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April 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
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April 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Rhys Darby, who played personal manager (and New Zealand deputy cultural attache) Murray Hewitt on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," has created a series in which to star. "Short Poppies" gets a U.S. premiere Thursday via Netflix, all eight episodes at once, only a couple of days after it bows in its native New Zealand. The title plays off "tall poppies," a common Commonwealth phrase, borrowed from the Greeks to describe persons of accomplishment or quality whose distinction can also make them targets.
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February 14, 2008 | Pauline Oconnor
On HBO's hit sitcom "Flight of the Conchords," Rhys Darby steals scenes as hapless band manager Murray Hewitt. The 33-year-old Kiwi comic recently wrapped his first feature film, "Yes Man," with Jim Carrey, and will be recording two stand-up performances at the El Rey Theatre this Sunday for his first DVD. WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT AT THE SHOW? My stand-up essentially is quite physical. I put aspects of mime and sound effects into my performance. I like to give a 3-D picture instead of just telling a story.
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February 14, 2008 | Pauline Oconnor
On HBO's hit sitcom "Flight of the Conchords," Rhys Darby steals scenes as hapless band manager Murray Hewitt. The 33-year-old Kiwi comic recently wrapped his first feature film, "Yes Man," with Jim Carrey, and will be recording two stand-up performances at the El Rey Theatre this Sunday for his first DVD. WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT AT THE SHOW? My stand-up essentially is quite physical. I put aspects of mime and sound effects into my performance. I like to give a 3-D picture instead of just telling a story.
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January 17, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
A bigger hit, in its small but world-spanning way, than I am sure anyone connected with the show expected it to be, "Flight of the Conchords" is finally back for a second season on HBO. The series, which spent 2008 replenishing its tanks, tells the story of Bret (Bret McKenzie) and Jemaine (Jemaine Clement), a New Zealand folk-rock-pop-rap-soul duo seeking fame, or at least a paying gig, in the city of New York, New York.
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December 19, 2008 | Michael Phillips
Director Peyton Reed is used to working in italics. His "Down With Love" (2003) was an entirely italicized movie, reworking the plot mechanics and arch visual strategies of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson sex comedies of the late 1950s and early '60s. It turned out more like a cinematic term paper than a movie, but Reed's willingness to go all the way -- further than Doris Day ever did, at least before the ring and the fade-out -- marked him as a director to watch.
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September 29, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"I am one of the last of my kind," says etiquette columnist Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) at the very top of "How to Be a Gentleman," a new series from CBS, where all comedies are multi-camera comedies, as in days of old, when "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ruled the air. "I open the door for ladies, but I am not a doorman ... I put out cigarettes, but I am not a cigarette putter-out man. " What Andrew is is a throwback, an etiquette columnist at...
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November 12, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Bill Nighy's journey to mid-'60s England began in, of all places, mid-'60s England. As a teen, he left home for Paris to write, came back unwritten, then became an actor, later to play a key (imaginary) figure in the very music that transformed him as a youth. But let's start with Bill the Mod. "Mods loved black American music: Stax, Atlantic and Tamla Motown," says the actor in a quiet, cultured voice at a table at L'Ermitage. "You had a half-inch all-over haircut. You wore Ravel loafers and trousers of the cigarette type but slightly too short, and I regret to say this, and I'm embarrassed and ashamed, but with . . . colored socks."
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April 6, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 6 - 12, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Star-Crossed Roman (Matt Lanter) invites Emery (Aimee Teegarden) to celebrate a holiday with his family in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA Dancing With the Stars Julianne Hough is a guest judge this week. 8 p.m. ABC Bitten In the season finale, Elena (Laura Vandervoort)
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October 27, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES The Story of Film: An Odyssey A new episode recalls the shock to the studio system delivered by a new breed of maverick American filmmakers in the 1960s and '70s. 7 p.m. TCM How I Met Your Mother Sherri Shepherd and "Flight of the Conchords'?" Rhys Darby guest star.
IMAGE
November 2, 2008
There are dozens of sources for vintage across the Southland, from well-known high-end haunts The Way We Wore, Decades and Resurrection, to your local thrift store. Here are a few of the Image staff's current favorites. CATWALK The best vintage proprietors curate their collections with a shrewd and savvy eye, so be sure to admire the "art" before you attack the racks at Catwalk.
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September 11, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
So many new series! It's like one of those years when half the Congress is voted out to be replaced by ... more Congress. Still, there are trends and changes to descry: to the usual surprising degree, great minds are thinking alike, small ones running in the same gutter. There are three new shows with the word "man" in the title (four if we allow "gentleman") and beyond them much discussion of the meaning of maleness, in and out of relationships. (Conversely, I am hearing the word "vagina" a lot — it seems to be this year's "penis," joke-wise.)
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