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EASTBOUND & DOWN (SEASON 1)
Eastbound & Down creator/writer Jody Hill‘s style of comedy definitely isn’t for everyone, but those capable of embracing his raw, cynical attitude may just find themselves rewarded with one of the funniest shows television has to offer. So far, everything Hill has done revolves around a specific formula: bad things happening to bad, dumb people. Between this and Observe & Report, I doubt there’s any mystery about Hill’s feelings toward a large majority of the American public; regardless of the crazy situations his characters get into, there’s always this sense of depressing truth to them, always making sure we know that people like this aren’t too far off from the type of people you might find in any small middle-to-lower class town. This aspect of the show helps elevate it beyond a simple dark comedy to somewhat of an unsettling character study, presenting one man’s desperate struggle to cling to this distorted reality that his fame helped create for him, only to find actual reality settling in and crashing down on him.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary with creator/writer Jody Hill, actor Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green, and writer/actor Ben Best, “Making Eastbound & Down”, “Kenny Powers: Greatest Hits”, “Schaeffer Motor Commercials”, “Stevie’s Dark Secret”, and deleted scenes.

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Video Clip: Michel Gondry’s Interior Design

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Tokyo Interior Design PosterCannes2008 has the first video clip from Michel Gondry’s “Interior Design”, a 30-minute short film which is part of the upcoming three part anthology project Tôkyô!, a triptych film in the same tradition of New York Stories or Paris, je t’aime from directors Bong Joon Ho (The Host), Leos Carax (Bad Blood) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine). Each director tells an odd little story set in Japan’s capital. The film just sold at Cannes to Liberation Entertainment for North American distribution.

Written by Gondry and comic author Gabrielle Bell, Interior Design is based on Bell’s comic book “Cecil and Jordan in New York” from “Kramer’s Ergot #5″. The surreal fable of a young couple who moves to Tokyo in search of a future. While the boy’s ambition is clear – be a movie maker- the girl drifts gradually apart. Both of them will be drowned in the imensity until the girl [Ayako Fujitani, Steven Seagal's Japanese daughter], feeling alone, discovers something strange … she eventually turns into a chair. Watch the video clip below.

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Page 2 Weekend Edition

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Last Crusade Ecard

Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.

Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]

BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]

The Incredible Hulk comparison

FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.

Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]

Italian WALL-E Poster

The New DaughterBadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.

TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.

David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.

Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]

XBox Indiana Jones

Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.

Warner Bros has launched three viral sites to promote the upcoming release of Lost Boys: The Tribe: LunaBay.org, CCMPF.org, and FrogBrosBoards.com.

The Love Guru Viral Marketing

Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.

George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]

Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]

Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]

Tokyo!

Another bunch of photos direct from the Cannes Film Festival, which begins this week. Tôkyô! is the upcoming three part anthology project, a triptych film in the same tradition of New York Stories or Paris, je t’aime, from directors Bong Joon Ho (The Host), Leos Carax (Bad Blood) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine). Each director tells an odd little story set in Japan’s capitol.

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Michel Gondry’s 30-minute segment is titled “Interior Design”. Written by Gondry and comic author Gabrielle Bell, Design is based on Bell’s comic book “Cecil and Jordan in New York” from “Kramer’s Ergot #5″. The surreal fable of a young couple who moves to Tokyo in search of a future. While the boy’s ambition is clear – be a movie maker- the girl drifts gradually apart. Both of them will be drowned in the imensity until the girl [Ayako Fujitani, Steven Seagal's Japanese daughter], feeling alone, discovers something strange … she eventually turns into a chair. Sounds like something Gondry would make.

Tokyo!

Bong Joon Ho’s segment is tentatively titled “Shaking Tokyo”, stars Yu Aoi (All About Lily Chou-Chou), Kagawa Teruyuki “Sway (Yureru)”, Takenaka Naoto (Ping Pong/Swing Girls). He is a hikikomori – like many others in Japan, he has withdrawn from all contact with the outside world .When the pizza delivery girl faints during an earthquake, the unthinkable happens – the man falls in love. Will he take the unimaginable step : leaving the dead security of his apartment for the streets of Tokyo ?

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Leos Carax’s segment Merde, follows a mysterious man who spreads confusion on the streets of Tokyo through a succession of irrational and provocative acts. ” The Creature of the Sewers ” as the media have dubbed him, arouse passion or repulsion. He will be captured, judged and then…

You can also watch the teaser trailer we posted earlier in the week.

Tokyo Teaser Trailer

Tokyo Teaser Trailer

TwitchFilm has the first movie trailer for Tôkyô!, the upcoming three part anthology project,a triptych film in the same tradition of New York Stories or Paris, je t’aime, from directors Bong Joon Ho (The Host), Leos Carax (Bad Blood) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine). Each director tells an odd little story set in Japan’s capitol.

Michel Gondry’s 30-minute segment is titled “Interior Design”. Written by Gondry and comic author Gabrielle Bell, Design is based on Bell’s comic book “Cecil and Jordan in New York” from “Kramer’s Ergot #5″. The story follows a girl [Ayako Fujitani, Steven Seagal's Japanese daughter] who tries to move into Tokyo with her boyfriend. Unable to find an apartment or a job, she eventually turns into a chair. Sounds like something Gondry would make.

Bong Joon Ho’s segment is tentatively titled “Shaking Tokyo”, stars Yu Aoi (All About Lily Chou-Chou), Kagawa Teruyuki “Sway (Yureru)”, Takenaka Naoto (Ping Pong/Swing Girls), centers around a guy who hasn’t gone outside out of his apartment in 10 years. Then, because of an earthquake, he finally leave his apartment, all the while being in love with a pizza delivery girl played by Yu Aoi.

Leos Carax’s segment Merde, follows “a man, or rather a ‘creature’ living in sewers begins terrorizing people in the city. After the imperial army launches a few grenades, it is stopped. Master Voland, a shabby french lawyer, is one of only 3 people in the world to understand its language.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Tokyo Interior Design PosterMel Valentin sends along word about Eternal Sunshine director Michel Gondry‘s 30-minute short film which will appear in the upcoming Tôkyô!, a triptych film in the same tradition of New York Stories or Paris, je t’aime). Not so coincidentally, Gondry was originally set to direct a segment of Paris, je t’aime, but had to drop out for unknown reasons.

The film tells three separate stories of the Japanese capital, one by Leos Carax, one by Bong Joon-Ho, and one by Gondry. Gondry’s segment is titled “Interior Design“. Written by Gondry and comic author Gabrielle Bell, Design is based on Bell’s comic book “Cecil and Jordan in New York” from “Kramer’s Ergot #5″. The story follows a girl [Ayako Fujitani] who tries to move into Tokyo with her boyfriend. Unable to find an apartment or a job, she eventually turns into a chair. Sounds like something Gondry would make.

Bell was on-set throughout the filming. The movie is now in post production. No release details have been released, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it at Festival d Cannes in May. Another viable option is The International Tokyo Film Festival in October, but that might be too far off.

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