September 03, 2015

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KUNG FU PANDA 3 First Trailer

The star-studded cast returns to this franchise with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross; joined by newcomers Bryan Cranston, Rebel Wilson, and J.K. Simmons.
KUNG FU PANDA 3 hits theaters everywhere on JANUARY 29, 2016!
Check out the first trailer and get ready for the hilarious adventure to continue in 2016!

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible, learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
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Jack Black to perform at the Oscars®

The versatile actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron.
Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass. Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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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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