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Pick Of The Week: ‘Eastbound and Down’

Pick Of The Week: ‘Eastbound and Down’

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Danny McBride is Kenny Powers in 'Eastbound and Down'

What’s ‘Eastbound and Down’ All About?

Kenny Powers was supposed to be baseball’s next big thing, but when he got to the big leagues, his obnoxious personality (and his not-so-fast fastball) became his ticket right back out. He thought he’d mount a comeback, of course ? but for now, he’s plotting his next move from his brother’s couch while working as a substitute gym teacher. As HBO puts it, “Every kid has a great ball player they look up to. Kenny Powers is not that guy.”

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Kenny Powers ? played by Danny McBride, sporting an amped-up version of his Pineapple Express mullet ? is the central figure in Eastbound and Down, a new comedy series premiering Sunday on HBO following Flight of the Conchords. The show has a lot of funny folks behind it: It’s produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company, the same folks who run Funny or Die. (Ferrell himself makes occasional appearances as a car salesman with a hairdo that puts McBride’s to shame.)

Check out a promo for the show and a related ad starring as Rick Flair-esque Will Ferrell below:

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Pick of The Week: Planet of the Apes – The Ultimate DVD Collection

Pick of The Week: Planet of the Apes – The Ultimate DVD Collection

For this week’s Pick of The Week, we take a look at a true masterpiece in filmaking and packaging…

Planet of the Apes – The Ultimate DVD Collection

While provoking neither the decades of spin-offs of the Star Trek franchise or the cultural staying power of the Star Wars universe, Planet of the Apes nonetheless lives in the hearts of many a Sunday afternoon TV-watcher. A high water mark for prosthetic movie magic, this primate-vs-man epic–spanning four movies, a TV series, and an animated series–was as integral to the 1970s as Led Zeppelin or muscle cars. So how to properly pay tribute to a science fiction franchise about intelligent apes roaming a post-apocalyptic earth?

Package the whole set in a freakin’ ape head boxed set, man!

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It’s true. 20th Century Fox packaged the entire run–movies, TV series, animated series, and the 2001 Tim Burton remake–in Caesar’s head. Actually, the 14 discs are efficiently packaged in a fold-out book that slides into the bust’s back.

The bust is smartly dressed in green canvas, with zippers that don’t actually lead to pockets. The hair is a luxurious mane that could have been wasted on at least three toupes. Put this masterpiece of DVD packaging on a shelf and watch it catch the gaze of everyone who walks into the room.

The set is limited to 10,000 copies and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For those who don’t want to commit to the full ape head experience, most of the discs in this set–sans the animated series, TV show, and Tim Burton remake–can be had in the Planet of the Apes Legacy Boxset .

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