The Foot Fist Way

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The Series: The Foot Fist Way

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video and Hulu

The Pitch: Fred Simmons (Danny McBride) is one of the world’s most gifted practitioners of the Korean fighting style known as Tae Kwan Do — or at least that’s what he likes to tell people. Despite his supposed skills, Fred teaches students out of a dingy dojo, where he browbeats kids into learning the aggressive points of the martial arts without having much understanding of the philosophy or reasoning behind it.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Before writer/director Jody Hill and and actor Danny McBride gave us Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals and The Righteous Gemstones, they made waves in the indie cinema world with the low budget, dark comedy The Foot Fist Way. Take The Karate Kid (or the sequel series Cobra Kai), mix it with the oddball nature of Napoleon Dynamite‘s Rex Kwan Do, and throw it in a blender with beer, cigarettes and a myriad of narcotics, and you have the perfect recipe for The Foot Fist Way. This is the movie that launched Danny McBride into Hollywood, introducing us to his signature deadpan one-liners, abrasive antics, and oblivious arrogance that would define so many of his characters to come. Read More »

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Star Wars was the highest grossing film in the United States in 1977, but do you know what movie sits in the #2 spot? It’s the high speed action comedy Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed and a slew of impressive car chases and crashes. Now, 43 years after the movie kicked off a franchise, there’s a Smokey and the Bandit TV series in the works from Universal Content Productions, and it’ll be produced by some heavy-hitting comedic talent. Read More »

The Righteous Gemstones Trailer

Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green have teamed up on the outstanding HBO comedies Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, making baseball and high school more twisted and vulgar than usual. Now they’re bringing that same sensibility to the place that needs it the most: church.

The Righteous Gemstones stars Danny McBride, John Goodman and Adam DeVine as a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. But it’s for the lord, so it’s all good. Watch The Righteous Gemstones trailer below to see how sacrilegious things are going to get. Read More »

Jody Hill interview

Jody Hill is trying to warm some hearts with his latest comedy, The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter. The co-creator of Vice Principals and director of Observe and Report hasn’t softened up his humor for his Netflix movie, but the lead characters in his father/son story are certainly far less destructive than his past protagonists. Hill’s first feature film since 2010’s Observe and Report stars Josh Brolin as a hunter and TV show host – and Danny McBride as his trusted and inappropriate cameraman – taking his son Jaden (Montana Jordan) hunting for the first time.

The story, which Hill co-wrote with McBride and John Carcieri (Eastbound & Down), has a surprisingly sweet side to it. The movie will likely feel both familiar and new for Hill’s fans. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter has the director’s sense of humor, although it’s not quite as dark this time around. Hill says he wanted to do something different. The very polite filmmaker recently told us about the project’s history, watching old ’80s hunting videos, memories from making HBO’s Vice Principals, and more.

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Josh Brolin and Danny McBride have teamed up for Netflix’s The Legacy of Whitetail Deer Hunter, a new comedy from Jody Hill. In a new Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter clip, Brolin’s character Buck Ferguson gets some unwanted relationship advice from his young son.

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Vice Principals season 2 trailer

This is the end for Neal Gamby (Danny McBride). The second season of Vice Principals is also its last. In his final hours at North Jackson High School, Gamby will search for the assassin who failed to finish him off in the riveting season one finale. With the help a suspect and sociopathic friend, Lee Russell (Walton Goggins), Gamby goes hunting.

Below, watch the Vice Principals season 2 trailer.

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While the first season of Vice Principals was inspired by the films of John Hughes, season 2 of the HBO comedy is influenced by Brian de Palma. Jody Hill and Danny McBride‘s series is about to take a more sinister turn, as Mr. Gamby (McBride) takes matters into his own hands and looks for the person who shot him last season. One suspect is obvious, but season one of Vice Principals rarely went where we expected.

Below, watch the Vice Principals season 2 trailer.

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Vice Principals Season 2 Trailer

HBO’s Vice Principals is a brilliant comedy gem just waiting to be discovered by an audience that can appreciate it. Jody Hill and Danny McBride‘s evil, pitch-black and surprisingly soulful comedy series didn’t leave much of an impression on pop culture at large when it debuted last year and that’s a shame. This feels like the culmination of their work together, taking what they learned on The Foot-Fist Way and Eastbound & Down and polishing it to perfection.

For the already initiated, the first Vice Principals season 2 trailer is here. For everyone else (especially those with a taste for crude, unpleasant, and emotionally unsettling comedy): you have some homework to do.

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One new televisions series I’m excited about is HBO’s Vice Principals. The dark comedy series, which begins airing on July 17th 2016, is from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green and Eastbound & Down creator Jody Hill stars Danny McBride and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) as two vice principals “who are an in epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.” Today we learn that the series will not be on the air for very long, only a couple of seasons. Learn why, after the jump.
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Eastbound & Down wrapped up its fourth and final season in 2013, but Danny McBride fans with HBO subscriptions will have something new to look forward this summer. Vice Principals stars McBride and Walton Goggins as a pair of (you guessed it) vice principals who work together at Lincoln High. Although “together” might not exactly be the right word here, seeing as they’re more interested in destroying each other than in collaborating with one another. Watch the hilarious first Vice Principals teaser trailer after the jump.  Read More »