April 23, 2014

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Jack Black, Michael Winterbottom comedy “Bailout” goes to Sony

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jack Black could use a hit — one where we see him, and not just hear him (as we do in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise). “The Big Year” wasn’t a big hit. “Bernie” went unseen. “Gulliver’s Travels” should have gone unseen.
Teaming up with Michael Winterbottom, however, could be just what the doctor ordered for Black, who’ll appear in the director’s upcoming comedy “Bailout,” which was just acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide, THR reports.
Winterbottom’s film adapts Jess Walter’s novel “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” about a 99-percenter who hits rock bottom – broke, unemployed, cheating wife and so on – who must go to extremes to get his life back on track. Shooting on the comedy begins January 2012, with additional cast members announced shortly.
“We’re delighted to partner with Sony on this film,” said Ealing Metro head Will Machin. “They share our enthusiasm for the project and our excitement at the pairing of Michael and Jack in this smart commercial comedy.”
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Scotty McCreery opens up about “Idol,” Jack Black and his favorite celebrity mentor

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery sat down for a lengthy interview with the Charlotte Observer, the largest paper in his home state of North Carolina, where he talked about a side range of topics including his alleged “snub” of Jack Black during the “Idol” finale, his opinion of the choreographed group-sing routines, his troubles during Hollywood week, and his relationship with the “Idol” judges and mentor Jimmy Iovine.
If you are a McCreey fan, or are just interested in the behind-the-scenes tricks of season 10, it is an interesting read (view it here).
When it comes to McCreery’s unintentional snub of comedian Black, Scotty admits he never saw the Hollywood star on the stage and that the excitement of the moment got the better of him.
“If I had, I would have given him a hug,” Scotty said. “It’s Jack Black!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYKQICMS8ng
McCreery calls Iovine “a good guy” and described Aerosmith frontman as being “like a grandparent” to the contestants (ouch!) As for his favorite celebrity mentor, McCreery said it was will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.
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Jack Black boards “Bailout” comedy from Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The comedy stylings of Jack Black and Michael Winterbottom don’t appear to gel. But then again, comedy (like politics) leads to strange bedfellows, so maybe a collaboration between the two will be something inspired.
While in Cannes to help promote “Kung Fu Panda 2,” Black revealed that he’ll star in WInterbottom’s “Bailout,” the story of a man trying his best to come back from financial devastation. THR notes that the comedy, which will begin filming in August, is based on Jess Walter’s novel, “The Financial Lives of The Poets.”
Winterbottom told the trade that Walter’s script manages the “rare feat of being funny and true at the same time.”
In the meantime, Black returns to “Panda” to voice warrior bear Po in the anticipated sequel. It will be in theaters on May 27.
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“Kung Fu Panda” babies and Mother’s Day wishes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re learning more details about the story driving “Kung Fu Panda 2,” the sequel to Paramount and Dreamworks’ 2008 hit which took in more than $630 million dollars at the global box office.
It’s long been rumored that the story would find Po the Panda (Jack Black) exploring his roots, and this new photo of bay Po – pictured above – seems to back that fact up. In addition to learning where Po came from, IMDB declares that the dragon warrior will have to tackle an old enemy who possesses a deadly new weapon.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs the sequel, which features returning stars Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong. Newcomers to the franchise include Gary Oldman (as Lord Shen) and Jean-Claude Van Damme (as Master Croc).
And now, Paramount wants you to send a virtual Mother’s Day card to your mom using Baby Po as the messenger. To send an e-card, visit www.KungFuPanda.com. And look out for the movie, which opens everywhere on May 26.

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Kung Fu Panda MACY’S balloon taking nationwide tour

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: DreamWorks Animation and Macy’s announced that Po, the karate-chopping panda bear voiced by Jack Black, will embark on the first-ever U.S. tour of an official Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
The tour starts today, April 15, and will visit six cities as it leads up the opening of “Kung Fu Panda 2” over Memorial Day weekend.
From the release:
Po is scheduled to visit the following cities: Miami, FL on April 16th; St. Louis, MO on April 22nd; Dallas, TX on April 30th; Chicago, IL on May 6th; Phoenix, AZ on May 14th; and Los Angeles, CA on Memorial Day weekend.
At 42-feet tall, 46-feet long and 34-feet wide, the Po balloon is truly larger-than-life and is posed in one of Po’s signature martial arts moves from the DreamWorks Animation feature film. Po’s appearance in each city will coincide with a day of family-friendly festivities, all open to the public, which will include an opportunity to take a picture with Po, as well as see an official KUNG FU PANDA martial arts presentation. The day will also feature coloring, airbrush tattoos and face painting stations, as well as special prize giveaways.
“We are thrilled to join forces once again with our friends at Macy’s, who have done an incredible job of bringing our character of Po to life as a giant balloon for audiences to enjoy at the annual Macy’s parade and now in cities across the country,” said Anne Globe, head of Worldwide Marketing for DreamWorks Animation. “This first-ever premiere event is an exciting way to help kick off the summer movie season.”
“Kung Fu Panda 2” features the voice talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride, Victor Garber, Dennis Heysbert and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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Jack Black helps name actual “Kung Fu Panda”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Does this make Jack Black a daddy?
The comedian-rocker was present when officials at Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation SKG revealed that the only giant panda cub born in the U.S. last year would bear the recognizable name of Po.
The name, of course, is a tribute to the lead character Black voices in “Kung Fu Panda” and its upcoming sequel. The announcement was made this morning by representatives from Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation, the official sponsor of the 100 Day Giant Panda Cub Celebration and the naming of Po.
“Today’s announcement is the beginning of an amazing alliance between Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation. Our organizations share a commitment to giant panda conservation, particularly at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta. “We are proud and honored to share this moment with Jack Black, who has already helped to bring the importance of saving this species to a new generation of conservationists.”
Born to Lun Lun on Nov. 3, 2010, the 3-month-old now known as Po is already proving to be a great ambassador. Followed by thousands of fans on the PandaCam, the cub is expected to make his public debut in late March or early April.
View the PandaCam at zooatlanta.org. And be sure to check out “Kung Fu Panda 2” when it opens everywhere on May 27.

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Jack Black, Jason Segel offer “Peace On Earth” to fans via iTunes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Comedians Jack Black and Jason Segel, “Gulliver’s Travels” co-stars and talented musicians in their own right, have come up with an original spin on the holiday staple “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy 2010,” and want you to hear it.
Black and Segel admit to being influenced by the David Bowie/Bing Crosby collaboration from 1977 classic. And in the spirit of the holidays, the pair are donating the U.S. proceeds from the sale of “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy 2010″ to Blue Star Families (www.bluestarfam.org).
From a release:
“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy 2010″ will be sold exclusively on iTunes beginning Tuesday December 7. Additionally, a 2-D animated video for “Little Drummer Boy” will premiere on CollegeHumor.com that same day.
“This old chestnut was dying to be rockified … enjoy,” explained Black on his choice of song.
Blue Star Families is a nonprofit organization created by real military families, acting as the bridge between the military community, the shapers of policy affecting military life, and the nation. The American military is the most diverse in the world and our members are equally diverse, including military spouses, parents, and families from all branches of service, including the National Guard and reserves. Blue Star Families seeks to connect, support and empower military families by offering solutions that make military family life more sustainable.
“BSF is extremely grateful for this gift,” said Mark D. Smith, the executive director of Blue Star Families.
“This gesture serves as wonderful example of the strong support our military families enjoy for all their sacrifices from the civilian community across the country. We would like to especially thank Jack Black and Jason Segel for their generosity.”
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“Glee” star Jane Lynch to “Muppet” movie? Not so fast!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sue Sylvester might not be shouting down Fozzie’s jokes or whipping Miss Piggy into shape.
That’s because “Glee” superstar Jane Lynch has denied the rumors that she’ll participate in the Muppet movie, currently in production at Walt Disney Pictures.
“I’m not doing the Muppets movie. They haven’t asked me,” Lynch told THR, later adding, “I would do it if they asked me.”
So there’s time to work something out. But for now, Lynch will not be joining “Muppets” star Jason Segel and his puppet pals. However, even without Lynch, the movie has star power. According to reports, Paul Rudd will voice a new Muppet character named Walter. Segel will star alongside Amy Adams. Danny Trejo and Donald Glover (“Community”) will cameo. And many, many stars are rumored to appear, including Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis.
And that’s not even counting Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo and the gang.
“The Muppets” will return to theaters in 2011.
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Miranda Cosgrove on Jack Black, hot messes and ‘iCarly’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Miranda Cosgrove plays a hot mess of a young star in the Nov. 16 episode of “The Good Wife,” a character who “ends up getting into a car accident one night when she’s drunk and can’t remember what happened,” reports the 17-year-old real-life star of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.” “She thinks it’s just going to be a DUI, but it ends up being attempted murder.”
Cosgrove answers carefully when asked whether the problem girl was modeled after anyone we know. “I didn’t play her thinking of any one person,” she says. “Of course I’ve heard stories and stuff. I really just read the script.”
Cosgrove’s foray into network drama comes the day before her Nov. 17 special double episode of “iCarly” — “iStart A Fan War” – in which her “School of Rock” castmate, Jack Black, comes aboard as guest star. In the Comic Con-inspired episode, Cosgrove’s series brother, Jerry Trainor, and Black’s character are arch rival gamers.
“Everybody was really excited to get to work with him,” she says. “Jerry Trainor reminds me of Jack Black — they’re both so funny — and it was really cool to see them work together. I loved seeing them sing a song in the episode. They both dress up as their favorite characters in this World of Warlords game.”
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This Week In Movies – “Megamind,” “Due Date,” “For Colored Girls”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third time this year Dreamworks Animation has scored strongly at the boxoffice in their continuing challenge to Disney and Pixar to top the ‘toon parade. “Megamind,” a really funny twist on the superhero genre featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey , Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill scored an estimated $47.7 million to lead all comers, following in the footsteps of DWA’s early 2010 hits, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After” which between them have earned over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. One of the distinguishing secrets to the success of the Dreamworks formula, if there is one has been in the voice casting of their animated movies. Using comedians in key roles has provided those stars with film vehicles for some of their best work. It’s a conversation I had with DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg recently in which we both said it’s interesting that stars like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld. Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and others have had some of their biggest box office and critical success going the ‘toon route. I told him I thought Will Farrell’s work as the inept villain-turned-hero, “Megamind” was the best thing I have ever seen him do in movies to date and Katzenberg agreed there is something about the animation process that frees these great comedy talents to really let loose and deliver. I caught up with Katzenberg at DWA’s DVD release party for “How To Train Your Dragon” where he also mentioned that the company is now beginning work on a sequel and has a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” coming in 2011. A sequel to “Megamind” would also seem to be a no-brainer if it continues to perform at the boxoffice this holiday season and its A- Cinemascore rating bodes well for that happening even with intense upcoming competition from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1″ and Disney’s Thanksgiving ‘toon release, “Tangled.”

Sunday morning I also got the opportunity to moderate a Q&A at the DGA with Zack Snyder, the director of another of the Fall’s animated entries, “Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole,” a stirring beautifully made 3D adventure based on a series of well-known children’s books. Snyder who made his first foray into animation with the picture [...]

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