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Sundance 2017 Jury Members Include Gael García Bernal, Larry Wilmore, Athina Rachel Tsangari and More

Each year, the Sundance Film Festival rolls out an enviable lineup of jury members — billed as “experts in film, art, culture and science” — to dole out awards to the feature-length works shown at the festival. In total, 28 prizes (and sometimes more!) will be announced at a ceremony on January 28 (as ever, Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 24). The festival has now announced this year’s various jury members, including actors, filmmakers, producers, writers and other luminaries (and, yes, plenty of Sundance alums pop up amongst their ranks).

Additionally, the festival has also announced that actress, comedian, correspondent and podcast host Jessica Williams will host the annual awards. Jones seems poised to have a very busy Sundance indeed, as she also toplines James Strouse’s premiere “The Incredible Jessica James,” which will close out the festival the night before.

The awards, which recognize standout artistic and story elements,
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Exclusive: Jody Hill talks Vice Principals, Danny McBride and Walton Goggins

Jody Hill is not going to let fans of rowdy and unpredictable comedy down anytime soon. One of the most uncomfortably funny shows of the year was Hill and Danny McBride’s HBO’s Vice Principals. This creative team were also the guys who brought us the rip-snorter Eastbound & Down (with Ben Best) a few years back. There’s history between the pair, with Hill having known McBride since he was 18. Hill hails from Concord, North Carolina, which was then a small town outside of Charlotte, while McBride came from Spotsylvania, Virginia, which he’s described as “a small town outside of nowhere”....read more
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Why the slow knife of Jody Hill is one of comedy's deadliest tools

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Why the slow knife of Jody Hill is one of comedy's deadliest tools
Since the first time I saw The Foot Fist Way, I have been a fan of the work of Jody Hill and Danny McBride. They have a number of other regular collaborators who are part of the wonderful work they’ve created together so far, and you can’t talk about them without also talking about Ben Best or Shawn Harwell or John Carcieri or David Gordon Green or Tim Orr or Joseph Stephens, because they’re all part of what I love about Observe and Report and Eastbound & Down and now Vice Principals. I’ll have more to say about this season once it comes to a close next week, but today, I am struck anew by why I have such a strong reaction to the films that Jody Hill has directed, and I think I finally have a handle on it. I often find myself having a strong
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Eastbound & Down: Season 4

Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release Date: May 13, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98

Studio: HBO/Warner

Danny McBride goes blonde as Kenny Powers in Eastbound & Down.

HBO’s irreverent comedy TV show Eastbound & Down: Season 4 finds burned-out major league pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride, Due Date) going at it as the co-host of an Espn-ish sports talk show after “faking” his own death at the close of Season 3.

Picking up a year or so after Season 3, the fourth season of the show finds KennycBride) struggling with his identity after fleeing his successful comeback to the minors by faking his own death and returning home to the love of his life, April (Katy Mixon, Take Shelter), and their son Toby. Years later, Kenny is settled quietly into family life in North Carolina, working as an assistant manager at a car rental outlet, trying to piece together a screenplay about his life story and numbing the
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2006

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...

With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.

As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although
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How 'Eastbound and Down' Perfectly Captured Aggro Sports Culture in Kenny Powers

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How 'Eastbound and Down' Perfectly Captured Aggro Sports Culture in Kenny Powers
"Eastbound and Down" has ended, but Kenny Powers lives on. Despite knowing nothing about sports, series creators Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best stumbled upon an enduring American type in its unforgettable protagonist -- the hulking athlete still desperate to prove his masculinity. Kenny Powers, as played by McBride, is a dissolute Rocky with training montages of coke-snorting instead of stair-climbing. After three years of self-destructively pursuing a return to Major League Baseball, the fourth and final season of the HBO comedy had him chase his materialistic dreams of fame on cable television.  Hill and McBride (Best left the show after season two) modeled their finale on Elia Kazan's media satire "A Face in the Crowd," replacing Andy Griffith's folksy talk show demagogue Lonesome Rhodes with Powers' white trash megalomaniac. A skewering of blowhard sports shows that seem to promote those who can yell clichés the loudest,
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Eastbound & Down

Network: HBO

Episodes: 29 (half-hour)

Seasons: Four

TV show dates: February 15, 2009 -- November 17, 2013

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Danny McBride, Katy Mixon, John Hawkes, Andrew Daly, Ben Best, Jennifer Irwin, Steve Little, Ethan Alexander McGee, Bo Mitchell, Sylvia Jefferies, Craig Robinson, Luke Bigham, and Will Ferrell.

TV show description:

This comedy TV series follows a burned out Major League baseball player who returns to his hometown to teach physical education at his old middle school. While it's not biographical, show creators do admit to being inspired by John Rocker, a former Major League relief pitcher who played for several different teams.

Kenny Powers' (Danny McBride) future looked bright when, at age 19, he left Shelby County to become a big-time baseball pitcher. Yet here he is now sleeping on his brother Dustin's couch
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Greatest TV Pilots: Eastbound and Down ‘Chapter 1′

Eastbound and Down Season 1, Episode 1 ‘Chapter 1′

Written by Jody Hill, Ben Best, and Danny McBride

Directed by Jody Hill

Aired 2/15/2009 on HBO

Let’s talk about the game of baseball for a bit – and more importantly, the physical construction and parameters of the game. First of all, there’s the field: a diamond with four points, each separated by ninety feet for a total of 360: the amount of degrees in a circle. Now, let’s look at the baseball: unravel its skin, and you’ll notice the pattern of the stitches make the infinity symbol around the white leather that makes up its shell. Metaphorically speaking, the baseball is our soul, something we try to find (with a swing) or protect (with a pitch) as we run away from home base (literally, home) and towards first, embarking on the adventure to find ourselves – with the ultimate goal of returning
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Eastbound & Down: Season 3

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98

Studio: HBO/Warner

Oh baby! Danny McBride returns in the third season of Eastbound & Down.

HBO’s irreverent comedy TV show Eastbound & Down: Season 3 finds burned-out major league pitcher Kenny Powers (Danny McBride, Due Date) returning to the U.S. after a Season 2 stint in Mexico.

Picking up a year after Season 2, the third season sees Kenny back in action on the “Redneck Riviera” (aka Myrtle Beach, Sc), where he has somehow resurrected his baseball career by becoming the closer for the minor-league Myrtle Beach Mermen. Even as he tries to pass himself off as the “King of Myrtle Beach,” Kenny struggles to come to terms with growing older and accepting the responsibilities of being a new father. Said responsibilities are thrust on him when his ex-lover and baby mama April (Katy Mixon, Take Shelter) seemingly abandons their child in Kenny’s humble abode.
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'Eastbound And Down' Will Return For A Fourth Season

'Eastbound And Down' Will Return For A Fourth Season
Talk about a true gift for America's birthday! In a move that came out of left field, "Eastbound and Down" has apparently been renewed for a fourth season.

Variety is reporting that HBO has ordered eight new episodes for a show that was only planned to have three seasons. The series aired its seemingly final episode back in April and managed to tie up most loose ends, but we're excited that star/co-creator Danny McBride and the rest of the team are coming back for more.

Considering HBO has a habit of cancelling shows before their time due to low viewership (we miss you, "Bored to Death"), McBride and his other co-creators Jody Hill and Ben Best should take this as quite a compliment. We'd like to know just what HBO had to do to convince them they should come back, especially based on some comments McBride made earlier this year.
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Jody Hill to Write/Direct Action Movie That Could Somehow Become a Dukes Of Hazzard Reboot

I liked and admired Observe and Report.  But after mixed reviews, box office failure, and the date-rape controversy, I worried that might it be awhile before director Jody Hill could get another feature together.  But Warner Bros., the studio home of Observe and Report, wasn't scared off.  Hill is in the process of writing an untitled action project for WB set in the American South of the 1970s, said to be inspired by the style of Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch).  Now, that's no automatic greenlight, but the project may receive an unexpected boost in marketability.  Heat Vision says this could become a reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard.  To be clear, it's not yet, and the filmmakers won't decide until Hill finishes the script.  But hey, why not?  More after the jump. No, seriously, why not?  Take 21 Jump Street.  They didn't need the 21 Jump Street mythology to make a great movie,
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Danny McBride on 'Eastbound & Down': 'There's other stuff we'd like to do'

Danny McBride on 'Eastbound & Down': 'There's other stuff we'd like to do'
Yesterday, we checked in with "Eastbound & Down" co-creator Jody Hill to discuss the progress of his HBO show, which concludes its third -- and possibly last -- season on Sunday night. While Hill and Ben Best did a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that gives the dark comedy-drama its strange, raunchy and oddly touching qualities, nobody has done more to distinguish "Eastbound" than Danny McBride, now widely known for his leading role as the foul-mouthed pitcher Kenny Powers. McBride, who went to  film school with his colleagues, created the show with them and also co-wrote it. While he's clearly comfortable (some might even say too comfortable) in front of the camera, McBride has plenty of ambitions behind it, having recently announced plans to direct an adaptation of the Danish comedy "Clown." He's also got a number of upcoming roles in the pipeline, reason enough to assume that more seasons of "Eastbound" aren't in.
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Is 'Eastbound & Down' Ending? Even Show Co-Creator Jody Hill Isn't Sure

Is 'Eastbound & Down' Ending? Even Show Co-Creator Jody Hill Isn't Sure
There have been plenty of obstinate and hopelessly self-involved male characters at the center of popular TV programs, but it's safe to say there has never been one quite like Kenny Powers, the struggling baseball player played by Danny McBride on HBO's "Eastbound & Down." Often a delirious exercise in raunchy jokes about the male libido, "Eastbound" is remarkably hard to categorize. Although technically a half-hour comedy, it can easily shift gears mid-episode and turn into a sad, introspective drama before reemerging with a renewed wacky energy. To truly understand the roots of "Eastbound," you have to turn to its creators' other work. The show -- which concludes its third and supposedly final season on Sunday night -- is the product of an ongoing collaboration between a close-knit group of former college buddies from the North Carolina School of the Arts, including Ben Best, McBride and Jody Hill (another Ncsa alumnus,
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'Eastbound & Down': The Best F---ing Show On HBO

As Kenny Powers (presumably) rides off into the sunset this Sunday night, we pay homage to HBO's best-kept secret.

By James Montgomery

Danny McBride in "Eastbound and Down"

Photo: HBO

"Stevie, you weak mother----er, you listen to me right now. You have made an ass-ton of stupid choices in Myrtle Beach; this is the moment of truth. Now is not the time to lay on the ground like a bald f---ing baby. Now is the time to be a f---ing man."

That was Kenny Powers on last Sunday's penultimate episode of "Eastbound & Down," moments after learning that recently shorn sycophant Stevie Janowski had lost his son (which would lead to Powers subsequently decking him in the face, hence the reason Stevie was laying on the ground like a bald f---ing baby), and I took the time to transcribe it for two reasons: One, because I love the phrase "an ass-ton of stupid choices.
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'Eastbound & Down': The Best F---ing Show On HBO

As Kenny Powers (presumably) rides off into the sunset this Sunday night, we pay homage to HBO's best-kept secret.

By James Montgomery

Danny McBride in "Eastbound and Down"

Photo: HBO

"Stevie, you weak mother----er, you listen to me right now. You have made an ass-ton of stupid choices in Myrtle Beach; this is the moment of truth. Now is not the time to lay on the ground like a bald f---ing baby. Now is the time to be a f---ing man."

That was Kenny Powers on last Sunday's penultimate episode of "Eastbound & Down," moments after learning that recently shorn sycophant Stevie Janowski had lost his son (which would lead to Powers subsequently decking him in the face, hence the reason Stevie was laying on the ground like a bald f---ing baby), and I took the time to transcribe it for two reasons: One, because I love the phrase "an ass-ton of stupid choices.
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Eastbound & Down Review: "Chapter 16" (Episode 3.03)

I’ve known Eastbound & Down is special since the first episode of the first season. The pilot ended with one of the most intense coke-sniffing scenes on TV, as Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) and his bartender friend Clegg (Ben Best) furiously cut and snorted line after line. It made it clear that Eastbound wouldn’t flinch in showing just how sordid Kenny’s life can get, while proving that it could be disturbing and hilarious at the same time....
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Eastbound & Down Season 3 Gets a Sexy Wet T-Shirt Poster

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Eastbound & Down Season 3 Gets a Sexy Wet T-Shirt Poster
HBO sent us this brand new official poster for season 3 of the hit series “Eastbound & Down” from creators Ben T. Best, Jody Hill and Danny R. McBride starring Danny McBride (30 Minutes or Less, Land of the Lost), Katy Mixon (Drive Angry 3D, All About Steve), John Hawkes (Small Town Saturday Night) and Andrew Daly (Yogi Bear). The third season of “Eastbound & Down” premieres Sunday, February 19th. Series Synopsis: Created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, this half-hour comedy follows a former professional baseball player who returns to his hometown in the South to take a job as a substitute gym teacher. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest news from...
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Jonah Hill's 9 Funniest Moments

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With only a few leading roles under his belt, 27-year-old Jonah Hill has secured his place as one of young Hollywood's top funnymen by crafting characters who are crude, horny yet eerily relatable to most audiences.

His recent move to dramatic fare like “Moneyball” -- and his even more dramatic weight loss -- hasn't robbed him of his comedic talents (see "21 Jump Street" trailer); and with "The Sitter," we see Hill in his usual form. Yes, he shot it before losing the weight, but we mean his knack for being playfully offensive while also portraying a lovable guy next door.

In only six years, Hill has compiled an impressive number of funny moments on screen. Here we take a look at his top nine (warning: some videos are Nsfw).

9. 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' (2005)

For many, the first time we saw Jonah Hill was in this funny exchange
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Eastbound And Down Season One and Season Two Blu-ray Review

One of the great things about Danny McBride is how he creates different iterations of his comic persona. McBride usually plays one form of white trash or another but The Foot Fist Way’s Fred Simmons is different than Kenny Powers, and way different than the characters in Your Highness and The Pineapple Express. All are delusional egotistical assholes, but each offer different dilemmas and delights. Kenny Powers - the main character of Eastbound and Down - was a superstar and he’s still got the swagger long after he lost his arm and his money, and even when he’s hiding out in Mexico. It’s a different sort of delusion than his other characters: Kenny’s someone desperately clinging to the time when they were still hot shit, while the majority of his other characters never hit those heights, and it makes all of the difference in the world.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Your Highness’ is One of 2011’s Most Disappointing Comedies

Chicago – David Gordon Green’s “Your Highness” still makes me sad. Not only am I giant fan of nearly everyone involved but the concept of a pot-fueled riff on the fantasy-adventure films more popular in the ’80s is a great one. And yet, even watching it again on Blu-ray and DVD, “Your Highness” just sinks, deflating my like a leaky balloon. I’m gonna go cry now.

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

Critics and movie goers expect questionable projects like “Something Borrowed” or “The Change-Up” to fall flat but when you get two recent Oscar nominees (James Franco, Natalie Portman), the incredible writer/director of “Pineapple Express” (David Gordon Green), the delightful Zooey Deschanel, and the scene-stealing star of “Tropic Thunder” and “Eastbound & Down” together for one project, expectations change. To say this is Green’s worst movie is a massive understatement. With that context, it’s more of a tragedy than a comedy.
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