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December 11, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
After signing on to play the title character of his black comedy "Bernie," Jack Black wanted to meet the real-life Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede and ask a few questions as well as win approval of sorts for the project. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Black talks about the two hours he spent with Tiede in the maximum-security Texas prison where he lives. "We thought it was important to get his blessing," Black said. "When you're telling someone's life story or a part of his life story, it feels like an important part of the process.
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February 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
If you've raised kids in the last 15 years or so, you've probably taken a trip or two into the scary (but not overwhelmingly so) mind of the writer R.L. Stine. Stine's “Goosebumps” series is a collection of ghost and horror stories for young children. Since Stine published the first “Goosebumps” in 1992, it's become the first book series many parents purchase for their kids. Now “Goosebumps” is set for the silver screen, with Jack Black starring and a March 2016 release date.
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December 11, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Jack Black might not have starred in "Bernie" had he and filmmaker Richard Linklater and writer Mike White been able to "crack the code" on a sequel to their well-liked comedy "School of Rock. " In this excerpt from The Envelope Screening Series, Black talks about how he didn't want to mess with the legacy of "School of Rock," which he calls his "tombstone movie. " But after failing to come up with a great idea for a follow-up, Linklater showed Black the script for "Bernie," based on a true story about a well-liked East Texas mortician who forms an unlikely friendship with a grumpy widow.  "I read it and I said, 'Oh. This is nothing like "School of Rock.
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January 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Comedic actor Jack Black and his Electric Dynamite production company have acquired the rights to remake "Wizard's Way," a low-budget British movie about two nerds obsessed with an aging online fantasy video game. Black will also serve as an executive producer on the original "Wizard's Way," which is written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams and Chris Killen and makes its North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this weekend. In many ways, "Wizard's Way" calls to mind the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong.
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November 28, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Producer Scott Rudin set up Jack Black and Richard Linklater nearly a decade ago for "School of Rock," with Rudin persuading the indie filmmaker to tackle the commercial comedy. Black and Linklater reunited this year for "Bernie," a disquieting, dark comedy chronicling the true story of the relationship between a crabby East Texas widow and the affable assistant mortician who became her only friend and, in one dark moment, her killer. "Bernie" found an appreciative audience in theaters this spring, and its backers hope to keep the momentum rolling into awards season, touting Black's subtle and touching turn as the title character.
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April 8, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Comedic actor Jack Black and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber could soon have a bond. The seven-time Tony winner said he'd like to bring Black's comedy "School of Rock" to the stage. Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio that he was “very excited” about recently acquiring the rights to the 2003 film, which starred Black as a cash-strapped musician-turned-teacher who transforms a prep school class into a rock band. "There may be songs for me in it,” he said of the potential score, “but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands.
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October 3, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
In recent weeks, David Letterman has grown increasingly vocal about his desire to have Mitt Romney on his show before election day. Last month the host took to the airwaves to insist that he does not hate the Republican nominee , and that in fact he'd welcome Romney and his wife, Ann, on “The Late Show” anytime they'd like. Letterman has continued to ratchet up the pressure: Last week he half-jokingly told viewers not to vote for Romney until he visited the show, and on Tuesday night, the host even conducted a mock interview with “Mitt Romney” --  otherwise known as Jack Black - to prove just how pleasant a “Late Show” appearance would be. Black  took to the stage dressed in a pair of high-waisted dad jeans and a pastel button-down - the unofficial presidential candidate version of leisure wear.
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October 2, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Yes, really. Black, who recently reunited with “School of Rock” director Richard Linklater for the rural Texas black comedy “Bernie,” said he's attached to a third collaboration with the Austin auteur. The subject? Spares and strikes. "It's about a guy who gives up everything to be a professional bowler," Black told The Times at an award-season event here for “Bernie.” Even more juicily, the new project could center on a well-known colorful ball-thrower - the polarizing PBA champion Pete Weber.
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September 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Call it a live-action "Scooby Doo" for the Funny or Die crowd.  "Ghost Ghirls," a scripted Web series produced by Jack Black, will debut next week on Yahoo Screen with 12 episodes, each with a length of around 10 to 12 minutes. The show, created by Maria Blasucci, Amanda Lund and "Drunk History" director Jeremy Konner, follows two paranormal investigators as they try to solve supernatural mysteries. The episodes will be unveiled Sept. 9 through the Yahoo Inc. video website. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Black said distributing the series through Yahoo made sense because it gave the creators more control over the process than they might have had at a traditional outlet, and consumers are increasingly watching programming over the Web and through mobile devices and tablets.
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December 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Chances are that if Jack Black got serious for a moment, he could sing a lulu of a version of “To Sir, With Love,” pop culture's ultimate three-minute valentine to the teaching profession. But if not for drama teacher Debbie Devine, it's far from certain that Black would have become a comic actor and musical humorist who has audiences keen to watch and listen. Devine has been a highly-regarded teacher, director and producer on the L.A. children's theater scene since the 1970s.
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December 28, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Jack Black is sitting on a ratty basement couch in his underwear. His fleshy belly spills over the elastic band, and he's emanating a profoundly foul odor. Performance artist Jibz Cameron, a.k.a. Dynasty Handbag, sits beside Black, relishing in the stink. In this superhero spoof, recently screened at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Black plays uber-villain Unidentifiable Odor. Cameron is his dour sidekick, Buzz Kill. Like cranky kids, they sit slumped over with scowls across their faces, plotting ways to ruin a perfectly good dinner date that is unfolding at a nearby restaurant.
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December 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Chances are that if Jack Black got serious for a moment, he could sing a lulu of a version of “To Sir, With Love,” pop culture's ultimate three-minute valentine to the teaching profession. But if not for drama teacher Debbie Devine, it's far from certain that Black would have become a comic actor and musical humorist who has audiences keen to watch and listen. Devine has been a highly-regarded teacher, director and producer on the L.A. children's theater scene since the 1970s.
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November 28, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Ghost Ghirls" (Yahoo Screen, always) . Executive producer Jack Black is the muscle attached to this light and delightful Web comedy , created by Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci and Jeremy Konner (from "Drunk History"), about a pair of scattered, self-involved, childish, competitive ghost hunters/whisperers/busters -- best friends since childhood, when they shared a "lemonade and talk to your dead relatives" stand. Lund, as Heidi, is the more glamorous one; Blasucci, as Angelica, the less glamorous one. ("You're being so dramatic," Heidi tells Angelica at one point, "which makes me very upset because normally I'm the one who's dramatic.
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November 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
By the beard of Zeus! The main cast of the 2004 film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” took to the stage in Santa Monica on Thursday night for a reading of the screenplay as a benefit to the tutoring and literacy organization 826LA. Presented by Judd Apatow and Adam McKay, respectively producer and director of the original and the upcoming sequel, the evening was hosted by Conan O'Brien. “826 is a great place that's supporting young kids, with free tutoring and it helps kids learn how to write,” said Apatow during a reception before the show.
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September 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Call it a live-action "Scooby Doo" for the Funny or Die crowd.  "Ghost Ghirls," a scripted Web series produced by Jack Black, will debut next week on Yahoo Screen with 12 episodes, each with a length of around 10 to 12 minutes. The show, created by Maria Blasucci, Amanda Lund and "Drunk History" director Jeremy Konner, follows two paranormal investigators as they try to solve supernatural mysteries. The episodes will be unveiled Sept. 9 through the Yahoo Inc. video website. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview Black said distributing the series through Yahoo made sense because it gave the creators more control over the process than they might have had at a traditional outlet, and consumers are increasingly watching programming over the Web and through mobile devices and tablets.
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April 8, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Comedic actor Jack Black and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber could soon have a bond. The seven-time Tony winner said he'd like to bring Black's comedy "School of Rock" to the stage. Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio that he was “very excited” about recently acquiring the rights to the 2003 film, which starred Black as a cash-strapped musician-turned-teacher who transforms a prep school class into a rock band. "There may be songs for me in it,” he said of the potential score, “but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Comedic actor Jack Black and his Electric Dynamite production company have acquired the rights to remake "Wizard's Way," a low-budget British movie about two nerds obsessed with an aging online fantasy video game. Black will also serve as an executive producer on the original "Wizard's Way," which is written and directed by Joe Stretch, Socrates Adams and Chris Killen and makes its North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this weekend. In many ways, "Wizard's Way" calls to mind the 2007 documentary "The King of Kong.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
If you've raised kids in the last 15 years or so, you've probably taken a trip or two into the scary (but not overwhelmingly so) mind of the writer R.L. Stine. Stine's “Goosebumps” series is a collection of ghost and horror stories for young children. Since Stine published the first “Goosebumps” in 1992, it's become the first book series many parents purchase for their kids. Now “Goosebumps” is set for the silver screen, with Jack Black starring and a March 2016 release date.
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April 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
What if a disaster-movie sendup bred with a potty-mouthed Seth Rogen comedy  and a James Franco-playing-James Franco Sundance-y experiment? The answer would be Sony's "This Is The End," to the question you may well not have asked. In the don't-call-it-a-"Pineapple-Express"-sequel from Rogen and creative partner Evan Goldberg, the apocalypse arrives during a party attended by a lot of famous young actors. That allows them to say and do the outrageous things as themselves, or at least as themselves under air quotes.
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March 17, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
As emcee for the REDCAT Gala on Saturday, Jack Black said he had always hoped his debut at the multidisciplinary theater would include a performance of his “special post, post-modern interpretive dance,” complete with a “big dynamic gymnastic finale.” He pointed out, however, that instead of the usual stage at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, the venue that night had tables filling the room wall to wall. “I know that CalArts and REDCAT encourage artists to take risks,” Black said, “but I don't think that injuring the gala patrons is what they had in mind.” For those wondering how the star of “Bernie,” “School of Rock” and “Kung Fu Panda” came to host the gala, Black said he married into the CalArts family.
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