Internet comic book lore tells a tale that Robert Smigel, the famous comedy writer who created The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and more, once wrote a comedy screenplay for Green Lantern with Jack Black pegged to star. The hypothetical film is right up there with J.J. Abrams’ or Tim Burton’s Superman as projects that actually were developed but never got off the ground. With the new, serious Green Lantern currently the #1 movie in America, Vanity Fair took some time to sit down with Smigel to discuss some specifics about his mythic screenplay, its ideas, the process and, ultimately, its fate. Read More »
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I’m hoping that the reunion of Richard Linklater and Jack Black turns out to be a very good thing. The picture above is the first still from Bernie, the director’s new film in which Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who befriends an old woman (played by Shirley MacLaine) and then… well, I’ll give you slightly more spoilerish info after the break, but all you really need to know is that Mr. Linklater has called the film his own Fargo. The film is now slated to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, and I’m looking forward to the first reviews. See another image and get some additional detail on the film after the break. Read More »
Is Jack Black trying to make a serious career course correction? First he’s working with Richard Linklater and Shirley MacLaine on the strange true-life comedy Bernie, and now he is set to star in Bailout, a dramedy to be directed by Michael Winterbottom. Read More »
Boasting one of the most star-studded casts ever to grace a short film, Fight For Your Right – Revisited had its world premiere at Sundance in January. Directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, it follows the rap legends after their classic ’80s music video Fight For Your Right and stars Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Jack Black, John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell. Plus there are cameos by Susan Sarandon, Jason Schwartzman, Stanley Tucci, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson and many more.
One of the main questions everyone asked when the film was announced was, when are we going to get to see it? Well, it seems like the full 30 minutes version will be released when the Beastie Boys put out their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, on May 3. Until then, you’ll just have to watch the trailer, which is embedded after the break. Read More »
“This could mean the end of kung fu.”
We saw a hint of Kung Fu Panda 2‘s animated animal wuxia action in the Super Bowl commercial, but here is a full trailer. You know, just in case you care about ancillary stuff like story. Check it out after the break. Read More »
There has been one brief teaser trailer for Kung-Fu Panda 2 (“kung-fu staring contest!”) that offered only a slight bit of actual footage. Now there is a TV spot that delivers a bit more. Check it out after the break. Read More »
In a curious box office chess move, 20th Century Fox’s 3D Jack Black film Gulliver’s Travels has had its release date pushed back from December 22 to December 25, the the exact opposite move Paramount made with True Grit. Gulliver will now be the lone wide release on Christmas but find himself without a Friday night to help his opening weekend box office. However, when the Friday night in question is Christmas Eve, box office must be considered negligible. Thanks to Box Office Mojo.
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The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is shaping up quite nicely. The films in competition, and out of competition, have already been announced and each has some incredibly exciting entries. Monday brought the announcement of the 81 short films, chosen out of 6,467 entries, that will play in Park City, Utah this January. And while the majority of them are by currently unknown filmmakers, there are a few that jump out featuring names like Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black. Actually, those guys are all in the same short. Other notables include Neil LaBute, Tim & Eric and Isabella Rossellini. After the jump, we’ll highlight those films and show you the full list. Read More »