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Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians

June 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians
We recently gave you the 10 worst actors turned musicians, but it’s worth mentioning there are plenty of actors and actresses who were able to translate their talents to music as well - and vice versa for musicians breaking into the acting business. In no particular order, here are 22 of the Best Actor-Musicians.

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson was introduced to the public through American Idol, where she is still considers one of the best contestants to have ever auditioned. Despite that, the american public voted her off the show and she came in seventh place. Since then, she has won an Academ...
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Get Shorty: Hollywood's 15 Shortest Actors

April 24th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Verne Troyer
Stars come in all shapes and sizes, and these actors prove your height doesn't decide your talent. Here are 15 of Hollywood's shortest actors.

Verne Troyer, 2'8". Verne got his start as a stuntman (he did stunts for an infant in Baby's Day Out), but is widely known as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series.

Peter Dinklage, 4'5". Dinklage is now well known for his work on the series Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister. When asked if he should be the "spokesman for little people," he said, "I don't know what I would say. Everyone's different. Every person my size has a different life, a di...
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Jack Black In Talks To Star In 'Goosebumps' Movie?

September 16th, 2013 10:53am EDT
Jack Black
Master thespian Jack Black is close to signing up for a movie adaptation of Goosebumps.

The 44 year-old actor could be joining the spooky film, which is based on R. L. Stine's best-selling horror books aimed at children, reports The Wrap.

The Bernie star would play an author, akin to Stine, whose creepy characters leap off the page and come to life, forcing him to hide from his own creations.

The movie would reunite the actor with his Shark Tale and Gulliver's Travels director Rob Letterman.

Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal H. Moritz is producing the film for Sony Pictures, along ...
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Top 10 Stars Who Are Always Typecast In Their Movies

July 20th, 2013 11:00am EDT
Grown Ups 2
People tend to judge a movie by its cast. For example, when you see Adam Sandler on the poster of a new movie, you'll expect it to be a family comedy. We all know the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover," but how can we not?

We at Starpulse would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our favorite actors and actresses who have been diagnosed with a severe case of typecastitis. Symptoms: playing a certain type of character for way too long, earning nicknames like “Hollywood’s bad girl,” and people being able to guess an entire movie’s plot-line just by seeing the actor’s face on ...
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Jack Black To Produce Paranormal Web Series 'Ghost Ghirls'

July 2nd, 2013 10:10am EDT
Jack Black
Jack Black is heading to the web for a new comedy series about ghost hunters.

The Tenacious D star has teamed up with bosses at Internet giant Yahoo! and Shine America to produce Ghost Ghirls, about an inept pair of paranormal investigators.

Co-creators Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci star as the female double-act, while Black will make guest appearances in the online series, which is billed as a spoof version of TV shows such as Medium and Ghost Whisperer.

The 43 year-old actor recruited several celebrity friends to make cameos, including Jason Schwartzman, Val Kilmer and Molly Shanno...
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National Teacher Day: Our Favorite Onscreen Teachers

May 7th, 2013 8:00am EDT
School of Rock
 

May 7, 2013 marks National Teacher Day, and to honor those who have educated and inspired us, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite onscreen teachers.

Dewey Finn (Jack Black), “School of Rock” (2003)

Dewey Finn may have been a rowdy, unemployed wannabe rock star, but after scheming his way into the classroom he became a new kind of role model. Dewey taught his students the true meaning of rock ‘n’ roll and encouraged them to rock out in every aspect of their lives.

Memorable Quote: “I have been touched by your kids... and I'm pretty sure that I've touched them.”

Jaime Escalante (...
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Tenacious D Planning Comedy Rock Festival

January 18th, 2013 7:15pm EST
Tenacious D
Jack Black's band Tenacious D is set to team up with songwriting comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords for a comedy rock festival.
 
The School of Rock star and bandmate Kyle Gass want to set up a event which will focus on their unconventional musical style.
 
Black brushed off any hints of a rivalry between his band and Flight of the Conchords stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement insisting they would love a partnership with the pair.
 
He tells Rolling Stone, "We actually have been talking about joining forces, because we've always wanted to do a double bill. We're working on a festival, c...
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Jack Black Lands Friars Club Roast

November 28th, 2012 11:24am EST
Jack Black
Jack Black will follow in the footsteps of Quentin Tarantino, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Lewis and Billy Crystal when he is inducted into New York's legendary Friars Club.

A host of comics and former colleagues will poke fun at the School of Rock star's career at the organization's annual 'roast' next April.

Black jokes, "What did I get myself into this time? I'm searching for a loophole in my contract, maybe there's a way I can weasel myself out of this thing. Those b**tards are going to brutalize me, but Jerry Lewis assured me it's going to be the highlight of my career, so I guess I got...
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Jack Black Planning A 'School Of Rock' Reunion

October 3rd, 2012 12:31pm EDT
School Of Rock
Jack Black is planning to reunite the cast and crew of his hit film School Of Rock for a big party next year to mark 10 years since the movie's release.

The funnyman played an aspiring rock star who becomes a substitute music teacher and forms a band with his students in the 2003 musical comedy, which featured iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove in her breakthrough role.

Now, he hopes to bring the cast all back together in 2013 for a bash to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release.

He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "We're all going to get together for a party."

Black als...
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Check Out Jack Black's 'Bernie' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Aug. 21

August 18th, 2012 7:00am EDT
Bernie
The darkly comic docudrama "Bernie" details the unusual friendship between a likable Texas mortician and a wealthy but reviled widow, and the shocking crime that followed.

Inspired by Hollandsworth's 1998 Texas Monthly article that first caught the attention of Linklater, "Bernie" takes place in Carthage, TX, where effeminate mortician Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) enjoys a reputation as a friendly and upstanding member of the community. Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), on the other hand, couldn't hold a lower position on the local social scale.

Repressed and bitter, nasty Marjorie...
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Kyle Gass: 'I Was Eating Large Amounts Of Marijuana'

August 6th, 2012 11:36am EDT
Kyle Gass
Actor/singer Kyle Gass has credited his Tenacious D bandmate Jack Black with saving him "from the abyss" by sending him to rehab last year.

The funnyman admits he fell into a spiral of self-hatred and began getting high on marijuana brownies every day until Black stepped in.

Opening up about his treatment for the first time, Gass reveals it was Black who "saved me from the abyss" when his behavior flew "out of control," telling The Sunday Times Magazine, "I went insane last year. I had to be sent away to the loony hatch. Just rehab. I was eating large amounts of marijuana in brownies......
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Man Stabbed At Jack Black Gig & Fan Shot At Jason Aldean Concert

July 30th, 2012 11:20am EDT
Tenacious D
On Saturday, a concertgoer was stabbed in the middle of Jack Black's Tenacious D set, forcing the group to cut the show short.

Guitarist Black and singer Kyle Gass were performing at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues in Las Vegas when a fight broke out. One person was stabbed in the leg and taken to the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Police have one man in custody and are not looking for any more suspects, according to 8 News Las Vegas.

It wasn't the only concert chaos over the weekend. On Friday, a Jason Aldean fan was shot after attending the country star's show in North...
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George Clooney's Fundraiser For President Obama Rakes In $15 Million

May 11th, 2012 12:48pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney gave President Barack Obama's re-election campaign a huge boost after making $15 million at a fundraiser on Thursday night.

The Oscar-winning hunk invited 150 celebrities and VIPs to the dinner at his Los Angeles mansion in a bid to raise donations to help Obama get into office for a second term when America goes to the polls in November .

Superstars including Barbra Streisand, Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Salma Hayek and Jack Black were out in force for the event, which cost a $40,000 -a-head.

The dinner raised $6 million while online ...
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Five Fun Facts About 'The Raven' Actor John Cusack

April 26th, 2012 3:04pm EDT
John Cusack - The Raven
This Friday, James McTeigue's film "The Raven" hits the theaters with John Cusack starring as a fictionalized version of Edgar Allan Poe. Cusack is one of those rare teen stars who smoothly made the transition to leading man without missing a beat. Barely a film season goes by that doesn't include a movie with Cusack in it. So to honor the popularity of one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors (and Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast) we give you five fun facts about John Cusack.

1) A native of Evanston, Illinois, Cusack is a Chicago sports fan, touting allegiance to both the Chicago Cubs and Chi...
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John Cusack Opts For Raven-esque All Black Suit At Hollywood Walk Of Fame Unveiling

April 25th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
John Cusack Hollywood walk of fame
John Cusack was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. He was joined by his sister Joan Cusack and former co-stars Jack Black ("High Fidelity"), Dan Akroyd ("Grosse Pointe Blank"), and Billy Bob Thornton ("Pushing Tin").

John and Joan have starred together in films including "High Fidelity," "Say Anything" and "Sixteen Candles."

The actor tweeted, "Thank you for all the good wishes for the star - right next to singing cowboy gene Autry and across the street from musso and franks ! Nice!"

He stars in "The Raven," which hits theaters Friday, April 27. He plays autho...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Five-Year Engagement,' 'The Raven' & More

April 23rd, 2012 1:03pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
This week there will be a little something for everyone in theaters. You’ll have the chance to see the Jason Segel relationship comedy “The Five-Year Engagement,” the John Cusack gothic thriller “The Raven,” the swashbuckling animated adventure “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” the Jason Statham action vehicle “Safe,” the indie drama “Sound of My Voice,” the foreign crime thriller “Headhunters,” the dark dramedy “Bernie,” and the coming-of-age flick “Girl in Progress.”

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: The Five-Year Engagement

Later in the week, I will be covering IFF Boston, so look out for reviews o...
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'Bernie' Star Jack Black: 'Not All Murderers Are Created Equal'

April 5th, 2012 9:14am EDT
Jack Black in Bernie
Jack Black got deadly serious for a prison trip to visit the killer he portrays in new movie "Bernie."

The star tackles dark drama in the new Richard Linklater film - about a Texas funeral director who murdered a wealthy widow - and he met the man he plays, Bernie Tiede, behind bars at an East Texas penitentiary.

Director Linklater feared Black would not consider a prison trip, but he was more than happy to sit opposite the man he was about to portray.

Black tells Nylon magazine, "I was a little nervous about it (meeting). You don't really wanna go to a maximum-security prison.

"(There ...
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Val Kilmer 'Dies' In Tenacious D's New Video

March 27th, 2012 12:10pm EDT
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer has made a cameo appearance in a new skit for Jack Black's rock group Tenacious D and is shown taking a bullet for the funnyman in a bid to get the band back together.

The group is preparing to release a new album, Rize of the Fenix, in May and a new comedy video to promote the record shows the Batman Forever star diving in front of Black as his bandmate Kyle Gass aims a gun at him.

Kilmer, sporting a fake bullet wound, then acts out giving a dying speech to Black, imploring him to reunite Tenacious D.

He says, "Don't worry, Jack. It was worth it. See, I didn't take a bulle...
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Check Out 'The Muppets' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy March 20

March 17th, 2012 7:10am EDT
The Muppets
When an evil oil man discovers black gold beneath Muppet Theater, Kermit recruits a Muppet super-fan and his two best friends to help gather up the gang for a telethon that will save the venue from being razed and replaced with a giant oil pump in "The Muppets."

Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) never met an oil field he couldn't suck dry. So when Tex discovers a bountiful reservoir right underneath Muppet Theater, he begins drawing up plans to claim the land and start drilling. Little does Tex realize that devoted Muppets fan Walter is currently in Los Angeles with his best friends Gary (Jason ...
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Jack Black Defends Muppets Over Courtney Love's 'Raping Kurt Cobain's Memory' Comment

March 16th, 2012 8:44am EDT
Jack Black
Jack Black has come to the defense of The Muppets after Courtney Love reportedly accused the popular puppets of destroying Kurt Cobain's legacy by covering a Nirvana song in the latest movie.

The Hole star was said to be fuming to discover Smells Like Teen Spirit was used in The Muppets film in a scene featuring Black, and is reported to have told pals the cover was "raping" her late husband's work.

However, Black is adamant no offense was intended as he is a big fan of the Nirvana frontman.

He tells E! Online, "I beg to differ... That's absurd, absurd, absurd... I personally hold no ...
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Check Out 'The Big Year' On DVD & Blu-ray Jan. 31

January 30th, 2012 6:48am EST
The Big Year
In "The Big Year," three fanatical bird-watchers (Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black) spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the United States. However, they quickly discover that there are more important things than coming out on top of the competition.

Stu Preissler (Martin) plays a successful businessman,He wants to retire in the woods of Colorado with his wife because he's had it with the corporate rat race. Unfortunately, just when he thought he was out, his business associates ...
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Jack Black Reigns Over Special Teen Prom

January 20th, 2012 6:20pm EST
Jack Black
Comedian Jack Black has given a group of sick teens something to smile about after attending a special prom for kidney disease sufferers in California.

The School of Rock star delighted more than 400 youngsters on Sunday as he dressed up as a king for his appearance at the 13th annual Renal Teen Prom at the Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

He took to the stage to belt out a number of songs with Glee pianist Brad Ellis and spent the rest of the night mingling with guests and posing for photos with dialysis patients.

The Renal Teen Prom, organized by the Renal Support Network, is...
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Beastie Boys' Star-Studded 'Fight For Your Right (Revisited)' Named 2011's Top Music Video (Watch It!)

December 13th, 2011 11:06pm EST
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (Revisited)" video, featuring Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride as the aging rap trio, has topped a new poll to find the music promo of the year.

The actors battle their future selves, played by Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly, in the hilarious short film, released to promote the rap group's acclaimed 2011 album "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two."

The video beat Ke$ha's "Blow" and Tyler, the Creator's "She" in Spinner.com's end-of-year round-up.

Lana Del Rey's "Video Games and Money" and "Run" by UNKLE featuring Nick Cave round out ...
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Check Out The Hilarious 'Kung Fu Panda 2' On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 13

December 10th, 2011 7:16am EST
Kung Fu Panda 2
The saga of Po continues in "Kung Fu Panda 2." The new adventure finds the newly anointed Dragon Warrior (voice of Jack Black) teaming with The Furious Five to safeguard the Valley of Peace.

When a new adversary launches a treacherous bid to seize control of China and obliterate the martial arts, Po must look back to his enigmatic origins in order to unleash his true potential and defeat his most powerful opponent to date.

Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Michelle Yeoh provide addition voices for this sequel directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson from a screenplay by Jon...
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Will Ferrell Drops Mark Twain Award At Ceremony

October 24th, 2011 12:51pm EDT
Will Ferrell
Clumsy Will Ferrell was left red-faced after collecting the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday night - he broke the award by accidentally dropping it.

Ferrell received the honor during a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Jack Black opened the show with a song and dance number dedicated to his pal.

The School of Rock star led the crowd in a rendition of Queen's We Will Rock You, changing the words to "Will, Will, Will, will rock you," before adding, "Will Ferrell, did you notice how I changed it from We Will Rock You?.....
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Go See This Movie With Stuart Brazell - 'Footloose',' 'The Big Year' And 'The Thing'

October 15th, 2011 8:03am EDT
Footloose
You've got some seriously diverse choices at the theater this weekend: "Footloose" (Julianne Hough), "The Big Year" (Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson", and The Thing (scary!!!)!

So what's your poison? You'll find me at "Footloose" ... obviously!
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Two Jews' Review 'The Big Year' And Both Find This One Is For The Birds (Video)

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Big Year
Two Jews on Flim - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: What does a Fork tailed Flycatch, a Yellow Crested Finch and a Pink Footed Goose have in common with Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin? They are all in a new comedy called 'The Big Year', directed by David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada)

The Big Year refers to a real life competition where birders (people who are obsessed with our feathery friends) race to see, who can spot the most species of birds, within a calendar year.

Sounds exciting? Well if it does, then this is the film for you to see.

When 'The Big Year' begins, we meet thre...
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'Kung Fu Panda 2' Debuts On Awesome DVD & Blu-ray Gift Packs Dec. 13

October 7th, 2011 3:54pm EDT
Kung Fu Panda 2
KUNG FU 2 Awesome Packs will be available with expected pricing as low as $25 on DVD and $30 on Blu-ray. Consumers who purchase this DreamWorks Animation signature entertainment experience on Panda 2sday will get both an awesome and affordable holiday gift – over $75 in value.

In the action-filled companion story Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters, Po and the Furious Five uncover the legend of three of kung fu’s greatest heroes: Master Thundering Rhino, Master Storming Ox and Master Croc. Kids can then follow in Po’s footsteps to become a kung fu master with Kung Fu Panda World, the ...
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Jack Black To Perform At Autism Charity Concert

October 4th, 2011 8:25am EDT
Jack Black
Funnyman Jack Black is set to perform a one-off gig to raise awareness and funds for an autism organization.

The School of Rock star, who fronts rock group Tenacious D, will be performing at the Autism is Awesomism show at The Grove in Los Angeles on Tuesday as part of a new TV series, called Everyday Health.

Organizers are aiming to educate fans about the condition, while the gig will also benefit The Miracle Project, which helps youngsters with autism express themselves through music, dance and acting.
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Nicolas Cage To Star In Indie Musical With Steve Carell & Jack Black

July 25th, 2011 9:26pm EDT
Nicolas Cage
Actor Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in an independent musical with the Hollywood screenwriter/director who helped to land him an Oscar nomination in 2002.

The Ghost Rider star earned Academy Award recognition for his turn in Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation and now the pair is set to reunite for forthcoming project, Frank or Francis.

Comedians Steve Carell and Jack Black are also attached to the movie.

Plot details have yet to be released, but the story is said to revolve around an author called Frank, who clashes with an online blogger named Francis, reports trade paper Daily Variety.
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