Jack Black Nacho Libre micronations movie

One of the few directors on the Spider-Man short list has picked a new project. It’s Jared Hess, the director behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. Hess’s quirky filmmaking style seemed like an odd a match for the big budget superhero film; now he’s going to do a film that seems much more in his comfort zone. He’s even bringing along an old friend.

Hess has cast Jack Black in a film called Micronations, a comedy about a man who rises to a position of prominence among the odd world of do-it-yourself countries, small areas which exist and operate independently of the United States. This is a real thing. The script was written by the team behind New Girl, and you can read more about the Micronations movie below. Read More »

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The D Train Trailer
One of the films I enjoyed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival but didn’t get around to reviewing is The D Train. Directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the new indie dramedy tells the story of a loser (Jack Black) who believes he’ll win his way into the cool kids club if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion.

Remember when we use to love Jack Black? He’s back at full force in this new film, but the spotlight shifts to James Marsden. The film is very traditional in execution (as you’ll see in the trailer) but the story takes some interesting swerves you wouldn’t expect from a big screen comedy (unfortunately the trailer strongly hints at the more compelling turns). IFC has released The D Train trailer, and you can watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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best worst 2015 oscar moments

The instant the 87th Annual Academy Awards ended, the dissection began. What was good? What was bad? Was anything offensive? How about inspirational? This year’s event, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, had all of that and more. Let’s not delay, below you can see the best and worst 2015 Oscar moments. Read More »

Goosebumps 1

The Sony Pictures panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 could more appropriately have been titled “Goosebumps.” After a super-short mention of the upcoming Chris Columbus film Pixels, author R.L. Stine popped on screen to tell fans about Goosebumps, which opens in Summer 2015. Director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) showed up for the panel, along with star Jack Black, a mere two days after they wrapped production. The pair debuted some new footage and news regarding the meta storyline of the film, in which the characters from all of Stine’s Goosebumps books escape the original manuscripts.

Below, read more about the Goosebumps movie trailer and panel from San Diego Comic-Con.
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Jack Black Goosebumps

Columbia could’ve gone any number of ways with its Goosebumps movie, with literally dozens of Goosebumps books to draw from. But it chose to go the meta route, casting Jack Black as a fictionalized version of real-life Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine and pitting him against the very monsters that made him famous.

It’s something of a change of pace for Black, who plays slobs and screw-ups more often than he does bookish types. On the other hand, the film’s goofy tone looks right up his alley. Check out the first Goosebumps images, which also feature Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette, after the jump.

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Goosebumps movie

After years of development, the Goosebumps movie has finally graduated into the production stage. Shooting on the kid-friendly horror adaptation began this week, with Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) at the helm and Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush in the lead roles.

And as the project moves along, it’s dropped a brand-new synopsis full of juicy details about the plot. Hit the jump for all the latest info.

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Odeya Rush in The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Jack Black seems like a natural fit to lead Sony’s upcoming adaptation of R.L. Stine‘s Goosebumps, seeing as he’s worked with director Rob Letterman before on Gulliver’s Travels and Shark Tale. But a kids’ movie needs a kid to star, and now the film has found one in We Are What We Are actress Odeya Rush. Get more plot details after the jump.

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Mike White Jack Black James Marsden

A decade after they played misfit buddies in School of Rock, Jack Black and Mike White are preparing to play longtime pals again in The D-Train. Instead of guiding cute kids to promising futures, however, they’ll be trying to track down a washed-up actor played by James Marsden. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.

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Jack Black / Tim Robbins

After chronicling the 2000 Bush-Gore debacle with 2008’s Recount and John McCain’s failed 2008 presidential run with last year’s Game Change, Jay Roach is once again diving into the world of politics for HBO. But this time, the crisis being depicted is totally fictional.

Roach has just cast Jack Black and Tim Robbins in the HBO comedy pilot The Brink, about three “disparate and desperate” men facing the possibility of World War III. More plot details after the jump.

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