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Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red »
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Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee all-star in the exciting adventure film Goosebumps. After accidentally releasing R.L Stine’s creations from the books where they have been locked up, the three kids and Jack Black have to find a way to save the town and get them back where they belong.
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- Gary Collinson
Ben Stiller‘s sequel to his own 2001 cult hit, Zoolander, opens this Friday, and it is not good. There are a few humorous beats — and an inexplicable Mvp in Kiefer Sutherland — but the jokes and gags are a mix of the recycled and the unfunny. Skipping it in theaters and staying home to re-watch The Cable Guy is my advice to those of you considering seeing it. His last great comedy as director was 2008’s Tropic Thunder, and I was happy to realize that the director’s cut DVD features two commentaries. Both feature Stiller, but only one also includes Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. with the latter staying in character through the majority of the commentary track. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Tropic Thunder cast commentary. Tropic Thunder (2008) Commentator: Ben Stiller (director/co-writer/actor), Jack Black (actor), Robert Downey Jr. (actor) 1. Black arrived forty-five minutes late for the commentary recording, but »
- Rob Hunter
Fresh from recording their own version of Kung Fu Fighting for the soundtrack, two members of British band The Vamps, have been cast in cameo voice roles in the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature Kung Fu Panda 3. Playing the parts of two geese, James and Connor will appear in the UK release of the film, in a scene alongside Jack Black’s much loved character Po.McVey and Ball said: "We had so much fun voicing the roles of the geese in Kung Fu Panda 3 and it was such an honour to be part of such an incredible cast. We love Kung Fu Panda and can’t wait for everyone to see the film!" The Vamps, who are currently touring their second album ‘Wake Up’, have recorded a brand new version of ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ especially for the film, which appears over the end credits. The song and accompanying »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
comScore released the official box-office results for this past with the number one film worldwide going to 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 3" for a second weekend in a row with $44.0 million. The film stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Kate Hudson, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross.
20th Century Fox's Oscar-frontrunner "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy took second place worldwide with $31.1 million. Shoebox's "A Violent Prosecutor" rounded out the top three films worldwide with $19.5 million.
"Kung Fu Panda" scored the number one spot at the Us box-office as well with $21.0 million. Universal Pictures' "Hail, Caesar!" starring George Clooney and Josh Brolin debuted at second place with $11.4 million. The ensemble comedy, directed by Joel and Ethan Cohen, also stars Ralph Fiennes, Scarlet Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Francis McDormand, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Elden Ehrenreich. »
- J.B. Casas
The hit animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 ended the first month of 2016 on a high note at the box office, taking in $48 million in its opening weekend. In the first frame of February, this adventure will face three new movies, Universal's Hail, Caesar!, Sony's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lionsgate's The Choice. As expected, none of these new releases could beat Kung Fu Panda 3, which won for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $21 million.
The animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 currently has a solid 80% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it opened in 3,955 theaters, which will still make it the widest release in theaters this weekend, by a long-shot. Kung Fu Panda 3 marks the return of one of the most successful animated franchises in the world, with its biggest comedy adventure yet. When Po's (Jack Black) long-lost panda father (Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, »
Kung Fu Panda 3 scored touchdown after touchdown at the box office this Super Bowl weekend. The animated movie, featuring the voices of Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, again karate chopped the competition. As Gossip Cop reported, Kung Fu Panda opened at number one last week, and it held on to that position for the second weekend in a row. The film earned $21 million. Plus, see the weekend's full Top 10! »
- Shari Weiss
Our host for tonight is Larry David: a comedian, writer, producer and actor who is best known for his work on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and most recently, playing Bernie Sanders on this season of Saturday Night Live. He also served as a writer on SNL for just one season in the ‘80’s before becoming the force behind television’s most popular sitcom, basically making him this show’s Jennifer Hudson. Let’s see how he fares tonight! Cold Open: Ted Cruz delivers a message to the American people. Taran Killam’s Cruz impression isn’t quite as studied as his Trump, and honestly I’m not totally sure why they don’t still have him playing Trump, or perhaps Marco Rubio, when they could easily pass Ted Cruz on to Bobby Moynihan, who portrayed him well in last season’s The Rock episode. But Killam is a good »
- Emilie Sowers
Jack Black plays children’s horror writer Rl Stine in a scrappy yarn that brings a horde of his creepiest ghouls together
Plans for a film based on Rl Stine’s bestselling spooky kids’ books date back to 1998 (a Canadian TV series ran from 1995) when Tim Burton was set to produce a big-screen adaptation. Nearly two decades later we finally have this FX-heavy Poltergeist-y romp. Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski take “story” credit on a yarn that casts Jack Black as Stine, and finds the multiple demons of his various bestsellers coming to life when new neighbour Zach (Dylan Minnette) unwittingly raids his personal library.
It’s a cute device, enabling Night of the Living Dummy’s titular creep, Slappy, to join the diminutive ghouls from Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena and a host of other plants and zombies in an attack on sleepy Madison, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.
Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.
Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson »
- Marianne Zumberge
Here’s a Super Bowl ad with a lot of meat on it. It’s a spot for ketchup.
You won’t find Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Amy Schumer or any of the other handfuls of famous folk slated to show up this Sunday night appearing on behalf of Heinz barbecue sauce and a range of the company’s other condiments. All you’ll see is a commercial that truly belongs in the Big Game.
Heinz seems to recall a time when Super Bowl ads dazzled, grabbed the viewer’s attention, and then told them something about the product they were trying to sell. It’s a strange notion in 2016, to be sure, when so many ads push consumers to go and post something about what they just saw on Twitter. Having demonstrated to the chief financial officer that someone cared enough about the ad to hack out 140 characters about it, »
- Brian Steinberg
Elton John and Ben Stiller both found themselves on the Graham Norton Show's couch Friday, the same day the rock legend released his new LP Wonderful Crazy Night. With Stiller in London promoting Zoolander 2, the actor spilled the secrets behind Derek Zoolander's "Blue Steel" facial expression and gave John a lesson in how to achieve the look.
"It's a six-part process," Stiller said of "Blue Steel." "It starts, first of all, with the thought, the inception of it. Secondly, it's starting to feel it in the lower part of your body, »
Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
On this week’s show, we take a look at a five-star rated movie Trumbo, which we reviewed at last year’s London Film Festival, the big Hollywood remake of Point Break, Jack Black starrer Goosebumps, Dad’s Army, and much more.
The series of Film Friday will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.
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- Paul Heath
Directed by Rob Letterman.
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
2015/2016 seems like such an odd time to adapt the best-selling book series that really had its heyday 20 years ago. Like The Tom Green Show or Jackass, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps was a product of its time; horror stories written for children while shows like Tales From the Crypt entertained adults. As such, adapting Goosebumps for the big screen in the 21st Century was never going to be an easy task. The earliest attempt can be traced back to the late-1990s – when the book series was at its most popular – with Tim Burton possibly directing. Obviously, that movie never materialised either, »
- Luke Owen
Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Peter Bradshaw review the kids’ horror movie, Goosebumps. Based on the books by Rl Stine, the film slings Stine himself (played by Jack Black) into a nightmare of his own creation. His horror stories are becoming real and Stine must enlist the help of his daughter (Odeya Rush) and neighbour (Dylan Minnette) to stuff the monsters back onto the page. Goosebumps is released in the UK on 5 February
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- Guardian Staff
R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps has been providing the world with spooky, kid friendly thrills since 1992, and while the book series made the jump to t.v. not long after the books were published, it took much longer to make it to the big screen. But here we are, and, with Rob Letterman at the helm, it is a decidedly meta affair, with Jack Black (re-teaming with Letterman after 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels) playing Stine himself, here a recluse who lives in constant fear of his creations. You see, every monster Stine conjured up in his imagination came to life, forever trapped in the original manuscripts, which are kept under constant lock and key. When new kid in town Zach (Dylan Minette) thinks Stine’s daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush) is in danger from her father, he breaks into their house and accidentally unleashes Stine’s creations on the world, with the »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
I had no interest in seeing either of the first two Kung Fu Panda movies. I thought they were a place for a brand of Jack Black shtick that I had grown tired of by the time 2008 got here (for the record: peak Jack Black was 2003’s School of Rock). I had a strong idea of what these movies were, and I didn’t want anything to do with it. As far as Kung Fu Panda 3 is concerned, I was wrong. This is a charming movie, a funny movie, sometimes even a touching movie. I regretted nothing about my time spent watching Kung Fu Panda 3, and it’s the first movie of 2016 to make me feel that way.
Kung Fu Panda 3 tells a story I was happy to hear told. Po (Black) is told he needs to start teaching the rest of his action team (voiced by »
- Arthur Tebbel
★★★★☆ "R.L. Stine. Whatever happened to that guy?" Rob Letterman's mile-a-minute, edge of your seat, raucously funny Goosebumps confirms that the 1990s (pre-He Who Shall Not Be Named) petrifier of children is alive and kicking. Donning dark horn-rimmed glasses, Jack Black is at his maniacal, magnetic best as the enigmatic writer in a wildly entertaining family flick that has enough spills and chills to delight young and old alike. Moving to a new town for a change of scenery after the death of his father, Zack (Dylan Minnette) and his mom (Amy Ryan) move in next door to less than welcoming neighbours. A tyrannical Black makes it clear that Zack is to keep clear of his daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush), but the butterflies of teenage romance are sent fluttering across the fence.
- CineVue UK
Read More: Watch: Jack Black Talks Skipping His 'SNL' Audition in Exclusive Video from 'Off Camera with Sam Jones' To promote his newest film "Kung-Fu Panda 3," which came out on January 29, Jack Black appeared on the newest episode of the Korean entertainment program "Infinity Challenge." During his time on the show, Jack Black competed in some ridiculous games, such as a pillow fight and the chubby bunny marshmallow challenge, and also performed popular K-Pop songs (while the hosts tried to guess what he was singing). More clips of Jack Black's challenges can be found here and here. The full episode of "Infinity Challenge" debuts in the U.S. Thursday, February 4 on Drama Fever. Read More: The Women of "Kung Fu Panda 3": Girlpower in the World of Animation »
- Lauren Townsend
Time to check in to see which movies we all can check back in with or catch up with now that they've hit the home market. The big title, Oscar wise is Steven Spielberg's 10th Best Picture nominee as a director, the cold war drama Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance both doing fine work as a lawyer and the spy he must bargain with for a prisoner of war trade. Only one of Spielberg's directorial efforts has ever won Best Picture (Schindler's List, 1993) but which is your favorite? I'd rank them like so...
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Schindler's List (1993) Jaws (1975) E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Lincoln (2012) The Color Purple (1985) Bridge of Spies (2015) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Munich (2005) War Horse (2011)
With the disclaimer that everyone knows I'm not a Spielberg aficionado really (the top three are the only ones I'm completely wild about from this list »
- NATHANIEL R
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