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It’s been a while since we’ve been treated to a memorable family-friendly horror film, but fear not, because R.L. Stine has found a new way to please fans – by unleashing his demons on the big screen. Goosebumps is essentially The Cabin In The Woods for kiddies, because it attacks the genre with the same sense of relentless fun, just with a more appropriate brand.
Instead of an Angry Molesting Tree cameo, we get a subtle Nightmare On Elm Street reference squeezed into a werewolf chase, but it’s still just as self-referential, and just as cheekily fun. Trade bloody kills for light-hearted, ghoulish guffaws, and you’ve got an immensely fun introduction to horror that’s tame enough for the youngest tikes in your clan, yet funny enough for all ages.
- Matt Donato
There's a neighborhood in East Nashville known as "Little Hollywood," but it seems the city as a whole is adopting that moniker. Following in the footsteps of ABC's Nashville, Jack Black has partnered up with another Tenacious "D" — Dwight Yoakam — to produce a new comedy series set in Music City, according to Deadline. Titled Belles & Whistles, the half-hour show for Fox centers on a bored father who uproots his family from Silicon Valley to the country capital in search of music stardom.
Though it's not explicitly stated whether or not »
R.L. Stine’s tween-targeting scary stories get a fittingly juvenile – if unintentionally self-critical – adaptation courtesy of “Goosebumps,” a film that assembles many of the author’s most memorable creations with noisy, tossed-off sloppiness. The second straight pairing between director Rob Letterman and his “Gulliver’s Travels” headliner Jack Black, this frantic muddle of an adventure assumes that kids will so easily recognize and comprehend its cast of archetypes that no character development is necessary. Consequently, it spends most of its time indulging in CG craziness that’s only matched in sheer, uninhibited intensity by the mugging of its star. Introduced making pursed-lipped threats from a window (and then, shortly thereafter, from between a fence’s slats), Black is a runaway cartoon as the children’s-lit novelist, overacting as if he were being paid by the wacky facial expression. If so, he must have been compensated handsomely, because “Goosebumps” never wastes a. »
- Nick Schager
Universal Cable Productions has picked up the rights to James Tynion IV's 2014 sci-fi-horror comic series "The Woods" with plans to adapt it for television. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will executive produce.
The story follows what happens when 500 students and staff from a preparatory high school in suburban Milwaukee vanish without a trace - re-appearing light years away in the primordial forest of another planet. [Source: Heat Vision]
The ten-episode limited FX series stars off with the infamous O.J. Simpson case and will chronicle the murder and subsequent court trial told from the perspective of the lawyers . The new series premieres on FX in February.
Belles and Whistles
Alex McAulay ("Eastbound and »
- Garth Franklin
Move over, Nashville. Fox has just committed to a comedy pilot set in the country music capitol, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series, titled Belle and Whistles, comes from creator Alex McAulay (formerly of Eastbound and Down) and will follow "the life of an unfulfilled father who, after being fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional family to Nashville in order to pursue his lifelong dream of music stardom."
No word yet on an airdate.
The release of the new Goosebumps film is going to be a heavy dose of nostalgia. The popular book series, that later became a television show, caused nightmares for many of us as young kids, and yet, we couldn't look away. The new film adaptation sees Jack Black as real life author R.L. Stine, battling the very creatures he wrote about, as they come to life and real havoc in the town of Greendale, Maryland. It seems as though we aren't just getting treated to the film, but a companion rap and music video, which really sends those nostalgic tingles home.
It's been a while since a film has had it's own original song and rap to accompany it, at least in the all-out, crazy fun style that "Bumps Gonna Goose Ya!" does. Leave it to Jack Black, who isn't just an actor, but the eccentric lead singer of the »
- Adriana Floridia
Two actor-musicians, rocker Jack Black and country star Dwight Yoakam, have teamed to executive produce Belles & Whistles, a single-camera comedy with music elements, which has been set up at Fox. 20th Century Fox TV and Black’s Electric Dynamite are producing. Written/executive produced by Alex McAulay (Eastbound and Down), Belles & Whistles centers on an unfulfilled father who, when fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional… »
If anyone knows how to camp it up, it.s Jack Black. The comedic actor and musician has built a career on pratfalls, crazy faces and awkward silences. Now, with the impending release of the first film adaptation of the massively popular Goosebumps franchise, he uses his goofy guy charm to help turn the perfectly ridiculous rap video of the theme song into comedy gold. Watch Jack Black.s Goosebumps Rap, ..The Bumps Gonna Goose Ya" Nerdist debuted the silly video to the public just a few hours ago. Well, isn.t it just insane and cheesy in the best possible way? Perfect, I might add, for a children.s film and a movie that a ton of adults are going to be forced to see over the next month or so. Although, very early indications on Rotten Tomatoes do suggest that the more mature audience members might not be »
Jack Black isn't exactly the next Michael Jackson, but the funny man is giving us some "Thriller"-inspired fun. Just check out Black's new music video for "The Bumps Gonna Goose Ya," a catchy tune (just try getting it out of your head!) for his soon-to-be-released movie adaptation of the Goosebumps books series. The video opens with a Black and Slappy the Puppet sitting at a desk before Black warns with a creepy laugh, "Viewer beware, you're in for scare." What follows are dancing girls in black and neon green witch costumes, scenes from the movie featuring Dylan Minette and Odeya Rush and rapper Mf Bumps (aka, Nerdist's Malik Forté) throwing down lyrics like, »
Jack Black returned to his musical roots to perform in a new rap song for Nerdist based on his upcoming movie “Goosebumps.” The new track by Mf Bumps features Black, who plays “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine in the movie. Black leads things off with a sinister laugh, setting up the song that covers a number of the book series’ titles featured in the film. A troupe of dancers ghoulishly fly through the background as Bumps reminds us of our favorite “Goosebumps” stories from when we were kids, like “Welcome to Dead House” and “Stay Out of the Basement.” Also Read: 'Goosebumps' Review:. »
- Joe Otterson
His inner demons revealed. In a new interview with Parade, Jack Black opened up about losing his big brother to AIDS back in 1989. The Goosebumps actor, 46, who's made millions laugh with comedies like Nacho Libre and School of Rock, said his own childhood was dark and sad. "Losing a family member is the worst thing I could imagine," Black told the mag. The star's older brother, Howard, died at age 31 from AIDS more than 25 years ago. "I have two gay siblings: my big sister, [...] »
Believe it or not, there was a time when movies were accompanied by blatant crossover theme songs, especially from rap artists in the 1990s, with music videos set within the world of the movie itself. Thankfully, that tradition has been revived today. Nerdist rounded up Jack Black to perform with their very own Malik Forte, […]
- Ethan Anderton
Jack Black's view of the future is pretty bleak so he suggests building Deathstars which humans can inhabit before the Earth dies. During a press event for the Goosebumps movie, the star was asked what gives him goosebumps and he went on a deathstar rant about how the earth will be destroyed and we will need deathstars for the human race to live on.
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"My monsters literally leapt off the page..." Jack Black as author R.L. Stine explains how his creepy creations came to life in the latest clip from the Goosebumps movie, hitting theaters on October 16th.
“In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When »
- Derek Anderson
Ok creeps, Sony Pictures is releasing Goosebumps on Friday, October 16th but we have some Admit Two passes for our readers to check out an advance screening of the film prior to its release date.
Scholastic has over 400 million Goosebumps books worldwide in 32 languages in print since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children’s authors in history. Now, the literary phenomenon is coming to the big screen.
In Goosebumps, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving from a big city to a small town, finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ (Ryan Lee). But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in »
- Andy Triefenbach
It takes an army to create an army, especially when that army is made up of zombies, giant scarecrows, garden gnomes and a whole lot of other crazy creatures. So, when it came to bringing these monsters to life for the film Goosebumps, rather than use a select few, the filmmakers decided to use, well, all of them. In this Fandango Movieclips exclusive featurette, you'll hear how producers, makeup artists, visual effects artists, the cast, including Jack Black, and director Rob Letterman...
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A frightfully fun fright flick for families, Goosebumps is witty and dark, never descending into terribly distressing territory, but neither thumbing its nose entirely at the idea that nothing scary ever happens in the real world. Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine, the man who wrote the original Goosebumps, as well as a host of other books for young people. Though Black is the headliner, the story itself revolves around Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), newly arrived in a small town with his mother Gale (Amy Ryan), who is about to take up a new post as high-school vice principal. Zach's eye is quickly caught by a pretty teenager who lives next door, Hannah (Odeya Rush). She is home-schooled by her protective and secretive father, the...
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With a new Fear Street novel, Goosebumps, and picture book out, plus a Goosebumps movie based on the famous series in theaters on Oct. 16, R.L. Stine is a very busy man. Luckily, Stine was able to carve out time for an interview with us, and we talked about everything from his writing process to the Goosebumps novel he's most proud of, to what Stephen King said to him when they first met. Popsugar: You're one of the best-selling children's authors in history, selling more than 400 million books worldwide - what advice would you give to any aspiring author? R.L. Stine: My most practical advice for someone who wants to write books would be to go to a bookstore and see what's out there already, and don't try to write something where there's no place for it. Don't try to make up your own category. See what people are reading »
- Ashley Paige
“They became real to me. And then one day they actually became real,” Jack Black’s R.L. Stine mutters in the all-new clip for Sony’s Goosebumps film, revealing the horrifying secret behind his magical, nightmare-inducing work: it’s all real.
From demented garden gnomes to a towering preying mantis, the footage released for Rob Letterman’s live-action romp has largely focused on the abominations that are let loose on Stine’s quaint town. However, this clip allows us to get a better insight into the comedic interplay between Black’s reclusive author and lead teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette). When all Hell breaks loose and Stine’s creation roam the streets, it’s left to Zach and Hannah (Odeya Rush) to rein in the supernatural chaos.
Bursting at the seams with a childish sense of imagination, early signs for Sony’s Goosebumps flick are certainly positive, with the studio »
- Michael Briers
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