VOTD: The Cameo-Crazy Return of ‘Tenacious D’

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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Buried in a video interview with MTV, Jack Black mentions that he and Kyle Gass, aka Tenacious D, have written a song for the new Heavy Metal movie. Which doesn’t mean that we’ll ever hear it, because the project could be perennially stuck in development hell, but the very idea of having a song in the film by the ‘D is great. Black also mentions that he’s working on a musical comedy with producer JJ Abrams. Read More »

For this NYE edition of the Movie Playlist, we chatted with Mr. Neil Hamburger, the Hollywood legend and stand-up comedian. It did not go so well.

Earlier this year when I caught Mr. Hamburger’s live show, America’s economic recession was clearly taking a toll. He grotesquely referred to an audience member as a “fucking pig person!” and proceeded to shoot off a clip of horrible Heath Ledger jokes that instigated a violent wave of “boo’s” and thrown Pabst bottles. Nevertheless, Mr. Hamburger has performed to a packed Madison Square Garden and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! His new comedy album, …Sings Country Winners , is out now on Drag City.
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