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Sucked Into a Video Game Trailer: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle!

(l to r) Kevin Hart (Franklin “Moose” Finbar), Dwayne Johnson (Dr. Smolder Bravestone), Karen Gillan (Ruby Roundhouse) and Jack Black (Professor Shelly Oberon)

The new take on Jumanji – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – ages up the kids who are about to play the game of their lives – they’re now teens in high school forced together by detention (shades of The Breakfast Club!).

When they are given the task of cleaning out the school’s basement, they stumble onto an old video game called Jumanji and get sucked into it as the avatars they’d chosen to play – but the avatars are not exactly what they thought they’d be (above)…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens on December 20th.

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Goosebumps – Inspired Silliness!

Jack Black, left, and Dylan Minnette star in Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps."
Jack Black, left, and Dylan Minnette star in Columbia Pictures’ “Goosebumps.”

Goosebumps plays on the conceit that the monsters in R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps actually exist and are kept trapped in the pages of those books. Thus, when one is unlocked and opened, the monster escapes.

It’s a simple, incredibly silly premise – but those are often the best kind (Monster Squad, anyone?)

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Jack Black and Richard Curtis Chat Red Nose Day U.S. Star-Studded Event

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Over the past 30 years Red Nose Day has been the #1 television fundraising event in the U.K. raising money and awareness for children in need. Thursday May 21st at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC in a star-studded three-hour event it’s crossing the pond to take over America!

Recently I sat down with funny man Jack Black to discuss his involvement with the Red Nose Day event and what he learned through his trip to Uganda where he experienced first hand the dire conditions many families are struggling to survive in. Along with Jack we spoke with Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones Diary,” “Notting Hill”) who created Red Nose Day back in 1985 to shed light on the devastating effects poverty has on children and their families and hopefully lead the way to make a positive change.

Full interview after the jump!

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Crazy Trailer: Harmontown!

Harmontown

Remember Dan Harmon, creator of NBC’s Community (now on Yahoo), was fired from his own show? Well, after being canned, he took a bit of time to take his disappointment, rage, cynicism and ironic wit on the road. The result is the odd documentary Harmontown.

Check out the first trailer for Harmontown after the jump. Harmontown will open in L.A. on October 3rd and be available on VOD on October 10th.

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First Look: Scary Stuff From Goosebumps!

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Remember the Goosebumps TV series? Aimed at kids but smart enough for adults? Yeah, that’s the one.

It’s getting a movie that uses the author (played by Jack Black) as the entryway into story. It seems that R.L. Stine  wrote about real monsters and keeps them from his readers by trapping them in his books. Odeya Rush plays his daughter, Hannah, and Dylan Minnette plays Zach Cooper – who accidentally sets the monsters free. Now the three of them have to recapture the monsters!

Check out four more photos and the official synopsis of the film after the jump. Goosebumps will premiere on August 7, 2015.

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Jack Black Talks with Michelle (and some others) About Bernie, His Acting Techniques and More!

Jack Black at Bernie NY Press Day
Jack Black at Bernie NY Press Day - Photo Credit: Michelle Alexandria

In Bernie, Jack Black plays a likable mortician in a small Texas town who kills his companion (Played by Shirley MacLaine).  This movie features one of Jack Black’s best performances and is one of the weirdest (in a good way) movies about Small Town America.   Matthew McConaughey is fantastic as the town’s DA who prosecutes Bernie.  I sat down with Jack for the NY Press Day. It went a little something like this….

Part 1


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Kung Fu Panda 2 – The Dragon Warrior Seeks His Past To Save China [And Kung Fu]!

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Sequels have been a fact in the movies since, well, the movies began. They are hard to pull because they have to be creative without losing the essence of the original – and usually, they fail. Happily, Kung Fu Panda 2 comes close to approximating the mix of action, humor and heart that made its predecessor such an entertaining experience.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Year One is a Level 0

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If there was a comedy that has biblical proportions for the 21st Century, Year One would not make the cut even in the 1st Century. If we really wanted to "Meet Our Ancestors" as the movie’s tagline suggested, I highly doubt that the human race would survive and thrive. The movie follows Zed (Jack Black), a villager who is a lazy hunter who spears his fellow man rather than a warthog for food. He tries to win the heart of his dream lover Maya who is outside of his league in more ways than one.

 

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