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Lo, the moment of enlightenment has finally arrived and comic book nerds did rejoice.

Forget Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Forget the price drop on Dr. Strange DVDs. Forget Captain America 2 being on TBS every single friggin day (for real, what happened to all my Seinfeld reruns???). The big news out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week is Taika’s teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok! It’s already at close to a million views and it’s only been up for a few hours. So what in Valhalla’s name are you waiting for? You don’t wanna be the only one this Monday morning who HASN’T seen the Thor trailer! Check it out above!

Entertainment Weekly has dropped the first images from Taika’s latest feature film, Thor: Ragnarok. For anyone who has been hiding underground since the 2012 Chitauri Invasion (#nerdhumor) our dear friend and colleague Taika Waititi is helming one of 2017’s most anticipated additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We all here at Hungry Man are massive comic book nerds (or maybe just the blog guy) but if these images are any indication, we can unbiasedly and objectively proclaim that Taika has made the greatest Marvel movie ever to be crafted by the hand of man and we are friggin PUMPED!

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Yesterday Taika Waititi was named New Zealander of the Year at the annual Kiwi award show of the same name. He has won Sundance, he has won the AFI Awards, he has been nominated for an Oscar, and yet somehow Taika has managed to one-up himself. He is currently the top person in his country. Like, of all of the New Zealanders… he’s the best. Granted, that’s not how the awards themselves would put it, but that’s how I’m puttin’ it.

Congratulations Taika and everybody can check out his hilarious acceptance speech above.

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Remember Thor? Big hammer? Blonde beard? Dynamite abs? The guy who was somehow missing in Captain America: Civil War? Well Taika Waititi is back with yet another tease at where Thor has been all these years.

For those who missed the first update at last year’s ComiCon, check it out HERE.

For those familiar with Thor and Daryl’s hardships, you’ll be pleased to find that life has not gotten any easier for the two roomies. Creativity Online featured the “totally mundane” video on their site today because Thor in the world of the totally mundane is Taika Waititi gold. Check it out above.

Rotten Tomatoes has announced its 2016 Golden Tomato Award Winners and Taika’s film Hunt for the Wilderpeople will go down as the Best Reviewed Film of 2016 in Limited Release. The picture currently has a 97% Fresh rating on the review aggregating site and of the FIVE critics that gave it a rotten review, one of the top negative reviewers hated it because, “It has too many… feel-good moments for my comfort zone.”

So if you’re a person who absolutely hates to feel good when watching a movie, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. I’d suggest maybe Nocturnal Animals or Manchester by the Sea.

On the other hand, if you enjoy feeling good at the movies then absolutely check this flick out. It’s on VOD and streaming sites now. It’s an outstanding motion picture and, clearly, one of the best movies of 2016.

Congratulations, Taika!

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We here at Hungry Man realize in this cinematic world of tentpoles and franchises there might not be enough room at your local cineplexes for smaller family dramedies where the guy from Jurassic Park talks weird (i.e. with a New Zealand accent), but that’s why we’re here. To let you know the very day that Taika’s new movie The Hunt for the Wilderpeople hits iTunes.

And, you guys? That day is today.

Yes, the film that still — after five months of being in theaters — has a NINETY-NINE PERCENT FRESH rating on Rotten Tomatoes is now available for anybody in the world with an internet connection to watch. We know this ruins your Friday night plans but if your friends get mad at you just tell ’em, “Sorry, I gotta go see about a Kiwi.”

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100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Official selection at Sundance. Highest grossing local film in New Zealand EVER.

Taika’s new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople is in North American theaters today and you all need to go see this movie. For reals. No more tomfoolery. No more ballyhoo. Go see Wilderpeople. Now. Go see it. Today. Leave work. Right now. Do it. Do it. Just do it.

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Day 3 of Wilderpeople Week goes out to my homies rockin’ in NYC!!!

Who’s going to see Taika’s new flick Hunt for the Wilderpeople this week? I know. All of you, right? Especially my peeps in Williamsburg who all say they saw What We Do In The Shadows before anybody else. We know you did, guys. We know you did.

Anyways, we know money gets tight in the big city so as a little extra added value, if you go to one of the Wilderpeople screenings found on the list here, you’ll not only get to see the brand new picture before [almost] everybody else, but you’ll also get a sweet-ass Q&A by the film’s director and/or the film’s star. I know, right? We’re too too generous.

Check out the showtimes and go see nature get gangsta! #Wilderpeople

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This one goes out to all my Angelenos!

If you are in the

Los Angeles area this week and you enjoy laughter, either your own or that of a large group of people, we highly recommend you head on over to the Arclight and/or Landmark theaters to see Taika Waititi’s latest picture Hunt for the Wilderpeople, after which there will be butt loads of questions and answers by the man himself and his lead actor Julian Dennison. Showtimes for Arclight are below and can also be found here.

NATURE JUST GOT GANGSTA, Y’ALL!!!!

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Archlight Hollywood Q&A:

Thurs 23rd – 7pm, 9.15pm, 11pm 12,15am
Fri 24th – 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.15pm, 7.20pm. 9.30pm, 11pm
Sat 25th – 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.15pm, 7.20pm. 9.30pm, 11pm
Sun 26th – 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.15pm, 7.20pm. 9.30pm, 11pm

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Good morning Hungry Friends, and welcome to Wilderpeople Week! That’s right, that almost-alliterative-title can mean only one thing: Taika’s newest feature film Hunt for the Wilderpeople gets its North American release this week. In anticipation of this long awaited launch Taika and the film’s star, Julian Dennison, will be doing Q&A’s all week at movie theaters in New York and L.A. You can see a full list at the film’s Facebook page here but needless to say if you are in the New York or Los Angeles area this week and want to say, “I saw the director of Thor: Ragnarok before he was with Marvel,” now is your chance. Or, if you’re not a braggy s.o.b. and just wanna see the genius behind What We Do in the Shadows, Boy, Eagle vs. Shark, and Flight of the Conchords talk some shop then now is your chance!

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We have some good, non-Thor related Taika Waititi news this week. His latest feature film and Sundance hit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has its worldwide distribution. Not surprising after Wilderpeople became the highest-grossing local film ever in New Zealand, taking NZ$9.6 million ($6.52 million) over seven weeks. It was finally announced this week in Variety that, “Vertigo Releasing has acquired the film for the U.K., Synergy has taken it for France, and Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East. North America (co-repped by Protagonist and CAA) sold at Sundance to The Orchard, while local territories New Zealand and Australia were retained by the producers and are with Piki and Madman. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has scooped up all remaining territories.”

Bottom line? If you found yourself rewatching What We Do in the Shadows for the fortieth time this month and are bemoaning your lack of more Taika, fret not, for more Taika is headed you way.

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Everybody’s been wondering who’s going to win, Batman or Superman? Well, in New Zealand the answer is neither. Taika Waititi’s latest feature film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has DEMOLISHED Warner Brother’s latest attempt at a superhero franchise at the box office. As both IndieWire and the New Zealand Herald points out, Wilderpeople took in a record breaking $1.3 million last weekend, soundly beating Batman v Superman’s runner up $741,000. More than half a million of the movie’s opening weekend gross was made on Saturday which makes Wilderpeople’s Saturday showing the highest grossing day for a New Zealand film ever.

Cue Sadffleck.

Congratulations, Taika! We look forward to your next cinematic venture, whatever that may be!

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Sundance Weekend opened with a friggin bang for Hungry Man. Takia Waititi had the premiere for his latest feature film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and it’s getting excellent reviews.

Now, we won’t kid ya, Taika’s had a tough year what with CBS naming his last picture What We Do In The Shadows one of the best movies of 2015. Unfortunately for Taika, 2016 looks to be shaping up quite the same. A little known publication called Variety dubbed Wilderpeople, “… a pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to some early New Zealand classics.” Seriously. Check out the review here and the teaser trailer above. It couldn’t have been a sweeter review and we are currently awaiting with great anticipation Taika’s next movie, whatever it may be.

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CBS News announced their Top 20 Best Films of 2015 this week and, no surprise here, Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows made the list. Right up there with The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs, CBS News says What We Do In The Shadows “…zig-zagged and swerved instead of staying on a predictably steady course…” and of course, having seen the film several times, we here at Hungry Man wholeheartedly agree. I’m not one to tout Rotten Tomatoes stats but WWDITS still has a NINETY-SIX FRIGGIN PERCENT! If you haven’t seen WWDITS yet, come on, what’s the hold-up? Making a Murderer ain’t going anywhere. Pop on over to itunes and rent and/or buy WWDITS. We promise it’ll be worth your money. I mean, come on, it’s by the guy who’s doing the next Thor movie! *COUGH COUGH COUGH* — allegedly! Allegedly doing the next Thor movie. There are rumors. No confirmation yet. Ahem. Just rumors. And IMDB credits. And rumors.

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It’s just about that time of the year, folks. Sundance is back, which can mean but one thing: Taika Waititi has a new movie premiering there. Sure enough like death, taxes, and Robert Redford’s eternal handsomeness, Taika’s new picture “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is hitting Park City in January. According to Variety his new flick’s about Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive. This new film sounds less like What We Do In The Shadows and more like Boy, which, the good news is, when it comes to Taika, whether it’s comedy or dramedy you know it’s gonna be good.

And that’s all the Taika news we have for you. Officially. On the record. That’s all he has going on right now. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE.

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Remember when Taika won gold at Cannes a few months ago for Branded Content and Entertainment? Well we do.

If you haven’t seen his latest spot for New Zealand Transport Agency, “Tinnyvision” you have to check it out herein. It is what we at the office have taken to calling “Classic Waititi,” meaning it has you laughing hysterically for two thirds and then it just hits you with the feels right in the gut.

Okay… maybe it’s just me at the office who calls this “Classic Waititi” but it’ll catch on. Along with me calling people “bro” with a New Zealand accent as in “Brew, thuts clessic Waititi!”

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Taika and Rhys are at it again with a new Crazy Domains spot “Gorgeous Greta.” Campaign Brief has all the lowdown on how this marriage of comedic minds came together. Spoiler alert: Rhys’ wardrobe in this spot was all his own. He just showed up to set in that skirt so everybody went with it.

Great job, Taika!

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I’ve had several people approach me on the street recently and say, “Hungry Man guy, I recently saw Taika Waititi’s newest Vampire mocumentary What We Do In The Shadows — available on VOD right now everywhere — and I just could not get enough of the Takia and Rhys Darby combo. Do you know where I could find more of the two of them working together?” I said, “Absolutely, fictional guy! Taika just shot some new Crazy Domain commercials with Darby and they are quite humorous indeed.”

For anyone who didn’t get their Waititi/Darby fix from Flight of the Conchords and What We Do In The Shadows check out the Crazy Domain campaign at CampaignBrief.com where they had some delightfully flattering things to say about the comedic duo.

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The 2015 D&AD Awards were held in London last night and Hungry Man’s got more pencils than a Bic warehouse! We took more lead than Sonny Corleone at a toll booth. We made more pencils disappear than The Joker!

… I think three is enough.

Let’s go down the list:

Bryan Buckley et al nabbed a Graphite Pencil for Special Effects in Film Advertising with his Marionette DirecTV commercials.

Ricardo Mehedff’s CNA “Speaking Exchange” crew took home a Yellow Pencil, two Graphite Pencils, and a Wooden Pencil for Digital Tools & Utilities, Direct Response Digital, Innovative Use of Technology, and Advertising & Marketing Communications respectively.

Taika Waititi took home a Wooden Pencil for his Air New Zealand spot “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever” under the category of Tactical Branded Film Content & Entertainment.

And Amnesia won a Graphite in the Use of Music for Film Advertising category for their Mix Brazil spot “Everyone is Gay.”

Congratulations to all of you gentlemen. You deserve every one of these and may you always bring home more writing utensils than Jon Stewart in “The Faculty.”

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Taika’s new spot about an ashamed son coming clean to his father is profiled in Shots TODAY!

Cred where cred’s due:
Wieden & Kennedy / London
Kim Papworth – Creative Director
Max Batten – Creative
Lou Hake – Producer

Click through here to read the article!

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I’m going to speak to two subsets of our New York audience right now.

First up, Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords fans. If you guys want to meet the minds behind Flight of the Conchords as well as Eagle Vs. Shark, Boy, and other such wonderful films, you should head over to the Apple Store in SoHo to meet Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi where they will discuss their new mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” a film about vampires and how they live day to day.

Now, to the vampire fans. If you’ve ever wanted to meet two real vampires in real life you should head over to the Apple Store in SoHo to meet Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi where they will discuss their new one hundred percent real documentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” a non-fiction film about vampires and how they live day to day. And be sure to get VERY SPECIFIC with your questions.

More Shadows news as we get closer to its Friday the 13th US release!

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The time has come, America. Much like mythical creatures who lurk in darkness for millennia on end, we have been waiting an eternity for this week and at last it is within our grasp!

Taika’s vampire mockumentary, What We Do In The Shadows, has come to America!

That’s right, folks. If you live in New York or LA make no plans this Friday the 13th. No plans, that is, save for traveling to the cineplex and observing this astoundingly funny motion picture by an Oscar Nominated director.

We know Friday may seem like a lifetime away so in the meantime check out this wonderfully in depth interview in which NPR’s Terry Gross sits down with co-directors Taika and Jemaine Clement.

Peep that shit here.

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Anybody lucky enough to go to this years Toronto International Film Festival? I meant to go but it’s not hockey season yet and why would someone go to Canada when it’s not hockey season? That’s like visiting New England at a time when there’s no browning foliage to look at. Anyways, if you were at TIFF you probably heard even more buzz about Taika Waititi’s new feature film, What We Do In The Shadows. If, like me, you weren’t one of these lucky festival-goers, don’t worry, Fast Company has you covered. They just published an interview with co-director Jemaine Clement and co-star Stu Rutherford that really gives some nice spoiler-free insight to this vampire mockumentary.

And to all North Americans who couldn’t make their way to TIFF, fret not, What We Do In The Shadows will make its theatrical release on this continent soon. Very soon. Keep you eyes peeled. And in the meantime read Fast Company’s article here and watch the trailer above every hour on the hour. I have been, and it’s not affecting my work in the least [insert text here].

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Channing Tatum, Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman. These guys don’t stand a chance against Taika Waititi. This week Taika’s latest film What We Do In The Shadows (trailer above) scored the number one spot at the New Zealand box office, raking in over $750,000. Now, I know it would be rash to make sweeping declarations like Taika Waititi is the most beloved figure in New Zealand since Sir Edmund Hillary, or everyone in New Zealand finds Taika funnier than Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, or Adam Sandler and the statistics support that, or that Taika Waititi is an unstoppable force the likes of which New Zealand hasn’t seen since Sauron sat atop his hill….

… it would be rash to make those declarations, I guess.

Anyways, What We Do in the Shadows will be released in the United States this fall, so keep your eyes open for that one. The movie is so big it is single handedly pushing New Zealand’s economy past that of China and the UK…. or so I hear.

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No, you’re not having a stroke or seeing double, Taika took home the gold at last night’s 35th annual AWARD Awards. To hear them tell it, the AWARD Awards is “The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association – now in its 35th year is the single most important regional awards show. It has a membership of the finest creative minds from New Zealand, to South East Asia and across the states of Australia.” Taika took home the gold in the category of TV Commercial Over :30 for his adorable and disconcerting spot “Blazed” for the New Zealand Transport Agency, and then he took home the silver in Direction, Editing & Online film for the same spot. You can see a solid list of winners on Campaign Brief.

Way to bring home the AWARD Awards, Taika Taika… oh, crap. Now they’ve got me doing it it.

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Taika is up for three Andy Awards. Yes, it sounds like an award your college buddy made up after nobody could chug three beer bongs in two minutes like his roommate Andy could, but it’s not. The 50th Annual Andy Awards is designed to celebrate “bravery in advertising” as well as pretty good alliteration. Taika is nominated for his spot “Blazed,” a short film he created for the New Zealand Transport Agency. Nominated for best Copywriting, Direction, and Web Film, we intend no pun when we say that “Blazed” is a sobering portrait of the hazards of drugged driving.

Keep an eye out for the results on April 24th.

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Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have been all over Park City this week chatting up reporters, challenging American idioms, and occasionally discussing the finer points of their new film “What We Do In The Shadows,” written, directed, and starring both men. They’ve given many interviews just a smattering of which make this list:

New York Times
Billboard.com
Entertainment Weekly
YouTube

Be sure to check these out. All of these links contain video and all are uniquely hilarious. If you want to learn more about the film… well…. you’re better off googling it, as you won’t get a straight answer out of either of these two gentlemen, nor would we expect one.

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Now we know how Harry Nilsson felt.

Taika’s latest campaign for Carlton Dry beer has all of the big Ad outlets talking:

Creativity Online
B&T
Campaign Brief
Ad News

They all love Taika’s #HelloBeer spots and, at the risk of sounding gauche, we do too. The spots feature a bunch of flatmates (roommates to us yanks) doing what flatmates around the world (or roommates around the world) wish they had the wherewithal to do. Homemade sumo suits, giant arms, paper mache Air Jordan legs, and — of course — upside-down dancing. If you’re a twenty-something dude out there and you say you haven’t ever considered steaming your hot dogs in your dishwasher (for those twenty-something dudes with a dishwasher) you are a dirty rotten liar.

Anyways, check out the spots and check out what these websites say about Taika and his flatmates (… oh, you know).

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Taika Waititi was back in action in Park City this year and this time he came with Jemaine. The two directors have teamed up on a vampire mock-doc called “What We Do in the Shadows,” about group of Kiwi vampires struggling to understand and adapt to modern society. The film stars Taika and Jemaine, as well as Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzales-Macuer, and Stu Rutherford. We hope those of you who found yourselves in Park City last month placed that flick at the top of your respective “to see” lists.

If you missed it at Sundance, though, and you happen to be heading to the Berlin Film Festival (because who isn’t?) you should definitely catch it then.

And if you went to both Sundance and Berlin and miss it at both of them, well, then we just can’t help you.

Read more about Taika’s triumphant Sundance return right here.

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From the moment the first human uttered its first chuckle, the question of “What is funny?” has plagued our species as we time and time again tried to bring smiles to our friends, impress persons of romantic interest, and uplift the otherwise downtrodden. “What is funny?” is one of the most elusive questions on the planet and in an interview with Source E Creative Hungry Man’s very own Hank Perlman, Kevin Byrne and Raquel Balsam attempt to answer this age old question.

Spoiler alert: it’s poop. Poop is funny.

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Taika’s newest spot for the New Zealand Transport Agency is getting some impressive nods from the press. David Kiefaber with AdWeek calls the spot “…curious, funny and charming.” Creativity Online says Blazed is “…a wonderfully scripted spot.” Agency Spy says that Blazed is –and we can’t make this up– “…a perfect anti-drug psa.” The public seems to agree. As of this posting Blazed already has well over 1 million views on YouTube.

Great job, Taika!

“Gretchen, Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s NOT going to happen.”

Everyone knows the iconic quote from the 2004 classic, “Mean Girls”. Unfortunately for Gretchen, “Fetch” never really caught on in the movie. Well, ladies and gents, it’s 2013 and it seems our good friends at Optimum are bringing out the newest slang for all to use. Today, they  unveiled their latest ad campaign directed by our very own Taika Waititi. Developed out of the quirky folks at Mother NY, the latest ad features Optimum’s newest effort in characterizing their telephone number. Out the door goes Micheal Bolton, and in strolls the newest craze to hit the airwaves, “MID-WULS”. It’s supposed to describe the incredible feeling you get when you finally get Optimum. It’s a great commercial…I mean, MID WULS commercial! The spot has already been picked up on Creativity, 

Go forth friends and make MID WULS happen!!!

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Taika Waititi, the man of many talents. Actor, director, writer and most importantly able to speak with a charming New Zealand accent. What can’t he do? Well,  in the lastest of his recent accomplishments, Taika stars in a web film for the NEW Samsung Galaxy Note II! In it, Taika shares with us the many cre-ations that can be made with the Samsung!  Also, in case you were interested to learn more, the video lists a few of his other accomplishments like raising an owl from birth and becoming  the proud owner of a 1989 Citroen Bx 60. Yes, that’s 1989, 23 years of glory all combined into one silver box on wheels. Check out this funny advert below! It’s already making viral heads spin on Bestadsontv!

 

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Takia takes on the role of a man having one hell of a hangover in Nash Edgerton’s short film “The Captain.” Featured in this article and it’s accompanying video, Nash explains how they found the location and shot the film within the span of just a few days.

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Jennie Garth and heart throbs Luke Perry and Jason Priestly make a comeback in Taika Waititi’s new commercial for Old Navy, “Why Choose”?

Check it out!
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In his new ad for Steinlager, New Zealand’s Sweetheart, Taika Waititi, shows us just how good New Zealanders have it.

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NBC assembled most of its stars for one giant Super Bowl commercial directed by Taika Waititi in a throwback to the ad stylings of the ’80s.

Starting with a “TGS With Tracy Jordan” Super Bowl party, “30 Rock” MVPs Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin front the video as their characters Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy. Of course, the fictional media boss kicks off the rendition of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying’s” “Brotherhood of Man” before handing the mic over to more NBC stars.

The attention soon shifts to the other NBC Thursday comedies with “The Office” cast, followed by Amy Poehler taking center stage with more faces from “Parks and Recreation” (look out for hilarious facial expressions from the supporting cast), and “Community.” Yes, “Community”!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a musical number on NBC without the cast of “Smash” and its stars Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty lead the charge. Mariska Hargitay belts it out with the cast of “Law & Order: SVU” and virtually every other NBC star appears, even the teams from “Today” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Bryan Buckley‘s joint collaboration with Brooklyn Brothers scooped up an award in the Best Performance Dialogue Category for “New Era -912 and on the Lam”.
Taika Waititi‘s Sour Patch Kids music video with Mother Advertising won in the Product Integration Category in the NEXT SHOW. Congrats to Bryan and Taika!

“Boy” is getting amazing reviews all over the place 🙂 Read this review from the NY Times! Congrats Taika!

Taika does the weather on the news today!!!

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The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives.

Inspired by the Oscar nominated “Two Cars, One Night”, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

BOY is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother ROCKY, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father, ALAMEIN, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he’s “in the can for robbery”. When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.

Be sure to check out the rest of Taka Waititi’s work.

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2011 would have been a lot less fun without the work of Hungry Man. The Baldwin-Krasinski New Era showdown, directed by Bryan Buckley and created out of The Brooklyn Brothers, was hands down one of year’s most entertaining campaigns. Buckley also let us “Watch Any Device on Conan,” for TBS and continued to show his chimp-flavored finesse with another Super Bowl spot for Career Builder, “Parking Lot.”

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Buckley also teamed up with Hank Perlman on a pair of high-action laffers for TNT out of Grey, N.Y., “Don’t Miss a Second,” every bit of which you really shouldn’t miss, and “Wherever You Go,” which starred Timothy Hutton as lead spy guy.

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Brian Billow contributed his own funny moments to The Martin Agency’s “Shopping List” campaign for Walmart, including a can’t-miss scene featuring armpits, while Taika Waititi turned out some major longform moves, including the hilarious Sour Patch Kids’ “World Gone Sour” music video out of Mother New York, which gave a taste of what happens when Sour Patch Kids don’t get chomped, a hilarious teaser to the agency’s upcoming video game with the same theme. He also brought more musical levity to Cadbury, with a four-minute underwater serenade to swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

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Other fun turns came out of South America, including the Carlao Busato– directed “Drunk Valet,” Ogilvy Brazil’s latest smart move against drunk driving, for Bar Aurora and Boteca Ferraz, which cleverly employed the services of an “intoxicated” valet.

Read the Creativity article here.

Check out the superstars of NBC in this spectacular musical promo for the Superbowl directed by Hungry Man’s own Taika Waititi!

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