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Movie Review: The House with a Clock in its Wall Michelle’s Take!

The problem with Jack Black’s latest film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is how derivative and unimaginative it is. It’s a blatant rip off of several recent and upcoming R.L. Stine movie adaptations. It tries really hard to distinguish itself but it doesn’t and Black’s constant winking at the camera doesn’t help matters. Beyond the really long and weird name, this is a movie that wants to be creepy, but can’t go all out because at the end of the day it is a kid’s horror film; so it settles for being weird.

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The House with a Clock in its Walls – Little Kid Scary; Family Fun!

The House with a Clock in its Walls – (L-R) Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) and Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett, right) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Eli Roth dials his horror instincts down a few notches to direct The House with a Clock in its Walls – a family comedy-horror tale that’s much more comedy than horror.

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Can you Hear The Ticking Trailer: The House With a Clock In Its Walls!

When ten-year old Lewis goes to live with his uncle in a creepy old house, he learns that there’s a clock within its walls and a creepy thing that’s ‘completely safe… when it’s fed.’

Even worse, the town itself has dark secrets that Lewis accidentally provokes.

The House With a Clock In Its Walls is based on the classic children’s tale by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey.

The House With a Clock In Its Walls opens on September 21st.

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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!

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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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