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Jenny Slate to Co-Star With Jack Black in ‘Polka King’ (Exclusive)

19 July 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jenny Slate is set to co-star with Jack Black in the indie comedy “The Polka King.”

Jason Schwartzman and Jacki Weaver are also on board. “Infinitely Polar Bear” writer and director duo Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky are writing and directing.

The pic is based on the Joshua Brown and John Mikulak documentary, “The Man Who Would be Polka King,” following the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who shocked the polka world when it was revealed he seduced his fans into investing in a Ponzi scheme.

Black, David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson and Priyanka Mattoo are producing. Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures is also financing “The Polka King.”

Slate has several films set to debut in the next year. She will star opposite Chris Evans in Marc Webb’s “Gifted,” which opens next April; “My Blind Brother,” which also stars Adam Scott; and “Brain on Fire, »

- Justin Kroll

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Vanessa Bayer, J.B. Smoove & Willie Garson Join Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’

18 July 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The dance card for the Jack Black comedy The Polka King just got longer with Saturday Night Live‘s Vanessa BayerCurb Your Enthusiasm‘s J.B. Smoove and Hawaii Five-o‘s Willie Garson boarding the project. The news follows after Deadline broke exclusively last week that Jason Schwartzman and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver are also set to star alongside Black who is not only headlining, but producing too under his Electric Dynamite label. Maya Forbes and Wally… »

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Jacki Weaver & Jason Schwartzman Join Jack Black In ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

14 July 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jacki Weaver and Jason Schwartzman are set to join Jack Black in The Man Who Would Be Polka King. The feature project is based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak's 2009 documentary, which follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme. Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky (Infinitely Polar Bear) write and direct the amazing true story. Permut Presentations, Red Hour Films and… »

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Casting Update for Spike TV’s The Mist Series

13 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Joining the previously announced Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy, eight additional actors have signed on to face the otherworldly horrors of The Mist, Spike TV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella:

Press Release: New York, NY, July 13, 2016 – Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.

The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):

Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter, »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch Karlovy Vary Talks with Charlie Kaufman and Willem Dafoe

11 July 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Karlovy Vary is far from the most exposed international film festival, but their programming is generally rather fine and the more immediately accessible endeavors — e.g. public talks with cinematic luminaries — are nothing to ignore. Case in point: they were kind enough to offer extended discussions presided over by Charlie Kaufman and Willem Dafoe — and, really, what can we do other than embed them for your viewing pleasure?

The former is a standard career rundown whose relaxed approach compounded by its lounge-like setting; the latter, in a press-conference setting, is a series of questions from international journalists, and fortunately, if in no small part because of its subject’s charisma, is not the foul-smelling dumpster fire that you might otherwise expect. While there aren’t a ton of “scoops” to be taken from this, do note that Kaufman is still hoping to make Frank or Francis — his long, even-by-his-standards hard-to-locate »

- Nick Newman

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Charlie Kaufman on Indie Filmmaking: ‘I Have to Have One Commercial Success’

9 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) was nothing if not honest with aspiring scribes at the Karlovy Vary fest this week. In the Czech Republic to take home the fest’s president’s award and to screen the surreal stop-motion love story “Anomalisa,” Kaufman challenged would-be film writers to be brutally honest in their work — but also assured them this is no guarantee for success.

Your fan base in Europe, as a percentage, seems quite a bit higher than in the U.S. so this festival must be heartening for you.

It definitely seems like there’s a response in Europe — and also in places like Brazil there seems to be like people who like me. So that’s pretty exciting to know that it’s going across national borders and languages and that sort of stuff.

And a sign that your stories are hitting a »

- Will Tizard

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ Knocks ‘Zootopia’ Off Top-Selling Disc Perch

6 July 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It took another animated family feature with a huge box office haul to dislodge Walt Disney Studios’ “Zootopia” from the top spot on the national home video sales charts.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” the third installment in the series about bumbling panda Po and his mastery of the martial arts to save his panda peeps from adversity, bowed at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart and the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart.

The DreamWorks Animation film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, earned $143.5 million in theaters and once again features an all-star voice cast that includes Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and Bryan Cranston (of “Breaking Bad” fame).

“Zootopia,” the animated “buddy cop” film about a rabbit cop and a red fox con that earned $340.8 million in U.S. theaters, slid to No. 2 on both charts after three years at the top.

On the overall disc chart, Universal Pictures »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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Interview with James Hong for ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

5 July 2016 10:26 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Can an animated character win the Father of the Year Award?

Well, we should certainly give one to Mr. Ping from the Kung Fu Panda series.

With Kung Fu Panda 3 available today for Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, Lrm secured a phone interview with actor James Hong, who voiced Po’s father Mr. Ping in the animated features and television series.

The film also stars Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and David Cross.

In the third installment, the legendary Dragon Warrior Po must face a supernatural adversary while discovering the existence of his real father and people.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is available today on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download.

Read the interview transcript below.

Lrm Online: Tell me on how it feels to once again voice Mr. Ping for Kung Fu Panda 3.

James Hong: Wonderful. I enjoyed every second of it. »

- Gig Patta

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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 22 – Bob Roberts

30 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes, »

- Arik Devens

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'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Extended Cut, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

28 June 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Kung Fu Panda 3 (animated sequel; voices: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston; rated PG) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (drama-comedy; Tina Fey, Margot Robbie; rated R) Eye in the Sky (drama-thriller; Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul; rated R) Francofonia (documentary-drama about the Louvre during the Nazi occupation; Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals; not rated)   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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HBO Cancels 'Vinyl' After One Season

22 June 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Vinyl, the Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese-produced series revolving around the New York music scene in the Seventies, has been canceled by HBO after one season. "After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl," HBO said in a statement. "Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project."

In April, the series parted ways with its showrunner, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, following a season »

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Should Ellen DeGeneres Get an Oscar Nomination for ‘Finding Dory’?

16 June 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pixar films are known for their sublime character voices — just look at Tom Hanks in “Toy Story” or Paul Newman in “Cars.” But as the title heroine in “Finding Dory,” Ellen DeGeneres goes to even greater acting depths to channel a memory-challenged Blue Tang fish. It’s a portrait that’s far more nuanced than her turn as a lovable sidekick in the original 2003 movie “Finding Nemo.” In the sequel, as Dory’s childhood recollections slowly return, DeGeneres combines the kind of slapstick lines that would make “Aladdin’s” Genie jealous with heartbreaking drama (a la “Still Alice” under the sea). Even though we never see DeGeneres’ face, it could still be called one of her strongest performances, and one that audiences won’t soon forget.

But don’t expect her to get any awards recognition at the end of the year. That’s because Oscars have never once nominated »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Dwight Yoakam Reunites With Billy Bob Thornton in New Drama 'Goliath'

15 June 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.

Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »

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Why R-Rated Comedies Have More Fun and More Highlights From Greenwich’s Comedy of Business Panel

13 June 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you make money being funny? Last weekend, the Greenwich International Film Festival’s Comedy Of Business Panel featured a selection of industry luminaries to talk about that exact topic. Actor Will Arnett (“Flaked”) joined producers Richard Brener (“Wedding Crashers”), Stuart Cornfeld (“Tropic Thunder”) and Chris Bender (“American Pie”) to talk about the process behind making a truly great comedy.

Between jokes about Twitter “correctness” and losing the script for “The Hangover” (which would go on to gross around $50 million), the seasoned assembly got down to the heart of what comedic films are today. Here are the three of their most interesting insights they had to offer.

Let the Douche Be the Fall Guy

“All of us are constantly being painted further and further into a corner,” said Arnett on the topic of political correctness in feature comedies.

In a time when Twitter backlash can ruin a career over an off color joke, the industry leaders had quite a bit to say about finding where to draw the line. When asked about Ben Stiller’s infamous “Tropic Thunder,” Cornfeld admitted it would be difficult to produce today, especially when it comes to the movie’s “full retard” sequence, of which Cornfeld said, “I can’t believe you would tell a joke like that now.” Richard Brener added, “or then.”

He later added, “Don’t aim low and miss. If there’s no joke behind the joke and it’s just mean spirited you’re going to fall on your face.” The panel revealed that it was this very reason that so many comedies feature an unlikable character saying horrendous things, like ‘American Pie’s douche extraordinaire Stiffler. If the audience knows the joke is coming from a bad person, they are less likely to take offense.

“I play a lot of dumb characters on purpose so I can say a lot of shitty things,” Arnett joked.

Read More: Greenwich International Film Festival Hires New Executive Director Colin Stanfield

R-Rated Movies Have More Fun

With difficulty to create comedy that would be inoffensive to anyone, the speakers agreed that R-rated comedy was the place to find freedom. Nearly everyone on the panel had taken part in making a movie that was acclaimed as bringing R-ratings back into style. From box office successes like the “Wedding Crashers” and “Zoolander” to the more recent giant “The Hangover,” the popularity of R is cyclical every few years.

Speaking from his own experience with “American Pie,” Chris Bender noted that, “R is so much more freeing, both in, like, being more truthful and real in language.” PG-13 may be more attractive to studios that want as many people to see a movie as possible, but language constraints can often stunt comedy. Brener, who works for the studio New Line Cinema confirmed, “You only get one non-sexual ‘fuck.’”

Read More: ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 to be a ‘Serialized Murder Mystery,’ Could Premiere By November 2016

Make A Comedy For the Joy and the Pain

When you boil it down, comedies are perhaps the most difficult (and wonderful) movies to make.

For Arnett, “it’s always about the experience of it. I know that for me, as a performer, if you’re going to have a good experience and feel like you’re a part of something you are really into, the other person is going to raise their game. So, you want to do that because that’s kind of the recipe for success.” The panel agreed, if it looks like the audience was having fun making it, they probably were.

However, as a producer, that is not always the case. For Cornfeld, the Tenacious D movie was the best experience, but never yielded returns like he thought. Whereas on the set of “Zoolander,” his money problems with the studio went as far as debt collectors leaving him threatening messages at his home.

But it does feel good to look back and laugh. Brenner and Bender certainly do when they remember how they almost made “The Hangover.” After workshopping the script, and even providing the key plot point of the groom disappearing (something that really happened to a friend), the script went to another studio. They both admitted it would not be the same wonderful movie if they had made it.

In fact, it’s Brenner’s dad’s favorite movie. “He brings it up every time I see him,” he laughed at the lowest point of his career.

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What Now? Trailer Has Kevin Hart Breaking a Stand-Up Record

13 June 2016 11:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been three years since Kevin Hart took the stage for the stand-up comedy movie Let Me Explain. In that time, he's appeared in numerous hit movies and made countless stand-up and TV appearances. But now he's ready to return to what he loves most, and the thing that made him a star. Today, we have the full-length trailer for Kevin Hart: What Now? And it sees the comedian at the top of his game. Literally.

Let Me Explained was a blockbuster success for the comedian, and grossed an astounding $32 million at the box office. So a follow-up was a no brainer. His previous effort is the third highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. But What Now? could easily take the top spot away from Eddie Murphy Raw, which has held the title of biggest stand-up comedy movie since it hit theaters in 1987. It is followed by The Original Kings of Comedy, which came out in 2000.

This new trailer shows Kevin Hart as a James Bond-like secret agent. He is on a mission to get money for his latest comedy tour. And we're treated to some cool action comedy stunts as the diminutive joker attempts to get away from the bad guys. This is all just a set up for the actual movie, though, and when it arrives in theaters on October 14, it will help pad the runtime to feature length.

The real core of the film finds Hart doing something no other stand-up has ever achieved. He will take center stage in what is being called a 'groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance'. The show was part of his 2015 'What Now?' comedy tour. And it was filmed outdoors in front of a record 50,000 people. The show happened at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, and marks the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

What Now? brings the Kevin Hart stand-up trilogy to its inevitable conclusion, which kicked off back in 2011 with Laugh at My Pain. That movie went onto earn $7.7 million, and stands as the 8th highest grossing live stand-up comedy movie of all-time. Before What Now? hits theaters this fall, Kevin Hart can be seen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in the new action comedy Central Intelligence, which opens this Friday, June 17. He is also one of the lead voice actors in the new animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets, in theaters July 8. And later this year, he'll reunite with The Rock alongside Jack Black to shoot the Jumanji remake. Today, we get to see him slinging jokes and acting more than just a 'little' foolish in What Now? Here's the latest footage, courtesy of Youtube »

- MovieWeb

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20 Best, Worst and Wtf Moments at 2016 Tony Awards

13 June 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

On a night that was marked by tragedy — and occurring mere hours after news broke of the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida — the Tonys provided a much-needed bit of levity. The performers and honorees didn't shy away from speaking about the shocking events of the day, but the overall mood was one of celebration. Part of the credit goes to the master of ceremonies James Corden, best known as the goofy host CBS's Late Late Show, yet still a dorky theater kid at heart; his charming, cheerful persona brought »

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Jack Black Death Hoax Tied to Twitter Hack

5 June 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jack Black is not dead. Rumors of the actor-musician’s death circulated on Sunday after the news was posted on his band Tenacious D’s official Twitter account. The tweet, which went up early Sunday, read, “I’m sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother.” Also Read: Kevin Costner Shark Attack Hoax Fools Germany It was then removed and replaced with one that read, “We had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is Alive and Well and that this was a sick “prank”.” Hacker @ruthless reportedly »

- Lawrence Yee

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Tenacious D Confirms Jack Black Is 'Alive and Well' After 'Sick' Death Prank from Alleged Hacker

5 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Never fear, Jack Black is still rocking on. The actor's band Tenacious D revealed on social media, Sunday, that their Twitter account had been hacked and a message had been sent out saying that Black had died. "We had our Twitter account hacked," Tenacious D wrote on Facebook. "We can assure you that Jack is Alive and Well and that this was a sick 'prank.' " The tweets in question have been deleted, but screengrabs from Diffuser.fm show that in the early morning hours someone wrote, "I'm sad to officially annouce[sic] the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Tenacious D Confirms Jack Black Is 'Alive and Well' After 'Sick' Death Prank from Alleged Hacker

5 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Never fear, Jack Black is still rocking on. The actor's band Tenacious D revealed on social media, Sunday, that their Twitter account had been hacked and a message had been sent out saying that Black had died. "We had our Twitter account hacked," Tenacious D wrote on Facebook. "We can assure you that Jack is Alive and Well and that this was a sick 'prank.' " The tweets in question have been deleted, but screengrabs from Diffuser.fm show that in the early morning hours someone wrote, "I'm sad to officially annouce[sic] the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother, »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Pitch Perfect 3 Gets Delayed Until Christmas 2017

31 May 2016 5:58 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Believing it will fare better as a holiday release than a big summer tentpole comedy, Universal Pictures has decided to shift the date of their anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 3 yet again. Now, the movie has been delayed by almost 6 months. Where it was previously slated to land on July 21, 2017 it will now kick off Christmas weekend at the box office, opening on December 22, 2017.

This change comes just 22 days after the comedy musical was swapped around on the release calendar a second time, with the movie originally slated to premiere in theaters on July 21, 2017 before moving to August 4, and then back to July. There is nothing else causing the delay other than Universal wanting to find the movie its perfect home.

Pitch Perfect 3 was sitting smack dab in the middle of what has become a very crowded summer 2017 marketplace. It was once set to face down Luc Besson's sci-fi epic »

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