HBO Orders New Comedy VICE PRINCIPALS from EASTBOUND & DOWN Creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill

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HBO is on a roll as of late when it comes to new comedies.  The network launched the new Mike Judge series Silicon Valley to great success earlier this year, it’s developing a new comedy with Bill Hader, and now the network has ordered a pitch from the creators of Eastbound & Down straight to series.  Deadline reports that HBO has ordered 18 episodes of the new comedy Vice Principals from creators/executive producers Danny McBride and Jody Hill, with those 18 installments poised to be split up into multiple seasons.  McBride and Hill were the brains behind the four-season run of HBO’s unabashedly nutty Eastbound & Down, and they will again steer the ship of Vice Principals with Eastbound alum David Gordon Green also set to executive produce.

As the title suggests, the new comedy will tell the story of a high school and the people that almost run it, the vice principals.  With guys like McBride and Hill at the helm, that’s an incredibly fruitful premise.

New Trailer for EASTBOUND & DOWN Reveals Plenty of Footage from Season 4; Plus First Images

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HBO has released a new trailer and some debut images for the upcoming fourth season of Eastbound & Down, and they give us our first look at a fair amount of footage from the further adventures of Kenny Powers.  Danny McBride is on point, as always, as the season’s story looks to find Powers struggling with his lack of fame and purpose.  The track record of the three previous seasons bodes extremely well for this final batch of episodes, and I’m really eager to see how McBride and showrunner Jody Hill wrap the story up once and for all.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images.  Season four of Eastbound & Down begins on HBO Sunday, September 29th.

HBO Executives Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo Talk GAME OF THRONES, James Gandolfini’s CRIMINAL JUSTICE, THE NEWSROOM Season 3, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, what they have currently in development with both David Chase (The Sopranos) and David Milch (Deadwood), the status of the Criminal Justice pilot and why they think it’s best to recast the role James Gandolfini played, the possibility of a second season for Family Tree and a third season for The Newsroom, the half-hour series about high school life that they’re developing with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and that they are no longer moving ahead with a Transporter series at Cinemax.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Jim Carrey Confirmed to Star in NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Director Jared Hess’ Action-Comedy LOOMIS FARGO

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Jim Carrey will indeed be heading into heist territory with his next film.  We reported back in October that Carrey was in negotiations to star in director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) action-comedy Loomis Fargo, and Relativity Media announced today that the deal has closed and the actor will be fronting the film.  The pic is inspired by true events and tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with his work crush to conspire to rob Loomis Fargo.  Though the plot sounds a tad similar to Carrey’s Fun with Dick and Jane, hopefully it’ll provide another opportunity to mix timely subject matter with some well-crafted humor.

Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (Baby Mama) will produce, while Danny McBride and Jody Hill are onboard as executive producers.  A female lead has yet to be announced, but production is hoping to get underway this April in North Carolina.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Jim Carrey in Negotiations to Rob Armored Cars in Action-Comedy LOOMIS FARGO

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Funnyman Jim Carrey is in talks to star in Loomis Fargo, an action-comedy flick based on real-life events centering on an armored car heist.  The pic revolves around four dull-witted Southerners who managed to rob a Loomis Fargo armored car to the tune of $17 million.  Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct from a script in turns by Emily Spivey, then Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and finally Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. Hit the jump for more on this project, including details on Carrey’s potential character. 

Nicolas Cage to Star in David Gordon Green’s Southern Drama JOE

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Worldwide Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce director David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) gritty, southern drama Joe.  Moreover, Nicolas Cage has been cast in the lead role of Joe, an ex-con who “becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father.”  The story takes place in small town Mississippi and is based on the book of the same name by Larry Brown.  Green’s Eastbound and Down cohorts Danny McBride and Jody Hill will executive produce the adaptation.

Hit the jump for more, including an update on Green’s Suspiria remake.

HBO Gets Extra Innings for EASTBOUND & DOWN with a Fourth Season Order

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Kenny Powers is not dead…in more ways than one.  He wasn’t dead at the end of what was supposed to be the series finale after faking his death and coming back to be with his estranged love April and their child Toby.  And now he lives on back at HBO again as the cable network has picked up a fourth season of Eastbound & Down with Danny McBride back as everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, morally questionable ball player.  I guess that explains why the network was so hellbent on calling the last episode of Eastbound & Down a season finale rather than a series finale.

It’s not clear whether this fourth season will actually be the last now, but Variety says it will have eight episodes just like the previous third season.  I don’t know how HBO convinced Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and McBride to do another season as they seemed pretty keen on ending on a high note, but it’s happening.  The question is where will the series go now that Kenny Powers is supposed to be dead?  I can’t imagine he’ll go back to baseball again, but that always took a backseat to his personal problems anyway. As a big fan of the show, I supposed it’ll be nice to have McBride back as Kenny Powers, but I was already fine with the way the series ended, so I hope this won’t be a sad encore for the hilarious comedy series.

Jody Hill to Write/Direct Action Movie That Could Somehow Become a DUKES OF HAZZARD Reboot

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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.

EASTBOUND & DOWN Season Three Premiere Review

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After being gone for far too long Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) is back, complete with a Confederate flag and marijuana leaf covered boogie board. thankfully the series is much better at keeping the laughs coming than Powers is at catching some waves in the season premiere of Eastbound & Down. We now find everyone’s favorite ballplayer in the minors in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina playing for the Mermen. Seemingly back at the top of his game (or at least as high as it can get in the minor leagues). Powers is always best when he’s cocky and arrogant, and since that’s basically all the time, having him getting a taste of success just makes it that much better.  Hit the jump for more.

New Teaser Trailer for EASTBOUND & DOWN Season Three

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Season three of HBO’s Eastbound & Down is just around the corner, and a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated return of everyone’s favorite failed baseball player has gone online. The action moves to Myrtle Beach this time around, and star Danny McBride looks to be joined once again by a slew of familiar faces. The crux of the trailer has McBride giving a truly horrible/fantastic speech to a group of underprivileged kids, and promises even more delectable douchbaggery from Kenny Powers in this third and possibly final season of the HBO comedy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and trim your mullet accordingly for the show’s February 19th season premiere.

Randy Krallman to Direct BULLIES for Mandate Pictures and Danny McBride

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You’ve seen his work even if you don’t know his name. Randy Krallman, acclaimed commercials director, has been selected to helm Danny McBride’s (Your Highness) new project, Bullies. The comedy will mark Krallman’s feature film directorial debut. Written by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul (both worked on the screenplay for Yes Man) from an original idea by McBride, the comedy shows what happens to two brothers who have been life-long bullies when they finally get what’s coming to them.

As for Krallman, his most recognizable work might be the talking baby Super Bowl spot for E*Trade. You’ve also seen some of his more recent work with AT&T’s “Taco Party” at the office and Starburst’s Berries & Cream creep-out in “Bus Station.” Hit the jump for more on Bullies and to check out some of Krallman’s work.

EASTBOUND AND DOWN Season One and Season Two Blu-ray Review

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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. Our review of the season one and season two Blu-rays of Eastbound and Down follow after the jump.

Comedy Central Ordering a Pilot from PINEAPPLE EXPRESS Director David Gordon Green

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We just saw a brand new raunchy trailer for his epic, medieval comedy Your Highness, but director David Gordon Green looks to be getting back to television again soon. He’s found success and a producer and director on Danny McBride’s hilarious HBO series Eastbound & Down, but now Deadline reports he’s heading to Comedy Central with a new pilot called Black Jack. Green wrote the pilot with Michael Starrbury which follows Black Jack who, after 20 years as the most kick-ass special ops agent the US government has had on its payroll, finally goes too far and suffers being de-commissioned.  He’s sent home to begin the most treacherous mission he’s ever faced – normal life.

Apparently the official order of the pilot is cast-contingent on who takes the title character. It doesn’t sounds like Danny McBride will take the part (though he’d be perfect for it), but he’s still executive producing through his Rough House production banner formed with Jody Hill and Matt Reilly.

PaleyFest 2011: EASTBOUND & DOWN Recap

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Eastbound & Down panel at the 28th annual PaleyFest in Los Angeles. Since filming hasn’t started on the show’s third season, I wasn’t sure how much the cast would say about what’s coming up. Thankfully, they dropped a few clues and I also got to hear some great behind the scenes stories about one of TV’s best comedies.

The panel featured star/creator Danny McBride, director/creator Jody Hill, executive producer Chris Henchy and stars Ana de la Reguera, Katy Mixon, Steve Little and Michael Pena. Hit the jump for a full recap of the night’s events.

HBO Remaking Sundance Boxing Documentary KNUCKLE Into a TV Drama

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Most films come to Sundance to find a distributor, but from day one the boxing documentary Knuckle was subject to a different kind of positive buzz — namely, “This would be great for a remake.”  Deadline counts Gerard Butler, Robert Downey Jr., and Vin Diesel among the suitors, but the remake rights ultimately went to Rough House Pictures, who will team with HBO to turn Knuckle into a drama series.  Eastbound and Down co-creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill and director David Gordon Green are attached through their partnership with Rough House, though it’s unclear if this extends beyond a producing role.

From the sound of it, there could certainly be a role in there for McBride.  Directed by Ian Palmer, Knuckle depicts the longstanding feud between two Irish families that often resort to bareknuckle boxing.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

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