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Review: 'Austenland' Starring Keri Russell, Bret McKenzie & Jennifer Coolidge

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 12, 2013 12:01 PM
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Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try their hand at bringing her stories to life. Between romantic literature courses, reruns of the BBC production of “Pride & Prejudice” and pop culture riffs like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," new fans are still being made every day. In Sundance premiere “Austenland,” Keri Russell plays one such fan, Jane Hayes, a 30-something woman who has become so obsessed with finding a Mr. Darcy of her own, she’s inadvertently closed herself off to real relationships that fail to measure up with her fantasies.

Bret McKenzie & 'Muppets' Director James Bobin Are Writing A 'Labyrinth'-Like Original Musical Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 12, 2013 9:31 AM
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The announcement that Bret McKenzie would supply “The Muppets” with its songs came as a surprise, but a perfectly logical one, and the "Flight of the Conchords" star more than proved to be a smart hire with some of the best movie musical songs in recent memory, one of which, "Man Or Muppet," saw McKenzie win an Oscar for Best Original Song. McKenzie's back for next year's sequel "Muppets Most Wanted," but it sounds like he might be teaming with a frequent collaborator for something more original too...

Sundance Review: ‘Austenland’ Is A Pleasant Comic Romp That May Leave You Feeling Unfulfilled

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 19, 2013 2:45 PM
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Jane Austen has provided as fertile a ground for adaptation as nearly any author in the last century. From her most beloved works (“Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense and Sensibility") to more modern interpretations (“Clueless,” “Bridget Jones's Diary”), her work has inspired countless filmmakers to try their hand at bringing her stories to life. Between romantic literature courses, reruns of the BBC production of “Pride & Prejudice” and pop culture riffs like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," new fans are still being made every day.

Bret McKenzie Returns To Write New Songs For 'The Muppets 2,' Filming Starts In January

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 6, 2012 8:57 AM
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While everyone is focused on what Disney is doing with the next “Star Wars” film -- which won’t hit theaters for another three years -- the Mouse House is focusing on next year’s films, which include the surprisingly under-the-radar (given the amount of press the 2011 film had in advance of its release) “The Muppets 2.” Now comes word that one of the first film’s important collaborators will return for the sequel.

The Amazing Race: Which Composers & Songwriters Will Feel The Sound Of Music This Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2011 1:20 PM
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Elmo's Team Lawyered Up, Kept Him Out Of 'The Muppets'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 3:00 PM
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Feist, Joanna Newsom & Andrew Bird All Guest On Soundtrack To 'The Muppets'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2011 12:02 PM
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Film Features Four New Songs By 'Flight of the Conchords' Man Bret McKenzie, & Covers Of Cee-Lo Green & NirvanaUpdate: A new trailer/TV spot for the film has landed, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, with a couple of excellent new gags: we're particularly fond of the traveling-by-map one. You can find it after the jump.

Keri Russell, J.J. Feild & Bret McKenzie Toplining Jane Austen Themed Rom-Com 'Austenland'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2011 1:23 AM
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'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Producing, 'Napoleon Dynamite' Co-Writer Jerusha Hess Making Directorial DebutIf you've been feeling a strange, nagging void in the part of your soul where you keep your love for costume drama, there's a reason for that: we've somehow gone four years without a major Jane Austen-centered movie. Sure, Bollywood flick "Aisha" borrowed the plot of "Emma," and "From Prada to Nada" was (very) loosely based on "Sense & Sensibility," but given the wealth of adaptations, and even biographical entries like "Becoming Jane" and "Miss Austen Regrets" that appeared in the middle of the last decade, it doesn't quite compare.

‘Flight Of The Conchords’ Star Bret McKenzie Joins ‘The Hobbit’ As Lindir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It looks like Bret McKenzie is getting ready to head back to Middle Earth but not as Figwit, as his character was dubbed -- after a fan said “Frodo is great ... who is that?” -- following his fleeting appearance in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” He later appeared again, ever so briefly, in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” As was reported last week, McKenzie was being sought out to return to the franchise and it looks like everything is signed, sealed and delivered, but he won't be a Figwit this time around.

Peter Jackson Wants 'Flight Of The Conchords' Star Bret McKenzie For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2011 9:49 AM
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It was a blink and you miss it moment from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," so you'll be forgiven if you missed it, but "Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie was in the film. During the council meeting where Frodo says, "I will take it!" the camera pans over to a pouty elf. The story goes that a fan said, "Frodo is great ... who is that?" thus spawning the nickname of Figwit. He reappeared in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" alongside Liv Tyler and that has been his extent so far in the franchise, but perhaps not for long.

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