This Week on Blu-ray: HARRY POTTER Wizard’s Collection, THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT, PIRANHA 3DD, FRINGE, BORED TO DEATH, and More

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This week on Blu-ray is a little light on new film releases, but it does include the Harry Potter mega-set that puts any and all collectors’ sets to shame.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details, folks. 

HBO Considering BORED TO DEATH Movie

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Let the speculation and online campaigns begin!  Months after HBO decided not to renew comedy series Bored to Death for another season, it appears that the network is mulling over the prospect of a feature film sendoff for the quirky show.  The speculation began when star Ted Danson revealed to a French journalist that there was a good chance of a 90-minute movie happening.  Vulture reached out to HBO for comment, and the network responded that there had “been some conversations” but cautioned, “it’s at a very early stage.”  That is, don’t hold your breath.

Fan outcry (and continued DVD sales) led to an Arrested Development revival as the show is now returning for one more season on Netflix followed by a feature film, and Community fans have rallied early with the “Six Seasons and a Movie” battle cry becoming the show’s unofficial motto.  Whether a Bored to Death movie actually happens or not is still very much in the air, but stranger things have happened.  The final season of the show ended last December.

HBO Renews ENLIGHTENED; Cancels BORED TO DEATH, HUNG and HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA

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For those of you who enjoyed this past season of Bored to Death, I hope it was good enough to hold you over until the end of time because THR reports HBO has opted not to renew the series for fourth season. The network has also decided to cut off Hung and How to Make it in America as new series like Luck, Girls, Angry Boys, Life’s Too Short and Veep all make their way to the network next year. However, amidst all of the cable network’s axing, there is a lone survivor. HBO’s freshman series Enlightened starring Laura Dern has been renewed for a second season. While Dern gives a solid performance, it’s not a show I looked forward to watching every week and I can’t say I’m too thrilled with HBO’s decision to renew it. Surely the Golden Globe nomination for Dern’s performance and the series itself helped the half-hour show survive though. Anyway, the future slate for HBO is enough to let me forgive their reckless executions of the aforementioned series for now.

Zach Galifianakis Talks PUSS IN BOOTS, DOG FIGHT, THE HANGOVER 3, BORED TO DEATH and BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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In the animated feature Puss in Boots, spun off from the popular Shrek franchise, actor Zach Galifianakis voices Humpty Alexander Dumpty, an odd egg who grew up in the same orphanage with Puss (Antonio Banderas) until the friends had a falling out. When the two damaged characters cross paths again years later, they team up, with the help of Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), to continue their childhood quest for the fabled magic beans, in order to grow a beanstalk that will lead them to the goose that lays the golden eggs.

At the film’s press day, Zach Galifianakis spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about playing the famous nursery rhyme character with a snazzy wardrobe, having no idea where his middle name comes from, how director Chris Miller really helped him shape his voice performance, how blown away he is by the finished look of the film, and that he would do voice-over work again, in a heartbeat. He also talked about starting rehearsals for the political comedy Dog Fight after Halloween, how much he’s looking forward to working with Will Ferrell and getting to shave his beard for the role, that he’s heard they’re writing a script for The Hangover 3 (which the cast is all interested to read) but knows nothing more of the film’s status than that, that he’s hoping to continue for a Season 4 of his HBO series Bored to Death, and that he will be doing more episodes of Between Two Ferns, if he can get guests to show up without their publicists. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Exclusive: Zach Galifianakis Talks HANGOVER 2, BETWEEN TWO FERNS, TIM AND ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE, Favorite Movies, More

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With director Todd Phillips The Hangover Part II opening this weekend, I recently got to participate in a press conference with Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong and Phillips in Los Angeles.  Shortly after the press conference ended, I got to speak with Galifianakis in a one on one setting.

While our conversation was only ten minutes, we talked about everything from what are his favorite movies to working with babies and smoking monkeys.   In addition, we talked about his feelings on making a sequel to the biggest R rated comedy of all time, his thoughts on doing Hangover 3, what’s up with Between Two Ferns, Bored to Death, The Muppets, Southern Rivals, and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to our conversation.

HBO Gives a Third Season to EASTBOUND & DOWN and BORED TO DEATH

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Though the entirety of each of their second seasons has yet to air on the cable network, HBO has already renewed both Eastbound & Down starring Danny McBride, and Bored to Death starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis for a third season. Both half-hour comedy series each have their own charms (or in the case of Kenny Powers, a complete lack thereof), and continue to prove why HBO is the best place for bold comedy. Fortunately name guest stars like Don Johnson (Eastbound & Down) and Kevin Bacon (Bored to Death) in each of the series this season haven’t overshadowed the writing and have simply been icing in an already delicious cake. Here’s hoping the success continues in their next season.

Jason Schwartzman Exclusive Interview BORED TO DEATH

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Bored to Death is an HBO comedy show with a great pedigree, and a real sneaky sense of humor.  Jason Schwartzman stars as Jonathan Ames (also the name of the show’s writer/creator/producer), a novelist who decides to become an unlicensed private detective after getting dumped. He’s flanked by George Christopher (Ted Danson), his rich publishing friend, and Ray Heuston (Zach Galifianakis), his cartoonist buddy. Both friends smoke weed all the time, and often help Ames solve his crimes. Having found its voice midway through the first season, it’s great to see that Bored to Death’s second season has started at the top of its game. The show airs Sundays at 10 pm on HBO.

I got a chance to speak with Jason Schwartzman about the new season. Schwartzman was launched with a star making performance in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, and the two have collaborated together repeatedly (with their scripted The Darjeeling Limited about to hit DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection). We got a chance to talk about being a film actor on a TV show, about the detective genre, and the collaborative process. Jason is enthusiastic, clever, and you can tell he’s thoughtful about his process. My conversation with Jason Schwartzman follows after the jump.

Review: The First Four Episodes of BORED TO DEATH Season Two

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Novelist and makeshift private detective Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) is back with his ragtag team of friends and occasional colleagues, cartoonist Ray Hueston (Zach Galifianakis) and magazine editor George Christopher (Ted Danson) for the second season of HBO’s film noir inspired comedy series Bored to Death. While the first season seemed to be more about the bumbling antics of Ames’ moonlighting as an unlicensed private detective and the silliness that came from Ray and George tagging along (with some choice herbs always handy), this season seems to be focusing more on the characters themselves. There’s just as much fun to be had as the first season, but the series stiff suffers from inconsistency in its comedy, and a lack of focus and progression from our main character.

BORED TO DEATH Season One Blu-ray Review

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Post-Sopranos (and to a certain extent post-Six Feet Under, The Wire and Deadwood), HBO has been trying to find its signature shows. They’ve had some success with comedy, but though Entourage has been running for a while now, many (like Flight of the Concords, Extras, Eastbound and Down) have had one or two season runs by the nature of their creators. It’ll be interesting to see how long they can go with Bored to Death –it has the potential to go for a while – mostly because both Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis are movie stars. But these days, maybe you can do both TV and movies. My review of the Blu-ray of Bored to Death: Season One after the jump.

New Posters for the Second Seasons of BORED TO DEATH and EASTBOUND & DOWN

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With the new fall television season creeping around the corner, HBO released a couple new posters promoting the second seasons of both Bored to Death (starring Jason Scwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson) and Eastbound & Down (starring Danny McBride and Michael Pena). Though I’m a bit partial to the previous teaser poster for Eastbound & Down featuring Kenny Powers in a full Mariachi band outfit, the poster below with those cornrows and trademark bad-ass smirk still works. Meanwhile, Danson, Schwatzman and Galifianakis come together in a cross between Charlie’s Angels signature silhouette stance but with cocktails replacing what would be guns. You can see both of the posters in their full glory below and don’t forget to check out the season premiere for both shows back-to-back on Sunday, September 26th!

Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman Interview THE EXTRA MAN

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Last month I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable interview with husband and wife Academy Award nominated writing and directing team Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) to promote their upcoming film The Extra Man. For those who don’t know, it stars Kevin Kline as a failed playwright who moonlights as an “extra man”, escorting wealthy elderly women to events. Paul Dano’s character rents a room from Kline’s character and the two spark a friendship. The film is based on a book by one of my favorite authors, Jonathan Ames, who is perhaps best known for creating HBO’s Bored To Death, who’s title character shares his name.

To see what Pulcini and Berman had to say about their early involvement with the film, working with Jonathan Ames, working with Kevin Kline, Paul Dano and John C. Reilly (who has a supporting role in the film) and their upcoming project with HBO, continue reading. The Extra Man is currently playing in limited release.

BORED TO DEATH Season 2 Trailer

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HBO has released a brief trailer for the second season of the Jason Schwartzman comedy series Bored To Death. The high concept comedy about a struggling writer’s second life as an unlicensed detective. Hit the jump for the trailers and some thoughts on why this show is worth your time. The new season of Bored To Death is set to debut this September on HBO.

Exclusive: Jason Schwartzman talks SCOTT PILGRIM vs. THE WORLD. Confirms Split Screens and Animation

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One of my big films in 2010 is director Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”.  As the director of “Spaced”, “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”, Edgar Wright has proven that he’s one of the best directors working today.  While I’d be interested in whatever project he chose to do as his next film, the fact that he’s making the fantastic comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley is just awesome.  Anyway, people have been shown footage from “Scott Pilgrim” and the mini-reviews have been crazy.  Director Jason Reitman pretty much lost his mind after seeing 30 minutes.  And I’m beginning to figure out why.

I think the reason people are so excited for the film is Edgar Wright is pushing the boundaries of narrative storytelling.  While every movie has moving cameras and interesting shots, I’ve heard rumors that “Scott Pilgrim” is going to use a lot of split screens and animation to help tell the story.  And after speaking with Jason Schwartzman the other day, I can now confirm it.  While I do not know how many scenes use split screens, I think it’s a big part of the movie. Perhaps it’s all about trying to make comic book frames work on a movie screen. Anyhow, if you’d like to see Jason Schwartzman talk about seeing the first 19 minutes of the movie, working for Edgar and with Michael Cera, and what’s up with “Bored to Death”, hit the jump to see the interview.

Promo for Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis’ BORED TO DEATH

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jason_schwartzman_bored_to_death_01.jpgI love it when stuff like this slips underneath my radar because it gives me something new to be excited about.  A new show on HBO staring Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis where Schwartzman plays an amateur private investigator?  Yes, please.  Oh, and it also has Ted Danson.  Yes, Danson’s most recent TV jaunt was in FX’s “Damages”, but I’ve always preferred the guy in comedy, not because of “Cheers” or “Becker” (although I have no problem with those shows), but because of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  And did I mention that Schwartzman bases his sleuth off the novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler?  Way to make September (when the show debuts) feel like an eternity away.

Check out the promo after the jump.

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