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'The Hangover Part II' Makes Box Office History

May 30th, 2011 8:00am EDT
The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II has made U.S. box office history after grossing $86.5 million in its opening weekend to score the biggest comedy debut ever.

The Hangover sequel, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis and set in Bangkok, Thailand, easily stumbled its way to the top of the box office chart, having taken $118.1 million since opening across America on Thursday.

It is expected to rake in a few more million in ticket sales once figures from America's Memorial Day long weekend are counted on Monday.

Jack Black and Angelina Jolie's animated comedy Kung Fu Panda 2 opened in...
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: The Blow-by-Blow Of Scotty McCreery's Big Win

May 26th, 2011 9:50am EDT
Scotty McCreery learns that he is the next American Idol
Last year, I wondered if, in the midst of Simon’s departure and one of the show’s worst seasons both from a quality and ratings standpoint, if the finale of this show was going to be worth the mega-diary treatment next year.

Well, it turns out it is, as ‘Idol’ came back better than anyone could have realistically expected. I couldn’t be happier, and here’s the mega-diary to prove it!

8:04 – 4 Minutes in and we still haven’t finished the introductions. But at least we got a Lori Loughlin sighting!

8:04 – Really? Scotty fans packed the RBC Center to do…nothing? They can’t even do that for ...
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Jack Black Invited Son's Entire School To A Screening Of 'Kung Fu Panda 2'

May 24th, 2011 10:51pm EDT
Jack Black
Actor Jack Black became the coolest dad in town after inviting his child's entire school to a screening of his new movie Kung Fu Panda 2.

The funnyman, who has two boys - Tommy, three, and Sammy, four - treated his eldest son's lucky schoolmates to a private showing of the animated family film - weeks before it hit theaters.

He explains, "This one they (the kids) loved. I got to have a private screening. Mr. (Jeffrey) Katzenberg, the boss over there at DreamWorks (studio), said, 'Hey Jack want to have a private screening for your kids?'

"And so we brought all the kids from my boy's schoo...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' & More

May 23rd, 2011 10:00am EDT
The Hangover Part II
Johnny Depp set sail again last week as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth entry in the series. After viewing the movie, I can honestly say that it’s not the best in the franchise, but certainly not the worst either. While nothing can really top the first one in my mind, this one gets back to the spirit of the original.

Captain Jack runs into an old love interest, Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who convinces him to join her on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. Sparrow unwittingly climbs aboard the vessel of Angelica’s father, Blackbeard (Ian M...
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The Beastie Boys Release 'Fight For Your Right - Revisted' Trailer With Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Danny McBride & More

April 8th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys have released a hilarious trailer to their 30 minute movie "Fight for Your Right - Revisited." Watch it below!

The trailer stars Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Ted Danson, Stanley Tucci, Rainn Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Buscemi, Will Arnett and Susan Sarandon.

The short film apparently takes place right after the original "Fight for Your Right" music video, and has something to do with the Beasties Brothers from the 80s meeting the Beastie Boys from today.

Their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, comes out May 3...
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Snoop Dogg Slimed At Kids' Choice Awards - Pics & Full List Of Winners

April 3rd, 2011 2:11pm EDT
2011 Kids Choice Awards
Russell Brand, Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Snoop Dogg, Heidi Klum and Josh Duhamel went green at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday - they got slimed.

Host Black, Klum, Carrey, Snoop Dogg and the night's Arm Fart Hall of Fame inductee Duhamel, who dressed up as Justin Bieber for his sliming, were all prepared for the messy 'honor' but Brand was caught out when he stepped onstage to present the award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie to birthday boy Eddie Murphy.

Favorite Movie Actor Johnny Depp opened the proceedings by squirting the audience with a slime canon and settin...
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Jack Black Donates $10,000 To High School Music Group

March 12th, 2011 2:20pm EST
Jack Black
Generous actor Jack Black has donated $10,000 to a high school music group so they can travel to a contest at Disneyland.

The School of Rock star heard about the class from Washington from his mom, who lives in the area and is a supporter of local music programs.

According to TMZ.com, the class had been entered into a competition at Disneyland in California and was set to perform at the Magic Kingdom, but couldn't afford the travel expenses.

Black happily handed over the cash and the band travelled via coach to Los Angeles on Friday - when they had lunch with the man himself.

C...
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Jack Black To Host 24th Annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

February 10th, 2011 2:02pm EST
Jack Black
Jack Black is back! For the third time in KCA's history, the always funny Jack will take viewers on a wild ride as he returns to host Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids' Choice Awards premiering live on Saturday, April 2, at 8:00 PM (ET).

Check out the complete list of nominees for the awards below and start voting for your favorites starting March 7th here!

TELEVISION

Favorite TV Show

Big Time Rush iCarly The Suite Life on Deck Wizards of Waverly Place

Favorite Reality Show

American Idol America's Funniest Home Videos America's Got Talent Wipeout

Favorite TV Actor

Joe Jonas ...
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'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' Leads Razzie Awards Nominations

January 24th, 2011 10:00am EST
The Twilight Saga Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is leading this year's Golden Raspberry Awards after scoring nine nominations for the upcoming ceremony, which names and shames the worst movies.

The popular vampire sequel is on the shortlist for Worst Picture, while Kristen Stewart is up for the Worst Actress trophy and the film's lead male stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are set to battle it out for Worst Actor.

Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the blood-sucking series, picked up two nominations for Worst Supporting Actor - one for his role in the latest Twilight project and another for his p...
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Jack Black Works On Losing His Fat

December 28th, 2010 8:45am EST
Jack Black
Chubby funnyman Jack Black is hoping to shed weight in 2011 by hitting the gym "hard" and "confusing his muscles."

The star admits his love of cheeseburgers is finally getting the better of him and he's keen to slim down in the New Year and get fit.

And the portly High Fidelity actor claims he's found a way to lose weight fast.

He says, "I've figured it out; if you just do sit-ups and push-ups, your body and muscles figure it out and they're like, 'Nah, we know what you're doing. You're not gonna lose any weight.'

"So what you do is you confuse the muscles, and you go, 'I'm gonna do som...
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'Little Fockers' Triumphs At Christmas Box Office

December 27th, 2010 8:00am EST
Little Fockers
Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro's new comedy Little Fockers has beaten out "True Grit," "Tron: Legacy" and "Gulliver's Travels" to land the Christmas number one.

Moviegoers flocked to cinemas on Christmas Day and helped the sequel to a $48.3 million holiday opening - $12 million more than second placed "True Grit."

Jack Black's comedy "Gulliver's Travels" opened on Christmas Day and scored $7.2 million.

Former number one "Tron: Legacy" fell to third with a $20.1 million weekend.
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Jack Black's Kids Think He's A Salesman

December 20th, 2010 11:55pm EST
Jack Black
Funnyman Jack Black refuses to turn his film premieres into family affairs - because his two young sons have no idea they have a famous father.

The School of Rock star admits he's yet to tell four-year-old Sammy and Thomas, two, exactly what he does for a living - and he's keen to keep it that way.

Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie Gulliver's Travels, he tells Access Hollywood, "I didn't bring my babies because they don't know I'm famous yet. I'm trying to keep it well-hid. They're like, 'Whatever. Daddy's Daddy.' They think I'm a salesman."

Black isn't the only celeb...
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Emily Blunt: 'This Takes A Lot Of Imagination!'

December 20th, 2010 3:55pm EST
Emily Blunt
British actress Emily Blunt found it "hell" working against green screens for her new adventure film Gulliver's Travels because she exhausted her imagination with the "tedious" and "confusing" process.

The Devil Wears Prada star appears alongside Jack Black and Jason Segel in the big screen adaptation of Jonathan Swift's fantasy tale, but Blunt struggled through production because the movie relies heavily on special computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects to bring the island of Liliput to life.

She tells Access Hollywood, "(It is) hell. I find it really tedious and confusing. You're li...
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Spotted: 'Gulliver's Travels' Cast Hamming It Up In LA

December 20th, 2010 2:00pm EST
Gullivers Travels premiere
Jack Black, Emily Blunt and Jason Segel appeared at the "Gulliver's Travels" Los Angeles premiere over the weekend in good spirits.

Emily showed off her black bra beneath a turquoise wrap shirt and beige skirt, while Jack had fun as usual wearing a bright red t-shirt that read, "I see small people."

Jason covered up in a black coat, black pants and button down shirt.

Jack Black stars in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" with this fantasy-filled comedic production. This take on the timeless tale revolves around a shipwrecked journalist (Black) who di...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit,' & More

December 20th, 2010 10:11am EST
LittleFockers-121410-0001.jpg
Hopefully you have finished most of your Christmas shopping by now, but if you still need to brave the crowds for a few last minute gifts, I wish you the best of luck. If you do not celebrate Christmas though, and you'll be looking for something to do on December 25th, fear not, because there are plenty of movies coming out this week for you to see.

In preparation for the sequel, last week I released a review of the original “Tron” film which you can find here if you haven't checked it out yet. I also had the chance to watch the new movie “Tron: Legacy” which is visually stimulating and ...
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Jason Segel 'Cried Hysterically' When He Met Kermit The Frog

December 20th, 2010 8:24am EST
The Muppet Show
Jason Segel was so thrilled to meet Kermit the Frog during a script read through for his upcoming Muppets movie, he wept tears of joy.

The funnyman is bringing the family-friendly franchise created by Jim Henson back to life in the 2011 project, the first since 1999's Muppets From Space.

But he admits he couldn't control his excitement when he met Kermit and had to halt the reading to compose himself.

He says, "I've been writing this for three years now, and when we did our first table reading they brought the actual puppets, and they brought out Kermit and they had to stop because I sta...
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Dave Grohl To Drum For 'The Muppets'

December 17th, 2010 12:38pm EST
Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has signed up to join the star-studded cast of the upcoming Muppets movie, according to a U.K report.

The former Nirvana percussionist will make a cameo appearance in the family-friendly film, taking Animal's place in his band when the drum-crazy muppet is ordered to attend anger-management classes, according to NME.com.

Jack Black, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais will all appear in the new film, the first in the popular franchise since 1999's Muppets From Space.

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The Beastie Boys To 'Fight For Your Right' On The Big Screen

December 14th, 2010 8:23am EST
Beastie Boys
Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride are playing the Beastie Boys in a new short film based on the iconic rap band.

Rapper Adam Yauch, who recently took a break from music to battle cancer, has written and directed the movie, which focuses on the making of the trio's 1986 video for (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).

Yauch will be played by McBride in Fight For Your Right Revisited, while Wood will play Adam Horovitz and Rogen will take on the role of Michael 'Mike D' Diamond. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black will also take on the roles of the band members duri...
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Jack Black And Jason Segel Spread Holiday Cheer With Cover Of Bowie & Crosby's 'Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy' (Video)

December 8th, 2010 10:00am EST
Jason Segel and Jack Black
Jack Black teams up with his “Gulliver’s Travels” co-star Jason Segel to create “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy 2010,” their wonderful take on the holiday carol in the style of David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s famed 1977 classic. And in the spirit of the holidays, the duo is offering all their U.S. proceeds from the sale of “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy 2010” to Blue Star Families (bluestarfam.org).

“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 ...
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'Kung Fu Panda' Lawsuit Moves Forward

December 7th, 2010 2:12pm EST
Kung Fu Panda
A writer who is suing bosses at DreamWorks Animation for allegedly stealing his idea for hit film Kung Fu Panda has been granted permission to delve into the company's private financial records.

The 2008 movie, which features the voices of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, was a box office smash, grossing $600 million worldwide.

Terence Dunn filed a lawsuit against the firm in June, claiming DreamWorks Animation bosses used a story he pitched to them back in 2001, about a "spiritual kung fu fighting panda bear," as the basis for the popular picture.

Film company bosses hit back and filed ...
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Paul Rudd Devastated After Missing Out On 'Muppets' Movie

December 7th, 2010 10:56am EST
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd is bitterly disappointed after missing out on the chance to appear in his pal Jason Segel's upcoming Muppets movie, because he desperately wanted to join the star-studded cast.

Segel has recruited Jack Black, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais to star in the upcoming project, based on the original Jim Henson tales involving beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

Rudd was hoping to join his I Love You, Man co-star in the family-friendly film, but admits he hasn't landed a part.

He says, "I wish that I was (going to be in the f...
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Jason Segel Scores A Star-Studded Cast For 'Muppets' Movie

November 16th, 2010 10:30am EST
Jason Segel
Funnyman Jason Segel's upcoming Muppets movie is turning into a star-studded venture - Jack Black, Amy Adams and Zach Galifianakis have all reportedly landed roles.

The comic has co-written the script and takes on the lead in the Disney film, based on the original Jim Henson tales involving beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

And he's recruited a string of Hollywood heavyweights, including Black, Adams and Galifianakis, to head up the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Billy Crystal, Chris Cooper and Jean-Claude Van Damme are also said to be making...
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What's The Top 'Feelgood' Movie Of All Time?

November 6th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Dirty Dancing
"Dirty Dancing" has been voted the top feelgood movie of all time. The romantic 1987 movie, starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, polled 15 percent of votes in a new Lovefilm.com poll.

Editor Helen Cowley says, "Dirty Dancing has all the key ingredients to pick you up, a first love, summer romance, great dancing, Patrick Swayze and one of the best soundtracks in film."

Jack Black's "School of Rock" came in second, while cult teen movie "Clueless" and "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, also featured in the top 10.

See more "Dirty Dancing" photos here!
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Will Audiences Get Tired Of Zach Galifianakis?

October 7th, 2010 9:39am EDT
funny story
This weekend, Zach Galifianak is will appear in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” number two of three films to come out in the second half of 2010. “Funny Story” is definitely a departure for Galifianakis who is given a chance to show a more serious and somber side of himself as a patient in the psychiatric ward of a hospital who is estranged from his only daughter. Then, next month, he will co-star with Robert Downey, Jr. in “Due Date” from Todd Phillips, the director of “The Hangover.”

Fans of Galifianakis’ stand-up are aware that he has been performing as a part of the alternative comedy mo...
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Fall Movie Preview Part 4: December

September 14th, 2010 12:29pm EDT
Natalie Portman The Black Swan
This December will provide moviegoers with a very eclectic and abundant selection of films to choose from. Regardless of your preferred genre or style of filmmaking, chances are there are at least a couple of movies you’ll be looking forward to.

The most-talked about and most highly anticipated release is unarguably “Black Swan” from director Darren Aronofsky. Speculation about the film’s plot as well as star Natalie Portman’s performance has been building for months. Aronofsky has described “Swan” as a sort of companion piece to his 2008 film “The Wrestler” in terms of the focus on the ph...
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Jack Black's 'Gulliver' Isn't What You Read In English Class

August 3rd, 2010 12:13pm EDT
Jack Black
Gulliver’s Travels was Jonathan Swift’s satire of 18th century society. It was probably a real crowd-pleaser back then but now it’s just something kids have to read in school. Now Jack Black is starring in a movie version. It’s probably not historically accurate, but a huge Jack Black in a world of tiny people sounds like a recipe for hilarity.

“It’s no longer a political allegory about 18th century society,” said screenwriter Nicholas Stoller. “I think we’ve probably lifted a lot of that out. I think that we’ve captured the wonder of what it would be like to be the only giant in a land of...
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Rosario Dawson Rallies Against 'Un-American' Immigration Law

June 11th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Rosario Dawson
Actress Rosario Dawson has joined protests against Arizona's controversial immigration legislation, branding the laws "unconstitutional, unsound, ineffective and un-American."

The Sin City star has teamed up with Michael Honda, chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, to write an article opposing the legislation, which targets non-whites and makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. In the report, which she co-wrote with Honda for the Huffington Post, Dawson admits she understands why the state's officials want immigration reform, but she's slammed their he...
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Kanye West Urges Musicians To Boycott Arizona

May 28th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West has urged his fellow musicians to boycott Arizona over the state's controversial new immigration legislation - calling on artists to follow in the footsteps of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is leading a campaign against Arizona's recently passed law, which makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime.

Cypress Hill, Juanes, Massive Attack, Jack Black, filmmaker Michael Moore and De La Rocha's band mates have also joined the campaign. And West is backing the action, insisting performers should not play any shows in the...
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Signature Magazine Features Pregnant Amanda Peet On Spring Fashion Cover

March 23rd, 2010 8:56pm EDT
Amanda Peet
On March 25,2010, Los Angeles based Signature Magazine will be featuring a pregnant Amanda Peet on its Spring Fashion Cover.

As the Issue's title suggests, fashion takes the center stage alongside some of L.A.'s biggest hot spots and notables and Peet reinforces that L.A. is the place for both, while reminiscing about the joys of motherhood.

She has played in such memorable film as "Something's Gotta Give" alongside Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, "Syriana" with George Clooney & Matt Damon, and "2012" with John Cusack.

This year, Peet will have two more movies on the big screen: "Gul...
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Meat Loaf Returns With Concept Album About Dying Soldier

March 12th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf's musical comeback will be based around a concept album about a dying soldier. The rocker will release "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" in May, and he reveals the whole album is about a mysterious military man.

He tells WENN, "It's the story of a soldier. He's been in battle and he's lying face down on the ground. He can't move, but he turns his head and starts to see blood run across the ground, and so he thinks he's going to die. They always say you see your life flash backward when you're about to die. But his life flashes forward - into what possibly could happen. He sees what his lif...
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