12 items from 2014
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard or seen anything from Jack Black. Considering that he’s famous mostly for scat singing (loudly scat singing, I might add) and exposing his very ample stomach, that’s no small feat. But ever since the twin flops of Year One and Gulliver‘s Travels – flops that occurred four and five years ago, respectively — there hasn’t been much mainstream Black for public consumption. That might change, however, with The D-Train. The Hollywood Reporter has Black set to star in the upcoming comedy, where he would play a lonely doofus still longing for the acceptance of his high school peers who also happens to be the chairman of his twenty-year high school reunion. The film will find Black’s character traveling from Middle America to Hollywood to convince the most popular kid in school, who’s now a washed-up commercial actor, to »
- Adam Bellotto
James Marsden and Jack Black are teaming up for a new comedy called The D-Train. It's always good to see Marsden getting cast in movies, as the guy is awesome. Black, on the other hand, I could do without, but maybe he and Marsden will make a good team.
The story centers on "a Middle American high school reunion committee chairman (Black), still searching for high school acceptance, who has to do whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school -- now a failed actor working in commercials (Marsden) -- to show up to their 20-year reunion, including flying to Los Angeles to penetrate the world of celebrities."
This sounds like it could be a fun movie. I could see some comedy coming out of these types of characters and the reunion setting. The film will be the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, »
- Joey Paur
Back in 2003, writer Mike White and star Jack Black teamed up for the spectacular family comedy School of Rock. And while news a few years ago indicated a potential sequel probably wouldn't happen, there was at least an awesome 10th anniversary reunion concert with the cast last year. Now White and Black are getting back together again for a new indie comedy called The D-Train. White is producing the film through his RipCord Productions and Black through his Electric Dynamite banner with the film set to shoot in New Orleans this month with Yes Man writing duo Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel set to direct. THR says the film follows a high school reunion committee chairman in Middle America, who has to do whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school (James Marsden) to show up to their 20-year reunion. But the problem is that guy is »
- Ethan Anderton
Jack Black and Mike White’s names go so well together that you would think they’d appear in more projects as a team than they already do. Having played buddies in School of Rock, the pair are finally getting the band back together for another comedy. This time they are boarding The D-Train, an upcoming high school reunion comedy co-starring James Marsden.
The D-Train will feature Jack Black as a high school reunion chairman tasked with locating his class’s most popular student (Marsden), now a washed up actor living in Los Angeles. White will appear as the less-than-popular Black’s best friend from high school, presumably there to assist his pal in convincing Marsden to show up at the reunion.
While the plot sounds something like every other high school reunion comedy ever made (high school losers try to make good, popular guy not as great as they thought he was, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
• Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) is in talks to star alongside Robert De Niro in The Intern for director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). Hathaway would play a high-powered executive who gets assigned a senior intern (De Niro). Reese Witherspoon was previously attached to the role when Warner Bros. signed on, but dropped out due to reported scheduling conflicts. After a quiet 2013 (release-wise), Hathaway can be seen next in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (Nov. 7). She also just enjoyed the premiere of Song One (release date Tbd) at Sundance. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
The story centers on a high school reunion committee chairman (Jack Black), who is still struggling for acceptance following his high school days. He sets off on a journey to Los Angeles to try and convince his most popular classmate (James Marsden), a failed actor now working in commercials, to attend their 20 year reunion. Mike White, who wrote the screenplay, co-stars as the man who was Jack Black's character's only friend in high school. Nat Faxon is in negotiations to join the cast in an unspecified role.
Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel are attached to make their directorial debuts. They both wrote the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, and co-created the short-lived Fox animated series Allen Gregory with Jonah Hill.
Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel helm the story of a Middle American high school reunion committee chairman (Black), still searching for acceptance, who has to do whatever it takes to get the school's most popular guy from high school to show up to their 20-year reunion.
Problem is, the guy (Marsden) is now a failed actor working in commercials. Black's character flies to Los Angeles to penetrate the world of celebrities and get the man to come along.
- Garth Franklin
Not only are their names complimentary, but Jack Black and Mike White have generally made beautiful comedy together, with White usually providing the script and Black in front of the camera. They’re back together, with White producing and Black starring, along with James Marsden for The D-Train.Yes Man writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel are stepping up to direct this one, which finds Black chairing the committee of a middle American high school 20-year reunion. Desperate for the acceptance and acclaim he never got in his school days, our hero sees his chance to shine by convincing the guy voted most popular (Marsden) to attend.Trouble is, the one-time hotshot is now a failed actor primarily working in adverts who has no real desire to parade around his old school. So Black’s character heads to Los Angeles to try to convince him…As well as his producing duties, »
Here's today's latest casting news: Christoph Waltz will star in Tulip Fever, an adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel directed by Justin Chadwick. Jack Black and James Marsden are set for the low-budget indie comedy, The D-Train, the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. Ed Skrein will replace Jason Statham as Frank Martin in the newly rebooted Transporter series. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from THR is news that Waltz will star in the love story, Tulip Fever. The title is drawn from a term used in the 17th century's Dutch commodities market in which single bulbs of tulips would sell for as much as 10 times the average annual salary of the day. "The movie details the story of love affair between a man and a woman at a time when Dutch painters were creating paintings that would go on to become dubbed masterpieces. »
- Dave Trumbore
Imagine “Get Him to the Greek” if the rock concert was a high school reunion and you have “The D-Train” a comedy that will pair Jack Black with his fellow “Anchorman” franchise alum James Marsden, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. “Yes Man” screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel will make their directorial debuts with the movie, which Black is producing through his Electric Dynamite banner along with Mike White’s RipCord Productions and Ealing Studios. Also Read: Jack Black in Negotiations to Star in ‘Goosebumps’ Movie for Sony, Scholastic Media (Exclusive) Black will play the chairman of his high school. »
- Jeff Sneider
Jack Black and James Marsden are teaming up to star in The D-Train, a comedy being produced by Mike White's RipCord Productions, Black's Electric Dynamite and Ealing Studios. The low-budget indie, which is gearing up to shoot in New Orleans later this month, is the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the writers of the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man and co-creators, with Jonah Hill, of the short-lived cartoon Allen Gregory. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' D-Train centers
- Borys Kit
Jack Black and James Marsden are set to headline an upcoming comedy titled The D-Train , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . The script hails from Mike White, the scribe behind School of Rock and Nacho Libre (both of which starred Black). Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the screenwriters behind Peyton Reed's 2008 comedy Yes Man , are set to make their directorial debut with the indie project, which sets Black as the chairman of a high school reunion committee desperate to do whatever it takes to get his class' most popular student to attend an upcoming 20-year reunion. That student, Marsden's character, is now working in Los Angeles as an actor in commercials. The trade also notes that Nat Faxon is in talks to appear and that White himself will play Black's »
12 items from 2014
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