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Jason Statham “Blitz”-es DVD shelves August 23

Jason Statham “Blitz”-es DVD shelves August 23 (photo)

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Though Maxim once famously compiled “The Many Expressions of Jason Statham,” there is one definitive Jason Statham Face, and he does it in every Jason Statham movie. If you’ve seen any of the man’s work, you know it: head down, cocked to one side, squinting eyes looking back over his shoulder, lips curling into a menacing smile. He does it at least three our for times in every movie. Sure enough, check out this publicity still from his upcoming movie “Blitz:”

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Damn. Even by Jason Statham standards, that’s good Jason Statham Face.

I’m not sure why any movie starring Statham — pound-for-pound one of the most dependable actor working in film today — goes straight-to-DVD, but that’s what’s happening to “Blitz.” The film already opened in the UK, but despite the fact that it’s written by Nathan Parker, the screenwriter of Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” and co-stars Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen, it’s going direct to home video shelves here in the states, where it will premiere on August 23. A miscarriage of justice! People we need to treat Statham better, lest he decide he no longer wishes to bless us with his sublimely manly action movies. You shouldn’t need a trailer to convince you to see this, but here it is anyway.

Granted, it does look like a pretty formulaic thriller. As a general rule, Statham always plays “the man who breaks all the rules.” But, on the plus side, he’s Jason Statham.

Also, I’m sharing another still from the film that came attached to its press release. I can’t stop staring at it. It’s Aidan Gillen wearing… well, see for yourself.

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Carcetti, no! I have a strange hunch that he’s the villain of the movie. Action Movie Rule #428b: Action heroes are not allowed to wear cheap neon green sunglasses. Or be that pale.

Look for “Blitz” on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23 from Millenium Entertainment, the same company who announced earlier today that they’re releasing Richard Linklater’s new film, “Bernie” starring Jack Black. He’s good, but he’s no Statham.

What’s your favorite Jason Statham movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter! And, yes, “All of them” is an acceptable answer.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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