his character.

JC: So you'd change it on the spot?

BM: Yeah, I'd rewrite it in the studio. To be honest, I think he made it right. Disney isn't looking out for the Muppets' integrity, it's the Muppeteers themselves who really look after it.

JC: Right. So you didn't interact with them and the puppets.

BM: Yeah, it was just the voices. But it is really a strange experience when you're recording Fozzie Bear and in between takes, Fozzie stays in character and talks back to you. So I found myself talking to Fozzie and Kermit in the studio.

JC: And were you on set at all when they were filming the big production numbers?

BM: No. I was at the studio or out of the country.

JC: Then what was it like to see them up on the screen for the first time?

BM: Well, it was just like they looked when I grew up. It was great because they looked exactly how they're supposed to look.

JC: So you're a great fit for a job like this given your experience with "Flight of the Conchords," but you might not necessarily be the most obvious choice to write songs for the Muppet movie. How did you come to be a part of the project?

BM: I absolutely wasn't the first choice. I think other people must have dropped out. I got involved because James Bobin, who directed "Conchords," was at the helm. And he asked me if I could help out. It worked out really well. We've worked together so much that it was very easy for us to transition from "Conchords" to "Muppets." There's a similar sensibility of musical comedy routines, and we have a real shorthand for working together. Honestly, it was like we were still working on the "Conchords," but without Jemaine [Clement].

JC: So I read somewhere that you grew up watching the Muppets?

BM: Yeah. In New Zealand, there were only two channels when I grew up. So everyone watched the Muppets, pretty much.

JC: What was the other channel?

BM: The other channel played the dog show, which was a sheep dog competition.

JC: What was it like as someone from New Zealand to come into a project that is quintessentially American? I think the film pays this lovely, self-aware homage to stereotypical, small-town American life, and your first song really plays into that, but that wasn't in any way your experience growing up.

BM: The combination of Nick Stoller, Jason Segel, James Bobin and I means that Jason and Nick could take care of the American world and James and I could bring in the Commonwealth. I think you can definitely feel Nick and Jason's American voice coming through very strongly in the movie. When I watched an audience in New Zealand watching the movie, I realized how different the sensibilities are. New Zealanders are probably more cynical to what I would describe as the 'Hollywood-ness' of it. Americans love the sweet resolutions, whereas New Zealanders don't buy into that very much.

JC: So do you find yourself somewhere in the middle?

BM: Yeah. I realize because I've been away for so many years coming and going that I think I now fit somewhere in between. I'm very comfortable with the Hollywood tone, but I still have a healthy dose of cynicism in me.

JC: Which makes a project like this ideal for you because it combines camp and sarcasm?

BM: Yeah. It's a strange combination, and writing the music, I took it so seriously that then the irony comes out the other end. At least I think so. The opening song is such an incredibly sweet happy tune, but by the time that the musical number is done and Jason Segel is skipping around in his pale blue suit, it not only functions as a genuine musical number, it also plays as an ironic musical number. And that sort of combination is where James Bobin is so great at balancing those two worlds, the two tones.

JC: So what was the process like in terms of fitting the songs in with the script?

BM: When I came on board the script was in a sort of second draft, so they already had the song moments. So they had song ideas. Like they knew they wanted a song about being a man or a muppet. And then James had the idea of the man seeing a muppet reflection of himself. So I took those ideas and crafted them into songs. I was writing songs on spec, really. The challenge is to make the songs connect with the characters and the story and also work as songs in themselves.

JC: You went to the Academy Nominees lunch.


BM: It's a very surreal experience. I found myself at a table sitting with Meryl Streep. There are a lot of movie stars at that event!

JC: Did she say anything brilliant to you? Or did you say anything brilliant to her?

BM: Nah, I was star-struck and incredibly shy. I sat there amazed and just ate my salad. But it was really fun. They take a photo with all the nominees, and I thought, it's not often I'm going to be in a photo with Spielberg and Scorsese.

JC: You're going to put that up on your wall, right?

BM: It's going to be my new screensaver. Or I might get it made into a mousepad.

JC: So what's next on the road for you?

BM: I've got a few things. The one that's coming out in America next is a film called "Austinland." It's not a musical—I'm acting in a film with Keri Russell. It's my first part in a rom-com.

JC: Is there any music in it?

BM: Well, my character plays a little bit of saxophone.

JC: Anything else?

BM: I want to do another studio musical. I've got some ideas, but they're very early. I'm thinking something with singing dragons. I really enjoyed working with a studio and doing big scale musical numbers. Doing good quality musical numbers is a world that hasn't been tapped enough, I think.

JC: So your dragon musical would have big production numbers.

BM: Yeah. I want to do big comedy musical numbers, like a Busby Berkeley routine.

JC: So do you have an iconic movie musical number that you grew up loving which was part of your inspiration for the Muppets?

BM: Well…"Mahna Mahna."

JC: So it was the Muppets!

BM: Right! The other film I really liked "Bugsy Malone," which is also a musical by Paul Williams. He was a big influence for me as a child.

JC: So you landed in the right place, it seems like.

BM: Yep.

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Back to the convo on not getting the youtube embedding to work: Here's what I do, go to YouTube and find your video. Under the video, next to the link you can click on the word "Options" then you are able to check a box next to "Long Link". Just copy and paste the long link between the youtube brackets inside the post box on WTF! It works for me. :thumb:
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:09 pm

Bret in the shower...mmmm :blush:

Bret Mckenzie Prepared Oscars Speech In The Shower

29 February 2012 12:12

Oscar winner Bret Mckenzie prepared for his big night in Hollywood by spending several days practising his 'loser' face and writing his acceptance speech in the shower.

The Flight of the Conchords star took gold at the glitzy ceremony on Sunday (26Feb12), winning the Best Song prize for his contribution to The Muppets movie, a track called Man or Muppet.

The New Zealander admits his speech was put together in his shower as he thought he had no chance of winning, but he was so nervous he barely slept for a month before the ceremony.

MCKenzie tells Radio New Zealand, "When they did actually call my name, I was strangely calm. But leading up to it, I haven't slept properly since I got nominated a month ago. I spent two days practising (a speech) in the shower. I knew that if I didn't prepare something, it'd be a total mess... I really thought I wasn't going to get it so I was practising my face.

"I was tempted to try and smuggle a Muppet in under my coat and bring it out and do Man or Muppet."

He adds, "It was a pretty amazing night. I've been here six or seven years, on and off, but (there's) nothing quite like partying with an Oscar in your hand."

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I'll bet. :whitey:

He sure didn't appear nervous on the day. He was having so much fun with the cameras before and after, and his acceptance speech was called one of the most clever and charming by several publications. :heart:

I might have missed it, but I don't think I've seen the oscar.com interview with Bret. Is there a link?f

Is it wrong that I want to see his 'loser face'? :lol:
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby gibbsrus » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:15 pm

Damn that man really needs to 'put it away'!!!! The right button on my mouse needs a rest, for at least five minutes!!!! What he is do is just not humanly possible, he's just too nice. It's all just making me want to, I just want to, I just wanna do something special............ :D

It all got the better of me last night with that silly Wiggles thing too and I took advantage of my early morning wakeup call and threw this together..... It wont be finished uploading for another 133 minutes (according to Youtube) but when it's done, have a look here....

http://youtu.be/m3V_iyUSFRs

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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:22 pm

Cool! Can't wait. :D

Another fun bit from an article entitled; Awards Soup: 10 Moments to Remember From a Long Season

10. "Man or Muppet"

The Best Original Song category is a conundrum. It's saddled with restrictive rules that are completely biased against even the best end-credits songs, and dependent on a scoring system and a body of voters so picky that only two songs made the cut this year. And when the Oscar show's producers made the decision not to perform those two songs on the show, I had to wonder if the category is even worth retaining.

And yet in the last 20 years, the song category has been responsible for Oscars going to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Ryan Bingham – a roll call of smart choices and great songs.

This year, voters had the choice between a Latin music legend, Sergio Mendes, and half of the New Zealand music/comedy duo (and HBO series) the Flight of the Conchords – and they chose Bret McKenzie, the Conchord, for a song from "The Muppets" that was, for my money, the best and funniest musical moment in a film last year.

When I spoke to McKenzie on the red carpet, I asked him if winning an Oscar would completely mess up the Flight of the Conchords' lovable-loser persona – and immediately, he and "Muppets" director James Bobin came up with a brilliant solution: if they ever have the opportunity and the time to shoot a third season of "Conchords," they'll simply set the Oscar on a table in the cramped apartment shared by McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, and never even attempt to explain why it's there.


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Re: The Muppets!

Postby Clea Fitzpatrick » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:35 pm

gibbsrus wrote: I took advantage of my early morning wakeup call and threw this together.....

:clap: :yay: AWESOME!
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby Nancy » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:09 am

Gibbs - :prayer: Excellent!

Nonch, you can never post enough photos. :thumb:
The large photo in your "during the ceremony" post(I think it was the 5th one posted) of Bret's face holding the Oscar brought me to tears...again!
He looks so happy! :biggrin:
I am so happy! I just look at this thread with a s***eating grin on my face. :D
Bret is well on his way to belonging to a very small group of people, the EGOTs - those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
So he's Emmy-nominated, Grammy-winner, Oscar-winner and Tony...still to come. (maybe a Broadway show about the Conchords, OR a concert in a Broadway theater that the Tony committe nominates for a special Tony! :cheer:
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Re: The Muppets!

Postby nonchalant obsession » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:20 pm

Gibbs, that was adorable. :bounce: Nancy, I'll bet Bret and Broadway would be a good match. I just caught the end of an interview with Bret's mom, (apparently they all just got back to NZ last night) and she was talking about when Bret was 12 he came home one day excitedly waving a paper telling her he was going to play Oliver in the musical. (we've even seen the poster for it, I believe) She was so happy for him but later when she looked at the paper it only said that he was going to be "in" the play Oliver, not actually playing Oliver. :lol: She worried about telling him and whether it would crush him, but he told her, "Don't worry mum, I'll be Oliver by next week." And he was. :heart: She also mentioned that "Me Party" and "Life's a Happy Song" are her favorites of his from The Muppets. :)

I just saw Miss Piggy's tweet from the Oscars. :rolls:

Does anyone know where I can see this interview?

Venus wrote:Yay, glad you got to see it too, 4ever! Thanks for the cap. Here's another cap I managed to grab of Bret and James during the interview. The quality was up and down but luckily I managed to see most of it in good quality:
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I looked at oscar.com but I don't see it.


Oooo a Muppets sequel!

New Muppets Movie Going Ahead, But Without Jason Segel As a Writer
By Claude Brodesser-Akner

A deal has been reached with The Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller to pen a sequel, but insiders also tell us that Stoller's original collaborator, Jason Segel, won't be returning to the keyboard. Segel, a star of How I Met Your Mother — now in its eighth season — has a burgeoning film career, and Disney insiders tell Vulture that between his commitment to the CBS sitcom, his other feature-writing efforts, and promotional work for Five Year Engagement (due out this coming April) and Judd Apatow's This Is Forty (in December), there won't be time to collaborate on a Muppets sequel.

Shame, really: Segel and Stoller first pitched their idea for a Muppets sequel to Disney in 2008, just before Segel had proven his genius for blood-sucking puppetry in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. We suspect he'll be missed. He is, after all, a muppet of a man.

A Segel spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment, but we're told by our Disney insiders that there's still a chance that the actor may star in a Muppets sequel, depending on how the Stoller-Bobin script turns out.
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I wonder if Bret will be involved? :)
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