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Jack Black Premieres 'Kung Fu Panda 3' in Australia

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Jack Black shows off some of his moves while arriving at the premiere of his new animated movie Kung Fu Panda 3 held at Hoyts Cinemas, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park on Sunday (March 13) in Sydney, Australia. The 46-year-old actor was joined on the red carpet by TV personality Kelly Osbourne. Kung Fu Panda [...]

Angelina Jolie Invites Jack Black Over for Easter Every Year!

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Angelina Jolie has revealed that she has a special celebrity guest come over to her house every year for Easter… Jack Black! The Kung Fu Panda 3 co-stars opened up about their holiday fun in a new interview with People. “I like Angelina, I love hanging out with her, but as with all my movies, [...]

Sports and Politics Don’t Mix? History Says Otherwise (Photos)

Sports and Politics Don’t Mix? History Says Otherwise (Photos)

by Tim Kenneally @ TheWrapTheWrap

With President Donald Trump’s grousing over protests in the NFL over the past few days, the debate over whether athletes should express their political views through the platform of sports has heated up once again. But contrary to what some might believe, the phenomenon of athletes protesting didn’t begin with Colin Kaepernick. Read on as TheWrap delves into the long-term relationship between sports and politics.

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith and John Carlos — who’d taken the gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter dash — took to the winners podium and raised their fists above their heads in a silent protest against discrimination against African-Americans in the United States. “If I win I am an American, not a black American. But if I did something bad then they would say, a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black,” Smith said of the protest.

 

 

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali famously refused to serve in the U.S. military during the Vietnam war, noting, “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?” In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Ali the Presidential Medal of Freedom, calling him “a fierce fighter and a man of peace.”

 

Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the United States led a boycott of the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. The boycott would grow to 65 nations who refused to participate in the games.

Four years later, the USSR would return the favor, boycotting the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria are being whipped up in this country,” the Soviet government said of the boycott, which 13 other communist countries would also join.

Four years later, the USSR would return the favor, boycotting the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Chauvinistic sentiments and anti-Soviet hysteria are being whipped up in this country,” the Soviet government said of the boycott, which 13 other communist countries would also join.

At the beginning of the 1995-1996 NBA season, Denver Nuggets point guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf decided that he wouldn’t salute the American flag during the playing of the national anthem prior to games. The decision went unnoticed for some time; when NBA commissioner David Stern handed down a one-game suspension to the player. The NBA later reached a compromise, mandating that Abdul-Rauf stand for the anthem, but allowing him to close his eyes and face downward.

In 2014, following the death of Eric Garner after a confrontation with police in New York, Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving wore shirts emblazoned with the phrase “I Can’t Breathe — Garner’s reported last words — while warming up for a game against the Brooklyn Nets. Nets players Jarrett Jack, Alan Anderson, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett also donned the shirts.

 

In 2016, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted not to stand during the national anthem, saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color … To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

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Tom Brady Calls Trump's NFL Player Protest Remarks 'Divisive' (Audio)

'Fox & Friends' Host Brian Kilmeade Slams Trump's NFL Attacks: 'Made Things So Much Worse'

Bob Costas Says Trump's 'Insulting' NFL Comments Prompted 'Near Universal Disgust' (Video)

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder


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Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Bernie is now out on DVD.

Jack Black Wants to Ask Jackie Chan What He Eats For Breakfast

by Just Jared @ Just Jared» Jack Black

Jack Black joins Bryan Cranston and Dustin Hoffman at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday afternoon (January 16) in Hollywood, Calif. The 46-year-old actor recently told SI Kids that despite having starred in all three Kung Fu Panda movies with kung fu legend Jackie Chan, he [...]

Oscar Parties: 26 Sizzling Pics From Inside the Pre-Show Bashes (Photos)

Oscar Parties: 26 Sizzling Pics From Inside the Pre-Show Bashes (Photos)

by Mikey Glazer @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Three nights before the Oscars, the bashes are in full swing.

Zach Quinto and Sarah Paulson put the “wild” in the Oscar Wilde awards down in Santa Monica…

As Jon Hamm and J.J. Abrams (who emceed and hosted the shindig on the roof of his Bad Robot production company) toasted Hollywood’s “Irish…and those Irish for a night.”

Less festive, Abrams opened the night with some heartfelt remarks about his late friend Carrie Fisher.

Over at the No Name in West Hollywood, Jackson Browne and Jeff Bridges rocked out on stage. Oscar nominee Bridges sang “Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling” from “High Noon” and Falling and Flyin” from “Crazy Heart”.

Jackson Browne curated the musical lineup for the first ever “Songs from the Cinema” benefit put on by Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice and Bovet 1822.

“Hi, I’m Jeremy Renner and I’ll be taking care of you tonight.”

In the spirit of “social justice and activism” Haggis asked the celebrities in attendance to serve the meal. They did.

Sighting: A model near food.

Petra Nemcova, at your service.Haggis and co-host Maxwell.

Someone could hand “The Dude” an Oscar on Sunday for his smoky performance in “Hell or High Water,” but first…

a guy known as “Adventurer Johan Ernst Nilson” handed him some guitar-rocking fuel.

Jack Black sand “School of Rock” on the bill that also included Rita Wilson and Jenny Lewis. Jackson Browne came up with the concept for “Songs From the Cinema” to bring a twist to Oscar week: celebrating the best music from film while toasting this year’s Oscar nominees.

It worked.Nacho Libre gets a seal of approval from the dean of music, Quincy Jones…Who also doled out a frighteningly Trump-ian salute to Maxwell and Jimmy Jean-Louis.

Over at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday night, Cadillac’s second ever Oscar party caused a traffic jam heading west on Sunset Boulevard.

Inside, Naomi Watts and regular Christoph Waltz perched up as alums of the Oscar circuit (“The Impossible”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Django”) who have been out of the awards season gauntlet this cycle.

“Avengers: Infinity War” star Pom Klementieff and Zoe Saldana in the courtyard, which was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with guests of Michael Patrick.

One industry vet told The Party Report that a talent publicist had stated that if they could not get their client in to this bash, they might be fired.Michelle Pesce kept the library rocking beyond 11 p.m. (when they had to turn off the outside tunes) with beats by Michael Jackson.Jenny Slate, Liv Hewson (from Drew Barrymore’s new Netflix series “Santa Clarita Diet”), and Abegail Spencer were three of the stars rolling in to the Chateau in CT6’s, which as the official ride of the Oscars will be delivering nominees to the Dolby on Sunday night.

Artist Eric White and Patricia Arquette at Cadillac.

Back in Santa Monica, Oscar nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda (with Abrams and Katie McGrath) had fans waiting for his autograph out on the street outside Bad Robot.

While the autograph pack swarms around West Hollywood and Hollywood, it’s a rare migration to see them west of the 405.

The class  of the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards of 2017: Martin Short, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, Zachary Quinto, and Glen Hansard Martin Short, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, Zachary Quinto, and Glen Hansard

 

“Hi, I’m Jeremy Renner and I’ll be taking care of you tonight.”

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Dwayne Johnson Shares New ‘Jumanji’ Set Video

Dwayne Johnson Shares New ‘Jumanji’ Set Video

by Reid Nakamura @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Dwayne Johnson‘s steady stream of “Jumanji” teases continued on Thursday with a new video shared from the set.

In the brief video, posted to the actor’s Facebook page, Johnson revealed a bit more of his character’s costume and joked about the tough location shoot in Hawaii.

“My character’s one of the greatest explorers in the world and I’m deep in the jungles of #Jumanji and discovering new land,” he wrote.

Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Karen Gillan also star in Jake Kasdan‘s reboot of the 1995 original film that starred Robin Williams.

Gillan had to fend off some controversy surrounding her character’s wardrobe when Hart shared a photo of the cast on Instagram earlier this week.

The photo revealed that Gillan’s character, Ruby Roundhouse, will sport a comically skimpy outfit that’s inappropriate for jungle trekking, leading some fans to cry sexism.

“Yes I’m wearing child sized clothes and YES there is a reason!” the actress responded on Twitter. “The payoff is worth it, I promise!”

Watch the video below.

“Jumanji” hits theaters on July 28, 2017.

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Jack Black Is a Large, Creepy Rat-Person in Die Antwoord’s Frightening Short Film | Nerdist

Jack Black Is a Large, Creepy Rat-Person in Die Antwoord’s Frightening Short Film | Nerdist


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Were it not for Die Antwoord, let's face it, Chappie would have just been a simple RoboCop-meets-Short Circuit riff, but Neill Blomkamp's biggest stroke of genius in the whole thing was throwing the bizarre are-they-or-aren't-they-a-put-on South African techno-rappers into the formula, delivering onscreen performances that, love them or hate them, were most certainly unique. When it comes to film-making of their own, however, they're the real deal. And in this new short (it's not a music video, as the only tunes are ambient and scarce), they've roped in fellow musician/movie scene-stealer Jack Black (who let the band headline his comedy showcase Festival Supreme two years ago). It's pretty NSFW, but mostly because of the usual childish swearing and dick drawings the band's Ninja is so fond of. The story of a boy whose fears of rats are dismissed by his parents, only to have them all come true but be on his side, is some sort of metaphor for scary puberty and adulthood, with the

Will Smith Opens Up About Son Trey's Love for Football

by Just Jared @ Just Jared» Jack Black

Will Smith looks handsome in gray while attending Variety’s Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch Brunch held during the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival on Sunday (January 3) in Palm Springs, Calif. The 47-year-old Concussion actor was joined by his wife Jada Pinkett, as well as Jack Black. Will recently opened up [...]

Andy Biersack Announces New Clothing Line Westtower Warrior

Andy Biersack Announces New Clothing Line Westtower Warrior

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Find out what you can expect from the Black Veil Brides frontman's upcoming clothing line. Continue reading…

Amazon to Distribute Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ (Exclusive)

Amazon to Distribute Ben Stiller’s ‘Brad’s Status’ (Exclusive)

by Umberto Gonzalez @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Amazon has come aboard to distribute Mike White‘s “Brad’s Status,” TheWrap has learned.

Mike White is writing and directing from his own script. Ben Stiller is starring, while Austin Abrams is co-starring as his son.

The film centers on Brad (Stiller), who despite a gainful career and happy home life, finds himself obsessed with his more successful former schoolmates. While touring colleges with his son, Brad is forced to confront his friends and feelings of failure.

Amazon plans to release the film theatrically, but a distribution partner has not yet been determined.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) is financing and producing “Brad’s Status” with Plan B Entertainment, which has Academy Award-celebrated films “The Big Short,” “Selma,” “12 Years A Slave” and “The Departed” to its credit.

White and Plan B brought the project to SKE. White will produce along with David Bernad, Dede Gardner, Carla Hacken and John Penotti.

SKE currently has “Hell or High Water” out in theaters and is currently in post-production on “Book of Henry,” directed by Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) from an original screenplay written by best-selling novelist Gregg Hurwitz (“Tell No Lies,” “You’re Next”), starring Naomi Watts (“Birdman,”) and Jacob Tremblay (“Room”) for release via Focus Features on September 30th.

White most recently co-created, wrote and directed the HBO series “Enlightened,” starring Laura Dern, and wrote the comedies “Year of the Dog,” starring Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly; “The Good Girl,” starring Jennifer Aniston; and “Nacho Libre,” starring Jack Black.

Filming for “Brad’s Status” is scheduled to begin in Boston and Montreal next month.

Amazon has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Colbert to Trump: Kneeling ‘has everything to do with race — just like your presidency'

by Derek Lawrence @ EW.com

In response to Donald Trump’s criticism of the NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, Stephen Colbert is throwing a flag — a Confederate flag.

During Monday’s Late Show, the host was the latest to speak out against the president’s weekend battle against the league and the players who weren’t standing for the pre-game anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. Trump had called them “son of a bitch,” adding they should be “fired.”

“That was unnecessary roughness,” quipped Colbert. “There should be a flag on that play. And I’m going to say, a Confederate flag.”

Trump’s remarks led to even more players participating in the protest on Sunday, including several teams deciding to stay in their locker room during the anthem. Despite the majority of those who chose to kneel being black, the president insisted race wasn’t a factor in his argument, tweeting on Monday, “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race.”

“Wrong,” Colbert declared. “Kneeling during the national anthem has everything to do with race — just like your presidency.

Watch the clip above. Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Jack Black's New YouTube Channel Is A Lot Of Fun - Tubefilter

Jack Black's New YouTube Channel Is A Lot Of Fun - Tubefilter


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Jack Black has posted a lot of different types of videos on his new YouTube channel in the first two weeks of his activity.

Justin Bieber Dons Guns N' Roses T-Shirt For Juice Run

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Justin Bieber heads back to his car after picking up a juice drink on Monday (September 25) in West Hollywood, Calif. The 23-year-old singer looked casual in a Guns N’ Roses shirt, a black hat, gray pants, and a pair of sneakers. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Justin Bieber Over the weekend, Justin [...]

The 13 Tackiest Cannes PR Stunts, From Blake Lively’s Sharks to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Mankini (Photos)

The 13 Tackiest Cannes PR Stunts, From Blake Lively’s Sharks to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Mankini (Photos)

by Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Cannes, the glamorous festival, has seen some crazy PR stunts over the years, from Sacha Baron Cohen’s mankini to Blake Lively’s fake sharks.

Faux “Terror Raid” to Promote Oraxy

Guests at Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc got a surprise visit by men outfitted in militia-themed gear last year, approaching the hotel by boat. Later, it was revealed it was a publicity stunt for the Paris-based Oraxy, which describes itself as “the world’s first private global marketplace reserved exclusively for UHNWI,” or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals.

Sacha Baron Cohen Wears Green Gross Mankini

In 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen sported a bright green male thong known as the “mankini” to promote “Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

Sacha Baron Cohen Brings a Camel to the Palais

In 2012, “The Dictator” actor turned at at the Cannes Film Festival with two model bodyguards and a camel. He even managed to fall off the camel, which bore a license plate with “Wadiya 1” on it – a reference to the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya, where “The Dictator” was set.

T.J. Miller‘s Parachutes in to Debut “Emoji Movie” Trailer

To promote Sony’s “The Emoji Movie,” T.J. Miller parasailed into Cannes in 2017 before unveiling the first official trailer for the film, in which he voices Gene, the Meh emoji.

“The Shallows” Brings in Fake Sharks

To promote Blake Lively’s nautical horror film, Screen Gems plotted fake sharks in the French Riviera.

Faux Snow for “A Christmas Carol” 
Disney tapped Jim Carrey for a new version of “A Christmas Carol” in 2009 — and decided to bring the holiday spirit to Cannes by covering the Croisette with snow. Not the best example of reading the room or, in this case, the luxurious French beach town in the middle of May. Shout out to Robin Wright and Colin Firth in the background looking horrified at the faux snowball fight.

Jerry Seinfeld Flies In to Promote “Bee Movie”
In 2007, Jerry Seinfeld took Cannes by air in promoting his big animated push for Disney, an effort for which he served as writer and star and recruited pals like Chris Rock to costars. Zip-lining in wearing a giant bee costume might be worse than his notorious “Seinfeld” puffy shirt.

Angelina Jolie, Will Smith Ride Inflatable Shark

Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black rode a 14-foot inflatable shark to promote “Shark Tale” in 2004.

“Trolls” Wigs

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake came to promote “Trolls” last year with an array of women wearing bright colored outfits and wigs reminiscent of the costumes in the movie. Also, they’re all in gowns – play on Cannes fashion?

Gaspar Noe’s Graphic Makeout Posters to Promote “Love”

Gaspar Noe at first shocked — and then satisfied – critics with his depiction of sex on film. He was praised for depicting the joyous and fervent act and staying mostly out of the realm of straight-up pornography. Promoting the film, however, was a different story. Producers wallpapered Cannes in posters of a saliva-covered triple kiss and an NSFW image of a penis and a woman’s breast after climax.

Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme Hold Impromptu Stage Fight

Both “Universal Soldier” actors held a stage fight on the steps of the formal staircase in 1992. Many believed it was real.

Dead pigeons for “24 Hour Party People”

In 2002, actors impersonating the band Happy Mondays wanted to mimic a scene of the movie when they started throw fake dead pigeons from the beach onto the unaware public, who believed thousands of dead birds were falling from the sky. BBC reported that the actors attacked each other with the dead birds while covered in blood.

Felix Van Groeningen Rides Through The Streets Naked on Bikes

The filmmaker behind Directors Fortnight contender “The Misfortunates” decided to recreate a scene from his film where a dysfunctional family rides their bicycles in the nude. Just hours before a press conference, the director and his team disrobed and flew down the Croisette in the buff. A staffer on a motorcycle followed close behind with their underwear, in case French police got a gander at them.

Chris Pine’s ‘Finest Hours’ Limps Out of Port With $375,000 at Thursday-Night Box Office

Chris Pine’s ‘Finest Hours’ Limps Out of Port With $375,000 at Thursday-Night Box Office

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Chris Pine‘s “The Finest Hours” suffered a choppy start with $375,000 in its Thursday-night previews.

The adventure-disaster film had a $70 million budget and is looking to make less than $10 million during its opening weekend. It is set to play in 3,143 locations.

“The Finest Hours” stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck and is directed by Craig Gillespie. It recounts the real-life story of the Coast Guard trying to save the crew of two oil tankers off Cape Cod in 1952.

Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana costar.

The third installment in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise is opening this weekend as well, and it is tracking to earn somewhere between $45 million and $60 million for DreamWorks. The first “Kung Fu Panda” film had an opening weekend of $60 million, while the second grossed $47.6 million.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” featuring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and Lucy Liu, had a $140 million budget. 

It currently holds a score of 78 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008 had an 87 percent rating, while the sequel scored 81 percent in 2011.

Set to open in 3,955 theaters, the animated film didn’t have any Thursday previews.

Marlon Wayans‘ parody film “Fifty Shades of Black” is also opening this weekend, and it started with $275,000 in Thursday-night previews.

Wayans produced, wrote and stars in the film, while Kali Hawk, Fred Willard, Mike Epps and Jane Seymour costar.

It is projected to gross $10 million this weekend from 2,075 theaters, based on a budget of $5 million.

The film parodies Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan‘s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but in the spoof, an inexperienced college student named Hannah meets a wealthy businessman with different sexual practices.

The film has a zero-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes so far, based on six reviews.

A fourth film opening this weekend is Gavin O’Connor‘s “Jane Got a Gun.” The $25 million film is only opening in 1,210 theaters and didn’t have any Thursday previews.

“Jane” was one of several films mired in Relativity Media’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The Weinstein Company picked it up from Ryan Kavanaugh‘s studio.

Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor co-star in “Jane Got a Gun” alongside Noah Emmerich, Joel Edgerton and Rodrigo Santoro. O’Connor stepped in at the last minute to replace original director Lynne Ramsay, so the film’s troubles hardly started with Relativity’s bankruptcy.

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Watch: Father Ted actor Frank Kelly's funny on-screen moments

Watch: Father Ted actor Frank Kelly's funny on-screen moments

by syndication@telegraph.co.uk (Telegraph Video) @ Culture

Frank Kelly has died aged 77 - watch some of his funny moments starring as Father Jack inthe much-loved comedy series Father Ted

‘Jumanji’ Trailer Debut: Video Game Replaces Board Game in Dwayne Johnson Reboot

‘Jumanji’ Trailer Debut: Video Game Replaces Board Game in Dwayne Johnson Reboot

by Matt Donnelly @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” came into focus on Monday at Sony Pictures’ CinemaCon 2017 opening night presentation.

The original hit was about a board game that opened a portal to an alternate, wild universe — and the modern reboot swaps that board game for a classic, ’90s-era video game console.

A group of misbehaving teens find the console during a detention session in their high school and are transported into the game itself where they take on altar-ego avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and stunning newcomer Karen Gillan.

Johnson & co. appeared in the flesh to rouse the convention of movie exhibitors, and Hart appeared via satellite.

Jake Kasden’s take does throwback to the original — wild, running CGI rhinos might look familiar to any fans of the first film starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst.

Seth Meyers echoes Bills player on Trump: 'Our president is an a—hole'

by Oliver Gettell @ EW.com

Seth Meyers took Donald Trump to task for the coarse language he used while railing against NFL players who protest during the national anthem — and then returned the favor by highlighting one player’s profane tweet about the president.

During Monday’s episode of Late Night, Meyers played a clip of Trump’s now-infamous remark, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, you’re fired.’”

Responding to the clip, Meyers called Trump “our first NC-17 president. And it’s not even a good NC-17 movie. Trump is basically the Showgirls of presidents.”

Further criticizing Trump’s weekend of feuding with NFL and NBA athletes, Meyers said, “There were so many memorable responses to the president’s comments this weekend, but if you were angry and frustrated, you might have found some catharsis in this tweet from Buffalo Bills running back Lesean McCoy, who wrote, ‘It’s really sad man … our president is an a—hole.’”

Meyers continued, “I have to say, the most devestating part of that is the ellipsis. You can almost see McCoy tenting his fingertips and going, ‘Hmm, how shall I put this? Ah I know, accurately.’”

Elsewhere in the segment, Meyers was joined by Late Night writer Amber Ruffin, who refuted Trump’s claims that his attacks on protesting players have “nothing to do with race.”

“This is about racial inequality,” she said. “Look, if you have a problem with black people loudly protesting and silently protesting, then what you have a problem with is black people. What is your ideal form of black protest? Write down our complaints, put them in a bottle, and throw it in the f—ing ocean?”

Ruffin added, “Let me be clear about what is happening here: Trump is trying to make sure to let black people know that if we don’t fall in line, we will be punished. Well guess what? If slavery didn’t break us, this idiot certainly can’t — you raggedy fool.”

Watch the video above for more. Late Night airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

Oscars 2016 race row: How representative is the Academy Awards?

Oscars 2016 race row: How representative is the Academy Awards?

by syndication@telegraph.co.uk (Ashley Kirk, Ashley Kirk) @ Culture

Outrage and the #OscarsSoWhite boycott have engulfed the acting world after two years passing without a black person being nominated for the top awards - but how representative is the Oscars?

Kate Hudson & Jack Black Get Goofy at 'Kung Fu Panda 3' German Premiere

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Kate Hudson arrives at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3 on Wednesday (March 2) at the Zoo Palast Theatre in Berlin, Germany. The 39-year-old actress was joined at the movie’s premiere by her co-star Jack Black. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kate Hudson Kate stopped to straighten Jack’s tie before they stepped [...]

Nails it: Jack Black lip syncs Fugazi

Nails it: Jack Black lip syncs Fugazi


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Nails it: Jack Black lip syncs Fugazi

Jack Black Says His Sons Are Pint-Sized Picassos: 'Their Drawings Are Getting So Good'

Jack Black Says His Sons Are Pint-Sized Picassos: 'Their Drawings Are Getting So Good'


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Jack Black opens up about his artistically inclined sons, Thomas and Samuel

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Sam Smith called out by Tom Daley's fiance for 'only gay at the Oscars' claim

Sam Smith called out by Tom Daley's fiance for 'only gay at the Oscars' claim

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Openly gay Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black cheekily reacts to Sam Smith's assertion that he is first openly gay Oscar winner

Hollywood’s 22 Biggest Box Office Champs in China (Photos)

Hollywood’s 22 Biggest Box Office Champs in China (Photos)

by Matt Pressberg @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Chinese moviegoers can’t get enough of Hollywood’s big-budget action flicks and superhero movies.

Furious 7 (2015)

$390.9 million

The Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson revved-up action flick is easily the highest-grossing Hollywood movie ever in China.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

$320 million

Mark Wahlberg starred in the sci-fi movie based on the foldable toys, which was co-produced by two Chinese firms and was the first Hollywood movie to make more than $300 million in the Middle Kingdom.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

$240.1 million

The superhero mashup is China’s highest-grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe film, a franchise that’s been embraced by the country’s young-leaning moviegoers.

Zootopia (2016)

$235.6 million

The buddy-cop comedy is the highest-grossing imported animated film in the history of the Chinese box office, and played especially well in China’s second- and third-tier cities.

Jurassic World (2015)

$228.7 million

Like “Furious 7,” the dinosaur sci-fi adventure was produced by Legendary Entertainment, which was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group in January.

Warcraft (2016)

$220.8 million

Another Legendary film, this one inspired by a video game series, flopped in the U.S. but dominated the Chinese market, home to about half the game‘s players worldwide.

Avatar (2009)

$204.1 million

The worldwide smash hit also captivated Chinese audiences, even back in 2009 when the country’s box office was a fraction the size it is today.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

$190.4 million

The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with an ensemble cast including Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle, continued the iconic comic book company’s momentum in China.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

$165.1 million

The prequel to this film, 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” made $65.8 million in China, setting the stage for “Dark of the Moon” to be the country’s highest-grossing Hollywood film since “Avatar.”

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

$154.3 million

The Mandarin-language version of the movie starring Jack Black as a friendly fighting bear had the characters reanimated so their mouths moved naturally with the translated words.

All 34 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

All 34 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

by Claudia Puig @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

DreamWorks Animation has gone through its share of upheaval, with a few big successes (Shrek, Madagascar) and some notable failures. Since its first animation releases in 1998, it has changed, diversified, merged and been acquired by major studios (first Paramount, now Universal). Given those fluctuations it’s not surprising that its roster of 33 movies are of varying quality. With their latest –Trolls– opening Friday, we take a look at the best and worst that DreamWorks has to offer.

 

How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Audiences are joyfully transported watching Hiccup, a gangly teenage boy and Toothless, his beloved, green-eyed winged dragon, soar above the Nordic landscape. It’s a rare movie aimed at children in which the hero faces– but doesn’t fully overcome– peril. While Hiccup is undeniably courageous, he loses a leg. There’s nuance, mystery and narrative heft here amid the brisk pacing and exhilaration. The 3D animation is indelibly beautiful.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014): The rare sequel that feels organic and necessary, building on the original’s charm with resonance, character detail and exciting adventure. It’s more ambitious and darker in scope, with poignant moments of subtle emotion. For instance, the hero’s parents re-unite to a gentle folk song, not a massive production number. It’s humorous, moving, funny and thrilling. Plus, we get to meet a bewilderbeast, who Toothless faces in battle.

 

 

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005): With whimsy, wordplay and eccentricity aplenty, this perfectly paced mystery is inventive and delightful, featuring Nick Park and Ardman Animation’s daft English inventor and his loyal, stoic mutt. Its silly core is irresistible, as is its consistent cleverness. Absurd, good-hearted, meticulously designed and quintessentially British in humor, there’s nothing cheesy about this inspired celebration of fromage and fun.

 

Chicken Run (2000): The first feature film by clay model animation pioneer Nick Park lived up to the promise of his enchanting short animated features like The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. Who would have guessed poultry, egg farms and heavy machinery would be the fodder for such delicious wit? Add a prison camp thriller setting and the absurdity is complete. It’s an animated wonder that’s possibly even more fun for adults than kids.

 

Shrek (2001): A joyous, swiftly-paced and very funny subversion of classic fairy tales. It sends up the Disney formula, and builds a foundation on an endearingly hilarious bromance between an ogre and a donkey (famously voiced by Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy). Not only is it tons of cheeky fun, but it featured the first–and best–use of Leonard Cohen’s hauntingly beautiful “Hallelujah.” It also incorporated a wonderfully affirming message for girls courtesy of Fiona, Shrek’s love interest (voiced by Cameron Diaz).

 

Kung Fu Panda (2008): The gorgeous visuals in this lively story, with their Chinese-inspired details, make up for the occasionally clichéd comedy and familiar message. Jack Black’s voicing of the titular character adds to the fun. And who can resist an animated movie featuring the voice talents of such venerable actors as Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane?

 

Puss in Boots (2011): The dashing feline outlaw/lover/flamenco dancer in the insouciant plumed hat was the breakaway star of Shrek 2, so a spinoff was inevitable. With his spot-on comic timing and lyrical Spanish accent, Antonio Banderas’ makes the swashbuckling charmer simply irresistible. The lively, well-written romp includes a romance with Kitty Soft Paws (voiced by Salma Hayek), but a finale that’s over the top.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016): The animation is gorgeous, vividly hued and immersive– the bucolic panda village looks like a Chinese version of the Hobbit village crossed with Shangri La. The humor is light, if sometimes a bit corny. An engaging, family-friendly tale with a message that we always have more to learn, which feels all the more important in these anti-intellectual times.

 

 

Shrek 2 (2004): Almost as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot. In this one the lovable curmudgeon ogre and his neurotic donkey pal are upstaged by the dauntless Puss in Boots, charmingly voiced by Antonio Banderas, who later got a spinoff with this character, an adorable parody of his Zorro role.

 

 

Antz (1998): It’s all about those voices, namely the vocal talents of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone and Gene Hackman. The computer animation is visually striking and the characters well-drawn, beginning with Allen as the fearful and neurotic Z. What kid–or adult–hasn’t wondered about the elaborate civilizations of ants, as we watch their numbers marching resolutely? This story appeals to our sense of imaginative wonder. While the detail is intricately compelling, the self-determination moral is clunky old news.

 

Flushed Away (2006) This witty joint venture between Aardman Animation and DreamWorks Animation blends the daffy humor of Wallace & Gromit with the clever lunacy of Shrek. The tale of a pampered pet mouse flushed down the toilet and into the sewers is equal parts endearing and energetic. Hugh Jackman heads a smart voice cast who play a range of amphibians, insects and other rodents. Puckish British wit is injected into fast-paced pop culture references, but forays into bathroom humor are less delightful.

 

 

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002): The western landscape is exquisitely rendered and Matt Damon gives voice to a wild mustang stallion living in the 19th Century. A poetic saga told with only music and narration (no talking animals here), the striking stallion is living an idyllic existence in the Old West until he’s captured by horse traders and sold to a cavalry regiment. While most humans are bent on controlling the horse, a Lakota brave wants to help Spirit. But the sappy horsey romance montages could have been jettisoned.

 

 

 

Rise of the Guardians (2012): With its focus on childhood wonder, this 3D computer-animated fable based on the series of books by William Joyce is a visually energetic spectacle, if a little overloaded. There’s plenty of fanciful razzle-dazzle in this mash-up of mythical heroes. The notion of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy joining forces like a storybook troop of Avengers action heroes is delightful, but the film grows hectic with all those figures competing for screen time.

 

 

Monsters vs. Aliens (2009): This lightly satirical fantasy pays affectionate homage to ’50s sci-fi horror, while also offering topical one-liners. The U.S. president is voiced by Stephen Colbert, a stroke of inspired casting. He greets an alien spaceship by playing the five signature notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, setting the tone for his officious, daffy character. “Do something violent!” he bellows at the military. Dazzling colors, winning characters and energetic visual effects work in concert, even if the 3-D feels unnecessary.

 

 

The Prince of Egypt (1998): One of the earliest of the DreamWorks movies has astonishing visual effects that include an eye-popping chariot race a la Ben Hur and scenes of crowds swarming the pyramids. The musical numbers are un-memorable, but Moses is made a more human and relatable character in this biblical saga. It’s a bit too serious (hard not to be, given the subject matter), but the muted color palette is stunning.

 

 

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011): Despite the re-tread, things still feel fairly fresh for our pudgy black-and-white warrior, and the animation remains beautiful. Po, the titular martial artist panda, reassembles his supporting cast, Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Crane (David Cross) — to confront Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), who plans to wipe out kung fu. While the story is predictable and the moral is well-worn, there’s a wonderfully inspired dream sequence with a kung-fu fighting radish.

 

Shrek the Third (2007): While the story isn’t as strong as the first two installments about the beloved ogre, the satirical situations, un-Disney jokes and fairy tale re-invention retain their zest and humor. The ironic wit feels familiar, but still satisfying and amusing. It’s a more relaxed experience, as if it’s less intent on proving it’s post-modern cleverness. And the look of the film is undeniably vibrant.

 

Madagascar (2005): The animation is stunning and the stylized renderings of zoo animals are friendly-looking, the manic story feels like a bunch of one-liners strung together, peppered with bathroom humor. The jokes come courtesy of comic voice talents Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. The highlight is a song and dance sequence done by lemurs, where Cohen is king.

 

 

Turbo (2013): Watching an escargot go makes for family-friendly fare. And you’ve got to love the voice cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Luis Guzman, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Snoop Dogg and then some. But ubiquitous product placement and substantial borrowing from Pixar’s Cars undercut this underdog story. There are a few laughs until it follows the predictable route of “The Tortoise and the Hare” fable.

 

 

Over the Hedge (2006): A raucous, funny and relatively fresh look at the 3 C’s: conservation, consumerism and consumption (of the excessive and conspicuous kind). The story, based on a comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, appealingly balances comedy and exhilarating action sequences. And parents will appreciate the gentle message about overindulgence and the value of integrity, which avoids straying into schmaltzy turf. Alas, it succumbs too often to banal slapstick antics.

 

 

Megamind (2010): Mod-looking Metro City is a fun visual, and Will Ferrell’s voicing of the villainous titular character has some humorous appeal, but this send-up of superhero flicks feels like a hodgepodge of other animated movies. It suffers from being the second animated movie of that year to feature a bulbously bald dastardly villain. The other was the superior Despicable Me. There’s even a character named Minion. Brad Pitt voices Metro Man, with just the right amount of vain puffery.

 

 

Home (2015): This benign sci-fi comedy hodgepodge about home, heart and outsiders struggling to fit in is brightly colored, but narratively bland. Occasionally diverting, it’s more often forgettable and well-worn, with wannabe cuteness that’s more frantic than endearing. It cribs from Despicable Me, Antz and Lilo & Stitch. Key characters, however, are admirably diverse.

 

 

The Croods (2013): This visually appealing animated adventure–complete with colorful hybrids of prehistoric animals and striking primordial fauna– is hampered by lackluster slapstick humor and a meandering story. Voice work comes from Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman and Ryan Reynolds. And Reynold’s Guy resembles Hiccup, the young protagonist of How to Train Your Dragon, the charming 2010 animated feature also helmed by Croods co-director Chris Sanders. It’s yet another animated feature in which the action sequences need not be in 3-D.

 

Trolls (2016): This is giddy, garish eye candy with a beat–trolls shrilly singing and dancing! A troll poops cupcakes, and that’s about the most original element in this neon-lit, hug-filled, cliché-laden affair. But expectations should be kept low given that director Mike Mitchell also made Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Catchy songs by Justin Timberlake (who also voices a paranoid conspiracy theorist) occasionally relieve the kaleidoscopic tedium.

 

The Road to El Dorado (2000) This ought to be a road not taken. Some entertaining moments, but too many flat ones pave this dull turf. Based on the legend of a lost South American city of gold, it’s a film that doesn’t seem aimed at kids or adults, though the voice talent–Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branaugh, Edward James Olmos, Rosie Perez– is impressive. The songs by Elton John and Tim Rice are lackluster and interchangeable.

 

 

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003): Michelle Pfeiffer shows how her sultry purr can be put to use for evil, as well as good, in a role reminiscent of a slimmed down Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Brad Pitt plays the title roguish character with a bit of Aladdin flair. These Disney comparisons couldn’t possibly be intentional, right? This swashbuckling adventure also features an independent seagoing woman reminiscent of Katharine Hepburn, voiced by Catherine Zeta Jones. The effects are competent, but a sense of magic is lacking.

 

Shark Tale (2004): Story is everything and this one is thin, shallow and soupy, despite the improvisational skills of Will Smith and Jack Black. This is a watery urban tale, complete with undersea gangsters, groupies and graffiti artists. Angelia Jolie pays Lola, the fish fatale and Martin Scorsese is a pufferfish, complete with the filmmaker’s signature bushy eyebrows. Shark Tale‘s world is grittier than that other watery animated adventure, Finding Nemo, and decidedly less dazzling.

 

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014): Puns plus potty humor equals Peabody. A slave to formula, it updates the TV adventures of the smarty-pants time-traveling dog and his pet boy Sherman. It comes across disjointed and frantically paced, though it does have moments of appealing zaniness. The 3-D imagery feels gimmicky, rather than organic. The pedantic, bespectacled pooch pops off with some clever bon mots, but the movie is predictable and forced.

 

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008): This too-episodic, uninspired follow-up to the fast-paced original crams in a lot of characters– besides the original zoo quartet–then doesn’t give them enough to do. The foursome–giraffe, hippo, lion and zebra–are marooned in Africa where they continue with their incessant jabbering. Meanwhile, life lessons are imparted amid the mayhem..

 

 

Penguins of Madagascar (2014): Penguins are adorable, but they may be victims of over-exposure. In this limp spinoff–the fourth go-round in the Madagascar franchise–they come off charmless and interchangeable. The pacing is frenetic and the animation is unremarkable. The story tries to meld an origin tale, a coming-of-age saga, a slapstick comedy and even a bit of revenge thriller, compounding a sense of joylessness and frenzy.

 

 

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012): Fast is not always fun. Nor is sensory overload the same as dynamic spectacle. This third go-round in the franchise is rarely fresh, but it doesn’t stint on energy or vivid colors. The series continues to focus on the value of friendships, new and old, and on imagination and resourcefulness. But the film’s antic, loud style and dull plot isn’t likely to bowl over audiences. Jokes about Cirque du Soleil and Mia Farrow will surely sail right over young heads. But talk of a “stinky poopy circus,” should make some of the youngest moviegoers chortle.

 

 

Shrek Forever After (2010): Never reaching the inspired wit and infectious fun of the original, the action scenes feel recycled. Shrek and Fiona have 3 little ogrelings, and have settled into pleasant domesticity. Then Shrek has a midlife crisis. Really? Is this meant for kids or adults? In this fourth, and ostensibly final, installment, Shrek and company still have some appeal, but their energy is waning and the fun feels forced. Clever pop culture references have been replaced by spurts of slapstick and contrived mania.

 

 

Bee Movie (2007): Would that it were simply a B Movie. It’s closer to a D, grading on any curve. Launched a decade after his mega-hit TV series, Jerry Seinfeld’s foray into animation is surprisingly unfunny, spiritless and belabored. And weirdly, Barry, Seinfeld’s bee character, becomes smitten with a human (voiced by Renee Zellweger). Doesn’t that fly in the face of the laws of nature? The secret life of bees, as told by Seinfeld, is a bore with a capital B.

 

‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Gets Bad Lip Reading Treatment (Video)

‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Gets Bad Lip Reading Treatment (Video)

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

In light of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hitting theaters this Friday, the “Bad Lip Reading” team has taken on the first three films of the popular franchise.

In this version of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, Darth Vader sends inappropriate helmet pictures to Leia, all Leia wants is a wooden snowman, and R2D2 has an Indian accent.

Bad Lip Reading’s anonymous producers have previously dubbed “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” as well as NFL football games and presidential debates, but this time, Jack Black, Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader make cameos.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh film in the franchise, opens Friday, and just broke the record for Fandango’s best-selling movie of all time.

Watch the video above.

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50 Celebs Who Were Reported Dead… But Weren’t (Photos)

50 Celebs Who Were Reported Dead… But Weren’t (Photos)

by Rosemary Rossi @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Will Ferrell
A fake press release posted on the iNewswire Web site in March 2006 claiming that Ferrell was killed in a paragliding accident in Southern California when a wind gust caused him to lose crash into trees.

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
As a joke, two Dallas jockeys claimed a car accident took the lives of pop stars perished, who were dating at the time. “The first thing I did was call Britney,” Timberlake told ABC News in 2001. “Since the beginning, [when] people knew about our relationship, there’s always been things that have been said that were totally not true, but this just, like, took it to a whole ‘nother planet.”

Avril Lavigne
Rumors began circulating in April 2003 that the “Complicated’ singer killed herself after her grandfather’s death. In recent weeks, Twitter gave new fuel to that fire, igniting a conspiracy theory that the Lavigne known today was actually look-alike singer Melissa Vandella. As the theory goes, the suits at Lavigne’s label cooked up the cover up scheme so they could continue to release her songs.

Paul McCartney
Conspiracy loving Beatles fans believe that McCartney died in 1966 and everything that’s happened to “him” since then is courtesy of a look-alike and sound-alike. Not only that, they believe clues to McCartney’s fate were revealed in songs written by fellow musicians George Harrison and John Lennon. Like, Lennon’s “A Day in the Life,” where the lyrics “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him”… which can only be heard when the song is played backward.

Kanye West
Social media, again, ran amuck Dec. 2016 with the theory that West’s uncharacteristic behavior at the time was because it wasn’t really him… it was a clone. You read that right. Cancelling his tour, dying his hear, having a public meltdown and dissing Beyonce and Jay Z while cozying up to Donald Trump was enough proof for some.

Eddie Murphy
The actor/comedian has been the subject of false reports of his death more than once. On Aug. 30, 2012, has was said to have been killed in a snowboard accident and, most recently, was again the subject of internet buzz after the death of his brother Charlie confused.

Vin Diesel
Facebook was the starting point for a post about the death of the “Fate of the Furious” actor went viral. The post linked to what they said was a video report that requested permission to access the viewer’s accounts. If granted, the “RIP Vin Diesel” post was sent as spam to everyone on that user’s friends list.

Adam Sandler
LinkBeef, which was the breeding ground for several celebrity death hoaxes, reported on Jan. 13, 2017, that Sandler was found dead of an apparent suicide and even cited their source as Marin County Police Department in California and “quoted” Sandler’s “utterly heartbroken” wife, Jackie.

Denzel Washington
Remember that fake news about Eddie Murphy dying in a snowboarding accident? Facebook tried the same story with Washington in Nov. 2011.

Nicolas Cage
Although trafficforgoods.site’s July 2016 headline that “Nicolas Cage passed away because of a serious Motorcycle Accident” and the body of the story said he died when he “lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree,” social media took the bait and ran with it. Another fake news outlet picked up the story, tweaked it and added a Photoshopped pic of a motorcycle crash scene, Cage’s face and a CNN chyron.

Hillary Clinton
Following Hillary Clinton’s appearance at a 9/11 memorial in Sept. 2016 in which she appeared to collapse while getting into a van, ABC News weekend anchor Joe Torres said on that evening’s newscast, “We begin with the breaking news about Hillary Clinton’s death.” The anchor meant to say “health” rather than “death,” but Twitter nonetheless had a field day, sparking speculation that the woman who emerged from her daughter Chelesa’s home a few hours later was a look-alike because the former first lady had died.

Sean Kingston
BBC News shocked the music world when they reported the Jamaican-American singer was found dead at his home weeks after he crashed his jet ski accident in a bridge in Miami. “Today” caught up with the 21-year-old three months later about his near-death experience.

Jackie Chan
“Jackie is alive and well,” read a note on the action star’s Facebook page following internet buzz that he died. “He did not suffer a heart attack and die, as was reported on many social networking sites and in online news reports.”

Cher
Cher was added to the celebrity death hoax list of victims after a “R.I.P. Cher” Facebook page was created in Sept. 2016. Although the post concluded with the message “Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page,” wasn’t a clue that it was a fake, the reports of her passing went viral and attracted nearly a million likes.

Macaulay Culkin
When the “Home Alone” star was targeted by death rumors in Nov. 2014, he debunked the reports by taking to Instagram and posting a photo parodying a scene from “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

Betty White
People are so in love with Betty White that when her name trends on Twitter, they freak out with worry that she’s met her maker. As recently as May 10, a tweet popped up saying that she was found dead and another one said her publicist confirmed it. Shortly thereafter, someone set up a GoFunMe to protect her from harm.

Eminem
A fake news story reporting Eminem‘s death in a car accident went viral in 2009. The story went as far as to blame the rapper for the crash, saying he swerved into an oncoming truck because he was on his cell phone.

Jim Carrey
And here we go again with that same snowboarding accident report that keeps popping up with the same facts and only the name of the “deceased” changed. Yup, Carrey was said to have died in April 2016. Even weirder, necropedia.org posted his “anticipated” obituary with a May 20, 2017 date.

Celine Dion
Never-ending rumors of Dion’s death on social media do not sit well the singer, in great part because each time one sprouts wings and flies, she has to ease her aging mother’s fears. “The thing that worries me is my mum,” according to Digital Spy. “It makes me a little mad – she’s 86 years old and if I’m not on the phone telling her I’m OK four seconds after it’s on the news… it doesn’t matter what they say, it’s the impact it has on your family.”

Beyonce
Jewelry can kill you, or at least that’s the rumor that started after the singer accidentally ripped out an earring during a Brooklyn concert and blood began running down her face. A Facebook page claimed she had died because she didn’t seek medical attention. The BeyHive was not happy about the hoax.

Jack Black
The Twitter account for Black’s band Tenacious D was hacked in June 2016 and the culprits posted this unsettling message: “It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37 am. The cause of death is yet unknown.” They later cleared up the mess, posting, “WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick ‘prank.'”

Chevy Chase
According to Breaking 13 News, the “Community” actor died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack on Jan. 6, 2016.

Alice Cooper
Fans of the musician got a little confused in the early ’70s after reading Melody Maker magazine’s satirical review of Cooper’s concert in the form of a mock obit. He later issued a statement saying, “I’m alive, and drunk as usual.”

Russell Crowe
The “Gladiator” took matters into his own hands in June 2010 by tweeting, “Unable to answer tweets fell off a mountain in Austria, all over red rover. Don’t know how I got there, but the media are never wrong. G’Bye.”

Miley Cyrus
The “Wrecking Ball” singer has dodged the social medium Grim Reaper more than once. In 2008, she was said to have been killed by a hit and run driver, and in 2009 socialite Peaches Geldolf tweeted that a “friend in the industry” texted her that Cyrus had died. Cyrus’ appearances at the time during a London concert put those issues to rest.

Dwayne Johnson
A Facebook post went viral in April 2014 saying that The Rock died while filming a stunt for “Fast & Furious 7.” He posted a message to his fans on Facebook saying, “Rumors of my death are false – Im still ‘Bringin’ It’ 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – including leap year!” A tweet of his took a more direct approach: “I would love to meet the person who is starting rumors of my death – to show them how a dead foot feels up their ass.”

Michael Jordan
The web site Cronica MX posted an article in Feb. 2015 reporting the NBA superstar died on a heart attack. They took it a step further by producing a video with spliced footage of a breaking news segment and a tearful anchor.

Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence was reportedly found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room by a maid named Verna Del Sosa in 2015. Lawrence never mentioned it directly, but he did make his un-dead self known visible on social media in the days following his “death.”

Madonna
A BBC News video uploaded on YouTube on Sept. 24, 2010 announced Madonna was dead. They were, obviously, wrong.

Willie Nelson
The rumors of Willie Nelson‘s imminent demise have been exaggerated, his publicist says, disputing reports the country music icon is on death’s door. “He’s perfectly fine,” Elaine Schock told the Associated Press on Wednesday, attempting to finally shut down rumors sparked by a March 13 Radar Online story that described the 83-year-old as “deathly ill” and said his lungs weren’t strong enough to perform. A “bad cold” forced Nelson to cancel several shows in January and February, but he was back onstage by Feb. 16, when he played at a San Antonio rodeo. And last week he performed at a Houston stadiumfor 75,000 fans, where he appeared to be in good health and had no problems singing.

Barack Obama
on July 4, 2011, a hacker collective called “The Script Kiddies” took control of Fox News’s politics Twitter feed and posted that the incumbent President had been assassinated during a campaigning event in Iowa.

Sean Penn
News reports popped up on Jan. 12, 2016 that Sean Penn was found murdered in his Malibu home and that authorities were investigating that El Chapo might have ordered a hit on the actor/director who interviewed him shortly before.

Axl Rose
On December 3, 2014, a fake news report circulated on the internet claiming that the singer had been found dead at home. In response, Rose tweeted “If I’m dead do I still have to pay taxes?”

Arnold Schwarzenegger
An Aug. 28, 2015 post on MSMBC.co (not to be mistaken for MSNBC.com) reported that the former Governator died following a heart attack. But this was one time he did not say “Hasta la vista, baby.”

Justin Bieber
If you believe social media, Bieber has been “dead” more times than you can count. There were suicide rumors in 2009, which resurfaced in 2010), along with a shooting in a nightclub and an overdose. Then there was #RIPJustinBieber, which trended on Twitter in Jan. 2011.

Robert Redford
The Sundance Film Festival founder’s publicist stepped in to call reports of his death “a sick hoax.” The fake news initialed from Britain’s Sky News, which said he had fallen off a “golf buggy” in Santa Monica.

Gabourey Sidibe
The “Empire” star was barraged with tweets from concerned fans in March 2016, who were just checking to make sure she was still alive, following post saying she had died from an asthma attack. Sidibe assured everyone she was fine, but joking that maybe she was dead, if her “version of Hell is people believing poorly written articles about me.”

Lindsay Lohan
A tweak to Lohan’s Wikipedia page in July 2011 cited her death and credited E! News as their source – which was false. But the news spread, thanks to a fake Kim Kardashian Twitter account.

Hilary Duff
The former Disney star was said to have fallen to her death on the Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand.

Will Smith
May 2011 was not a pleasant month for Smith, who was reported killed in a car accident, after an overdose and falling off that same cliff where Hilary Duff supposedly perished.

Carlos Santana
A Sept. 2015 tweet from a Canadian journalist reporting that Santana’s body was found in a car sparked immediate denials from his peeps. “He is alive and well and enjoying his morning!” his rep told USA Today. Team Santana add to that message, posting on their Facebook page, “… Thank you all for your concern, but the reports of his passing are false.”

Bill Cosby
After the internet announced the comedian’s death, he tweeted, “To the people behind the foolishness, I’m not sure you see how upsetting this is.”

Paris Hilton
While Paris Hilton was serving jail time in 2007 for a DUI, the internet spread word that she had been stabbed to death by a fellow inmate. The story was originally posted on-line and made to look as if it was coming from CNN.

Taylor Swift
Apparently, 2009 was not a good year for Swift. She was said to have been in a fatal car accident and then, months later, died from an allergic reaction to sleeping pills, which spread like wildfire on Facebook and YouTube.

Nick Jonas
The pop singer-turned-actor was also the victim of death hoaxes twice in 2009. One report said he died of cardiac arrest due to complications with his diabetes, while another said his heart stopped after a lap dance in a Dallas strip joint.

Morgan Freeman
Although CNN had initially been accused of claiming that Freeman had died, it was actually a Twitter user named @originalcjizzle, who later wrote, “I had no intention of things turning out this way.”

Zach Braff
The “Scrubs” actor was reported dead in 2009 by a fake CNN.Com page. The perpetrator of the “joke” later posted an apology, saying in part, “… Thanks for (apparently) taking it lightly, since I haven’t gotten a letter about a lawsuit yet. Just so you know, I’m a huge fan; that’s the only reason I made this page, believe it or not. Also, sorry for upsetting your mother.”

Bob Hope
Film legend Bob Hope’s death was announced five years prematurely in 1998 when a pre-written obituary was accidentally published on the Associated Press website. Unfortunately, the erroneous report of his “death” was then announced by the United States House of Representatives live on C-Span.

Mark Twain
We couldn’t leave out humorist Mark Twain, who became known for, among many other things, one of history’s most misquoted quotes. In 1897, Twain he responded to a journalist’s inquity about his health by writing, “James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness; the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

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Jack Black Puts a Stocking Over His Face & Competes in Epic Challenge - Watch Now!

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Jack Black strikes a silly pose while at a photo call for his movie Goosebumps held at Hotel Adlon on Monday (February 1) in Berlin, Germany. The 46-year-old actor and comedian recently appeared on a Korean Variety show called Infinite Challenge on MBC. As part of the challenge, Jack had to put a stocking over [...]

Jack Black, Eli Roth Team for 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls'

Jack Black, Eli Roth Team for 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls'


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Jack Black's 'Goosebumps' Spooks 'The Martian' in Weekend Box Office, Earns $23 Million

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Goosebumps has scared off its box office competition! The family-friendly horror starring Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee earned an impressive $23.5 million over the weekend. We can only imagine the film adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine book series will get a sequel! The Martian was bumped from its top spot [...]

Jack Black Co-Stars on Die Antwoord's New Short Film

Jack Black Co-Stars on Die Antwoord's New Short Film


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Die Antwoord have released a new short film called "Tommy Can't Sleep," starring Sixteen Jones, group members Yo-Landi Visser and Ninja's daughter, as the titular character, and a nearly-unrecognizable Jack Black as her older self. There's also a guest spot from actress Liz Carey. The Yo-landi-directed film focuses on Lil Tommy, a foul-mouthed youth who sleeps with a machine gun above his bed, who is perturbed by the sound of rats roaming in the night. A half-rat version of Yo-landi shows up by his bedside to ask if Tommy likes "boobies," "guns" and "a lot of fucking rats." Jack Black is Tommy's older, freak-ified self, who likes to spray-paint dicks on wall and urinate straight up in the air. It's part-Eraserhead, part-Freaks, part-Willard, and, mostly, Die-Antwoord-core, plain and simple. The rap group's forthcoming album, The Book of Zef, will supposedly be their last; they shared its first single, "Love Drug," last month. Watch "Tommy Can't Sleep" below.    

Hey, Marvel! Charlie Kaufman Will Write a Superhero Movie (If Asked)

Hey, Marvel! Charlie Kaufman Will Write a Superhero Movie (If Asked)

by Alonso Duralde @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Charlie Kaufman went from TV scribe to red-hot screenwriter in 1999 with “Being John Malkovich,” and his timing couldn’t have been better: That’s a year the industry looks back upon as being a flashpoint of American indie cinema, with rule-breaking, ambitious films like “Pi,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “Three Kings” and “Fight Club” in multiplexes. That was also a time when major studios still ran “classics” divisions for smaller, arthouse (and arthouse-adjacent) fare, and from the vantage point of 2016, it feels like a million years ago.

Charlie Kaufman would be the first person to point that out the difference between then and now — after a string of well-received films directed by other filmmakers (“Malkovich” and “Adaptation” from Spike Jonze, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Human Nature” from Michel Gondry, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” from George Clooney), Kaufman directed his debut feature “Synecdoche, New York” in 2008.

While many — myself included — think of it as a modern classic (Roger Ebert called it the best film of the 2000s), the expensive, intricate film lost money just as the entire industry was buckling down in the wake of that year’s economic collapse.

Last year, Kaufman re-emerged with the melancholy and moving animated film “Anomalisa” (co-directed by Duke Johnson), which earned raves worldwide, along with an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. It, too, underperformed at the box office. So what’s next for the talented but hard-to-market Kaufman? He sat down at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and discussed the work he’d like to be doing and the non-cinematic writing projects that have captured his imagination.

So, “Anomalisa” was a crowd-sourced film, at least to some extent.
To some extent.

Anybody who’s done that at all knows that the fulfillment part is always the biggest pain in the ass. I’m just wondering how many objects you had to autograph for your donors.
I don’t know if we’re done yet, to tell you the truth. It was definitely thousands of things I had to sign. But you know, what happened was, once we were picked up at Paramount, they kind of took over the thing. I wasn’t involved in the crowdfunding thing; the company Starburns [Industries] that took it on, they were trying to raise money, and they wanted to do this. And I was like, I don’t want to crowd-source, I’m not asking people for money. But I said, “If you can raise the money, I’ll come on and make the movie with you.” So I was separate from it.

“Anomalisa” started as a radio play. Are you interested in other media? Obviously you started in television, and you’re well established as a screenwriter, but do you want to write for the theater? Novels?
Both, yeah. I mean, I love doing the theater. I started out doing theater as a kid, that was my path into all of this. Then I went to film school and I wanted to be a director, and actually was initially interested in acting.

But when I got to do these theater pieces, it was the first time I’d done it in a long time, and it was really a lot of fun. It’s sort of balancing for me — maybe I can’t balance it, but I’m hoping to be able to balance earning a living and then having the opportunity to do these other things. I’d like to do a play, I’ve been talking about it a lot with some actors that I want to work with, and I’m excited about that idea. And I’m writing a novel, which has been sort of a struggle for me, but I’ve been doing it for a few years now, trying to finish it.

Part of it is that I want to explore these other things, and part of it is that the business has become really difficult, it’s harder to get things made, and it’s harder to have any kind of autonomy or freedom. I got really lucky for a period there, after being unlucky for a very long period, so I was able to get stuff made, and then the business changed in 2008. “Synecdoche, New York” didn’t make money, and that sort of makes it more difficult to continue directing.

Is it naïve to think that there was a period where someone like you, coming into “Synecdoche” with such an established track record, and even with “Synecdoche” not being a box-office smash but getting great reviews, that there was at one point the kind of producer who would step up and say, “You know what? Maybe this one didn’t turn a profit, maybe the next one won’t, but I want to be in the Charlie Kaufman business.” Or am I just being romantic about the ’60s and ’70s?
Yeah, I think the timing of “Synecdoche,” which was 2008, which was when the business changed completely, whether it was my personal experience of the business changing because of that movie, and the business changing, literally…

When the economy collapsed.
The economy, yeah. I mean, first of all, “Synecdoche” was commissioned by Sony. They ultimately put it in turnaround, but they were going to make that movie, which is insane. They made “Adaptation,” which is a movie that they would never make now. So studios don’t do it, and the smaller companies, they’re struggling to figure out how to stay afloat. The answer is that I haven’t been able to figure out how to transition into that world that you’re describing.

And then I was just gone for a while. One speculates that people are thinking about you, and then people are no longer thinking about you. There’s a new crop of people that they’re thinking about, and you’ve got to figure out how to worm your way back in. The thing about “Anomalisa” was that the only reason that happened was because of the crowdfunding. And then we ended up with a guy named Keith Calder, who financed the movie and gave us complete freedom. That movie would never be made within the system. It almost wasn’t made outside of the system: It was pretty tough going, we kept running out of money.

So I’ve been trying to get this movie made, called “Frank or Francis,” for, um…well, since 2010. There have been a couple sort of possible permutations that just didn’t happen. The question is, Why? Considering that the budget is not extraordinary, and I have this sort of incredible box-office cast [according to Vulture, that ensemble included Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Kline, Catherine Keener, Paul Reubens and Jacki Weaver], and any one of those people in any other situation, with maybe any other director in a movie that maybe was less risky, would get a movie financed.

And if I gave “Frank or Francis” to Spike Jonze — I’m not saying he’d want to do it, but if Spike wanted to do it, probably people would be more willing to take a chance on a budget that’s small, considering the star power. But I haven’t been able to get it done.

Television is not the same as when you left it; it’s become a place for auteurs to get the money and hours they need to tell a story. Do you see, maybe, eight episodes of an HBO series as something you’d be interested in doing?
I mean, I see it. HBO doesn’t see it. [Laughs] I’ve had a couple of pilots, maybe three. No, two; one was from when I was younger, before TV became the golden age. And I did an FX pilot [“How and Why”], which I directed and made, but they didn’t pick it up. So, I don’t know. I thought the pilot was good, I thought it was really interesting, and I had an extraordinary cast [including Keener, John Hawkes, Michael Cera and Tom Noonan] again.

But it was odd, and I don’t know how odd things are on television. I’m not sure that they’re odd. I mean, I think the quality of the writing [on other shows] is good. There’s a lot of crime stuff, that seems to be the thing, and I didn’t have any crime in mine. Not that I’m against crime, but I didn’t. [Laughs]

Bret Easton Ellis likes to say that the “golden age of television” is being a little oversold, in that the writing comes down to the basic episodic breakdowns.
In the U.K., it’s more experimental. [They take] more chances, and there’s really kind of odd things that you see there, that I really love. I hope that it happens in the U.S., and I think that it will, because I think that just one of those shows needs to get through, and they need to see that people want to see them. I had a really kind of good concept for HBO that I felt very confident about as an idea, but it was structurally odd. And I think it could have been successful, but they ultimately just were worried about committing to it, so they didn’t.

I’m curious if you’ve seen “The BFG.”
No, I actually looked up the trailer last week to see what it was, because I wasn’t familiar with it.

I ask because Melissa Mathison‘s screenplay very much follows the rhythms of the Roald Dahl book, which is not in keeping with the third-act-of-a-children’s-adventure-movie that we’ve all had ingrained into our DNA at this point. And the movie’s tanking.
That’s the reason why, you think?

Who knows, there’s always a million reasons. I’m just wondering if you think that we have a generation of moviegoers who are being conditioned by studios not to accept anything outside the narrative norm as even being a movie.
Well, we’re being trained to think that just because we’re being conditioned, but also because if you look at the screenwriting gurus and that sort of thing, everyone says that this is the form it takes. I don’t know how that movie ends, but I do feel when I look at “Synecdoche” and I look at “Anomalisa,” and try to understand why…

“Synecdoche” was divisive, you know, there were some very good reviews and there were some very bad reviews, and that movie did not do well, and it wasn’t marketed well, and there wasn’t money put into it, and all those reasons. But “Anomalisa” got almost universally great reviews, and it didn’t do well. And somebody said to me, a producer that I know, said that it’s because it’s unhappy. And I don’t know if that’s the problem with “The BFG” — is it an unhappy ending?

No, not at all, it just doesn’t take us through the usual climactic story beats that we’ve come to expect. I’m just thinking about the research you must have done for “Adaptation,” this notion that there’s one way you have to write a screenplay if you want to get a film made. I think it was Stephen Sondheim who said that a producer accused him of being able to write a hit show but refusing to do it.
Somebody said that to me recently, I think there was an argument — I won’t say where it was — internally about whether or not I could do a commercial thing. Somebody brought me up in a meeting, saying, “No, he could do it.” They didn’t say I don’t want to, but… Yeah, with things like those screenwriting structural things, it’s not only about how to get a movie made, I think it’s also that they talk about it outside the commercial aspects of it.

They talk about it as if this is the story structure that goes back to — they talk about Aristotle’s “Poetics,” and obviously Joseph Campbell talks about whatever he talks about — and everybody sort of assumes that, well, this is what it has to be, and I don’t understand that. It makes no sense in any kind of artistic endeavor, and history is rife with proof of that. There’s a new way of painting that comes into being, and the French Academy is, “Aaah, you can’t do that!” And then of course those things become the thing that everybody does. I don’t see why writing — certainly in novels, people have [expanded the form] and in poetry, people do that.

In screenwriting, you wouldn’t do it that way, and the main reason for that is that people come into this because there’s an extraordinary amount of money to be made if you get into the business. So their motives are not the same as if you’re writing anything else — your chances of making a living at it are nil, but you can come here and do quite well. So maybe people start seeing it as a form rather than an exploration.

“Frank or Francis” is a musical, right?
It is. An excessive musical — there’s 50 songs in it. And they’re not all full songs, I mean, snippets, you know. “Frank or Francis” uses the singing as a way to express the interior lives of these people. Because a lot of it is about what happens online, and rather than having people typing with voiceover, or seeing stuff onscreen, which didn’t seem cinematic to me, I thought it would be cool if they sang while they did it.

And I’m certain that scares people, because… “Well, what would that look like? Would anybody go to see that?” The answer is: I don’t know! The answer is, based on my experience, probably not. But it seemed like kind of a cool way to try to do something. It seemed interesting and fun, and the songs are funny, and the script is — “Synecdoche” was a comedy, a lot of people don’t think that, but it was written as a comedy by me.

“Frank or Francis” is very clearly a comedy. On the page, I mean, the jokes are jokes, and the songs are funny, and it’s very lively. There’s kind of a funereal thing going in “Synecdoche,” but “Frank or Francis,” because of the singing and the characters being larger than life, I think it doesn’t have.

And who’s writing the music?
Carter Burwell, so that would be interesting and fun for me, I’ve worked with Carter a bunch now.

Do the immediate financial returns of “Synecdoche” or “Anomalisa” temper your satisfaction with having made them?
I take a lot of pride in fighting to get things made and having that happen. And in both of those cases, I feel very proud that those movies exist, and of the work. I’m hesitating to say “fearlessness,” because that sounds like I’m bragging, but I think the fact that we went forward and made these things that we didn’t know would be commercially successful makes me feel good about myself. Yeah, I don’t feel at all ashamed at the box office. What I do feel is that it makes it really hard for me to get things made.

And it’s frustrating for me, especially when the reviews are there, the reviews are great, let’s go on this ride, and then there’s no ride, you know? Which was specifically the experience of “Anomalisa.” We came out of nowhere with that movie, we had no expectations, no one knew we were making it, more or less, aside from the Kickstarter thing, which had happened a long time ago at that point.

And then Paramount picks us up — Paramount! OK, this is it! I had ownership of the movie, which I’d never had before. I made no money on that movie, because there was no money to be made, but I had a percentage of the movie if the movie did well. And that’s the other issue: I need to make a living, and it gets very hard sometimes struggling to pay mortgages and stuff like that.

I mean, I’m not crying poverty or anything, I’m just older and I would like to have a sense of security, like it’s OK if something doesn’t happen for three years, I could survive. Or I could work on my novel when there’s no money coming in. Or I could do a play, which I really want to do and am frustrated that I can’t.

There was that period where the French started bankrolling Woody Allen, and the Japanese were underwriting Jim Jarmusch. I want some Ukrainian billionaire to be like, “Yes! Charlie Kaufman!”
I do, too. But I think both those guys have long histories as directors, and — I don’t know about Jarmusch in terms of box office, but Woody Allen was massive for a while, right?

In the ’70s and ’80s, I don’t know about the box office, but they were big movies, they were the important movies of that era. And Jarmusch’s movies probably don’t cost a lot, right? I feel like if I had one successful movie on my own terms, where it feels like, OK, you made the movie you wanted to make, and people went to see it, then it changes everything. I mean, I had all these movies that got a lot of attention, but they were directed by other people, and I think people see that, and they go, “Well, hire Spike.”

So if Disney comes calling and says, “We’ll make ‘Frank or Francis,’ but we want you to do three drafts of ‘Avengers 8,'” could you make that trade?
Of course. But — no one wants me to do that. I have to prove myself in that world, I think. Why would they want me? It isn’t like I’m turning down those things left and right; I’m actually embarking on something a little more mainstream now for a studio, and if that does well, if that would affect me as a writer…it could happen. That would be nice. I’ve never even seen any “Avengers” movie, so I don’t know what they’d be. Because when I think of “The Avengers,” I think of, um…

Emma Peel and John Steed?
Yeah! And it’s really sort of bothersome to me that it’s now associated with this other thing. It’s like [2004 Oscar-winner] “Crash” — Don’t call it “Crash”! [David Cronenberg‘s 1996 film] is a very different movie, and the one [the title] should be identified with.

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Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys Players Take Knee Before Monday Night Football

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys Players Take Knee Before Monday Night Football

by Matt Pressberg @ TheWrapTheWrap

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his team as they locked arms and took a knee ahead of the national anthem before Monday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, capping a weekend when anthem protests took center stage with one of the more powerful gestures of Week 3 of the NFL season.

After President Trump called for NFL owners to fire players for not standing for the anthem during a rally in Alabama Friday — and doubled down on that position on Twitter over the weekend — several owners joined their teams on the sidelines during Sunday’s games to lock arms in a display of unity. The Arizona Cardinals did the same Monday night during ESPN’s airing of the game from Arizona.

Jones’ decision to kneel was most notable, however, as he has been an outspoken supporter of the president and previously said he did not support anthem protests. He apparently changed his tune Monday. Jones, Coach Jason Garrett and other Cowboys coaches and front office executives then locked arms while standing on the field as Jordin Sparks belted out the anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting the national anthem last year, first sitting and then taking a knee as a sign of his opposition to police brutality. Several other players on other teams followed suit, but after Trump’s comments — in which he referred to protesting NFL players as “SoBs” — significantly more decided to demonstrate this past weekend.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks decided to remain in their respective locker rooms during the anthem ceremony, while owners including Jacksonville’s Shahid Khan, Detroit’s Martha Ford and Washington’s Dan Snyder stood arm-in-arm with their players.

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Hillary Clinton slams Trump's objections to NFL protests: 'Deeply troubling'

by Maureen Lee Lenker @ EW.com

Hillary Clinton still has plenty to say about Donald Trump and his frequent Twitter rants.

The former secretary of state took part in a recent SiriusXM town hall event in which she discussed everything from the election to sexism in politics to the president’s recent attacks on the NFL and player protests.

“I think it’s deeply troubling that the president would be attacking black athletes for expressing their opinions peacefully,” Clinton told host Zerlina Maxwell. “Protest is a part of the American way of life, and it’s something that I’m very proud of — whether I agree or disagree. I think peaceful protest is part of what has helped us make progress, learn more, be a better country over time, and I just couldn’t help thinking that he has attacked these black athletes for peacefully protesting, but he doesn’t really attack white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klanners, or Vladimir Putin, who interfered in our election.”

Clinton also expressed concern that Trump has expended so much time and energy criticizing peaceful protestors while ignoring the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. “He has not said one word about them, about other American citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” she said. “I’m not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.”

She went on to address the email scandal that plagued her presidential campaign and has found something of a parallel in the actions of Jared Kushner and other Trump advisers. “So much of it was overblown, untrue, really aimed to score political points, which it did, and I take responsibility for it,” she said regarding her use of a private email account as secretary of state. “And I say it was a dumb mistake but it was a dumber scandal, and our country had to go through it, which I regret. But at the end of the day, I feel like people can read and understand and have their questions answered. And the hypocrisy of this administration, who knew there was no real scandal.”

Regarding reports of Kushner’s use of private email, she added, “It’s just the height of hypocrisy. It’s something that if they were sincere about it, I think you’d have Republican members of Congress calling for an investigation. I haven’t heard that yet.”

Lastly, Clinton tackled the continued specter of sexism in politics and how best to confront the problem. “The best answer for sexism in politics is more women in politics,” she said. “And getting more women who are out there standing up, speaking out, arguing their point of view. Taking the slings and arrows, because as soon as you step into the arena, everything about you is fair game. It’s just remarkable. … It is not just about one woman. It is endemic sexism and misogyny and if you have a wife, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, you have a stake in saying, ‘Hey, come on, this is not what we want to have in our politics.’”

Clinton’s town hall will re-air Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET and Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on SiriusXM Progress channel 127. Watch selected clips above.

34 Fall Movies to Obsess Over, From ‘Justice League’ to ‘Wonder’ (Photos)

34 Fall Movies to Obsess Over, From ‘Justice League’ to ‘Wonder’ (Photos)

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“IT” (Sept. 8)

This movie has been at the top of our list for quite some time — and the movie starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown will finally hit theaters on Sept. 8.

“Mother!” (Sept. 15)

The highly-secretive but not-so-secretive anymore film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and is directed by Darren Aronofsky.

“First They Killed My Father” (Sept. 15)

Angelina Jolie directs this film based on Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name. It is the Cambodian author’s personal account of her experiences during the Khmer Rouge years.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (Sept. 22)

The first “Kingsman” was very successful in terms of grossing over $414 million worldwide. Now, its sequel sees its protagonists return while welcoming new faces like Elton John and Channing Tatum.

“Victoria & Abdul” (Sept. 22)

Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim, a young clerk who finds favor with the Queen herself.

“Battle of the Sexes” (Sept. 22)

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the film about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

“American Made” (Sept. 29)

Tom Cruise in another action movie? Sign us up!

“Blade Runner 2049” (Oct. 6)

1982’s “Blade Runner” underperformed when it first opened but has since become a cult film. Obviously, it’s sequel is highly anticipated. And Ryan Gosling in the lead can’t hurt, either.

“Florida Project” (Oct. 6)

The Cannes favorite follows 6-year-old Moonee as she lives at a motel in Florida with her rebellious mother.

“Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Oct. 13)

The first trailer for “Goodbye Christopher Robin” mesmerized as Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson appeared on the screen.

“Happy Death Day” (Oct. 13)

Honestly, this movie just looks epic. A horror film a la “Groundhog Day,” where a girl is stuck in a time loop and must find her killer who tries to murder her every day.

“The Snowman” (Oct. 20)

Michael Fassbender plays detective Harry Hole in this thriller about a serial killer who murders women. It also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and J.K. Simmons.

“Wonderstruck” (Oct. 20)

Todd Haynes’ drama has been highly anticipated for quite some time as two stories about different children intertwine although they are 50 years apart.

“Suburbicon” (Oct. 27)

George Clooney directs this upcoming crime comedy, in which Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore star.

“Novitiate” (Oct. 27)

The coming-of-age drama stars Margaret Qualley and Dianna Agron and had its world premiere at Sundance.

“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” (Oct. 27)

The true story details the life of William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), who created Wonder Woman in 1941, and his wife and fellow inventor Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall). Bella Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s, with whom the married couple had a polyamorous relationship. The log line adds that Marston was the inventor of the lie detector and that the inspiration behind Wonder Woman was his wife and Byrne.

“Thor: Ragnarok” (Nov.3)

Marvel and Chris Hemsworth. Enough said.

“Bad Moms Christmas” (Nov. 3)

STX’s “Bad Moms” received mixed reviews but ended up grossing $183 million worldwide, so a sequel was greenlit pretty quickly.

“Murder on the Orient Express” (Nov. 10)

The cast is fire in this movie — Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad and Michelle Pfeiffer round out the actors starring in the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express,” based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

“Justice League” (Nov. 17)

After the success of “Wonder Woman,” we can hardly wait to see Gal Gadot kick a– alongside Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa. How will the multiple rumors, reshoots and directors switch-ups impact the movie?

“Wonder” (Nov. 17)

If the trailer hasn’t broken your heart, you have no soul. Plus, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay star.

“Molly’s Game” (Nov. 22)

Jessica Chastain stars as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut. Bloom was a former skier who found herself running the world’s biggest underground poker game at a young age. Bloom catered to Hollywood’s elite, which included hordes of famous actors and directors, as well as mobsters and business moguls.

“Death Wish” (Nov. 22)

Eli Roth is directing the remake of 1974’s “Death Wish,” in which Bruce Willis stars as a New York man turned vigilante, looking to find the killers of his wife.

“Coco” (Nov. 22)

“Coco” stars Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel, a Mexican boy who longs to be a musician like his idol and great-great-grandfather, Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), despite his family’s ban on music. He gets whisked away to the Land of the Dead, where he meets a trickster named Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) and uncovers the reason why his family no longer allows music. The film is written and directed by Lee Unkrich, who won an Oscar as director of “Toy Story 3.”

“The Current War” (Nov. 24)

The story of the rate between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland and Katherine Waterston.

“Call Me by Your Name” (Nov. 24)

After receiving rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year, the film starring Armie Hammer Timothee Chalamet is finally heading for a Nov. 24 release.

“The Disaster Artist” (Dec. 1)

A movie about one of the worst movie ever made? “The Disaster Artist” stars James Franco, who also directs and produces. It chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film “The Room.”

“Wonder Wheel” (Dec. 1)

Woody Allen is back with “Wonder Wheel,” which stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi. It is set in the late 1950s at Coney Island.

“The Shape of Water” (Dec. 8)

Guillermo del Toro is back with yet another fantastical film: the gorgeous-looking “The Shape of Water” tells the story of a mute janitor who befriends a mysterious sea creature being studied in a lab.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Dec. 15)

Do we really need to explain why you might be obsessed with this movie?

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Dec. 20)

Although fans weren’t too stoked about a remake of Robin Williams’ “Jumanji,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson squashed all fears by telling fans it won’t be a reboot, but a continuation of the story. It also stars Jack Black and Kevin Hart.

“Downsizing” (Dec. 22)

Footage shown at CinemaCon about the film starring Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon was met with excitement. The film follows the couple as they decide to downsize — literally, become smaller.

“Bright” (Dec. 22)

David Ayer and Max Landis teamed up for “Bright,” set in a world where mystical creatures live side-by-side with humans. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton star.

“The Greatest Showman” (Dec. 25)

Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum — the man behind the game-changing Barnum & Bailey Circus — in “The Greatest Showman.” Footage of the movie also starring Zendaya and Zac Efron stunned at CinemaCon earlier this year.

Hacker blamed for Black 'death tweets'

Hacker blamed for Black 'death tweets'


BBC News

Messages claiming US actor Jack Black had died were the result of his rock band's Twitter account being hacked, the group confirms.

Jack Black - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Comedy Central

Jack Black - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Comedy Central


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Jon proclaims this the year of the Jack.

Nick Jonas Signs With WME

Nick Jonas Signs With WME

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Nick Jonas has signed with WME, the agency announced Thursday.

The Grammy-nominated musician and actor will be represented by WME in all areas.

His acting credits include the Sundance Film Festival drama “Goat,” in which he co-starred alongside James Franco, and he recently wrapped production of the remake of “Jumanji” alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. He has also starred in the TV series “Scream Queens,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Kingdom.”

Jonas’ songs include “Close,” “Jealous” and “Chains.” His first solo album “Nick Jonas” entered the Billboard 200, with both of the album’s singles charting the top 20 of the Billboard 100. It was re-released as “Nick Jonas X2” in 2015. He released his third studio album, “Last Year Was Complicated” in 2016.

As a songwriter, Jonas is a recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He’ll continue to be represented by manager Phil McIntyre.

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Jack Black: 'I was getting tired of the frat-guy comedies'

Jack Black: 'I was getting tired of the frat-guy comedies'


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Jack Black's latest film, Bernie, marks a real departure for Hollywood's favourite joker. He plays a loner whose intense relationship with an elderly widow ends in murder. He explains why the role appealed to him

Jack Black Spills on His Sons' Artistic Pursuits: 'I've Got a Couple Picassos!'

by Just Jared @ Just Jared» Jack Black

Jack Black has a couple of artists in the family! The 47-year-old actor recently opened up about his two sons – 11-year-old Samuel and nine-year-old Thomas. “Their drawings are getting so good. I’ve got a couple Picassos up in there,” Jack told People while at the Ping Pong 4 Purpose Celebrity Tournament. As for the [...]

Jim Parsons in Talks to Star in Comedy ‘Man-Witch’

Jim Parsons in Talks to Star in Comedy ‘Man-Witch’

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons is in talks for the magic comedy “Man-Witch.”

He will also develop and produce the project alongside Neal Moritz.

Warner Bros. first picked up the pitch in 2005 — back then, Todd Phillips was on board to direct with Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis to star.

Parsons will play a schoolteacher who discovers that he has magic powers. A coven of witches takes him in, sending him to “witch school,” where he is surrounded by little witch girls.

Parsons’ most recent credits include “Visions” and “Home.”

Parsons is repped by CAA, Principal Entertainment LA and Gang Tyre.

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Showtime’s Streaming Service May Have Been Hacked, Browsers Used to Mine for Cryptocurrency

Showtime’s Streaming Service May Have Been Hacked, Browsers Used to Mine for Cryptocurrency

by Sean Burch @ TheWrapTheWrap

Was Showtime the latest Hollywood juggernaut to get hacked?

It looks like that’s the case, after Showtime.com and its instant-streaming site ShowtimeAnytime.com leveraged browsers to “mine” for Monero coins — a Bitcoin knockoff — over the week. (Mining is a method of verifying cryptocurrency transactions, where miners are given a small amount of cryptocurrency for helping to log all transactions on its digital ledger.) The mining code — first spotted by U.K. tech site The Register  — can take up more than 50 percent of a computer’s processor.

Mining for cyrptocurrency can add up, with a single Monero coin trading for about $90 on Monday. The code was created by Coin Hive, which runs on JavaScript; it used browsers to mine for Monero and transfer the currency back to site administrators. The Coin Hive code popped up over the weekend, before being pulled on Monday.

But who was making off with the Monero dinero is a head scratcher. The likelihood Showtime was using its users’ browsers to run a secret cryptocurrency mining business — on a platform they pay to watch, no less — is between slim and none. The chances are also low it was inserted by New Relic, the web analytics company behind Showtime’s sites.

Showtime declined to comment to TheWrap on how many users the code impacted and if a culprit had been pinpointed. New Relic and Coin Hive did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

If the mining was the work of hackers, Showtime wouldn’t be alone in 2017. HBO battled pirates leaking “Game of Thrones” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episodes this summer. Netflix was also hit, with hackers sharing the entire season of “Orange Is the New Black” a month before its release.

This is also the second time Coin Hive has been in the news this month; Notorious torrent platform The Pirate Bay was testing out Coin Hive to mine Monero when users came to its site. In a blog post explaining the move, TPB said the software was a replacement for ads: “We really want to get rid of all the ads. But we also need enough money to keep the site running.”

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Jack Black Didn’t Want Richard Linklater to Direct ‘School of Rock’ at First (Video)

Jack Black Didn’t Want Richard Linklater to Direct ‘School of Rock’ at First (Video)

by Ryan Gajewski @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

“School of Rock” was a critical and commercial success when it was released in 2003, but star Jack Black was not initially convinced that Richard Linklater was the right person to helm the comedy.

In a clip from PBS’ upcoming film “American Masters: Richard Linklater — dream is destiny,” Black explains that he and screenwriter Mike White didn’t initially see Linklater — known at the time for 1990’s “Slacker,” 1993’s “Dazed and Confused” and 1995’s “Before Sunrise” — as their top pick. Luckily, producer Scott Rudin was able to change their minds.

“We didn’t have Richard in mind,” Black says. “It was Scott Rudin, who said, ‘I really think you guys should consider Richard Linklater.’ And at first, we were like, ‘That doesn’t make sense because this is a ‘feel-good hit of the summer’ type of thing, and we both thought of Richard Linklater as more of an arthouse type of guy. You know, you think ‘Slacker.'”

As it turns out, the feeling was a bit mutual, as Linklater explains on the PBS documentary that he himself didn’t at first see “School of Rock” as the right movie for him.

“‘Here’s a script, Jack Black’s attached, what do you think?’ And I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know how to do this,'” Linklater explains. “I passed. I get a call saying, ‘Well, Scott Rudin the producer isn’t accepting your pass.’ I’m like, What does that mean?’ ‘He wants to talk.'”

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“He was just sure I was the right guy to pull this off,” Linklater continues of Rudin. “I’m like, ‘Well, that’s interesting — you’re not just going through the Rolodex.'”

Check out the clip above.

“American Masters: Richard Linklater — dream is destiny” airs Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. 

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Up $10.5 Million on Friday, Poised for Weekend Win

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Up $10.5 Million on Friday, Poised for Weekend Win

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

“Kung Fu Panda 3” grossed an estimated $10.5 million at the box office on Friday, on its way toward a $40 million opening weekend, well ahead of other newcomers “The Finest Hours” and “Fifty Shades of Black.”

The third installment in the DreamWorks Animation franchise was tracking somewhere between $45 million to $50 million on a $140 million budget. That’s behind the first two films in the franchise, which opened at $60 million and $47.6 million, respectively.

The animated family film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni and featuring the vocals of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Dustin Hoffman and Bryan Cranston, currently holds a rating of 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “Kung Fu Panda” in 2008 had an 87 percent rating, while the sequel scored 81 percent. CinemaScore filmgoers gave the film a solid “A.”

In a battle of the bears, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “The Revenant” is looking to take second place this weekend after a successful six-week run so far for Fox.

In third place is Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” the Chris Pine Coast Guard drama that grossed $3.3 million on Friday and is looking to open to roughly $10 million. The film cost $70 million to produce.

Currently holding a A- CinemaScore, “The Finest Hours” stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Holliday Grainger and was directed by Craig Gillespie. It recounts the real-life story of the Coast Guard trying to save the crew of two oil tankers off Cape Cod in 1952.

Another new wide release, Marlon Wayans‘ spoof film “Fifty Shades of Black,” made an estimated $2.2 million on Friday night, and is looking to come in at No. 10 with a $6 million weekend. Originally, the film was tracking at $10 million based on a $5 million budget.

Wayans produced, wrote and stars in the parody of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan‘s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which co-stars Kali Hawk, Fred Willard, Mike Epps and Jane Seymour costarred. But the reviews have been harsh, and the film earned a “C” CinemaScore.

The Weinstein Company’s “Jane Got a Gun,” starring Natalie Portman, Noah Emmerich and Joel Edgerton grossed $277,000 from 1,210 screens on Friday.

The film has had a troubled history: Gavin O’Connor stepped in at the last minute to replace original director Lynne Ramsay, prompting a replacement of many cast members as well. 

“Jane” was one of several films mired in Relativity Media’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last summer. The Weinstein Company picked up the film from Ryan Kavanaugh‘s studio. 

The film follows Jane Hammond (Portman) who built a new life with husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich), but finds herself in trouble when Ham stumbles home after dueling with the Bishop Boys gang. Jane turns to her former finance Dan Frost (Edgerton) to get help for defending her family.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE: DAN THE MAN, BREWING

by Frans van Staden @ Jack Black's Brewing Co.

Ever wondered about the guys and girls behind the beer here at Jack Black? In our new series of posts we’ll introduce you to our team and share some behind the scenes insight on what making beer is all about. DANIEL BEHRENS: BREWING TEAM So Dan, what’s your job title and when did you join […]

The Odd Couple, film review: 'hilarious'

The Odd Couple, film review: 'hilarious'

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What Neil Simon's The Odd Couple so charming is the comic interplay between Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon

Beer of the Month: Lumberjack

by Frans van Staden @ Jack Black's Brewing Co.

It’s Beer of the Month time again! This time round we have 2×4 Packs of Lumberjack Amber Ale, a vintage bottle opener as well as a brewery tour and tasting to give away.  This July we celebrate a favourite winter companion – our Lumberjack Amber Ale. Today in a time of mass-produced, commodity driven beer, Lumberjack […]

Kate Hudson Attends People's Choice Awards 2016 After Vacation with Nick Jonas

by Just Jared @ Just Jared» Jack Black

Kate Hudson is white hot while walking the red carpet at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday (January 6) in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old actress was joined at the event by her Kung Fu Panda 3 co-star Jack Black. Their animated movie hits theaters on January 29! Kate is [...]

Oscars 2016: Hilarious black actors in 'white' films parody with Chris Rock and Whoopi Goldberg

Oscars 2016: Hilarious black actors in 'white' films parody with Chris Rock and Whoopi Goldberg

by syndication@telegraph.co.uk (Telegraph Video) @ Culture

Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and a host of other celebrities starred in a hilarious #OscarsSoWhite parody

Lena Dunham compares Trump to Charleston mass murderer and white supremacist

by Derek Lawrence @ EW.com

Lena Dunham doesn’t just think Donald Trump is a racist, she believes he’s “a racist with untreated mental illness,” comparing him to convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof.

The comment from the Girls star came in response to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee writer Travon Free’s Twitter thread about the media being “afraid” to call the president a “racist” despite what Free deems “racist behavior.”

After he declared Trump a “racist,” Dunham replied, “Not only is he a racist but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under diff circumstances he’s Dylann Roof.”

Last December, Roof was convicted of the June 2015 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. All nine of the victims were black.

Dunham and Free’s racist declaration about Trump comes on the heels of the president verbally attacking NFL players who have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem as a sign of protest against police brutality and racial injustice. During a Friday rally in Alabama, the president called the sideline protestors, consisting mostly of black players, “son of a bitch,” suggesting they should be “fired.” Trump’s remarks, in turn, galvanized the NFL and led to a vast increase in those kneeling, while multiple teams even chose to stay in the locker room for the anthem.

The Evolution of Tom Cruise, From Outsider to Jack Reacher (Photos)

The Evolution of Tom Cruise, From Outsider to Jack Reacher (Photos)

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

 

Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York on July 3, 1962. However, he spent his childhood in Canada after his family moved to Ottawa in 1971. When his mother left his father, they moved back to the United States.

Cruise’s first role was a bit part in the 1981 film “Endless Love.” Later than year, he had a major supporting role in “Taps.”

In 1983, the actor became part of the ensemble cast of “The Outsiders before starring in other films like “All the Right Moves” and “Losin’ It.”

1983 also marked the year he starred in “Risky Business,” Cruise’s career-maker which is also known as one of his most famous films.

In 1985, Tom Cruise played the male lead in the in the Ridley Scott film, “Legend,” which costarred Tim Curry.

The actor then starred in 1986’s “Top Gun,” which cemented his role as a global superstar. It is one of his highest grossing films after “War of the Worlds” and the “Mission: Impossible” series.

The same year, Cruise paired up with Paul Newman for “The Color of Money.”

Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987 but divorced in 1990, and she was the one who introduced Cruise to the Church of Scientology. Tom Cruise claimed the Church cured his dyslexia.

1988’s “Cocktail” earned Cruise the Razzie Award for Worst Actor, but followed that up with “Rain Man” alongside Dustin Hoffman, which won the Academy Award for Best Film.

Cruise stayed on the awards train with “Born on the Fourth of July,” which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama as well as his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination.

Cruise’s next films, “Days of Thunder” and “Far and Away,” both co-starred in then-wife, Nicole Kidman. They were married for 10 years before splitting 2001. The couple adopted two children, Isabella and Connor.

Tom Cruise starred in Neil Jordan‘s “Interview with a Vampire” in 1994 alongside Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater.

1996 marked the beginning of the rebooted blockbuster franchise, “Mission: Impossible.” He produced the first one, which has grossed $457 million worldwide since its debut. That same year, he played the titular role in “Jerry Maguire,” which earned him a Golden Globe and his second Academy Award nomination.

In 1998, Tom Cruise sued the Daily Express after the publication alleged his marriage to Kidman was a sham because he was gay.

1999 saw the reunion of Cruise and Kidman in Stanley Kubrick‘s “Eyes Wide Shut.” He also took a supporting role in “Magnolia,” for which he received yet another Golden Globe and a nomination for an Oscar.

In 2000, Cruise filmed the second “Mission: Impossible” film, which was another success at the box office.

In 2001, Cruise sued gay porn actor Chad Slater who said he had an affair with Cruise. Slater was ordered to pay $10 million in damages.

The following year, Cruise starred in “Vanilla Sky” with Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, with whom he was romantically linked in 2001. The relationship ended in 2004. That movie was followed by the science fiction thriller, “Minority Report and Edward Zwick‘s “The Last Samurai.”

Cruise’s “War of the Worlds,” directed by Steven Spielberg, became one of his highest-grossing films to date.

In April 2005, TomCruise began dating Katie Holmes. One month later, the actor famously declared his love for the actress on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” jumping on her couch during the show.

In 2005, the couple announced they were expecting their first child, and in April 2006, their daughter Suri was born.

In 2005, the actor slammed Brooke Shields for endorsing prescription medication for treating postpartum depression. He also denounced psychiatry.

The couple was married in 2006. David Miscavige, the head of Scientology, served as Cruise’s best man.

In 2008, Tom Cruise starred as “Les Grossman” in “Tropic Thunder” alongside Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr. That same year, he starred in “Valkyrie,” also a box office success.

Films that followed include “Knight and Day,” more “Mission: Impossible” films and “Rock of Ages.” In 2012, his film “Jack Reacher” was released, grossing $216.6 million worldwide.

In 2012, it was announced Holmes had filed for divorce.

His upcoming films include “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” as well as “The Mummy”

Jack Black Has a Surprisingly Compelling Comparison for Donald Trump

Jack Black Has a Surprisingly Compelling Comparison for Donald Trump


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Black expressed similarities between Trump and another public figure obsessed with winning.

5 Reasons Why ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Will Deliver a Karate Chop at the Box Office

5 Reasons Why ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Will Deliver a Karate Chop at the Box Office

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

While the rule of threes doesn’t apply to most franchises, it certainly will when “Kung Fu Panda 3” hits theaters this weekend, and the movie’s success will probably carry itself all the way through February until Disney’s “Zootopia” opens on March 4.

Yes, the third installment in the franchise featuring voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Dustin Hoffman, is looking to make less than the previous movies, tracking at about $35 million to $45 million, according to experts. The first and second movie made $60.2 million and $47.7 million on their opening weekends, respectively. But the fact that “Kung Fu Panda 3” is looking at a lower opening weekend doesn’t mean that it’s going to bomb, at all.

And there are several reasons as to why experts believe the animated film will thrive at the box office. Placed on a good weekend with no other animated family film in sight, “Kung Fu Panda 3” has a big opportunity to stay on top of the box office charts for the coming weeks — and even dethroning current first placeholder, “The Revenant.”

Word of mouth has been extremely strong for the third film in the franchise, as is standard with DreamWorks’ movies. Moreover, the franchise not only has an incredible voice cast, but has branded itself as the ultimate family film that is appealing to both kids and adults.

Here are the five reasons why “Kung Fu Panda 3” will hit a K.O. at the box office:

1. There has been no animated film since the holidays, and there are none in sight until March 4
There are no animated family films on the calendar until Disney’s release of “Zootopia” on March 4. This will give “Kung Fu Panda 3” the whole of February to run its due course, and experts believe that the film is going to dominate most upcoming weekends.

“It may not have the biggest opening weekends, but it’s going to decline very slowly, and it’s going to have legs,” Exhibitor Relations senior analyst Jeff Bock told TheWrap. “It definitely will be on top of the box office … Until ‘Zootopia’ opens, it doesn’t have much in the way in terms of competition. I don’t see why it won’t make $35 million to $40 million.”

In fact, this is also one of the few animated films that opened after the holidays aside from Lionsgate’s “Norm of the North.” It opened on Jan. 15 and has grossed $14.2 million so far, which isn’t ideal considering its budget was $18 million. And other movies that opened around or before the holidays haven’t scored that well either.

“There hasn’t been a family film in theaters since the holidays,” Bock added. “‘The Good Dinosaur’ underperformed, ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ didn’t play out. A quality animated film at this point is always good business and we’ve seen that in the past.”

2. Released on a great weekend
This weekend is an ideal weekend for an animated family movie to hit theaters.

“At this time of the year, it’s all about Oscar contenders and pretty intense dramas like ‘The Revenant’ and ‘The Hateful Eight,'” Paul Dergarabedian said, senior analyst at Rentrak. “It’s sort of a no-family land of box office in this time frame and it seems to be devoid of options for families, so ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ is giving families an option at the movie theaters.”

In fact, “Kung Fu Panda 3” is looking to dethrone Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “The Revenant,” which in its fifth wide release weekend is tracking around $10 million. Bock agreed with Dergarabedian, and said that movies “are making money in the January market because it is notoriously free of family-made competition,” claiming that the success of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop’s” in 2009 was largely due to an open weekend.

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3. Strong social media presence and word of mouth
“Kung Fu Panda 3” has had a strong social media play in previous weeks, and although it has died down in the past week (due to the time of the year, winter storm Jonas and the NFL playoffs), BoxOffice.com senior analyst Shawn Robbins considers it “very encouraging.” Overall, the volume of tweets over the last month are comparable to that of “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which went on to gross $169 million and $177 million, respectively.

From Jan. 22 to Jan. 25, “Kung Fu Panda 3” garnered 17,050 tweets, which is more than “Penguins of Madagascar” gathered in 2014 (12,869 tweets). Robbins said the franchise has “nearly 23 million fans to begin with, so there isn’t much room for a franchise to grow from there except in rare circumstances.”

Moreover, word of mouth from not only critics but fans of the previous films in the franchise is exceptionally strong for “Kung Fu Panda 3.” The first two had a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87 and 81 percent, and the new film is looking at 82 percent.

“DreamWorks, like Pixar, has incredibly good word of mouth,” Bock said. “They have a great track record, and the products are always solid.”

4. Powerful branding
The franchise itself has branded itself incredibly well. According to Dergarabedian, “the previous two have done very well on home video and that sets the stage for the latest film to do well in theaters. It’s been branded for families and kids for years.”

As mentioned before, the films in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise have received great reviews, which classify it as a “consistently well-performing brand,” Dergarabedian said.

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5) Movie for the entire family 
While it is an animated film, “Kung Fu Panda 3” is not just a movie for kids — adults also take interest in it due to the funny and entertaining subject matter and jokes.

Jack Black is funny, and it’s highly entertaining,” Dergarabedian said.

“Last weekend, you couldn’t take your kids to the movie theater. DreamWorks caters to adults, and you could see this as an entire family,” Bock added.

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Jack Black is game for anything -- except vanity

Jack Black is game for anything -- except vanity


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As comic actor Jack Black's latest vehicle, 'The D Train,' opens Friday, he's already pondering even more gonzo ideas

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Review: Jack Black’s Student Becomes the Teacher in Charming Adventure-Comedy

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Review: Jack Black’s Student Becomes the Teacher in Charming Adventure-Comedy

by Alonso Duralde @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Parents and everyone else who follows contemporary mainstream animation may very well be sick of movies that stress the importance of being oneself and the power of family, but the makers of “Kung Fu Panda 3” — like those clever chefs who get kids to eat their vegetables by hiding squash in the mac and cheese — package these lessons in so much wit and color that we barely notice their familiar flavor.

Between the witty screenplay (by returning writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger), delightful visuals that jump back and forth between 3-D and 2-D animation, and a consistently game voice cast, this third serving never feels like a dull retread or a lazy cash grab.

This time around, we begin in the spirit world where ancient kung fu master (and turtle) Oogway (voiced by Randall Duk Kim) must battle evil bull Kai (J.K. Simmons), his former friend and student whom he defeated 500 years earlier.

In the ensuing centuries, Kai has fought all the other masters in the spirit realm, capturing their ch’i, or energy force, into jade amulets that he can then manipulate against his enemies. After he overpowers and captures Oogway, Kai returns to the mortal plane to use his powers for evil.

Meanwhile, master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) informs panda Po (Jack Black) and the Furious Five (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen and David Cross) that he no longer has anything to teach them, and that Po must become an instructor of kung fu. As usual, Po bungles his first attempt, but he barely has time to contemplate this failure when his panda father Li (Bryan Cranston) suddenly appears, much to the consternation of Mr. Ping (James Hong), who has raised Po like a son.

To defeat Kai, Po must become a master of ch’i, a discipline that he can learn only from his fellow pandas, so he follows Li back to a hidden, remote mountain village populated entirely by the roly-poly bears. Mr. Ping tags along, partly out of resentment over Li’s sudden appearance. Saving the day will involve not only Po’s realization of his true destiny — which lies within him rediscovering his innate panda-ness — but also teaching his fellow pandas kung fu by channeling their abilities such as rolling, eating, hugging and, in the case of Mei Mei (Kate Hudson), ribbon dancing.

Directors Alessandro Carloni (a veteran DreamWorks Animation story artist) and Jennifer Yuh (“KFP 2”) keep the story moving along at a brisk clip without sacrificing story or character; it actually matters, for instance, that Mr. Ping feels usurped by the presence of Li, making their eventual reconciliation both dramatically satisfying and a celebration of fatherhood, both adoptive and biological. Meanwhile, we get delightful banter between the exuberant Black and the deadpan Hoffman, plus some wonderful non sequiturs from Rogen and Cross (who should team up in live action sometime).

The visual references here run as fast and furious as the kung fu, from traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting to “Lost Horizon” (the panda’s secret mountaintop community recalls Shangri-La) and “Pom Poko” (a Studio Ghibli classic about another group of cute, furry animals who must become warriors). A special shout-out goes to the character animators behind Mei Mei, who give her the zaftig, come-hither eyes of veteran actress Mary Jo Catlett.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” is no game-changer, and it doesn’t pack the emotional punch of, say, “Toy Story 3,” but it’s charming and effervescent, and it makes its unlikely hero worthy of his mantle of Dragon Warrior. It’s cohesive and cathartic enough to make a fourth entry unnecessary, but at the same time, it’s entertaining and gorgeous enough to make the prospect of same something to welcome.

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Jack Black perfectly (and hilariously) lip syncs Fugazi, Talking Heads, PJ Harvey + many more!

Jack Black perfectly (and hilariously) lip syncs Fugazi, Talking Heads, PJ Harvey + many more!


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 I don’t follow Jack Black on Instagram, but that’s going to change today. bOING bOING’s Rusty Blazenhoff hipped me to his hilarious page where he lip syncs notable songs in only Jack Black fashion. He nails it. Each song is done perfectly and his exaggerated facial expressions add to the humor of it all. Do yourself a favor and watch these. They’ll add a smile to your day when everything else in this world is so shitty lately. I just picked the ones I liked best, but there are more. Go visit his Instagram to see ‘em all! A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Jul 9, 2017 at 2:19pm PDTTalking Heads “Psycho Killer”  A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:25pm PDT Fugazi “Waiting Room”  A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on May 20, 2017 at 2:55pm PDT Black Sabbath “The Wizard”  A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Jun 16, 2017 at 11:22am PDT PJ Harvey “Dress”  A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on May 7, 2017 at 10:58am PDT Iron Maiden “The Number of the Beast”  A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Apr 23, 2017 at 10:12am...

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Jack Black (b. 1969) is a comedian and musician, known for his work in films and as half of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D. In 2009, Black guest starred on Sesame Street Season 39, appearing in Word of the Day segments to demonstrate "Octagon" and "Disguise" with Elmo and in a Backstage with Elmo segment for Sesamestreet.org. For the word "disguise," Black "wore" an elaborate chicken costume (which was a refurbished version of the Humongous Chicken), lending his own voice to the puppet.

How Jack Black Became a Teenage Girl in 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'

How Jack Black Became a Teenage Girl in 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'


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The Scene at CinemaCon 2017: Dwayne Johnson, Tom Holland, Cara Delevingne and More (Photos)

The Scene at CinemaCon 2017: Dwayne Johnson, Tom Holland, Cara Delevingne and More (Photos)

by Matt Donnelly @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Major studios, major stars and a ton of breaking news and first-look footage will be covered all week long at TheWrap.

The men of “Baby Driver” — from left, Ansel Elgort, director Edgar Wright, Jon Hamm — revved up their action flick a bit early for exhibitors. The Sony Pictures film will now open June 28, as opposed to a planned August 11 rollout.

Marvel Pictures czar Kevin Feige arrives to hype the Sony Pictures release “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Peter Parker himself, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland, hits CinemaCon 2017.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” producer Amy Pascal (left) hugs writer-director Jon Watts during the Sony Pictures CinemaCon 2017 opening night presentation.

“Jumanji” stars Nick Jonas (left) and Dwayne Johnson greet on stage at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon 2017.

Marvel Films head Kevin Feige (left) greets Sony Pictures Motion Picture Head Tom Rothman at CinemaCon 2017.

Jack Black (far left), Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas of Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji.”

Kevin Hart (on screen) appears via satellite with his cast members (from left) Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Dwayne Johnson to promote “Jumanji” at CinemaCon 2017.

Cara Delevingne and Luc Besson attend the STX CinemaCon 2017 presentation to promote “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

Cara Delevingne cuts a stylish figure at CinemaCon.

Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain will release their film, about an illegal poker rin in Hollywood, this fall.

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Oscars 2016: Al Sharpton holds race protests over lack of black nominees

Oscars 2016: Al Sharpton holds race protests over lack of black nominees

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Black civil rights activist leads demonstration demanding advertisers boycott next year’s Oscars to protest this year’s all-white shortlist for actors and directors

The Rock Reveals Famous Friends Joining His ‘Rock the Troops’ Spike TV Special

The Rock Reveals Famous Friends Joining His ‘Rock the Troops’ Spike TV Special

by Rasha Ali @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to social media this morning to announce a star-studded cast for his Spike TV special, “Rock the Troops,” and he promises it will be “an epic historic event.”

Johnson started his video by saying that “an incredible group of my buddies have decided to join me for “Rock the Troops.” His “incredible” buddies include Kevin Hart (of course), George Clooney, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Scott Eastwood, Rob Riggle, Jack Black, Jeff Ross, Laird Hamilton and JB Smoove.

“Rock the Troops” is a music and entertainment event held in memoriam of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor to honor the men and women of the United States military and their families.

The TV special will also feature musical performances by Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Lewis  and Tenacious D.

“Rock the Troops” will air on Spike TV this December.

See The Rock’s announcement below.

EXCLUSIVE: Excited to welcome an incredible group of buddies who will join me for #RockTheTroops this December on @SpikeTV. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Pear Harbor, so we’re heading to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii to pay tribute to our service men and women. It’s a night of comedy, music and BIG entertainment. My phone is ringin’ off the hook from my buds who can’t wait to come to Hawaii. We’re FIRED UP to bring you this amazing tribute to our troops … @KevinHart4Real @JackBlack @KeeganMic @RobRiggle @Scott Eastwood @TerryCrews @LairdHamiltonSurf @therealjeffreyross @ohsnapjbsmoove #GeorgeClooney Music performances: @FloRida @NickJonas #Tenacious D #LynrydSkynyrd @aaronlewismusic Epic night. Historic night. Our honor. #RockTheTroops Big shout to our @sevenbucksprod hard working and brilliant partners @SpikeTV @CaseyPattersonTV @Donmischerproductions

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People’s Choice Awards 2016: The Winners List

People’s Choice Awards 2016: The Winners List

by Debbie Emery @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

“Furious 7,” “The Big Bang Theory” and Melissa McCarthy were all multiple winners Wednesday at The People’s Choice Awards, an annual broadcast honoring excellence in film, TV and music as determined by you, the entertainment-loving public.

“Furious 7” star Vin Diesel delivered the most emotional moment of the night while accepting two awards for the blockbuster — one for favorite action movie and one for favorite film.

“It was a labor of love,” Diesel said, referring to the death of co-star Paul Walker during production. “My only message to you is: You’d be amazed what you can do with love. You’d be amazed how powerful of a force that is. When we didn’t want to come back to filming, when the tragedy was too heavy, it was the love of everyone combined that saw through to the end.”

This year’s People’s Choice Awards, hosted by former “Glee” star Jane Lynch, were presented at the Microsoft Theater L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and aired live on CBS. Jason Derulo and Shawn Mendes joined the Emmy-winning actress on stage as musical guests.

Millions of votes were cast by fans, according to the awards show’s official website, with many stars including Chris Pratt, Taylor Swift and Robert Downey Jr. getting multiple nominations.

Read below for a list of winners as they’re announced. Winners will be listed in bold, with an asterisk.

MOVIES

Favorite Movie

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
“Furious 7” – WINNER*
“Inside Out”
“Jurassic World”
“Pitch Perfect 2”

Favorite Movie Actor

Channing Tatum – WINNER*
Chris Pratt
Johnny Depp
Robert Downey Jr.
Will Smith

Favorite Movie Actress

Anne Hathaway
Melissa McCarthy
Meryl Streep
Sandra Bullock – WINNER*
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Action Movie

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent”
“Furious 7” - WINNER*
“Jurassic World”
“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

Favorite Action Movie Actor

Chris Hemsworth – WINNER*
Chris Pratt
Dwayne Johnson
Robert Downey Jr.
Vin Diesel

Favorite Action Movie Actress

Charlize Theron
Emily Blunt
Michelle Rodriguez
Scarlett Johansson
Shailene Woodley – WINNER*

Favorite Animated Movie Voice

Adam Sandler
Amy Poehler
Rihanna
Sandra Bullock
Selena Gomez – WINNER*

Favorite Comedic Movie

“The DUFF”
“Pitch Perfect 2” – WINNER*
“Spy”
“Ted 2”
“Trainwreck”

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor

Jack Black
Kevin Hart – WINNER*
Mark Wahlberg
Robert De Niro
Will Ferrell

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress

Amy Schumer
Anna Kendrick
Melissa McCarthy - WINNER*
Rebel Wilson
Sofia Vergara

Favorite Dramatic Movie

“The Age of Adaline”
“Fifty Shades of Grey”
“The Longest Ride”
“The Martian” – WINNER*
“Straight Outta Compton”

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor

Channing Tatum
George Clooney
Johnny Depp – WINNER*
Matt Damon
Will Smith

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress

Blake Lively
Dakota Johnson – WINNER*
Jennifer Lopez
Kate Winslet
Rachel McAdams

Favorite Family Movie

“Cinderella”
“Home”
“Hotel Transylvania 2”
“Inside Out”
“Minions” – WINNER*

Favorite Thriller Movie

“The Boy Next Door”
“Insidious: Chapter 3”
“Poltergeist”
“Taken 3” – WINNER*
“Unfriended”

TV

Favorite TV Show

“The Big Bang Theory” – WINNER*
“Game of Thrones”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“The Voice”
“The Walking Dead”

Favorite Network TV Comedy

“2 Broke Girls”
The Big Bang Theory” – WINNER*
“Mike & Molly”
“Modern Family”
“New Girl”

Favorite Comedic TV Actor

Andy Samberg
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jim Parsons – WINNER*
Johnny Galecki
Matthew Perry

Favorite Comedic TV Actress

Anna Faris
Kaley Cuoco
Melissa McCarthy – WINNER*
Sofía Vergara
Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Network TV Drama

“Empire”
“Gotham”
“Grey’s Anatomy” – WINNER*
“How To Get Away With Murder”
“Scandal”

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor

Jesse Williams
Justin Chambers
Scott Foley
Taylor Kinney – WINNER*
Terrence Howard

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress

Ellen Pompeo – WINNER*
Kerry Washington
Sara Ramirez
Taraji P. Henson
Viola Davis

Favorite Daytime TV Host

Dr. Oz
Ellen DeGeneres – WINNER*
Rachael Ray
Steve Harvey
Wendy Williams

Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team

“Good Morning America”
“Live with Kelly and Michael”
“The Talk” – WINNER*
“Today”
“The View”

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host

Conan O’Brien
James Corden
Jimmy Fallon – WINNER*
Jimmy Kimmel
Stephen Colbert

Favorite Streaming Series

“House of Cards”
“The Mindy Project”
“Orange is the New Black” – WINNER*
“Transparent”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Favorite Animated TV Show

“American Dad!”
“Bob’s Burger”
“Family Guy”
“The Simpsons” – WINNER*
“South Park”

MUSIC

Favorite Male Artist

Ed Sheeran – WINNER*
Justin Bieber
Luke Bryan
Nick Jonas
The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist

Demi Lovato
Lana Del Rey
Madonna
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift – WINNER*

Favorite Group

Fall Out Boy
Fifth Harmony – WINNER*
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction

Favorite Breakout Artist

Fetty Wap
Halsey
Shawn Mendes – WINNER*
Tori Kelly
The Weeknd

Favorite Male Country Artist

Blake Shelton – WINNER*
Brad Paisley
Dierks Bentley
Keith Urban
Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Country Artist

Carrie Underwood – WINNER*
Cassadee Pope
Kacey Musgraves
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire

Favorite Country Group

The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum – WINNER*
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Pop Artist

Demi Lovato
Ed Sheeran
Kelly Clarkson
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift – WINNER*

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj – WINNER*
Wiz Khalifa

Favorite R&B Artist

Chris Brown
Ciara
Janet Jackson
Ne-Yo
The Weeknd – WINNER*

Favorite Album

“American Beauty / American Psycho” by Fall Out Boy
“Beauty Behind the Madness” by The Weeknd
“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” by Drake
“Smoke + Mirrors” by Imagine Dragons
“Title” by Meghan Trainor - WINNER*

Favorite Song

“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber – WINNER*

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Jack Black: 'Turns out being waterboarded really is pretty torturous'


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Best-known as one of cinema's most energetic clowns, Jack Black is now starring in HBO's brazen satire on US foreign policy, 'The Brink'. He tells Jane Mulkerrins about 'nuts' politicians, the joy of socks, and the highs and lows of making the new telly series

Oscars Review: Chris Rock Fights the Power

Oscars Review: Chris Rock Fights the Power

by Amber Dowling @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

After weeks of #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it all came down to a few minutes on stage with host Chris Rock.

For once, the opening monologue highlighted the host’s strengths and allowed him to do what he does best. The comedian addressed Hollywood’s diversity issues by noting that many people asked him to quit the show. He talked about sexism, the lack of opportunities for people of color in the industry, and Hollywood’s brand of “sorority racism.”

The crowd at the 88th annual Academy Awards didn’t seem to know whether to nod politely or applaud.

It was a strong opening that set the tone for a show that’s aware it needs to make changes. The night ended with the propulsive sounds of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” from Spike Lee‘s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.”

Unfortunately the momentum of Rock’s opening was lost by the time the first presenters, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, took the stage, proving once again that pairing random actors to read off a teleprompter isn’t always the best idea.

But the show did have some good ideas. Rather than allowing the winners to ramble on and thank God and their 17 extended cousins, the nominees were all asked to provide a list of who they’d like to thank in advance, so those people could be thanked in a scroll. For the most part, it kept the speeches to a minimum.

But still, some poignant moments were still interrupted, such when the winner for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” was cut off by the music just as she was talking about ending killings in Pakistan.

Still, by the 45-minute mark only three awards had been given out. Thankfully, the show soon settled into a quicker pace.

Some presentations included walk-and-talks that would put “ER” to shame, while unique camera shots captured solo presenters from interesting angles. Animated presenters like Buzz Lightyear and the Minions added a certain pizzazz. But having R2-D2, BB8 and C-3P0 invade the stage was even better, especially for nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay of “Room.”

To make up for a lack of diversity on the ballots, the show aimed for diversity in presenters. Stacey Dash made a surprise, awkward appearance. And then there was Joe Biden, urging Hollywood to take a stand against sexual violence.

Rock made sure his sporadic appearances were memorable, including in a funny Black History skit in which Angela Bassett praised Jack Black. Rock’s best segment was doing interviews on the street outside a movie theatre in Compton. He also spent an uncomfortably long time asking everyone to reach into their “millionaire pockets” to buy Girl Scout cookies.

By the time Dave Grohl took to the stage for the In Memoriam and Lady Gaga graced the stage with a  powerful performance of “Til it Happens to You,” it was clear it would be a long show. The show tried to play Best Director winner Alejandro G. Inarritu off the stage, but he ignored the music to make an impassioned speech about ending racism.

Amid the strong moments, there was plenty of fat that could have been cut. But hey, at least everyone got cookies.

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Jack Black and Richard Linklater talk about the making of "School of Rock" and how they approached studio comedy in a new way.

Jack Black Joins Dwayne Johnson in 'Jumanji' Remake

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Jack Black is the latest addition to the upcoming Jumanji reboot. Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce the news. “IT’S OFFICIAL: An ol’ friend is ready to play in the world of #JUMANJI… JACK (mf’n) BLACK,” Dwayne wrote. “Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I’m confident [...]

Jack Black's 'The Brink' Canceled By HBO After One Season

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Jack Black hams it up while walking the red carpet at the Young Storyteller’s 12th Annual “Biggest Show” event held at the Moss Theatre on Saturday (October 24) in Los Angeles. The event was also attended by Leslie Mann, Judy Greer, and Max Greenfield, among others. The celebs performed screenplays written by fifth graders and [...]

Jack Black Hits UK Shores

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It’s been a long term vision for us to enter the UK market, and we’re excited to showcase our unique flavourful beers highlighting our passion for innovation and South African ingredients. Please see below list of locations where Jack Black Beer is available in the UK: Retail (independent merchants): Henderson Wines ( Atlantic Weiss, Brewers Lager, […]

Watch Die Antwoord’s Short Film Tommy Can’t Sleep, Co-Starring Jack Black

Watch Die Antwoord’s Short Film Tommy Can’t Sleep, Co-Starring Jack Black

by Winston Cook-Wilson @ SPIN

Die Antwoord have released a new short film called "Tommy Can't Sleep," starring Sixteen Jones, group members Yo-Landi Visser and Ninja's daughter, as the titular character, and a nearly-unrecognizable Jack Black as her older self. There's also a guest spot from actress Liz Carey. The Yo-landi-directed film focuses on Lil Tommy, a foul-mouthed…

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ to Give Leonardo DiCaprio Another Bear Beatdown at Box Office

‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ to Give Leonardo DiCaprio Another Bear Beatdown at Box Office

by Todd Cunningham @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Hugh Glass, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character in “The Revenant,” is going to have another run-in with a bear when DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” arrives in theaters Friday.

And just as in the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed Oscar contender, the smart money at the box office is on the bear. “Kung Fu Panda 3” will take in $45 million-plus and knock “The Revenant” out of the top spot, according to the analysts.

Fox, which is distributing both films, would be happy if Po (voiced by Jack Black) and his posse (Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman) can match the $47 million that the last sequel debuted with in May of 2011. Advance sales for “KFP 3” were outpacing both that film and DWA’s last release “Home,” which opened to $52 million last March.

Marlon Wayans‘ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black” and Disney’s sea rescue thriller “The Finest Hours” also open wide this weekend and appear headed in different directions. The “Fifty Shades” send-up from Open Road Films was made for $5 million and is tracking at around $15 million and could go higher. The Chris Pine-Casey Affleck Coast Guard tale cost $80 million to make and is looking at a $10 million first weekend.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” is a co-production of DWA and Shanghai-based Oriental Dreamworks, a consortium of Chinese companies, the first time an animated movie has ever been produced by a Chinese and an American company.

It seems to have worked. “Kung Fu Panda 3” has been well-reviewed and is at 80 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes. Fox has found a good date to roll it out too, since it won’t face any competition for the kiddies until early March, when Disney rolls out “Zootopia.”

“Fifty Shades of Black” represents a major shift for Open Road Films, which has been busy with its Oscar Best Picture contender “Spotlight” for the past few weeks. Don’t be surprised if this one over-performs — it’s Wayans doing what Wayans fans want to see.

The R-rated spoof of the steamy Universal Pictures hit “Fifty Shades of Grey” is directed by Michael Tiddes, and was scripted Wayans and his partner Rick Alvarez. It will be in roughly 2,150 theaters.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is based on the true story of the 1952 Pendleton rescue mission attempt, in which Coast Guard ships labored to save the crews of two oil tanks destroyed in a massive storm.

Eric Bana, Ben Foster, John Ortiz and Holliday Grainger join Pine and Affleck in the thriller, which is directed by Craig Gillespie.

The reviews aren’t strong at 30 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes, and the film’s social media profile isn’t either. It’s in the range of “McFarland, USA,” an inspirational sports saga that debuted to $10 million last February. It will be in roughly 3,000 theaters, a number of them IMAX.

“Jane Got a Gun,” the Western starring Natalie Portman that was originally at Relativity, will open on roughly 550 screens for the Weinstein Company.

Friday’s debut will mark the end of a long and winding road for the film, which is drawn from Jim Duffield’s 2011 BlackList script. It is directed by Gavin O’Connor and co-stars Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor and Noah Emmerich.

At one point, Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper were all set for roles in the film, but they dropped out. Law exited in 2012, when original director Lynne Ramsey exited.

TWC acquired the domestic rights to “Jane Got a Gun” last summer, after its attorney David Bois was able to secure them prior to the Relativity bankruptcy auction. Boies’ law partner Jonathan Schiller is the father of Zach Schiller, a producer on the film.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy': 14 Best Episodes for Show’s 14th Season (Photos)

‘Grey’s Anatomy': 14 Best Episodes for Show’s 14th Season (Photos)

by Ashley Boucher @ TheWrapTheWrap

Well, Grey-Sloan Memorial fans, the long wait is finally (almost) over. Season 14 of ABC’s hit from Shonda Rhimes returns September 28 to head the network’s TGIT lineup. To get ready, we rounded up our 14 favorite episodes.

Season 8 Episode 21: “Moment of Truth”

Biggest moment: April decides to have sex with Jackson

April has toned way down in the most recent seasons of “Grey’s,” but remember back when she was the virgin whose buttons everyone loved to push? That all changed in this episode, when the fifth year residents head out to take their board exams and April and Jackson get it on. It’s fun to watch the very beginning of what will become one of our favorite relationships to watch on the show. April is full of adrenaline after punching a mouthy competitor for a job she’s been offered and Jackson is fresh off a breakup with Lexie.

Season 3 Episode 25: “Didn’t We Almost Have it All?”

Biggest moment: Cristina and Burke’s wedding

This episode marks a major heartbreak for our girl Cristina and also the exit of primary character Dr. Burke. Cristina and Burke have had clear red flags throughout their relationship, but have made it as far as Burke’s mom coming into town to transform Cristina for the wedding (and steal her eyebrows). At the wedding, Cristina realizes she can’t walk down the aisle and has a panic attack. Burke realizes that she would get married for him, but in her heart of hearts she doesn’t really want to. They’re relationship is done, especially when Burke disappears after the botched ceremony.

Season 10 Episode 24: “Fear (Of the Unknown)”

Biggest Moment: Cristina’s last day

This episode really pulled at our heartstrings, as it marks the exit of Meredith’s other half Cristina. As Cristina is preparing for her move to Zurich, an explosion occurs at a local mall, and, of course, she can’t help but to dive in. Cristina gets Meredith to promise not to be a hero–she’s had enough close calls–and they dance it out one last time before she’s gone.

Season 5 Episode 19: “Elevator Love Letter”

Biggest moment: Derek proposes to Mer

We love this moment in Mer and Derek’s on-again, off-again romance, when Derek finally decides to pop the question to Meredith, who is traditionally anti- all things ooey gooey. He goes all out after showing up on Meredith’s door step with a ring and nothing else, totally catering the (second) proposal to Meredith and their relationship by putting up scans of important surgeries they worked on together in the elevator at the hospital–fans of the show will remember plenty of awkward elevator run-ins for the couple. Plus, he delivers this full-on McDreamy line: “You say you’re dark and twisty, but that’s not a weakness, it’s a strength. It makes you who you are. I love you Meredith Grey, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” Swoon.

Season 6 Episode 1: “Good Mourning”

Biggest moment: George dies

This episode gives us one of the most heartbreaking deaths of the entire series: George O’Malley. We know, it’s hard to relive. After saving a girl at a bus stop, George is brain dead and all of his organs are donated to children who are in need. Izzie breaks up at the funeral, and ends up laughing at the absurd twists of fate everyone has experienced, from her cancer to George’s death. Meredith holds in her emotions until it’s time for George’s locker to be cleaned out. The end of the episode delivers a shocker: Seattle Grace will merge with rival hospital Mercy West.

Season 3 Episode 15, 16 and 17: “Walk on Water,” “Drowning on Dry Land” and “Some Kind of Miracle”

Biggest moment: Meredith almost drowns

In Season 3, Meredith is going through some serious depression, and we honestly can’t blame her. She’s been up and down with Derek, dealing with her mom’s Alzheimer’s and disappointment, not to mention helping everyone else navigate their own problems and manage being a resident. So when a tragic ferry crash leads her to the scene by the Puget Sound and she accidentally falls into the water, she doesn’t try to save herself. Luckily, Derek saves her, and after toying with the afterlife, Meredith ends up being ok.

Season 5 Episode 24: “Now or Never”

Biggest moment: Meredith and Derek’s Post-It Note marriage

The Season 5 finale marks a huge moment in Meredith and Derek’s relationship–and also a huge reveal from fan-favorite character George O’Malley. George announced abruptly that he’s joining the army to be a trauma surgeon, to the dismay of Bailey and the others. Meanwhile, Meredith announces to Cristina that she’s getting married. Cristina is surprised, but gives her something old–a grocery list on a Post-It, something new–a new Post-It, something borrowed–her favorite pen, and something blue–all of their attitudes. Later in the day, Mer and McDreamy realize they don’t have time to get married because of surgeries, so they write their vows on the empty Post-It note and call it good. It’s a moment that is so sweet and so indicative of their relationship.

Season 2 Episode 5: “Bring the Pain”

Biggest moment: George operates in an elevator and Meredith’s iconic “Pick me, choose me, love me” line

Who could forget the moment George finally earned some respect–and showed up Karev–when he saved the life of a Seattle Police Officer in the middle of a storm. Oh, not to mention that he, Karev and the patient were stuck in an elevator and Dr. Burke had to talk him through the whole thing. It’s one of our favorite George moments.

Meanwhile, Derek must choose between wife Addison and intern Meredith Grey. Meredith doesn’t want to beg, but does anyway: “Pick me. Choose me. Love me,” she tells Derek. The episode ends with Mer waiting at Joe’s Bar to see if Derek will, in fact, choose her. The scene is iconic and one of our favorite moments from their relationship.

Season 2 Episode 16 and 17: “It’s the End of the World” and “As We Know It”

Biggest moment: The bomb

This was the first of the Grey’s Anatomy disaster episodes, and let us know pretty early on in the series that anything can–and will–happen at Seattle Grace. In this iconic episode, Meredith ends up taking the place of a young paramedic whose hand is stuck in the body cavity of man who got his homemade grenade stuck in there–we know, it’s crazy. Also, Kyle Chandler guest stars in this episode, and who can get enough of Kyle Chandler?

Meanwhile, Dr. Bailey is in labor while her husband is in surgery after a car crash, and it’s up to George to get her to agree to have the baby before he’s out of surgery, or else risk the baby’s health.

Season 6 Episode 23 and 24: “Sanctuary” and “Death and All His Friends”

Biggest moment: An active shooter infiltrates Seattle Grace

Another twofer and another well-recognized storyline from the series.  Meredith learns she’s pregnant, only to miscarry hours later after the angry husband of a patient who died comes back to the hospital to get his revenge. Clark, the vengeful shooter, shoots Derek, and he needs surgery right away. As Cristina operates on Derek, Clark finds them in the OR and threatens Cristina, because he blames Derek for his wife’s death. Meredith–in typical Meredith fashion–begs for Clark to shoot her instead. Owen tries to get the gun from Clark and ends up getting shot, too. Clark ends up taking his own life.

Season 8 Episode 24: “Flight”

Biggest moment: Plane crash

This episode might be Grey’s Anatomy’s most recognized (it’s a toss up between this one and the bomb episode, also on this list). It’s definitely one of the most heart-wrenching, as several main characters are either seriously injured or killed-off, like fan-favorite Lexie, who is Meredith’s half-sister and Mark Sloan’s love interest. Watching his heart break while she died caused our hearts to break, too.

Okay, so you actually got more than 14 episodes thanks to plenty of two-and three-part episodes featured on this list. We know there are plenty more amazing episodes, but we just couldn’t include them all. Now get out of here to binge as much as you can before the premiere of Season 14 Thursday, September 28, on ABC.

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Jack Black Death Hoax Tied to Twitter Hack

Jack Black Death Hoax Tied to Twitter Hack

by Lawrence Yee @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Jack Black is not dead.

Rumors of the actor-musician’s death circulated on Sunday after the news was posted on his band Tenacious D’s official Twitter account.

The tweet, which went up early Sunday, read, “I’m sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother.”

It was then removed and replaced with one that read, “WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick “prank”.”

Hacker @ruthless reportedly took responsibility for the fake posting. His account has since been suspended by Twitter.

According to the BBC, Black has been a victim of death hoaxes before. In 2012, a report circulated that the “Kung Fu Panda” actor fell off a cliff in New Zealand. In 2014, word spread that Black had died of a stroke.

His next big project is a “Jumanji” reboot, slated for 2017.

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by Just Jared @ Just Jared» Jack Black

Jack Black made a lot of kids happy today! The 47-year-old School of Rock actor volunteered at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Thursday (March 16) to support Make March Matter, a month-long campaign that encourages local businesses to fight for children’s health. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jack Black Jack spent lots of [...]

Kate Hudson & Jack Black Premiere 'Kung Fu Panda 3' in London!

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Kate Hudson and Jack Black pose for a photo with Po at the Kung Fu Panda 3 premiere held at Odeon Leicester Square on Sunday (March 6) in London, England. The 36-year-old actress and 46-year-old actor were joined at the premiere by lots of guests, including boy band The Vamps! Kate posted a video to [...]

Justin Theroux & Jason Bateman Hold Hands at Charity Ping Pong Tournament!

by Just Jared @ Just Jared» Jack Black

Jason Bateman hilariously gazes at his bestie Justin Theroux as they hold hands on the blue carpet at Clayton Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose Celebrity Tournament held on Thursday evening (July 27) at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The 48-year-old actor and the 45-year-old Leftovers star were joined by Casey Affleck, Jack Black, The Bachelor‘s [...]

Kate Hudson Does Her Best Adele Impression During Dubsmash With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

Kate Hudson Does Her Best Adele Impression During Dubsmash With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Kate Hudson did her best Adele impression on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night.

The actress lip synced to “Hello” after the late-night host introduced her to Dubsmash, which is a popular app that lets you record yourself lip syncing to thousands of different songs, quotes and noises.

Hudson also moved her lips to the famous “Ricola” commercial jingle, while Fallon relived Oprah’s Winfrey’s famous car giveaway.

For their grand finale, the duo lip synced to Baha Men’s 2000 hit “Who Let The Dogs Out.”

Hudson voiced Mei Mei in the upcoming “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which is hitting theater this Friday. The film also features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and Bryan Cranston.

Watch the video above.

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Jack Black and Nick Jonas stand over an alligator while attending a press event for their film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Sunday (June 18) in Barcelona, Spain. The two guys co-star together in the new film alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. After they were done with promo for the day, [...]

FALSE: Jack Black Dead

FALSE: Jack Black Dead


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A rumor circulated that Jack Black had suddenly died in June 2016 after the actor's Twitter account was hacked.

Slash + Tenacious D's Jack Black Rock L.A. Zoo's Beastly Ball

Slash + Tenacious D's Jack Black Rock L.A. Zoo's Beastly Ball


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18 Stars Who Went to Comic-Con in Disguise, From Ben Affleck to Lupita Nyong’o (Photos)

18 Stars Who Went to Comic-Con in Disguise, From Ben Affleck to Lupita Nyong’o (Photos)

by Thom Geier @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Peter Jackson have avoided the mad crush by going incognito at the San Diego Comic-Con fan event

In 2011, Esquire magazine writer Chris Jones accompanied Justin Timberlake at Comic-Con dressed as beloved “Sesame Street” duo Bert and Ernie.

While attending 2011’s Comic-Con to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield pulled a double-fake by dressing as… Spider-Man

Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith put on a Bart Simpson mask to walk the floor at the 2013 event.

“Batman” star Ben Affleck avoided all the Batman rumors by waling around the convention floor in a Sesame Street shirt and a hideous green mask.

Bryan Cranston surprised his co-stars at a “Breaking Bad” panel in 2013 with a creepily realistic Walter White mask.

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe left his invisibility cloak at home and donned a Spider-Man costume to attend the 2014 Comic-Con.

Jack Black walked the floor of the 2014 event wearing a Stormtrooper mask but admitted that he didn’t fool many people. “Everybody’s just like, ‘Jack Black, you in there?'” he told MTV News. “And I’m like ‘No, it’s not me. I don’t know what you’re talking about.'”

In 2014, “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson posted pics of himself on Facebook strolling through San Diego as an evil jester.

Samuel L. Jackson mysteriously tweeted this bemasked shot of himself with his castmates from “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in 2014.

Simon Pegg put a Star Wars mask on top of his “Shaun of the Dead” outfit for the 2014 Comic-Con.

“Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams went all out for the 2014 convention, putting on both a Spider-Man mask as well as a Guy Fawkes disguise.

According to science blogger Phil Plait, “Mythbusters” host Adam Savage built this elaborate costume for the 2014 event.

Former “Hills” star Audrina Patridge went blue as the X-Men character Mystique at the 2014 event.

Marvel star Mark Ruffalo pulled on this creepy mask to wander Comic-Con in 2015.

Josh Hutcherson even surprised his “Hunger Games” co-star Jennifer Lawrence with this old-man mask at the 2015 Comic-Con.

While there were plenty of fans who dressed as Jared Leto‘s green-haired Joker at the 2015 Comic-Con, the “Suicide Squad” star himself went undercover in a baboon mask. “He had no idea. :)” the star wrote in his Instagram caption.

Big-screen Superman Henry Cavill put on a Guy Fawkes mask and walked the convention floor in 2016 — and even fooled Will Smith and other stars of DC Comics’ “Suicide Squad.”

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart Discover Their Weaknesses in New ‘Jumanji’ Trailer (Video)

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart Discover Their Weaknesses in New ‘Jumanji’ Trailer (Video)

by Beatrice Verhoeven @ TheWrapJack Black – TheWrap

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart play a dangerous game in the new trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The reboot’s second trailer reveals new footage of the upcoming film, where four misbehaving students are transported into a video game. There, they take on alter-ego avatars, played by Johnson, Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black — and some are in for a surprise.

“Weakness: none?” Johnson’s character says in surprise as he looks at his character stats.

“Weakness: cake,” Hart’s character discovers — and his obsession with cake gets him into trouble later, the trailer reveals.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, the screenplay was written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner with a story by Chris McKenna, based on the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg. Matt Tolmach and William Teitler are producers.

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Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale and Alex Wolff also star.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” opens Dec. 20.

Watch the trailer above.

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Goatwhore's Ben Falgoust Talks Influence of 'Paradise Lost' Poem on 'Vengeful Ascension,' Band's 20th Anniversary + More [Interview]

Goatwhore's Ben Falgoust Talks Influence of 'Paradise Lost' Poem on 'Vengeful Ascension,' Band's 20th Anniversary + More [Interview]

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