April 9, 2009 |
There is a definite through line from inept martial arts instructor Fred Simmons in last year's "The Foot Fist Way" to bigheaded baseball burnout Kenny Powers in HBO's "Eastbound & Down" to sad-sack mall cop Ronnie Barnhardt in the new movie "Observe and Report." Writer-director Jody Hill, who had a hand in creating all three characters, seems drawn to people who live in a self-created world, oblivious to what anyone else may think of them.
April 11, 2012 |
There are basically two kinds of fans of HBO's comedy "Eastbound & Down," which wraps up its third, and what will probably be its final, season Sunday. One kind gets the joke. The other is the joke. "They are some scary people," said Danny McBride, 35, the star and co-creator of the series. "They like the show, but for the wrong reasons - like they want to be Kenny Powers. " For those who may not have been properly introduced, Powers is perhaps the sharpest - and certainly raunchiest - satiric portrait of a redneck ever to be loosed on television.
June 5, 2008 |
Director and former taekwondo student Jody Hill made "The Foot Fist Way" on a shoestring budget, so he didn't have money to hire professional stuntmen. Turns out taekwondo instructor Sean Baxter, whose school in Concord, N.C., served as the film's primary location, stepped in at the last minute, saving the production not only cash but potential grief as well.
April 10, 2009 |
The characters Michael Pena plays often find themselves in mortal danger in heavy dramas -- "The Shield," "Crash," "The Lucky Ones" -- and, as a soldier in "Lions for Lambs," he even gave his life. But the actor discovered with his role in writer-director Jody Hill's "Observe and Report" that dying is actually easy -- it's comedy that's hard. "I think I was the worst actor on set," Pena says by phone while driving to San Diego.
April 26, 2009
UNDERRATED Kristin Scott Thomas: After "The English Patient," we sort of lost track of her. It took a couple of turns in recent foreign dramas, such as "I've Loved You So Long" and "Tell No One," to remind us how arresting she can be. But check out IMDB -- did you realize she's also done comedy? An "Ab Fab" ep and the unintentionally hilarious "Under the Cherry Moon" (with Prince!). Seriously, we'll follow her anywhere. 'The Iron Giant': Remember our Vin Diesel item a while ago?
October 11, 2009
Lala.com: Lost amid the concerns about MP3 file-sharing was one of its root causes: Music fans wanting to try an album before they buy. Record stores addressed this with listening stations and consider Lala an online listening station for a new era. Log in and you can sample about 7 million songs for one free listen without spending a penny. It's like window-shopping with your ears -- what a time to be alive. Zombies: Finally, after wasting time with onscreen villains such as Nazis, terrorists and vampires, Hollywood has returned to a common enemy we can all get behind: the walking dead.