Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
If you think about it, a normal-sized person stumbling onto an island populated by a minuscule race sounds like just the kind of twisted concept that horror writer R.L. Stine might’ve come up with. So maybe it’s appropriate that his Goosebumps series will be brought to life by the same team that made Gulliver’s Travels.
Director Rob Letterman signed on to the Sony project several months back, and now he plans to bring his Gulliver’s Travels star Jack Black along with him for the ride. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
When MTV unveiled their new take on Teen Wolf in 2011, their efforts were initially met with eyerolls from folks old enough to remember the original Teen Wolf. The new series didn’t bear much of a resemblance to its ostensible source material, which had been a somewhat cheesy ’80s comedy. If anything, the new show was much more like the angsty Twilight, with its ripped, frequently shirtless shapeshifters.
But perhaps it’s for the best that MTV took the property in an entirely different direction after all. Because according to Jack Black‘s new Teen Wolf sequel Adult Wolf, Scott Howard’s life went on a steep downward trajectory after adolescence. “Back in high school I had it all: Brains, skills, girls, but after graduation, everything just fell apart,” he reflects. “Now I’ve got no job, no girlfriend, and one very annoying roommate.” Check out the “sizzle reel” after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
The last time Will Ferrell and Jack Black crossed paths onscreen, in Anchorman, it started with a motorcycle crash and ended with a puppy punted off a bridge. Now they’re gearing up to antagonize each other again, though their misdeeds this time probably won’t be quite as nasty.
Ferrell and Black are attached to star in Tag Brothers, based on a true story about what may very well be the most epic Tag game ever. The project is set up at New Line, which just won the pitch after a heated bidding war. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
Po will be making a few more famous friends (or foes?) in Kung Fu Panda 3. Bryan Cranston, Mads Mikkelsen, and Rebel Wilson have just boarded the animated sequel, joining returning stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Seth Rogen.
In addition, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who directed Kung Fu Panda 2, is back at at the helm, and Guillermo del Toro will once again serve as executive producer. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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In a piece of fan casting worthy of years and years of Ghostbusters 3 speculation, director Jason Reitman has revealed that for his next live reading, Ghostbusters, he’s cast Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson as Venkman, Stanz and Spengler respectively. The event, part of an ongoing series presented by Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, takes places Thursday December 12. It’s sold out.
Of course, Jason Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, directed the hit 1984 film and revealed to his son that much of the famous dialogue was improvised by Bill Murray. So this isn’t just a script reading, it’s a combination of the original shooting script with Murray’s iconic one-liners. Read the rest of the cast, and how you can possibly see this once-in-a-lifetime event, after the jump. Read More »
Disney fans, and /Film readers, are likely aware that major Hollywood stars have been dressing up like Disney characters. It’s not as bad as it sounds. In the past few years we’ve seen Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella, Jessica Biel as Pocahontas and many others dressing up to help promote the Disney brand.
The trend now continues. Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz has done her 2012 Disney Dream portraits and they feature Russell Brand as Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as Phineas, Ezra and Gus, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion. It’s the first time the series has featured characters who originated in a theme park and not in a movie. Check them out below. Read More »
Jack Black and Kyle Gass‘ comedy sketch duo / band / meta-project Tenacious D has been quiet since around 2008, after the relative failure of their film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. For the past couple years both guys have said that a new record would be forthcoming, and now Rize of the Fenix is on the way.
To celebrate the return of the D, the duo put together a short film chronicling the failure of the feature film, and the trouble-plagued days that followed. It stars off slow, but then Val Kilmer shows up to give it a boost of energy, and then the thing takes off into a cute Rocky III-style training montage that makes me want to throw The Complete Masterworks DVD in the player for the first time in years.
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Richard Linklater‘s new film Bernie is a strange thing: a sort of comedy based on a true story in which a well-liked small town mortician, played by Jack Black, befriended a not-so well liked older widow, played by Shirley MacLaine… and reportedly murdered her. But it isn’t just the story that is strange: Bernie is co-written by Skip Hollandsworth, who wrote the Texas Monthly article that inspired the film, and it features interviews with the residents of the town where the actual story took place.
The new trailer for the film, which premiered last year at the LA Film Festival and will soon play SXSW, shows the movie’s comic tone, but also points to a more interesting aspect, thanks to the inclusion of some of the interviews with actual residents. Read More »